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Date: Monday, January 1, 2001 
Question/Topic: Fat lady, "it ain't over till the fat lady sings" 
Answer/Pointer: Origin: It comes from Dan Cook, a TV sportscaster in San Antonio, and means the same as "the game ain't over till it's over"--earlier words of wisdom by Yankee catcher Yogi Berra. After a victory over the Washington Bullets to start the 1978 basketball playoffs, Cook was warning Spurs fans that the series was far from over--like an opera, which often is long and doesn't end until a hefty soprano sings her final note. Indeed, the Bullets went on to win, and their coach, Dick Motta, made Cook's quote popular. Source: Parade Magazine, 12/1/91 Key words: Fat lady sings 
Librarian: LCLCPL 

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