The Fickle Finger of Fate

Robin Hamilton robin.hamilton3 at VIRGINMEDIA.COM
Wed Jan 15 19:26:06 UTC 2014

Originally from a cancelled draft of Fitzgerald's Rubaiyat, perhaps -- the
fickle finger writes, and having writ, moves on?



From: Jonathan Lighter

Some of us may associate this phrase with Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (where
it figured in the weekly "Flying Fickle Finger of Fate Award."

Others, more knowledgeable, believe it arose during World War II.

Both wrong ...

The American Dialect Society -

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