It doesn’t always stay in Vegas

(A little bit about language, but mostly penguin stuff.)

From Michael Shaw in the New Yorker, 7/5/10, a cartoon illustrating that not everything that happens in Vegas stays in Vegas:

Mark Liberman looked at the Happens In, Stays In snowclone in Language Log on 6/9/08, here. With a follow-up by Josh Millard on his own blog, here.

The penguins should have heeded this warning:

(Hat tip to Chris Ambidge.)

From the Cambridge Idioms Dictionary, 2nd ed. (2006):

It’ll (all) end in tears.
something that you say which means something will end badly and the people involved will be upset
She only met him in May and they were married by July. It’ll end in tears, you’ll see.

Really more of a saying or catchphrase than an idiom, but those are hard lines to draw.

One Response to “It doesn’t always stay in Vegas”

  1. arnold zwicky Says:

    From Sergio Scalise on Facebook:

    in Dante c’è sempre quasi tutto….
    Ulisse: “…noi ci allegrammo e tosto torno’ in pianto”

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