What is the origin of the phrase "Mama needs a new pair of shoes"?
March 11, 2009 1:41 AM Subscribe
What is the origin of the phrase "Mama needs a new pair of shoes"? I've also seen "Mama needs new shoes
". Where did it come from and why is it sometimes used specifically in relation to gambling?
posted by =^^= to Writing & Language (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Google tells me there's a short story by that name written by Effie Leland Wilder, published in 1958. My local library doesn't have any of her books, so can't tell if she coined the phrase. How come this phrase caught people's imagination?
It's driving me nuts, particularly because this
continues to make me laugh out loud and I don't even know why!