A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from February 21, 2013
FISHDO (Fuck It, Shit Happens—Drive On); FISHMO (Fuck It, Shit Happens—Move On)

"Shit happens” became a popular saying by the early 1980s. Some acronyms were developed:

FISH—Fuck It, Shit Happens
FISHDO—Fuck It, Shit Happens—Drive On
FISHMO—Fuck It, Shit Happens—Move On

FISHDO has been cited in print since at least 1994, when it was said to be military slang. FISHMO has been cited in print since at least 2006.


Wikipedia: Shit happens
“Shit happens” is a common slang phrase, used as a simple existential observation that life is full of imperfections and unforeseeable events, either “Así es la vida” or “C’est la vie”. The phrase is an acknowledgment that bad things happen to people for no particular reason. Phrases with similar meaning are such as “stuff happens” or “it happens” and are considered minced oath forms. In the October 14, 1941 episode of the long-running radio show Vic and Sade, “Vic Declines a Cornet Lesson,” Sade remarks wearily, “Stuff happens, don’t it? Stuff happens.”

The origin or earliest use of the phrase is uncertain. In a review of The Yale Book of Quotations (2006) by Fred Shapiro, The New Yorker critic Louis Menand observed that it was “extremely interesting to know, for instance, that the phrase ‘Shit happens’ was introduced to print by one Connie Eble, in a publication identified as UNC–CH Slang (presumably the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), in 1983.”

Google Groups: alt.folklore.military
MilitarySlang
pana...@delphi.com
2/10/94
Some of my personal favorites before I forget them --

BOHICA - Bend Over, Here It Comes Again
FISHDO - F*** It, S*** Happens, Drive On

Google Groups: bit.listserv.words-l
PWPA...@DELPHI.COM
6/7/94
(...)
Isn’t the saying “FISHDO” (Forget it, shit happens, drive on)

Testosterone Nation
Brother Chaos
12-05-2003, 04:43 AM
Learn to say F.I.S.H.D.O.
Fuck It Shit Happens Drive On.

Urban Dictionary
fishdo
Military off-color acronym.
Meaning: Fuck It--Shit Happens--Drive On.
(...)
by Carey Ball Dec 11, 2005

Dave Barry’s Blog
anyway dave, i learned a new acronym this weekend:

[for your car]: FISHDO
[F***it,S***happens, Drive On]
for non-car, just talking or writing… FISHMO
same thing, only Move on, instead of Drive on.

dave - FISHMO on this one already.
Posted by: queensbee | May 22, 2006 at 03:48 PM

Google Books
McGraw-Hill’s Super-Mini American Slang Dictionary
By Richard A. Spears
New York, NY: McGraw-Hill
2007
Pg. 81:
Fuck it, shit happens, drive on. and Fuck it, shit happens, move on.; FISHDO; FISHMO

Urban Dictionary
F.I.S.H.
Fuck It Shit Happens
(...)
by Phoenixds Sep 20, 2010

Posted by Barry Popik
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