Credit fairy

Discussion in 'English Only' started by ChuaTang, Mar 20, 2010.

  1. ChuaTang

    ChuaTang Member

    Japan, Tokyo
    Japanese
    Dear all

    The other day I stumbled into an expression that befuddled me a bit - credit fairy because I'd never heard of anything of the kind before.

    The context is as follows:
    A guy calls up a friend and asks: Is there a credit fairy that magically raises your credit score?

    Is it a make belief, just like the tooth fairy?

    Thanks!
     
  2. entangledbank

    entangledbank Senior Member

    London
    English - South-East England
    No, but '<something> fairy' is a joking/ironic way of talking about a way of, perhaps, solving a problem, or getting something for nothing. The easiest way of getting money would be if a money fairy just gave it to you.
     
  3. Uncle Bob Senior Member

    Hungary
    British English
    Hello,
    entangledbank's explanation is clear and correct but gives the impression that <something> fairies always give you what you want. I recently heard a naughty dog being threatened with a visit from a "smack fairy"! So they can be negative too.
     
  4. ChuaTang

    ChuaTang Member

    Japan, Tokyo
    Japanese
    Thank you guys,
    Clear as day, I tells ya.
    Hehe. I bet I know ten to one that such visits always spell trouble for whoever gets them.
     
  5. WyomingSue

    WyomingSue Senior Member

    Cheyenne, WY
    English--USA
    Yes, I have asked my teenage son if he thought the "kitchen fairy" was going to clean up his messes for him.
     

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