The phrase, and its variant 'nice try, but no cigar', are of US origin and date from the mid-20th century. Fairground stalls gave out cigars as prizes, and this is the most likely source, although there's no definitive evidence to prove that.
You may be asking yourself right now, "Why is she thinking about cigars?" Good question and here's your answer. The other day I asked my sweet little German mom, you remember, her, right?
Just incase, check out this cute face and you'll agree she's the cutiest little 78 year old German you've seen in a long time.
In the dictionary, the picture next to the word cute is this picture:
Anyway, I asked my sweet little mom to put aside a few cigar boxes she's had stored away since dad had a cigar habit back in 1975.
"Please mom, put a few boxes out for my next visit." said sweet Georgie (**grin*)
"OK, will do!" says equally cute, but much wiser, momma.
By the way, my mom smoked cigars too for awhile. Maybe it was so she could stand the smell on him. eeewww yuck--cigar smoke smell.......
I go a visiting the other day and look what she had put aside for me...
Not too many, just a few boxes....AND of courses Sookie had to investigate. If you wonder what that is in front of the boxes that's Sookie's toy. It's a monkey tied to a string,the string was my addition, most cats don't fetch, so throwing and retrieving would be up to the thrower, of course. I did that one too many times until a light bulb went off and I decided to add a string to the monkey. Viola, now it's like fishing for Sookie cat. Cast out the monkey. Retrieve the kitten.
This isn't a good enough picture of all the boxes my mom loaded me up with....
|old school organization. if it worked for her, it'll work for me!|
|get it, felt like I was being watched....look at all those guys staring at me.|
|he's just a little creepy|
You're still reading, so I guess I'll keep typing....
Check out this little bit of history from the cigar boxes: