One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to denote an unspecified time in the near future. Usually in "one of these odd-come-shortlies" (also "some odd-come-shortly"): one of these days; some day shortly.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Jonathan Swift (1667–1745), writer and dean of St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin. From odd + come + shortly, probably to be understood as some odd day to come shortly.
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