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The idiom meaning soon to happen or appear was originally coming down the pike , not coming down the pipe , but both forms are now widely used and understood.

In coming down the pike , the noun pike is short for turnpike , which is a broad road, sometimes a toll road . This usage of pike originated in the U.S. in the early 19th century, and the earliest known instances of coming down the pike appeared around 1900. Pike  soon fell out of use and has survived almost exclusively in this idiom, so it’s understandable that so many English speakers resist using it. Meanwhile,  p ipe  is of course a very familiar word, and things do come down pipes sometimes, so it’s easy to see why  pipe  has taken  pike ‘s place in the idiom, even if the pipe metaphor doesn’t hold up under logical scrutiny.

In current searchable news publications, down the pipe appears once for every two instances of down the pike (though some instances of down the pipe have to do with plumbing). Examples such as these are easy to find:

The Mayan civilization appeared approximately 3,500 years ago in the jungles of Mexico. It seems to have arisen over night because their culture was already elaborately developed from the start. Although many Maya are still alive today, the demise of their relatively advanced civilization occurred 900 years ago.

I recently read a book called A Master Speaks . After reading a few pages I immediately knew it had a very profound message. As a matter of fact, it had a message that went way beyond the profound. Interestingly, the book makes no claim for an author on the front cover. It was simply an inspired series of teachings and insights given to a Benjamin Creme during the 1970's. 

Who wrote the book? The author was a Master whose inspired insights and teachings were then transcribed into words by Mr. Creme. Now, that in itself is not unusual for this New Age. There are many spiritually inspired books available today but here's what really got my attention.

The idiom meaning soon to happen or appear was originally coming down the pike , not coming down the pipe , but both forms are now widely used and understood.

In coming down the pike , the noun pike is short for turnpike , which is a broad road, sometimes a toll road . This usage of pike originated in the U.S. in the early 19th century, and the earliest known instances of coming down the pike appeared around 1900. Pike  soon fell out of use and has survived almost exclusively in this idiom, so it’s understandable that so many English speakers resist using it. Meanwhile,  p ipe  is of course a very familiar word, and things do come down pipes sometimes, so it’s easy to see why  pipe  has taken  pike ‘s place in the idiom, even if the pipe metaphor doesn’t hold up under logical scrutiny.

In current searchable news publications, down the pipe appears once for every two instances of down the pike (though some instances of down the pipe have to do with plumbing). Examples such as these are easy to find:

The Mayan civilization appeared approximately 3,500 years ago in the jungles of Mexico. It seems to have arisen over night because their culture was already elaborately developed from the start. Although many Maya are still alive today, the demise of their relatively advanced civilization occurred 900 years ago.

I recently read a book called A Master Speaks . After reading a few pages I immediately knew it had a very profound message. As a matter of fact, it had a message that went way beyond the profound. Interestingly, the book makes no claim for an author on the front cover. It was simply an inspired series of teachings and insights given to a Benjamin Creme during the 1970's. 

Who wrote the book? The author was a Master whose inspired insights and teachings were then transcribed into words by Mr. Creme. Now, that in itself is not unusual for this New Age. There are many spiritually inspired books available today but here's what really got my attention.

Something Coming Through is a 2015 novel by Paul J. McAuley featuring elements of science fiction and crime fiction . [1]

Part of the novel takes place on Mangala, one of the colony worlds. Mangala is a primarily desert planet which orbits its red dwarf primary in 3:2 resonance . As a result, it has a year-long day and a year-long night, each 15 Earth days long. (Mangala is also the Sanskrit name for the planet Mars.) Most of its settlers are from various European countries - emigrants to the frontier worlds tend to take the Jackaroo shuttle whose launch point is closest to their home on Earth, leading to different worlds having majorities from particular nations of groups of nations.

The second plot thread follows Vic Gayle, formerly of Birmingham, England , now a police detective in Petra, capital city of Mangala. In the course of investigating the murder of someone recently arrived on the shuttle from Earth, he is drawn into a conflict among members of a British organized crime group operating on Mangala, which has a particular interest in a certain Elder Culture site on the planet.

The idiom meaning soon to happen or appear was originally coming down the pike , not coming down the pipe , but both forms are now widely used and understood.

In coming down the pike , the noun pike is short for turnpike , which is a broad road, sometimes a toll road . This usage of pike originated in the U.S. in the early 19th century, and the earliest known instances of coming down the pike appeared around 1900. Pike  soon fell out of use and has survived almost exclusively in this idiom, so it’s understandable that so many English speakers resist using it. Meanwhile,  p ipe  is of course a very familiar word, and things do come down pipes sometimes, so it’s easy to see why  pipe  has taken  pike ‘s place in the idiom, even if the pipe metaphor doesn’t hold up under logical scrutiny.

In current searchable news publications, down the pipe appears once for every two instances of down the pike (though some instances of down the pipe have to do with plumbing). Examples such as these are easy to find:


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