Why Are We "Happy As Larry"? Who Was Larry?

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Mystery Hour Question

Where does the expression “happy as Larry” come from? Who was Larry?
Anne, Forest Hill


** Definitive **
Name: Daniel, West End
Qualification: Boxing fan
Answer: It originates from a boxer called Larry Foley in the 1890s, before boxing was fully legalised. He won the biggest prize of about $150,000 dollars and a newspaper article in New Zealand had the headline “Happy As Larry” and the phrase stuck.

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