[Ads-l] Miscellany

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Dec 27 20:42:33 UTC 2018

Heard on local news
A fireman says to a reporter,
"By the time we got here, the flames were _through the roof_."
Is this the source of such expressions as:

When she said yes, I was through the roof!
After she had explained the concept, my enthusiasm was through the roof!
During the concert, the fumes of Teen Spirit were through the roof!

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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