[Ads-l] Miscellany

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Dec 28 07:20:47 UTC 2018

So, you see no distinction between "_go_ through the roof" and "_be_ though
the roof"? A father saying, "When she said yes, I went through the roof"
and a boyfriend saying, "When she said yes, I was through the roof" have
the same meaning?

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On Thu, Dec 27, 2018 at 5:19 PM Mark Mandel <mark.a.mandel at gmail.com> wrote:

> Well, sort of. That use is literal, but I've never taken the idiom to imply
> flames, but just "very high" in some metaphorical sense or other:
> - numerical: prices, interest rates, medical readings (blood pressure...),
> (dis?)approval ratings...
> - emotion: Wilson's enthusiasm example; very commonly anger in a different,
> implicit construction ("When she heard about their escapades, the principal
> went through the roof")
> Ah. Cambridge agrees:
> https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/go-through-the-roof
> :
> - to rise to a very high level:
> Prices have gone through the roof.
> ​- (*also hit the roof , informal*) to get very angry:
> When I was expelled from school, my parents went through the roof.
> Mark
> On Dec 27, 2018 3:43 PM, "Wilson Gray" <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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!
> --
> -Wilson
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