[Ads-l] Miscellany

Mark Mandel mark.a.mandel at GMAIL.COM
Sun Dec 30 16:43:44 UTC 2018

It seems that way. But there *may* be some difference in their distribution
in terms of what they are applied to. To determine that would take
something like an analysis of n-gram frequencies.

Mark Mandel

On Sun, Dec 30, 2018, 2:44 AM Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com wrote:

> So, there is no distinction between "_go_ through the roof" and "_be_
> through the roof," though, at first glance, it seems that _being_ through
> the roof is a consequence of, somehow, having first _gone_ through the
> roof.
> Youneverknow/
> On Thu, Dec 27, 2018 at 3:42 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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