[Ads-l] antedating "cloud nine" "cloud seven"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Nov 12 12:30:52 UTC 2020

OED: 1959, 1956.

1942 _San Francisco Chronicle_ (Dec. 25) 1H: The party would have certainly
heard a loud Brooklyn cheer from  up on cloud nine.

1943 _San Francisco Chronicle_ (Apr. 29)  1H:  Discharged from the Navy
because his plasma pressure was somewhere up on cloud seven.

The underlying metaphor is "high." Hence "elated."


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