The humidity was off the roof

This nice congruent conflation is a mash up of “off the charts” and “through the roof”, both meaning much more than usual.  It was heard on The Howard Stern show, uttered by that long-time caller to the program, Bobo.   He was describing the climate in Florida.  Many thanks to now Senior Vice President of Malaphors Mike Kovacs for hearing this one on the radio last week and passing it on.

BOBO’S DOOMSDAY


The shit hit the roof

Well, maybe in the Hitchcock movie “The Birds”, but in this case, the speaker was trying to say “the shit hit the fan” (when expected trouble materializes) and instead mixed it with “hit the roof” (get angry), creating a juicy (s0rry, wrong description), nice malaphor.  Thanks to Katie Hatfield for her malaphor contribution.


The company’s stock price is through the moon

In the conclusion to a report today regarding the Tesla Motor Car Corp. CNN news host Erin Burnett described the company’s stock price for the year as being “…through the moon…”  This wonderful malaphor is a mash up of the phrases “through the roof” (prices very high) and “over the moon” (extremely pleased).   Jackie Gleason’s famous line, “to the moon, Alice!” might also have been on Ms. Burnett’s mind.  Many thanks to David Spain for sending this one in and attaching the video with concluding malaphor below:

http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/us/2013/11/19/erin-tell-tesla-car-under-federal-investigation.cnn.html?iref=allsearch


Elephant poaching is over the roof

African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) in Pitts...

African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) in Pittsburgh Zoo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This malaphor combines two expressions concerning high numbers –  “through the roof” (increasing very quickly) and “over the top”.  Barbara Baker, President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Zoo, made this comment in reference to the increase in elephant poaching.  Many thanks to Sam Edelmann who heard this on the radio last week.