During a downpour, why do we say it’s “raining cats and dogs?” Or when you’re agitated about something, why are you considered “keyed up”? Where do these sayings come from? We have no idea! But we’d like to uncover the meanings of some of our favorite roofing idioms. If you’ve heard these before, let us know your alternate meanings for them! If you haven’t, we’d like to introduce you to a fun part of roof talk.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Most know this as a movie starring the lovely Liz Taylor. Less people know this as the title of Tennessee Williams’ 1955 Pulitzer-winning drama. So did he coin the phrase describing someone who was on edge or nervous or just borrow it? It’s a classic chicken or egg first dilemma!
Go Through the Roof / Hit the Ceiling
This one has a double meaning depending on what you’re talking about. In reference to a person, it often means they have gotten very angry. You often see this in cartoons when a character has steam coming out of their ears and you can tell they’re about to pop! The next reference is geared more towards adults when discussing skyrocketing prices such as gas.
Live Under the Same Roof
In the literal sense, this one is quite obvious. It means to share a dwelling with someone. But if you’ve ever misbehaved or argued with a parent or guardian, you immediately conjure up the thought, “While you live under my roof, you obey my rules”. This may be one we swore we’d never say to our kids, but it certainly has its merits!
Have Snow on the Roof
A kinder way of telling someone they’re going a little white or gray on the noggin.
Raise the Roof
This one literally means to show great enthusiasm for something. And it was a dance craze in the late 90s that everyone no matter their dance skill could accomplish.