Wednesday's Wheel of Fortune was a fun one. All three contestants were excellent and thoroughly entertained the viewers. In fact, it was so fun that Pat Sajak was ready to "lift the ceiling" off the place. Yep, "lift the ceiling."
After contestant Eliot Gaines took a strong early lead, Sajak stopped to speak with him before a commercial break. After Sajak commented on Gaines’s impressive winnings, the contestant pumped his arms over his head. Inspired by the gesture, Sajak also pumped his hands and exclaimed, "Lift the ceiling!"
Unfortunately for Sajak, the proper idiom is "raise the roof." Raise the roof is defined by Merriam-Webster's dictionary as, "to make a lot of noise by playing music, celebrating, shouting, etc." The idiom is believed to have originated in the southern U.S. in the mid-1800s. It's also the entire focal point of Luke's 1998 hit "Raise the Roof."
Fans on Twitter could not help but laugh at Sajak's awkward moment.
@patsajak just said “lift the ceiling” instead of “raid the roof” and I can’t stop laughing😂— Mega Stuffed Oreos (@shmeganforreal) February 27, 2020
Did y’all just hear #PatSajak say “lift the ceiling” when the black man who is beatin’ EVERYONE at this game raised his hands above his head?!!!!— Kadee (@KimberDJ) February 27, 2020
Lift the ceiling???
Dude. It’s raise the roof. Lordt! #WheelOfFortune
“Lift the ceiling.” 😂— michy (@michyb33) February 27, 2020
Pat, it’s raise the roof. #WheelOfFortune
Yo! This fool just said “lift the ceiling”. Ahhh!— ninjo (@JoelKeely) February 27, 2020
watching wheel of fortune and contestant “raises the roof” and pat joins in then says “lift the ceiling”— Ashley Lou 🖤 (@ashleyylou_) February 27, 2020
i hate white ppl 😂
Pat Sajak just said "lift the ceiling" instead of "raise the roof". This proves my viral tweet about Sajak being awkward, and the angry men in the comments saying Sajak is "smooth as butter" wrong. #WheelOfFortune— bucket of salt (@imnotfunnydude) February 27, 2020
“Lift the ceiling” .....aka raise the roof— HeatherDawnOceanGirl (@OceanGirlHD) February 27, 2020
While Gaines fell just short of advancing to the bonus round, he did go home with a sizable prize of $12,100. Which is probably enough money to renovate either his roof or his ceiling.
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