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#1 2012-04-10 16:30:35

brians
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Registered: 2006-03-29
Posts: 22

Blow a casket

Not as many people work on their cars or other machinery as in former times, so it’s not surprising that some of them are unfamiliar with the word “gasket.”

They say that people on the verge of blowing up are about to “blow a casket.”

I’m not sure what they think they’re saying, but I imagine reanimated corpses bursting forth from their tombs to terrorize the world in a zombified rage.

Examples:
“We’re now working on indetifying the clues of when he is going to blow a casket. This is a lot of work, but P-boy agreed to work with me on it strangely enough. His agreeance is frightening.”
http://www.wrongplanet.net/postp4544736.html

“YOU want to blow a casket because I mention that its inappropriate to use pedaphilia cases as a means to discredit an entire Church.”
http://www.gracecentered.com/christian_ … y/80/?wap2

“What? That’s it? You’re not gonna blow a casket or anything?”
http://www.voy.com/13955/4/235.html

Some other forums have addressed this one:
http://www.chacha.com/question/what-doe … 2-refer-to
http://sayingsgonewrong.com/post/291228 … w-a-casket

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#2 2012-04-10 23:58:43

David Bird
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From: Montréal, QC
Registered: 2009-07-28
Posts: 1184

Re: Blow a casket

Here in Quebec a casquette is a baseball cap – but I couldn’t find any hits based on that idea. I did find another version of gasket, though – don’t blow a gas kit, man.

Steam was rising from eleven different points on the lake as the competitors over heating devices nearly blew a gas kit.
Sailboat race report

I trot off to the kitchen and nearly blow a gas kit (Is that what it really is? I never thought about that saying before…) when I see that both my phone and the kitchen clock say 4:56.
Rude awakening blog

My family (moms side) is from St. Lucia and they’ve always had something against Haitians(all due respect to my haitian brovas and sistas here), if anyone of my brothers, cousains bought home a Haitians guy/girl, my family would blow a gas kit.
Mixed dating forum

Well Pete slow down a little you might blow a gas-kit Bro.
Over 50 sex forum

Others that are probably mostly WTFTs and malaprops: blowing baskets and biscuits. A blend with blow your biscuits, maybe.

Kyle knew that Liz had a lot to talk to Jordan about, and as much as he wanted to stay and find out, he knew that his father would blow a basket.
fanfic

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#3 2012-04-11 23:07:49

kem
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From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2145

Re: Blow a casket

Seeing the post on “blowing a casket” (funny!) made me wonder if anyone had permuted “going to hell in a handbasket” to “going to hell in a handcasket.” Yup, it’s there. Here are a couple of citations that might not be deliberate puns:

Computer forum: “If I crop the picture afterwards, it’s nice and big but the resolution has gone to hell in a handcasket.”

Thread on faith: “It’s like what Pastor Davis says in church, ‘Wake up America! You wonder why this country is going to Hell in a handcasket?! First they remove prayer out of school 40 years ago and then they try to remove the American flag from classrooms,.....because it may offend others.’”

See also our earlier discussion “hell in a handbasket.” The Phrase finder discusses the “hell in a handbasket” and “hell in a handcart” claims.

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