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Higher than a kite

Posted by Pamela on July 18, 2008 at 01:14

In Reply to: Higher than a kite posted by pamela on July 18, 2008 at 01:12:

: : Origin of "higher than a kite"? It is used to signify feeling great and sometimes as a drug reference to being really "high"?

: I don't know the origin, but if someone said they were "high as a kite" I would usually take it to mean drugged, not elated, unless they were talking about some sort of manic state. ("Without my meds for bipolar I get high as a kite"). These days, the assocation of "high" with drugs is so common that I can't see anyone saying "What I nice day - I'm higher than a kite" to mean "I am feeling great". Pamela

I'll add, however, that perhaps this might be because I hang around with grumps who wouldn't ever say "I feel great" anyway.