the ceiling is the roof

the football team at michael jordan’s alma mater, the university of north carolina tar heels, will wear jordan brand uniforms next season.  michael jordan announced this at halftime of the tarheels’ big game on saturday against arch rival (most important) the duke blue devils.

jordan north carolina football
jordan reppin nc football (streeter lecka/getty image)

if u already know this, it’s probably thanks to (because of) the inspirational words jordan spoke at the end of his short inspirational speech that have set the internet on fire

the ceiling is the roof

sara jane harris at reported it like this

michael jordan has a new and rather confusing catch phrase.

rather, like pretty or quite, means to a certain degree or level.  the degree depends on tone or context; in this example,  rather means more confusing than normal.  catch phrase is an easily recognized line often associated with a specific person.

a ceiling

a ceiling  (

the ceiling is the top of a room inside a building.  the roof is the top of a building from the outside. they are different, but they are also often used interchangeably.

a roof

a roof

so if u are an efl student and jordan’s words sound redundant—u got it.  that’s why everyone is cracking jokes.

let’s get one thing straight is a common phrase used to correct, clarify or emphasize.

🙂 fun elt practice  richyrocks english on youtube

obviously, the ceiling is the roof was going to get mashed up with the crying jordan meme.

call it a night (or day) means stop working for the day.

the emoji in the tweet above is a goat. goat in reference to mj is an acronym for greatest of all time.  it’s a rather odd acronym, because in sports we also call someone who blows a big opportunity or loses a game through poor execution or inaction a goat. screw up means make a mistake.

a pygmy goat the ceiling is the roof

a goat on a stump.  

🙂 fun elt practice. richyrocks english on youtube

this observation is hypothetical i.e. second conditional.

the structure to express a hypothetical situation is if + past tense  + modal auxiliary verb; in this case came up to u and said (past tense) and you’d be like (modal auxiliary–you’d=you would). be like is used to present dialogue.  this is extremely common in internet communication.


for some social media users jordan’s new catch phrase has received too much attention.

get old indicates a transformation or a process. get can be used the same way with many other adjectives, for example get tired, get hungry, get used to and get drunk. annoying is irritating, bothersome.


this one is from my instagram….

plead is desperately ask for.

most likely jordan wanted to say something like the sky is the limit. or this team has no ceiling to give the idea that tar heel football has enormous potential for next season. but he didn’t, and it looks like the ceiling is the roof will be around for awhile.

which of the  memes above  is your favorite?  share your choice under leave a reply 




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