I was watching Match Game PM the other night, and they were playing the round where the contestant picks three celebs to guess the phrase, and then they go with the answer that will probably be the most popular (ala Family Feud).
The phrase was “Heartbreak <blank>”:
[li] Brett Somers chimes in with “Hotel”. Good one.[/li][li] Charles Nelson Reilly comes up with “Ridge”. So far so good.[/li]then
[li] Richard Dawson says “of psoriasis.” And is greeted with much applause!![/li][/ul]
So the contestant goes with Hotel, which is number one, but “of psoriasis” was number two!!
Excuse me, but what in the wild wild world of sports does “heartbreak of psoriasis” mean?? Why use “heartbreak” - what is so heartbreaking about a skin rash? Was there some psoriasis epidemic in the 70s? Why has everyone but me heard of that phrase before? I was a TV watching kid in the 70s’, but I sure as hell don’t remember this.
Not helping matters is that the Web has tons of references to “heartbreak of psoriasis” but no explanation of where that phrase came from, or why it makes any sense to use it.