In Beetlejuice (1988) the host of the party proposes a toast

May your buildings go condo

I don't understand this expression.

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If a building "goes condominium" it changes from having rented apartments to having owned apartments.

The construction "May (something happen)" is an expression of a wish, hope or prayer.

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    Wish, hope, prayer, or curse. Dec 27, 2022 at 21:20
  • So it's the same as "pay off your mortgage" then?
    – akond
    Dec 28, 2022 at 2:46
  • not really the same at all. if you own a building and you "go condo" then you can kick out the rental tenants, and sell it on at a large profit. But to go condo you need permission from the city.
    – James K
    Dec 28, 2022 at 8:17
  • I agree with the general sense of your answer ("may the building go from rental to sales") but to me it sounds like it would be a wish for the tenants, not the landlord. After all, the landlord already owns the building, so it's weird to express this as something that just happens to them! The tenant, OTOH, has less control, but may get to buy their apartment at a below-market rate.
    – stangdon
    Dec 28, 2022 at 18:12
  • It is ususally the other way round. The tenants are forced to move out, since they can't afford the price of the condominium. The building owner gets a bundle of money and new posh residents. There is a whole social history here.
    – James K
    Dec 28, 2022 at 21:25

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