Um. (Raises hand.) What does "Biblically pear-shaped" mean? It sounds like a fun term, and I assume it means something has not gone well, but could I get some background on the phrase please? It appears to be a common phrase according to Google, but I couldn't find any background. Thanks.
"Pear-shaped" is British slang for something gone wrong with ones plans. Since Iron Maggie Thatcher introduced Americans to the phrase, it has evolved into the connotation of not just wrong, but horribly so.
Its origin is fairly obscure, but most experts seem to think that aviation has something to do with it, most probably the Royal Air Force, and that it involves the shape of a failed engine casing or the shape of a failed aerial manoeuvre.
"Biblically" comes from, of course, the Bible. When it comes to catastrophes, nobody does it better than the Bible.
So. When things "go pear-shaped", they've gone horribly wrong. When they go "Biblically pear-shaped", they've gone horribly wrong -- only worse.