Advertisements

Push the bar

A participant on the television program “Say Yes to the Dress” was referring to her desire to raise her standards when selecting a wedding dress and said “push the bar”.  This is a conflation of “push the envelope”  (exceed the limits of what is normally done) and “raise the bar” (raise or exceed the standards of quality that are expected).  It is close to a congruent conflation, as both idioms describe exceeding a standard.   My guess is that the verbs “push” and “raise” caused the mental confusion.

A big thanks to Chief Malaphor Hunter (CMH) Mike Kovacs for submitting this one for a friend.

Speaking of exceeding quality standards, did you know the new book He Smokes Like a Fish and other Malaphors received an A+ rating from the Society of Word Oddities (SWO)?   Get yours today on Amazon!

yes-to-the-dress

Advertisements


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s