Satiric radio commentary for the 90s from the man who drained Lake Michigan and filled it with hot chocolate!!!

Language Update: "Passing the Bar"

Stan Freberg here with another language update. When somebody says "Well, he passed the bar," what exactly does that mean? Be right back. [:60 SPOT BREAK]

Freberg here. If someone "passes the bar," you say it only means he or she can now call themselves a lawyer. Oh, yeah?

What if the person in question is an alcoholic, and was seen to walk on by a bar? "Whew, that's a relief! He passed the bar and kept on walking!" The word "bar" comes from the long brass bar you put your foot on in a saloon.

On the other hand, a student of dance needs to exercise by stretching their leg up on the long bar in the mirrored dance studio. They'd better not pass the bar.

Or suppose a girl wants a bite of her boyfriend's candy bar: "Umm, can you pass the bar?" If he's also a lawyer, he'll say, "That's redundant--I already passed the bar!"

Ah, you English language, we'll whip you yet!

Stan Freberg here.

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