Definition difference

Tonight, Thing One and I ate dinner with a fire in the fireplace as a background. He was in charge of building the fire, while I was in charge of cooking the dinner.

Shortly after starting the fire, Thing One asked about the flue. I told him "push it forward." He did, and the fire alarm went off.

So, readers, here's the question. When I said "push it forward," I meant "push it away from you." Thing One says that "push it forward" means pushing it towards yourself.

Which of us is right?


Murphy Jacobs said...

How is something pushed toward one's self?

Just checked Merriam-Webster

1a: to press against with force in order to drive or impel
b: to move or endeavor to move away or ahead by steady pressure without striking
a: to thrust forward, downward, or outward

All suggest a direction away from the self. Movement toward the self is pulling.

Anonymous said...

I'm with Sherri. You pull things toward yourself; pushing is always away.

Aravis said...

Yes, as Sherri and cam said: push away, pull towards.

You now have three people backing you up. *G*

Jandy said...

Four - Sherri is right on pushing vs pulling.