| The following
caught my eye in Paul Krugman's column in today's New York Times:
Projections for Medicare, however, have worsened:
last year the trustees predicted that the hospital insurance trust fund
would last until 2026, and now they've moved it back to 2019.
He is clearly using "move something back" to mean "move to an
earlier date." Citations of the phrase in the same meaning can be found
on the Web:
I would also like New Zealand to move the tour
back to August instead of September so that it falls within our
two-week school break.
But "move something back" is also used to mean "move to a later
Previously, a designated beneficiary must be selected by December 31 of
the year following the IRA owner's death. The final regulations move
the date back to September 30.
Congresswoman Jo Ann Davis was successful today in restoring critical
funding for the construction of the CVNX. Davis secured $160 million to
focus on the construction of the CVNX carrier, helping to move the
construction date back to 2006 and saving jobs that may have been
lost if the construction timetable was put off.... The White House
budget called for a one year delay in the start of CVNX construction -
the future aircraft carrier slated to be built at Northrop Grumman -
from 2006 to 2007. This move would potentially cost the shipyard 1,000
jobs and hamper our military capabilities. Now Davis has succeeded in
getting $160 added to help restore this time-line.
The HDTV standards were supposed to take effect for
the networks by 2004, but I think they have moved the timeline back
to 2009 now.
Similarly, "move something ahead" can mean either "move to an
date" or "move to a later date":
The DOE originally planned to have the repository finished in 1998, but
it has now moved the date back to 2010.
The original rollout deadline under the terms of the 3G license was end
2003 with 99% coverage of the population. Orange wanted to move the
deadline back to 2006.
None of the dictionaries I checked noted these potentially confusing
When Jack Kay agreed to chair the 1987 American Royal Barbecue, he
decided the traditional November date for the contest wasn't working.
More often than not, contestants and the public had to fight cold
winds, sleet and other disagreeable hardships from Mother Nature. Jack
and the committee decided to move the contest ahead to October.
Just last week the prime minister proposed to move the general
elections ahead to June 2004 instead of having them in 2005 as
Also, the plan would now start earlier, as Clinton originally proposed
that the benefit would begin in 2003 but he moved the timeline ahead
The book predicted that the rapture would occur on September 11, 12, or
13, 1988. When the event failed to rake [sic] place, Whisenant found a
slight error in his calculations, and moved the date ahead to
September 1, 1989.
I want to confirm that the deadline is January 3. We did get some
requests to move the deadline ahead to February, and although
Diane and I have given it careful consideration, after weighing the
pros and cons, we have decided to stay with the original deadline.
Those of you who have submitted abstracts for this year's ACH/ALLC
Joint International Conference will be aware that the announced date
for notifying applicants was March 15, 1995. Due to unforeseen
circumstances, however, we are obliged to move the date ahead
to APRIL 20, 1995.
(Verifying the ambiguity of "move something forward" and "move something
up" is left as an
exercise for the reader.)
(March 26, 2004)