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Go to Eleven

Posted by Brian from Shawnee on August 20, 2003

Currently the Merriam-Webster web page (m-w.com) proudly announces the 11th edition of their dictionary with the tag line "We Go to 11".

I believe the phrase "go to eleven" was first used in the movie "This Is Spinal Tap". One of the band members was showing Rob Reiner, the documentary producer (or "rock-umentary", if you will) how loud their amplifiers were. He pointed out that the volume controls were custom made to go to eleven, where normal amplifiers only go to ten. Reiner asks "Why didn't you just make ten louder?". Pause and blank stare from the band member, then "These go to 11!".