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Hey, everybody--I need a little help. Are you familiar with the phrase being "on the bubble"? And what region are you from?  :thankyou
#1 - July 15, 2016, 03:43 PM
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CO -- mtn west -- and yes. :)
#2 - July 15, 2016, 03:51 PM
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Sure! It would be familiar to anybody who follows college basketball nationwide.
#3 - July 15, 2016, 03:51 PM
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^ Not how I know it (of course, I don't really follow college bball, so there you have it). We use it in education quite often.
#4 - July 15, 2016, 03:52 PM
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No clue here (New England).
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I've never heard it. (Canada)

what does it mean??
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I've heard of it! I grew up in Wisconsin but now live in Virginia.
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I've heard it: CA.
#8 - July 15, 2016, 04:30 PM
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Yes, I know it. (Ontario, Canada)

But I don't hear people under 30 ever use it.
#9 - July 15, 2016, 04:32 PM

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I've never heard it. (Canada)

what does it mean??

Sorry, Arty. It means to be in danger of not making the cut. So if there are ten openings on a team, and you know you rank somewhere around tenth or eleventh among people trying out, you'd be on the bubble.
#10 - July 15, 2016, 04:40 PM
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Never heard of it, and I've lived in all of the west coast states.
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Ontario, Canada too and I've heard it in recent years but in terms of TV shows being on the bubble (in danger of being cancelled) - I don't follow basketball at all.
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I have never in my life heard that term. I'm from... scratch that, I'm from nowhere.

If it's a sports term, then I definitely won't know it.  :hiding
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So. California   Yes, I've heard it and even know what it means, but I'm old. :)
#15 - July 15, 2016, 05:21 PM

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I'd never heard of it, but asked my husband and he had. He said it means "on the edge," which is exactly what Katie said.

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#16 - July 15, 2016, 05:35 PM
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Never heard it before. Southeastern PA.
#17 - July 15, 2016, 05:41 PM

I always thought it meant the bubble in a carpenter's level, and if the bubble was dead center, everything was level (and therefore acceptable)?
#18 - July 15, 2016, 05:55 PM
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Yep, Missouri. We also use it to mean undecided about something, "I'm on the bubble about going to dinner tonight."
#19 - July 15, 2016, 06:02 PM
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In education, it usually means kids are between sections: ie, on the bubble -- not average but not gifted.
#20 - July 15, 2016, 06:46 PM
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I've heard it. (Los Angeles.)
#21 - July 15, 2016, 07:25 PM

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Kentucky. I've heard it, but don't use it myself.
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I always thought it meant the bubble in a carpenter's level, and if the bubble was dead center, everything was level (and therefore acceptable)?

Me, too.
#23 - July 15, 2016, 08:28 PM

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Interesting!

I always thought it meant the bubble in a carpenter's level, and if the bubble was dead center, everything was level (and therefore acceptable)?

Me, too.

but that could mean the bubble in a level is right in the middle, so neither left nor right. therefore, undecided.

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but that could mean the bubble in a level is right in the middle, so neither left nor right. therefore, undecided.

A bubble moves back and forth from the middle if something ISN'T level, and eventually finds the middle once it is--Then, a perfectly level and proper plane is "On the bubble".  (Meaning the marked center point where the bubble is supposed to be.)
#25 - July 15, 2016, 11:03 PM
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Never heard it before. Lived in two northeastern states and one southeastern state. And I'm definitely over 30.
#26 - July 16, 2016, 06:36 AM
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Hmm. I've never heard of it either (CT/MA).

Edited: Just asked my super-sporty 13yo son, who also has never heard of it.
#27 - July 16, 2016, 06:56 AM
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Never heard of it, Katie, and we watch basketball. At first I had the same thoughts as Eric -- a level.
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No, but I'm not a sports person. (NJ)
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Yes, also with the "on the edge" meaning. Wisconsin.
#30 - July 16, 2016, 09:16 AM
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