Lots of words have more than one meaning. One of those words, it occurs to me, is the word “bar.”
Most of us, when we think about bars, probably think first of the places people go to relax, converse, and attain a modified mental state. The piece of furniture over which the drinks are passed is called the bar by the bartender to the bar maids. We have a lot of bars in Wisconsin and many of them are homes away from home for patrons.
You can be barred from a bar if you cause trouble or can’t control yourself.
Candy bars are good, but not too good for us. You could make a bar graph that compares the healthiness of different foods like candy bars and the foods you might find at a salad bar.
When people become lawyers they need to pass the bar exam, and might become part of the American Bar Association, which is different than the tavern league. If they lie cheat and steal, however, they may find themselves behind bars.
When someone encourages better performance by making an example of their own excellent efforts they are said to be “raising the bar,” as in the high jump or pole vault. On the other hand, if you are involved in a limbo dance contest, the objective is to lower the bar.
It would be great to be spending time on a sand bar and to dig up a gold bar left by pirates long ago. Maybe the pirate had a handlebar mustache. You might celebrate by singing a few bars of a happy song. Then you can get on your bike and grab the handlebars and rush home to share the good news. You would be the luckiest person in the world, bar none.
Some people refer to our nation’s flag as being the stars and bars. Certain military ranks have insignia that are bars. They’re like stripes, only made of metal.
Some home theater systems have sound bars. Television engineers make sure your picture is right by calibrating the color bars. After lunch, they have ice cream bars.
So, you see my point. There are a lot of meanings and uses for the word bar. I don’t know if this is useful information, but feel free to use it to win a bar bet.