barge in

Or, in other words: interrupt, break in on, muscle in on, intrude on, infringe on, burst in on, butt in, elbow your way in.

The phrase comes from ‘barge.’ Used as a noun, it is defined as a capacious, flat-bottomed vessel, usually intended to be pushed or towed, for transporting freight or passengers. Used as a verb, ‘barge’ means to move clumsily, to bump into things, or to move in the slow, heavy manner of a barge, or finally, to transport by barge.

Heavy freight was often moved along rivers and canals in large barges pushed by steamboats. The barges  were hard to control and would sometimes swerve into piers or other boats. And this is why we still say of someone who, for example, breaks into a private conversation, that  they ‘barged in.’

And this has nothing whatever to do with ‘barging in’ but it made me laugh. Maybe it’ll do the same for you.

Sung to the Beatles song of the same name:

Yesterday, All those backups seemed a waste of pay.
Now my database has gone away. Oh I believe in yesterday.
Suddenly, There’s not half the files there used to be, And there’s a
Milestone hanging over me. The system crashed so suddenly.
I pushed something wrong. What it was I could not say.
Now all my data’s gone and I long for yesterday-ay-ay-ay.
Yesterday, The need for back-ups seemed so far away.
I knew my data was all here to stay, Now I believe in yesterday.

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