Up to Eleven
"Up to eleven" or "These go to eleven" is an idiom from popular culture which has come to refer to anything capable of being exploited to its utmost abilities, or to exceed them, such as a sound volume control. Similarly, the expression "turning it up to eleven" may refer to the act of taking something to an extreme, generally in a macho manner. In 2002 the phrase entered the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary with the definition "up to maximum volume."
In such a fashion, we can see that certain Arrsers could be said to go 'up to eleven'.
Used in the seminal Mockumentary 'This is Spinal Tap'
- Nigel Tufnel: The numbers all go to eleven. Look, right across the board, eleven, eleven, eleven and...
- Marty DiBergi: Oh, I see. And most amps go up to ten?
- Nigel Tufnel: Exactly.
- Marty DiBergi: Does that mean it's louder? Is it any louder?
- Nigel Tufnel: Well, it's one louder, isn't it? It's not ten. You see, most blokes, you know, will be playing at ten. You're on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you're on ten on your guitar. Where can you go from there? Where?
- Marty DiBergi: I don't know.
- Nigel Tufnel: Nowhere. Exactly. What we do is, if we need that extra push over the cliff, you know what we do?
- Marty DiBergi: Put it up to eleven.
- Nigel Tufnel: Eleven. Exactly. One louder.
- Marty DiBergi: Why don't you just make ten louder and make ten be the top number and make that a little louder?
- Nigel Tufnel: [pause] These go to eleven.