Normal opposite of higher is lower. But in this case will it make sense to say "Bounce me lower"?


My child loves it when her father bounces her. She says "Bounce me higher".

  • Can you explain more what you mean? When would you want to say this?
    – sumelic
    Commented Dec 8, 2015 at 6:39
  • @sumelic added situation
    – CoffeeDay
    Commented Dec 8, 2015 at 7:01

2 Answers 2


I think it makes sense. Alternative phrasing is

don't bounce me that/so high.

  • "bounce me lower" sounds very weird. Your suggestion "don't bounce me that/so high." sounds perfect. +1 for that.
    – Varun Nair
    Commented Dec 8, 2015 at 6:31

If we're talking about height, then higher and lower definitely makes sense.

But even in this case, they make sense, if you view it from another angle.

Bounce me lower(than I am now) does not make any sense. If I'm standing at a height of 4 feet, I can bounce my child to 5 feet, or to 6 feet, but not to say, 3 feet.

But it makes sense when it's meant as - bounce me lower(than you're doing now). So, bounce me lower(to 5 feet) than you're doing now(to 6 feet).

It's unconventional, but legal.

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