Love these semantic discussions. My read of the construct is that we're talking about relative time and "closeness". So December 2020 is closer than January 2021. If you draw a line with now at the origin point, then position December and January at appropriate distances along the line, January is further to the right, is further from now and so relatively speaking has been "pushed back" from December. Consider especially if you imagine you're standing at point "now" and looking through December at January further away in the distance - it's backward of December, not forward."Pushed Back:" is a saying correctly used by you. Still the phrase seems to defy logic. If I were to say "I'm going back in time," the word back would mean the opposite of "pushed back." We say "pushed back" and we mean going forward. Logically it seems to me if we wanted to push some ahead in time we should say "pushed forward," but we don't. Next page please.
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