I'm a Brit since birth so a native English speaker but I heard the expression "dog on the sofa moment" whilst listening to the radio and I have no idea what it means. I could have mis-heard but I don't think so. The context was the presenter saying how she had the opportunity to interview a certain celebrity and it was a real "dog on the sofa moment".

  • A predicament: on the one hand, there are no recorded instances of usage of this phrase anywhere (I looked at google books, COCA, and BNC). As a consequence, the answers to this question will necessarily be 'opinion-based', and so the question should be closed as off-topic. However, it is an interesting question, and I wouldn't be surprised if we actually managed to reach a consensus on what the expression probably means. What to do? Should we close the question as off-topic because answers to it will be primarily opinion-based, or leave it be? – linguisticturn Dec 22 '19 at 22:26

Her dog clearly really enjoys being on the sofa (like most dogs), even if he doesn’t have any right to be there. I don’t think it’s a common idiom, but the meaning seems clear to me. She’s comparing her emotions to her dog's, using both anthropomorphism and metaphor. It gives a sense of her enjoyment at interviewing this person along with her mild "imposter syndrome".

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    Alternatively, it just means it’s a really special treat – interviewing this celebrity made the presenter so excited she felt like a dog who’d been allowed to sit on the sofa with its owner. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Nov 26 '18 at 22:09
  • @JanusBahsJacquet I think you're right, post an answer and I'll mark as such. Sorry late, reply did not get notifications – Enilorac Jul 12 '19 at 11:28

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