Spray & Pray; Soft-Roader; Crummey/Crummy

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Sun Dec 3 22:48:56 UTC 2000


   From the FINANCIAL TIMES, 1 December 2000, pg. V, col. 1:

_Spray and_
_pray doesn't_
_work any_
Faced by a lengthening of failed internet ventures, firms have drawn in their horns and are no longer throwing money at start-ups in the hope that one succeeds.

   Oh good.  I though "spray and pray" involved something else.
   The Dow Jones database has a "spray and pray" in COMPUTER BUSINESS REVIEW, 3-1-1996.


   From the FINANCIAL TIMES, December 2/December 3, 2000, Weekend, pg. XV, cols. 6-8, is "Land Rover's 'soft-roader' adds a layer of quality."
   A Dow Jones database check for "soft-roader" shows hits going back to 1-23-1998.  Almost all are British.


   From the FINANCIAL TIMES, December 2/December 3, 2000, Weekend, pg. XXVII, col. 2:

   Some other Clinton-era proposals may have bitten the dust, but you may still want to be wary.  So-called "Crummey provisions", as an example, give trust beneficiaries an annual short-term right to (Col. 3--ed.) withdraw money from the trust, thereby converting the gift of a future interest into a present interest so that the donor receives the benefit of the annual gift tax exclusion.  Typically used with life insurance trusts, Crummey provisions have been under attack for some time.

   A Dow Jones database check shows half and half for "Crummey provision(s)" and "Crummy provision(s)."  A 3-24-91 NEWSDAY story says it was named for the plaintiff in a tax court case.
   Maybe so, but it's still crummy.  Why couldn't this guy be a chef?  Or a scientist?  Or a doctor?  Imagine if he replaced Caesar or Condom or Murphy or the rest.
   "Today, on the menu, we offer a Crummey salad."
   "Let's have Crummey sex."
   "Whatever can go wrong will go wrong.  It's the Crummey Law."

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