As A Metaphor, It's Maybe a 3-and-a-Half

Doug Harris cats22 at FRONTIERNET.NET
Tue Jul 22 13:37:36 UTC 2008

The second sentence in the following quote, from a 7/22 LA Times story
on the importance of pre-planning a transition from one US president to
another, begs a question: When _can_ you build a plane while flying it?
(Answer, if it's a space station - which isn't a plane, but that's about
as near as you can come to being able to build a flying object while it's
doing so.)

"Nevertheless, the arguments for detailed and publicly acknowledged
pre-convention transition planning are overwhelming. This is a situation in
which the plane cannot be built while flying it."

The American Dialect Society -

More information about the Ads-l mailing list