to right-size

Martin Kaminer martin.kaminer at GMAIL.COM
Sun Mar 11 22:10:34 UTC 2012

Didn't follow the whole thread but I believe you'll find its recent
use stems in part from management mumbo-jumbo as a euphemism for
'downsize'.  I recall vividly a friend who worked on this ostensibly
management-jargon-busting book who
experienced profound dismay a few years later upon hearing one of the
authors (now Dean of HBS) use the neologism 'smartsize'.

On Sun, Mar 11, 2012 at 5:55 PM, Jonathan Lighter
<wuxxmupp2000 at> wrote:
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> No, it means  'to estimate or measure correctly':
> CNN today: "They're not right-sizing the Iranian threat."
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