[Ads-l] Saying: A prototype is worth 1,000 meetings

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jun 10 01:53:10 UTC 2015

An interesting question was relayed to me by Ben and Jesse regarding
the saying "a prototype is worth 1,000 meetings":


Some background about the origin of the saying was given on the
website of SKMurphy.com (Sean Murphy) here:

Short link: http://bit.ly/1HoKfJN

Here is evidence of a precursor/transitional form circa 1950:

Year: 1949 or 1950
Trade Journal: Modern Metals
Volume: 5 or 6
Quote Page 34
(Google Books snippet data; requires verification on paper)

Short link: http://bit.ly/1ItKQIU

[Begin excerpt]
"One picture is worth a thousand words" is an old saying, and in sales
one prototype is worth a thousand pictures. We have often found that a
customer's final acceptance of magnesium depends upon the satisfactory
performance of a prototype when tested by the consumer.
[End excerpt]

Barry's website has some valuable entries on the theme of meetings:
A meeting is no substitute for progress
Winners have parties, losers have meetings
Republicans want a leader; Democrats want a meeting


The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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