In drag = disguised

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Wed Jan 20 16:56:44 UTC 2010

On Wed, Jan 20, 2010 at 3:15 AM, Benjamin Barrett <gogaku at> wrote:
> In a discussion about the computer language VBA, I found this:
> Date variables are really Doubles in drag.
> (
> Both date variables and doubles are data types.
> Interesting extension.

Another techie usage... From _Access 2003 for Dummies_, p. 28 ("The
Datasheet Window"):

"Is it a table or a spreadsheet? Only its owner knows for sure!
Looking at Figure 2-4, it's easy to see why you may confuse the two.
It's a table, but it looks like a spreadsheet."

Figure 2-4 is captioned, "The Customers table, dressed in spreadsheet drag."

--Ben Zimmer

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