[Ads-l] bikeshedding

Bill Mullins amcombill at HOTMAIL.COM
Wed Jun 17 17:39:34 UTC 2020

Not in OED, and doesn't seem to be in the ADS-L archives.

See for background:

Gnome Foundation _Gnome Annual Report 2009_  p. 23

"When there is no concrete proposal available it is easy to end up in endless discussions that turn into bikeshedding and no actual work being done."

Jono Bacon _The Art of Community_ Sebastopol, CA: O'Reilly Media, 2009 p. 78

"Almost every technical community I have see makes the same two common mistakes:  obsessing over resources and discussing topics to death.  The latter of these two problems is rather excitingly titled bikeshedding."

Bullmore, Jeremy. "Opinion: On the Campaign couch ... with JB." _Campaign_ (UK), 27 Sept. 2013, p. 20.
"It stated that 'the time spent on any item of the agenda will be in inverse proportion to the sum (of money) involved' and was illustrated by what became known as bikeshedding."

Santa Rosa CA _Press Democrat_ 01 Feb 2015 p T7 (proquest)
"Now also known as "bikeshedding," Parkinson's Law of Triviality states that the more complex an issue, the less time spent on it."

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

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