Thursday, January 19, 2006

Pssst...

Pretty young lady sitting next to me in the meeting a few minutes ago:

You can't flush out a concept.

You flesh out a concept.

See the metaphor? A concept is like a quick stick-figure sketch of an idea, and when you flesh it out, you add musculature, texture and other details to realize it.

You can flush something out, but that's quail-hunting. Or plumbing, I suppose.

There. Sorry to interrupt your self-involved blathering. Please -- carry on.

11 comments:

Mudge said...

Perhaps she has been repeatedly told her concepts need to be flushed.

Linkmeister said...

Pedantry 101 rears its purty head. Again.

An Upstep or a Downstep said...

Perhaps one can "flush out" a concept, assuming one thinks that concepts exist independent of humans in some sort of Platonic participation in forms. In the little known Platonic dialog "Skylos Pouli" Socrates remarked that "... even a small Spartan child can grasp the notion of thrashing about wildly in a field of chaotic words and musings to effect the release and flight of the ennoia".

What you need to flush out a Greek Quail: tdoqjjn

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The Viscount LaCarte said...

Well, I guess for all intensive purposes the too meta fours mean exponentially the sane things.

Mark Smeraldi said...

Actually, Some concepts cry out to be flushed ( or self-Darwinized). Who are we to thwart their wishes?

Bob Dwire said...

You're not suggesting that you were in a meeting, with wireless access, and chose to do something unrelated to the topic at hand? I'm appalled, truly appalled.

xsceo lots of those over at Enron &c

Neddie said...

Well, they were flushing out concepts, don't you know, Bob. One is tempted to reach for one's laptop and Take Copious Notes.

msexf -- wow. Homophobic Word Verif! Sex is beween a male and a female. Any other variation and it's not sex.

Devil's Rancher said...

Neddie, you callous ass-- if she finds out you posted this about her publicly, it will really hurt her Self of Steam.

roxtar said...

She must really be a looser....