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What's Your Favorite or Most Used Idiom from the World of Engineering?

  • 1.  What's Your Favorite or Most Used Idiom from the World of Engineering?

    Posted 03-07-2022 12:34 PM
    Here's a potentially fun topic for a Monday. What's your favorite or most used idiom from the world of engineering and why do you like it? Conversely, what idioms do you find annoying or over used? We had a moderator call last week and the idiom "grease the skids" was used prompting this post.. An idiom (I had forgotten and had to look up) is a group of words established by usage as having a meaning not deducible from those of the individual words.

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    Mitch Winkler P.E., M.ASCE
    Houston, TX
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  • 2.  RE: What's Your Favorite or Most Used Idiom from the World of Engineering?

    Posted 03-09-2022 07:51 AM

    I'm sorry, Mitchell  I totally dropped the ball on this one despite thinking 24/7 before I called it a day and hit the hay.  I thought I would get my act together the next day, so went back to the drawing board as soon as I had my first cup of joe.  To make a long story short, I found this task no piece of cake and no lightbulb went off in my head, so I sadly I pulled the plug on this effort.  I hope someone else has a brainstorm and posts their thoughts, but if not cut your readers some slack because they may have bigger fish to fry this week!



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    Becky Waldrup, P.E., M.ASCE
    Senior Manager, Government Engineer Programs
    American Society of Civil Engineers
    Reston, VA
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  • 3.  RE: What's Your Favorite or Most Used Idiom from the World of Engineering?

    Posted 03-14-2022 10:43 AM
    Whew, Becky, you hit the ball out of the park!

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    Dudley McFadden P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE
    Principal Civil Engineer
    Roseville CA
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  • 4.  RE: What's Your Favorite or Most Used Idiom from the World of Engineering?

    Posted 04-08-2022 10:14 AM
    now there's some government work (thinking?) for you.  Thank you

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    Sarah Simon P.E., ENV SP, M.ASCE
    Founding Partner
    Ipswich MA
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  • 5.  RE: What's Your Favorite or Most Used Idiom from the World of Engineering?

    Posted 04-22-2022 08:02 PM
    Hi Becky! Your response is the bee's knees!  Put a feather in your cap and pat yourself on the back!

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    Reed Brockman P.E., M.ASCE
    ASCE Pre-College Outreach Committee Member
    Chair, Public Awareness & Outreach Committee, Boston Society of Civil Engineers (BSCES/ASCE)
    Vice President, AECOM
    Boston MA
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  • 6.  RE: What's Your Favorite or Most Used Idiom from the World of Engineering?

    Posted 03-10-2022 02:11 PM

    Mitch, thank you for picking up my slack. I have lost track of time travelling and working between cities. I have to laugh because I am still finding my way around these forums and had just looked up "idioms" for posting. In the case of "Greasing the Skids", as it a term thrown around by the more "experienced" members of the team and, as a younger member, I was able to grasp on understanding of its meaning based on the context of the discussion without knowing what a "skid" was at the time. It seems that some Idioms are the verbal picture for the old saying "A picture is worth a thousand words".

    "Greasing the Skids" is a very useful tool in project management and stakeholder engagement. I just need to figure out where to drop the discussion.

    I am curious as to what idioms some have heard that they know must be a decade or two before their time. 



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    James Williams P.E., M.ASCE
    Principal/Owner
    POA&M Structural Engineering, PLC
    Yorktown, VA
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