Posted by Fred on May 13, 2003
In Reply to: Bean counter posted by Shirley Vander Vorste on May 13, 2003
: Where did the phrase "bean counter" come from and what is it's exact meaning?
A bean counter considers only quantities when
qualities should be considered. Suppose an
editor of a newspaper gives pay raises to staff
members on the basis of the number
of articles written rather than the quality of
the articles. The editor is a bean counter.