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"to re-invent the wheel" -- why extensions?

Posted by Bob on October 19, 2003

In Reply to: "To re-invent the wheel" -- good extensions? posted by joel on October 17, 2003

: Does anyone know of some good extensions on the phrase "to re-invent the wheel"? I mean, phrases like "to re-invent the wheel is usually to come out with a square product" (which I think is not a very good phrase, but illustrates my question).

: Phrases in favour of or against the idea of re-inventing the wheel. Anyone?

: joel

I spent a few days puzzling over this before answering, because I can't see what one can add that would make this phrase better, or clearer, or more effective. I don't beleive it needs to be "explained," as it is easy to understand now. It's a model of economy, so adding words doesn't seem to help. Let's not re-invent this metaphor.