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Moving envelope

Posted by Anders on October 30, 2003

What is implied by the expression a "moving envelope"? In a discussion group (of which I am a member) somebody recently wrote:

". . . there are obviously tons of people doing a good job of teaching. Look at the moving envelope of research in about any discipline."

Another member of the group commented on this by saying:

"The prose of this offering (tons of people, the moving envelope of research) doesn't inspire much confidence."

Perhaps people are not best measured in tons, but at least this expression is clear. "Moving envelope" on the other hand - I can't even make a guess as to what it may mean.

Best
Anders