Posted by GPP on October 30, 2003
In Reply to: 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.
There is no such expression; what the poster meant was the expanding envelope, boundaries, parameters, etc, of research. The poor choices in wording was what the response was complaining about.