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"Blowing smoke" revisited

Posted by R. Berg on July 07, 2001

In the wake of the discussion of "blowing smoke up my ass" (June 16), I found that phrase--part of it, anyway--used in a book review in the business section of the San Francisco Chronicle, July 6. The author seems to think the phrase is known to everybody: "If smoke-blowing were an Olympic event, lots of teams would be fielded by companies that say employees are their No. 1 resource. If a company truly believes that, however, it will rarely hire consultants."