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Putting racing stripes on...

Posted by ESC on May 07, 2004

In Reply to: Polishing Turds posted by Stum Thurmond on May 07, 2004

: : : This is an expression (polishing turds) used mostly in the Software Industry in the UK and means to make a piece of poorly written and virtually unfixable software appear to function by giving it a smart user interface. I could mention a well know operating system which is a prime example of where this technique has been used but they might sue me so I'll keep stum.

: : Another term: put more lipstick on the pig.

: "Keep stum"?

: What's that mean?

PUT SOME ROUGE ON THE CORPSE - "Gov. Ernie Fletcher's budget makers and speech writers did their best to put some rouge on the corpse. But even their best efforts couldn't disguise the harsh truth in the budget he presented Tuesday: Kentucky's fiscal future lies dead in the water in almost every major respect, and there is neither a budgetary plan nor a political prospect for reviving it." From "Flat lining Kentucky," an editorial in The Courier Journal, Louisville, Ky. January 29, 2004.

PUTTING A RACING STRIPE ON A TURD - "As far as I'm concerned, speeding up a tax cut is like putting a racing stripe on a turd - at the end of the day, it's still a turd." From "Had Enough? A Handbook for Fighting Back" by James Carville with Jeff Nussbaum (Simon & Schuster, New York, 2003) Page 123.