Language question

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Re: Language question

Postby Robert » 11 Oct 2017, 17:29

Snarfyguy wrote:Getting to the heart of the matter or the root of the problem?

Yes. Had to send it out several hours ago though and went with 'leaving the cause unaddressed'

Not snappy at all.

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Re: Language question

Postby Count Machuki » 11 Oct 2017, 17:34

Robert wrote:
Count Machuki wrote:"Damage control" might be handy
that is, if you can't say 'pissing in the wind'

Yes that or damage management but but it's the sort
of lingo I try to avoid

with good reason!
it's pretty corny and corporate
Let U be the set of all united sets, K be the set of the kids and D be the set of things divided.
Then it follows that ∀ k ∈ K: K ∈ U ⇒ k ∉ D

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Re: Language question

Postby martha » 11 Oct 2017, 17:48

Are you looking for an expression or phrase that means treating symptoms and ignoring the cause?

Because...that's one there... "Treating the symptoms and not the cause"

I dunno how snappy it is but it's a pretty common expression.

My mom used to say "that's like putting band aids over small pox" or "like using bandaids for a head wound" so that's another way to express the situation, "the band-aid approach". Although in the uk I guess that would be plasters not band-aids? Anyway the band-aid analogy is a common one in the US. Although most people that use that expression are generally content to say "using a band-aid approach" without the gorey descriptions.

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Re: Language question

Postby Hugh » 11 Oct 2017, 17:57

Papering over the cracks.

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Re: Language question

Postby Snarfyguy » 11 Oct 2017, 18:01

Rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic, if you wanted to get all hyperbolic.
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Re: Language question

Postby northernsky » Yesterday, 18:02

Stitching the weasel whilst the bear makes hay.

I am surprised none of the Anglophones came to your aid. :evil: