Re: on the fly

Subject: Re: on the fly
From: "Wayne J. Douglass" <wayned -at- VERITY -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 12 May 1997 10:26:13 -0700

At 11:59 AM 5/12/97 -0500, Stephen P. Victor wrote:
>Whenever I hear the expression, I immediately get a quite literal visual
>image of...well, the zipper area of a pair of pants.
>Since the expression is used arbitrarily to mean "as needed" or
>"immediately" or "in real time" (a bit jargonish as well), why not try
>one of those phrases instead, depending on how it's being used in a
>particular context?
If the expression causes such consternation to native speakers (I'm giving
you the benefit of the doubt, Steve), imagine what localizing the passage
would entail.

--Wayne Douglass

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