Re: on the fly

Subject: Re: on the fly
From: "Walker, Arlen P" <Arlen -dot- P -dot- Walker -at- JCI -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 12 May 1997 13:42:24 -0500

From: Arlen P Walker on 05/12/97 01:42 PM

Do you think this phrase is in common use as computer jargon, so
folks know what it means? I've had varying responses from my
programming pals.

The reason the response varies is that it's *not* computer jargon. I
believe it derives from the same source as "on the wing." It characterizes
its target as something done in a hurry, probably improvised. The
impression is one of continuous motion, of something done without delay.

It was in use long before computers were built. Don't hyphenate it. As
another poster noted, it's an informal usage, so you might not want to use

Have fun,
Chief Managing Director In Charge, Department of Redundancy Department
DNRC 224

Arlen -dot- P -dot- Walker -at- JCI -dot- Com
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