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What is an adage that could apply to using computers ?

Asked by ladyv900 (713points) November 4th, 2010

When I say the word “adage”, it means a traditional saying.

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gasman's avatar

“Garbage in—garbage out”

“To err is human. To really screw things up requires a computer.”

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

“If you find yourself in a hole, quit digging.”

janbb's avatar

If you give a man a fish, he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for life.

CyanoticWasp's avatar

If you give a man a computer he can get you to the Moon. If you give a man the Internet, then he’ll lose a lot of sleep.

janbb's avatar

On the internet, nobody knows you’re a dog. (Well, perhaps some do. ^^^)

CyanoticWasp's avatar

On the Internet, we’re all dogs.


janbb's avatar

Except for we penguins (wee penguins?).

gailcalled's avatar

No one will recognize the person who suggests, “Except for us penguins.”

CMaz's avatar

“Stupid is what stupid does”

CyanoticWasp's avatar

I will, @gailcalled. I didn’t want to be the grammar nazi, but I don’t mind acknowledging one.

Brian1946's avatar

“If it isn’t broken (Windows XP), then fix it until it is (Windows Vista)!”

CyanoticWasp's avatar

Everything that can go wrong, will be included in newer version of Windows.

janbb's avatar

@gailcalled Knew it but then the joke doesn’t work, does it?

gailcalled's avatar

@janbb:I know, I know. How about “We penguins are also on the Internet.”

And, please, can we find an euphemism for “grammar nazi?” This dilutes a word that is fraught with power and overtones and should not be debased.

CyanoticWasp's avatar

When we come up with a better term for Jerry Seinfeld’s “soup nazi” character, then we’ll have the term needed ready at hand. And ‘grammar brownshirts’ would just draw blank stares.

janbb's avatar

@gailcalled I agreed with you about your second point on another thread.

lillycoyote's avatar

It’s not really an adage, it’s a quote, but it’s one of my favorites.

From Mitch Ratcliffe:

“A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history, with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila”

flutherother's avatar

To err is human, but to really f?%^ things up you need a computer.

lillycoyote's avatar

@gailcalled and @CyanoticWasp I was thinking “Grammar Gestapo” has a nice alliterative ring to it but I think an individual would have to be referred to as a “member of the Grammar Gestapo” or a “Grammar Gestapo Officer.” But, as a member of that organization you would instill a level of fear in people that no ordinary grammar Nazi ever could. Even the grammar Nazis would be afraid of you.

gailcalled's avatar

@lilycoyote; “Gestapo” is even more horrific than Nazi. The party was the Nazi party and the Gestapo was the secret police arm, led by the monstrous Heinrich Himmler. The Gestapos were the torturers, the terrorists, the most feared uniform of the Germany Military.

Given the history of my family, I have trouble using any of these terms in jest.

CyanoticWasp's avatar

How about Grammar Centurion, then? I’m sure that if we go back far enough someone will have had a problem with the Roman Legion, but we have to be able to joke about some part of history. And I can quite understand how joking about Nazis and the Gestapo isn’t funny to some.

janbb's avatar

Maybe Grammar Maven would do?

CyanoticWasp's avatar

Oooh… oooh… I have it, and it’s even alliterative:

Grammar God (or Goddess)

gailcalled's avatar

Grammar Guru

janbb's avatar

Grammar Moses?

YARNLADY's avatar

Those last four ^^^ really had me laughing.

gailcalled's avatar

If at first you don’t succeed, cry, cry again.

lillycoyote's avatar

@gailcalled I understand how bad the Gestapo were. That’s why I said in my comment “Even the grammar Nazis would be afraid of you.” I was just carrying on @CyanoticWasp‘s joke. Perhaps I shouldn’t have.

kritiper's avatar

“God damn son of a bitch!”

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