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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Francis Baily: genius or moron?

Ol' Frank was the one who first used the phrase "a stitch in time saves nine."

Is this a linear or quadratic equation? For example: do two stitches in time save 18?
Nine stitches in time save 81? You get the point.
Look, I get his point, but when this phrase was coined, people spoke much more imaginatively, picturesquely more eloquently. Then Francis comes up with this rudimentary gem. I don't like it. Why not "Time saved today, rewards tomorrow"? or something more aesthetic?
Francis Baily, you disappoint me. You sir, are no Thomas Reid, who said: "a chain is only as strong as it's weakest link". True, both literally and figuratively. That's good stuff.


1 comment:

  1. I think it was Anne Robinson who said: "You are the weakest link. Goodbye."

    Maybe Mr. Frank was speaking in a way that he hoped would create a thought process for people. Maybe, just maybe. ..he wanted to create a situation that made people elaborate in their heads. Tactics are situational. Maybe he was hoping that one day, someone would be contemplating his tactics?
    Good job Mr. Frank, good job.