Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Look for Mid-Day at 2 o'clock

The somewhat obscure French expression "chercher midi à quatorze heures", literally to look for mid-day at 14.00 hrs, means to complicate things unnecessarily, or to see difficulties where there are none, or to fail to see the simple solution.

Might typically be applied to an Anglo-Saxon hesitating about driving the wrong way up a very little one-way street or parking quite briefly on a zebra crossing.

Near, but not exact, equivalent: "Making a mountain out of a molehill".

Parting thot: "If you add enough people to a project, one of them will show you why it can't be done."

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