Thursday, March 03, 2005

A proposed nomenclature change

One of the less fun parts of being in a management role [for me at least] was that I always had to try to put a positive spin on things that, in a frank discussion with friends, I would probably have characterized as "sucking", for lack of a better word. One of my favorite [sarcastic] remarks was this attempted Jedi mind trick phrase: "It's not a problem, it's an opportunity". Or, as Uncle Max reminds us, a "probortunity". [How appropriate that Uncle Max is a monkey.]

In keeping with this, I would like to propose a nomenclature change: problem sets at MIT should no longer be called problem sets. Rather, they should be called opportunity sets. And MIT would thus truly be the land of opportunity.


Blogger Son1 said...

I hope it's not your 6.874 problem set that's a "probortunity."

9:25 AM  
Blogger Bill Tozier said...

You know, "opportunity set" is a great phrase which might be from the Kauffman corpus. I think Stu uses it to describe alternative future paths that crystallize into... something or other.

Which makes it even better for homework.

7:04 PM  

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