Microspeak: landing (redux)


In a meeting, my colleague Martyn Lovell said, "The plan is shifting and hasn't landed anywhere yet."

This was generally understood to mean "The plan is shifting and the issue is not yet settled."

I don't know if this is true Microspeak, or Martyn was just making up a little metaphor on the fly. But I filed it away anyway because of the interesting collision with another Microspeak use of the word landing.

Comments (9)
  1. Boris says:

    So what happens when a plan takes off?

  2. CarlD says:

    I know Martyn from my years as a C++ MVP.  I see from his blog that his second go-around at blogging regularly didn't last much longer than the first!

  3. That's a conventional (if not particularly common) usage in my part of the world.

    I believe the metaphor relates to board games ("what square did you land on?") rather than aircraft.

  4. Kevin says:

    So, I suppose the plan is in a holding pattern?  When will air traffic control designate a runway?

  5. cheong00 says:

    @Kelvin: All commercial pilots must submit their flight plan before they actually fly the plane.

    I think this is not Microsoft specific as I remember hearing it elsewhere. I agree with Harry. This ought to be come from board games (chess to be specific, I think).

  6. GWO says:

    @Harry: "I believe the metaphor relates to board games ("what square did you land on?") rather than aircraft."

    Seems more likely to be the metaphorical counterpoint to "It's still up in the air"

  7. meh says:

    Pretty far from any landing you can walk away from is a good one.

  8. Michael Grier [ex-MSFT] says:

    I think Martyn would call the timing exceppent.

  9. GregM says:

    I love it when a plan comes together.

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