LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||13/ABR/2006 3:14 PM|
Alexandre, I think you have a good understanding of the meaning of "to cut corners".
Imagine that I have asked you to run as fast as you can around the bases of a baseball field or around a city block. When you come to a corner, are you going to stop, make a 90 degree turn, and continue running? Probably not. Probably you are going to start turning just prior to reaching the corner. What you are doing is "cutting corners".
Sometimes we have to do the same thing at work. The customer demands that he gets the part at 5:00 pm tomorrow afternoon and not a minute later. Under normal conditions, it takes your company nine hours to make the part. You look at your watch. It's now 5:00 pm. In a moment your company will close and it will not be possible to work any longer today. Tomorrow is all you have. You will have eight hours to do nine hours of work or you will lose the customer. Somewhere you're going to have to find a way to eliminate at least one hour of the usual nine. If you find how to save an hour and you make the part under those conditions, you will have cut a corner. Will the eight hour part be as good as the nine hour part? Maybe, maybe not.
As World War Two came to an end, the Japanese started making their rifles much simpler and and in less time. Instead of adustable sights, they made simple non-adjustable sights. Instead of a metal buttplate, they made one of wood. Instead of a nice finish on the steel, they accepted a poor finish. For the sake of expediency, they had to cut corners. The newer rifles weren't as good as the older ones, but they still fired bullets and they still killed.
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