Things to say when you are losing a technical argument

Saturday 29 January 2005This is over 18 years old. Be careful.

Part of my continuing effort to help facilitate clear communication among engineers: Things to say when you’re losing a technical argument:

10. I had one of the interns try that approach for another project, and it scrambled the CEO’s hard drive. So I think it’s going to be a hard sell.

59. Look, would you just get off your Be obsession for FIVE MINUTES and talk serious design with us?


Let's see, ..., ah yes. Number 47 is there. Number 71 seems to be missing, though.
What? I don't speak your crazy moon-language.
My all time favorite thing to say when losing _ANY_ argument is: "That's sounds suspiciously like something Hitler would have said..."

Got that from my cousin, don't remember where he got it from...

That sounds like an application of Godwin's law: As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one.

Read the linked Wikipedia article. Fascinating stuff.

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