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Jun 4, 2003
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Numeric terms

This week's words
sixty-four-dollar question
eighty-six
twenty-twenty
deep-six
catch-22

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twenty-twenty or 20/20

(TWEN-tee TWEN-tee) Pronunciation

adjective:
1. Possessing or relating to normal vision.
2. Having ability to see an issue clearly.

[From a method of testing visual acuity involving reading a chart of letters or symbols at 20 feet away.]

"As pundits of power go, Machiavelli was a prince. Ophthalmologically speaking, Ted Levitt's twenty-twenty vision into marketing myopia was farsighted. Saint Peter of Drucker, arguably this century's most influential management thinker, has probably inspired more effective executives than a Covey of business gurus."
Michael Schrage; Staying Smart; Brave New Work: Will Evolving Corporate Strategy Be Dar-win-win-ian?; Fortune (New York); Jun 21, 1999.

"With 20/20 hindsight, we see that our national unity problem was not so much a constitutional issue, and certainly not a racebased conflict, but merely the result of our cultural ignorance."
Benoit Aubin; Speaking in Tongues; Maclean's (Toronto, Canada); Dec 9, 2002.

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When governments fear the people there is liberty. When the people fear the government there is tyranny. -Thomas Jefferson, third US president, architect and author (1743-1826)

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