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silver bullet (SIL-vuhr BOOL-it) noun

A quick solution to a thorny problem.

[From the belief that werewolves could be killed when shot with silver bullets.]

"Writing code, he (Stuart Feldman) explains, is like writing poetry: every word, each placement counts. Except that software is harder, because digital poems can have millions of lines which are all somehow interconnected. Try fixing programming errors, known as bugs, and you often introduce new ones. So far, he laments, nobody has found a silver bullet to kill the beast of complexity."
Survey: The Beast of Complexity; The Economist (London, UK); Apr 14, 2001.

"The Florida Republican warned recently that a new identity card suggested by Canadian Immigration Minister Denis Coderre is unlikely to resolve a thorny issue about how tightly Canadians will be screened at the border. `A national identity card is not a silver bullet,' (Porter) Goss said."
Kelly Toughill; National ID Cards 'No Silver Bullet'; The Toronto Star (Canada); Mar 4, 2003.

This week's theme: metallic words used as metaphors.


Perfect love is rare indeed - for to be a lover will require that you continually have the subtlety of the very wise, the flexibility of the child, the sensitivity of the artist, the understanding of the philosopher, the acceptance of the saint, the tolerance of the scholar and the fortitude of the certain. -Leo Buscaglia, author, speaker and professor (1924-1998)

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