Fix the problem, not the blame
Posted: 03 November 2007 08:54 AM   [ Ignore ]
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I’ve seen this purporting to be a Japanese saying, but I can’t find anything that I’d consider authoritative, and it does smack of western management-speak to my ears. Any ideas on this?

Posted: 03 November 2007 10:58 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I know next to nothing about Japanese, but since the phrase seems to rely on a play between different meanings of the word fix I would tend to doubt that its origin is from any language other than English.

Posted: 03 November 2007 10:59 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Since it relies on two rather divergent English meanings of the word “fix”, I am quite skeptical of the claim that it comes from Japanese, unless some Japanese-speaker can confirm that they have a word that means both “to correct, repair” and “to place or assign”.

(pipped by Faldage)

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