Thread Tools
Old 09-30-2005, 09:38 PM
Member
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Lost In Space
Posts: 7,785
"Long Pole in the Tent"?

Is this some kind of US Army expression? I WAG it's what a business man would call something in the critical path upon which all else is dependent? - Jinx
Old 09-30-2005, 10:56 PM
Charter Member
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Mid Atlantic, USA
Posts: 8,881
I always understood it meant the brightest or best in a group, like "sharpest tool in the shed".
Old 10-01-2005, 12:22 AM
Member
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: NE Ohio (the 'burbs)
Posts: 39,414
It doesn't refer to a clothed man with an erection?
Old 10-01-2005, 01:50 AM
Guest
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Silicon Valley
Posts: 275
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jinx
Is this some kind of US Army expression? I WAG it's what a business man would call something in the critical path upon which all else is dependent? - Jinx
I've only heard it in a business setting, but your WAG is correct. It also plays off the double meaning of the thing that holds up everything else.
Old 10-01-2005, 10:20 AM
Guest
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 71
In a tent, the tallest pole is in the center. The shorter poles are at the corners.
Old 10-01-2005, 10:26 AM
Charter Member
Join Date: Aug 2001
Posts: 14,455
Quote:
Originally Posted by billfritter
In a tent, the tallest pole is in the center. The shorter poles are at the corners.
Then explain a canopy bed?

Old 10-01-2005, 12:38 PM
Guest
Join Date: May 2000
Location: Decatur, Illinois, USA
Posts: 14,041
A canopy bed isn't the same thing as a tent.

She said humorlessly.


Old 10-01-2005, 01:10 PM
Charter Member
Charter Member
Join Date: Aug 1999
Location: Not here. There.
Posts: 18,700
We use the term "tall pole in the tent" in an IT setting to mean the thing that holds everything up. In other words, the longest running in a set of concurrent jobs or threads that forces downstream processes to wait.
Old 10-02-2005, 12:45 PM
Charter Member
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: The land of the mouse
Posts: 43,995
Yep. It's biz slang for the critical-path item in a program schedule. Among tasks that must be performed in parallel, it's the one that takes the longest time.
Old 10-02-2005, 03:23 PM
Charter Member
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: 21 20' N 157 55' W
Posts: 6,519
Quote:
Originally Posted by panache45
It doesn't refer to a clothed man with an erection?
An obvious pun
Old 10-02-2005, 03:35 PM
Charter Member
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Atlanta
Posts: 7,155
Pun? I thought that was the reference.
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:30 AM.

Copyright © 2017
Best Topics: household breaker sweat monkey nwn cleave lauren tewes nipples copenhagen vs stockholm bare drive dike lesbians simcity radiation hydrofluoric acid death ugliest mustang torn uretha longest chest hair anal natural c major songs ibn arabic geronimo yell hearthstone message boards piter devries funny punchlines patti lupone boobs ricer wheels cockroach hotel definition overweight stock danny thomas hookers is chorizo hot define rodentiform ethanol rubbing alcohol who makes amsoil angie dickinson hot pronounce mariah mouth slightly open magnum pi last episode how much nyquil does it take to overdose fee-basis government officials what was scrooge's occupation big wheels keep on turnin is being cynical bad difference between corn and wart remover bob dylan quinn the eskimo lights on top of trucks left cast iron skillet on burner car overheats going uphill when is revolution justified how to offer free shipping on ebay and still make money 8 7 central meaning what do australians think of american accents do you have to dial 1 before area code how to take off anti theft device on clothes why do girls like horses how to induce a fever where can i buy grain belt beer price of bales of hay why do fevers spike at night top chef masters season 3 meaning of deck the halls can you buy alcohol the day you turn 21 orange juice and sore throat canned beans past expiration date no ground wire in light switch i say good day sir i don t feel well today sam elliott without mustache best way to heat your pool midnight special song meaning