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Re: Between two stools/chairs
Posted By: Don the Monkeyman, on host
Date: Friday, September 28, 2001, at 08:09:53
In Reply To: Re: Between two stools/chairs posted by Wolfspirit on Friday, September 28, 2001, at 05:00:01:

> > I suppose you can use "chairs", too, but I think "stools" sounds better, besides, it sounds more like the Norwegian version. Anyway, it means that whatever dropped between the two stools couldn't decide where to sit and therefore failed to sit anywhere in particular at all. (Well, on the floor, obviously, but that's not very comfy, is it?)
> >
> > I don't know if there's another English expression for the same thing, though...
> >
> > Trav"sitting in his office chair"holt
> Perhaps the only comparable expression in English for something being put on hold, like that, is "it dropped between the cracks" -- meaning the project dropped out of sight between the cracks in the floorboards. A more high-tech version might be "it dropped below radar" (i.e. that it was no longer visibly on-screen and on target).
> In truth, the first thing I thought of was the story of the donkey dropped between two haystacks which were so identical that it couldn't choose -- and so it starved to death. Not really the same situation, though. :-)
> Wolf "Haven't actually moved on; I'm just in the middle of a NADCAP audit" spirit

I was thinking that "sitting on the fence" might be comparable--both expressions relate to not being able to decide between two options...

Don "You see, the fence divides the two territories which are, apparently, claimed by the two stools, and... Never mind." Monkey

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