Comments on: The new normal is kicking the can http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/06/14/the-new-normal-is-kicking-the-can/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Ragweed http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/06/14/the-new-normal-is-kicking-the-can/comment-page-1/#comment-27644 Thu, 16 Jun 2011 16:00:01 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=8651#comment-27644 Kicking a can as you walked was also practised by kids in my suburban Philadelphia neighborhood. I think it is a fairly universal bored-kids game.

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By: hsvkitty http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/06/14/the-new-normal-is-kicking-the-can/comment-page-1/#comment-27628 Wed, 15 Jun 2011 20:34:32 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=8651#comment-27628 mrmcd = correct

It is a short version of the old saying (and doing) “kicking the can down the road.”

Wiki is wonderful as a fun read of what a few geeks think are facts. (or what Sarah Palin fans change to facts to fit what she blathers)

=) THAT BEING SAID =)

I truly pity this next generation and what they “think” they “know.”

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By: albrt http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/06/14/the-new-normal-is-kicking-the-can/comment-page-1/#comment-27607 Wed, 15 Jun 2011 06:04:35 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=8651#comment-27607 I have heard this phrase as a metaphor for pointless delay since I was a kid in the 1960s. My dad had this picture on his office wall, which is what I always associate with the phrase.

http://tsutpen.blogspot.com/2009/09/arti sts-in-action-520.html

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By: walt9316 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/06/14/the-new-normal-is-kicking-the-can/comment-page-1/#comment-27606 Wed, 15 Jun 2011 04:57:28 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=8651#comment-27606 I agree with mmcd. The image may be from a cartoon in the newspapers of the early 20th century.

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By: Christofurio http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/06/14/the-new-normal-is-kicking-the-can/comment-page-1/#comment-27605 Wed, 15 Jun 2011 03:23:41 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=8651#comment-27605 The actual game is essentially “hide and seek” except that instead of achieving safety by tagging a home base, one achieves safety by kicking the can.

Still, the Mayberry-dirt-road type imagery is what users of the cliched metaphor presumably intend.

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By: Woltmann http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/06/14/the-new-normal-is-kicking-the-can/comment-page-1/#comment-27603 Wed, 15 Jun 2011 02:12:16 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=8651#comment-27603 “That being said…” makes my flesh crawl ..

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By: mrmcd http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2011/06/14/the-new-normal-is-kicking-the-can/comment-page-1/#comment-27600 Tue, 14 Jun 2011 22:02:25 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/?p=8651#comment-27600 Imagine you’re walking down an idyllic dirt road in the county of folksy American idioms when you encounter a discarded tin can lying in the road. Instead of picking it up and disposing of it, you kick it a few feet down the road, continue walking until you approach the can again, and kick it again, repeating indefinitely.

I’ve never actually heard of the game Kick the Can until now. It sounds like something salty grandfathers did while growing in Brooklyn.

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