last time when I was talking with an American,
I used this phrase "cheating sheet" to express that
the item which we use to help us pass exams.
however, he told me I should use "cheat sheet" instead,
he said, "cheating sheet" has another meaning.
what does cheating sheet mean then?
What did the clean bed sheet say to the soiled one? You cheatin' sheet!
Originally Posted by hinomura
Interesting. . . . when you say "we" I assume all Chinese use a cheat sheet to pass English exams. Have you considered using old-fashioned methods like studying and honest work?
Your comment is completely uncalled for.
I agree absolutely with you Soup, not at all in the spirit of this forum, which exists to help and encourage the learning of English.
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Incidentally, as usual the unnecessary jibe has generated more heat than light.
Here's the light: A "cheat sheet" is not necessarily used by cheats - it's an aide-mémoire often used by hard-working and honest students during revision. It can also be a list or précis that can be used in any context (not just exams). Example [in a presentation]: "Don't bother copying this all down. I've summarized the main points in a cheat sheet that you can pick up on the way out."
Thanks, BobK! I didn't know there was more than one use for that term.
In Br Eng there's a term specifically used for the sort used by exam cheats: a 'crib sheet'. ("Crib" is a pretty obscure word meaning "copy surreptitiously").
Whenever I've heard 'cheat sheet' it's been used in the non-judgemental sense. But as my work background was US-owned (DEC and HP, with a brief European phase at Compaq - same job, but lots of mergers) I'm not sure what the UK position is; the two terms exist in different senses though, in my idiolect at least!
The previous comment was posted before I looked up "cheat sheet" on the Internet. It is indeed something that is a memory aid and not just something that is used for cheating.
Cheat sheet - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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