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    think or swimm

    I've found these words : " think or swimm " . Could be this an idiom. What does it mean? Than you!

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    Re: think or swimm

    Should that be 'sink or swim'?


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    Re: think or swimm

    Correct - though "Think or swim" is also good advice!

    See here for meanings of idioms: Sink or swim - Idiom Definition - UsingEnglish.com
    Last edited by Anglika; 14-Feb-2010 at 12:54.

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    Re: think or swimm

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Correct - though "Think or swim" is also good advice!

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    I think this expression became popular (though never current) as a result of some graffiti on an internal IBM poster. They (HR, presumably) wanted employees to act with initiative and contribute to the firm's Intellectual Property. The poster campaign introducing the program featured the single word 'Think!' A wag scrawled underneath it 'or thwim'. (I don't know where I heard about this, and it may be apocryphal. But si non e vero e ben trovato = , very roughly, 'It's a good story, whether or not it's true').

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    Re: think or swimm

    Love it!

    I remember those "Think" days. My dad worked for IBM for 35 years.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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