(1). A gauge of viability of a political candidate’s proposals and/or credentials, generally employed by their opponent and the good people at MSNBC (if a Republican) or Fox News (if a Democrat). Historically, neither candidate passes this test…ever.
“C’mon, David…the math behind Mitt’s budget plan doesn’t pass the laugh test! Now, the President’s plan to spend trillions on programs you’ll never hear from again on the other hand…that’s real change you can believe in!”
“Hey, Joel…I’ve got a meeting in twenty. Can you get me the average annual fees on the Johnson account since inception. Just give me the quick and dirty.”
Props to Mark R. for the submission.
(2). An excuse to do sloppy work on grounds that the work product will only be used once or temporarily, when in fact it will immediately become a fundamental piece of the organization’s infrastructure.
“Yeah, I could’ve stayed all night working on this thing, but since they’re only going to use it for talking points, I just did the quick and dirty.”