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Great saying Jan. 20th, 2004 03:31 pm
I feel I have to copy this here from london.pm as it's a fantastic saying and I'd love to know the answer to his question:


In Norway (or as in a vanished Danish-Norwegian union) we have a
saying:
"... som Tordenskiolds soldater" ("... as Tordenskiold's soldiers").
This is about a famous and fearless young Norwegian captain (later 2.
admiral? *), that during a war against the Swedish sett up/arranged
his few soldiers in such a way that the ememy thought they were more
than they were, and thereby won a battle.

Nowadays we use it to say that it doesn't help to reorganize and/or
arrange something, as long as you still only have the same amout of
resources/persons. Or to say that someone is (or some are) clever,
because someone give the impression that someone is doing a 100% job
in "every" job posision the firm has (or give impression to have).

Is there a similar expression/saying in English?

(This might be somewhat on-topic for many programming firms, as I
often think they behave, or want to behave in this way ;-)


*) Real name was Peter Wessel, born Trondheim/Norway, got his patent
of nobility in 1716 of the danish king as Tordenskiold. Tordenskiold
means "thundering shield".

From: venta
Date: January 20th, 2004 - 04:35 pm (Link)
"That's just rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic"?

From: wechsler
Date: January 20th, 2004 - 04:37 pm (Link)
No - that's a negative phrase, this one's a positive one; the few soldiers really *are* doing the work of an army.
From: venta
Date: January 20th, 2004 - 05:08 pm (Link)
Oh. I was confused by him saying:

Nowadays we use it to say that it doesn't help to reorganize and/or arrange something...

Which sounded negative (though I was a bit confused as to why, if the army formation was a success).

PS

From: venta
Date: January 20th, 2004 - 05:08 pm (Link)
In that case, the best I can offer is
"they're making bricks without straw"
which is related, but not the same.
From: wechsler
Date: January 20th, 2004 - 05:20 pm (Link)
Language issues I think - he clarified a bit in a later thread.