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October 15, 2012 10:14 AM Subscribe
Confusing the tool for the output: a term for it? Examples also requested.
posted by lothar to writing & language (14 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Every field I've worked in has this concept, yet I can't think of a word or term for it.
My photographer friend tells a (much too long) joke about a photographer showing his work at a chef's home during dinner, and the chef says, "What wonderful pictures. You must have some really fancy cameras!" To which the photographer replies, "Loved the meal; you must have some awesome pots and pans."
In music performance it's the never-ending, and industry supporting, need for that next piece, that ultimate piece, of gear. "If I had that awesome guitar/effect/amp/plugin then I could really kick it up a few notches."
A recent social media postee had a photo of a new soldering iron with the cut line "Shit just got real," the underlying concept being that *now* his solder joints will be so much better that [something].
This feels likely to be a very common concept. I can't think of a more concise description than "confusing the tool for the output." Which is inelegant. If only I had a better thesaurus, then I'd... Oh. Oops.