What does "a fish on a stick" mean?
August 25, 2013 6:44 PM Subscribe
Everyone's talking about "waving a fish on a stick" - but no-one can explain what it means or where it comes from. Can you?
posted by girlgenius to writing & language (12 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Some of my colleagues use the saying "a fish on a stick" or "waving a fish on a stick". It seems to be a vague shorthand for "it's the process that's important, not the result" or perhaps "we need to be seen to actually achieving things, not just making irrelevant gestures".
When asked, no-one's been able to tell me what the saying/proverb actually means, only that "It's something that [departed colleague] used to say, I'm not sure what he meant by it though".
Has anyone else heard of "the fish on the stick" and can you tell me what it means? If it helps, the departed colleague with whom the saying oringinated was British and had spent a long time in the navy.