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Re: Sounds like a plan

Posted: Thu Nov 13, 2008 3:51 pm
by PhilHunt
Wizard of Oz wrote: Phil why do attempt to speak for the world ?? .. Hang is getting a rounded experience .. if he came to Aus he would hear the expression sounds like a plan/what's the plan quite often ..
Whatever Woz.
If you're happy for Hang to learn expressions that are not universally used, culturally dated or regionally fixed then go ahead.
I personally don't see why we should be encouraging him to go around using idiomatic expressions of this type when there are far simpler ones which are easier to learn and universally accepted.
My advice to Hang is, learn to recognise these expressions, so that if someone uses them while speaking you will understand them, but don't adopt them as part of your everyday speech. It will only sound strange coming from a foreigner.

Re: Sounds like a plan

Posted: Thu Nov 13, 2008 10:21 pm
by Shelley
I don't get the impression Hangnam is adopting this for everyday use. (And what if he is? As long as he understands what it means or connotes, and it's grammatically correct, he can say what he wants.) It seems his purpose for checking these exchanges out with us at WW is to learn which are "natural" and which are suspect. Depending upon his age, or perhaps his intended use, "sounds like a plan" may be exactly what he's looking for. "Sounds like a plan" is completely natural for a particular type of individual wishing to convey a particular type of message, and I wouldn't discourage Hangnam from using it, (or "Why don't we hook up"), as long as the literal meaning and non-literal subtext are made clear to him which, I believe, is why he comes here.

"Why don't we hook up . . ." is a little different because the the slang meaning is pretty risque and would really give the wrong impression if the user didn't understand precisely what is meant in slang-speak by using it.

Re: Sounds like a plan

Posted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 6:31 am
by Wizard of Oz
STOP PRESS STOP PRESS !! - AUSTRALIA LEADS WORLD IN LINGUISTIC REVIVAL

A recent google search has shown that Australia has led the US, and possibly the world, in the revival of a not universally used, culturally dated and regionally fixed idiom. The idiom in question, Sounds like a plan, has suddenly commenced appearing in a variety of places across the US and even in the Republic of South Africa.
Let's make these companies even MORE profitable, make the CEO's MORE money after they killed our economy, put thousands out of jobs, took houses away from thousands of others and took our confidence away. Sure, sounds like a plan to me.
iReport http://www.ireport.com/docs/DOC-147001 (14/11/08)

House tells Housebound Chase may be able to operate on him in his home, which, of course, isn’t true at all. What he meant was Chase can come to his place, put him under, transport his unconscious body to the hospital, operate on him under safe, sterile conditions, bring him back home, and wake him up in his own bed. Sounds like a plan. Right before the fake home surgery, HB takes Cameron’s hand and thanks her for not giving up on him. First class ticket on the guilt trip.
Blend Television http://www.cinemablend.com/television/T ... 13378.html (12/11/08)

Put people to work, build things we really need, and take care of kids and the sick to boot. Sounds like a plan to me! I hope China finds that the Robert Reich stimulus plan works... and I hope, if America has to try another stimulus package, that we follow the same plan.
Kelo televison http://www.keloland.com/custompages/kel ... cfm?c=2415 (10/11/08)

The candidate for a seat on the commission opened the interview by announcing that his goal if elected would be to throw enough monkey wrenches in the works to make sure it failed. Sounds like a plan. But from what I’ve seen of educational bureaucracies, they seem perfectly capable of failing entirely on their own.
The Item http://www.theitem.com/apps/pbcs.dll/ar ... 19/-1/OPED (05/11/080

Hmmm. You think maybe they’re going to throw the ball? Maybe the Browns should attack the quarterback. Sounds like a plan. To everyone, that is, except the Browns.
Orange and Brown http://cle.scout.com/2/809330.html (07/11/08)

A Dash-powered mid-range Garmin nav sounds like a pretty appealing propect, and will help bring a Dash-like system to more people for less dough. New CEO Rob Currie also notes that the Dash's GPRS chip and 400MHz ARM processor are quickly being outpaced by even low-end mobiles, so a move toward adding Dash functionality to GPS-equipped smartphones sounds like a plan to me.
Gizmodo http://gizmodo.com/5075110/dash-to-can- ... er-devices (03/11/08)

And-this is a big concern in House District 39, and should be-he says he thinks the state should be doing more to fight crime. (”I would like to help in any way I can at the legislative level to help fund extra officers and programs . . . .”) Sounds like a plan.
Green Party Watch http://www.greenpartywatch.org/2008/10/ ... d-carroll/ (29/10/08)

The European regulation cost much less than expected, led to world-class exporting industries, and laid the foundation for a clean technology boom. Hey, sounds like a plan -- and that's not such a bad thing. After all, this is what John McCain said in response to a question on Meet the Press about the huge financial bailout: "The role of government is to intervene when a nation is in crisis." And boy do we have plenty of crises!
Grist http://gristmill.grist.org/story/2008/10/27/222830/66 (28/10/08)

Starting next Monday, developers will be able to start uploading their applications to the Android Market. The official Android Developers Blog just published a short post letting everyone know what to expect come next week. Sounds like a plan to us. Developers get ready to go to market. Fans, get ready to go shopping!
androidGuys http://androidguys.com/?p=2296 (22/10/08)
When asked for his opinion, Italian based English born linguist and language teaching professor PhilH warned of the dangers of teaching this type of idiom to unsuspecting foreign language learners. He is quoted as saying that he couldn’t see why we should be encouraging (them) to go around using idiomatic expressions of this type when there are far simpler ones which are easier to learn and universally accepted. My advice to (them) is, learn to recognise these expressions, so that if someone uses them while speaking you will understand them, but don't adopt them as part of your everyday speech. It will only sound strange coming from a foreigner. Obviously sound advice from the professor to make sure foreigners aren’t misunderstood in the US. Heaven forbid!!

It is hoped that users of this expression in the US can in future use a more universally acceptable alternative so that they do not risk being misunderstood.

WoZ .. investigative journalist Downunder

Re: Sounds like a plan

Posted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 7:10 am
by russcable
Wizard of Oz wrote:in future use a more universally acceptable alternative
Sounds like a plan. I'll get right on it.

Re: Sounds like a plan

Posted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 8:25 am
by trolley
Considering all of the comments I've ever read, these are certainly some of them.

Re: Sounds like a plan

Posted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 9:24 am
by Erik_Kowal
Quite so.

Obviously, I'm strongly in favour.

Re: Sounds like a plan

Posted: Fri Nov 14, 2008 11:45 am
by PhilHunt
STOP PRESS...NARKY OZ GOES ON THE ATTACK AFTER HAVING HIS CHAIN PULLED.

Yes, yes Woz. You are right, I am wrong. Due to the overwhelming evidence from blog sites and informal press releases, I shall now go and tell all my students to adopt this phrase, so that next time they are in a business meeting and the boss asks them. "So, do you agree with the proposals that our company have put forward." they can comfortably reply, "Sure, sounds like a plan".....perhaps they can even throw in "Bonza mate" for good measures.

While, the expression may be in use, it is still a rather informal expression used, as Tony said, in a mock film character way. I don't see anything in the examples you posted to suggest it is being used in a serious manner and I would discourage Hang from learning the expression and using it in a formal context unknowingly, seeing as he already stated in a previous post that he is trying to learn English for business.

Re: Sounds like a plan

Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 3:58 pm
by Arivor
To hook up or hooking up are basically the same thing. You use either in the heat of the moment in the way it flows best! No one will ever stop and consider what is the most appropriate way to articulate this tiny bit of communication. Seriously, what is wrong with you? Like get a life already!

Re: Sounds like a plan

Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 4:10 pm
by Arivor
HANGNAM wrote:
Mon Nov 10, 2008 5:19 pm
BTW "Sounds like a plan" means "sounds like a good idea", right? :)
Nope, It just means that you agree to go along with their suggestion. It could be the worst idea and yet you will agree to do it, even if it's of the greatest inconvenience to you. Cause ya wanna get it done and it's the only time they have to do it. So, "It sounds like a plan... let's just get it over with!" It's all about you agreeing to do something when another suggests you do it.

Re: Sounds like a plan

Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 4:23 pm
by Arivor
Wow, this a really old thread... over 10 years old... how about implementing an archive system so that topics that newly arise aren't associated with decades old threads? "SOUND LIKE A PLAN?"

Re: Sounds like a plan

Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 5:09 pm
by Phil White
Arivor wrote:
Thu Jul 30, 2020 4:23 pm
Wow, this a really old thread... over 10 years old... how about implementing an archive system so that topics that newly arise aren't associated with decades old threads? "SOUND LIKE A PLAN?"
The point of not archiving old discussions is to allow people (like yourself) to contribute new wisdom, which then re-ignites the thread and pushes it to the top of the active list. What was slant and strange ten years ago may well be mainstream now, and it is interesting to see that development.

Nobody ever has the definitive answer to questions about language, not even I/me. (Discuss :geek: )

Re: Sounds like a plan

Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 5:28 pm
by trolley
Ah, we were all so much more fun when we were younger.

Re: Sounds like a plan

Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2020 7:17 pm
by Phil White
trolley wrote:
Thu Jul 30, 2020 5:28 pm
Ah, we were all so much more fun when we were younger.
I'm looking for lyrics to my new song. That will do nicely!