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Guacamole strategy

Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 6:35 pm
by Phil White
For a few weeks now, I have been hearing Boris Johnson talking about a "guacamole strategy" for dealing with localized outbreaks. It has always puzzled me, as has his bizarre pronunciation.

So today I bothered to try to find out why "guacamole".

Turns out it is a "whack a mole strategy", which is only marginally less bizarre to me. After a bit more research, it appears that I am the only person in the known universe never to have played "Whack-a-mole", nor indeed to know of its existence.

Please tell me I am not the only one.

Re: Guacamole strategy

Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:15 pm
by trolley
I'm familiar with the game but had never heard of a "Whack-a-Mole strategy". It is an apt description, though...frantically trying to hammer out solutions as they pop up...being reactive rather than proactive. I like it but I probably will start using "guacamole strategy". That is, until someone accuses me of racism after assuming I'm slagging Mexico. I was surprised to read that Whack-a-Mole wasn't invented until 1975. I was sure that it had been a fixture on the midway of every fair as far back as I can remember.

Re: Guacomole strategy

Posted: Wed Jul 01, 2020 4:26 pm
by BonnieL
I, too, thought the term had been around a lot longer - the phenomena certainly has been! Perhaps there was a different phrase to describe the same thing?