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What is THAT word (or phrase)?
Is there a short phrase or word that describes...
ScottM




msg:4500816
 7:51 pm on Sep 27, 2012 (gmt 0)

We are trying to set up a section of our website that describes a service...and we can't think of a single word (or very short phrase) that adequately describes that service.

We want to offer a service that is similar to 'reverse engineering', but without the actual physical part.

Imagine if someone comes to you with a bicycle withOUT a chain. They want the bike to move/work...so we "invent" a chain.

Or maybe they bring an plastic chemical tank in and they want us to make a 'bracket and frame' that will allow the plastic tank to be mounted in a pick-up bed and then, after unloading, able to be rolled around easily.

I hope this explains the idea?

For some reason we can't think of a simple word or phrase that we can use on the site to promote this service.

Any ideas?

(Yes...I understand the irony of the post. :))

 

henry0




msg:4501736
 8:30 pm on Sep 29, 2012 (gmt 0)

retro has a "has been" connotation as it also means
"things from the past" in a way suggesting not "from yesterday" but more like "many moons before yesterdays!"

rocker




msg:4501800
 12:02 am on Sep 30, 2012 (gmt 0)

retro has a "has been" connotation as it also means
"things from the past" in a way suggesting not "from yesterday" but more like "many moons before yesterdays!"


Retro and retrofit do not have the same meaning.

ret·ro·fit/;retrô & ;fit/

Verb: Add (a component or accessory) to something that did not have it when manufactured.

Noun: An act of adding a component or accessory to something that did not have it when manufactured.


ret·ro/;retrô/

Adjective: Imitative of a style, fashion, or design from the recent past: "retro 60s fashions".

Noun: Clothes or music whose style or design is imitative of those of the recent past.


ScottM and rocker - how about "retrofiX" - it's probably even brandable - catching the retrofit sense and the fixing stuff sense.


I like it! Of course, it is up to ScottM :)

lucy24




msg:4501825
 12:35 am on Sep 30, 2012 (gmt 0)

The drawback to "custom-made" "after market" and that whole range of words is that it doesn't fully do justice to what you're doing. As I understand it, you're not simply matching existing parts, where "existing" can mean "We know what it is but we can't find one". You're figuring out what the part is-- and then building one from scratch.

henry0




msg:4501976
 12:18 pm on Sep 30, 2012 (gmt 0)

@rocker, it is not about grammatically correct, it's all about "sound" if a strong term may, one way or another, "even unintentionally", catch your hear in a way that could lead to misinterpretation then choose another term.

retrofit is a 1954 word that borrowed "retro" from the 1611 word retroactive where retro has "back" meaning.

lucy24




msg:4501991
 1:43 pm on Sep 30, 2012 (gmt 0)

retro- may not be the single most widely used Latin prefix, compared to things like "sub-" or "in-" (both of them) or "post-", but there's no need to trace its use back to any one established English word.

"retro" as a free-standing word is definitely colloquial-bordering-on-slang, so you never know who will be affected by it and how. Or whether the word will outlive your business or vice versa.

Meanwhile, some hearers/readers will throw fits about "retrofit" because it splices a Latin prefix onto an English word ;)

henry0




msg:4501992
 1:51 pm on Sep 30, 2012 (gmt 0)

Interesting, so this thread took a turn for worst!
Erudition highjacked it:)

lucy24




msg:4502151
 9:16 pm on Sep 30, 2012 (gmt 0)

Well, since the underlying issue is about making round pegs for round holes and square pegs for square holes, the thread could have turned in much worse directions.

:: snrk ::

Leosghost




msg:4502153
 9:20 pm on Sep 30, 2012 (gmt 0)

Double your :: snrk :: and raise you a ::snicker:: ..

henry0




msg:4502188
 11:45 pm on Sep 30, 2012 (gmt 0)

AGRHH,
since FR was my mother tongue what is a SNKR ?

SevenCubed




msg:4502189
 11:52 pm on Sep 30, 2012 (gmt 0)

...the thread could have turned in much worse directions.


There's still time, this is foo afterall.

Leosghost




msg:4502190
 12:01 am on Oct 1, 2012 (gmt 0)

Some Not Known Reference..:)


Pour toi H..

Snrk ( note the order of the letters ..SNRK )..A cross between an "expression".. "visage" ( not "language" ).. maline/malicieuse..and ironic smirk ..the kind of expression that François Mitterrand wore a great deal...:)

commanderW




msg:4503256
 1:28 am on Oct 3, 2012 (gmt 0)

jury-rigging ?
[en.wikipedia.org ]

Example: I once bought a used car, and as i was driving it from the lot, a part fell off. They put it up on a lift to fix it, and I saw that, in addition, where the leaf springs had been, there were slats of wood. 2x4's, in fact.

of course, you intend to do a much better job, I'm sure :)

ScottM




msg:4503444
 1:32 pm on Oct 3, 2012 (gmt 0)

You're figuring out what the part is-- and then building one from scratch.


Yes, Lucy24.

Another example of what we do is real-life (as told to me years ago).

Our area of the country is very cold.

Decades ago, a man came to our shop and had some rough ideas about a product that would 'preheat' the coolant (in an automobile) in cold weather so it would start easier. (It is my understanding the rough ideas were just that...VERY rough...something like: "make something that would preheat the engine coolant".)

Our shop took the rough ideas and made a working prototype. It was a very clever design and we got paid for the work we did.

He did a very good job of marketing it, though:

[en.wikipedia.org...]

vik_c




msg:4503464
 2:01 pm on Oct 3, 2012 (gmt 0)

A juxtaposition of two words would be promising. As a bonus you can also probably register a one word domain.

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