Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Identify the Ponzi idiom.

___________________ is an English idiom referring to taking money (or other thing) from one party to pay one's debt to another. In other words, the idiom usually means to create a problem to solve another, especially when applied to money or other resources (such a taking an employee away from an important and overdue project to finish another that is also overdue).
It may refer to the Apostles X and Y, and may be derived from a 12th-century Latin expression: "As it were that one would crucify X in order to redeem Y.", though another supposed source is the use of funds from Westminster Abbey (The Collegiate Church of Y) to pay for the construction of ____________.


MaVeRicK said...

rob peter to pay paul or vice versa?

patti said...