Shoehorning


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Shoehorning

The practice of picking and choosing data to fit a previous prediction. For example, if one predicts a recession but the recession does not materialize, one may identify negative economic information to "prove" that the recession (or at least a slowdown) really happened. Shoehorning connotes ignoring contradictory data.
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And if it does and gives Gardner a modern station it can take with it into the future, maybe it could put its shoehorning history in the past.
An insistence on shoehorning our technological prowess into an acceptable social framework, he said, without examining the most basic issues about the purpose of human life, will invariably produce technicians who lose sight of the awesome responsibility put in their hands.
inconspicuously Shoehorning a tennis court into a tight lot often means the big playing surface will dominate the scene.