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.
Shoehorning individual sports into a team format is hardly an innovation and the Ryder Cup golf and Davis Cup tennis have proved successful.
Regrettably, screenwriter Peter Straughan files down all of the barbs in Young's confessional, shoehorning the characters into a generic romantic comedy, replete with outlandish set-pieces.
8-11 Rio Ferdinand (below) to organise the four-yearly England jape - shoehorning names of movies, or Jeffrey Archer novels, or even Wayne Rooney conquests (eg Agnes, Edith, Beryl) into TV interviews.