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80 Ways to Cook Your Data

Plus Data Sightings Bonus

Posted: 2009-09-22

Some thought on Arne Duncan's overweening belief in data.


I am a deep believer in the power of data to drive our decisions. Data gives us the roadmap to reform. It tells us where we are, where we need to go, and who is most at risk.
--Arne Duncan,
Speech to the Fourth Annual IES Research Conference
June 8, 2009



Data Recipes:

Al dente
Au juis
à la carte
à la king
à la mode
à la money

Baked
Braised
Boiled
Beaten
Butchered

Canned
Curried
Creamed
Churned
Charred

Diced
Deveined
Deglazed
Drained

Flaked
Fricasséed
Fondued
Frittered

Grated
Gratineed
Ground
Goosed

Iced
Infused
Irradiated

Jellied
Julienne
Juiced

Kneaded
Molded
Marinated
Macerated

Overdone

Peeled
Parboiled
Poached
Puréed
Pickled
Pressed
Pinched

Raw
Roasted
Reduced
Reconstituted
Refried

Sliced
Sauted
Stewed
Stuffed
Steamed
Skewered
Smeared
Sucked Dry

Toasted
Tenderized
Truffled
Trussed
Triple Secced
Tutti-fruittied
Tossed

Unleavened
Unsalted
Upside down caked

Vinaigretted
Vol-au-vented
Vivisected

Waffled
Wall-eyed
Waxed
Woked
Whisked
Whipped

With Carrot Sticks
On rye
And a grain of salt

With pomp
And circumstance

Signifying
Nothing


Data Sightings
    apple-polisher
    backseat driver
    bully
    bulldozer

Data
    carbon footprint
    chopping block
    crying wolf

Data
    dead end
    dumpster

Data
    eat you alive
    environmental impact statement

Data
    foreplay
    flatulence
    fall guy

Data
    gone bananas
    hell in a handbasket
    interruptus

Data
    jump to conclusions
    knuckle under

Data
    led by the nose
    lower the boom
    mystery meat
    mudsling
    miles per hour

Data
    needle in a haystack
    nutty as a fruitcake
    not worth the paper itâs printed on

Data
    out to lunch
    protective services
    quisling

Data
    radioactive decay
    rat race
    rules the roost

Data
    scapegoat
    showboat
    screw loose
    sell you the Brooklyn Bridge

Data
    too pooped to pop
    tsunami


Data
    under a cloud
    upchuck

Data
    vilification
    voodoo

Data
    wild goose chase
    Waterloo

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