expression of the day: 'go off piste'
March 19, 2008
Posted by on
From ‘In pursuit of the G-d shot‘:
Millions of people probably get great coffee every morning with a standard home machine and ground coffee from a supermarket. I was starting to worry that, with a process that has as many variables as pulling an espresso, once you’re daft enough to go off piste, things get monumentally messy in a way only explicable with chaos theory.
To go off piste is to go off the trail (in cross-country skiing, for example), to do something non-standard. A ‘piste’ is apparently the name of the area in which a fencing match is held. Perhaps ‘fence outside the piste’ would be a new metaphor for ‘think outside the box’.