September 26, 2007

vote with one’s feet

Posted in Idioms at 4:19 pm by Feng

vote with one’s feet — to show that you do not support something, especially an organization or a product, by not using or not buying it any more [thefreedict]

In the area of security research, there are some standard security solutions that are secure in theory, but suffer from poor usability in practice. Someone commented: “De facto standards often emerge because people vote with their feet rather than following standards”. That is an interesting view.

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1 Comment »

  1. cyndy said,

    “People vote with their feet” doesn’t typically refer to a financial matter. One’s refusal to buy something is typically expressed as “…voting with [my] wallet.” .

    The word ‘feet’ is used when commenting on a belief or a opinion. The origin is in the political arena: some people express a political stance based upon what they think will be most positively received (in front of their boss, say) but when it comes time to actually cast their ballot, they “..vote with their feet” by crossing the street to support that candidate’s opponent.


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