December 3, 2008

monkey see monkey do

Posted in Idioms at 10:35 pm by Feng

monkey see monkey do – It refers to the learning of a process without an understanding of why it works [wiki]

Our team uses a fairly complex software build system, which often gives strange and confusing error messages. A new comer was assigned to investigate why a particular software package couldn’t be compiled. After struggling for a long time, he finally passed the compiling without errors. His manager, however, was not very impressed. “It works now,” he says, “but I suspect it’s the case of monkey see monkey do.”



  1. nick said,

    I think that should be “monkey see monkey do”

  2. Feng said,

    Yes, that’s an obvious typo. I’ve corrected it. Thanks.

  3. tathiana said,

    i think that should be MONKEY ”DO MONKEY SEE” HAHAHAHAHA……..LOL

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