Scarecrows is another name for them.Jana337 said:If it comes from Czech p), it means to fabricate a non-existing danger or to magnify a negligible one.
So far I haven't had time and opportunity to explore the rural areas in the USA, but in the heart of Europe, people often put straw men in rags and with rattling cans (click, click) in the fields to frigthen birds.
I would think there's a connection.
It is a useful concept in those circumstances - it allows whoever created it to avoid feeling upset when everyone takes the new proposal apart. That was the purpose.Kelly B said:In the company where I used to work, the term was used to describe the very early stages of development of a new proposal.