known by two-by-twos

Discussion in 'English Only' started by myenglishsucks, Dec 7, 2018.

  1. myenglishsucks Member

    "If we consider that there are two ways to communicate in the world, and Harvard Business School professors are known by two-by-twos -- nonsense, it's the triangle that rocks." (Ted talk "How to build (and rebuild) trust" by Frances Frei)
    Context: the speaker is a Harvard Business School professor. She drew triangles while explaining her point.

    I'm not exactly sure about what Harvard professors are known by.
  2. coiffe

    coiffe Senior Member

    American English
    It's a form of tutoring in which a student is matched with a tutor. So ironically, it's really one-on-one, but they call it two-by-two for various reasons.
  3. Egmont Senior Member

    Massachusetts, U.S.
    English - U.S.
    I don't think so. I think she's referring to two-by-two grids such as this one, which are widely used by business school professors (and not just at Harvard):


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