known by two-by-twos

Discussion in 'English Only' started by myenglishsucks, Dec 7, 2018 at 1:40 PM.

  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

    English (USA)
    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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