(Closed) “Good on paper”?

posted 7 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

I use that term…

To me it’s like writing out a diet or exercise plan…

It looks good on paper… but fat chance it actually working like that! lol

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’m not sure in what context you mean. I’ve heard it in terms of dating; like, a guy looks good on paper [looks, interests, job, etc.] but the chemistry isn’t there.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

to me, it means that if it’s written, it’s done. My first limo guy took my credit card info, but still hadn’t given me a contract or receipt, or run my card within a month after I gave it to him. So I called him to cancel. He was pissed b/c there was nothing he could do since he didn’t give me a contract, but to me, unless I have a contract, we don’t have anything solid, and that’s not cool with me. I want the contract up front, TYVM.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I do the same with making a to do list for my day off. I’m usually over ambitious and think I’ll wake up early and get a million things done, but reality is I’ll sleep in till noon, if not later. So when I make the list…. It looks good on paper!

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

@Miss Godiva yep… we get these ideals that sound great, will work out perfectly in our head, that should be easy.. but when it comes down to actually doing or accomplishing it.. YEA RIGHT! lol

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I also remember using this in education: sometimes somthing looks good on paper, but not in practice (like No Child Left Behind). Yeah, theory on paper is great, but when you put it to actual use, it falls apart. So “looks good on paper” could also mean that it’s flimsy in its execution, as in:

Yeah, their finances look good on paper, but they are living way beyond their means.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I’ve heard it used when referring to a potential mate. For example, he might be smart, have gone to a good university, has a good job, has some similar interests, is good looking so… “on paper” meaning if you write it down or look at his resume of qualities, he is a great fit for you. Then it may or may not work out in real life with chemistry between you.

 

So, “he looks great on paper” means his qualities/facts about him line up with what you would want.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

I used to use it a lot with internet dating.

He looked good on paper, but IRL? nada

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Attractive, affable, great sense of humor, clever, quick-thinking, intellectual, and active are the big ones I think of right off the bat.  Fiance is a pretty good match–he’s not naturally inclined to be as outdoorsy/active as I am but he’s very amenable to it.  So I might have to be the one to initiate and say “let’s go camping! Let’s go hiking!” but he’s usually on board.  We’ve also introduced each other to some fun activities that either one of us will now suggest, which is fun!

We also have similar backgrounds, which wasn’t “on my list” but which I think really, really helps us because we can usually see where the other person is coming from in disagreements, and our values are very much overlapping.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee

@SeattleMolly:

Sorry, was that question for me?  As far as looking good on paper,  I meant the same thing as Miss Damask,   meaning, his profile sounds amazing, his pictures are great, he’s well spoken in email conversations, then you meet and *poof* nothing.  Either because there is just no chemistry or my personal favorite the ones that were full of sh*t and actually posted fake pictures of themselves.

But to what attributes I look for and does my S.O measure up?

100%.  As soon as I met him it was like he was made to order for what I was looking for.

– Brave, strong, mentally sound (being a soldier, that is a huge one for me, because a lot of them are not!), sharp as a tack, animal lover, can be my own personal macgyver,  and a few superficial ones; dresses well, smells good, has a french accent, can cook, has hair, has straight teeth, etc. 🙂

ETA: and did I mention gorgeous?  He doesn’t have to be a model, but he needs to make me swoon

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

To me it’s what most of you have said. Someone sounds good on paper but in person there is no click.

I had a brief relationship with that type of guy when I was about 17. He was handsome, great dress sense, had great friends, went to a good school, came from a good family and seemed smart when you first talked with him. But turns out he was all book smarts and as dull as a door knob. That to me is good on paper.

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