Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Doing a Des

Every workplace has an idiom or two with a background story based upon a person or event that has become infamous.  Yesterday, I learnt one of these - a phrase that is now recognised in cellars across Australia: Doing a Des

Someone can be said to 'be doing' or 'have done' a Des if they manage to perfectly estimate volumes when filling or emptying tanks, barrels, etc.  

The story goes that Des was a cellar hand who always seemed to be able to achieve perfect estimations of volume.  However, turns out he actually either added water or dumped wine at the end of the transfer to suit!