I have been recently hearing the expression "double clicking" to mean 'going in depth'.
For example:

We will double click on this topic later on when required.

I have never heard of such a usage before. So, I just want to know if it's a common phrase? Any other details regarding its origins, usage etc. will also be helpful.

  • Aren't the origins fairly easy to guess? Double click on a piece of some webpage, and it opens up and shows you that aspect in more depth. – Peter Shor Aug 11 '15 at 13:11
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    As Peter says, the "origin" is trivial. Any any opinions regarding "prevalence" will simply be opinions - OP has obviously encountered the usage before, but I haven't. I don't plan on using it in future either - it sounds seriously geeky to me. – FumbleFingers Aug 11 '15 at 13:23
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    @FumbleFingers "Geek" is in now though, Isn't it? To me it actually sounds not so much geeky (which I personally would like) and more the sort of awful managerial jargon of the sort "I enhance core competencies by leveraging platforms." (see dilbert.com/search_results?page=7&terms=buying+friends where I stole it from). – DRF Aug 11 '15 at 13:31
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    @PeterShor Websites more often will use single clicks to navigate. Double clicking in websites is not so common. Double clicking comes from desktop computing such as opening folders or applications in MS Windows. For the OP, I do not think it is a common phrase and would recommend using alternatives such drill down or explore – Dan Aug 11 '15 at 13:33
  • Never heard it before. I'm guessing you're hearing it a lot because some highly-placed guy in your company picked it up and is using it, and everyone else is copying him. (I agree with DRF that is sounds like another piece of terrible managerspeak.) – Hot Licks Aug 11 '15 at 13:48

As a lifelong US person (who does interact with worldwide English through forums such as this one on occasion), I've never heard that usage. I'm also a professional Software Engineer, so you'd think if such a computer-usage metaphor was A Thing, I at least would not be the last to hear it.

I would assume its a metaphor for the action required to open files and programs in a typical WIMP interface.

That doesn't mean its not out there in pockets somewhere. Clearly it is for someone. But I wouldn't throw it at a wider audience just yet.

  • I am a Software Engineer myself, so i guess that sort of comes by the trade. In fact, the person i have heard it from has been in the industry for 20 or more years. – Durga Swaroop Aug 12 '15 at 6:10

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