Winston Churhill was being interviewed by the press at the beginning of WW2.
"Mr. Minister, can you tell us when you think we may lick these boys?"I'd say the same rule applies to this war.
For the first time, Churchill looked puzzled. To that point, The Washington Post reported, he had been "flinging back answers that almost caught the questions in mid-air." But he did not understand what 'lick' meant. Early went over and translated it for him.
"If we manage it well," Churchill answered with a smile, "it will only take half as long as if we manage it badly."
Shamlessly stolen from Winds of Change.