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What does the word pet in a pet-project mean?

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I know what the term pet-project means so I don't need definition for the term.

Now, is the word pet in pet-project an abbreviation of something or does it mean something completely different?
asked 4 years ago by anonymous edited 4 years ago by MaplePM

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The word pet in a pet project is not an abbreviation, it means what it usually means, a pet! (in a figurative way)

For example, when you say that a student is the teacher's pet, it means that that student is a protege of the teacher, for no reason other than the teacher feels that supporting this student will benefit him in one way or another.

A pet project is the same concept, a pet project is the protege of a stakeholder (or a group of stakeholders) because he (they) knows (know) that supporting this project serves his (their) interests.
answered 4 years ago by MaplePM (46,940 points)

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