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Swill. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swill swill noun. food for animals (such as pigs) made from scraps of food and water food or drink that is very bad or unappealing eg. What is this swill?! I'm not drinking that!


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A good term for this is double bluff. Collins defines it as: a truthful action that is executed as if it were a bluff If you have a good position and make it appear you do not (by faking a tell, loudly proclaiming your ace-high flush, etc) in order to goad them into calling your bluff, you are double bluffing. This can also be applied the other way. ...


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In formal contexts, you might consider a temporary "lapse", or, more specifically, a "mental lapse". In less formal situations, I've often used "thinko"; sometimes elderly people say they've had a "senior moment". If you've specifically overlooked something otherwise obvious, then a short, descriptive term is a (minor) "oversight".


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A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. [Shakespeare] (What matters is what something is, not what it is called. [Phrase Finder] ) Possibly inappropriate for an attempted cover-up. If the focus is on the attempt to disguise what's about to follow, sugaring the pill fits: sugar/sweeten the pill (British, American & Australian) also ...


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The general term I hear most often for this is security theater. From Wikipedia: Security theater is the practice of investing in countermeasures intended to provide the feeling of improved security while doing little or nothing to actually achieve it. This doesn't necessarily come with the increase in fear, but it's often associated. An example ...


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"You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lipstick_on_a_pig Seems perfect for your requirements but perhaps a little too colloquial.


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I think the word you're probably looking for is "teeming", which describes something as being densely populated or swarming with life. In your case, the appropriate phrase would probably be something like: "This pond is teeming with fish! Maybe I can catch one."


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Mental hiccup is a fairly common idiom which can be used in circles where "brain fart" might raise eyebrows. I would not, however, equate it with a "Freudian slip" which implies an inadvertent exposing of someone's subconscious/secret thoughts or desires.


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In the UK, the terms fear mongering or scaremongering are often thrown about, particularly in regards to the media (your "terrorist report" example). The thinking is that fear sells. However, the terms themselves are often used in a negative and hyperbolic manner, so I don't think this is what you're looking for.


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I think the perfect phrase to describe your situation is analysis paralysis. Wikipedia defines this as: Analysis paralysis or paralysis of analysis is an anti-pattern, the state of over-analyzing (or over-thinking) a situation so that a decision or action is never taken, in effect paralyzing the outcome. A decision can be treated as over-complicated, ...


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I'd typically call such a drink a a weird concoction. Per Merriam-Webster (via Google Definition): concoction: a mixture of various ingredients or elements. synonyms: *mixture, brew, preparation, potion *


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A piscary is a body of water natural or artificial (a piscine would only be an artificial one) under active piscicultural care to render it fit for piscation and related piscatorial—or simply piscatory—pursuits perpetrated by piscivorous piscators, at which point said piscose body will be perfectly pisculent — that is, it will be fit for fishing. But I ...


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Do you like Shakespeare? If so, how about "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet", or, shorter these days, "A rose is a rose is a rose." If you're not a big fan of the Bard, consider "If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck ...".


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It is called a factual question. Because the answer is a fact rather than a subjective opinion. factual Concerned with what is actually the case rather than interpretations of or reactions to it: a mixture of comment and factual information [oxforddictionaries] An explanation of factual question from the book "Spoken Language Understanding: ...


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How about: "This pond looks well-stocked. I can fish here." You could put more fish icons in a pond that's well-stocked; and fewer fish icons, or even green-blue algae in an ill-stocked pond. "This pond is filled with algae. I can't fish here"


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Abraham Lincoln (apocryphally) was fond of asking "How many legs does a horse have, if you call its tail a leg?" His answer: "Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it one."


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Call a spade a spade. It has the advantage of being a direct command. 'Spade' is a more specific word for the digging implement most people own, which often called by the less specific word 'shovel' by those unaccustomed to digging (and thus of higher class). It is also very occasionally used to mean 'Black'. It disparages political correctness, ...


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Security theater is the word I often hear. In practice, I'm not sure enough people think about or realize that some "security" measures are theater. A related slang term is FUD, which stands for Fear, Uncertainty & Doubt. To me this describes the given examples better but theater answers the question title better. Note: To my knowledge, FUD is not ...


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Would bait, feint, or lure fit your definition? Maybe these are too broad, but I usually see baiting as a term used to lure someone into an argument.


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Slop: ( from TFD) Unappetizing watery food or soup. Often, slops. The dirty water or liquid refuse of a household. Slop Monster : ( from The Urban dictionary) When an otherwise sane, normal girl drinks too much alcohol and transforms into a stumbling, word slurring, wardrobe malfunctioning all around hot mess. Please don't let me ...


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Two options come to mind. Sandbagging is more general and I've seen it used in a variety of ways (including metaphorical). Slow playing I've generally heard more in reference to the actual poker strategy, but I have seen a few occasions where it was also used metaphorically.


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My dear sainted grandmother was very fond of the expression "You can't polish a turd" which is a somewhat vulgar variant of @Okoning's "lipstick on a pig". Idiomatically, someone who claims that 'they aren't racist but...' could well be accused of "turd polishing..."


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No, thanks. I don't want any of this Muck noun filth, dirt, or slime. Although muck doesn't specifically denote a drink, I think that in this context where you're looking for a humorous/sarcastic response it will do just fine.


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You might use Muhammad Ali's rope-a-dope, about which Wikipedia says it is "used to describe strategies in which one party purposely puts itself in what appears to be a losing position, attempting thereby to become the eventual victor."


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My favorite: "A distinction without a difference." "To-may-to, to-mah-to." (In English the word "tomato" can be pronounced either way, it's the same vegetable fruit berry.) I'd suggest "terminological inexactitude", but now that I look it up, I find that my idea of its origin was not quite right. Winston Churchill coined it, but I thought he was referring ...


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There have already been some great answers (I like swill), but I thought I'd offer you another option anyway: bilge water. A bilge is the lowest part of a ship, below the water line. Water that washes up onto the ship's deck usually ends up down there, as well as other spills (detergents, oil, urine), etc. I'm sure you can imagine that it something you ...


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I'm going to stick my neck out and say the answer is No. There is no word which can be used for both move and copy. Synonyms for move like migrate, relocate, transfer, shift and even ship all involve a real move, where the object appears in a new location and disappears from its origin. Synonyms for copy like duplicate, reproduce, clone all produce an ...


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I believe the word you're looking for is "motormouth". According to the Cambridge online dictionary: motormouth: noun [C] UK /ˈməʊ.tə.maʊθ/ US /ˈmoʊ.t̬ə-/ informal, disapproving a person who talks quickly and continuously, often without considering what they are saying Similarly, the entry for Motormouth on TVTropes provides the ...


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The word that comes to mind is overthink TheFreeDictionary describes it as to spend more time thinking about something than is necessary or productive


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Congratulations, you have grokked it. grok (transitive, slang) To have or to have acquired an intuitive understanding of; to know (something) without having to think



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