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There are various terms for this. Once upon a time, “screen name” would likely have been the most common. However, it seems to me that this convention has been driven by the most pervasive websites. So, with Facebook et al's move toward encouraging the use of real names, “screen name” seems much less common (phrases such as “nickname” appear to be used now ...


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You could try "I like neither potatoes nor ice cream" though it sounds somewhat old-fashioned.


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The presence of a negation makes all the difference! The sentence is interpreted as: I don't (like (potatoes or ice-cream)). -> I don't (like potatoes or like ice-cream). This logic can be represented with and instead of or, if we use the negation twice: I don't like potatoes and I don't like ice-cream. Without a negation, this would go like: ...


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I guess screen-name is appropriate: Noun, Digital Technology: a unique sequence of characters that a person chooses to use for identification purposes when interacting with others online, as in computer games, instant messaging, or forums. Source:http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/screen+name


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Consider clichéd, meaning “repeated so often that it has become stale or commonplace; hackneyed” – wiktionary and trite, meaning “Worn out; hackneyed; used so many times that it is no longer interesting or effective (often in reference to a word or phrase)” – wiktionary.


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A more common idiom is being knee deep or up to your knees in something, meaning that something reaches one's knees. When you are up to your knees in water, you have gone in to a point that you are definitely wet, and more importantly, there is so much water around, that walking gets more difficult (you move from walking to wading). It is applied to other ...


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A young person who demonstrates wisdom and maturity beyond their years is often called an old soul. It comes from the belief that some reincarnated souls retain a measure of the wisdom and character developed in previous incarnations. These days, even those who don't share in the actual belief find use for the phrase in normal conversation. I'd be perfectly ...


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Pseudonym has meanings beyond the web, but is just as applicable to usage online as off. It's also generally more appropriate to both formal writing, and writing for non-technical audiences. It's a bit more widely understood than the alternatives, being several hundred years older and more established in the language. (Screen Name and Handle are, as already ...


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I suggest 'Internet handle' (but having said that, Fathima's screen name is a well-established term, as a Google search will quickly show).


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Nickname is the appropriate word because it is a common synonym of screenname in computing. It is used outside the internet but it became a common word in this context. Nick (short of nickname), on the other hand, is mostly used in technical contexts.


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Sclerotic: an inability to adapt. For example, That boy Tim is a sclerotic kid — age 13 going on 65.


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How about simply using "both": I hate both potatoes and ice-cream. While this serves to prove that you hate potatoes and ice-cream too, it doesn't have the subtle implication that can sometimes arise out of using "and" like you pointed out: To use "I don't like potatoes and ice-cream" would be correct but ambiguous as it appears to imply they ...


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He sounds like a fuddy-duddy one that is old-fashioned, unimaginative, or conservative [Merriam-Webster] The term is not limited to children, but is often applied to someone who seems old beyond their years. You also might consider fogey an extremely fussy, old-fashioned, or conservative person (esp in the phrase old fogey) [Collins] In this ...


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I have often seen "alias" used in this way in describing what someone is called on an Internet community.


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The lad you speak of has an anachronistic perspective. Anachronistic may seem to be a stretch here, but when you think about it, an anachronistic perspective (attitude, outlook, way of looking at things) is a perspective that is somehow out of order chronologically. Very often we think of anachronistic thinking as backward-looking, from the perspective of ...


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You have analysed your query sentence incorrectly. If you are determined to expand it, it becomes something like I don't like either potatoes or ice cream. There is actually nothing wrong with the original format of the sentence, which is both well-formed and idiomatic. Trying to expand it is over-thinking what is basically a very simple and ...


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You sound like a broken record. to say the same thing over and over again. (Fig. on a scratch in a phonograph record causing the needle [or stylus] to stay in the same groove and play it over and over.) Last edited by Grefsen; 4th August 2013 at 9:59 PM. Re: sounding like a broken (scratched) record.


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A moniker or handle would be an appropriate word for internet name.


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As I native North American English speaker, I would colloquially refer to the person you described as old-school. Meriam-Webster defines that term as: old-school typical of an earlier style or form based on a way of doing things that was common in the past using or supporting traditional practices So for example: Joey is ...


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The phrase is tired or well-worn or old hat or...


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"Born middle-aged" is a phrase I have heard applied to such people (including myself, actually). There are plenty of matches on Google for that phrase. The OED says that "middle-aged" can be used for "resembling a person in middle age", so you can interpret the phrase in that sense.


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According to Christine Ammer, The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms (1997), one potentially relevant idiom is "old chestnut": old chestnut A stale joke, story, or saying, as in Dad keeps on telling that old chestnut about hgow many psychiatrists it takes to change a light bulb. This expression comes from William Diamond's play, The Broken Sword ...


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According to the the canonical reference for all things hackish, it's handle, nick, or screen name. http://www.catb.org/jargon/html/H/handle.html


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This is commonly known as the fallacy of "denying the antecedent". To see why this is the case, you can rephrase your statement as follows. Let P be "A person has short hair", and let Q be "I like them." Then by simple substitution, your friend's false assertion is logically equivalent to P implies Q. Not P. Therefore, not Q. This is ...


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My son was like this when younger, and his Scoutmaster remarked once that he appeared to be working on his Running-for-the-Senate merit badge.


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"Born too late" is a moderately common phrase, as popularized by Edwin Arlington Robinson's poem "Miniver Cheevy": ... Miniver loved the days of old     When swords were bright and steeds were prancing; The vision of a warrior bold     Would set him dancing. [...] Miniver Cheevy, born too late, ...


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Usually you'd conceal your contempt for a customer. "Betraying" contempt, then, is revealing it when you are meant to keep it hidden, like betraying a secret. Look at definition four of "betray" from Merriam-Webster: 4. to reveal unintentionally show, indicate to disclose in violation of confidence


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To put something charitably means to express a negative feature in the most favorable way. However, it's usually used sarcastically, when describing something you think is very wrong. By specifically pointing out that you're being charitable, the reader understands that you're avoiding the obvious negatives. In the example you gave, the writer is implying ...


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You could say on the verge a limit beyond which something occurs; brink ⇒ on the verge of ecstasy [Collins] Alternatives are threshold: the starting point of an experience, event, or venture [Collins] and brink: the verge of an event or state [Collins] A phrase along the lines you mentioned is home stretch The last part of an ...


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There is nothing new under the sun may convey the idea you want to express: Everything that is happening now has happened before. The newspaper today is shocking. Three prominent politicians have been convicted of fraud. Jane: That's not shocking. It only proves that there's nothing new under the sun. Source:http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com



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