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You need not be a wizard. wizard: a person who practices magic; magician or sorcerer. a person of amazing skill or accomplishment: a wizard at chemistry. (Random House) But one need not be a wizard to foresee by now that the outbreak of a revolutionary movement on the Communist order, in a Europe laid waste by a long war, will result in an era of ...


You could consider "debunk" To expose the falseness or hollowness of (a myth, idea, or belief). Individual cases where a stereotypical assumption is confounded might be described as someone "breaking the mold" Women Artists Who Broke the Mold


Around my office, such a problem is called a Heisenbug, a pun on the name of the great physicist Werner Heisenberg, who first described the observer effect (the rule that observing any phenomenon will change it) and the uncertainty principle (the rule that you can know either where something is or how fast it is going, but not both). The frustrating thing ...


You don't have to be a genius appears to have been used in the early decades of the 20th century. Ngram shows examples of its usage before the 1930's. From Popular Science. June 1919: You do not have to be a genius. If you have a liking for drawing and develop it intelligently, there are many opportunities for you in this profitable professian. ...


Eyesore? Affront to all that is holy? Mirror-cracker?


I would suggest moving target. Longman online (3) says: a moving target something that is changing continuously, so that it is very difficult to criticize it or compete against it


They are known as "trust-fund babies" or "trust-fund kids": from Dictionary.com: noun: a child of wealthy parents or other relatives who can rely on a trust fund rather than hard work for a living


How about foreboding: 'a strong inner feeling or notion of a future misfortune, evil, etc'.


Consider, to each their own one has a right to one's personal preferences AHD


harrumph /həˈrʌmf/ verb; gerund or present participle: harrumphing clear the throat noisily grumpily express dissatisfaction or disapproval. "skeptics tend to harrumph at case histories like this" He harrumphed and said, ‘I am deeply obliged’. (from Google)


You've hit the nail on the head - this is very widely used in British English, at least. Fig. to do exactly the right thing; to do something in the most effective and efficient way. You've spotted the flaw, Sally. You hit the nail on the head. Bob doesn't say much, but every now and then he hits the nail right on the head. (-- from ...


There's the proverb different strokes for different folks. Citing Oxford: Different things appeal to different people.


Consider the phrase aptly named: A dog called Snoozy who lies around on the couch all day is aptly named... (http://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/aptly) aptly named/described/called etc: named, described etc in a way that seems very suitable The aptly named Skyline Restaurant provides spectacular views of the city below. (Longman) We ...


They're called wet nurses. Wikipedia A wet nurse is a woman who breast feeds and cares for another's child. Wet nurses are employed when the mother is unable or chooses not to nurse the child herself. Wet-nursed children may be known as "milk-siblings", and in some cultures the families are linked by a special relationship of milk kinship. Mothers ...


I would call it an "elusive" problem. elusive adjective: 1: tending to evade grasp or pursuit 2: hard to comprehend or define 3: hard to isolate or identify (Merriam-Webster online)


It is called a jam session. It is sometimes shortened as jam. (jam is used as a verb as well.) An informal gathering of musicians to play improvised or unrehearsed music. [TFD]


An intermittent problem. stopping or ceasing for a time; alternately ceasing and beginning again. TFD starting, stopping, and starting again : not constant or steady. MW e.g. "My new car has been having an intermittent battery problem." "The forecast is for intermittent rain." "The patient was having intermittent pains."


It's not an Herculean task. i.e. not requiring tremendous effort, strength, etc. by reference to the twelve labours of Hercules (latin) or Heracles(greek). From Wikipedia 1748, Tobias George Smollett, The Adventures of Roderick Random "He replied in a dry manner, that I would find it a Herculean task to chastise everybody who should laugh at my ...


You could use the expression it's like talking to a brick wall. It's an established idiom listed in some dictionaries, and it means that you can't get through to the other person. Another applicable expression might be teaching a pig to sing, from a quote attributed to Heinlein – especially if you find yourself getting frustrated in your efforts.


Traditionally the most common (noun) terms for such a one would probably be a "prodigal" (as in the proverbial, Prodigal Son) or, alternately, a "profligate". prodigal noun: 1. a person who spends money in a recklessly extravagant way. • a person who leaves home and behaves recklessly, but later makes a repentant return. noun: prodigal ...


That is called: Lip service: support for someone or something that is expressed by someone in words but that is not shown in that person's actions (TFD)


Sounds like a gremlin An imaginary mischievous sprite regarded as responsible for an unexplained problem or fault, especially a mechanical or electronic one: a gremlin in my computer omitted a line Oxford Dictionaries Online For a longer discussion, see this article in Wikipedia Also, there is a wonderful dramatization of the gremlin effect in ...


The Free Dictionary says "at a certain time past, not distant, but indefinite; not long ago; recently; rarely, the third day past." Collins simply says "a few days ago." So your girlfriend is closer to right. But to me, a limit of about a week, not a month, sounds right; otherwise, say "last week," "a week or two ago," etc.


As I understand it in normal card game it would mean someone manually prepared the cards so they know what is coming (have advantage) In the context of the speech I think it means that average Americans are at disadvantage. Similar to system is rigged in your post. stack the deck (against someone or something) and stack the cards (against someone or ...


Is not the word you are searching ominous? I'm no spiritualist but I have an ominous feeling, .... Equally, as Patrick Wood points out a feeling of foreboding would do equally well, perhaps engendering even more concern in the listener.


My first thoughts on reading the question were of the phrase 'I have a feeling of impending doom.' Since the word 'catastrophic' is used, this doesn't feel unduly strong.


To minimize the distinction we say, One's as bad as the other: Or, if we leave room for more than two: One's as bad as the next.


Silver-tongued A tendency to be eloquent and persuasive in speaking. - Google


Indeed there is: "spendthrift" is one, and "wastrel" another. The latter is archaic but I really like it. Derived from "waste", I guess, but pronounced with a short A not a diphthong. You don't have to be stinking rich to be these, though. And there is another archaic word for spending an inheritance etc. quickly and reprehensibly: "to blew". That's not the ...


I happen to like Repairman's Syndrome, where the presence of someone in the know makes the thing work.

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