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It means "if you couldn't be bothered to read the preceding material because it looked too long (and possibly boring), here is a summary for you". The meaning is quite close to 'executive summary'. tl;dr is used to call out another user on the length of their post. However, in cases of more courteous exchanges and serious discussions, tl;dr can be ...


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False friends is the common word for that :) As Wikipedia says: False friends are pairs of words or phrases in two languages or dialects (or letters in two alphabets) that look or sound similar, but differ significantly in meaning. The article goes on to mention one of your actual examples) False cognates, is something different. If we look again at ...


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Such quips have always been popular; recall Mark Twain on the important role of the historian as storyteller, because Very few things happen at the right time, and the rest do not happen at all. Groucho Marx opens his first autobiography admitting that I was born at a very early age. and remarks in a letter that I don’t care to belong to ...


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For some purposes, I like: indelible: making marks that cannot be removed It makes me thinks of spills, stains, bad tattoos, burns... things that you want to delete, but can't. Though I think @Sven-Yargs hit it on the head with haunting.


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The term you are looking for in gamer parlance is "Key Item". Key items are special items that players can only obtain once, and either aid the progression of the storyline or allow access to new areas. - Bulbapedia The reference is specific to the Pokemon franchise, but the term is valid in any video game. Another accepted term is "Quest Item", ...


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traumatic may fit, even though the word means basically "causing mental or emotional problems, usually for a long time". It was a traumatic experience for all of us. Not all unforgettable events are traumatic but most traumatic events will be unforgettable.


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The actual term is Irish Bull. (Credit to Centaurus based on our discussion and choster for the related and detailed answer). In the question, it is mentioned that it may not be recognized as such by the person who utters it. An irish bull can have oxymoronic, self-contradictory or paradoxical elements in it but it is actually an absurd statement, so it ...


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You would be able to get away with seared into my memory or similar variations as a phrase to describe such an event. The train crash I saw that afternoon was seared into my memory. The report on teen drug use seared itself into my memory. I cannot think of any adjectives that would suit your purpose, however.


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If you're looking for adjectives, as opposed to phrases, then I think there are three good candidates: inextirpable: incapable of being destroyed inexpungible: incapable of being obliterated inerasable: incapable of being erased Of course, the implication with these words is that we might, in fact, like to destroy, obliterate, or erase the things they ...


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The "summary" meaning has already been explained, but in a different usage (perhaps the original), it is meant as an insult. User A: [long impassioned explanation of his views on a particular issue] User B: tl;dr Here User B is saying to User A: "Your post was too long and I didn't read it". At best, this is a suggestion that User A is being too ...


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You might refer to it as a MacGuffin: a MacGuffin (sometimes McGuffin or maguffin) is a plot device in the form of some goal, desired object, or other motivator that the protagonist pursues, often with little or no narrative explanation. The specific nature of a MacGuffin is typically unimportant to the overall plot. (source: wikipedia)


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A literal oxymoron - is a figure of speech that juxtaposes elements that appear to be contradictory in some cases exposing a paradox. Childlessness - not having children Hereditary - features passed on through act of childbirth


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One term possibly applied to such statements is a "paradox". Apparently, it comes from the greek word 'paradoxon', meaning contrary to expectations (http://literarydevices.net/paradox/). Some examples that come to mind are: You should read a book on how to treat your illiteracy. There is no worse feeling than apathy.


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In gaming, it is called a quest item (also known as a plot item or a key item). The term is usually used in MMO games. Skyrim Quest items are items that are, in one way or another, related to a quest. As a rule, quest items cannot be removed from the inventory through any means(see bugs), save for those involved in the quest. WOW Quest items ...


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There is no universal definition for these terms, so their use will vary among teams. The most common usage in my experience is: release (noun): A version of software intended for use outside the development team. A release need not be customer-centric. Some teams, for instance, differentiate between internal release (e.g. for software QA or demo ...


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It's a Plot Coupon A thing that a character needs to obtain in order to cash it in later for a Plot resolution. For example, let's say that our intrepid hero must steal a key, then find the Treasure Chest of Galumphry that the key will open, then remove the Orb of Power from the chest and use it to banish the Big Bad. The key, the chest, and ...


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Though I am pessimistic that this is what you are looking for (as it is quite straightforward), I think that it fits the specifications: self-contradictory


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"What has been seen cannot be unseen". Slang. For citations see: http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Citations:what_has_been_seen_cannot_be_unseen e.g. At Dachau he was witness to real rather than abstract suffering; what has been seen cannot be unseen, nor can it be rationalized. Brad Prager, "Suffering and Sympathy in Volker Schlöndorff's Der neunte Tag ...


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The term foreshadowing often is used in this context. From en.wiktionary, it means “A literary device in which an author drops subtle hints about plot developments to come later in the story”. If the hints are less than subtle – as in Genesis 13:10, which parenthetically remarks, “This was before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah” – one might refer, ...


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Official term for blue screen of death Wikipedia gives the official name in the Windows NT family as a Stop error, and as "bug checks" in development documentation, and that: BSoDs have been present in all Windows-based operating systems since Windows 3.1. Wikipedia also claims without citation: The term "Blue Screen of Death" originated during ...


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It appears that the style you are referring to is actually from the 16th century: Garamond is the name given to a group of old-style serif typefaces named after the punch-cutter Claude Garamont, (also spelled as Garamond, Latinised as garamondus) (c. 1480–1561). Garamond’s letterforms convey a sense of fluidity and consistency. Some unique ...


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I like an inescapable memory. The escape implies a concerted effort to relieve oneself of the memory. I find it's less passive. Requires the 'memory' after unfortunately. Edit: I realised this was very similar to Rusty Tuba's answer... but I've posted it now.


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The term is epigram. It's a short, usually witty, satirical, or humorous statement often with a contradictory or paradoxical twist.


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You can't always tell unless you know more about the subject being discussed. Regarding the sentence you quote, I don't think there was anything concealed or hidden about Margaret Thatcher's ideology. So in this sentence "underlying" is used to mean "basic" or "fundamental". If you are unsure of which of two or more definitions applies in a particular ...


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Memory already implies that the thing is being remembered and not forgotten, so I would prefer a word to describe the type of memory being referenced, while also conveying that it is a memory that is constantly being revisited. So things like bedeviling memory tormenting memory the memory of it plagued me accursed memory fiendish memory vexing / vexatious ...


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Someone who specializes in tea is called simply a tea specialist. A tea specialist is someone who has been educated in tea’s history and making tea, categories or types of tea and the methods of tea production and processing. http://www.wisegeek.com/what-does-a-tea-specialist-do.htm If they are working in a restaurant, it is called a tea ...


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As an adjective, there is never-to-be-forgotten which usually implies that the experience or memory was unpleasant, unlike unforgettable which usually implies a pleasant memory. Note: It is used as unhyphenated too. Examples: Stupid, sometimes tragic, decisions by commanders also impacted the mind with never-to-be-forgotten, nightmarish memories. ...


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How about infamous? A la "a day that will live in infamy!"


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I have assumed that it now means something like “If you found the above too long and complicated, here is, in a nutshell, what I meant to say.” Your interpretation as just quoted may be what some writers mean tl;dr to stand for, and is in accord with the explanation from knowyourmeme mentioned in a previous answer. But note that the knowyourmeme entry ...


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These are stand alone episodes, as they "stand alone" from the main story arc. TV Tropes goes into detail, and provides multiple examples: An episode that can stand alone on its own with a self-contained story that does not need prior viewing of any other episode to understand. It's usually an episode that breaks from the current arc to focus on a ...



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