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answered Word for a task which is flawed or doomed to failure but which you have to do anyway?
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revised Is “man with the monocle” an established idiom or just a figurative expression?
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answered Is “man with the monocle” an established idiom or just a figurative expression?
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accepted What do you call a disk with a hole in the middle?
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comment What do you call a disk with a hole in the middle?
CDs and washers are Toroids, but I think that the term is too general, as any closed plane curve is allowed. For instance, a Gugelhupf (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gugelhupf) is a Toroid, but a Gugelhupf isn't a disk with a hole in the middle.
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comment What do you call a disk with a hole in the middle?
Regarding the Pinker quote, I don't think that comparing a CD and a wire is quite correct. If he compared a wire and a beer mat, or a CD and an urban-legend drilled wire (snopes.com/business/genius/wire.asp), then I would agree.