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Aug
27
comment Idiom meaning diverting somebody's attention from a topic which you don't want to talk on
This is probably the closest to capturing the meaning of OP's example.
Aug
27
comment Idiom meaning diverting somebody's attention from a topic which you don't want to talk on
Your example is hardly "diverting attention". It's outright refusing to answer the question or acknowledge that you're not answering, and it's rather passive-aggressive. Is this really the sort of situation you want to describe? I ask because the body of your question strikes me very differently from the question title.
Aug
7
comment Single word that combines the meaning of fascination and hate?
@JATerroba: The connotation is negative towards the person who is described as having a fixation, but that doesn't necessarily imply a negative attitude towards the thing they're fixated on.
Jul
28
comment What do you call a person who is always noisy on the Internet?
@L0j1k: Being an insult to the person it's applied to has nothing to do with the reasons why it would get you kicked out of a well-managed conference.
Jul
26
comment Negative-connotation word for someone who is straight-edge?
I've never heard it used that way in American English. It's listed as a secondary definition in my link, though.
Jul
24
answered Negative-connotation word for someone who is straight-edge?
Jul
23
comment What do you call a person who is always noisy on the Internet?
To elaborate, this word choice might be perfectly fine to have a character in a book or screenplay use, but would easily get your speaking invitation revoked if you used it in slides for a conference except in very specific situations.
Jul
23
comment What do you call a person who is always noisy on the Internet?
@L0j1k: I don't see how that response is relevant. Coverage of connotations and attitudes implied by word choice are relevant to someone seeking a word to use in speech or writing, and most importantly, mentioning them is descriptive, not prescriptive.
Jul
22
comment What do you call a person who is always noisy on the Internet?
I think this word does the best of any answers I've seen so far without seeming archaic or having unwanted connotations. Being "too modern" is an advantage IMO when the intended meaning is a modern phenomenon. As an alternative, use my answer, exhibitionist.
Jul
22
answered What do you call a person who is always noisy on the Internet?
Jul
22
comment What do you call a person who is always noisy on the Internet?
This term also conveys an assumed negative attitude towards sex workers (and perhaps towards female sexuality in general), which makes it inappropriate in many contexts and arguably preferable not to use at all.
Jul
2
comment An old car in bad condition
If you can stand some sarcasm, the word I learned for these growing up was "a beauty". :-)
May
8
comment Word for the “life/world” outside phone calls, text messages, and the Internet?
I think anything using "real" in this sense is quickly going to seem dated if not like complete luddism. Imagine someone taking about "real wagons" or "real carriages" in an age of cars.
Apr
4
comment A question asked in order to expose ignorance
I think the concept is sufficiently specific and nuanced, and the answers are sufficiently imprecise, that you really want to just use the full phrase to convey what you mean.
Mar
25
comment Is “women men girls love meet die” a valid sentence?
@WinnieNicklaus: It's an artificial problem because someone with a wrong model of language invented a nonexistent (in real language) composition rule. Actual human languages has no rules whatsoever that can be recursively applied, only boundedly (small finite number of times) applied.
Mar
25
comment Is “women men girls love meet die” a valid sentence?
I think @TheodorosChatzigiannakis captured what the author intended, but it's utterly invalid because the rule for transforming "Women whom men meet die." to "Women men meet die." does not apply recursively; it cannot be used in cases where the noun phrase in the subordinate clause is already complex, where by "complex" I mean something approximately like "containing words after the noun".
Mar
17
comment Is there a word in English for copy which is better than the original
Incidentally, the answer is also useful for dvdrips, which are generally higher quality (fixing telecine errors, etc.) than the originals.
Mar
16
comment What is it called when someone hates disabled people?
@WS2: They really can't, or at least the idea that they can be is a political position, not a statement of fact or a noncontroversial idea. In any case the comments here are not the place for such a discussion.
Mar
15
comment What is it called when someone hates disabled people?
@user3932000: The idea that the word racist is overused is controversial and I would say highly political. Rather it seems to be underused by people not familiar with anti-racist thought, reserved only for overt acts of hate or intentional discrimination rather than covering the full spectrum of implicit associations, internalized prejudice, and systemic power structures that reinforce racial inequality.
Mar
7
comment Single word for “pleasant to look at”
Best of all, readers not familiar with this rather archaic word will simply read it as "full of win". :-)