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accepted What's the complement or corollary of “influences”?
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comment What's the complement or corollary of “influences”?
@SnowFlake - I looked for antonyms in a few thesauruses, including that one. I couldn't find any entry that treats "influence" as a count noun, as in "The album's influences include..."
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revised What's the complement or corollary of “influences”?
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asked What's the complement or corollary of “influences”?
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comment An idiom meaning someone's doing something useless and has no result at the end
Good phrase, but it's not quite the same: it means a problematic/precarious task – slightly different from a pointless exercise like squashing water, which doesn't achieve anything. You might end up covered in piss, but you've still had a piss.
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comment An idiom meaning someone's doing something useless and has no result at the end
Just FYI, another British English difference: in the UK the first one is nearly always phrased "...against a brick wall", not "...against the wall". In my experience.
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comment Is “close proximity” a tautology?
I agree that by the first definition you couldn't have a "long proximity". But the second definition, "nearness", doesn't necessarily mean something is near; it means an expression or measurement of how near something is, ie a distance. The nearness of something can be "near" or "not near" or "50ft". Same as proximity.
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comment Is “close proximity” a tautology?
"Proximity" just means an object's distance from here (or some other agreed point). One proximity can definitely be long compared to another, so "long proximity" is fine.
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comment What could we call a person with deep knowledge in various fields?
@Kris could you link to that question?
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accepted What's the term for an unsecured wifi network that requires logging in through a browser?
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asked What's the term for an unsecured wifi network that requires logging in through a browser?
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comment What do you call a web advert that obscures page content forcing you to look at it?
+1, 'modal' is definitely the right adjective to describe this kind of interruption, from a UI design perspective. But I gave the answer to @Hellion for 'interstitial', as that seems to be the specific term for a modal advertisement appearing before any page content.
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comment What do you call a web advert that obscures page content forcing you to look at it?
I agree with all of you. For the record, I am writing a report arguing that we should not use this practice on our company website, and I wanted to know the proper word: interstitial.
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comment What do you call a web advert that obscures page content forcing you to look at it?
Wikipedia also agrees: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interstitial_webpage