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Apr
15
comment What's a good term for source code that could theoretically still run, but is purposefully not?
That's also the regular use of "dead code" everywhere I've seen it before; I have no idea where "optimized out is dead code" came from.
Apr
15
comment What's a good term for source code that could theoretically still run, but is purposefully not?
I would definitely not call your example "dead code"; it might get optimized out, but it still effectively runs. Dead code does not run. "Superfluous" or "unnecessary" is better for that example.
Mar
2
comment Idiom or expression request that would convey same meaning as this Persian set phrase “ simple yet impossible to imitate”
I like your first suggestion, but would modify it slightly: "[it] only looks easy", to emphasize there's more to it than how it easy it appears.
Mar
2
comment Idiom or expression request that would convey same meaning as this Persian set phrase “ simple yet impossible to imitate”
While the other more-highly-voted answers are technically correct, this is one of the few that sounds natural.
Jan
5
comment What is another word for a false belief or opinion on something that people hold true and repeat because they have heard it repeated so many times?
Reading your example sentence, the first word to pop into mind was simply "arguments", although that doesn't imply factual correctness or incorrectness
Dec
21
comment What's the origin of the word 'noise' in photography?
@DavidRicherby So a digital equivalent to "grain" is "pixelization"?
Jul
28
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Jun
5
comment What word describes the process of a ship being slowly “swallowed” in the sea?
@Hugh That meaning seems rather obscure though. I was certain it was a typo of "flounder" until I looked it up.
Apr
27
comment What does “Your hair is so white now, it can talk back to police” mean?
The key issue with this answer is the same one the OP misread - if "it can talk back" was actually "you can talk back", then this answer would be the case
Apr
27
comment What's the single-word for “left or right handed”?
@Mari-LouA "Lateral thinking" is used so often with brain teasers that I'd expect people to think it means "thinking outside the box", having nothing to do with sided-ness. Like Area51 and alephzero, I doubt I would've figured out what laterality means
Apr
27
comment What's the single-word for “left or right handed”?
"Chirality is technically correct when applied to people, but almost never used." - But can be great when it is
Apr
10
comment Is there any word for the opposite of a “bug” in programming?
Very closely related, we've used "accidental feature" a few times when talking to our product owner
Apr
6
comment What does “person dumb” mean in following sentence?
@talrnu Chicago-area person here - "...only dumb enough person to..." sounds really awkward and unnatural, I'd definitely use "...only person dumb enough to...", because of splitting up "only" and "person". FumbleFingers's "good" example doesn't include "only", so it still sounds fine
Mar
26
comment What do we call 'Shakespearean trash-talk'?
@jamesqf Trash-talking is the most common form of psyching out/intimidating the opponent in competitive situations - sports, games, etc
Feb
12
comment Feminism being referred to as equality for all, as opposed to equality for women
@JordanDolan What you're describing is known in feminist/gender equality circles as "equality of opportunity" vs "equality of outcome". And there is a split, with some people aiming for one, some aiming for the other, and some not knowing the difference
Jan
15
comment Connotations of the word “galore”
This is pretty much how I read the word, "more than there is reason to be" - it can be something good or bad, but not neutral
Jan
7
comment Is “despite” outdated?
@RustyTuba Flipping the sentence comes out more naturally, and I'm sure I've use the word in regular conversation this way: "We'll go hiking despite the rain."
Dec
13
comment How do you describe someone who can hear you or see you but pretends or ignores your presence while you are trying to get his or her attention ?
Why isn't "ignore" sufficient?
Nov
17
comment Oil is slippery; rubber is _____?
@ermanen Not always, the bottoms of shoes can be grippy when wet
Nov
10
comment Does the quirky spelling in English actually make it easier to read?
@JasonOrendorff I pronounce "two" more like "tew", while there's no "w" sound in my "to" or "too"