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Jun
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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 'Male'/'female' is to 'gender' as 'left-handed'/'right-handed 'is to…?
@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 'Male'/'female' is to 'gender' as 'left-handed'/'right-handed 'is to…?
"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comment Is “despite” outdated?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"
Oct
25
comment Hypernym for “clock” and “watch”
@DavidK The difference is that the physical book has a physical component that tracks progress: The number of pages turned. E-readers do not, just a number on the screen. And don't forget, often analog clocks are made to tick seconds instead of having smooth motion. You can't measure partial seconds on my watch, for example, so it would technically not be analog by your description, except that is how it's described.
Oct
24
comment Hypernym for “clock” and “watch”
@bdsl Analog (adjective): "of or relating to a device or process in which data is represented by physical quantities that change continuously" - in this case, position through the story. It's just used in this manner most often with timepieces.
Oct
24
comment Hypernym for “clock” and “watch”
@CarSmack Being as pedantic as the person mentioned in the question, "analog devices" would also include books and exclude e-readers
Oct
23
comment Does “candlelight” mean “compare side by side”?
On Wikipedia, while it has a description further down for increasing/decreasing, the primary image at the top is one solid color. Both types are used, and I often see the colored one specified as a "highlighted" version.
Oct
23
comment Does “candlelight” mean “compare side by side”?
A note, the primary image on Wikipedia is simplified. Check out candlestick highlighting graphs - it uses coloration to show change. And "candlestick highlight" almost fits... Except not the image in the question.
Oct
13
comment Can “the rubber meets the road” be used as a stand-alone phrase to mean “stop disaster in its tracks or keep it at bay”?
@rogermue I can say the same of some old people. ;)