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comment What is a “hot meal”?
I don't know why this is being closevoted - the only onelook.com match is from the very unreliable Urban Dictionary.
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comment What is a word for a person who thinks they are going to fail?
Not an answer, but related term: impostor syndrome
Apr
24
comment Antonym of copypasta
@Mari-LouA Maybe I could do a copypasta of Yoichi Oishi's question ;) english.stackexchange.com/q/113155/1420
Apr
24
comment What do you call a disk drive that is not solid state?
Liquid state drive? Gaseous state drive? Legacy? :)
Apr
11
comment Is “stepmother treatment” Indian English?
Relevant TV Tropes entry: Wicked Stepmother
Apr
3
comment What is the word for using something for other than its intended purpose?
As a biologist, I'd be more inclined to refer to an original purpose rather than intended purpose - "intention" (and to a lesser extent, "purpose") sounds like intelligent design.
Mar
28
comment Are there shibboleths specific to native Russian speakers?
Not so much a shibboleth, as a well-known example of one: "Please, please - We're looking for the naval base in Alameda can you tell us where the nuclear wessels are?"
Mar
26
comment Is there an American term for a group of elitist schools, similar to the abbreviation “Oxbridge”?
Equivalent term for Australia: Sandstone universities
Feb
26
comment What does “Legacy of the void” in terms of “Gray tsunami” mean?
Just out of curiosity - is "tsunami" used metaphorically in Japanese?
Feb
25
comment Word meaning “difficult to eliminate”?
If you want to be creative, you could call it a "Rasputin bug". Grigori Rasputin is perceived by westerners as having been extraordinarily hard to kill en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grigori_Rasputin
Feb
11
comment Is there a term for reduplication used to disambiguate categorization?
Amusing as it is for this question to be marked "duplicate", I don't think this is a duplicate question.
Feb
9
comment Is “preference” a recently verbed noun?
Speculation: "preference" is more commonly used as a verb in Australian English, because we have preferential voting unlike the UK and the USA, and the allocation of preferences is described as "preferencing".
Jan
10
comment “Housewife” vs. “homemaker”
@mplungjan if I do that google search, I get this question as the first hit. As must many other people - the question has been viewed 29860 times.
Jan
10
comment “Housewife” vs. “homemaker”
Voting to re-open. A dictionary can tell you what a housewife means, and what a homemaker mean. Which won't help much, because they mean pretty much the same thing. However, they probably won't indicate what's the difference between the two, or why some people avoid the term "housewife". You'd have to know about how English has changed over time to be able to answer that.
Dec
30
comment Is “Perl Monger” derogatory when used by non Perl programmers?
@ErikKowal I'm not sure what you're implying, but I most likely heard whoremonger from the Bible.
Dec
30
comment Does *tourist* have a derogatory connotation of *inexperienced* or any other meanings in the clip of Ice Age3?
I hope this gets re-opened, but people who think they're better than the average tourist think that they're "Travellers, not tourists".
Dec
12
comment Better term than “off label” to describe something used other than as stated
And no, "stupid", "idiotic" or "reckless" doesn't fit the bill either.
Nov
29
comment Is “software” singular or plural? Can “softwares” be used instead?
I come across people mistakenly using "softwares" reasonably often. I sometimes see it being used by Japanese people, so it's not a mistake only made by people from the subcontinent.
Nov
26
comment A word for paying attention to detail
@Em1 maybe alliteration?
Nov
22
comment Is “root access” acceptable in a professional setting in Australian English?
@JeremyMiles the XKCD sandwich cartoon doesn't mention "superuser".