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revised How is TL;DR used?
connect to summary meaning
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answered How is TL;DR used?
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comment What's an item called that was required to progress in a video game, but now isn't?
It still seems to me that red herring fits. Can you explain more specifically why you think it doesn't?
Nov
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comment What's a parallel for 'mitigate', for worsening a good situation?
Along the same lines as counter is counteract. That's the word I would probably use here.
Nov
5
comment Is there a slang word or phrase for someone who is always playing dirty tricks or unpleasant practical jokes on his friends and acquaintances?
@PatrickM: Troll in the sense of an Internet troublemaker is certainly at least that old. The sense of a real-life prankster is newer, and most of the UD definitions don't include that sense (though some do).
Nov
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comment Is there a slang word or phrase for someone who is always playing dirty tricks or unpleasant practical jokes on his friends and acquaintances?
@HotLicks: The "social media community" is rapidly approaching a majority of the population in many places, and in certain demographics (e.g. teenagers in industrialized nations) probably represents nearly everybody. (I'm not saying they all know this word, of course.)
Nov
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answered Is there a slang word or phrase for someone who is always playing dirty tricks or unpleasant practical jokes on his friends and acquaintances?
Nov
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comment What's the single word to describe the smell of the perfume of someone who just walked by?
Do you think sillage is likely to be understood by readers outside the fragrance industry?
Nov
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answered What's the single word to describe the smell of the perfume of someone who just walked by?
Nov
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comment Generic term for someone who looks after children
Should the term also include parents, legal guardians, etc?
Oct
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comment “Childlessness is hereditary in our family” What do you call a statement containing a contradiction such as the example?
I think you answered your own question with absurd. (If you want a noun, try absurdity.)
Oct
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comment What does “mertilize” mean?
January 2009 is definitely not the correct date of the comic. I can make out the date 11-20 in the third panel but not the copyright year in the fourth. However, here is another strip with a mertilizer which is dated December 8, 1985 - the earliest mention of the term in Calvin and Hobbes (the strip only started a few weeks prior, and I checked all the previous strips).
Oct
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comment Word for obscuring bad or immoral acts with verbiage
@VolkerSiegel: Almost but not quite. 1984 used doublethink (the ability to simultaneously believe two contradictory things) and Newspeak (the political language of the Party). Doublespeak seems to be a related, but later, coinage.
Oct
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Oct
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answered “I'm dry” meaning “Would you buy me a drink?” What semantic or rhetorical term describes such usage?
Oct
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answered Word for obscuring bad or immoral acts with verbiage
Oct
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answered Using “amaze” as a noun
Oct
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comment That was to this, Hyperion to a satyr
@StoneyB: Nice description. It confused me for a moment, though, until I recalled that the late king, Prince Hamlet's father, was also named Hamlet.