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Apr
9
comment Word to describe this kaleidoscope-like motion
The sphere gif reminds me of a gyroscope.
Apr
9
comment How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
Have you already seen this Wikipedia article? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_much_wood_would_a_woodchuck_chuck It traces this back to a 1902 song, and it explains what a woodchuck is.
Apr
9
comment Where did the phrase You “have a really punchable face” originate?
@David M, Feel free to try to answer the question then. I'm not sure how this would help any other users of this site.
Apr
9
comment Word for a misused word
Also see this question/answers: english.stackexchange.com/q/83232/18655
Apr
9
comment Where did the phrase You “have a really punchable face” originate?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is not about English language and usage.
Apr
9
answered Statistics terminology: Is there a word for a flat bottom?
Apr
8
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Apr
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Apr
8
comment What term describes workers that are not “knowledge workers”?
If you read the Businessweek article I linked to, you'll see that the author of that piece opines that every worker is a knowledge worker. I think I agree. I guess I don't think there's an exact "opposite" for a knowledge worker.
Apr
8
answered What term describes workers that are not “knowledge workers”?
Apr
7
comment list of modern words to replace old ones
cheezburger.com/5260255488
Apr
7
comment Meaning and Etymology of “Jazzy”
Do you know the Wordnik site? It gives lots of definitions and examples of how the words are used. wordnik.com/words/jazzy
Apr
7
comment Is there a word for this clever piece of marketing?
To answer the title of your post, this is called lookalike, copycat, or parasitic packaging. It probably depends on whether you're the copier or the originator, which of those terms you use.
Apr
7
comment What word means to work yourself into redundancy?
Obsolescence?
Apr
1
reviewed Close is pollution singular or plural?
Apr
1
comment Are collective nouns taught at school (and one has to learn them) or are they just a fun thing?
A murder of crows was even mentioned in a recent episode of the American TV series Modern Family.
Mar
29
answered Is there a word for exceptional writing?
Mar
27
answered What's a synonym for the profile of a mountain?
Mar
26
comment Specific AmE term for chiefly BrE “workmate” other than “fellow worker”, “coworker”, and “colleague”
I agree that workmate isn't used in AmE, at least not in the Midwest. Americans also use the words associate and colleague for coworkers, especially in business/office/professional settings.