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comment Word for “food eaten only partially out of hunger”
I think the 'correct' answer as the question is phrased is 'food' - there's very little that's eaten without primary regard to taste. For example: I'll eat chilies, cheesburgers, natto, grass jelly, mango, and fresh bread for taste reasons (not at the same time, of course!). If you want to distinguish the two groups, you might be better off asking for a term for the opposite that would exclude all that I've just mentioned (famine foods would be the first thing that comes to mind as an example)
Feb
27
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Feb
27
comment Word for “food eaten only partially out of hunger”
Minor nuance - all junk foods are perceived to have no dietary purpose, but all foods that have no dietary purpose is a much larger category. As an example, a lot of spices arguably have extremely limited dietary purposes but wouldn't attract the junk food tag.
Jul
8
comment Idiom for someone who buys all the best gear to do something before they even have a basic proficiency?
I've heard it an an Australian skiing context as well for much the same reason. It's relatively new to me, but when first hearing it, it made perfect sense to me straight away
Jun
19
comment What adjective would subtly state that an argument is cheap, weak or insignificant?
Don't suppose you could clarify why the argument wasn't considered weighty? Was it because it lacked evidence? Arguing a point not worth arguing? Incorrectly reasoned?
Apr
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Jan
19
comment Word or phrase for 'a much hyped discovery which later turns out to be insignificant or of no value'
@Mitch Yep, I think I was having an off day, and didn't read the question (and post a sane-enough) answer. It's adding noise to the lot so I'll probably set it up for deletion in short order.
Jan
18
comment Word or phrase for 'a much hyped discovery which later turns out to be insignificant or of no value'
@RegDwigh—ā Also, re: fizzer. Happy for that to be cut out and merged somewhere else but I wasn't sure if it's best placed next to the answer by Kris, or Prince Goulash. Suggestions?
Jan
18
comment Word or phrase for 'a much hyped discovery which later turns out to be insignificant or of no value'
@RegDwight I may need to rewrite the answer to reflect it better, but I thought the segway example would be a case of something fitting the OPs description - it was hyped ahead of time as a breakthrough in personal mobility, but when revealed it fell flat. I'd use the term 'ahead of it's time' sarcastically in this case.
Jan
18
revised Word or phrase for 'a much hyped discovery which later turns out to be insignificant or of no value'
added defn for Fizzer.
Jan
18
answered Word or phrase for 'a much hyped discovery which later turns out to be insignificant or of no value'
Jan
18
comment What do I call a number that has a period in it?
@codemonkey Just with the new context, you could just be explicit in this case with something like if the input float variable is a whole number (i.e. there's nothing after the decimal point) it'll be converted to an int to avoid any confusion? And mild curiosity, can I get a pointer at the source? Am just wondering how it's implemented :)
Jan
18
comment What do I call a number that has a period in it?
@codemonkey Hmm.. the best I can come up with would be 'decimal number' and 'whole number'. Not ideal, but should work in general conversation (and not invoke any of the scarier real/irrational conversations)
Jan
18
comment What do I call a number that has a period in it?
@Codemonkey If you're not talking mathematical definitions then I'd say avoid 'round number' as it's a bit of a fluid term more closely related to the degree of precision. For example if something is expected to be in the range 0-99 with a fractional part, it sounds natural. If you move into another context such as forex trading (there's whole strategies on round number forex trading), it'd mean roughly numbers zeroing the last two sig figs, not all fractional components.
Jan
18
comment Abbreviations for higher SI prefixes?
About two years later, but I think the accepted conventional abbreviation from what I've heard amongst an (admittedly techie) group of friends and VFX artists is 'teras'.
Jan
15
revised When writing out large numbers in words, should commas be placed at thousand separators?
silly typo, didn't notice I'd cut/pasted and left some errant ands in place
Jan
15
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