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comment A word/phrase for someone who changes the world
I like world-changer well enough to upvote, but a great mind or creative genius does not necessarily change the world, so those don’t work for me.
Feb
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comment A word/phrase for someone who changes the world
Doyen doesn’t quite fit, and heh, doesn’t really sound that grandiose to me, but it’s also a word I have never heard before and I’ll +1 that. Iconoclast is too specific about the sort of change that has occurred (tearing things down) when I want something that could equally-well apply to changes by addition.
Feb
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comment A word/phrase for someone who changes the world
The direct translation of sine qua non (assuming my Latin hasn’t gotten too rusty) would be without which not. Anyway, guru is, I believe, teacher (and also, in the target work, already a word being used in a very-different context). Skimming the list doesn’t really offer much inspiration, either—good idea though.
Feb
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comment A word/phrase for someone who changes the world
@ermanen Fair enough; you should answer then. I’d upvote it (as I have anemone’s contribution), though I’m probably not going to accept it.
Feb
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Feb
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comment A word/phrase for someone who changes the world
@ermanen Hah, all that does for me is show that I’m not the only one who couldn’t think of anything for this! Thanks though, since that does give me a fallback if I really can’t find anything better.
Feb
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comment A word/phrase for someone who changes the world
Sine qua non’s loftiness is actually perfectly appropriate, but if I’m going to go into Latin for this I want to get a bilingual bonus out of it, and I feel like there’s too much logical leap from “necessary condition” to “the source of change” for a reader to get without explaining it. And aftermath is too much the result of the change rather than the cause (and also isn’t necessarily world-changing).
Feb
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comment A word/phrase for someone who changes the world
@Yay Yeah, it does seem to fit but it’s not what I’m going for. The political aspect is not really what I’m looking for, and the fact that it doesn’t uniquely identify the person as someone who already accomplished such a change is also problematic. I’ll update the question some, though, since your comment has hinted to me how I need to narrow it.
Feb
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awarded  Scholar
Feb
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accepted Direct object for the verb “imbue” that isn't on this list
Feb
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answered Direct object for the verb “imbue” that isn't on this list
Feb
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asked A word/phrase for someone who changes the world
Feb
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comment English equivalent for “Don't burn your house to smoke out a rat!”
I’ve never heard the sledgehammer one, and don’t think it quite fits, but the baby and bathwater one is super-common, if somewhat different.
Dec
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comment How to positively describe something, such as a war memorial, which doesn't invoke positive feelings?
Original definition would be perfect, but that’s not the definition most are going to think of when you use the word.
Dec
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answered Is there a visual equivalent of the word “overhear”?
Dec
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awarded  Nice Answer
Dec
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comment Word meaning “to begin simple but to become complex”
@CandiedOrange Seems complete overkill to me, but all right.
Dec
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comment Word meaning “to begin simple but to become complex”
@CandiedOrange The opening line says it “can apply to projects that weren’t necessarily simple to begin with,” and the rest of the description says it has less emphasis on things being more complex than originally thought, and more emphasis on adding in new ideas. So I really think I have covered all of that. How would my answer make that any clearer?
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awarded  Yearling
Dec
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comment Word meaning “to begin simple but to become complex”
@CandiedOrange Agreed; does my answer not sufficiently indicate this?