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Aug
25
comment Name for a device purposefully put together from faulty parts
Jury rigging has nothing to do with the law. The term was widely used in a nautical context to refer to temporary repairs of sailing ships at sea. I think using this for deliberately fabricated rubbish is off the mark.
Jul
15
comment Word for “animals, including humans”?
Reminds me of a sign I once saw at the entrance to a farm: "Beware Children And Other Animals".
Mar
25
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Feb
11
comment What is a non-gendered synonym for “macho”?
+1 for the hilarious video.
Jan
19
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Jan
14
answered Is there an English idiom for trying to do two things at the same time and failing at both of them due to splitting your effort?
Sep
24
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Mar
26
comment “Fire” a weapon before firearms existed?
@Socce [k]nock is both noun and verb, it is the notch at the blunt end of the arrow, and the act of placing the bowstring into aforementioned notch. It has nothing to do with hitting.
Dec
25
answered A name for hat collectors?
Dec
18
comment How long can you say “the late so and so”?
Very nice point about social etiquette. My own experience of such use involved a dead uncle who was my namesake. On official correspondence I disambiguated by referring to Mr John Doe, Deceased, but socially it was my late uncle, John Doe. This is relevant to @Matt's answer, too. Personally, I found it took the spookiness out of seeing my own name referred to in a definitive past sense:).
Nov
19
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Nov
19
comment What is it called when someone says something like: “I'm not a racist, but…”
@user606723 nice use of a qualifying statement to make your point :)
Nov
5
comment What word describes a policeman who is not wearing a uniform?
Mufti ('Military Uniform For Travelling Incognito') comes from British Army slang and used to refer specifically to the armed services, but I agree it has become naturally extended to anyone who habitually wears a uniform.
Nov
2
comment What do we call the machine used in shops through which we swipe our Debit/Credit card to pay for something?
@Martha thanks for helping me improve my answer. I think there are differences beween mag-stripe as used in America, and how it used to be used in Europe. Whether American mag-stripe is more secure I really doubt, because the technology involved does not allow sophisticated encryption methods, but as you say, that debate is off-topic.
Nov
2
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Nov
2
revised What do we call the machine used in shops through which we swipe our Debit/Credit card to pay for something?
Add some further information about differences between types of payment card.
Nov
1
comment What do we call the machine used in shops through which we swipe our Debit/Credit card to pay for something?
@Martha When using the mag stripe card in an ATM you do need to type in your pin, but for sale transactions in shops (at least in the UK) this was not required, and the mag stripe readers provided in shops often had no means of entering the pin anyway. The difference in security comes from where and how the verification of the pin is done. For a mag stripe, the pin is held on the card itself, and fraudsters can easily copy the information. For chip+pin, the pin is verified remotely by the bank's service using encrypted communication links; it is much, much safer.
Oct
30
answered What do we call the machine used in shops through which we swipe our Debit/Credit card to pay for something?
Oct
2
answered Is there a word for something that would be hilarious if it weren't true?
Oct
2
comment Is there a word for the action of lifting the mouse to go further?
This suggestion seems a lot more murine than the seafaring analogies with oars. Maybe 'hopping' or 'popping' would work, too.