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Nov
15
comment Correct word for a design in progress
We're really trying to avoid using this site for "single word requests" where a dictionary, thesaurus or reverse-dictionary lookup will suffice. If you have a particularly interesting problem to solve, all we ask is that you put a bit of effort and research into the question. See: meta.english.stackexchange.com/questions/1654/… or meta.english.stackexchange.com/questions/2160/…
Nov
15
revised What is a term describing offensive word replacement with made-up slang?
edited title
Nov
15
comment Non-offensive substitute for a swear word
Not specific to slag-to-slang replacements but a few words with the same connotation of what you describe are neologism and nonce pseudowords... Oh and let's not forget sniglets: "any word that doesn't appear in the dictionary, but should."
Nov
14
comment Term for bowling alley machines that fix pins
We're really trying to avoid using this site for "single word requests" where a dictionary, thesaurus or reverse-dictionary lookup will suffice. Typing "machine that sets up the bowling pins" into a Google search brings up the answer in the first set of entries. See Against Single Word Requests
Oct
5
comment What phrase is less idiomatic than “softball question”?
"Canned" is subtly different, but it might actually provide a better context for what I am trying to convey. Canned, softball questions. Thanks.
Oct
5
comment What phrase is less idiomatic than “softball question”?
@Karl Knechtel: Typical audience for an SE blog post; industrialized, world-wide, predominantly English as a first language.
Oct
5
comment What phrase is less idiomatic than “softball question”?
@Bill No, not really going for "closed question", but "rhetorical" might work. It changes the meaning subtly but I could potentially rephrase the rest of the thought to make it fit.
Oct
5
asked What phrase is less idiomatic than “softball question”?
Sep
30
comment What is the English expression for this facial expression?
This question needs more context. The photo may help support the expression you are looking for, but without a description, users are only guessing what expression will answer your question.
Aug
6
awarded  Yearling
Apr
5
comment Slang words for body parts
@Orbit: Thank you for the question but this is way too broad. Is there a specific problem you are trying to solve? Otherwise, all we have here is a list of terms for a category of words from a thesaurus or urban dictionary? That's not really the best way to get information from this type of Q&A. "How many words can you name for..." is not really what this site is about. If you have a specific problem you are trying to solve, please feel free to try again.
Mar
22
awarded  Nice Question
Mar
1
comment How to pronounce “AKA”?
Close but not quite. Words read one letter at a time are called initialisms. You said "abbreviated words are read one letter at a time." Abbreviated words (abbreviations) include both acronyms and initialisms.
Mar
1
comment Should “Hell” be capitalized?
Belief has nothing to do with whether you capitalize it or not. Proper nouns are capitalized. You wouldn't write "atlantis" simply because you do not believe it exists.
Feb
10
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Feb
7
revised What is the origin of the phrase “hunky dory”?
Put an actual question in the text instead of filler.
Feb
5
revised Should I use “his/her” or “its”?
deleted 3 characters in body; added 12 characters in body
Jan
25
comment “Give me one half of that” Vs. “give me half of that”
@Jonathan Leffler: Can you post your comment as an actual answer? Thanks. The comments section is for meta commentary about the question; to ask for clarification, for example.
Jan
25
comment Etiquette in responding to service desk email
Thank you for your participation but... No, this site is not about learning English culture. This site is for "English Language & Usage." I did not close this question solely because the accepted answer addressed the tidbit of "English language" you accidentally swerved into in the question. If you have any questions about the English language and its usage, please feel free to come by and ask again.
Jan
5
awarded  Commentator