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Dec
3
comment A word to refer to both physical objects and conceptual ideas
You have a few answers to get you started, but we're really trying to avoid using this site for "single word requests." If you have a particularly interesting problem to solve, all we ask is that you put a research effort into the question. See: meta.english.stackexchange.com/questions/1654/… or meta.english.stackexchange.com/questions/2160/…
Dec
1
comment What do you call a disk drive that is not solid state?
Answer updated to include "magnetic."
Nov
30
comment compare and contrast, comparison and?
We're really trying to avoid using this site for "single word requests." 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
28
comment Is there a word for a rookie computer programmer?
We're really trying to avoid using this site for "single word requests." 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
27
comment What do you call a person who gets hungry easily?
We're really trying to avoid using this site for "single word requests." 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
27
comment Is there a word to describe an irrational demand?
We're really trying to avoid using this site for "single word requests," 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
16
comment What is the word for unconsciously blocking out background noises?
We're really trying to avoid using this site for "single word requests." 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
16
comment Why can’t one be “trepid”?
I don't understand the basis of your question. The authoritative sources you reference show it IS a word, but you're thrown because it isn't included in your word processor's limited dictionary?
Nov
16
comment A term for providing irrelevant and hiding relevant information
We're really trying to avoid using this site for "single word requests." 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
16
comment Correct word for a design in progress
@Mitch No, certainly this is not the worst. This has been an on-going problem with this site that I've been asked to step up and rein in (see Shog's very recent meta post). The consensus is that there are too many questions that are bad for this site but there hasn't been enough community activity to keep the bar on those questions high enough.
Nov
16
comment Correct word for a design in progress
@Mitch "General Reference" was never mentioned in that meta post because this isn't really about "Can it be Googled?" (I agree, that would be a dangerous criteria to reject questions) -- This is about whether these types of questions will continue to be acceptable on this site. The consensus (see links in my first comment) seems to be "no question of this type" unless there is significant research and effort put in to the asking... to make them interesting.
Nov
15
comment Correct word for a design in progress
@Mitch Please read the meta discussion here: meta.english.stackexchange.com/questions/2160/…. Do you think this meets the criteria outlined? Or do you disagree there is a quality problem at all?
Nov
15
comment Correct word for a design in progress
No problem. It's a legacy problem that we're just trying to understand and address positively.
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
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.
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.