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comment What does it mean to describe the 'inter-relationships' of two things?
How do health and economic development influence and depend on each other. But seriously, how about looking words up in a dictionary?
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comment What's a good term for games which are not software?
@MarcusBitzl If you use "traditional games" in your article, make sure you define it. I wouldn't understand it in the sense of being not computer games. Traditional games to me are games that have been in a culture for a long time and are part of a cultural heritage, e.g. rugby or cricket as opposed to the ubiquitious soccer/football, or specific children's games.
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comment What's a good term for games which are not software?
How inclusive does that term have to be? Do you only write about games played at a table? Or do you include sports games, LARP, kids playing, crosswords in newspapers, drinking games etc.?
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answered What's a good term for games which are not software?
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comment What's a good term for games which are not software?
That's not one term but many. A board game is not a card game. I'm sure Marcus does not want to list all types of games each time he wants to refer to them.
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comment Looking for a noun meaning something you are given to work with
Hmm, you're right there, @FumbleFingers.
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comment Looking for a noun meaning something you are given to work with
Hmm, actually I like "cue". Isn't that what an actor is given when he forgets his text? That's pretty close to what goes on here.
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comment Looking for a noun meaning something you are given to work with
Another example where the word I'm looking for might be used is the dots with numbers in "drawing by numbers": you are given the dots and have to use them to create the drawing. They are not a stimulus, but the starting point / raw material for your activity.
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comment Looking for a noun meaning something you are given to work with
@FumbleFingers The whole procedure is more like giving you something, from my hand to your hand. I don't feel "input" fits this action of the experimenter giving the participant a set of letters.
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comment Looking for a noun meaning something you are given to work with
@user49727 It's not a pattern or sequence, but single letters with no order to them. The whole task is: You are given two or more letters, you must transform them, then search for them in a long string of letters, and write down the letters to the left of them. It is a test to measure attention in ADHD patients (and treatment success) and rather tedious ;-)
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comment Looking for a noun meaning something you are given to work with
@terdon Since both the "input" and the result are letters, calling both or one of them "letters" will be confusing. Also, there are more letters on the page (the transformed letters must be searched for in a sequence of letters).
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asked Looking for a noun meaning something you are given to work with
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revised What does “the rational you had probably taken a powder” mean?
added missing hyphens
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comment “Chinese” or “China”?
"Chinese news" would be news written in the Chinese language or originating from a Chinese source, but they need not relate to anything Chinese, e.g. with "Chinese news" you could refer to a Chinese language newspaper in New York, covering American topics in Chinese.
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suggested suggested edit on What does “the rational you had probably taken a powder” mean?
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comment “I can command English.”
@Kris Absence from a dictionary means nothing.
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comment “I can command English.”
@Kris Well, the OED entry is from 1891, and language changes a lot in a hundred years. That entry is no longer reliable for current English usage. Merriam-Webster Online does not list this meaning, so it might in fact be obsolete or rare.
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comment “I can command English.”
@Lynn You are right. Do you feel my note that the usage is old-fashioned is enough to warn anyone of that reaction? Or do I need to spell it out?