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Aug
25
comment Word request: Generalization of “spike” and “scuttle” and “slight”
I suspect if you edited the answer to say, "there may be no such word; the memories of the author & his military friends are deceiving them," you would get plenty of up votes, though I could not mark that accepted without evidence of absence of such a word.
Aug
25
comment Word request: Generalization of “spike” and “scuttle” and “slight”
This is merely a restatement of the question. But thank you for reminding me of the term materiel.
Aug
25
revised Word request: Generalization of “spike” and “scuttle” and “slight”
It's a word, not a phrase; and materiel is a good word to use in the question.
Aug
24
revised Word request: Generalization of “spike” and “scuttle” and “slight”
It's a verb, not a policy, the author is looking for.
Aug
24
comment Word request: Generalization of “spike” and “scuttle” and “slight”
Yes, @Josh61; and under a scorched-earth policy, you ‹do something to› all equipment. Is there a verb for that action?
Aug
24
comment Word request: Generalization of “spike” and “scuttle” and “slight”
@jxh, none of the online dictionaries suggest any military meaning of “dismantle”.
Aug
24
revised Word request: Generalization of “spike” and “scuttle” and “slight”
Added scupper to the list of specific words I’m _not_ looking for.
Aug
24
asked Word request: Generalization of “spike” and “scuttle” and “slight”
Jul
13
awarded  Yearling
Jul
13
comment “unorthodox” vs “heterodox”
Not necessarily, @Pacerier; though it often has a negative denotation: the ortho in “orthodox” makes the claim that this is the One True Path.
Jul
13
comment “unorthodox” vs “heterodox”
Yes, @Pacerier, it does.
Jul
9
answered “unorthodox” vs “heterodox”
Jun
10
comment Is ‘hero’ applicable to females?
People concerned about a hero being female are making much ado about nothing.
Apr
27
comment What is a word that is like a little treasure you leave for someone else to discover?
If the app is (for example) a game in which you hide things for someone else to find, “hidden treasure” or “Easter egg” may well be the best phrases to use. (Do you prefer pirates’ caches, or bunnies’?)
Apr
27
comment What is a word that is like a little treasure you leave for someone else to discover?
When this is done in computer programs, the term is “Easter egg” as @PeterShor suggests. I’ve seen the phrase used for in-jokes slipped into books or movies, but they are usually termed “shout-outs” to their referents; I don’t know another term used when this hidden joke is not a reference. What is the context you’re looking for a word within?
Mar
20
revised A derogatory word for a splendid person
improved formatting
Mar
18
answered A derogatory word for a splendid person
Feb
11
comment A non-offensive term to call a lunatic?
How can a mad scientist's friend address him? “Hello, Victor.”
Dec
3
revised Why does the multi-paragraph quotation rule exist?
Added reference and example.
Dec
3
suggested suggested edit on Why does the multi-paragraph quotation rule exist?