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Dec
10
comment Word request: Generalization of “spike” and “scuttle” and “slight”
The author said (back in June when someone proposed the term), “Denial isn't quite it either, though the entire operation tends to be called denial.” He’s looking for the verb, not the objective: “denial via ‹action›ing”.
Dec
10
comment Word request: Generalization of “spike” and “scuttle” and “slight”
Perhaps. The answer I accepted makes a more persuasive case that the word does not exist, though.
Dec
10
comment Word request: Generalization of “spike” and “scuttle” and “slight”
This is probably as good an answer as I can expect. The author, BTW, (as I just edited the question to indicate) is a retired Lt. Col. himself and is sure this word does exist, but unless and until someone comes up with this other word I’m marking this answer accepted.
Dec
10
accepted Word request: Generalization of “spike” and “scuttle” and “slight”
Dec
10
revised Word request: Generalization of “spike” and “scuttle” and “slight”
mention author's military background
Dec
10
revised Word request: Generalization of “spike” and “scuttle” and “slight”
s/demill/demilitarize/
Dec
10
comment Word request: Generalization of “spike” and “scuttle” and “slight”
So “mill” refers to a detail in the manufacture of a gun rather than being an abbreviation for “military”? That would explain why the author rejected this as well.
Dec
10
comment Word request: Generalization of “spike” and “scuttle” and “slight”
Your last link points to civilian-made military games, or to technical uses of the term scuttle that do refer to maritime vessels.
Dec
10
comment Word request: Generalization of “spike” and “scuttle” and “slight”
Might be, though it sounded to me like the general term being sought: but anyway the author said this wasn't it either.
Dec
10
answered Word request: Generalization of “spike” and “scuttle” and “slight”
Nov
17
accepted Phrasing the main point as a parenthetical
Nov
12
asked Phrasing the main point as a parenthetical
Nov
7
comment Word for two collections that do not have any elements in common
I would use orthogonal when the criteria for one set are disjoint with the criteria for the other; in a sense, when the two sets cannot be meaningfully compared. Not apples vs. oranges but apples vs. a list of dictionary words.
Oct
23
comment Word request: Generalization of “spike” and “scuttle” and “slight”
What was “the only other possible one word answer [you] came up with”?
Oct
23
comment Why is “afford” always accompanied with “can”?
@augurar, I used that sense of the word afford in the comment you were replying to.
Oct
21
revised Name for altering a well known phrase in an obvious to convey a “new” concept?
Improve formatting
Oct
15
answered Name for altering a well known phrase in an obvious to convey a “new” concept?
Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
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.