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Nov
13
comment Appointment in one year
@Mitch yes, there's a lot of words. But it still irks me that people seem to think there should be a single word for everything and anything, and then not show any effort in actually finding it themselves. It's probably half the questions here...
Nov
13
comment What's an item called that was required to progress in a video game, but now isn't?
@COTO in many games you can sell or lose key items, causing you to get stuck. It's a known problem in quite a few games, and indicative of poor game design. Of course the reverse is also true and in many games your inventory gets so cluttered with now useless junk that you needed to progress 10 levels ago that you get stuck for lack of inventory space because there's no proper system to remove them in games that protect you from accidentally deleting or selling plot items.
Nov
13
comment Is there a single word for “visiting someone who is sick”
@J.R. sadly a lot of people seem to think there's a single specific word for everything, no matter how specific and convoluted. Maybe should ask for a single word to indicate a person who is sick and visits a doctor who is unable to cure him but sends him to another doctor who then goes on to make a wrong diagnosis, causing the person to have to spend years taking wrong medication before finally ending up with a specialist who happens to recognise the rather rare condition she is suffering from because he just read an article about it in the proceeds of a recent congress...
Nov
13
comment 'Upgradation' not universally accepted?
and it's hardly Queen's English. Just like using the word "doubt" as a noun when one should use the word "question".
Nov
13
comment Appointment in one year
why do you (and so many others) assume that there's a single word for everything, however convoluted and specific?
Nov
12
answered What is the difference between gibbet and gallows?
Nov
5
comment What do you call a sick person who is lying in bed?
indeed, "laid up" is used for describing ships awaiting scrapping, not people who're stuck in bed.
Nov
5
comment What do you call a sick person who is lying in bed?
Bedridden is perfectly applicable. While more commonly used for conditions lasting more than a few days, there's no hard rule about that. If I'm near paralysed with back pain, that will last only a few days but I'm not getting out of bed except to crawl to the medicine cabinet for more painkillers (literally).
Oct
27
comment Disoriented vs. Disorientated
@tchrist you mean workalised I hopelate?
Oct
27
comment Do submarines float?
a submarine that's stationary just over the bottom and has all noisy machinery turned down can be next to impossible to detect, especially by someone who doesn't have a highly accurate sonar map of the ocean floor in that area. Similar with one floating just under an inversion layer, just keeping station.
Oct
27
comment Do submarines float?
depends entirely on the mission, obviously. If you're trying to stay undetected while observing something, you want to move as little as possible and make no noise. If you're going somewhere in hurry you're going to be going fast :)
Oct
27
comment Do submarines float?
they can however be stationary both on the surface and submerged, using at most pumps and propulsion systems for station keeping.
Sep
18
comment What is a polite way of talking about a recently-deceased person?
"May God have mercy on his soul"...
Aug
29
comment Opposite of Nightmare?
@EdwinAshworth indeed, I'm always wondering why people think there's a single word to replace any phrase or combination of words whatsoever.
Aug
21
answered “Share me” or “Share with me”?
Aug
4
comment Why is the plural of “deer” the same as the singular?
seeing as in Germanic languages like Dutch and German the word Hert (Dutch) or Hirsch (German) have a plural, and the English Deer would be somehow derived from a common ancestor of those, it's quite likely there'd be a plural form in the proto-Germanic form.
Jul
14
comment A word for one who loves only one girl throughout his life
why not get used to the idea that there's not a single word for every possible concept? Makes things much easier...
Jun
16
comment Word for software which has been killed or is no longer supported
@PhilPerry and I do just that... "has been released to the public", an explicit act. Not "pirated so much it's lost all economic potential"...
Jun
16
comment What is the name of someone who was something before you?
hmm, isn't a preposessor the reverse of a repossessor? Sounds more like something for exorcists...
Jun
14
comment Word for software which has been killed or is no longer supported
@ThirdNews that'd be news to the millions who've actually had to maintain legacy code...