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Apr
18
comment What is the historical English word for graffiti?
Vandalism is more general, and refers to any type of property destruction (breaking windows, etc) rather than merely placing writing, art, or other markings. It's also more uniformly negative, whereas "graffiti" is often used to refer to legal art of the same form, or by people who don't have respect for the property rights involved and see the act as value-neutral.
Apr
7
comment What do you call a place which is temporarily closed because it's a holiday?
@Sobhan Just for the record, "closed" is also used to describe it being after (or before) the operating hours on a day on which a place is open, or being regularly closed on Sundays, etc. Closed because it's after 10PM, closed because it's the weekend, closed because of a holiday, and closed permanently, all use the same word closed.
Feb
16
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Jan
28
comment Term similar to feminist but focused on unfair prejudices against *either* gender?
It's worth noting that any term like this is going to have its own politicized overtones - an attempt to distance yourself from the term "feminism" is vulnerable to being read (even if wrongly) as a rejection of all forms of feminism, rather than only of the "small minority who have gone too far", or perhaps as an endorsement of the views of people who have already used whatever term you end up with, whom you may not actually agree with on what is "too far".
Jan
28
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Jan
19
comment Opposite of smartwatch
@TrevorD Well, do they even make "ultra-basic" ones anymore, i.e. no web, no ability to play audio files, etc? Even if they're not "geared towards multi-media", even the cheapest phones these days seem to have these features.
Jan
19
comment Opposite of smartwatch
@TheodoreNorvell The "smart" feature of a VT100 was the ability to scroll arbitrary regions, and insert and delete lines and characters (and automatically scroll the rest of the line/screen). Cursor positioning was a feature of "dumb" terminals (VT52, LSi ADM3a, etc) - By the time anyone even thought to implement a pacman game, CRT terminals with cursor positioning were well-established.
Jan
19
comment Opposite of smartwatch
I think "feature phone" refers specifically to phones that would have been considered advanced before smartphones existed - i.e. with web browser, J2ME apps, etc.
Dec
11
comment Word or phrase that describes something that was very modern at some time in the past
@Cargill Depends on the language. Certainly not Fortran, but you might say it about Haskell or Erlang.
Dec
4
comment Correct phrase for this kind of parking lot sign
@James Well, if you don't know what it's called (and this question is about what it's called) you don't know what to search for. Especially since the English version is about how to move into that position vs the Spanish about what position to be in.
Dec
4
comment Is it ever correct to omit periods at the ends of paragraphs?
In these cases (code etc), I would A) put a space before the period, and/or B) ensure that the code is in a distinct text format (bold, underline, code) that the period doesn't share. What if you don't have a "next bullet" and have to do this in the middle of a paragraph?
Dec
4
comment Is it ever correct to omit periods at the ends of paragraphs?
They're also conflating two issues. It is awkward to use a period with a sentence that ends with an emoticon or URL, but it's probably even more awkward to arrange your writing so that every such sentence appears at the end of a paragraph. (And for ending a paragraph with an emoticon I would just put it after the period anyway).
Nov
22
comment Term for deliberately gaming the preview screen of YouTube
It's often not really part of the video - I've seen cases where it's a single frame unrelated to any of the video's other content.
Oct
26
comment A word for really thin book pages
@SpehroPefhany The 9lb basis Wikipedia quotes for "onionskin" paper is based on 17x22, though. (You can see it by doing the math yourself, or look at e.g. this page) - when given as "bible paper" essentially the same density is called 20-pound.
Oct
26
comment A word for really thin book pages
@SpehroPefhany Note that the meaning is actually different for different types of paper - copy paper is measured by 17x22 sheets; book paper by 25x38 sheets, with the consequence that 20 pound copy paper is about the same density as 50 pound book paper.
Oct
17
comment What do you call a community that is allergic to criticism?
@fluffy I'd never heard of that. Is it possible that the two meanings developed independently?
Oct
16
comment What do you call a community that is allergic to criticism?
I don't understand how "hugbox" is ableist. Is hugging associated with disabled people in some way?
Oct
16
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16
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