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What's the most proper way to express that some elements in a webpage are very undiscoverable? Can "buried in the page" be understood by most people?

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    Yes; that would be well understood.
    – Nonnal
    Nov 30 '15 at 15:38
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    bury
    – choster
    Nov 30 '15 at 17:10
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Yes. It is a commonly used phrase which means that some text or concept can be found in a page (of text). It also implies that alluded text is not easily found and is not highlighted or stands out in any form.

In some cases, it can have a similar meaning to that of "fine print" (which is used even when there is no difference in font size).

according to this definition:

"to consign to obscurity; cause to appear insignificant by assigning to an unimportant location, position, etc.: Her name was buried in small print at the end of the book."

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"Buried in the page" can most likely be understood by wide audience regardless of internet knowledge. However, it would not be considered "proper"as the phrase is a metaphor.

Consider something like, "The content is not accessible in a straightforward/obvious/clear/simple way" or "The content can only be found through difficult/complicated/obscure methods". There are many synonyms/antonyms to convey the "easy" or "hard" of finding the content.

The "buried in the page" metaphor would work in a spoken context in an informal setting. The above phrasing would be "proper" if you are writing a paper or making a professional presentation.

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  • Is "euphemism" the word you intended to use? "Buried in the webpage" does not sound euphemistic to me. Otherwise, you offered an excellent answer. literarydevices.net/euphemism Nov 30 '15 at 15:55
  • I think so, as the definition of "buried" is to place or hide something underground. I suppose it could also be hyperbole.
    – Skooba
    Nov 30 '15 at 16:01
  • I don't think this answer can be considered correct. "Buried" is a dead metaphor, not a euphemism, and it's neither so informal nor so uncommon it can't be used in formal contexts. Nov 30 '15 at 16:32
  • Yes, I agree metaphor would be the way the describe the phrase. I do not agree that they can be used in formal context. Easily understood is good for a large audience who may have limited understanding of the subject, but if you are explaining something a professional setting (especially a paper) a level of knowledge is implied.
    – Skooba
    Nov 30 '15 at 16:43
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buried would be understood by most people; you could also consider the phrases hidden meat and mystery meat

Mystery meat is discussed in the top answer here

Mystery meat navigation

The phrase mystery meat seems to be first used by web designer Vincent Flanders in his book Web Pages That Suck.

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