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What is love, anyway?

I am in love with a man who claims that he cannot feel love, that he does not know what it is and I want to figure out whether to stay with him in the casual/open/this-will-one-day-end romantic relationship we are in now, to cut that off entirely and just try to be friends, or to go all in and try to forge a long term bond and hope that he will one day feel love. [more inside]
posted by telomere on Jan 31, 2014 - 59 answers

Where does the term "grill out" come from?

Why do people say "grill out" instead of "grill"? [more inside]
posted by ramenopres on Jul 1, 2013 - 26 answers

one-word-term for flexibility of metal

Looking for a one-word-term that describes the flexibility specifically of metal that will 'bend rather than break'; its flexibility is its strength. I guess I'm looking for a fancy word for 'pliable' , but 'pliable' is too generic a term. There's probably something nifty-sounding in Japanese for it, one imagines. Thanks all.
posted by aesop on May 26, 2013 - 23 answers

Touché

I think I don't understand the meaning, in English, of "touché." [more inside]
posted by Snarl Furillo on Mar 17, 2013 - 32 answers

What is the definition of "kand"?

What, exactly, is meant when referring to a "kand position"? [more inside]
posted by paisley sheep on Jan 28, 2013 - 7 answers

Animators of Metafilter, help me with some terms?

Is there a separate term for the animation that results from moving a static image around on a screen, vs. the kind of animation that results from using an animated gif or sprite sheet? [more inside]
posted by SuperSquirrel on Jul 23, 2012 - 6 answers

What is the word I need...when is an app not an app?

For android and apple mobile devices: The main page holds icons of apps. What do you call the icons within the app itself, especially if they are not links to mobile sites? Apps seems confusing. For example: ZDbox is a multi-function app for android that has, when you open it, other things you can do. Assuming that they were to look like the main page of a mobile screen, what are these things called?
posted by CodeMonkey on May 8, 2012 - 5 answers

Looking for a word or phrase..

I'm looking for a word or phrase that implies offering a solution to a problem created by the same entity offering the solution. Or even just a created problem in general (e.g. created by society). [more inside]
posted by jjbb on Feb 17, 2012 - 12 answers

Help me remember this word?

What's the word I am trying to think of? [more inside]
posted by naskar on Feb 10, 2012 - 23 answers

Synonym for satisfying?

Is there a single word for finding pleasure in well done formulaic stories not because they are doing something new or even being particularly clever, but because they hit the notes well, manage the tropes, and deliver what they promise? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Jan 22, 2012 - 34 answers

How does celebration work?

What does it mean to celebrate something? [more inside]
posted by LogicalDash on Oct 20, 2011 - 22 answers

Help with defenition of "human condition"?

I am researching term "human condition". Can the members suggest any good books or research on the subject? [more inside]
posted by avtodorov on Sep 9, 2011 - 18 answers

What are the proper words for these definitions?

Is there a proper English word for this situation / definition? [more inside]
posted by Peter Petridish on Mar 20, 2011 - 16 answers

How do I collect dictionary definitions for ~350 words to put into a database?

I have a list of about 350 words that I'm putting into a database that I'm building from scratch. For each word in the list, I'd like to include its American English dictionary definition (preferably American Heritage Dictionary), UrbanDictionary entry, and Wikipedia page link (I realize that entries may not exist for some columns for many of these words). Is there some way to streamline or data-mine this process, so I don't have to look up each word individually in 3 separate sources x350+, not to mention all the copying and pasting? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Feb 11, 2011 - 10 answers

What is the scope of this category?

How broadly do we define technology in today's world? What do we understand it to refer to when using the word? What are the assumptions we are making? [more inside]
posted by infini on Feb 2, 2011 - 8 answers

I'm thinking of a word........

"Shadenfreude-filter": I need a word, or phrase, to describe a particular experience of human behavior. It doesn't have to be in English - in fact, I'm not sure we have a word for it. [more inside]
posted by anitanita on Jan 19, 2011 - 14 answers

Settle a stupid bet at Christmastime Filter.

What is the definition of "dish detergent"? [more inside]
posted by citywolf on Dec 24, 2010 - 45 answers

Define: Quo Vadimus

Any Latin scholars out there? I'm getting a tattoo and just want to make sure it means what I think it means... Quo vadimus [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 30, 2010 - 10 answers

What's your evil?

I should be able to let things like this go, I know, but a Facebook friend wrote a status update containing a phrase I've never heard, and not knowing what she meant is driving me nuts. I'm 44 and the opposite of "street." She's in her 20s -- a hip New Yorker. This sort of thing happens to me all the time, but usually googling or Urban Dictionary helps me. Not this time. So, is this a real phrase or is it some quirky thing she made up: "What's your evil?" [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Apr 29, 2010 - 48 answers

Is there a word to describe suddenly becoming aware of a new word?

Is there a word to describe suddenly becoming aware of a new word? You learn a new word, and suddenly you see that word everywhere. Or you have a new experience, and suddenly it seems the media is filled with other people talking about that same experience. Is there a word for this phenomenon? (previously) [more inside]
posted by MrBCID on Dec 26, 2009 - 19 answers

How do I set up a simple database for vocabulary terms?

How do I make a database of vocabulary terms and definitions to use for teaching? What software, settings, etc. should I use? [more inside]
posted by washburn on Dec 10, 2009 - 6 answers

Definition: Experience you must experience?

What is the word for an experience that you have to live through in order to fully understand or appreciate, such as having a child or parenting? My Google-Fu is failing me. Thanks!
posted by mcarthey on Oct 29, 2009 - 32 answers

How to post cleanly one slide in a WP post?

Is there a way to show single slides in WordPress without losing definition? [more inside]
posted by bru on Sep 28, 2009 - 3 answers

Can you define this constellation of traits I've often found at top schools?

There's a certain trait that I've been calling "top-school-ish", but I'm wondering if there's a better word for it. I'm talking about those people who are extremely smart, well-organized, calm, extremely nice, have an optimistic attitude about the future and have lived a kind of sheltered existence. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 22, 2009 - 74 answers

What is a societal stakeholder?

What is the definition of a 'societal stakeholder'? [more inside]
posted by different on Aug 26, 2009 - 3 answers

Atheism definition aka Philosophy 101

Is atheism the belief that there are no gods or the lack of belief in existence of gods? This is philosophy 101 but I honestly keep finding different definitions claimed by atheists. Can someone clarify? (and if my question is phrased poorly, please forgive me but I hope you understand the gist.)
posted by snap_dragon on May 26, 2009 - 49 answers

WordFilter: Word for emotional argument?

Word Filter: What is the word for emotional argument? I've struggled to remember it, Googled it, etc. and can't for the life of me remember it - please help!
posted by gnash on Apr 22, 2009 - 16 answers

Buying a home?

What is the legal definition of "first-time home-buyer" in Canada? [more inside]
posted by blue_beetle on Mar 30, 2009 - 4 answers

maybe I should just clean my glasses

37" widescreen LCDTV viewed from 12' away, do my eyes have the resolving power to justify getting a Blu-ray instead of upscaling DVD player? [more inside]
posted by randomstriker on Sep 23, 2008 - 25 answers

You scared the -what- out of them?

What does it mean to 'scare the pewadden' out of someone? Where on earth did the word 'pewadden' originate from? [more inside]
posted by billy_the_punk on Aug 12, 2008 - 5 answers

HD Camera that won't freeze?

Can you help me find an HD video camera? [more inside]
posted by trbrts on Jun 26, 2008 - 5 answers

Am I foolish for not going HD with my new camcorder purchase?

Am I foolish for not going HD with my new camcorder purchase? [more inside]
posted by Roach on Jun 25, 2008 - 6 answers

How Things 'Become': The Infinity of Definition

I am looking for writings on the infinity of definition. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Mar 13, 2008 - 32 answers

Online article on pi vs. two pi radians in a circle

Please help me find an online article on how things would be so much better if a circle contained pi radians instead of two pi radians. [more inside]
posted by Mapes on Mar 1, 2008 - 3 answers

Defining the Japanese Concept of 'Ma'

What do you know about the Japanese word/concept of 'Ma'? I know it denotes the negative space between objects and it relates closely to the similarly used Japanese word 'Mu'. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Dec 27, 2007 - 15 answers

Dreamweaver Site Deifinition problem

When in Dreamweaver 8 setting up the "site definitions / advanced/ remote info - I enter my login-in an password information and when I exit DW, it erases the information. Note that I've check the save password box. I can't get DW to save my Login and Password. How can I get it to save it? Thanks in advance for your help...
posted by orlin on Dec 26, 2007 - 3 answers

Terminology Management software solutions

Software for keeping lists of terms and definitions organized? Help me tame the glossary monster. [more inside]
posted by gemmy on Dec 20, 2007 - 4 answers

Why 'argument'?

Why do mathematicians (and/or programmers) describe information passed to a function as an 'argument'? [more inside]
posted by b33j on Dec 13, 2007 - 14 answers

What's the jargon for a "convergent" word?

I'm looking for a term my professor used to use for "convergent words." What do you call a word that uses roots with similar meanings to form the same concept across two languages? (either by chance or direct-translation) [more inside]
posted by mecenday on Dec 10, 2007 - 10 answers

Definition of "lit" in The Cat in the Hat

SeussFilter: what does Said our fish as he lit mean? [more inside]
posted by puffmoike on Oct 12, 2007 - 16 answers

USB High Definiton Webcam: How to record?

How do I record high definition (HD) video at at least 24 fps using a webcam? [more inside]
posted by bryanjbusch on Aug 17, 2007 - 10 answers

What is a blackout gag?

What is a blackout gag? [more inside]
posted by codger on Jun 28, 2007 - 10 answers

I need a cynosure for my cynosure.

Who said this quote: "Let faith be your cynosure to walk by"? [more inside]
posted by spinifex23 on Apr 15, 2007 - 6 answers

Deamweaver "Site Definition" question

Help, Help !! If anyone has experience with Dreamweaver and setting up the “Site Definition” settings; either basic or advanced mode for “Remote Info” I desperately need your advice and it would be very much appreciated. Runbox is my web host and I use “cPannel” to manage my web files. I can’t figure out what settings to use for “FTP access”. What would my “FTP host” be and what should I put in there this field? To be honest, I’m not quite sure what a FTP is although to use Dreamweaver’s functions, I need to set this up and have not been successful. Next question; Am I correct in saying the “Host Directory” would be in the “public_html” folder in cPannel that all my web page files are located? Any advice would be appreciated. I’ve tried multiple times and days to set this up, but I must be doing something wrong. Thank you in advance for your cooperation…Orlin
posted by orlin on Feb 9, 2007 - 7 answers

Obtuse vs. abstruse

Is the word "obtuse" being used correctly here [line 5]? [more inside]
posted by matthewr on Nov 6, 2006 - 28 answers

What does one call something that contains the seeds of its own downfall?

What does one call something that contains the seeds of its own downfall? [more inside]
posted by viewofdelft on Oct 5, 2006 - 35 answers

What's the difference between "society" and "culture"?

What's the difference between "society" and "culture"? [more inside]
posted by imposster on Sep 24, 2006 - 5 answers

Info on HD videocameras

Looking for actual user of a personal HD videocamera. Your impressions, experience and some sample of your work would rule.
posted by elpapacito on Sep 7, 2006 - 5 answers

What's the best hard drive type for HD video?

What are the best hard drives these days to work with high-def video files? [more inside]
posted by wubbie on Sep 2, 2006 - 10 answers

A single word which means "negatively defined"?

Is there a single word which means "negatively defined" (or "defined by its opposite" or "defined by not being other things" or "defined by the absence of something")? In English if you can manage (I cannot think of one), but maybe in another language? German perhaps?
posted by unknowncommand on Apr 7, 2006 - 22 answers

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