Who said something like "culture is the rulership of the dead over the living"? Is is Zizek? Looking for an exact quote please. [more inside]
posted by esprit de l'escalier
on Oct 15, 2013 -
As I read, I take note of words that I like/don't know/otherwise want to remember on my iPhone. I would like to do something more interesting with these words than keep them in a text file. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by danb
on Sep 3, 2013 -
When programmers say that good software is "lazy," what exactly do they mean?
posted by thecolor12
on Feb 7, 2013 -
PlaguingMeForYearsBecause IUsedToKnowItButForgotFilter: What's the word (I think
it's Greek in origin) for the atavistic phenomenon like the motor of a car being in the front of the vehicle simply because the horse was in the front of the cart...?
posted by TigerMoth
on Dec 14, 2012 -
What are some words whose definitions have changed significantly in the last few centuries? [more inside]
posted by Shelf
on Aug 7, 2011 -
Help me wordsmith out the difference between the words know and understand. They seem to be used interchangeably but the meanings must be different. If you have words in languages other than Englosh that can clarify this difference, so much the better. It seems you can know something without understanding it, but can you understand without knowing?
posted by Xurando
on Jul 24, 2011 -
Star Wars Nerdery: Once, an indeterminate time ago, I was reading something about the making of the original Star Wars models. They used a term (named for one of the model makers?) for a certain kind of detailing. More specifically, it was used to describe the horizontal trench running along the length of a Star Destroyer. What is this term?
posted by TeslaNick
on Jan 31, 2011 -
Is there a specific term to describe the coordinated movement of a collective group of animals? [more inside]
posted by Ouisch
on Oct 5, 2010 -
I'm looking for examples of conundrums in the *technical* sense: riddles with answers that are puns. [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski
on Jul 22, 2010 -
What exactly is the difference between "vengeance" and "revenge"?
posted by Chrysostom
on Oct 27, 2009 -
Anti-virus and anti-malware scanners mysteriously unable to update -- how to tell if I have a virus, and what to do about it? [more inside]
posted by onshi
on Dec 15, 2008 -
Hi, I just learned a new word. And for the first time, I can't find a definition for it on Google (The Horror! The Horror!) I will wager that there is someone reading this who knows all about it. The word is "econological." [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog
on Nov 28, 2008 -
I'm looking for a piece of software, either for my Mac or online: I'm a philosophy major, and there's a huge number of thinkers, schools of thought, and concepts to manage in the area. What I want, ideally, is something that holds terms and definitions and allows me to drag them into categories (i.e. a page for poststructuralist writers.) Tags are better than hierarchies because I want each term to appear in several areas. I'm sure something exists but I don't know what to call it to do a good search. (I already use Evernote for notes and it might roughly work, although I really want something more focused and lightweight.) [more inside]
posted by poorlydrawnplato
on Aug 2, 2008 -
LogosFilter: Could a blog entry that contains two words and their definitions be consistent with the definition of a dictionary? [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold
on Apr 23, 2008 -
I recently found
that a wide range of candies get called bonbons, and now I'm curious about the different meanings for "bonbon", and what times and places they're connected to.
posted by Nancy Lebovitz
on Jan 27, 2008 -
Trying to figure out if there is an "ism" or "acy" word for a governmental system of ruler worship (i.e. like the ancient Egyptian systems which considered their rulers Gods). Any specific terms for this?
posted by l33tpolicywonk
on Aug 29, 2007 -
what's the name of the little bib-like thing that the women on the U.S. Supreme Court wear?
posted by spiderwire
on Apr 1, 2007 -
I am looking for the etymology for the term "gentleman's 'c'" and my google-fu is just pulling up Bush-bashing. Any advice from the hive?
posted by B-squared
on Mar 21, 2007 -
What is the definition of a durable good? I'm looking, in particular, for a defintion tied to the amount of time the good should, um, endure. As I seem to be congenitally unable to ask a pithy here on the green, and if wonky discussions are not your thing, then be warned that there's . . . [more inside]
posted by deejay jaydee
on Jan 5, 2007 -
Is there a special term that describes a subset of a website; aka: how do I distinguish with one word between XXXX.com and XXXX.com/YYYY. [more inside]
posted by evadery
on Aug 23, 2006 -
What is the origin/history of the use of the term "consumer" to refer to developmentally disabled people? My wife and I have come across this only with the past 2-3 years, and my search for clues is complicated by how common the term is, and its multiple meanings. [more inside]
posted by chr1sb0y
on Sep 6, 2005 -
A neighbour who's learning English has to write an explanation defining the difference between an apartment and a flat... and I just couldn't help her, because I didn't realise that there was a difference. I figured someone here might live in or know of a place where there's a distinct difference between the two. Can anyone help?
posted by bunglin jones
on Mar 1, 2005 -
User Interface terminology question. If we are describing the state of a push button (that is, a button that can be toggled between an on and off state), what is the most universally recognized terminology for the two states of the button? We've come up with pressed and non-pressed, depressed and non-depressed, checked and unchecked, etc... (obviously, enabled and disabled doesn't work). Anybody know the official guidelines for this? We're stumped.
posted by jon_kill
on Dec 22, 2004 -
I was watching da Ali G movie the other night, and the bit at the beginning where his "West Side Massive" faces off against the "East Side Massive" got me wondering: what the heck is a "massive"? I've heard the term used in similar contexts, but can't seem to Google or Wiki up any explanation. Respec!
posted by schoolgirl report
on Dec 4, 2004 -
What's the difference between the words "externship" and "internship"? They have very distinct meanings for med students, but for undergraduate, graduate, and law students I've seen them used interchangeably. Is it a full-time/part-time distinction? Or a summer/school-year distinction?
posted by PrinceValium
on Apr 20, 2004 -
What's the difference between the words "proffer" and "offer"? This has been driving me mad for some reason for a few days now. Every dictionary I consult basically seems to say that they mean the same thing. But surely there must be a difference, right?
posted by reklaw
on Apr 19, 2004 -
Can something be both "annual" and "all year?" Say, hypothetically, an on-line film festival that runs all year but is refreshed with new films annually?
posted by djacobs
on Dec 16, 2003 -