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Maybe it is strand. The Century told me a strand can be "A number of yarns or wires twisted together to form one of the parts of which a rope is twisted; hence, one of a number of flexible things, as grasses, strips of bark, or hair, twisted or woven together. Three or more strands twisted together form a rope. See cut under crown, v. t., 9." Not sure what the "v. t., 9" referred to, but there's something under crown about making a knot with some of the strands.
I have two questions that I'm too lazy to look up: first, is there a word for the strands that go together to make rope or thread? I'm fine if the word turns out to be strand, but I'd love it if there were some more complicated way to say "I was trying to thread a needle, but only one ________ went through the eye."
Second, is there a better word for going through the motions or being on autopilot? Sometimes I'll be reading a page and realize that my eyes have been moving, but I haven't actually retained anything. It's something like active listening, or focusing. Is it focusing? Man. I think I need more coffee.
Hi! I have been looking for the proper word to describe someone who has no sensory disabilities, as opposed to those who live with one. I would like the word to imply little about both the able and the disabled other than the fact that the former can indeed use all senses while the others rely on at least one fewer. If there is a good word for that already, it would be perfect. If there is none, would you help me make one up? (pan-sensorial? able-sensed?)
I just realized that another thing I do that I can’t find a name for seems like the inverse of the thing (far) below that I can’t find a name for. Basically, you either express criticism by praising a single, marginal aspect, or you express agreement by criticizing a single, marginal aspect. Maybe that’ll help in some way.
(And sorry for the gruesome example. It’s purely meant to illustrate; I do not condone any form of torture.)
“Did you read the new Dan Brown novel?”
“And? What do you think about it?”
“I liked the typeface.”
“She should find whoever did that to her, strip them naked, tie them to a chair, and at every full hour, slowly grind out a cigarette on their vulnerable skin until they repent.”
I found a Wikipedia entry on "eponymous adjectives" that might apply to this class of word. Some of these adjectives "look right" to me with an initial cap and others do not. I am going to have to think about this.
During the summer, when it's hot and humid, I'll sometimes put a glass of ice water or a cold pop can down on a smooth surface and the glass or can will start to move as if possessed by a ghost. I know it's got something to do with condesation and maybe buoyancy or displacement. But is there a word for that creepy phenomenon where objects seem to have a mind of their own? It makes me think of Leibniz and monads (but also Skinny Legs and All). But I'd accept "anthropomorphism," if that's all it is.
I may be mistaken, but I think I knew at one point a word for the rhetorical figure where you facetiously disagree with a completely inconsequential aspect of an argument in order to signal that you do agree with its main point.
“They forgot the part where during her concert X throws up a little in her mouth when she notices Y in the audience.” “Unlikely. Stages are usually so brightly lit that you can hardly see the audience.”
I hope I’m not just imagining it, in which case we’d have to make one up.
Is there a word for people who listen to you describe something you've read, tell you that it's completely unbelievable, then repeat it back to you (nearly verbatim, with no attribution) sometime within the next week?