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Dumpster fire

Dumpster fire describes a situation which has been terribly mishandled, resulting in a disastrously chaotic outcome. Dumpster fire describes a situation that is already a mess, then is made worse by being set afire, figuratively. The origin of the term dumpster fire is uncertain. Many believe that it was first used on American sports talk radio around 2009, though a 2003 movie review in The Arizona Republic uses the term to mean something "stinky but insignificant". The term dumpster fire has … [Read more...]

Dialogue vs dialog

A dialogue is a conversation between two or more characters in a book, play or movie or a conversation between two or more people in real life, especially when they are working together on a particular project or problem. In North America, dialogue is also used as a verb to mean to take part in a conversation in order to work toward a resolution of a particular problem or particular project. Related words are dialogues, dialogued, dialoguing. Dialog is an alternative spelling of the word … [Read more...]

Dollars to doughnuts

Dollars to doughnuts means something that is certain. The phrase dollars to doughnuts is an American idiom that originated in the middle 1800s and is still mostly seen in American English. The idea behind the shorthand phrase dollars to doughnuts is the sentiment that the speaker is so confident that he is right about something, he will put forth his dollars against the listener's doughnuts in a wager, the dollars having much higher value than the doughnuts. The idiom dollars to doughnuts … [Read more...]

Democracy vs republic

A democracy is a type of government that enacts the will of the majority. In a democracy, all the citizens have a vote. The will of the majority rules the country, there is no limit to what that will may be. Even laws that deny certain basic human rights may be enacted as long as it is the will of the majority. The minority must acquiesce to the rule of the majority, there is no protection for the minority in a strict democracy. Related words are democrat, democratic, democratization. The word … [Read more...]

Definite vs definitive

Definite means unambiguous, certain, precisely defined, clear, undeniable, known for certain. Definite also means having exact boundaries or limits. Definite comes from the Latin word definitus, which means limited, defined, with boundaries. Definite is an adjective, related words are definitely and definiteness. Definitive means a final or ultimate conclusion, a final or ultimate agreement, the most authoritative, something that is conclusive. The word definitive differs from the word … [Read more...]

Alcoholism vs dipsomania

Alcoholism is an addiction or a dependency on alcohol. The word alcoholism comes from the Modern Latin word alcoholismus, which was coined in the mid-1800s by Magnus Huss, a professor of medicine in Sweden. However, Huss used the word to describe an illness that is called alcohol poisoning, today. At this time, alcoholism was labeled as habitual drunkeness, and other similar terms. Dipsomania is a type of alcoholism which is characterized by periodic bouts of uncontrollable craving for … [Read more...]

Bone vs debone

Bone, when used as a verb, means to remove the bones from meat or fish, usually before cooking. Related words are bones, boned, boning. The word bone comes from the Old English word ban which means tusk or bone. Debone means to remove the bones from meat or fish, usually before cooking. Related words are debones, deboned, deboning. The word debone is derived from the Old English word ban which means tusk or bone, and the Latin prefix de-, which means do the opposite of, not, when used in … [Read more...]

Bain-marie vs double boiler

A bain-marie is a cooking container filled with water in which another pan or dish is placed in order to cook food more slowly or with more moisture. The term bain-marie is taken directly from the French, it literally translates as Mary's bath. Note that when cooking with a bain-marie the pan or dish that contains the food is put directly into the hot water bath. The plural form is bains-marie. Bain-marie is often seen unhyphenated as in bain marie, but the Oxford English Dictionary only lists … [Read more...]

Robot, android or droid

A robot is a machine that can carry out a series of tasks, often a series of tasks written in a computer program. A robot may or may not look like a human being. The word robot came into English as a translation of the Czech word robotnik, first used in a 1920 play by Karel Capek called R.U.R., which stands for Rossum's Universal Robots. Capek coined the word robot from robota which means servitude, forced labor. A related word is robotic, which means behaving in a stilted, mechanical … [Read more...]

Doxing and doxxing

Doxing is the act of publishing private information and identifying information about an individual online with intent to harm. Doxing is done in order to shame someone, encourage other online users to intimidate someone, or put the person being doxed in actual danger. Doxing may be spelled with two "x's", as in doxxing. Doxing may be used as a noun or a verb, related terms are dox, doxes, doxed, dox, doxxes, doxxed. Doxing is a new word, it was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2014. … [Read more...]

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