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the 'there should be a word or phrase for this' thread

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  • 19-06-2023 10:16am
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    Moderators, Category Moderators, Arts Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 48,710 CMod ✭✭✭✭


    and maybe there is. i've two brothers in law; but one is my sister's husband and one is my wife's brother. is there a way of distinguishing that difference in a single word?

    also, is there a word for a sport where the performance of your opponents has no direct impact on your performance? i.e. in athletics or golf, say, you win by simply performing better than your opponent, rather than snooker/tennis/rugby say, where you also win by preventing your opponent from performing well?



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  • Registered Users Posts: 16,624 ✭✭✭✭Leg End Reject


    My sister's husband and my wife's brother.

    Solo sports.



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,594 ✭✭✭newmember2


    rubbage?



  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Arts Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 48,710 CMod ✭✭✭✭magicbastarder


    i have german colleagues, i should ask them. they probably have words for them.



  • Registered Users Posts: 8,363 ✭✭✭corner of hells


    As an answer to your first question , there was a man who lived close to me called Willy , his son and grandson were both called Willy too. One of his daughters married a man called Willy with them calling there first son Willy and the original Willy also had a nephew called Willy .

    He therefore became known as the man with with 5 Willys , I hope this helps.



  • Registered Users Posts: 6,503 ✭✭✭Badly Drunk Boy


    Or more exactly, he was 'Willy with the 5 Willys'. If he was just 'The man with 5 Willys', his own name wouldn't have mattered.

    I don't think either of us are helping the OP, though. 😄



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  • Registered Users Posts: 46 Eldudeson


    What about partners of in-laws? Your wife's brother's wife is also your sister-in-law but is another step removed!


    What a rabbit hole!



  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators, Help & Feedback Category Moderators Posts: 9,718 CMod ✭✭✭✭Shield


    “Polaroidrage” - When Paparazzi start fighting each other over the gain/loss of the best photo position.



  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Arts Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 48,710 CMod ✭✭✭✭magicbastarder


    i did once ask my german colleagues 'do you have a word describing the slight dread you feel while placing your hands inside a machine with rapidly spinning blades, even though you've already checked six times that it's plugged out'. they do not.



  • Registered Users Posts: 123 ✭✭Tavrin Callas


    It doesn't help with the OP's two words, but this might be handy - a whole book full of definitions for things you didn't know you needed definitions for:




  • Registered Users Posts: 473 ✭✭Baba Yaga


    polaroidrage 😲 that sounds like something that needs a cream...


    "They gave me an impossible task,one which they said I wouldnt return from...."

    ps wheres my free,fancy rte flip-flops...?



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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,363 ✭✭✭corner of hells


    They may have misunderstood you , the word you’re looking is shitenpanic.



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,708 ✭✭✭nachouser


    My favourite is ohnosecond, used to describe that moment when you realise you've just made a terrible, irreversible mistake.



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,082 ✭✭✭Stephen_Maturin


    I would like a word for the situation where a one lane road splits into two lanes, one for turning and one for continuing straight. You are turning left. The light for left is green (or at least flashing amber) and light for straight is red. Invariably the moron in front of you will slowly saunter along straddling the line and blocking both lanes before eventually reaching the lights and moving into the right lane, in which time your left green light has become red.

    Solipsistic arseholes



  • Registered Users Posts: 465 ✭✭HazeDoll


    The powerful but irrational rage you feel when you can't sleep but you share a bed with somebody who dozes off the minute their head hits the pillow.



  • Registered Users Posts: 2,165 ✭✭✭hayrabit


    great idea for thread OP !



  • Registered Users Posts: 28,464 ✭✭✭✭odyssey06


    When you open a new tab for several of your bookmarked threads and when you get around to reading them the momentary confusion figuring out which thread the post came from!

    "To follow knowledge like a sinking star..." (Tennyson's Ulysses)



  • Registered Users Posts: 3,338 ✭✭✭fergiesfolly




  • Registered Users Posts: 6,503 ✭✭✭Badly Drunk Boy


    Hypnozelia could the envy of somebody else's sleep, not emphasising the anger part, though.



  • Registered Users Posts: 8,184 ✭✭✭riclad


    There should be a word for clothes that dlist celebs to get extra attention from paparazzi like semi transparent dress,s that show what underwear they are wearing usually female celebs

    maybe slutwear , eg or a word for clothes shown at fashion shows that no one would ever buy in real life as they are so weird or ridiculous looking

    A word for TV shows that are awful that people like to hate watch .like bad reality TV shows

    A word for people who buy products or use services that are wasteful and destroy the environment for no good reason. Single people who buy large cars rich people who travel by private jet

    Of course those people will find a safe place to live when half the world is being destroyed by floods droughts and mega fires



  • Moderators, Music Moderators Posts: 11,969 Mod ✭✭✭✭iamstop


    There should be a word for clothes that dlist celebs to get extra attention from paparazzi like semi transparent dress,s that show what underwear they are wearing usually female celebs

    Lingerie

    or a word for clothes shown at fashion shows that no one would ever buy in real life as they are so weird or ridiculous looking

    High fashion

    A word for TV shows that are awful that people like to hate watch .like bad reality TV shows

    Trash

    A word for people who buy products or use services that are wasteful and destroy the environment for no good reason. Single people who buy large cars rich people who travel by private jet

    Tosser



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  • Registered Users Posts: 13,854 ✭✭✭✭Potential-Monke


    There's surely a term for when your employer makes you do a mundane updating task to 50+ customer assets which can be done in one quick upload but no one knows how so you have to do them individually because they've no intention of finding out or letting you know, even though it's not even your area to begin with. I need the word for a meeting next week...



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