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Is there a term for this?

I'm trying to figure out if there's a specific term for when you encounter a problem and you end up with a better end product because of the creative workaround you need to employ. Is this even a thing?

ETA: it's not a specific word but I was trying to recall the concept of designing with creative constraints. It's for my upcoming Notion Potion post.



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Nov. 28th, 2012 12:43 pm (UTC)
Um, luck?
Nov. 28th, 2012 01:30 pm (UTC)
Nov. 28th, 2012 01:36 pm (UTC)
Nov. 28th, 2012 01:52 pm (UTC)
Interesting, this is really close. I think the difference is that the focus in serendipity is in making connections. And my focus is different in a way that's hard to place. I'm thinking about the grit in the oyster.
Nov. 28th, 2012 02:46 pm (UTC)
That was my thought as well.
Nov. 28th, 2012 03:24 pm (UTC)
If you find it, let us know? In art, I'm often lucky enough to have happy accidents--but I also experience the same thing you're describing...but I don't know a word for it. Wonder if the Germans have one? Any language that includes schadenfreude and gestalt surely must have something spot on.
Nov. 28th, 2012 04:54 pm (UTC)
LOL I was thinking the same thing, maybe there's a word for it but not in English.
Nov. 28th, 2012 04:58 pm (UTC)
*g* Great minds.
Nov. 28th, 2012 08:46 pm (UTC)
I asked around--nothing in French, Turkish or Arabic. Haven't heard back on German possibilities. Looks like you may need to devise a word for that concept. Have you ever noticed how many subtle, yet perfectly emotive facial expressions have no specific name? It's all very unorganized. Forget this whole "language evolves" thing--sure, evolution is great and all, but how about if we do English vers. 1,539,452.0. We'll be authoritative and just assign new words to meanings that have heretofore languished undescribed (except possibly by Germans).
Nov. 28th, 2012 09:25 pm (UTC)
Wow, you really did the legwork, I'm impressed!

I agree about facial expressions with no good word for them. I was trying to describe a facial expression today and was pretty stumped. Like the face you would make if your cell phone went off at church. "Grimace" was the best I could come up with, I suppose that's close, but it doesn't quite convey the embarrassment factor. (I think of it as a yeesh-face but that wouldn't have sounded right in the text.)
Nov. 28th, 2012 10:56 pm (UTC)
Have you ever noticed how many subtle, yet perfectly emotive facial expressions have no specific name? It's all very unorganized.

In Japanese, we have them in the form of "sound effects", does that count?

Case in point: you know that feeling your nose gets when you accidentally inhale some pepper? That, "I'm going to sneeze any minute now" kind of tingly feeling?

We call it, "muzu muzu." ^___^

Sorry, Jordan, no help on the other :(
Nov. 28th, 2012 11:21 pm (UTC)
Muzu muzu! Excellent! I have allergies, so that one'll come in handy.

I think sound effect words count--they're a part of every language.

I love the Internet--I just learned a cool and useful new word today, without even breaking a sweat. Come to me, O Knowledge! ;-)
Nov. 29th, 2012 10:57 am (UTC)
Oh man, "muzu muzu" is perfect. I have allergies too so I get a little tingle just thinking of it!
Nov. 29th, 2012 09:19 pm (UTC)
An art teacher I had in Jr. High talked about "happy accidents"--when the brush smudged or daub where you didn't intend it to and in trying to fix it you ended up with something better than it would have been without the accident.

Also, last night I was in the ER with vicious gallbladder symptoms and the friend who was sitting with me was bored so I had her read Camp Hell off my iPhone. She said she liked it well enough but wondered where the sex was since all that she got to before I was admitted was bits of them talking about Camp Hell! I assured her that there was indeed really hot sex scenes further on in the story.
Nov. 29th, 2012 09:51 pm (UTC)
I'm SO sorry to hear about your gall bladder. I had all of one vicious gall bladder attack, and they did an ultrasound or sonogram or something, looked at it and said, "Yeah, that's gotta come out." I was alarmed - I basically didn't even know what a gall bladder was at the time. But they didn't let me go home and research it, they just snipped that puppy out.

In general I find I'm needing less and less sex to say what I want to say as the years go on...but there is some filthy sex in Camp Hell, LOL!!!

How are you feeling now? Do you get to take some time off and rest?
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