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One can call the discussion about the comb an infinite loop. Czech has a common phrase for such trappy situations: začarovaný kruh - "enchanted circle"

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(Sorry, this post was in the wrong thread. I've moved it to the "what dialect ... ?" thread.)
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I remember that when I started to learn German and later English I considered it annoying that they don't have a direct equivalent of Polish jaki (or Russian какой), and one has to get by somehow using "what", "which" and "what sort of" instead.

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Can't one just say "which": "which president of the USA was Reagan?"?

In Polish you'd ask "którym prezydentem Stanów Zjednoczonych był Reagan?" (which.INSTR president.INSTR state.GEN.PL united.GEN.PL was Reagan[NOM]), also "którym z kolei..." (lit. which in the order).

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How do you call it in English, when one is oversimplifying a certain issue (for the sake of brevity, or more as a slip of tongue) in expectation that one's interlocutor will supplement the missing part in his mind? In Polish it's called skrót myślowy lit. "thought shortcut"; I can't find any English equivalent anywhere.

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