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    Default What do "metro-ish" and "the Verge" mean?

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    Maybe it's just me, but I think the layout is a little too "metro-ish".

    Neowin, Ars, MaximumPC, ZDNet etc. have a simple, chronological layout, which is easy to browse.

    The Verge's homepage is seriously busy.

    I posted something similar to this on The Verge website, but have yet to see it appear in the comments.

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    Default Re: What do "metro-ish" and "the Verge" mean?

    * Not a teacher

    The only thing that crosses my mind is that "metro" is a shortened form for "metro-sexual". I think that, in your context, "fancy", "stylish" or even "complicated (meaning that the page is too complex, has a lot of elements and it is kind of hard to use)" would be the most appropriate synonyms.

    "The Verge" is an American website (technology news). You can read more about it here:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Verge_(website)
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    Default Re: What do "metro-ish" and "the Verge" mean?

    They're web-sites; and the words sometimes have the specific meanings used in discussions of Graphical User Interfaces (GUIs). For example, 'The Verge's homepage is seriously busy' "busy" means 'visually cluttered - with lots of graphics maybe, possibly several fonts, a mixture of graphics styles... so that it takes a long time to load and the user doesn't know what to do next' - it doesn't mean the same as 'busy' as it might be used in a case like 'Ask a Teacher is a busy forum'.

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    Default Re: What do "metro-ish" and "the Verge" mean?

    I think a lot of newspapers have a "metro" section, which might contain news items specific to the centre of town or something similar, or perhaps listings for things to do etc. Perhaps the metro section of newspapers all have a similar style and the writer was saying that the layout of whatever he/she was talking about, is too similar to that style.

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    Default Re: What do "metro-ish" and "the Verge" mean?

    Got it.
    Thank you all

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