What is a "pointed question" ?. --126.96.36.199 07:04, 7 January 2008 (UTC)
It means a question that is directed particularly. A pointed question is one that is difficult to answer in a confusing, ambiguous, or disingenuous manner, and one that gets to the meat of an issue. —Stephen 17:13, 8 January 2008 (UTC)
I would like to point out that the anon 188.8.131.52 raises a valid point. Another definition of "point" is "the most important essential in a discussion or matter", as in I almost missed the whole point of the IP's comment. --Dromioofephesus 19:58, 23 February 2009 (UTC)
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Rfv-sense 11: "(rail transport, Commonwealth) a device by which trains change tracks; switch". Isn't it always used as points, ie with the final -s? --Duncan 01:41, 7 February 2009 (UTC)
Isn't this an instance of something that, in its natural sense, occurs in pairs? Two tapered, pointed rails (plus a frog (US)) make up one switch (US) = points. How does one
refer to a single switch in "points-speak"? What number verb does it take. DCDuringTALK 10:57, 8 February 2009 (UTC)
OED (, 21.k.) defines as: "In pl. A pair of tapering movable rails forming a junction at which railway vehicles are directed from one set of rails to another; the junction as a whole. Also applied to a similar junction on a tramway, etc." and gives an example with "until the ‘points’ or ‘switches’ have been placed in their proper position" [my highlight] so I reckon they're treated just like glasses, scissors &c. --Duncan 21:15, 14 February 2009 (UTC)
Failed, sense deleted, translations moved to their table at points. --Duncan 23:26, 14 March 2009 (UTC)
Apparently, "pointing" Brie (or possibly other cheeses cut out of a circular shape) is cutting the tip off instead of cutting it along the radius. This is supposed to be a breach of etiquette. Imagine giving a fuck about the radii of a cheese! Equinox◑ 02:40, 13 June 2013 (UTC)