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Do these phrases have any sense? [on hold]

To besmirch the honor of mr. Johnson. When we compare mr. Johnson with mr. Jackson, we disrespect the latter one (is it understandable that 'the latter one' refers to mr. Jackson?).
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A more formal way of saying “pointing out”

The goal of an edge detection algorithm is identifying pixels that belong to an edge of an object in an image ... The rest of the sentence should say something along the lines of "and point ...
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What's the term for expressions like “man's man” or “lawyer's lawyer”?

To indicate an exemplar or someone well-respected within their own group or occupation, sometimes you see expressions like "man's man" or "lawyer's lawyer." Is there a name for this construction? ...
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Fickle people who agree just to annoy

During an argument one person capitulates, not because they agree, but just to irritate the other with phrases like: Yes, of course you are right etc. Is there a specific word to describe this ...
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Catchall term for HTML, Javascript and CSS

A web server responds to requests [1] with three types of files [2]: HTML (the page structure), Javascript (the page code) and CSS (the page styles). Is there a single word or an expression that can ...
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73 views

How to use a catch-phrase for a validated result when presented before an examining committee?

Imagine, that someone is preparing for a PhD defense. The thesis that he is going to defend is by far against the norm. That is, it uncovers deep-seated beliefs that led to 30 years of malpractice. So ...
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Rate & Review action?

What do we call the action of rating (with stars) and reviewing (commenting) together?
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Is there a word or expression which defines a text or sentence which does not explain all of its terms? [closed]

I think I summed it up in the title, but to be more specific, check this sentence: "ECM is an umbrella term covering document management, web content management, search, collaboration, records ...
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63 views

Geopolitics *and* economics?

What word or concise phrase in English covers international politics and economics? My Merriam-Webster defines geopolitics as "politics, esp. international relations, as influenced by geographical ...
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100 views

Single word for time and place of birth

Is there a single English word that describes the geographic place and time of a person's birth? My real question is how do I express where I was born at a particular time in history with a single ...
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1answer
39 views

local knowledge of the territory

In business language, how could you say: local knowledge of the territory? As in: The company has a deep knowledge of the territory, i.e., logistics, suppliers, clients and people knowledge, etc. ...
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294 views

One word/phrase to describe the reaction when you eat a very spicy-hot food

I've read the discussion here about Difference between “spicy” and “hot”. I've also read this one: How to say that food is hot (temperature) without the listener thinking that I mean “spicy”?. But I ...
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Is there a word for being so polite as to appear insincere?

I'm looking for a term in English to describe being so polite that one appears to be insincere.
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87 views

Relatively to each other — less awkward word?

I'm rating the performance of things in different dimensions on a scale, e.g. [--, -, 0, +, ++]. This ranking only describes the relative performance in one dimension, without referring to other ...
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167 views

One word to say to someone who's being in a state they're usually not (or doing something they never did)?

In my native language, there is a singe word to say to someone who apparently are doing something they never did before, or being in state they never were before. Like: Mr. X had always been late. ...
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How to express 'unneed' of something?

For example, method 1 of doing something (say A) requires something else (say B). And I invented method 2 to do A but without the prerequisite of B. I can say: The disadvantage of method 1 is its ...
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114 views

A phrase for 'a free, informal space for learning'

What could be a short phrase for 'a free and informal space for learning?'
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122 views

A single word for “a quick passing of sound”?

We have the word "flash" for "a quick passing of light". Do we have the equivalent for our auditory sense?
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160 views

Word for a sound of insult-with-a-smile

What is that sound called, when one produces a short demeaning (almost as if looking down upon the other person) sound, which might be followed by a very cunning smile. Example: A: The US is ...
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113 views

A word to describe an empathetic employee in regards to their business

I'm a software developer and I'm looking for the correct business term that best describes an empathetic developer. More often than not, a developer is just a code monkey. They receive a set of ...
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312 views

a better expression for 'percentage divided by 100'

The function f(a,x) returns the value in the array a specified by x, where x is a percentage of the length of the array, divided by 100. (i.e. x can be any number between 0 and 1, corresponding ...
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Expression for “things we are responsible to share and work out together”?

Is there a word or phrase for "things we are responsible to share and work out together"? For example, we are in a team, so we have to work together and responsibility for every member is the same. ...
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46 views

Simplify “Status Update Frequency”

I need to measure if someone sends status updates about their current activity. The best I came up with was “Status Update Frequency”. Does this describe that measurement? Is there a simpler term? ...
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236 views

What's the word describing a person who's multi-racial? [duplicate]

I met a girl who has a diverse ethnic heritage. Part German, part Central American, part African-American, part some other European country that I forget. What word can be used to describe her? ...
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550 views

What word should I use to describe a kid who has pooped in their underwear?

I have seen some kids who can't go to the restroom in time and their poops stain on their underwear. I would like to know what word I can use to describe this situation?
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745 views

Is there a word or a concise expression to describe 'a person who pretends not to want an object they truly desire'?

According to Wikipedia, accismus 'is a form of irony wherein a person pretends not to want an object they truly desire,' but, I wonder, what is 'a person who pretends not to want an object they truly ...
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357 views

What is a woman who make a lot of fuss but does little or nothing called?

According to a web log article, titled "Weird Words Starting With 'M'", published on Squidoo, the "word" maulifuff means: maulifuff n. a woman with little energy, a fussy female who does little ...
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Is there a verb meaning “to come back from fishing without any fish?”

In A Grammar and Dictionary of the Samoan Language there is a verb that means "to return from fishing without any fish." Taufua, v. to return from fishing without any fish. Syn. ʻAsa. My ...
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265 views

Replacements for that

I've recently become aware that I use the word "that" way too much, especially in more academic writing. I've noted in particular that I use "that" almost exclusively after words like "implies" (I've ...
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325 views

word/phrase for “treating the problem rather than the symptom”?

Is there a word that mean's the equivalent (or close to) the expression "treat the problem rather than the symptom" ? If not, is there a concise way to say this? For example, in discussing ...
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4answers
178 views

Is there a concise term for being over-aware of bad news happening?

That was probably a terrible title, but I'm looking for a word or phrase to describe this concept. We all probably have a relative like this, they feel that the world is "going to hell" around them - ...
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A stronger word than “snob”

I recently stayed at a charming boarding house and had the pleasure of meeting one of the most curious people I have ever come across in my life. He was polite, and yet standoffish. He reminded me of ...
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3answers
121 views

Term for a coup of the government led by corporations?

Is there a word to describe a coup of the government led by corporations?
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596 views

Is there a word or a special phrase in English to describe the curvy upper lip that some people like Rio Ferdinand have?

I don't think many have people have that kind of upper lip (probably 10% of the population). To me personally, that kind of upper lip definitely makes a person more attractive regardless of gender. ...
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73 views

Word for long chain of causes [closed]

What may be the conceptual, phenomenal word for a long chain of complex causes and reasons, that doesn't believe in coincidences, accidentalities, karma etc.?
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80 views

The correct word for adoption of a law by the National Assembly?

Since I am not a native English speaker I am not sure what word should I use for adoption of a law. The closest to my language is "adoption", but "promulgate", "enact" or some other word may be more ...
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3answers
4k views

A more succinct expression for “The day before yesterday”

Is there a more succinct expression for "the day before yesterday"? In German for example, gestern = 'yesterday.' The prefix vor roughly means before, so logically, vorgestern means 'the day before ...
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245 views

What is one word for - endlessly spread in all directions?

What is one word for - endlessly spread in all directions? It may be in context of a forest.
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Are “unestimated” and/or “non-estimated” correct English?

When something is not estimated, is it correct to say that it is unestimated or non-estimated? For example, in certain project management techniques, tasks can be "estimated" which means one or more ...
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390 views

How do you describe this trait/behaviour?

I'm trying to describe this personality trait/behaviour that someone demonstrates. Consider this situation; while a group of colleagues hangs out at a bar, someone suddenly suggests a lottery group ...
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How do you say “hands-on experience” with this technology to an interviewer?

Generally, I would tell an interviewer that I have "hands-on experience" with this technology, by which I mean that my experience in this field is very limited, but quite efficient and knowledgeable. ...
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194 views

Word for “credit stealer”

While reading the novel "One night at call center", I came across this: He's such a loser who steals credit of others. Viroom, we must teach a lesson to this credit stealer. Now, I just want ...
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349 views

What's the word for something that's too direct and plain rather than poetic?

When someone writes poetry that's almost like plain English sentences, what may we call that? Consider this, for example. This is an example of that plain, stated as it is, poetry (completely made ...
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320 views

Expression for the way of dressing to avoid attention

What is a word or phrase to describe the way you're dressing or dressing in a way to avoid/not attract attention to yourself? For example, a celebrity going out in public would want to dress in a ...
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324 views

Word or phrase for mere coincidence that brings happiness

I wish to state that my exposure to a certain area was a mere coincidence, and I am happy about the area. Moreover, I want to convey the idea that the incident was like a fairytale, something no one ...
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What's another word for Guinea Pig, i.e. when you call someone a “test dummy”?

If someone is being used to test a new product or idea, they can be called a "guinea pig" (because Guinea Pigs are usually used by medical labs for testing). What is another term that would carry the ...
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405 views

How can I say in one word “number written in words”?

If there should be numbers written in words, like "one hundred and ten" instead of "110", how can I say it in one word?
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1answer
283 views

Verb or phrase meaning “to serve as evidence of one's character” [closed]

I want to know whether there might be an expression along the lines of "Convey X". Meaning, to serve as testament of X's character. I suspect that convey is not the correct verb, but I wonder if a ...
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Word for non-monetary price

Is there a word or phrase or expression for something that you ask in return for a product or service, when it is something other than money? And what is the verb that goes with it when someone ...
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2answers
140 views

Disbelief at gullibility

What is the name for a feeling (name of facial expression much welcome too) you'd experience, when facing someone apparently believing an obvious lie or scam? "So, imagine this, the guy who came ...