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51 views

Is there a word for taking a (possibly undeserved) authoritative tact?

I feel like there's a word that I know but can't locate in my brain for regarding someone from a position of authority. The word, in itself, is neutral (not negative or positive) so it's not really ...
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2answers
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*seniority* in the context of work

generally I associate "seniority" in the workplace with where an employee in the organizational hierarchy, and not with the amount of time an employee has been with the company. This term often ...
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87 views

Another way of saying “easily deceived”?

What's another way of saying easily deceived? I want to have a better vocabulary. Easily deceived sounds a bit basic to me. Is there a better word for that phrase?
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What would be a word for describing a tendency to take the literal meaning of words above the accepted meaning?

For example someone accused of homophobia would answer that isn't correct as he is not afraid of homosexuals. The accepted meaning of homophobia is, of course, a much wider range of negative ...
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Two kinds of “borrow”

In Hebrew there is a difference, although often overlooked in spoken Hebrew, between the word "to borrow" for something that is intended to be returned "as is" such as a tool or a vehicle, and the ...
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1answer
59 views

What is the form of the word “passive” that ends in -ity? [closed]

According to my spell check "passivetivity" isn't a word. I also haven't been able to find it in any dictionaries. According to wordnik pacificity means "The quality of being peaceful or pacific". Is ...
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80 views

Word for “growing in intelligence”

I'm looking for a word whose definition is something along the lines of "growing in intelligence". I'm trying to use it in a sentence like "the people are getting smarter and smarter throughout the ...
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15answers
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What is a word that means “a person or thing which is small yet capable of defeating big giants”?

What can I call a person or a thing that is very small yet capable of defeating big giants? I need different words that can be connected closely to this meaning. It can be related to success,war, or ...
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6answers
90 views

What's a good word for a category of non-technical blog posts?

I have a website mostly devoted to technical blog posts. In the main navigation there are links for JavaScript and CSS, which take you to a list of posts about those topics. My question is, what ...
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2answers
40 views

Proper usage for the word “obverse”

I believe "obverse" has several meanings, with one being "the flip side of something (coin)." I'm trying to cleverly contrast opposite approaches of a person's management duties. "From a wide ...
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1answer
52 views

What are some words with other non-literal definitions such as “minority” [closed]

The word minority is literally defined as a smaller of two groups, etc, but in socioloogy also means a group with less power, regardless of size. Are there other examples of words like this that have ...
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2answers
56 views

What to call an object that inspires aspirations?

Take this building. I find it particularly inspires in me aspirations – aspirations of social prestige and material success. So I am then aspirational. Is there a word that describes the building, ...
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1answer
200 views

When Americans say someone has ''no accent'', what do they mean exactly? [duplicate]

As in my title question. Do they mean a specific region of the US, something else?
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2answers
152 views

How to distinguish between uses of words like 'Marry'?

Marry can be used both transitively: "Paul Married Jane" and intransitively: "I got married". Thus making the word ambitransitive But it has a third use: "Paul, the vicar Married Jane ...
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112 views

Verb similar to “synchronize” but not for time

I am looking for a word that describes adjusting status to conform another. Let us say the status of the account is active but in our system shows inactive. Synchronize describes the situation with ...
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3answers
73 views

What would you call a collection of experiences?

Imagine you had a box that held individual experiences. These experiences do not necessarily have to be your own. Others can put their own experiences in the box. The experiences are all related by ...
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2answers
69 views

Word to describe a container for intangible assets

If you had a box that held individual experiences what would you call it? These experiences do not necessarily have to be your own. Others can put their own experiences in the box. The experiences ...
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3answers
82 views

Can this statement be called a paradox?

The sentence is: She needs her glasses to find her glasses. The inference that she doesn't have her glasses and she needs her glasses to find her glasses somehow sounds paradoxical, but is it ...
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5answers
86 views

Is there a word that conveys this concept?

The concept being: Lethargy or apathy caused by a continuous cycle of dissatisfaction caused by disinterest from exposure. The best way I can think to elaborate is to describe it as a state where you ...
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2answers
103 views

Noun for the desire to sleep?

I have had this thought on many sleepless nights: is there a word specifically for the desire to go to sleep? Not in the sense of being sleepy or tired, but actively wanting to become asleep. If a ...
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2answers
131 views

“Questions” have “answers”. What do “problems” have?

If questions have answers, then problems have ____? I know it sounds simple but I am not sure what the best word is.
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7answers
370 views

Searching for a rare word for “something taken as truth due to having been repeated so much”

I'm searching for a certain single, rare, literary word meaning "something taken as truth due to having been repeated so much". This "something" could be either true or false. It is not necessarily ...
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1answer
297 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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1answer
89 views

Are/were these strings of decorative colourful triangles known as “dags”?

There is an English word "dag" with various senses divided up into various etymologies. This question is about just one particular sense having this definition on Wiktionary: A hanging end or ...
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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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4answers
176 views

What is the name for a word or name that is used to replace another that is forbidden?

For example, a king may forbid people from using the previous king's name. People loyal to the old king may name their children some alternate name that secretly refers to the forbidden name. A ...
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1answer
152 views

Word to describe a person who expresses his or her own feelings frequently?

I'm looking for a word to describe a person (it can be a term of animal's behavior) who expresses his or her own feeling frequently, particularly through their facial expressions.
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7answers
195 views

Appropriate word for smile

I'm looking for an appropriate word for a certain kind of a smile. Are you in love with that girl' asked she with a grin on her face. I have used the word grin but I guess grin is a broad ...
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3answers
106 views

Is there a word that means the trait asking a question out of skepticism in hopes of finding the truth?

There are many synonyms for asking a question. Is there one that means or implies that the person asking the question is skeptical and hopes to find the truth? It'd have to be in the form of a trait. ...
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2answers
116 views

Is this phrase grammatically correct in UK or US English? [closed]

Fatima We are actually working on the ad sizes you send to us, and this is some sizes we worked it.
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5answers
137 views

What word or phrase describes the quality of an assertion to be inbetween a fact and an opinion?

I'm looking for a word or phrase that describes a statement that is neither a scientific fact nor an opinion. Google defines opinion as "a view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily ...
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6answers
344 views

Single-word replacement for “by definition”?

Software that is free is that which, by definition, has its full source code published. I thought about definitionally, but after looking it up, it doesn't seem to be right.
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2answers
85 views

Correct English words for trade 'source item' and 'destination item'

First of all, I hope I'm on the correct site asking a question, usually I'm around on Stack Overflow itself. So here's the story: I am designing a database table involving trading and I'd like to use ...
2
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3answers
501 views

What do you call the person sitting behind the driver on a bike?

I know pillion is a seat behind the rider of a horse or motorbike etc. I would like to know the word for the person sitting on pillion.
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2answers
172 views

Word for “collecting money for a special event from a group of people”

What is the English word for "collecting money for a special event from a group of people"? For example, say some friends are planing a party. Each one has to contribute some amount of money to the ...
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3answers
78 views

Pleasure from taking a risk

Is there a word that means the "pleasure from taking a risk"? "rush" comes to mind but needs modifiers to make sense - thoughts?
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4answers
224 views

What is “Kludgeocracy” in short, in plain words?

In Washington Post January 26, 2013 issue, Ezra Klein introduces the word, “Kludgeocracy” in his article titled, “Is America a ‘kludgeocracy’?,” which begins with the following sentence: In ...
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1answer
129 views

Better word for “critical mass”

My thoughts began to shift from the political-science aspects of the idea to the computer-science aspects of it. This shift reached critical mass when I began learning how to program... I don't ...
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3answers
90 views

Better word for “self-deterministic”

Physical systems (physics, chemistry) are creations of nature, and thus their designs can only be perceived, not conceived, by physical sciences. Political systems, on the other hand, are ...
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60 views

Better word for “specialized”

General relativity is a general concept that apples to that applies to the universe at large. Special relativity is a "subset" of general relativity that applies to the subset of the universe that ...
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4answers
187 views

What's the most common word refer to the after death letter?

I am confused between : Will, legacy, Commandment, Precept, Behest, Testament and more. Which word refer to the declaration or the message by which a person ask the world to do certain things after ...
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4answers
149 views

Is there a word whose basic definition is “To Organize Complexity?”

I recently wrote a document titled "Guidelines for reviewing source code." In the document, one of my statements was: "The core directive is to organize complexity. I feel like I should know a word ...
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1answer
963 views

Words that mean the exact opposite to themselves [duplicate]

As I'm sure everyone is now aware, the OED has now acknowledged that "literally" can be used to mean both "figuratively" AND "actually" -- two words with the opposite definition. It got me wondering: ...
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Word for “when somebody does something without realizing it”

I can't think of this word. It's when somebody is doing something but they don't realize they are doing it. For example: Suppose you're a girl and you are falling in love with a guy. When he ...
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1answer
94 views

The use of the word 'surname' seems in decline [closed]

Should we use the term 'surname' or 'last name' to refer to a person's family name? If my name is How Gin-Tong and a form asks me for my 'last name', how am I meant to respond?
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3answers
88 views

passive afforestation

Afforestation is defined as 'the conversion of open land into forest by planting trees.' What would be a synonym for afforestation if there is no human intervention involved? Is there a one-word term ...
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27answers
7k views

What is a word that could define someone who likes to cause conflict?

What would you call someone who does things knowing specifically that his/her actions will cause pain and/or conflict or completes an action just to get someone in trouble or hurt them? For example, ...
3
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3answers
159 views

The single word for “Volume per second”

Will anybody be able to mention the English word for "Volume per second (or preferably Volume per Time unit) or "Amount of task per a second"? Thank you.
3
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1answer
189 views

Adjective for “can't think of it now, but I'll know it when I see it”?

This happens when someone asks you about a fairly new song. You can't remember the lyrics or the music, but when it comes on the radio, you'll know that's the one. What adjective would describe that ...
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5answers
89 views

Noun for “that which is reluctantly settled for because of the unavailability or impossiblilty of attaining that which was truly desired”?

This happens to me a lot, but I can't seem to find the right noun for it. In the saying "A string is useful until a rope could be found," what would you call the string? That's the noun I'm looking ...