Questions concerning the devising or choosing of names for things.

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What do you call a pair of diagonally-opposite points on a square or rectangle, relative to the other pair of points?

Suppose there is a rectangle with corners N,E,S,W, names assigned in a clockwise fashion, as you might expect. N and S are diametrically opposite, as are E and W. Is there a term that describes ...
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What is the study of word types, parts of sentences (like clauses), punctuation etc

I want a name to this particular branch of study in language. Every time I search for 'English courses', it delves into things like spelling, pronunciation reading, communication skills, with the ...
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What is a word to describe someone in another organization which you collaborate with?

So basically, if I were to say something like 'That guy working on behalf of organization x, has said that he would relay information within 3 working days', what would be a word or term for 'that guy ...
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What is the term for a person that feels the urge to read everything?

It seems there could be more than one term, to describe different flavors of this urge: The urge to read may stem from inherent curiosity, so "bookworm" may fit. It is not precise enough because the ...
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What is a term to refer to two ideas in exact opposition (e.g. good & bad, positive & negative)? [closed]

So basically, I know the name for both sides of a coin, yet not the coin itself. In other words, when you refer to a coin, you don't want to say 'this object with one side heads, and the other tails',...
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What is an adjective that describes 'one way' and 'two way' flow?

A few example are in order: One way flow An injection. A river flowing into an ocean. A mothers love. Two way flow Phone calls. The flow of water between two oceans. Herpies. So, as you can ...
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Is there a term to describe the physical location of an object, as well as the time in which it exists?

Where such a term would reference the location/time of an object, almost like it was of a property of the object. That is to say, if a duck is red, blue, yellow etc, we describe it has having a ...
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What is the opposite of generalization?

Via a quick check in the thesaurus, it returned the terms 'specific' and 'specificity'. What I have in mind is 'specificalization', but that word does not exist.
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A term for a concept formed through abstraction and from categorization?

For e.g, lets say you take the number 1, 2, 3, 4... etc. From these list of numbers, you can abstract from these ideas the concept of a number. You can't do this if you only know of the number 1, if ...
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Elegant way of conveying one is wholly immersed in a certain mental/psychological experience?

I've been reading poetry in which the poet is grappling with their human experience and was clearly all immersed in thinking about this at the time. This was likely the sole thing that occupied their ...
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Is there a term to say yes to something without being committed to it?

I feel that this would be reeeally, really useful. A term that wraps up this sentence nicely would be swell: 'Yes, though as of during now till then if I think of a logically sound reason why the ...
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What is the technical term for up & down, back & forth, and left & right?

When I of speak of direction, I'm speaking about our perception relative to the earth. We all intuitively know about all three directions. For instance, if we throw a ball, it is moving constantly ...
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What is the name for a word that contains other words? [duplicate]

Is there a technical name for a word that contains other words? I'm thinking about the contained words having all the letters in the order they appear in the original word. For example, "spawn" ...
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What do hotel or restaurant employees call the place at the back where tables and chairs are arranged..?

What do hotel or restaurant employees call the place at the back where tables and chairs are arranged..? It isn't a kitchen or a staff lounge but, it's a place for servers to prepare things needed ...
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A diptych is a pair of paintings. What is a single painting called?

A diptych (from the Greek di "two" and ptychē "fold") is a pair of paitings. You can also say triptych for a group of three paintings belonging together, septych for a group of seven and so on. ...
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Multiple people speaking to a group

A single person speaking to another person or a group is called a monologue Multiple people speaking to each other is called a dialogue How is it called when multiple people speak to another ...
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Is there a word for two words that refer to something similar but aren't identical?

The best example I came up with is the following: Just for the sake of argument, Eastern Orthodox and Catholic; two words which refer to similar religions, but are not identical. How would that be ...
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synonym for child-like [adult]

There is a specific term, and it keeps evading me, that refers to an adult who still embraces child-like wonder, curiosity, etc.... Not inferring a child-like or infantile adult, i.e. someone with a ...
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What is the correct term for the viewing hole in a door?

Doors often have a small hole with a fish-eye lens for security purposes. They are commonly called 'peepholes' but I'm sure I have come across a formal architectural term for this type of aperture, ...
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From Livorno to Leghorn and back again

Can anyone tell me why the Tuscan city of Livorno used to be called Leghorn in English? An increasing number of British writers, artists, philosophers, and travelers visited the area and ...
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Is there a word for a last name that is also a word? If so, what is it?

For example; Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, John Doe, Sweet Brown (all these last names are also words).
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What do I call the person that redeems a certificate?

What do I call the person that redeems a certificate? Could it be a "redeemer"? EDIT 1 For example, a gift certificate for a spa, like a voucher...
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What do we now call a 'Principal Boy'?

In the British pantomime 'Principal Boy' has always referred to the main male role e.g. Jack in Jack and the Beanstalk, Aladdin, Peter Pan etc. It has traditionally been played by a female, especially ...
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English Typography in the 17th Century

I was browsing through some very old English texts when I came across this page from The memoires of Sir James Melvil of Hal-hill, by George Scot (1683). The first thing that struck me was the anatomy ...
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Specific word or psychological term?

What is the word or psychological term used for - "Start liking someone whom you hate as time passes, due to being forced to stay with them for long duration of time (say about 10 to 15 days)" - [Some ...
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How to remember the 6 most common grammatical cases?

I heed the etymological fallacy, but how can I connect the etymology to cases' meanings or rationalise/make sense of these esoteric words? I'm always confused as to which is which, and I need to ...
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Is there any difference between an ursine and an ursid?

I'm a volunteer at the Zoo. I conduct excursions for the disadvantaged/terminally ill kids. My excursions are like interactive lectures where among other things I get the kids acquainted with proper ...
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What is “Broken Britain”?

It's not a flattering term for Great Britain but due to its catchy alliteration it has not run out of steam among newspaper editors. Wikipedia says Broken Britain is a term which has been used ...
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Why is it a “gene pool”?

Isn't it a bit odd to say that genes belong to or are a part of a "pool"? A pool is normally a body of water, e.g. a swimming pool Wikipedia explains The gene pool is the set of all genes, or ...
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Use of the opening roll for corny/pointless exposition?

(Please note - indeed @Dan Bron came up with the word exposition, which is now used to further clarify the question.) There are many specific terms for different types of corny exposition in films. ...
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I’ve an Italian degree in “engineering informatics”, so I am a what?

I studied Engineering Informatics in Italy, and I always have difficulty when trying to define my title (in several contexts, e.g. In my researchgate account, as well as in the subscription form to ...
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Where an ellipsis exists, is there a term for the missing text? [duplicate]

Suppose there is a long sentence like: This London hit show took America by storm, full of charm, humour and delightful songs that make it a perfect theatrical event for the entire family. And ...
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University research or Academic research

What do you call researches that are carried out in the universities as thesis or...? academic researches university researches researches in university
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big to small, and small to big approach names

In a book, I read: Engineering is all about breaking down big problems into smaller ones and putting the solutions for those problems back together. My generalized interpretation of this text ...
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Term for words which change meaning when a space is added [duplicate]

Taking this example, Everyday is an adjective that means commonplace, ordinary, or normal. Every day means "each day." or numerous other similar words which have a different meaning when ...
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What do we call these people? [duplicate]

A person who says that everything in this life is not permanent / is a lie. A person who believes in things only after he has seen/experienced them.
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Becoming the marathon “leader”, is this a correct usage?

What do we call the athlete who is in first place , leading the marathon or running in front of the other runners in a race? Is leader an appropriate word to describe this runner?
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What do you call the automatic bike pedals in English?

I mean those kind of bicycle pedals where you have special shoes and engage the sole to the pedal. In Spanish it's pedales automaticos and in German: 'Klickis' or 'Klickpedale'.
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What is the word for a person who does different jobs?

I'm asking about someone who's employed by a company and does different jobs (both a qualified and unqualified person). Who knows; maybe in English those two are two different words? What are they ...
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Does “numeric” abbreviation eg i18n have a name?

In the computer programming context, several long words are commonly abbreviated using the formula first letter, number of letters between, last letter. Eg internationalization --> i18n Is there a ...
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What word describes text having a different meaning backwards and forwards?

Jonathan Reed's poem 'Lost Generation' is a pessimistic view of the future if read forwards. However, if you read it backwards linewise (not wordwise), it is still semantically meaningful, but the ...
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Word for light after it has passed through a window / glass

The most evocative image I can think of for this is when the headlights of a car pass through your bedroom. I need this word because I have a computer graphics application that requires me to name a ...
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Is there a single word which means “a person, and all of his ancestors”, or “a person, and all of his descendants”?

There are a lot of words describing ancestral relationships between people, such as: parent grandparent great-grandparent any of the above can be described as an "ancestor". child grandchild great-...
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Correct name of an agreement used as a template for individual ones

I can't decide on the most preferred taxonomy regarding agreements. A chain can sign an agreement that each of its franchises can suborder and sign their own individual deal. When I looked it up, I ...
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Is Father Christmas unwelcome in the United States?

Is the name Father Christmas used in the US or is it mainly Santa Claus (and Santa)? Does Father Christmas sound unusual or out of place if it was used in the US? Would it be laughed at? As an aside,...
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When does thousand turn into thousands?

My boyfriend and I are arguing whether thousands of miles means 1000+ or 2000+ miles. The first argument is that 1000+ is over 1000 and therefore 'thousands of miles' by rounding up. The other ...
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“…Batman is the personality-shelf where Bruce Wayne stores the crazy-plates…” - is this just a metaphor, or is it something else?

In this article on Cracked.com, I discovered this gem of a phrase: ...Batman is the personality-shelf where Bruce Wayne stores the crazy-plates... ...and I thought it was a fantastic phrase. ...
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Tom, Jake and Jenny aren't looking forward to Thanksgiving. Why?

And "Hen" (their mother) isn't much looking forward to it either. Why? I can answer that question myself, it's because they're all turkeys. Tom is an adult male turkey (also often referred to as a '...
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Name for phrase of words in increasing significance

I'm looking at the phrase "THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY". The thing I'm trying to think of is the joke format where you list a bunch of things and then change the last word for humorous effect. I ...