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32 views

How to describe humanities students in one word

In several languages, there is a specific, usually rather derogatory word for students of the humanities. Would it be necessary to stick to 'arts students' or 'humanities students' to point out these ...
4
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8answers
1k views

Negative counterpart for the word “rave” in the sense “favorable criticism”

What is the one-word for a piece — art piece etc., maybe topic, subject — that has gained popularity through negative reviews or appraisals? In other words, I am looking for a one-word noun or ...
3
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4answers
324 views

Is there a word for exceptional writing?

Is there a word to describe the gift of exceptional writing? Or, what would you call someone whose writing is well above average?
2
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7answers
528 views

what's the word to describe work that is a waste of effort?

I am looking a word to describe projects, work that is insignificant? I can't remember that. It has to be just a word that describe "work that is a waste of effort".
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2answers
45 views

Punctuation help

I need help with the correct punctuation for the following: Every empty box symbolizes a child's wish unanswered, and a dream unfulfilled. I think the construction of the sentence is more ...
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1answer
82 views

What do you call a second try at a test?

At uni you can do the final test of a course twice, what do you call the second test ? Is it a second term ? No that's the second semester isn't it ?
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2answers
62 views

In the word “quantum mechanics”, is quantum a noun or an adjective?

In the phrases containing the word quantum, like quantum mechanics, quantum information, quantum computation, quantum field theory,etc. is quantum a noun or an adjective? I mean, is it really ...
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1answer
125 views

Use of the word “familiar” with “people” [closed]

Can I say that I am not familiar with the people of my place? (Taken from the OP's comment below) I mean that I don't have acquaintances in the place where I stay, as I am quite new to the ...
6
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2answers
218 views

using noun as adjective; does position matter?

I'm doing some programming and I'm analyzing text written in English. I'm identifying parts of speech and I run into cases where I have something like vacuum cleaner. I, as a human, know that the word ...
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2answers
133 views

“Sexy” and “sexiness”

When did the noun sex acquire its corresponding adjective and abstract noun? I would really like to know a few things about the history of these two word formations. As far as I know, these lexical ...
2
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1answer
101 views

Are there any rules I can follow to make my own derived adjectives from a noun in English? E.g. xenogamy to xenogamic

I'm currently looking through dictionaries (both online and "offline") for an adjective of the word xenogamy. Basically I want to translate the Dutch phrase "De kruibestuivende onderneming". What I ...
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1answer
74 views

An adjective or a noun?

In the collocation "baby girl" is "baby" an adjective or a noun?
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1answer
350 views

Compound noun or adjective + noun?

Substitute teacher is an adjective and a noun, where substitute is an adjective as defined in the dictionary. However, what about replacement teacher? Replacement is defined as a noun in the ...
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2answers
79 views

What is the correct usage of the word “milquetoast”? [duplicate]

The google definition of this word states that it is a noun however in its own example of usage it is used as an adjective: "a frail, milquetoast character". I haven't found any reliable sources to ...
2
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2answers
107 views

determiner “the” followed by adjective - parts of speech

In English, adjectives usually cannot function as noun or pronouns, at least not to the degree it is possible in German where you can do it without thinking. The old car sucked. The new is better. ...
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2answers
57 views

“Intense stress” vs. “high stress”

Capable of performing under intense stress without compromising quality of service. Capable of performing under high stress without compromising quality of service. Which is best suited ...
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1answer
90 views

Referring to a person, should I use the capital letter for “Fascist”?

As I understand, the word Fascism must be capitalised, while the adjective fascist should not. But what if "Fascist" is used as a noun? Eg: "The headmaster was enlisted in the National Fascist Party ...
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2answers
109 views

Is it grammatically incorrect to say that someone desires ambiguous brevity?

Brevity is a noun, is it not? So, ambiguous, being an adjective, should be able to modify it, correct? That was the first thought I had regarding the subject, but for some reason it just doesn't sound ...
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1answer
226 views

Can “some” be a noun and a subject?

What is the noun in this sentence: Some of our greatest innovations were launched during tough times. I know that of our greatest innovations is a prepositional phrase and as such cannot contain ...
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2answers
33 views

“Two separate nouns + based” as the attribute?

In scientific writing, it is correct to write something like The filter-based method is good. But what if I have two nouns before -based? Something like The lowpass filter-based method is ...
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3answers
178 views

To talk angrily and provoked in a low voice

I'm looking for a word that can describe a person continuously talking angrily as if fighting with someone, for example over a phone, but in a low and whispering manner.
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4answers
111 views

Growing abruptly and aggressively - words

How to describe a sudden increasing in size, volume. For example when fires grow suddenly and rapidly. What does that fire do?
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4answers
158 views

Word for “getting careless and slacking”

Can you suggest some words which can describe a person who is starting to get careless and who slacks, or the very action of becoming careless? A person who was efficiently and elaborately doing their ...
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4answers
1k views

Word for a person who lives in the past

Someone who is highly nostalgic and is stuck in the past, better days
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3answers
107 views

The state of not progressing [closed]

What is the state of not progressing called? Going in circles. When the person is not progressing despite the active trying.
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2answers
424 views

Words that describe the repetitive sound of machine [closed]

I'm looking for words that can describe the repetitive sounds that machine produces (For example an engine). Those droning, looped and long-lasting sounds. Patterned sounds of various parts of an ...
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1answer
52 views

Any (old?) print literature use of 'codecessor'?

Summary: Is there a (possibly old) print literature/use of the word codecessor? Background: I intuitively used the word assuming it exists in peer-reviewed publications first around 2008 only to be ...
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2answers
143 views

“Prodigal” vs. “spendthrift”

What are the differences between the words prodigal and spendthrift? They seem to mean the same. When does one choose to use one over the other?
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1answer
113 views

explain the structure of “Ears Polite”? [closed]

"Ears Polite". How do you justify this construction?
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4answers
664 views

What is the noun form of “erratic”?

Erratic doesn't have a meaning related to error. It means eccentric, or unsteady instead. Error has its adjective form as erroneous and errant. So what is the noun of erratic?
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9answers
304 views

What can you call someone who does not have a say in choices that completely affect him? [closed]

Something to call someone who doesn't have a say in the choices that affect him the most? Think 'a major stakeholder who has no voting rights,' ha!
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1answer
191 views

Does an adjective apply to both nouns when joined with 'and'?

Can you grab the blue shirts and socks? Is the above sentence stating that both the shirts and the socks are blue? Or only the shirts? At this stage, I am leaning towards the earlier (only the ...
4
votes
3answers
499 views

What is the word that describes a person trying to sell stuff persistently?

I am trying to remember the word to describe a person trying to sell stuff persistently. I can't seem to figure it out. - It can be a verb, noun or adjective. Anything around "Selling stuff ...
0
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3answers
72 views

“Hospitable transition”

In a resignation letter, would it be right to say: Please let me know how I can assist to make a hospitable transition. Specifically, does the combination "hospitable transition" make sense in ...
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0answers
32 views

when a noun is used as an adjective is it always singular, eg Event Request or Events request? [duplicate]

when a noun is used as an adjective is it always singular, eg Event Request or Events request? Service Request or Services REquest?
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3answers
405 views

Proof of concept or proof-of-concept, noun or adjective

From the Oxford English Dictionary at OED: proof of concept n. evidence (usually deriving from an experiment or pilot project) demonstrating that a design concept, business idea, etc., is ...
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30answers
6k views

Is there a word for someone who really has their act together [closed]

Is there a word for someone who really has their act together? Someone who has their time well-managed, is focused, works out, has ambitions, eats right. Not necessarily success, but there's a kind of ...
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4answers
682 views

Can “Apple” be an adjective? [duplicate]

What role is the word "apple" playing in the sentence "I ate the apple pie." Is apple an adjective? Or are apple and pie treated together as one noun. Is this true of all words used like this? Can ...
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1answer
37 views

sham + adjective / noun

I've come across he shams sick Can I say he shams an idiot or he shams pain in his back ? Do I have to use a person or a thing after sham? I know it's a rare word but nevertheless
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3answers
3k views

“Cool water” vs. “cold water”

We often use "cool water". But can we use "cool water" or "cold water"? Which is correct? Examples: I drink cool water only. People always like cool water. In the above examples, ...
3
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0answers
63 views

Words that are members of multiple classes of words (without changing form) [duplicate]

By "class of word" I mean a noun, verb, adjective, adverb etc. This notation came from reading the definitions of these words themselves. For example noun grammar any member of a class of words ...
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5answers
720 views

what is the adjectival form of the word “noun?”

What is the adjectival form of the word 'noun'? Every result I get is for the adjectival form of a noun, not the word 'noun' itself.
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1answer
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Proper adjective to use with the word “chance” (“low”, “small”, “slim”, etc.)

What is the proper adjective to use with the word chance? Can chance be low, small, slim? What would be your suggestion?
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1answer
74 views

Migratory or migration?

In this phrase: the migratory activity of white blood cells is it possible to replaced the adjective migratory by the noun migration, which also serves as an adjective? Only one variant is ...
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4answers
203 views

The ( changed ) meaning or classification of words in programming [closed]

I am facing a bit of a dilemma / problem. I am an amateur programmer ( profile ) , and in programming languages some terms are accepted, known to everyone and frequently used everywhere. My ...
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1answer
684 views

Saxon Genitive vs. Adjective Noun (Model Parameters vs. Model's Parameters)

The suggestions in this same forum say that the use of the phrase "the car's antenna" is correct. Questions: Nobody mentioned the use of "the car antenna" -- which to me would be much more natural, ...
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3answers
347 views

Hot is to heat as cold is to

Can you please fill in the blank? Hot is to heat as cold is to.... In other words, what is the noun for "cold"?
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4answers
620 views

Word to describe someone who rarely gets upset

Is there a word to describe someone who rarely and almost never gets upset/angry? The words first came to my mind are non-confrontational and stoic, though they relate, they are not exactly what I'm ...
4
votes
5answers
492 views

word for false nostalgia

Is there a word to describe nostalgia for things that never existed? For example, a 1950s-style diner is supposed to reconstruct a cultural archetype, but there never existed such a diner. John Wayne ...
0
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2answers
1k views

Grammaticality of “a high number of”

Is the phrase "a high number of" considered correct? Or is it only correct to say "a large number of"? Example: Japan has a high number of active volcanoes.