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1answer
43 views

Hypernym for “company”, “band” and “organization”

I'm making a website and I'd need a hypernym to refer to company/band(/artist)/organization, so I wouldn't have to use all the words every time. What would be a common one?
3
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2answers
56 views

Tasks for tutorial class sessions, not at home

Writing worksheets for students at university, I'd like to distinguish tasks intended to be solved in tutorial classes from tasks intended as homework. What would be the appropriate term to refer to ...
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
votes
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?
4
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5answers
339 views

Word that means “tendency to avoid something”

I am looking for a word that means "tendency to avoid something". At first I thought that aversion fit the bill, but then I learned that it meant "a strong dislike towards something." For example, ...
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14answers
3k views

Word for people who live in the same city

What are the people who live in the same city are called? Any words for that? I want to use it in the following context: I and my ____ are happy.
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7answers
1k views

Word for a person who succumbed to their bad habits

I'm looking for a single English word that refers to: A person who has bad habits And used to do those bad habits Tried to escape them but then fell into them in perpetua I'm not sure if such a ...
3
votes
4answers
112 views

Is there a word for “rule by criminals”?

Is there a word for "rule by criminals"? Not kleptocracy, which is rule by thieves, but more broadly by criminals.
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3answers
261 views

Differences between “knowledge” and “experience”

Context: I'm exploring how people acquire, share and efficiently apply knowledge and experience; structuring my thoughts by writing axioms, propositions and formulae. When writing, I struggle with ...
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4answers
95 views

Noun for somebody that is eloquent/a good public speaker?

What would you call somebody that has a strong way with words, especially in terms of public speaking?
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3answers
95 views

Hypernym for buildings, fossils, spiders and particles [duplicate]

Edited in response to answers/comments. I'm trying to find a term (other than 'objects' or 'things') which I can use to describe the commonality of substance which all the things that have been named ...
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3answers
140 views

Hypernym for something like a blanket/sheet to cover oneself for keeping warm

Blanket seems too specific, one can cover oneself with a thin sheet instead. Bedsheet somehow seems like what you'd sleep on, not what you'd sleep under. Sheet is too general. One has sheets of ...
5
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8answers
436 views

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 ...
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3answers
109 views

A word that means “interesting-ness”

I'm trying to make a sentence about evaluating how interesting something is. I'm evaluating its ________?
3
votes
1answer
179 views

“Patronize this the _____” when talking about food

There is a word in a video that I cannot figure out and have trouble hearing. The phrase as I hear it is (excuse me for inaccuracies): "Now don't be afraid to go out on into the lobby and ...
5
votes
2answers
234 views

What do you call a person who loses interest after achieving something?

I know about the term butterfly, but I am looking for something a little different. What do you call a person that is greatly motivated to achieve a goal, but loses interest the second after that ...
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4answers
1k views

Is there a single term for the sports “surfing”, “skateboarding”, and “snowboarding”?

The three sports "surfing", "skateboarding", and "snowboarding" share a lot of similarities, historical roots, and sometimes appear together in topical magazines. Is there a single term to call these ...
2
votes
2answers
84 views

Hypernym for all of the “watching” hobbies

There are various hobbies that involve "watching", e.g.: trainspotting — looking for trains birdwatching — looking for birds stargazing — looking for stars Is there a term which can be used to ...
4
votes
2answers
131 views

What's the name for period of arrival ahead of time?

I need the antonym of delay - name of the period before early arrival/departure and the scheduled one. A bus that arrives five minutes late has five minutes of delay. A bus that departs five minutes ...
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1answer
94 views

What is this part of a bow tie called?

What is the part of a bow tie marked in the picture called?
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2answers
124 views

What term is a hypernym for “story” and “article”?

I need a single word that can be used to mean article (e.g. something printed in a magazine to inform readers or to argue something) and also story (i.e. some fictional short story printed in a ...
5
votes
7answers
366 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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3answers
163 views

Noun for “send”?

There is a noun for "receive": reception. What about "send"? Is there a noun for this verb? It's about sending SMS messages, so I wish to underline the outgoing nature of the message.
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3answers
99 views

Appropriate word for “interactibility”

I am looking for a word for "the ability of being interacted to/with", expressing that something is interactive, its interactive nature/quality. Specifically looking for a noun.
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19answers
5k views

Single word for a very small amount of time [closed]

In French, if I want to quantify a very small amount of time (but not fixed: it can be 5 ms or 0.1 ms) I can use a pouième. Is there an equivalent in English? I'm not looking for an expression but ...
2
votes
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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3answers
123 views

What is that feeling one gets when they are about to sneeze?

You know you have a sneeze coming, and you do that, haah haaah, the nose gets this odd feeling but the sneeze doesn't happen. What's this feeling/thing called?
3
votes
4answers
184 views

A word for indescribable pain; melancholic longing?

"Have you ever experienced a brand-new feeling that welled up inside of your heart and filled you with indescribable pain?" A quote from the English translation of Cowboy Bebop: The Movie. Two ...
0
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3answers
86 views

A noun which describes how well understood something is

I have a list of components and I'm putting a paragraph together which describes that these components have a wide range of values for various properties. So far I've got: Currently we have a ...
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4answers
84 views

Is satay plural?

Is the word "satay" singular and plural or just singular? I've seen it used both ways in reputable publications.
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3answers
148 views

“Male/female” is to “gender” as “man/woman” is to what?

What is the hypernym for man and woman? I don't think it is gender because that would've been male and female.
3
votes
9answers
114 views

Hypernym for “interpolation” and “extrapolation”

Interpolation typically means modeling the values of some curve inside the given data, and extrapolation — outside the given data. For example, if I know the temperature on Monday and Wednesday, ...
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vote
1answer
285 views

What is the word for using something for other than its intended purpose?

I think this is originally a term used in biology or evolution theory. I heard it in a youtube video but I cannot find it now. Edit: This word does not have negative connotations. For instance, an ...
5
votes
2answers
277 views

Generic term for sunrise and sunset

Is there a single generic term to refer, either collectively or arbitrarily, to both sunrises and sunsets? I'm looking for something that could be used in the same vein as twilight can be used ...
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4answers
88 views

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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votes
6answers
153 views

“View”, but for hearing

I know a lot of words, but it's driving me crazy that I can't think of one for this. I'm sure there must be one. I want to be able to say: I had not only a great view of the ocean from that room, ...
3
votes
3answers
965 views

Collective name for prefix and suffix of a word [closed]

Is there a term that can be used to refer to both the prefix and suffix of a word? For example, unenjoyable. I'm looking for a collective word that described BOTH un and able.
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1answer
68 views

What is an office that keeps records of marriages and divorces called? [closed]

What is an office that keeps records of marriages and divorces called in English? I guess Civil registry is the general term, but what's the specific word for the above mentioned office?
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votes
1answer
41 views

Hypernym for “profile” and “preference” in the context of dating or match-making [closed]

The context is love-matching or match-making. I am looking for one term/word to address a dating/mating condition that people would have when matching. It's more complicated and thorough than a ...
0
votes
1answer
60 views

What's a single word to name a person/entity that determines?

I am looking for a single word (noun) describing a person or any other entity that determines something. For example: John determines next year goals for his employees. John is a ... of employee ...
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vote
5answers
136 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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votes
3answers
400 views

A name for hat collectors?

The Stack Exchange Winter Bash 2013 has me thinking about hats, as my collection is growing. I know that the terms for people who collect specific things are generally obscure, but they do exist. ...
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vote
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 ...
1
vote
1answer
55 views

Looking for the land cargo equivalent of a “stevedore”

A stevedore is someone who loads/discharges cargo from the docks. I'm looking for equivalent of this occupation for inland cargo "dischargers/unloaders".
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votes
2answers
168 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 ...
2
votes
1answer
61 views

Jewish American word for stuffed cabbage

The word used by non-American and many American Jews for stuffed cabbage is 'holishkes'. There are a few variations. But I heard someone use a word that sounds like 'hole-up-tious'. I cheched ...
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vote
4answers
188 views

Word for “obsession with reliving past mistakes”

I am looking for a word that is close in meaning to nostalgia, but not so passive. Something that is compulsive. It should also be unambiguously negative. A bonus would be a connotation of anxiety. ...
2
votes
2answers
173 views

Is there a better term than “technology”?

I already started quite a fruitful discussion about the term methodology over here, but today's topic is the term technology. Whenever words end in -logy, my brain links them to the field of ...
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votes
1answer
121 views

“Created” is to “creator”, and “updated” to “editor”, as “deleted” is to what agent noun?

I'm modeling a database and I have these three fields (among others): created_by, updated_by, and deleted_by. I'm using author as an alias for "created_by", and editor as an alias for ...
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votes
2answers
63 views

Word for people who clean out supermarkets during crisis scares [closed]

What do you call the people who clean out the grocery stores when they hear the word snow?