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Respectful Noun for Really Hard Worker

I'm reading Jon Gertner's The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation. In describing the history of the telephone, Gertner describes Thomas Edison (whose inventions helped ...
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1answer
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What does one call an individual receiving a subsidy?

If a subsidiary is a company; what does one call an individual receiving a subsidy? 'Recipient' would be an obvious choice—I was wondering if there is a more specific word?
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Phrase that means a sequence of projects, each of which builds on the previous project.

I'm writing a proposal in which I describe a series of small projects/experiments. The projects start out small and basic, then the subsequent project builds on the results from the prior project. I ...
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4answers
84 views

Word for “things which exist”

Is there a noun that denotes "things which exist"? The only noun form of existence that I can find/think of is "existence" which is the condition of existing, not the things which do. It's to ...
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2answers
108 views

What do you call someone who either borrows money, or receives equity funding?

Someone who lends money, or otherwise purchases equity, is called an investor. The money he is spending are his investments. What do you call the person on the receiving end of this arrangement?
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2answers
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What is it called when organizations set stations (tables and stuff) to deliver information?

I'd like to know what those information stations (just like tea/coffee stations) are called?
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96 views

Word to describe an email missing an attachment

Have you ever sent an email, intending to attach something and referring to it in the email, but without actually attaching? I'm wondering if there is a word or words to describe: The email itself. ...
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11answers
660 views

A noun for “phony” or an alternative to “phoniness”

I visited some famous tourist hotspots in a country where I enjoyed some beautiful sceneries. However, once we were told some trees planted there were actually fake (the trees were carefully sculpted ...
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1answer
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English words that are both nouns and “connectors”?

I am trying to solve a word puzzle that contains several sentences, two of which are presented below, and I have to figure out the missing words represented by the variables W1–W3: There is a W1 ...
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Correct term for a group of thirty-two things (or the general rule for anything over twenty) - duotrigectet?

I have found this source a little useful, but I am unsure what the correct term for a collection of thirty-two things is. Sextet, octet, dectet etc. are the terms for 6, 8, 10 etc. The "prefix form" ...
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What do you call a woman who is crafty, employs ingenuity in a general range of things like sewing, baking, paper crafts, etc

I'm trying to find a noun that embodies a range of crafty skills. This word would ideally follow my adjective "craftiest" and would describe someone (typically a woman) who could be seen as someone ...
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2answers
139 views

What do you call someone who gets along with children?

What do you call someone who gets along with children/babies? A simple example: He is such a ____, he makes all children smile. A single word noun would be ideal but a phrase is acceptable ...
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11answers
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Person who fills out a form - single word

What single word would I use to describe a person who fills out a form? So if Abigail fills out a form she is a... whatever the term should be. The form is an application but the applicant does not ...
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5answers
1k views

Noun form of verb “decline”

Is there a noun form of the verb "to decline"? That is, is there a word that follows this pattern: to accept -> acceptance to decline -> ? I am aware of the word declination which is the ...
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4answers
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A person or entity that decides how an obligation should be fulfilled

Let's say that I caused some nasty accident and someone was hurt and a judge told me that I have an obligation to amend their damage somehow. However, some other person (or entity) will decide how ...
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2answers
178 views

What do you call a person who conducts seminar workshops?

If a resource speaker or guest speaker is someone who makes usually formal public speeches; a trainer is someone who trains; how about someone who conducts seminar workshops?
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2answers
50 views

Lobbyist's Counterpart

A lobbyist is a person tries to influence the votes of legislators on behalf of a special interest. What would the correct term be for the legislators being lobbied? Lobbyee might be a logical ...
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11answers
1k views

Art and Culture are to “Philistine” as Feeling and Compassion are to what?

I'm looking for a noun to embody the adjectives "unfeeling" and "heartless" the same way Philistine embodies "uncivilized" and "crude". I'm looking for something a bit more tactful than say, "a ...
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11answers
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Are there any English one-word equivalents for “je ne sais quoi”?

Wiktionary defines je ne sais quoi as An intangible quality that makes something distinctive or attractive. She has a certain je ne sais quoi about her. Is there a single-word equivalent?
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1answer
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What's a single word for the context a word is used in (used to differentiate similar words)?

I saw a question on this site asking about the difference between two similar words and one of the answers said it was the specific context each word was used in, except they used a single word that ...
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1answer
168 views

Terminology for “New Yorker” vs “lives in New York”

What are the terms that can be used to differentiate between these two nouns? New Yorker versus one who lives in New York A "New Yorker" would be someone who self-identifies as a practitioner ...
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2answers
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Is there a good word for “unsurpassability”?

I hope that this is a good forum to post the query below, and please excuse me if it is not -- this is my first visit. I am looking for a noun that describes a state of not being surpassable or ...
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5answers
485 views

What is a noun or adjective to describe somebody who juggles work, study, hobbies, family and more?

I'm trying to describe someone who burns the candle at both ends. They work full-time, they study full-time, they have creative projects on the go, they raise their family and manage their property - ...
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2answers
104 views

Word to Warn of Danger of Usage

I need a term or word to refer to something which is very powerful but if used naïvely will cause great harm. I could say: "This is a [noun], use with care." or: "Use this with care it is ...
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12answers
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Word for a person being used

I'm looking for a word to describe someone who is being used. This person would be the subject (a noun) not a verb or or adjective. Maybe like a pushover.
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7answers
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What's a good replacement to “cookbook” as referring to general-purpose manual-like computer books?

O'Reilly published a series of "cookbooks" which are general-purpose manual-like computer books that usually have wide but shallow coverage of a topic. What's a good word that's less rhetorical than ...
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2answers
149 views

Term for someone who lost something [duplicate]

Is there any specific term for someone who has lost something? The person who finds something can be called a finder but what about the person who has lost something? What should the appropriate term ...
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1answer
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Is there a term to describe the tendency to do what's minimum?

I will try my best to describe. Some times, I have found that people tend to do the minimum procedures to finish what they do, and find improving unnecessary. I understand different people have ...
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3answers
69 views

a word for an unfamiliar situation

Is there a single word for an unfamiliar situation or a better way of wording this? If a situation is unfamiliar to you.
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7answers
2k views

English equivalent of komorebi (木漏れ日) — “sunshine filtering through leaves”

Is there an English equivalent of komorebi (木漏れ日), which means the sunshine filtering through the leaves of a tree (or trees)? It is made up of three kanji and the hiragana particle れ. The first ...
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4answers
170 views

What's the noun for “off-key” or “out of tune”?

The answer isn't off-keyness, although I wish it were. I am interested in the secondary meaning of something being off-key, in the sense that it is irregular or incongruous, for example: "An off-key ...
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5answers
367 views

What is one’s mother-in-law’s mother-in-law called?

What is one’s mother-in-law’s mother-in-law called?
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9answers
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Hypernym for “film” and “TV series” [duplicate]

I'm a software engineer and I need to write a class that will hold code common to a Film class and a Series class. I need to name this class with a hypernym for both. For the moment, the solution we ...
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0answers
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Term for someone who has a last name that can also be a first name [duplicate]

There is such a term but I can't remember it. We learned it in Junior High. A co-worker of mine can't remember it either, but she thinks it begins with para-, which helps me none.
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1answer
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Is there a term for an anniversary that falls on the same day of the week as its original date?

An anniversary refers to the yearly recurrence of a date of an event. However, being an incredibly sentimental person who also takes notice of all sorts of minor details, I find myself placing ...
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5answers
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Word for a “decorated item”

Is there a single word for something that is subject to a decoration? Is it something like "decoree"? EDIT: I want to give an explanation what I need this word for. I am currently developing a ...
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9answers
2k views

Is there a word for “people who are computer illiterate”?

Just as there is "computerate" to describe those who show familiarity with, and ability to use computers, is there a word to describe the opposite, those who are computer illiterate? The word I'm ...
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6answers
323 views

A single word noun for a “reusable object” [closed]

What is a single word noun that means "a reusable object"? I'm looking for something with as few syllables as possible, that is English vernacular. The word would also be abstract, so it ...
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1answer
75 views

Alcoholic beverage brought by groom as a gift to bride's family

I'm naturally an Estonian and we have a word called "kosjaviin" and it's a noun. In general it is a bottle of strong alcohol (~40%) brought by groom as a gift to the bride's family. The first part of ...
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6answers
888 views

Name for a small, central unit of human memory

I am having trouble coming up with the word to describe a small memory which stands out amongst others. I thought of the word 'aphorism', describing a small and concise phrase, but I'm searching for ...
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1answer
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“5 slices of cheese” what word describes the “slices” part

In a list of ingredients you'd have something like the following : 5 grams of flour 2 cups of lemon juice 10 slices of meat What word would you use to describe 'grams', 'cups' and ...
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3answers
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What word describes a university class in both the UK and the US?

In the US words like class, subject, course are used to describe a university class, while in the UK, words like subject and course are used to describe the name of the whole university degree. ...
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7answers
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Is there any word available for an incident occurred and vanished in front of eyes?

I was confused, when one of my friends was writing his name on a lead from vapor of mouth: I saw his name for a few seconds and after that it automatically disappeared. So what can I call this ...
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5answers
352 views

Single word for “women lover”

Is there a single word for "women lover"?
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9answers
672 views

Noun for someone whose secret has been discovered?

Is there a one-word noun for someone who has been lying or keeping a secret, but who has been found out? I can think of descriptors that aren’t nouns (exposed, found out, etc.) but I’m looking for a ...
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3answers
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Is there a shorter synonym for “extra-curricular activities”?

I always find the expression "extra-curricular activities" very clumsy.
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1answer
111 views

Term for someone who asks you a “pick one side” question and gives you a hard time on the side you choose [closed]

Is there a particular word or phrase for this scenario: Person A poses Person B with a "pick one side" question. Person B answers with he/she honest opinion Person A criticizes Person B for the side ...
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2answers
128 views

Term for someone who keeps rejecting ideas without specifying what they want [closed]

Is there a particular word or phrase for when you keep giving suggestions and advice to someone about a broad topic and that person keeps rejecting the ideas but won't specifically say what they want ...
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1answer
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Hypernyms for “reactants” and “products”?

I’m looking for a hypernym of both reactant and product. That is, I want to be able to say that both reactants and products are <unknown term>, but I don’t know what term applies to both.
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4answers
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Hatred of Chinese

Sinophobia specifically describes fear of all things Chinese. Is there a word specifically to describe hatred (not fear) against a particular race? Right now I'm using anti-Chinese sentiment, but that ...