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Is there a word for the act of butchering a language for the sake of a joke?

My friend and I (may or may not be the same one from my other question) were chatting the other day and we came to a discussion about the idiom tit-for-tat. tit-for-tat (informal) a tit-for-tat ...
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11answers
641 views

Hypernym of “move” and “copy”

Is there a verb to describe an action that can be either "move" and "copy", but in a single word/phrase?
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10answers
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Gaining a skill after some amount of time (while not actively practicing the skill)

This weekend I decided to master a song I recorded. The last time I spent time mastering a recording was well over a month ago. Before, I had no idea how to use an equalizer - I looked up a bunch of ...
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3answers
44 views

What's a word for someone who just gets other people to deal with problems

What's a word for someone who, whenever there's a problem that needs to be solved, doesn't solve it and either pretends it isn't there, or gets someone else to deal with it?
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Is there any phrase or word to relate time, location and event? [on hold]

I'm working on a research paper, I need a word or phrase which is related to users' location, time and event. If there's isn't exact word or phrase then any best fit would also work out.
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What is a medical term for the belief that you're healthy when you're not? [duplicate]

What is a medical term, as in a mental or eating disorder, that means "a compulsion with being healthy, while actually being unhealthy," stemming primarily from a poor understanding of science, ...
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How would you say e.g. creativity isn't something that only belongs to graphic designers?

Can't think of the word or phrase to use, can anyone help me? Creativity isn't solely the domain of graphic designers? Something to do with prerogative?
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Word for someone that doesn't like to pause while talking

I come across this quite a bit and it manifests itself in different ways. The situation I encounter the most is from people who don't seem to want to be interrupted, they need to finish getting ...
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5answers
106 views

Derogatory term for inconcise writing

I am looking for a derogatory word or short phrase to describe unconcise texts or the process of their creation, i.e., the text is redundant, overcomplicated and filled with irrelevant details or ...
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12answers
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Word for a body of water that is sufficiently populated with fish and worthy of fishing in

My game is exploration-and-interaction base. Now that the player has struggled and found a fishing rod, I would like my character to convey the message that "this pond appears to be sufficiently ...
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0answers
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Describe a project that delivers content on multiple vehicles with a word or short phrase [closed]

Say a company makes a project that delivers content on multiple vehicles: a mobile game (for android, iOS, windows phone, blackberry, whatever), a tv series, a feature film, youtube shorts, novels, ...
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76 views

Is there a single word for “Seeing the Unseen”?

Is there a single word which means “Seeing the Unseen”? Imagine one needs special equipment or accessories (for example, a microscope, telescope, or periscope) to see something that otherwise is ...
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4answers
624 views

What is a good word that means “group of groups?”

If you have a bunch of groups of different things, and you group the groups into a bigger group, what do you call the bigger group?
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The act of baiting someone into (incorrectly) calling bullshit

Is there a single word, or commonly-used term, to describe the act of baiting another person into calling bullshit, when in fact you're not bullshitting? Conceptually, this either a sub-type, or the ...
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2answers
735 views

I am looking for a word for an abstainer from red meat

A number of friends of mine describe themselves as "Vegetarian" but then go on to explain that they don't eat meat - but do eat fish and poultry, (plus in one case bacon). In my books this is not ...
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129 views

What is an antonym for the term “straight-A student?”

I'm looking for a word or phrase that implies stupidity in the context of academics in the same way the term "straight-A student" implies intelligence.
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488 views

Word/phrase to refer to things you bring to a place to stay the night?

Example: We are going to a trip tomorrow and staying the night in a hotel. Don't forget to bring your [...]. I thought about stuff but I'm looking for something less ambiguous (it can be ...
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0answers
19 views

Is there a word for 'religism'? [duplicate]

I'm searching for a word with a meaning similar to Racism or Sexism but within the context of religion. Is there a word for this meaning?
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5answers
74 views

Term for “Improvement During Isolation”

I'm looking for a term (ideally, word) to describe an event or its main participant. In military, athletic, or heroic stories a person may be set apart from others to improve. This question was ...
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1answer
105 views

The stages of history

Is there a word or short phrase that encompasses the three main stages of Western history: ancient, medieval, and then modern?
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9answers
2k views

What do we call questions which have a definite, known answer?

Is there a standard adjective or term which classifies "questions with a known, single, unambiguous, objective, and correct answer"? That is, questions like "2+2=?" or "What is the capital of Ohio?", ...
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What do you call a disgusting mixture you don't want to drink?

What do you call a drink (usually an alcoholic one, say a long drink or a cocktail) that you don't want to have, because you consider it a low quality, disgusting mixture, maybe even of suspicious, ...
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4answers
87 views

Expression for 'One who likes expensive stuff, luxuries, but lacks appreciation?'

What would be an expression for: Someone who wants expensive stuff; someone who wants luxuries, and who lacks in appreciation.
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117 views

Expression for 'One who cares about one's social rank'

What is a word or expression for someone who cares about what social rank they're in. Someone who wants to have money, something similar to ambitious? Vain is not the word I'm looking for.
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2answers
119 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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0answers
31 views

Is there a word for a song in your head? [duplicate]

As the title says, is there a word or phrase for a song that's stuck in your head?
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1answer
51 views

Word/phrase for a story in which time passes between scenes

Stories like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn often have large time gaps between narration. Days, weeks, or even years might pass between chapters or scenes in stories such as these. What word or ...
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3answers
206 views

When a person is completely entranced by the monotony of - for example - a road

I remember reading about a psychological effect that can happen to - for example - drivers, when they are driving on a monotonous road, where they are completely entranced by the monotony of that ...
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2answers
95 views

What is the word or phrase for the revelation of finding a word for a concept you already knew but did not have the word for?

This has recently happened. I discovered Object Orientated CSS. I had the concept for a long time but had never had a title for the concept. Discovering this was a joy for me. Is there a word or ...
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6answers
119 views

Is there a word for making something or someone confess?

I am seeking after a single word for describing "make something or someone confess". Apart from a single word, welcomed are also idioms.
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2answers
100 views

Is there a word or phrase to describe the aging of graphics technology?

So I'm thinking of something along the lines of the idea of the "uncanny valley" in which technology reaches a point where it's very human/life-like but still "off" somehow, causing a revulsion or ...
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4answers
160 views

Phrase/word that is a synonym to “Question Everything”

What are some phrase/word synonyms for the phrase 'Question Everything'. My friend came up with nullius in verba, which I really like, and I was wondering what others are out there? Edit (from ...
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5answers
258 views

How would you describe: Read a book, but not cover-to-cover?

As the title says. I'm looking for a good word or expression for saying something like "I have read only several chapters from random location of the book, but someday I want to read from cover to ...
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2answers
96 views

What are days that are not present in all calendar months called? [closed]

Is there a term for days that are not present in all (Gregorian) calendar months? E.g. January has 30 and 31 but February doesn't. What are days like 30 and 31 called? update: The word, if it exists, ...
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1answer
36 views

Keeping all parameters but one constant

It is a core scientific principle to only change one of the parameters in an experiment at a time, and keep all others constant, as opposed to picking random parameters (i.e. typically being unable to ...
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1answer
500 views

Is there a word for the decoration on top of a building?

Is there a word that means "the thingy on top of the building"? Like the crescent on a mosque or the cross on a church or the weather-vane on a barn?
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7answers
235 views

What are “good men that do nothing” called?

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." -Edmund Burke Is there an idiom, phrase or preferably a single word that we can call people that could have helped ...
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3answers
89 views

How to call someone that acts only by instinct without being rude?

I know there's the phrase "You are an animal", but depending on the context, cultural background, etc. the recipient of the saying may not end very happy. Is there another way to describe someone that ...
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votes
3answers
169 views

What are some words I could use to call someone who is not good at work? [closed]

I asked this question because the other question on workplace.se. I realized that "enemy" is not the right word to express my idea. I was working with that person for about a year. He was bad at ...
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1answer
76 views

What's a more common term for “penny jumping”?

In securities trading, we have a particular term which I think has broader applicability, so I'm seeking a more common (or at least more universally comprehensible) term for it, that I can use in ...
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2answers
116 views

Is there a word or phrase that explains that the usage of “we” in some contexts does not necessarily mean “all of us”?

I need to explain to a person that the word "we" doesn't necessarily mean "all of us" in some contexts. For example, a speaker giving a speech may say, "What we learned from the Great Depression ...
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7answers
2k views

What do you call the fire that is built outdoors and for cooking only (not for camping)?

Example: The barbecue tasted incredible, with that unique aroma that only [...] gives to the meat. I thought of using the word campfire but in the sentence the barbecue isn't taking place in a ...
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votes
6answers
547 views

What is an adjective for “requires a lot of work”? [closed]

For example, Starting a new business requires a lot of work. What would be an adjective in: Starting a new business is _.
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5answers
124 views

A man who keeps his word

I'm looking for an appropriate word to describe someone who is a man of his word. Trustworthy springs to mind but doesn't seem appropriate, as it doesn't imply an honorable connotation associated ...
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4answers
104 views

What do you call those fenced grassy areas that people own in the countryside?

Example: I thought of fenced plot, land lot but I'm not sure. They are usually used for farming or raising livestock. But sometimes for nothing at all.
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votes
8answers
464 views

Expression for a “smiling face tiger”

The Chinese expression "smiling face tiger" (笑面虎) is defined in English at one website as "an outwardly kind but inwardly cruel person". More broadly it doesn't need to refer to someone who is ...
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votes
4answers
313 views

Idiom/word for someone who kowtows to his superiors and kicks his subordinates

Apparently, a "bicycle rider" is "a current German idiom for someone who kowtows to his superiors and kicks his subordinates". (Source: Hannah Arendt, Eichmann in Jerusalem.) Any similar expression ...
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11answers
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Is there an equivalent of “reverie” where one is lost in unpleasant thoughts?

To say "the noise outside shook her from her reverie" implies she was lost in pleasant daydreams. What if she was lost in worry or unpleasant thoughts? Is there an equivalent term (single word or ...
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3answers
71 views

One who never attends public meetings [closed]

There is an actor who never attends any public meetings or award functions. What to call such a person?
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14answers
1k views

A word or phrase for 'Holy grail' (a goal impossible to achieve)

I am looking for a word or phrase that means "a long sought out goal that seems impossible to achieve" but without any religious connotations. Any suggestions? My intended usage is as follows: ...