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what to call the previous time interval , that is equally long

I have to display some reporting data and am having a bit of trouble with naming the columns. I have: today 1 day ago (yesterday) last 7 days the 7 days before the last 7 days (so today-14 until ...
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Is there a term denoting the writing of words using numbers instead of letters?

Sometimes, more in some languages than in others, a word is spelled using one or more numbers instead of letters. Is there a term for this? The only example I can think of in English is se7en ...
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A person unaware his confidence exceeds his talent [duplicate]

So, yesterday, I got this text message from my own mother: Now, after laughing for a good 5 minutes and then racking my brain for half a day, I still don't know how to help my mom insult this guy. ...
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Word for something that is a perfect replacement of another [closed]

I'm looking for a single word (or phrase) to point to something that is a perfect replacement of another. e.g. This tool is a (perfect replacement/ ?) of a recently produced one. Update: The ...
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What type of marker is [sic] in a text? It is not an editor's mark, so what is it?

The marker "[sic]" is used in a published work to show that a word-usage or spelling is recognised by the author to be incorrect or unconventional. On the other hand, editors' marks (proofreading ...
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term for “location where transaction occurred”

from an accounting standpoint is there a single word or two word phrase to describe a transaction location or context? Example: a transaction occurred in the amount (a) in the main office (o) for a ...
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What is the feminine version of ‘macho’ or ‘machismo’?

A single word is preferable, but a phrase will suffice. I found this reference at dictionary.com. It suggests 'swagger' but I can't relate this to the Latin for 'feminine'. I am hesistant in ...
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What is placing name with something called?

Recently, I'm watching the Chinese port version of The Voice (not sure if I can call it that since they differ greatly at least in my opinion), 中國好聲音 (The Voice of China). Every time the name of the ...
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Is there a verb for whacking your head?

What's a noun/verb for whacking yourself on the head? I vaguely recall having seen a word for this somewhere but I'm not that sure. The closest phrase I can think of is self harm or self mutilation, ...
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Is there a word or phrase that means “both literally and figuratively”? [duplicate]

The question is simple: is there a word or phrase that means "both literally and figuratively", aside from the one I just used?
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Fear of Information, which has been proven by statically data [closed]

What is the psychological terminology for the fear of being presented with facts or shunning/deliberately ignoring facts?
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Word/Phrase if you assume someone guilty for not denying an irrelevant claim

Is there a word/phrase for Person A in a conversation like this: Person A: "Are you from this country?" Person B: "Why does that matter?" Person A: "So, that is a no..." Person A asks an ...
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Idiomatic phrase for small type words at end of a document

Is there a phrase in English that that can be used in the following situation: You read an article and from the title you understand that this is something positive, but if you read it all, very ...
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the feeling left in one's psyche by another person's gestalt

The meaning of the term I'm looking for is something to the effect of: the feeling that one person's gestalt leaves in another person's psyche Or, to say the same thing in a clearer (thanks to ...
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Alternative to “let me know”

I want to use something better than "letting me know" in this sentence: Please reply letting me know what day/time works best for you if are still interested, if you need a later date, or if you ...
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Noun for something that is randomly chosen?

Example: Since the murderer didn't know the victim, the detectives assumed the murder was a [...]. This is just an example, though, I'm not looking for a word for that kind of crime. Just a ...
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complimenting “a” by demeaning “b”

I am wondering if there is an individual term or phrase that describes the occurrence of complimenting one thing by directly putting another thing down. An example could be if Abe says "I really ...
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Informal way to say “contrary to popular belief”?

Example: Contrary to popular belief, depression is more about 'hows' than 'whys'. And sometimes we even use logic to try to justify it. I think contrary to popular belief is too formal. Is ...
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What noun describes the relationship between a container and a containee? [duplicate]

For example, the relationship between two things that overlap is called or is described by their "overlap" or "intersection". What word or words might have the same role in describing the ...
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Word to describe something of something of something

What is a word for recursion/nesting of an entity in English ? I'm looking for a word that replaces the colloquially used -ception suffix. A generic term that encapsulates all nested attributes. For ...
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Need polite phrases expressing disagreement with the information/conclusions of another person, especially an educator [closed]

My classmate told me I should always say, "With all due respect," or "I politely disagree," when disagreeing someone - especially an educator - in order to avoid being perceived as rude. For example: ...
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Is there a word or phrase for “studying word by word very deeply”

Let's say someone is studying a Biology book, but the technique is a bit different than usual. Not only memorizing many words on the book, but also always searching scientific article related to ...
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What's the word or phrase to describe this behaviour?

I watched an online video. Unexpectedly, I've same experience that my friend said exactly with this last bolded sentence in the video's conversation. Stranger: Which train do I have to take to get ...
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Word or phrase for “people who fake niceness temporarily to get benefits” [duplicate]

What is a word or phrase for "people who fake niceness temporarily to get benefits"?
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Word for falling in love with dead person after seeing their picture [closed]

Suppose someone falls in love with someone who's dead, by seeing his picture or by hearing about him. What would this person or situation would be called?
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What do you call a person who believes technology is a panacea?

When Someone: Strongly believes that technology can address (nearly) all issues facing humanity, possibly to the exclusion of other means. Exclusively or predominately Favors/promotes technological ...
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Word or words to encompass TV and Books

I would like to create a tag on my blog for when I post about TV shows and books. Word+Film comes to mind, but I would prefer to make it more about TV shows rather than film. Or TV in general. Thanks ...
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Words to describe a person who frequently asks questions even though they know the answer

I have an annoying friend that he frequently asks me questions in which he'll be the one to answer at the end if I can't answer his questions. Here the situation goes: Friend: Hey Jay, do you ...
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What is a word that describes a perfectionist that only judges their own work?

That person doesn't need to do everything perfect but only specifically focused on the things they're talented in. Also that person doesn't care what others think of their standard or judge another ...
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Express the idea: the combined effect of A and B on P [closed]

Changing the factor A has an effect on the phenomenon P. Changing the factor B also has an effect on the phenomenon P. The effect of changing both factors simultaneously is different from what one ...
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Looking for a word to describe a very specific feeling of realised expectation

Is there a word for the feeling you get when you didn't notice you expected something to happen but then when the event occurs you have that moment of realisation or understanding where you recognise ...
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What term describes the feeling of routine sacrifice or loss of opportunity due to a conflicting obligation?

I am in need of a term for the feeling or condition of having to give up some life experience or opportunity due to a conflicting obligation, especially in cases of routine sacrifice of that which is ...
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What is the name of the disease when a person can see animals or humans that are not present?

I'm looking for answers other than Schizophrenia or Charles Bonnet syndrome. explanatory note: Growing up as a child, I could see certain different cats in my window that would even move ...
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a more formal way of saying 'ticked all the boxes'

Example: someone is on the verge of retiring, and you compliment them by saying 'you shall retire with your head held high, for you have ticked all boxes'
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Is ‘return good’ an idiomatic response?

Can I reply to someone's ‘Thank you’ with ‘return good’? For example: A: Thank you for all your advice and guidance. B: You're welcome, I hope it will return good on you.
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Word for describing something that causes seizures?

Is there a word or phrase that describes an object that would cause an epileptic seizure? In a similar way that something that causes an allergy attack is an allergen For example, the flashing ...
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equivalent to 'from the page 100'

We use the phrase 'from the page 100'. It means like from the end, without any details and say the most important thing straight away. It is not like 'I'll cut to the chase' or 'in short' or 'make a ...
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Is there a phrase that means treat someone dismissively

A financial planner treated us in a dismissive fashion and I want to say that he "gave us the back of his hand" but that phrase doesn't seem to have the meaning of dismissive. Does it or is there a ...
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The English equivalent of the Arabic: “Something is innocent of you”

It is used when someone claims to be something, and the other person nullifies his claim. It's like saying they are a liar and that particular thing doesn't have anything to do with him or her. ...
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An arabic phrase 'not doing something to a person's likings, deficient' equivalent?

The phrase in arabic is 'مقصر في شيء', it literally means 'deficient in something'. So for example, if a wife said it about her husband, it would mean that he's doing some of what is asked and ...
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Unsure about a spoken word

https://www.dropbox.com/s/506txfpwodov9fp/untitled.wma?dl=0 Can a native speaker help me with this soundbyte? I think the word I'm looking for is 'wanted' but all I hear is 'wonted'. The accent ...
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Can I use “short of being exhaustive” in this case?

I'm making a list and want the reader to know that this list is not complete, that it is only a part of a larger list... Is it correct to say "this list is short of being exhaustive" in this case? Is ...
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Word for a certain type of “quiet agreement”

I'm looking for a word which means a particular kind of feeling, of "quiet agreement". Not being a poet, this feeling is difficult to describe in general. But I can give an example where this has ...
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Is this a correct phrase? Does it feel friendly?

I am working in Sweden right now, and a suggestion has come up to use a global tagline for a project. It's to get everyone talking in a long term discussion about company culture and teamwork, etc. ...
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Word for a result/achievement so exceptional that it is impossible?

I am looking for a word or phrase regarding something that is "impossible". I can't seem to put my finger on it, but I am trying to think of the word to describe something that is the top of the top, ...
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A Better Phrase for “On Hold” in the context of Stack Exchange [closed]

I thought about the appropriate location for this question before posting, and I came to the conclusion that it is, at its root, a problem of diction and rhetoric... We would, certainly, like to ...
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Phrase indicating recruiters should not offer services in response to a job opening

In Dutch, there's a specific phrase / idiom you can use when posting a job opening to indicate that it's not appreciated if recruitment agencies offer to find a candidate for you ("Acquisitie naar ...
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Connective phrase between a negative and a positive result

Research papers in computer science often contain both positive and negative results. A positive result is, usually, an algorithm that solves a certain problem. A negative result is a proof that an ...
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Word for “helping work”

Example: Speaker A: You got a new babysitting job? Speaker B: No, it's just a [...]. No payment. Speaker B is just going to do a "helping work", say, taking care of a friend's cat while the ...
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How to call the first 20 banks of some rating

If we consider banks that are in the first 20 of a rating, what do we call these banks in short? I suppose we can call them "TOP-20 banks". I need this phrase in the sentence. The assets of ...