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What would be the word used to name a person who is a professional video sharer?

I have been wondering recently, mainly because of my recent site proposal on Area 51 named "YouTubers", what the word to name a professional video sharer is. For YouTube it would be "YouTuber". If I ...
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What adjective to describe this moral idea is “better, higher” than that idea?

In the story I am writing, a villain says that his "moral solution/idea" is "better, grander, more shining, more moral" than anything in the world. What word or phrase could I use to describe that ...
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What do you call the home in which you grew up and spent most of your childhood: father home, mother home or what? [duplicate]

Your native country is your "motherland"/ "fatherland", the land of your ancestors is your "fatherland" and your first language is your "mother tongue". What do you call the home in which you grew ...
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My coworker and I were trying to solve a problem — we both tried two different things at once that only worked because of the other's attempt

Each solution to the problem we were trying to solve would have independently failed. We were each trying many different solutions at the same time. We each happened to try a solution that worked, but ...
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How should I say an action or an institution is still needed and available?

I am looking for a good word or short phrase to communicate the fact that an action or an institution is needed, available, in common practice, meaningful, useful, and implemented. It should have ...
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To be a reference in a skill/topic

I am struggling on how to say when someone is an expert on a certain topic or skill. Because it is not exactly the meaning I intend to give. What I really want to say is like: "When you want to know ...
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Word for “other-sense”

Is there a word for the ability to sense something someone else is feeling? Kind of like the opposite of autism?
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Is there a term|phrase for a grading assessment that counts the best m of n?

I'm assigning weights to different course assessments. Assessment Weight ============================ ====== Assignments (best 5 of 8) 50% Mid-term exam 20%...
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Word for something needing maintenance

I need a word for an item in a game which is not actually damaged but needs maintenance or servicing (preemptively replacing worn parts ...), like they do on airliners after every so many hours of ...
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Another word for “tricked”, but NOT in a negative context

The sentence I am trying to use this in: Hopefully, having understood the terms above will have also tricked you into a better understanding of [irrelevant and arbitrary complex subject]" The ...
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Idiom for being forced to dig your own grave?

Suppose that a team of people is laid off but is asked to temporarily stay to train their replacements. Is there any idiom that would describe people in such a conflicting situation? "Digging their ...
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Concise phrase or term to express “There are no plans to address or implement this suggestion”

For an online issue tracker of a programming language, which takes community suggestions, I need a one to three word 'label' to mark suggestions and proposals which the core design and development ...
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“You are set up” or “you are setup” [closed]

“you are set up” or “you are setup” Which of these forms is correct in the sense of “you (or your account) is ready” ?
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What is single word or phrase/idiom for “someone speaks alot but works very-very slow” [duplicate]

What is single word or phrase/idiom for "someone speaks a lot but works very very slow" for example.... someone said/planned he would do 100 task but actually finished less than 10 task
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What is a less vulgar, but informal phrase for “talk a lot of s***”? [closed]

For some reason the phrase "talk a lot of stick" is coming into my mind when I think of a person who talks a lot of shit, but I couldn't find anything when I Googled it. Is there any phrase which ...
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What's a word for someone with low level of knowledge in an area, and no intention of going further?

Over on Photography Stack Exchange, people often describe themselves as "beginners" or "newbies". Nothing at all wrong with that — in fact, it's great. Both of these terms have the implication of ...
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What is a phrase or word for 'not logged in' state?

On a website, if you log in, you're in a logged in state, if you then log out, you are in a logged out state. What do you call the state before you have ever logged in to a site? Is it correct to ...
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What to say if you understood someone after he or she gave more explanations?

Yesterday one of my clients asked me a question and I replied his email but today he again repeated his request and I understood that yesterday I've got it wrong. Therefore I now need to assure him ...
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Looking for a word or phrase for realizing a failure only after a long time

There is a kind of situation that seems to occur somewhat commonly, that goes something like: Figure out some way to handle a particular situation do it regularly, and make a habit of it, as it ...
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When you're angry at a situation but there is no action you can take

In a situation where you are so angry at something, but there is nothing you're able to do, and you quiver/shake, what is the word or phrase I'm looking for. An example would be if a group of people ...
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Is there a “left-right” counterpart to “upside down”, “inside-out” and “front to back”?

(Source: Merriam-Webster) Inside out in such a manner that the inner surface becomes the outer - turned the shirt inside out Upside down in such a way that the upper and the lower parts are ...
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Word or phrase for wanting someone to fail, but only for the lesson it will bring

I am looking for a word or phrase for wanting someone to fail, but only to teach them a lesson. It's not easy to explain. For example, when you tell a child, "Don't run down the hill or you will fall,...
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Communicate a *feeling* of impossibility

I need a word or phrase that communicates the feeling of impossibility without communicating a literal impossibility. Example: Due to the incessant noise sleep was impossible It is not truly ...
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What's a word that describes many individuals working together to form a whole?

For example, there's a massive group of fish that all move as one. What would you call the whole group of fish? Or as a better example, a brain is made of trillions of neurons working in concert. ...
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Is there a word/phrase for “reliable in the long run”

Was wondering if a word or phrase that would fit in the following context: Global warming is an increasing threat to us today and forest conservation is the reliable in the long run way to combat ...
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“Tell me which is your favourite one” or “Tell me which your favourite one is”? [closed]

in a situation where I'm showing three pictures to someone, what is grammatically correct to say (and with what difference in meaning)? Tell me which is your favourite one. or Tell me which your ...
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Term or Phrase for evidence converging or overlapping on one possibility?

I'm trying to find a term or phrase that will be widely understood to refer to a range of evidence and possibilities when all put together pointing to one or a few specific options. Imagine twenty ...
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Relationship Questions

What is it called when you're living with your boyfriend/girlfriend but you are not married yet? What is it called when a couple decides they don't want to get married but plays the role of a married ...
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What is the equivalent of Persian idiom “When the reed blooms”?

In Persian, we say "When the reed blooms" when we want to express that an event: Never happens. (This is only the opinion of the speaker so it's not a fact) It's very unlikely to happen. It's going ...
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Is there a term for when an illness itself prevents the patient from obtaining a cure?

A challenge to curing patients is that sometimes the illness itself prevents a patient from taking a cure. Some examples: Depression - lack of motivation and negative thinking prevent the patient ...
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Looking for a word to describe ineffectual people who would like to be effective

I need to create names for four categories of people - people who score either high or low on measures of environmental concern and pro-environmental behaviour. I have three sorted so far: High ...
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To win by a lot

The Football players were magnanimous enough to compliment their opponents, even though they won _______. Is there a word or phrase that falls along the lines of "windfall", or shows that the ...
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A phrase for selecting multiple options with mouse button down

In a desktop application or a website we may have a UI element called multiple select. The user may select multiple options by holding the mouse button down, like so: Is there a word or a phrase ...
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Word or Phrase for someone who pushes others to their full potential

I'm looking for a positive word/phrase, preferably something in common usage, that can be used to compliment someone (a professor in this instance) who pushes others (students) to achieve their full ...
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What is it called when you end up preparing for something and then it doesn't happen because you prepared?

For example, if you bring your umbrella with you 6/7 days of the week, and it does not rain - and then on the 7th day, you end up not bringing it with you, and it rains because you did not have your ...
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What do you call a minor flaw in a work that makes you realize how perfect/flawless it is otherwise?

For example, I was listening to an audio book the other day and the author mispronounced a word which got the audience laughing. Until that point, I didn't even know that there was an audience and ...
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Saying for “don't talk about things you don't understand”

Is there a (relatively) common phrase, preferably using a metaphor, which means one should not talk about things one does not really understand? I have the impression of some such phrase floating ...
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Phrase for inventory movement [closed]

I'm looking for a phrase that describes the in-and-outs (purchase and sale) of inventory items, kind of like an account statement for bank accounts. Some phrases that I thought about are 'inventory ...
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A non-geographically connotated phrase to express “too localized”

Background (may be skipped): Over on Crypto.SE we're currently reforming our custom close reasons and as a result of this, we want to create a close reason that captures both "request to analyze a ...
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Using -rich suffix

I have to following example phrase: A movie, rich with effects Now I'd like transform it using the "-rich" suffix: Effect-rich movie At first, does such phrase sound natural? If no, is ...
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Colloquial term for a scam business

There are many disreputable businesses that operate on the idea that you pay them for the privilege of trying to sell their product(s). Is there a common term for this kind of scam; one that could be ...
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Phrase to describe the state of horror/fear within a country

I am writing a paper on terrorism throughout social media, yet I cannot find a way to phrase the state of horror within a country. My sentence is as follows, "Terrorist attacks are detrimental to ...
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Common name for rear and front [duplicate]

A car has two sides, left side and right side. Is there a similar term that can be used for rear and front together, if I'm not particularly interested which one is talked about?
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What is the word for always YES (100%) or always NO (0%), never in-between

For example: 1) In statistics, this attribute will always either be 0% or 100%, never in-between. 2) The boundary is either safe or destroyed, because there is never a state where it is only '...
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If I'm a sophomore in high school, what Year would I be? [closed]

I'm trying to sign up for UCAS, but I don't know what to put for the Year (Year One, Year Two, all through to "Post 19".) What do you call the years for high school students?
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What do you call the second chunk of an address?

Say I have an address like: 123 Main St., Bldg. #456 Schenectady, NY, 12345 I know the chunk I put on first line is called the "Street Address", but what is the chunk I put on the second line ...
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Word/term for tutorial materials

We're working on some type of e-learning system in which users will be provided with tutorials and exercises. To title the tutorial materials, I was looking for an appropriate term/word but I could ...
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Xylophone-like, piano-like, and violin-like

Is there a word or expression for a musical instrument which, like a xylophone or a set of bells, has set pitches (fixed frequencies) that no one can change or adjust (except by some extraordinary ...
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Which english phrase means to work very hard for a short time, and then coast on the results? [closed]

There is a two-word or three-word English phrase, whose third word may be "coast", that means a style of work / living in which one works very hard and then lives off the efforts of the work for a ...