This tag is for questions seeking a phrase that fits a meaning. If you're specifically seeking only a single word, see the "single word requests" tag too.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

3
votes
1answer
55 views

What do you call the tendency to oversimplify an issue?

I have noticed that there is a tendency in many people, and certainly in groups as a whole, to avoid, ignore, or trivialize complex and difficult issues by placing focus on issues that are similar and ...
1
vote
1answer
52 views

What is the word or phrase for doing a Ponzi scheme by accident?

A Ponzi scheme is a fraudster uses money from new investors to pay old investors, so that it looks like he is doing something profitable. At some point, when all the investors want their money, he ...
1
vote
1answer
64 views

Variant of the phrase “broad brush strokes”

I'm looking for a phrase that captures the idea that one is dividing material up crudely. The context is a claim that in discussing a certain issue, we only need to make rather crude divisions (or ...
0
votes
1answer
99 views

English equivalent of Polish saying “Uncle replaced hatchet with stick”

Consider another nice Polish saying "Zamienił stryjek siekierkę na kijek" that literally means "Uncle replaced hatchet with stick" but I managed to form it into a little rhyme just like in Polish (I ...
0
votes
1answer
90 views

Word or phrase to describe increasing periods between attempting the same operation

I'm looking for a term (single word or phrase) that describes the trick in software development to (typically exponentially) increase time between successive attempts to do an action on a server, for ...
0
votes
1answer
56 views

Membership equivalent of “if and only if”

Is there a phrase similar to "if and only if" for quantities? Something equivalent to this: "This procedure will generate one of these, and only one of these."
1
vote
0answers
18 views

Sound of a dinosaur's Syrinx

I recently watched the old Jurassic park movies where there were certain scenes where when the dinosaurs (velociraptors ?? Some people don't believe that) are hunting the humans and in the thrill of ...
1
vote
0answers
39 views

What's an expression for “it doesn't matter where you start so long as you end up in the same place”?

Is there an expression for "it doesn't matter where you start so long as you end up in the same place"? The specific context I wish to use this in is in education: saying that it ultimately doesn't ...
1
vote
0answers
40 views

The tendency to try to find the answer to questions in one's own mind

What is the tendency of humans to try to find in their own minds the answer to questions they do not know the answer to, called? The tendency that fuels belief in conspiracy theories, and as some ...
1
vote
0answers
28 views

How to communicate two elements of different syntactic/semantic type in the same sentence?

I have the following sentence, NAME is a community that helps each other code better by rating each other's efforts and helps managers pair with other fellow developers I was suggested by the ...
1
vote
0answers
40 views

How to reformulate 'honor the data'

I have written sentence like this The resulting property models from cooperative inversion honor the geophysical data My Professor wants me to reformulate the sentence, in particular he raised a ...
1
vote
0answers
37 views

so-and-so/such-and-such term used with countries and places

I'm trying to find a nice place holder to express 'X country' or 'country X', like 'when telling people that you are from country X...'. The first idea that came into mind was so-and-so: wiktionary: ...
1
vote
0answers
142 views

Concise Way to Say “Small Tasks can be as Important as Big Tasks”

I need a concise way to explain this idea: Doing the small and easy tasks can be as noble (or more worthwhile) than doing the hard tasks. Examples: 100 people can be more effective by ...
0
votes
0answers
29 views

How to describe “diluted” words, whose meaning has become too ambiguous

How to concisely and accurately describe the effect many words (usually adjectives/adverbs) are suffering from, where: they have a clear primary meaning but end up being used merely for emphasis, or ...
0
votes
0answers
43 views

Phrase or word for doing something as a learning experience before doing it for real?

If I want to say 'I regard my first year for this bachelor degree as a try out year or a "pre-learning" year before starting again as a first year elsewhere'. What word or phrase would I use for 'try ...
0
votes
0answers
58 views

other ways of saying 'to want something bad enough'

I've been surfing the web looking for an alternative to 'want sth bad enough' but I haven't found anything useful. I've got a dialogue between two characters who are a couple. They're facing ...
0
votes
0answers
21 views

What is the name of the construct [adjective][noun]

Is there a special name for an adjective-noun phrase that denotes a specific type of thing and for which further modifiers cannot be inserted between the two? For example, "emerging technology" ...
0
votes
0answers
45 views

Single word/phase for “if they can do it, why can't I?”

Is there a single word/phrase to describe the personality attribute of "If they can do it, why can't I?" nature. Need this for grounded theory analysis of interviews for my PG. Thanks a lot
0
votes
0answers
46 views

Is there a word for weekend/weekday split?

I am trying to present a bunch of data using a number of time period splits. For instance, I can present the data by: Day of Week (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, ...) Month (January, February, ...
0
votes
0answers
29 views

What's an interesting way to denote “secret sender” — usually of a great gift?

I am starting a website for surprise gift-giving where the name of the sender will not be mentioned and will be open to guessing. The gifts are very dignified, so only loved ones will be sending, ...
0
votes
0answers
16 views

Usage of the verb to provide: a particular sentence

I got stuck on this sentence: "Classes are often written to provide similar functionality to other classes". (Classes are a programming concept, something that, you know, provides funcionalities..) ...
0
votes
0answers
104 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
21 views

Term for a storyline that splits in two

Is there a term for a storyline that splits into two points of view? For example, two characters who travel together split paths and plot unfolds in two different timelines. It can probably be applied ...
0
votes
0answers
42 views

Understandable word for someone with normal vision

In the process of writing a document relating to an accessibility product I mention people who are blind and people who are visually impaired. However I cannot think of a good word with the average ...
0
votes
0answers
40 views

Passive version of “process” (verb)

The context is programming, if you're wondering. It's pretty straightforward to tell a Processor to Process something, but I wonder what you would tell the Processee. Is there some verb that means ...
0
votes
0answers
64 views

what is it called when a sentence includes “she hung her pants up” insead of “she hung up her pants”

the sequence is "she hung her pants up". Shouldn't it be "she hung up her pants"? Is this similar to splitting the infinitive?
0
votes
0answers
68 views

Is there a more accurate way to describe “short vowels” and “long vowels”?

I was taught in primary school about "short vowels" vs "long vowels". Although it is a simplistic way to teach children, it is also inaccurate, because the sounds are different, not just longer and ...
0
votes
0answers
28 views

How to succinctly refer to the elements of a Cartesian product of multiple lists?

I want to say: each element from the Cartesian product of the given lists in less words. Something like each combination of elements from the given lists gets closer, but at the expense of ...
0
votes
0answers
34 views

Contrasting penal substitution, a phrase for co-responsibility for another's actions?

Suppose person A is responsible for the actions of B, but in addition to, not in place of, B's own self-responsibility. This is in contrast to penal substitution where A's atonement can replace B's. ...
0
votes
0answers
50 views

Calling this kind of situation of defeat

I am looking for a phrase to describe a situation where two people are arguing and only one of them is good with words (Let's call him 'A') and the one with limited speaking skills (let's call him 'B')...
0
votes
0answers
40 views

Set phrase for running a repeated con

I'm struggling to bring to mind a phrase which I've heard used to describe a person (or a pair of partners) that has/have practiced a scam or theft they repeat serially, usually in different places or ...
0
votes
0answers
27 views

the name (and examples) for a contrived or misleading record or distinction

What's the name for a record or other distinction (positive or otherwise) that is misleading and/or specious, because it depends on too many conditions? Or seems merely contrived from the existing ...
0
votes
0answers
195 views

How to say that a position is due to start at a certain date

I want to publish a job ad for a position in my company. We need the person that will be accepted to the job to start at a certain date in the future (2 months from now). Writing "This position ...
0
votes
0answers
46 views

What is the name of the phenomenon where speaker A repeats speaker B's wrong word unwittingly?

Bear with me. It's a fun communication pattern and I'm pretty sure it had a name, but school was so many years ago. I just can't seem to recall it, and it's really hard to search for! Speaker A: "...
0
votes
0answers
52 views

Phrase request to indicate research preference

I need some help in framing a sentence (or two). I am applying for a grad school and I am interested in working in one research area. However, I do not want to bring down my chances of admission into ...
0
votes
0answers
266 views

Where or how one comes by phrases like : “'I'm disinclined to acquiesce to your request”?

"I'm disinclined to acquiesce to your request. Means "no"." How do one find more phrases like that? What are such type of phrases called?
0
votes
0answers
48 views

Phrase or word for concept of incorporation of individual preferences into single final product

What phrase or word suggestions come to mind for the concept of selecting a group of individual preferences to be incorporated into the production of a single finished product? For instance, when ...
0
votes
0answers
105 views

Is there a term for “hatred of women” besides misogyny?

The reason I ask is that at least one dictionary definition incorporates two meanings for misogyny: "hatred of women" and "entrenched prejudice against women". I want a term that means "hatred of ...
0
votes
0answers
68 views

On playing with words for naming and titling

I've watched a movie titled "Rain Fall" in which Rain was surname of the main character. The first thing that the title brings into mind is "rainfall". In fact, it's a common way of playing with words ...
0
votes
0answers
151 views

What word/phrase describes replacing an example of something with a description of it?

I am trying to explain this situation. Someone has written an example of a behavior: "When Joe goes to the grocery store he should see that it is closed". I replace this with a description of that ...
0
votes
0answers
102 views

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'
0
votes
0answers
55 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
47 views

Phrase for 'grey literature' in context of data

Grey literature, in a nutshell, are all kinds of publications that - as far as I understand - are not properly published. This includes mainly reports of institutions or companies, or manuals, ...
0
votes
0answers
230 views

What do you call a person who completed prerequisite classes for a master's degree but didn't finish their thesis?

I don't necessarily mean a single word, but a short, precise and neutral-sounding phrase that can be used in a CV. The goal is to signify that the only reason for the lack of the degree is the thesis, ...
0
votes
0answers
783 views

To “close the circle” or not to “close the circle”…?

For my thesis title, I'm thinking of using a phrase that underlines the work I do, which is to bridge the beginning and end of a workflow, to create a perpetual analytical process. To give a bit ...
0
votes
0answers
42 views

“relaxed flying fingers” associated with ergonomic keyboard computer interface?

I want to start an open source software project and call it "relaxed flying fingers". The project is about a better keyboard interface, especially for touch typers (people typing with ten fingers). ...
0
votes
0answers
39 views

How can/should tell a person to not overuse the essays they're using for support?

We have a homework assignment in which we are supposed to critique other people's essays. One person seems to have overused their supporting essays in their rough draft. My question is, what do I say?...
0
votes
0answers
230 views

Formal English - Phrase request

Please help me phrase the sentence below in a more formal manner. "Follow up on Purchase Orders to get the goods on time"
0
votes
0answers
183 views

Quotes on interest for SOP

I am writing SOP for my graduation applications and I am not able to find proper Quotes or idioms to begin my sop. Basically I want to convey that if someone set their goal in life close to their ...
-1
votes
0answers
50 views

'passive' vs 'active' dietary therapy

How do I explain that my questionnaire included range levels of active dietary therapy and passive dietary therapy? is it even correct to say "passive dietary therapy"? if not, how do I say it ...