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What is the meaning of the usage “will not rate” or “does not rate”? [closed]

This appears to be a common idiom in US military lingo or jargon: "You do not rate such-and-such benefit," or even just, "I will not rate," or "He will not rate." In the first example, it appears to ...
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64 views

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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586 views

Is “Upload from XML” valid in English?

Imagine an example.xml file that contains some data. Then there's a website where you can type or upload this data, so there are a few links such as "Manual Input" or "Upload from XML". Which one of ...
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429 views

Reverse of an Amount and counting

We use this phrase to announce some voting-like results: 1 million and counting This is for something which we expect to increase in the future, but what phrase can we use for something that ...
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2answers
52 views

“Find out about my solutions”

"Come visit me to find out about the solutions" find out about sounds weird to me: what are some synonyms to better express the concept?
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5answers
209 views

Is there a word for the ideas you get while showering?

Is there a word for the ideas you get while showering? Doubtful there's an English word for that, but I'd be open to words from other languages as well.
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286 views

What do you call a reassurance that was given after a person has 'gone too far'?

I recently saw a snack container, where at the bottom - which you would see after eating the contents of the container - there was a label that read "contains no pig fat". This label / warning was ...
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1answer
102 views

Term for distinctive wasp flight pattern

Many wasps have a characteristic way of flying back and forth while approaching the opening to their nest (see for example the intro paragraph in this Wikipedia article on yellow jackets). Is there a ...
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6answers
122 views

A word or term for a physical type of a prize?

Is there any phrase with the word "prize" that would describe that the prize is a material one? I.e. you would get some kind of a product or thing, not money.
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7answers
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What do you call a circular paved protuberance added to a paved street?

I used to own a house located in a modern suburban street with a circular protuberance, a circular paved (tarred) surface appended to the paved street it was part of. Four houses with their gardens ...
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3answers
336 views

What is the word for two-part phrases where the second (or first) half drops off?

I remember some time ago learning a word for phrases where, over time, people forget the second (or first) half. So for example, the phrase "When in Rome, do as the Romans do" is often shortened to ...
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1answer
237 views

Am I misusing didactic and tridactic? [closed]

I have often used tridactic to mean the process of the brain in hearing pomme, translating it to apple, and ultimately to the understanding of "apple." Didactic I used loosely in conjunction with ...
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106 views

Etymology of “typeface Weight”

My boss stated that he noticed the word "weight" is used to refer to the boldness of a character, and stated that he felt this was a new occurrence. My gut feeling is that this is an old term, ...
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2answers
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Is there a term for a married couple who have the same christian and surname?

My wife and I share the abbreviated form of our name - Alex derived from Alexandra and Alexander respectively. As we are married, we have the same christian and surname when used in the short form. ...
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1answer
251 views

What do you call a statement like “How to perform a change of ownership” [closed]

What do you call a statement similar to the following? "How to perform a change of ownership" I wish to request user input by asking a question such as: "Please enter your title in the ...
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2answers
460 views

You are standing into danger

On lists of nautical flag meanings (one and another), the letter U means you are standing into danger. I am familiar with the phrase from a sailing point of view - it means something like "if you keep ...
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2answers
102 views

Content Performance [closed]

What is a right word to describe Content/Performance? It is about best and effective content that form a complete artefact. The example text as below: 5.4.1 Content/Performance This is about a ...
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1answer
73 views

Wondering if there is a word for “Incompletely defined”? [closed]

No big deal if there does not exist such a word, but I was wondering.
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206 views

When was the word “scroll” first used as a verb?

We all know that a scroll is a roll of parchment used in ancient times. A scroll can be rolled up or down, and that must have been the metaphor the creator of the computer-term "scroll" had in mind. ...
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77 views

Is there a name for a “when you do something, …” phrase? [closed]

As in the title, is there a name for a phrase beginning "when something happens..." or "when someone does something...", and if so, what is it?
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8answers
634 views

Is there a name/term for phrasing something such that to disagree implicates yourself?

For example: Now available in all good stores. . . where to not agree to stock an item suggests that your store is not good, or: All rational people agree that. . . where to refuse to ...
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2answers
292 views

Deconstruction of the phrase “some variety of” to refer to a single type or class of object

In informal English, I often see the phrase "some variety of" referring to a singular classification of a particular object of a sentence. For example: That appears to be some variety of plant. ...
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4answers
158 views

“Listen to them not”

One of my favorite movies is Hocus Pocus with Bette Midler. One of the lines in the movie is "Listen to them not!" Said by one of the townsfolk in the beginning when they were being hanged. Is this ...
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44 views

Unitasker words like “crossbones”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a term for words that have a single meaning or are only used in a single context? I don't think I've ever heard the word "crossbones" outside of the phrase ...
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2answers
279 views

Looking for two words

I'm searching for two words or expressions. The first word or expression means a situation in which there are too many items displayed on the screen, so that they cause a burden on the user and ...
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3answers
423 views

Is there a term for French words adopted by the English language, such as “hors d'oeuvres” or “objet d'art”

I would call them "Frenchisms" or some such -ism, but I figured I'd at least ask first. So is there a name for such adopted foreign phrases? Also, how about those adopted from languages other than ...
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1answer
89 views

Is there a proper way to refer to the “source” and “destination” of a phrase used in communication?

The terms topic or subject can be used to describe what a sentence refers to. What are the proper terms for the "source" (the person who is speaking or writing) and "destination" (the person who is ...
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8answers
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What does “I know, right?” mean?

Not only is my seventh grader using this phrase, but her teachers are as well. I suppose it means I totally agree with you and you totally agree with me but it sounds like there is a subtle Is that ...