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Word for someone who can't keep up with the times?

Is there a word that means roughly 'someone who refuses to accept change and insists that things should be done in the old established way'? I'm looking for something like behind the times or has ...
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A generic word for any 'specialized genre'

Is there one? For example, "Bill was a hipster who only enjoyed [very strange and specialized genres of] music".
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What is a word for what gladiators do?

I was writing a story about gladiators and wanted a word to describe what gladiators do (besides fighting), as in the phrase "X isn't just...". Arena fighting sounds too long and gladiation, which was ...
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What would be the best terminology for these plans? [on hold]

We have three plans for our website, currently named: "Pro", "Premium", and "Platinum" Pro is the basic. Premium is for professionals. Platinum is for industry (companies, and such). However, my ...
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Subtrahendum/Subtrahenda

We are familiar with addendum (and addenda), which we take directly from Latin to mean "something (or things) added" This is used especially in regard to written work such as books. Today I was ...
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What do you call someone who misses someone?

What would you call a person who misses someone dearly? Perhaps also a person who's life was changed by that person?
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A word to describe a London projects dweller

Actually, I think I would also love to know the proper British English word for the type of housing that's called 'projects' in US (slums?), but it's a secondary question after all =). The main ...
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Is there a word for an idea similar to negative evidence?

My question will best be summed up by this phenomenon. A few thousand years ago, all Jews believed that the tablets containing the ten commandments were square, there was no debate regarding their ...
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Word for a non-subscript symbol

Is there a word in English that refers to the symbol that has another symbol associated with it as a subscript, superscript, leftscript or rightscript? For example (lacking Latex here), if I have the ...
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Is there a word or expression to describe a desperate act of “trying to be different”?

In the introduction of my paper/letter to a scientific journal, I would like to describe that, in a particular area of research, there are a lot of new methods presented during the last years, that ...
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Single Word Request for Orders “Sent Off” to Another Company for Processing

I am looking for a word to use in an order management application to name orders which have been "sent off" to a second company and are awaiting shipment. We use "PROCESSED" on our end for this. I ...
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What is a good antonym for “redundant” (engineering)?

What is a good antonym for redundant? The definition I am looking to find an antonym for is: Source: Dictionary.com Redundant adjective Engineering. ... d. (of a ...
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What is the scientific term for a habit of doing something without realizing it until someone points it out to you?

For example, when I'm really concentrating on something I'll start chewing on my tongue and will rarely even realize I've started doing this unless someone asks me what the heck I'm doing. I vaguely ...
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What do you call someone who dresses strangely or extravagantly?

Someone who, in normal settings, dresses like this: (Without falling in the category of a transsexual or a cross-dresser.) Example sentence: S/he wears _______ clothes and costumes all the ...
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What's the term for this event? [on hold]

What's the term/word for a situation when people give something that they need or give other people help when they actually need help. Or when people ask for help to other people who actually need ...
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Word for “bizarre incident”?

I checked Thesaurus for incident, but the synonyms are "milder" version of the word. Is there one that has the connotation of being bizarre? (e.g. a pet hangs itself on a tree). After hearing ...
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Sight is to Visualisation as Sound is to?

Unsure that the word exists, given our preference for sight to convey abstract information rather than sound, but I was hoping one of you might know?
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Qualitative Measurement

If a measurement is a quantitative observation, then what is the word for a qualitative observation? Measurement: 1 cup X: smells old
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Another word for “manufactured” with regards to argumentative statements

which on the surface look genuine and possibly discovered but are in fact architected in some way to support a pre-existing position. there is the element of deception, intentional or otherwise I'm ...
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What is the name of a group of foods that are not cuisine, cooking technique or ingredient specific?

What would the name for a list of foods that are not specific to cuisine, cooking technique or ingredient? This is a question about how to precisely categorize foods using plain English. A curry is ...
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Alternative word for “statistics”?

Statistics seems to mean both numerical records (e.g. "baseball statistics"), and also the analysis of that data (e.g. average, ANOVA, confidence intervals, etc.) In my work at the moment, I need to ...
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Word for politicians and judges

Is there a word to describe a group of politicians and judges? The best I came up with is "public figures" which is both too wide (there are lots of public figures which are not politicians or judges) ...
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A Single Word for “Secretly watching your crush”

What is it called, if someone watches their crush from behind without the crush knowing? I often watch movies in which a guy looks at a girl he likes, happily watching her for some time and ...
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Another way of saying 'Physically, mentally, psychologically, spiritually(maybe?)'

Is there Another way of saying 'Physically, mentally, psychologically, spiritually(maybe?)' So instead of saying Drugs are bad 'Physically, mentally, psychologically... is there a nice phrase ...
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1answer
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Word that describes people who will never date [on hold]

I'm looking for a word that describes two people who will never date
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Word/phrase for 'we're all people' - when we aren't

I'm writing a novel that has two sentient species: humans and dragons. Both are equally intelligent. The dragons do not think this way, but consider the humans to be beneath them. At one point during ...
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Small person who takes on a powerful task or job

What is an English term for a small person who takes on a powerful task or job to feel bigger? When I say "small", I'm not referring to physical size, but to pettiness and feelings of powerlessness.
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The word for a place no one has visited before? [on hold]

What is the word for a place where no one has visited or at least only a few people have visited before?
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Word for “not trying one's best” or “appearance of little effort”?

I will provide definitions for which I can't think of the word: as though not trying one's best having the appearance of little effort The word is used to describe something that you look at and ...
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What is a person living in a hostel called?

I have heard some people say the word hostelite or hostelide but just not sure if they are proper words. P.S. I couldn't find it in any dictionary when I googled. Hosteler might be the closest. But I ...
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Word for something that showcases all the idiosyncrasies of its time

I can't remember a word which means something (a film or piece of art or anything) which showcases all the idiosyncrasies of that time. We watched a 1960's film about our company and everything in it ...
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Is it common to use the word “numb” to describe the after effect of being hit on the head?

Example: The bat hit me so hard it numbed me. The reason I ask is because I only get three results on Google. Is it common to use numb in a case like this (feeling dizzy after being hit with ...
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Is there a word for wearing distinctive jewels, clothes, makeup, hairstyle?

I am looking for an English word describing wearing of jewelry, distinctive clothing, using makeup or a specific hairstyle (e.g. Roman or Egyptian culture). I don't know if there is a generic word ...
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Colloquial English word for: a “Remote control”

What is the most popular word used for calling: "Remote control" in British families? How do the people call it? How the children call it? Thanks!
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word or job title to describe someone who seeks/finds finanical opportunities

I'm looking for a word or job title that describes someone who watches for opportunities or someone who sifts through information to find opportunities to advance their financial position. If it's a ...
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What word could you use for seeing a picture then seeing the real thing later?

I have been searching everywhere for a verb that means seeing a picture of something then seeing the real thing later.
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What is an appropriate term for being habitually put down by criticism?

When people you encounter tell you that No, you will never be successful. You suck at everything. You're a failure to society. etc. And you are terrified of the fact that they may be right, ...
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Word for an organization formed from a collapsed one?

I was looking for a word that could be used in the context of "(organization 1) and its __________ organization, (organization 2)" that means 'created by members of the first organization with similar ...
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A person who studies random things? [on hold]

What is the title of a person that studies random stuff? or a bit of everything? For example, A geologist studies the earth. A _____ studies random stuff.
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Is there a word for someone who is very friendly but only on a very shallow level?

It's not being a sycophant, because he doesn't want any favors from you. It's just all small talk. I would like to know the best word to describe this behavior or this person?
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I need one word that describes something as both (1) necessary/essential and (2) not sufficient/non-comprehensive/lacking

I need one word that could roughly describe or imply something as both (1) necessary/essential/fundamental/foundational and (2) not sufficient/non-comprehensive/lacking/in need/primitive The word ...
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Name of phobia of compromised account security

What would, if any, be the name of the phobia of a person who lives in constant fear of others breaking into their accounts / misusing their personal information? I've found some slightly related ...
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A single word for “hurting of one's pride”

A little anecdote to illustrate my question: Say I've been an aspiring poet all my life but I've never dared to tell anyone. Then the local TV station has an anonymous poetry contest. Since I've by ...
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What is a word which describes the expierence one has in traffic, not just as a driver? [on hold]

I am trying to infer what is the correct one singe word which explains the process of being in a transportation vehicle (as a driver or not), moving with it from one place to another. The words that ...
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A word for forward/backward movement

I've come to understand that lateral and sideways can be used when moving a forward-facing object from one side to another (and eventually back again). Is there a common word for forward and ...
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One word for a person who is chasing a hopeless cause

What do you call a person who is chasing a hopeless or lost cause?
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Cloying, but in a good way

My wife was practicing a tune ("Rose Cottage") on her flute, and I was trying to think of a term to describe it. "Cloying" came to mind, but, double-checking the definition, I see that it means not ...
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What is a thing called that takes measurements?

A measurer? Doesn't pronounce well A sensor? Doesn't work because there's a simple counterexample that a ruler takes measurements without being a sensor Specifically, I'm looking for a word that can ...
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Synonym for Crowdsourcing

Describing that we (as systems' owners) can leverage users' capabilities to do something useful unpaid, what's the best word/expression for? I'm looking for something rather than Crowdsourcing.
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Synynom for “Plug-and-Play”

I'm writing a companion document to a spreadsheet my company provides to clients. The spreadsheet consists of columns that correlate to the database, and, therefore, cannot be changed, added to, or ...