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In a photography context, what is the opposite of a keeper?

If I take a sequence of photos and decide that one of them is the best of the bunch, I might call it a keeper. What would the others be called? I'm looking for something slightly less harsh and ...
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Word that means “repulsed by self”

I am looking for one word that expresses being disgusted by your own thoughts, or repulsed by your subconscious, anything like that. I'm not looking for words that mean repulsed by your body or having ...
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angst [sic?] about “angst”

It seems I can't use "angst" anymore to refer to unspecified "philosophical anxiety about the world or personal freedom." (definition by Wordnet). In a discussion with a friend - let's call him Abe - ...
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Best word for a task or deed completed without or before one realizes he/she has even endeavored to do it?

What word best describes the experience of starting something, and ending up, before you know it, far deeper into it than you had ever intended, or far more embroiled, involved, or even having ...
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A verb to combine “to prove” and “to disprove”

Suppose there is proposition p, and the sentence is: [1] That [whatever it is] neither proves nor disproves p. [In a sense, it is irrelevant.] Can I state it in one verb, like: That does not ...
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Word for to learn more, expand knowledge, etc

Is there a single word in English the fits the meaning of: To learn more about a subject through reading, discussing, etc. Here's some context: this is an abstract of the full article. For those who ...
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Woody and Tinny Words

I watched this Monty Python about describing words: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gwXJsWHupg The characters give words different descriptions such as "woody" (gone, vacuum, caribou) or "tinny" ...
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Lookin for a word meaning “The things one brings to a meeting”

Is there a expression meaning "The things one brings to a meeting/event"? I need it as a fieldname for a table, therefore it has to be as short as possible. Thank you in advance
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Is there an adverb meaning “now, but not in the past”?

“Still” means “in the past and now”: “It is still raining.” Is there an English adverb meaning “now, but not in the past”?
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What's a term for “useless numbers or data”?

I'm looking for a single word or short phrase that can describe any numbers or statistics that have very little practical value, and are useful only to the extent of "hey look, a number!" Here's an ...
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Sleeping Issues

Many a time while travelling, I fall asleep and then my head starts falling. I immediately wake up with this but then go back to sleep again, and this keeps repeating. What is this known as, ...
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Is there any word for person who moves frequently between two extremes in everything

Is there any word for person who moves frequently between two extremes in everything, for example say sometimeshe eats much and sometimes very less , sometimes talk much and sometimes keep quiet like ...
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Word Request: A word that would describe how seconds (or other unit) relate to minutes (or other unit)

For example, if I had the sentence: A minutes ______ are seconds. What word would work here? It would also fit in the sentences below. A byte's _____ are bits. A byte is split up by eight ______ ...
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The state of being a vagabond

I'm looking for an English word that describes the state of being a vagabond, and can be used in a sentence like this: "My only goal is vagabond-age" (to coin a word). More details: I'm trying ...
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which adjective should i use for family of someone

I want to write a happy new year letter for someone(not very close, business partner) what adjective should i use in regard to his family for example : Dear Family , respectful family , beloved family ...
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Word to describe “legal ability to advertise”

I'm looking for a single word that describes a "legal ability to advertise" ("... to publish" and "... to communicate" are viable options too). I would like to use it in the following sentence: ...
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What's the term for not specifying race or gender when it is the majority?

In one of my English literature courses, my professor talked about how minority writers are often "marked" by a qualifier, while majority writers are unmarked. For example, Langston Hughes is often ...
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Term for how long employees stay within a company

What is the term to describe how long a given employee remains at a company? For instance, if I wanted to use it in a sentence: The ______ of Software Engineers in Seattle, WA is about two years. ...
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Verb for adding to inventory

What verb can I use for, for example when a real estate agent goes to a house and adds that real estate to his inventory with noting some specs, address etc.
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The wicked female monster!

According to Online Etymology Dictionary, the "mare" in nightmare means an evil female spirit/monster that affects sleepers during the night. Very interesting. Are there other words in English ...
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Word for Inability to Write

When school's off for more than three or four days, I usually don't write much (I prefer to type at home!) and so when I come back and hold my pen[cil], my fingers refuse to move like they normally ...
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What adjective describes following a clockwise direction?

Or anti-clockwise direction. I want to contrast the difference between the order in which the Japanese say the cardinal directions, compared to the order Western countries say them. They say 'east ...
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What single noun denotes a person who is interested in something?

'Follower', 'disciple' and so on sound too strong. I want to describe a person with a more casual interest in something. Perhaps similar to what 'amateur' used to mean, before it picked up the sense ...
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A word for 'scared' in this context

My cousin is really bad at math. Whenever she looks at a math book, she runs away. She is 'scared' of math. I know this is not the correct word to use. Can someone please give me a word that means ...
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A word for someone who links subjects together?

I'm pretty sure there is an adjective for this. I keep thinking along the lines of 'interdisciplinary' and 'multidisciplinary', but 'multidisciplinary' to me seems to imply being good at many subjects ...
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Is there a word or expression for when someone passionately wants something, and then discovers afterwards that it's different from how he imagined?

Is there a word or expression to describe when someone passionately wants something, eventually gets it, and then discovers that it isn't what he thought it was? For example, suppose that John is a ...
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A word for “look down on” [on hold]

I have a friend who is a teacher but she looks down on her job. She finds it of little value. Is there a single word to describe her feelings for her occupation?
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Word to describe ideology of unfettered belief in rational self-interest

I'm looking for a word that captures the ideology of believing everything can be traced back to rational self-interest. I know that this is a form of weak altruism, and that many ideas of economic ...
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A word for extreme care, attention, dedication towards words or a language

I'm looking for a word or a phrase which suggests the treatment of words or a language with extreme care, attention, and devotion -- like on StackExchange for example. I thought of pamper e.g. words ...
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Opposite of “trendy” without a negative meaning

I am looking for an opposite to the word trendy without giving a meaning that those who adopted the trend are old-fashioned in hindsight. For example, Service Oriented Architecture is the trend as ...
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What do you do when you move under a low barrier?

Do you duck under it, crouch under it, or is there a better term? This lower position is held only for a very brief moment, so you don't duck under it and remain crouched. The focus is on the quick ...
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Climactic act of reaching one's limit and turning to the sky/God/universe for answers

I'm looking for a word to describe the dramatic moment when, after being pushed to the limit, someone drops to their knees and turns to the sky/God/universe. In other words, this is the moment when ...
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A word for weariness after travelling?

Is there a word meaning something along the lines of weary, haggard or generally not at one's best after a long journey? Something like travel-worn, but better? As a compelling motivating example, I ...
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Is there a word for “about to be mentioned”?

I'm curious whether there is a word for it or not. For example: "The problems that will be mentioned are going to be analyzed..." And: "The xxx problems are going to be analyzed".
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Single word for “Young of an animal”

In a conversation today I needed a word for "Young of an animal". Not animal-specific like "puppy" or "kitten". The conversation went like this: Me: 2 kittens to be precise! Person: Kittens are ...
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What's a word or phrase to describe literature that builds upon topics discussed earlier?

If I were teaching a class, how do I say that the topics currently being discussed build upon the topics that were discussed in earlier classes? I'm looking for colloquialisms but if you know about ...
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Term for Bowing at the End of a Play

I'm looking for the best term (or phrase) to describe the act of bowing to the crowd while onstage at the end of a play or performance. I came by the terms "encore" and "curtain call", but I'm not ...
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Is there some institute that can create a word which would mean 'he or she', or indeed any other word? [duplicate]

New words are constantly being invented in science and technology, and after a while people start to use them. Along similar lines, would it not be much less hassle to use an invented word instead of ...
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What is a 'correct' term for Mongoloid features? [closed]

I am not referring here to any illness, which may once have been called Mongoloid. I am referring to the general facial features of people of East Asia, Central Asia, Eastern Russia, and South-East ...
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Word for “the people who lose in a battlefield”?

Example: The dog carcasses were scattered everywhere. They looked like the [...] of a battlefield. The closest word I can think of is "loser" but I think it doesn't quite make it. Any ...
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Is there a literary or scholarly synonym for an 'origin story' or myth?

I am trying to remember a word I learned in high school that meant "a story that explains why something is the way it is." It's not origin story or creation myth, but rather one word probably with a ...
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resemble = look like… ??? = sounds like… ??? = smells like

The verb resemble is typically used to denote similarity in appearance. We can thus replace this verb with "look like." But does English have analogous single-word verbs for "sound like," "smell ...
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What is the word whose meaning is to “oversimplify a complex issue; often incorrectly?” [duplicate]

I can't think of the word and it's been bothering me for some time now. I have attempted to reverse search it, to no avail. If someone could oblige me with the word whose definition means to ...
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Describe an “atom” of conversation [closed]

Loosely speaking, a conversation involves two parties variously exchanging statements/sentences/remarks. I'm looking for a word that describes a single statement-response exchange. Of course, exchange ...
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another way to express readiness for something

I am trying to express the idea that I am ready to begin in a way that is personal and not excessively formal or stilted. I have overused ready to begin something form. Other ways to do so can ...
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Word for a meeting meant to persuade the other person

For instance, someone's intention for meeting a senator could be to convince them to enact some policy. This would be in contrast to an interview where the caller of meeting was looking for ...
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What do you call a full monopoly?

What word or phrase is best used to describe a monopoly in all economies - basically having a monopoly in everything. For example, Company X has a monopoly in Food, Technology, Communication, ...
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A dire-needing country

The cure could find its way in dire-needing USK? (USK is a fictional country) I am looking for a synonym to the word (dire-needing). I am skeptical about it being acceptable to say the least.
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Name for people who cannot pronounce one particular sound

Is there a word in English for the inability to utter a specific sound like the rolled R for instance? In my language, there is a name for people who can only pronounce the uvular/guttural R instead ...
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U.S.A. English and what is a christmas hater called [closed]

What seven lettered word defines a Christmas hater, or what are they called?