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Negative word for someone whose voice pitch varies too much? (opposite of monotone)

The closest word I can come up with is "dynamic", but that has positive connotations. I'm looking for a word for someone whose voice is dynamic to the extreme--overly varied intonation. The best I ...
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Is there a word/phrase/idiom to describe the feeling of you facing a dilemma?

I've got "running backward on a cornfield" as an answer on Reddit... there aren't enough usages of it online so I'm not quite sure what it actually means... are there any alternatives?
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Word for numeric value that is not necessarily the result of a measuring process [on hold]

I have the phrase “mechanical properties measurement” and am looking for a good replacement for measurement that would not imply a measuring process, as the "measurement" in question is simply a ...
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A word that means “initially choose”?

Example: "Two things you can't choose in life: your name, and your nicknames." This sentence isn't accurate because you can choose your name; you can change it later. What I wanted to say is ...
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Politer word to refer to a 'cleaner'

Is there a polite way to refer to someone who is responsible for cleaning at work.
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what word describes experiencing something second-hand?

This word has been on my mind a long time, but keeps eluding me. The word, I think it's an adjective, describes experiencing something second-hand. Could be used to describe, for example, gossiping ...
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3answers
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Word meaning 'to reduce its influence' or 'to deal with' in regards to an argument.

I'm writing Point three is actually really interesting, but to[reduce its influence] I'll point out that [counter arguement]. What I'm getting at here, is that I'm not claiming to completely ...
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Word or phrase referring to people who talk with unnecessary styles/gestures

I can't explain this perfectly, but what do you call a girl/boy who talks with unnecessary style, childish whim, and extra gestures (like small kids sometimes do to attract people's attention).
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Word for people living in poverty

Can anyone help me identify a proper word for a person or persons living in poverty? I'm looking for a noun that satisfies the description, which isn't just an adjective turned noun (ex. the poor).
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Single word to describe a person who is difficult to work with [on hold]

Is there a single word to describe someone who is difficult to work with in a work environment. They turn down offers to help but then blame you if things aren't done, try to actively go against what ...
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More fitting alternative for 'air-raid'

I wonder what one would call an alarm that is set off when the impact of a (nuclear) missile is imminent. Air-raid doesn't really fit, for the bombardement is not carried out by planes but rather by ...
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2answers
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Hypernym for “audio podcast”, “radio drama”, and “audiobook”

I'm setting up my media library to contain music, movies, shows, audio podcasts, radio dramas, and audiobooks. I would like audio podcasts, radio dramas, and audiobooks to be in the same category, ...
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2answers
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Aphorisms that use two words in reverse order [duplicate]

I've found aphorisms often that play on the meaning of two words and their interaction and was wondering what one might call them. An example is the PJ Harvey song name: The whore hustles and ...
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Me and my ancestors - single word

I'd like to find a single noun that relates to me and which corresponds to the list of people including me and each of my ancestors. I've already rejected the following words: genealogy : means a ...
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3answers
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Word for “helping work”

Example: Speaker A: You got a new babysitting job? Speaker B: No, it's just a [...]. No payment. Speaker B is just going to do a "helping work", say, taking care of a friend's cat while the ...
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Whats the word for the supposed content of an inventory?

Assume I have a stock of sorts and I have a list of stuff that is supposed to be in there. The sentence I have in mind is: compare the actual with the [nominal inventory] The words in brackets ...
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Synonym for character (as in a person in a book)

A story normally consists of several characters (i.e. the protagonist, the antagonist, and so forth), but is there a good synonym for the word character? I've often used "people", but it seems overly ...
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is there a word which conveys the idea of criticizing with (or out of) love?

Is there a word, for criticizing someone out of love. Like a lover would do or a father would do. It's not just criticising or reproaching, there is that love and care factor involved, for the ...
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3answers
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What is a good way to describe or call something that has been made into something unique and fashionable out of something old and outdated? [on hold]

I need a way to describe the process of turning old outdated objects into fashionable new ideas and products.
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A word for a town, city or village that doesn't sound archaic [on hold]

I always want to use the word "settlement", but it always sounds incredible archaic and that I'm describing a place where people have set up the bare bones of a home. What's a word I can use that ...
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1answer
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Is there a more concise way to describe this hairstyle?

Is there a more concise way to describe this character's hairstyle, other than 'a bun, with parted bangs and tassels framing her face'?
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5answers
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Word for someone or something deeper than most would assume

I was looking for a word to describe someone and I'm certain it exists... to describe a person is usually assumed to be one-dimensional but is in fact not, or even something more literal like a ...
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6answers
958 views

Word for Thing Being Described?

The descriptor is the term that describes something. Is there a word for that which is being described? Many English words exist that have this "affected-affector" relationship. For example, it ...
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6answers
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Someone who knows he is too small to change politics, but still wants to fight

What is the word for someone who wants to fight against corruption in politics, but he knows he's too small to really change anything? For example many artists are like this: What do you call an ...
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A synonym for “picky” with a positive connotation (food)?

We're very picky about the ingredients we use. In that context, what's a synonym for "picky" with a positive connotation, that denotes that we care very much about the quality of the ingredients? ...
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5answers
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What is the word for someone who tries so hard to get to something but he can't and it's not his fault?

What is the word for someone who tries so hard to get to something but he can't and it's not his fault? For example a person wants to buy a car. He works hard and saves money but by the time he saved ...
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Too big a step? [duplicate]

I am recently reading a book called "Small Steps". So there is one sentence I just came across, which was "If he tried to take too big a step,...", I thought this sentence was grammatically wrong, but ...
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A word relating to sad emotional drunkenness

I tried googling the word but no success. I recall it was used in a pejorative manner, but it isn't slang, at least in this day and age. And maybe it even describes a pathetic or morbid rambling of a ...
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2answers
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Term for 'wounded (Callus-bearing) knuckles'

I have often observed the knuckles of some people bearing weird bruises. Googling tells me a 'callus' fits the description of the bruise. Is there a term for these knuckles?
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4answers
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verb for “To make more modular”

I am a software developer. I am looking for a good verb that I can use to convey to people that I made a set of changes to a piece of code that made the code more modular. In other words, I took a ...
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What is it called when a highly respected person commits an immoral act but people don't believe that he committed the act?

I was wondering. It just came up. It has no real world relevancy. An example: A highly respected businessman commits child abuse and one day his wife finds out about it. She shares what she had ...
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10answers
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Word for that certain fear, worrying you might involuntarily jump from a cliff?

Is there a word for the following fear: being afraid of doing something you don't want to do and you know you shouldn't. For example: if you're on a high place, you don't want to jump, but you're ...
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1answer
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A word to refer to a text fragment that is not transcribed (or probably transcribed incorrectly) from spoken material?

Let’s say I want to decipher (transcribe) some spoken material (voice) to text, but after doing this, I doubt if some parts have been transcribed correctly. What is appropriate word to describe such ...
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any appropriate word in english for 'Khushi & Gum' [on hold]

What can I say 'Khushi & Gum' in single or appropriate word in english. Here 'Khushi & Gum' is from Hindi language.
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To make something become rare

Is there a (formal register) verb meaning "to make something become rare"? In context, I would like to say "The new software will make instances/situations where you have to manually update database ...
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Another term for oxymorons

What is the term for an incongruous phrase like domestic violence, where the word "domestic" softens or alters the meaning of "violence", or Big Brother, which is not literally an oxymoron but is so ...
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1answer
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Is there a word to encompass the two states of a day: AM and PM, morning and afternoon? [duplicate]

A single word which sums up the option of AM/PM or morning/afternoon.
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3answers
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What do you call someone who wants to be by themselves, but wants others to show they care [on hold]

Like I want to be a lone a lot, but I want a text from someone asking me if I want to hang out. Or someone to text me first. Make it seem like they actually randomly think of me and care. I'm always ...
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1answer
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Is there a single word for combining two things for synergism

I am writing a paper where two things are combined to be more efficient than each individually. I think I've used "integrated" 30 times so far.
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A word to describe responses such as “I see” and “Okay”

While conversing, I sometimes find myself, after listening to what my partner has to say, responding with phrases such as "I see" and "Okay" to indicate that I haven't lost interest but I either don't ...
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How do you say “make a stack from a pile of sheets of paper” in one word? [on hold]

Fold a pile of papers into a stack? NOT. Is there a word that expresses this concept?
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6answers
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Word for Secretive Marriage that is not Elope

I'm unsure if there is any term for this other than "A secretive marriage", but figured I would let you smart forum goers decide. I am aware of the word Elope: To run away secretly with the ...
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11answers
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Is there a word for irrational anger?

Is there a word to describe irrational anger in a similar way that phobia is used to describe irrational fear?
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Describing People as from (or belonging to) a Country [duplicate]

People from India are Indians People from Rwanda are Rwandans People from Japan are Japanese People from China are Chinese What are these words (indicating citizenship of some country) known as ? ...
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Is there an umbrella term for fictional and non-fictional works? [duplicate]

I'm trying to find a word that describes movies, books, poems, plays, and basically anything that is either fiction or non-fiction. "Media" doesn't work because that includes songs and paintings. ...
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16answers
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Word for dismissing someone's opinions as racist, sexist, etc, instead of debating back

I'm looking for either a single word or phrase that would describe either someone or the action of dismissing someone's opinions as something "socially unpopular", without giving any reasoning why, ...
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3answers
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Most fitting word for a time interval with specific start and end? [duplicate]

If I'm talking about an appointment of a specific time and duration, what's the most fitting word? "Time span", "time range", "time interval"? Anything else? By "most fitting" I mean that it should ...
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What is the word for the small elements that make up an orange segment?

An orange is made up of segments, but what is the word for the small tear-drop shaped pieces that comprise the segment itself — within each segment membrane? If you break a segment in half you can ...
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0answers
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Is there a verb for 'to make negative'? [duplicate]

If I am instructing someone to make a number negative, is there a verb I can use? Negitivise? Negify? Negate, for me, does not work as this is to cancel out, rather than turn a number into the ...
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6answers
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A geographical area, inhabited by people but never having had any government

The question is not, about an area which had had government and has fallen into (or achieved!) anarchy, nor about areas which are considered by the inhabitants to be a settlement in continuation or ...