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Is there a word for the most basic form of an idea?

We have very descriptive and involved words in the English language, I was just wondering what we would call the opposite of those. Words like "push" or "hot" can't be simplified without losing ...
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What is a word for someone without allegiance?

I am looking for an adjective akin to "loyal" and "disloyal" in that it describes someone's exact null association with both words. Someone or something with no allegiances whatsoever, a ...
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Name on Grave Marker [on hold]

I hope someone might have a suggestion for better wording of this sentence: "A grave marker was placed that honored his name." Is there a better word than "honored", or a smoother wording of the ...
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Window shopping - shop with the eyes only -Is the term applicable to online browsing (shopping) too

"Window shopping" is used for a consumer who has no intent to purchase and I believe the term originated well before shopping became accessible online. Is there a different term for ...
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Word/term for “the ability to affect history or make things happen”?

I'm looking for a word, but I'm not entirely sure one exists that fits exactly what I'm looking for. The concept is "the ability to affect events" or "the ability to inexplicably make things happen." ...
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Term for closing a stock trade?

I'm TA:ing a programming course and am writing up the instructions for a lab in which the students will implement a toy stock trading platform. I'm not too familiar with financial lingo, so there is ...
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What's the name for a part of speech which is not quite rhetorical, but not expected to be answered directly, either?

What's the name for a part of speech which is not quite rhetorical, but not expected to be answered directly, either? I know the word exists, it refers to greetings such as "How are you" and similar. ...
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Term for a shoe with a spring loaded spike

In movies when you have a bad guy who can trigger a spring loaded metal spike from his shoe to try and hurt you, what is the metal piece and/or the shoe/boot called? There has to be a term for that, I ...
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What am I giving, if I am giving: Clothing items, technology items, beauty items, recipes, knowledge and whatever else…a variety? [on hold]

What am I giving, if I am giving: Clothing items, technology items, beauty items, recipes, knowledge (etc)...a variety?
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Is there a single word or phrase to describe a context-less option for “manual” or “automatic”?

Is there a word (or a short sentence) that can describe category which includes Automatic or Manual as mutually exclusive options? Of course I mean without more context (if used, for example, to ...
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Word/phrase for “the one that brings bad luck” (e.g. to a group)

Example: I've always considered myself a/as [...]. I thought of black cat. But I think it's a little ambiguous and weird to use it in this situation.
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Word/phrase for “staring at two things alternately”

Example: When Liza and Josh told me their crazy plan, I did nothing; just [...]. I thought about glance, but I think glancing is more like looking briefly, rather than staring in bewilderment. ...
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A word to make something bad sound good

Lets say we are talking about a book about teens that drink. In the book the teens have fun and nothing bad ever happens. What word would you use to describe what the book is doing to teen drinking. ...
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Formal Version of “Getting Around”

I am writing an essay about The Catcher in the Rye, and need to mention Stradlater's ability to get with basically any girl he wants. It can be said that he "gets around" (sorry for lack of a better ...
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What's it called when two people can't decide which way to go? [duplicate]

This phenomenon happens to me several times a week and I've actually just recently started pondering if this situation has a defined term for it? When two people walk towards each other in opposite ...
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Word for obscuring bad or immoral acts with verbiage

I have been in many scenarios where people try to obscure/reduce the intensity of a seemingly bad or immoral act using grammar. E.g. Assuming Thomas killed a dog, you could hear something like: ...
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What's a word/phrase to describe a personality with seemingly random or disconnected interests? [on hold]

I'm looking for a word that describes a person's personality. That person has many seemingly disconnected interests from the point of view of most onlookers, but to that individual he/she is able to ...
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What is the word for someone who doesn't appreciate their culture/heritage? [on hold]

I met a person the other day who was overly critical about her culture/heritage when she described it. Is there a word to describe such a person or behaviour?
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No adverb of controlled?

Can anyone confirm that there is indeed no adverbial form of "controlled" that could be used with verbs that describe actions done in a controlled way. For example, it seems to be wrong to write ...
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What do you call those “gifts” that are passed in a family from generation to generation?

Example: Grandma left me her ring as a [...] I thought of the word souvenir but I think it's more commonly used to refer to something that you buy in a gift shop.
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What word best means “disdain for the uncouth”?

I'm looking for a word that means: bigotry against, or disdain for, uncouth people. ('Misanthropy' is too general, I think.) This would sort of be the converse of anti-intellectualism. By 'uncouth ...
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Is there a word for “making someone notice you”?

The other day, I was in my car, waiting for a traffic light behind a pedestrian crossing. A friend of mine crossed the street right in front of me. For some reason, I didn't try to get his ...
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More General term for “appliance operator”

In the HAM radio community the term "appliance operator" is used to describe people who use radio equipment but don't understand how the equipment works. In IT these people are disparagingly called ...
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What would you call a person who shares every thought they have? [on hold]

What would you call a person who thinks they know everything and decides to share every little fact they can think of? For example, if a teacher or professor says something and a student decides to ...
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What adjective do you use to describe a curve that's very curved?"

Example: There weren’t many curves, but those that appeared were so [...] I thought I would fly out of them any time. I thought of sharp and closed but they sound weird to me for some reason. ...
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Is there a single word version of “large body of water”?

I am in need of a more concise word than "large body of water", something that can be used to describe a sea, ocean, gulf, etc. - is there such a word? The particular usage I am looking for is to ...
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A word to describe if some is in my team or is a contribution

I work on a webapp where the users make forecast of people. They have to inform for each person with forecast if it's a "TEAM MEMBER" (i. e. the user is the manager of the resource) or a ...
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What is a single word for people personally close to a King?

What is a single word for the people who are part of the inner circle of a king? It is in the following context from the Quran: Moses was sent to Pharaoh and threw down his staff which became a ...
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What is a note in small print before a drop-cap called [on hold]

In this sample from 1776 of Philosophical Transactions via JStor, there is a note in small print set in front of the the large initial starting the article. To make it more clear: It is the phrase ...
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Word for what you call yourself

What words or phrases would you use to introduce someone by a nickname they've chosen? Say I want to introduce Dr. Samuels (who introduces herself as Susie-Q) to Dr. Smith. I can't call my superior ...
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Differences among 'abundant' 'sufficient' and 'enough'?

In the case I want to say there is a lot of things available and implies 'the more the better', which word should I use?
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What is a word meaning “has always been happening” up to the current point time?

I have an active event that may or may not have declared beginning or ending dates. When there is no ending date set, I'm using "ongoing" to indicate that this event will continue for the foreseeable ...
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Single word which means “to move on”

I need one word that means "to move on" as in from a traumatic experience or otherwise emotionally affecting event. For example: He moved on after the divorce. The soldier was never able to move ...
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Person who mocks others for mistakes instead of helping?

Imagine a person who warns you not to walk in a particular direction as there is a pit/hole, but you continued anyway and fell into that hole. The person then comes to you and instead of helping you ...
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Word meaning “to walk clumsily among many obstacles”?

Example: I kept [...] among the ocean of trees. I thought of striding but I think it doesn't imply that there are obstacles. What's a better choice?
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1920's terms for parents/children

What would young children (aged around 5-ish) have called their parents circa 1920's England? Were there specific terms of endearment, or would it just be "mother" and "father"? I'm particularly ...
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Someone who is a combo of a liar, an exaggerater, and have a tendency to construct stories [duplicate]

Is there a term for such a person? Background: Someone who is a pathological liar, an overt exaggerator. He would want to have center stage, makes up stories to capture people's interest, and ...
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Is there a single word meaning “things I want/desire”? [duplicate]

As in the title, I was creating a list of things I want and couldn't think of a word for the file name. Is there a single word I could use to mean "things I want/desire"?
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Does a thesaurus of comparative adverbs or comparative adjectives exist? Needing a replacement for “more successful”

I want a word but I don't want to have to use "more successful". I don't consider successfuler a suitable attempt in the context I want to use it in either. I think this is called a comparative ...
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What should I call the disposable paper wrappers for straws?

Just for personal reasons I would like to know what to call the disposable paper wrappers for drinking straws. If there is no name can I name it a paper? Paper wrapper?
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A word for realising the insignificance of human life against the scale of the universe and enjoying it

A man sits on a bench considering his woeful burden. He looks up at the stars and compares the distance from here to his house and here to the furthest visible star Deneb. Suddenly his problems seems ...
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A phrase or neologism which describes obsolete technology-related neologisms

Neologisms and slang that are inspired by technology are increasingly commonplace, e.g.: 'Why don't you just google it?' or 'Text me.' Some of these neologisms leave our lexicon as quickly as ...
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What is the English word for treating someone with excessive care?

I once saw this American film where two agents were investigating a crime. Unfortunately I can't recall the name of the film, so I'm not able to go back to the source. The two agents did not want to ...
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What is the word for the response to a ping

Someone may say, "I'll ping him and see if I can get a response." If I want to ask if the ping was successful, how can I refer to the response? Is there a more clever way than "Did your ping get a ...
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word for : something that is obtained after purification process

Imagine a liquid mixture containing many components and now by some process vital element in the liquid is seperated from the rest of the mixture. What term do we use for the obtained element?. If I ...
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What is the name of this kind of chart/graph?

The chart that shows the value of every aspect of an entity. It represent properties of an entity visually, with areas so that we can easily regconize the strong/weakness, etc... Here is an example: ...
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Adjective meaning stubborn or willfully ignorant, to one's detriment

I'm a writing a letter that goes: Your correspondent John Smith is correct that exercise has its costs, both in terms of cost of food and cost of equipment and gym memberships. However, to argue ...
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The name of a robotics tool that is only a sharpened rod

There is a tool used in robotics that is essentially just a rod of metal with a sharp point. It is fastened to the robot not for the purpose of manipulating, stabbing or poking holes, but solely ...
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Opposite of buyer's remorse

Buyer's remorse is when you have a sense of regret after purchasing something. You may have been coerced into first purchasing the item out of fear or guilt. What would the opposite of this be? ...
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Is there an adjective meaning “having the same name as another work”?

Is there an adjective to describe a work that has the same name as another work? The two works in question may or may not be related. For instance, instead of writing The movie The Nutty Judge ...