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Meaning and etymology of the word “latty”

In Terry Pratchett's novel, "The Wyrd Sisters", the word "latty" is frequently used. From the context I can figure out that it means some kind of cart (used by traveling performers in the story), but ...
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What do you call it when you don't give up

In Dutch we've got the expression 'Vastbijten in'. It means you really get into a problem or some work. And you won't give up till it's resolved. I've been looking all over the web, but I've not been ...
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Word for expressing oneself non-verbally

Looking not specifically for a word, but a description of someone who expresses their feelings, emotions in an authentic manner. Someone who doesn't have to say much to convey their state; one can ...
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Word for “Can't be seen with the naked eye”?

I'm wondering if there is a word to describe something that cannot be seen with the naked eye. 'Microscopic' is the first that springs to mind, but this has too many 'science-y' connotations. It ...
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What's the word (or phrase) for the phenomenon that something suddenly works when you try to show an error [duplicate]

As the title describes, I'm looking for a word or phrase that describes the phenomenon that a bug/error/etc. disappears when you want to show it to someone. Example: Your Internet connection does not ...
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What is the correct technical term for this “pool house” on my villa?

I have built a small "pool type" house on my estate villa. The house has a separate entrance, so where I enter the villa via my secure gates, the villa sits on the side. It has separate rooms and is ...
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A word for someone who you share a half-sibling with

This is probably best explained with an example. Alice and Bob have a child, Erin. Bob and Carol have a child, Frank. Carol and Dan have a child, Grace. Clearly, Erin and Frank are half-siblings, ...
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Leftovers that haven't been eaten?

I'm looking for a word that is similar to leftovers. In this case, the leftovers are not from one of my previous meals, and they are completely uneaten, but they are already cooked. Example 1: My ...
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Figurative use of “address”

Can the word "address" be used figuratively, to mean a place that people turn to (for help, advice, etc.). If not – what would be a better word for this connotation? Thanks! EDIT: I'm looking for ...
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A word that describes something that evokes something? [on hold]

For example, the sun may evoke an existential angst. How could I phrase it like "The ___ sun", where ___ is a word that could succinctly communicate my sentiment.
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What to call the time from “midnight to sunset”?

In many religious calendars, the day goes from sunset to sunset. When translating to the civil calendar, you can divide that day into two parts: from sunset to midnight (A), and from midnight to the ...
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Generic form of “first world problems”

The term "first world problems" refers to a petty thing complained about by someone living in the upper or middle class. Is there are word or phrase that means problems or complaints about things ...
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A formal English word or phrase for “badass?” [duplicate]

This is an odd question, but I was wondering if there is an English formal word connoting the same concept that the word "badass" conveys. To be exact, I mean "badass" as in someone who is maybe ...
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Common word for “patheticness”?

Example: Feigning cold to be hugged. [...] in its purest form. When I search on Google or Theraurus I just get its noun counterpart: http://www.thesaurus.com/browse/pathetic. But I'm sure I'm ...
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Euphemisms for rejection (man-women and vice versa)

Example: The more time passed, the more sure I became she’d [...] me. The most common word in this case is reject. I'm wondering, though, what euphemisms I can use aside from turn down?
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Single word request for ..love-ditsy

Movie scene: girl has back turned to 'dreamy' leading boy and is talking softly about, moonlight, white picket fences, and footsie sounds of little scampering children in onesies - and maybe holding a ...
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What is a word for a person who is easily amazed? [duplicate]

What is a word for a person who is amazed at everything, no matter how big or small? (Either an adjective or a noun would be fine)
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Concise way to say, “A difference in exposure between my peers and I”

What I'm looking for, is a specific word in the vein of: I feel an exposural divide between my peers and I 'Exposural' isn't a word, but I wish to express that I feel a difference in exposure to ...
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Word/Phrase for “process of falling of tiny particles off a bread/biscuit piece”

Please consider the situation: A bread piece has some tiny particles which we see keep on removing off bread, or lying loosely on a surface after we remove it from that surface (These tiny particles ...
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Word for people who just comment rather than act on something

Is there any word referring to people who sit and comment rather than act. Example: Reading morning newspaper headline, sad news and discuss over tea rather than act and do something toward it.
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“derivative” is to “derive” as “primitive function” is to “?”

Basically, what is the opposite verb of "derive", i.e. "to take the primitive function of"? (Context: I'm trying to make wolframAlpha take the primitive of a function, but I can't get formulation ...
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“Shout in a whisper” verb

What is the verb that means something close to shout and call out to sb but quieter? I mean when you shout something to a person that is far away but you don't want anyone else to hear so you hush ...
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A word for the relatives of a deceased?

Is there a word in English that refers to the closest relatives (usually the ones who lived with the dead person under one roof) of a recently (approximately no more than 1 month) dead person? Other ...
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Word that means “continuing the current thought”

The precise word eludes me, but I remember that it appeared in the context of a sentence similar to this one: That is a valid choice, but in making it, you will create unintended side-effects; ...
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Ambiguity of “last” [on hold]

I find "last" ambiguous in the following context: I destroyed his report in our last meeting. IMHO, both of the following interpretations make sense: "He can get however pissed he wants; ...
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A word that simultaneously means caring and not caring?

I'm trying to write an essay about teenagers and modern society (I'll spare the details), and I am looking for a word that describes the attitude of both caring about everything (eg. Marks, Social ...
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synonym for someone who is a “fraud” or “liar”

He portrayed himself to be a really straightforward, hardworking person that always keeps their word, always shows up and is on time when they make plans, but turned out to be completely the opposite ...
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Thing that opposes its origin [on hold]

I'm looking for a word for the thing or phenomenon that opposes its origin like in Lenz's Law which states that: If an induced current flows, its direction is always such that it will oppose the ...
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What is a word/noun to describe someone who authors a project but doesn't produce it?

I'm looking for a one-word noun to describe someone who posts a project idea for a freelancer to pick up. They describe the project and project need, but they are not the producer. For example, "I'm ...
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The term for when fruit is first starting to appear on a plant

Was looking through a vineyard and noticed that the grapes were beginning to show up on the vines. They were small and unrecognizable from when they would be picked but they were the first sign of ...
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Is there a way to condense “put back” into one word?

The example in question involves a sentence of the structure: I'm putting my changes back. Is there a one-word equivalent for "put ... back"? E.g.: I'm ______ing my changes.
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Word/phrase for seeing something for the first time and being impressed

I'm looking for a word that can best describe a thing that you see when you first come to a place, a thing so strange or unusual that you didn't think something like that could exist (or you have been ...
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What is a similar word to “comprehensive” that doesn't suggest absolutely everything will be covered?

I'm putting together a proposal for a website and one of the things that we're providing is a knowledge base for users to find solutions to their problems. I'd like to imply that the KB will have a ...
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Can I describe time as “organic”?

I'm looking for a word to describe the other face or trait of time which is not man-made and has no time-stamp to it. A (very) general example is that there are "morning" and "night" people who react ...
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Word for a person who talks without content [duplicate]

What is a word for a person who reiterates without adding any new content? (This person is not necessarily talkative per se.) Example of a conversation by such a person would be: "You know if we ...
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Does “precipitation” have anything to do with “precipitous”?

precipitation the action or process of precipitating a substance from a solution. rain, snow, sleet, or hail that falls to the ground. archaic,the fact or quality of acting suddenly and rashly ...
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One Word that is Less than 3 Syllables, and Starts with a “B” and encompasses “Sharp,Stylish,Classic,High End, yet not Flashy/Pompous” [closed]

Looking for a word starting with a "B" that contains 3 or less syllables. Also that encompasses "Sharp, Stylish, Classic, High-End, yet not Flashy/Pompous". Does one exist? I have done the basics for ...
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Is there a noun that expresses the act of presenting false appearances?

I want to write about the Chinese Government during the Cultural Revolution and argue that whilst they created the appearance of more political openness, it was merely a façade. Is there a word that ...
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What's an exact word for someone who's unhappy when others do well?

I'm watching a baseball game and a home run is hit and the crowd goes nuts. The camera cuts to the home dugout, and the most famous big-hitter on the team (who you'd think would have the ...
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What's a good word for 'clear mindedness' and 'an ability to see something as a whole'?

I'm looking for a title for something I'm working on, so ideally it would have to flow and be attractive. The two best words I can think of is clarity, and panoptic. But I can't have the meanings ...
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What do you call something that doesn't let you sleep?

Especially a thought. Example: Like last night, I couldn't sleep. This time, however, [...] wasn't my upcoming wedding, but the fact that I was going to get fired tomorrow. So like a ...
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What is a term describing “contrarian” but “neutral”

The word 'contrarian' means taking the position of minority or against the popular version. In some questions (or in their answers rather), this word is also described as attempting to appear ...
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What's a good opposite of 'razor-thin'?

I'm looking for a good opposite of 'razor-thin'. It's got to have an analogy to something that's inherently a thick object. A generic adjective that fits into the template "xxx-thick" would be exactly ...
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Not “enthusiast”, but what?

I am looking for a word for: someone who enjoys thinking or talking about a thing more than actually doing the thing itself.
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Word for the result of a magic spell

If a wizard casts a fireball spell, a fireball is created. If a wizard casts a flight spell, the target gains the ability to fly. In both cases, a particular result has occurred due to the casting of ...
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Is there a word or an idiom for people who only spend their families' money and fool around?

Is there a word or an idiom for rich people who spend only their families' money and do not bother to work, just fool around?
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What is a word for the act of preparing a home for first/new occupancy?

Not necessarily the absolute form - as in a brand new house - but just the act of doing any final prep work in anticipation of a new occupant for a home. 'Housewarming' comes to mind, but that seems ...
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alternate phrase for 'satisfying the thirst'? [closed]

I am trying to compose a poetry. There is a line which goes like this - 'you are like a river that'll satisfy the the thirst of the sea/ocean ' . I want to know if there are alternative phrases for ...
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alternate phrase for “signing acceptance” in an agreement? [closed]

I need alternate words for "signing your acceptance" in an agreement.
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Synonyms or other ways of saying “once there”?

Example: We went to the roof terrace. Once there, we leaned on the railing and gazed the stars. Thesaurus has synonyms for once, but not for once there. I don't know where else to look. I ...