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Word or phrase for “online supporting documents”

In a conversation on a particular topic, I want to ask the other person to provide online supporting documents about his views on the topic. They may be websites or blogs or wiki etc, but they should ...
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What is the word or phrase for the revelation of finding a word for a concept you already knew but did not have the word for?

This has recently happened. I discovered Object Orientated CSS. I had the concept for a long time but had never had a title for the concept. Discovering this was a joy for me. Is there a word or ...
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What do you call a person who is always asking for help yet, if you ask for help, suddenly disappears? [on hold]

What do you call a person who is always asking for help yet, if you ask for help, suddenly disappears?
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Is there a more general word for velocitized?

Velocitized, meaning being accustomed to high driving speeds and feeling like normal speeds are slower than they actually are afterwards, seems like such a useful word to apply in different ...
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Term of endearment for either parent?

For father, we have daddy, dada, papa, poppy, etc. For mother, we have momma, mommy, mama, etc. Is there a term of endearment that fits either role? I've racked my brain thinking of one and I can't. ...
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Is there a word for “a variety of breakfast foods”

My native tongue has a word for a specific kind of breakfast where you ask for "a little bit of everything in the middle" or "breakfast of variety" and you get, for example, cooked eggs, jam, butter, ...
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the person who is big -headed always says he is superior and mistakes others [on hold]

There is a person who is big headed and says she knows everything. She often criticizes anybody who isn't as smart as her. What word could the person who is being criticized use, in order to say s/he ...
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What do you call the final sip of water in a bottle (with all the saliva)?

When I was on a trip a while ago a friend had a word for the final bit of water in a bottle. The point of the word was to emphasize the (purported) high percentage of saliva in the final sip in a ...
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What do you call a person who is never contented with anything that is given to him/her? [on hold]

I am looking for an adjective for a person who, no matter what you give him/her (materially or else), is never contented, and expects more.
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What is the term for calling off a war when you are winning?

If you're losing a war, you can surrender to end the war. In an armistice, neither side surrenders, but both agree to end the war. Is there a term for a side that is winning that has a change of heart ...
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How to call the distribution of coin values within a currency

There are many special words surrounding coins. Wikipedia lists a view. I'm interested in a name for the distribution of coin values in a currency. The Euro has 1ct, 2ct, 5ct, 10ct, 20ct, 50ct, 1€, ...
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How do I politely say I have used my mouth while drinking water from a bottle?

Is there a one word substitute for the scenario below, and what is the politest way of saying it to another person or colleague? I drink water from my bottle by touching my mouth When someone ...
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-phobia word for fear of hearing speeches

I'm looking for a phobia word for someone who hates listening to speeches because they find them so embarrassing. For example, a bride at a wedding or someone about to receive an award might be ...
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Single word for “time of the day”

Is there a single word for time of the day? A collective expression for morning, afternoon, evening, etc. An example I can think of to better explain what I'm looking for: Good ____! - Insert ...
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What Emotion Do You Experience When You Feel “Honored” [on hold]

There are a ton of situations where it would be appropriate to start a sentence with the phrase "I'm honored." For example, "I'm honored to receive this award." "I'm honored to be a guest at your ...
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Word for a salesperson's enthusiasm

Suppose you visit a shop looking for something to buy. Every time you pick up an object, the shopkeeper goes gaga over the features of the product and why it's a must-buy. I'm searching for a single ...
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Word for when something turns out to be the opposite of what you believed? [duplicate]

I've been wondering for a while, if there is a word for when something turns out to be the complete opposite of what you believed. So, something that would fit in a sentence like below would be ...
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What is the longest dictionary word you can spell where continuing to remove the final letter [on hold]

What is the longest dictionary word you can spell where continuing to remove the final letter will still result in a dictionary word. e.g. ate [dictionary word], at [last letter 'e' removed still a ...
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Is there a word for making something or someone confess?

I am seeking after a single word for describing "make something or someone confess". Apart from a single word, welcomed are also idioms.
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Abstract noun for solecism

I am looking for the abstract, non-count form of solecism, if it exists. Just as "brevity" describes the quality of being brief, I am looking for an abstract noun to denote the quality of being ...
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Is there a term for the stereotypical Japanese ghost girl with a white dress and long black hair that mostly covers her face?

There were a slew of Hollywood remakes of Japanese horror films that featured a similar ghost archetype. The most notable examples are (warning, links are images of examples) The Ring and The Grudge. ...
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Is there a common word for floor and ceiling?

Walls divide rooms but what do you call what divides stories? Looking from below it would be the ceiling, looking from above it would be the floor. But when looking at it from the outside? Is there a ...
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Is there a word or phrase to describe the aging of graphics technology?

So I'm thinking of something along the lines of the idea of the "uncanny valley" in which technology reaches a point where it's very human/life-like but still "off" somehow, causing a revulsion or ...
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Is there a more formal word for 'ratting'? [on hold]

I'm looking for a more formal term used to describe ratting: A verb intransitive identified as slang meaning to betray one's comrade by giving information on a friend to the authorities. ...
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English name of “Maegami tomeru” (前髪とめ〜る)

"Maegami tomeru" (前髪とめ〜る) is a Japanese velcro-like product that keeps womens' hair in place. Is there a commonly accepted English translation of this name? Bang Blocker found it hard to find a good ...
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Alternative single word for “in demand”?

Is there any alternative single word for the phrase "in demand"? Because I couldn't find the word demandable as an adjective in any dictionary. The word demanding means strenuous. For example: ...
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Is there a word for this emotion? Resentment over someone's good fortune without wanting it - Not quite jealousy/envy

What is the word to describe this? I was reading up about the differences between jealousy and envy and this doesn't seem to fit either, when you don't actually want what the other person has, nor do ...
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“Flowers that never fade”

I am looking for the mythological flower names such as "amaranth" - An imaginary flower that never fades. Are there any more flowers used in poetry in this context? NOTE: Please, exclude "asphodel" - ...
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BMX vocabulary? [on hold]

I need more words/phrases describing the BMX riders motion. Especially, when the riders are flying through the air or when he's riding through the Megaramp. For example, Rockets down the ramp and ...
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What do you call a word that is an example of itself? [duplicate]

For example, "word" is a word, "adjectival" is adjectival, etc. Is there a term for this? Something like a set that includes itself, but not quite. I want to call it "autoinclusive"; would that work ...
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What's the word for having a very long scrotum?

I've forgotten the word for having a very long scrotum, it's like rapscallion or scallywag but I just can't remember. I've searched but the majority of references are medical conditions and it's not ...
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You “show” someone a picture. You “---” someone a song?

In Maltese, we have a verb meaning "to show" corresponding to "to see/to look", and we have a different verb corresponding to "to hear/to listen": inti tara stampa (you look at a picture.) ---- ...
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Phrase/word that is a synonym to “Question Everything”

What are some phrase/word synonyms for the phrase 'Question Everything'. My friend came up with nullius in verba, which I really like, and I was wondering what others are out there? Edit (from ...
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How would you describe: Read a book, but not cover-to-cover?

As the title says. I'm looking for a good word or expression for saying something like "I have read only several chapters from random location of the book, but someday I want to read from cover to ...
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What are the fourth and fifth levels in this context? [duplicate]

One can use the terms primary, secondary, and tertiary to describe the first, second, and third levels of something. What would the fourth level be called? Would it be something like "quartiary" or ...
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Word for region between waist and hips [on hold]

I'm searching for a word for the part of the body between the waist and hips, or encompassing both, particularly regarding human females. Any guesses? Inventions?
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Is there a single word which means “ similar but not quite the same”?

Take the following sentence: My idea is similar to his idea but not quite the same. Is there a single word which means " similar but not quite the same"?
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Is the word “colic” a right word in this context?

If I drink too much water and run or do some extreme activities, I will feel something in my stomach. I also want to stop doing the activities because of that feeling as well. It's not hurting, ...
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Word for someone you have passed by?

I am looking for a single noun to describe someone that you have come within 5 feet of or so, or have seen, or have crossed paths with. The closest terms I can think of are passer-by or stranger. You ...
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What are days that are not present in all calendar months called? [closed]

Is there a term for days that are not present in all (Gregorian) calendar months? E.g. January has 30 and 31 but February doesn't. What are days like 30 and 31 called? update: The word, if it exists, ...
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Word for a group of similar photos?

Is there a single word or phrase that means a group of very similar photos, such as when a photographer takes a burst of 7-8 shots with the hope of catching the right instant, or to get the best ...
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Is there an adjective to describe someone who has access to all the facts, news or insider information?

Looking for an adjective to fill in the blank below: I was talking to my stock broker. I wanted to say: I am not as _ as you who has access to all the facts, news and insider information (about the ...
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Keeping all parameters but one constant

It is a core scientific principle to only change one of the parameters in an experiment at a time, and keep all others constant, as opposed to picking random parameters (i.e. typically being unable to ...
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What comes after thrice? [duplicate]

When you want to say something occurred only one time, it's "once". Two is twice, three is thrice. What's for four?
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One word for “Wild Wild West” - not the movie!

I'd like to capture the spirit of the phrase "the Wild Wild West" in one word, if possible. For instance "As I stepped back outside, I was shocked to see everything change to --a scene much like the ...
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What is a single word for the capability of a theory, for example, to generate further thought and theorizing?

There are a few words which I blank on quite frequently. Perhaps my "advanced" age has something to do with it. I don't know. One such word for me is euphemism. There is another word I am blanking ...
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A word for someone who loves searching, learning new things? [duplicate]

I'm looking for a suitable word or expression, for someone who really loves to learn, search and read about new things (Technologies, science, economics, politics..), so that his passion is only to ...
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“Food for thought” in a word

How can I express "food for thought" in a word? Does such a word exist? Example usage: The world will only know peace when our love for power is exceeded by our power to love. That's __ ...
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A word for a relationship in which one thing (or state) must exist in order for another thing (or state) to exist

I can't think of the word to fill this blank: More importantly, now we've got ourselves an "organic" roadmap—that is, one that follows the natural order of our concerns, rather than a logical ...
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Is there a noun meaning “the acquisition and communication of ideas”?

As the title says, I'm looking for a noun for the "acquisition and communication of ideas". Communism would be a viable phonetic choice if it didn't have the political meaning and negative ...