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Native English [Brit./N.Amer.] ways to greet someone after the event?

Suppose you forgot to wish someone an occasion, and you're wise after the event, how do you go about expressing your wishes now that the party's over? "[Wish you a] Happy Birthday/Thanksgiving, etc. ...
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A word that means the study of the human in relation to the animal and vice versa

I am looking for a word/adjective that can fit to describe the human and the animal in relation to each other. A word like 'zoology'does not quite work, because it means the study of animals ...
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A word like propaganda but maybe not quite

I'm wondering if there's a word to describe a situation when something is described in such a way that it sounds "inspirational" and "amazing", but once you strip off the marketing and think about how ...
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Word or phrase designating the consensus reached at the last conversation about a topic

I vaguely remember hearing a term for this, but can't remember what it was. The word or phrase refers to the consensus reached at the end of the last conversation about a topic, just before the group ...
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Is there a noun(phrase) meaning 'the state' of being a masterpiece?

'Masterpiece' is a noun. I would like, however, to use a noun or a concise noun phrase which refers not to a masterpiece, but its state of being a masterpiece. I thought of using 'masterpieciness' as ...
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Word for “just for show”

Is there a single word that means "just for show", meaning that someone is doing something outwardly to trick the world into thinking they are something that they are not?
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Animal demography - Single word request

I need a word for 'animal demography'. I would prefer it a single word but I will accept a phrase if no single-words are available.
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Adjective for someone who is an a-hole?

I'm trying to identify an effective adjective for someone who is unpleasant to others, mean spirited, and self-centered enough to qualify as a colloquial "a$$hole". I've looked at this question, ...
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Can you use “Flesh of the god” [on hold]

Can you use "Flesh of the god" or should it be "Flesh of the gods? Or something else? I am using this as a title for text. I am from Finland so I really don't know, is it correct way to say this. I ...
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What is the word when people come up with the same idea independently

Suppose Darwin and Wallace independently come up with a similar idea. It's like the idea has entered the social consciousness at that time. What is the word for this called? Kind of the tipping point ...
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Analog for 'side', but for front vs. rear [duplicate]

I wish to name a property that expresses whether something is in the front or at the rear. This term has to be used together with 'side' without causing ambiguity. Much like 'side' can be left or ...
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Is there a word similar to infallible that means “incapable of being right”?

The word infallible can mean "incapable of being wrong". The word fallible can mean "capable of being wrong". Is there a word that means "incapable of being right"?
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A word that means 'language and usage'

As is known, when things aren't working the way you want them to, or you feel you're surrounded by problems, it can be tempting to look outward and try to change the things that you feel are causing ...
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Word or phrase for a distraction that is no longer bothersome?

I'm looking for a word or short phrase that means something that is not distracting. More specifically, something previously distracting that has since faded into... well, I don't know into what. So ...
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Word for “opening and closing the mouth?”

Example: The stranded fish were flapping desperately on the sand, their mouths closing and opening, seeking for the water that wasn't there. Is there's a word that means opening and closing ...
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One word for the thing that other things depend on? [duplicate]

If a have a sentence: "A depends on B", then I can describe A as a "dependent" (adj.). How can I describe B with one adjective?
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What do you call a woman who's feeling “emotional”?

It's that time of the month, your female partner has begun to fault pick you, for no explicable reason she becomes weepy, and anything you say or do will be criticized or misinterpreted. Is there a ...
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An experience that induces self-doubt is a(n) ________experience?

If I were to challenge a great intellectual, who knows his area extremely well, on one of his points he has made; thinking about how I can repudiate his argument, how I will phrase my ...
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Single word that means “to look down on others”?

What is a single word in English which means to look down on others (due to their younger age, lower socio-economic position, lesser experience, etc) Not look down upon everyone else in general, ...
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English expression for facial hair (beard) of a woman

Is there a specific term for facial hair around the mouth (or a beard) if the person in question is female? I'm looking for a translation of the German "Damenbart". Some dictionaries provide ...
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Is there a “-nym” word for the members of a political party?

In an answer to a previous question, I referred to "tea-partiers" as the demonym for members of the Tea Party in US politics. But I know that's not right; demonym describes the name of the ...
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Word for increasing complexity or image resolution?

Is there a word (verb) which means 'increasing the complexity of the structure' or 'increasing the image size/resolution?' I thought of tessellate but its meaning is not exactly what I need. Also, ...
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Is there a word to describe a 'fork-tongued' shape?

For example, in the image below (the green shape), what is this called? It is like the bottom of a traditional bookmark, the ribbon of a medal, or a snake's forked tongue. Does anybody know if ...
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One word for “The amount paid to a person A because of the damage caused to him by person B”

I know there's a word for this but can't remember it. Can someone please help me figure this out. It also means, amount paid to a king after winning a war by the defeated king. Thank you :)
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Looking for an imperative word or expression [on hold]

Hi guys im looking for a way to say "do something" in another way, one word or a slang will be great
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What's the English word for the Spanish “sobremesa”?

In Spanish, the situation where you keep talking after the meal has ended with the people you shared your lunch or dinner is called "sobremesa" (literally over-table or after-table). Is there a word ...
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sound played when a key character appears

What is the name for the music or sound played when a key character appears in a play, movie or show; like in "Peter and the Wolf"?
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Word for “take with permission but no intention of returning”

In such cases, "borrow" doesn't fit, as it implies intent to return, nor does "steal", which indicates lack of permission. "take" seems too general. As a concrete example: "Hey, can I [verb] some ...
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What type of movement is this?

When animals and population instinctively move from one place to another and come back again , this type of movement is called?
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A word for 'independent episodes'

When we have a series of episodes where every single episode depends on and develops from the previous, we may call that a sequel, or maybe a continuum. Now let us say that we have a collection of ...
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Word for a lucky object?

What is the word for a lucky object, a thing you hold in your hand for good luck? Perhaps a stone. A small object that represents good fortune. I think it begins with tal- Like a necklaces of a ...
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A series of three is 'trilogy'. A series of two is______?

I am looking for a word that describes a series of two. 'Duo' isn't quite what I need. It is in line more with 'trio', 'quartet', and so on. I am looking for a word that would contain the same ...
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need a word FAST because i am writing a story! [on hold]

OK, so I'm writing a story and I have a part when someone finds out that someone has an ability and the person who has the ability didn't tell anyone about it and it gets found out and someone asks ...
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What is the name of this “yawning like” movement?

You may do this when you're tired or after a nap. This movement is usually called "yawning" but I think yawning is a bit different. With this movement, we may yawn too. After waking up, it usually ...
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Single word of “Senseless words”

I while back a heard a word that means 'senseless words' It was used in the following context: "You are speaking in ... " And the full phrase had the exact same meaning as "What you are saying is ...
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Single word for “continuous improvement”

I'm looking for a noun that represents the idea of ongoing improvement. It needs to be directional, alluding to movement and progress. "Improvement" by itself isn't right because it suggests that ...
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Another word of 'Technology' [on hold]

ancient word for 'technology' Please suggest
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What is a term describing the destruction of crops by insects, bugs, or vermin?

The term pestilence has some application of use to generally describe 2: something that is destructive or pernicious I have seen it used in reference to destruction of plants and crops by ...
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one word for “the desire to feel special to someone”

Is there one word which can substitute the meaning of "The desire to feel special to someone"?
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Word for “picking up something quickly/abruptly?”

Say, you'd been expecting a call and the person suddenly calls. Is there a word that feels more 'rushed' than pick up? I checked Thesaurus but none of the synonyms seems to fit the purpurse.
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What is the antonym for client-server?

For example - there are client-server applications. The application of this type runs on one machine (client) and conntects to another machine (server) in order to work. What can I call an application ...
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What do you call a Q&A user who posts a question but never checks back?

I have searched for a term that describes users who post questions and then disappear without trace. These users will post and write their questions in a great flurry, sometimes ignoring the basic ...
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What do we say when glue does not stick anymore?

I want to know how can we says to a glue that does not stick anymore, can we say "Glue has faded"? is there any specific word in English for this phenomenon?
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A word meaning <a short article or essay> [on hold]

I recently came across a word somewhere that literally meant: a short article or essay It was most likely a loanword, either from Spanish or French. It began with a "C" or a "P", and was more ...
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Fruitful? Fruitless? Fruitempty? Fruitmore? [on hold]

I notice that the word fruitful's opposite is fruitless. It's kind of bizarre. Figuratively speaking, if the activity produces no fruit, it is fruit-less. But if it does produce fruit, shouldn't it ...
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Positive format of the word 'weird'? [on hold]

What is the equivalent adjective of the word different? It must give a positive feeling and must be opposite to the negative feeling word 'weird'. I'm writing some dialogs for my short-film where ...
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Collective word for prefix, stem and suffix

Please, is there a collective word for all the parts of a word, prefix, stem and suffix?
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Word for paying in auctions? [migrated]

I am looking for a specific word that can be used in the following situation: You are in a auction, and want to buy it, so you "place" a price.
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conniption origin?

I viewed the thread about conniption dido - which I'd never heard before. But was wondering what true meaning of conniption was? I always figured it was an old medical term for seizure or ...
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Word for “entity who/that decides whether to grant or deny a request”?

Checker comes to mind but I want something better. The context I have in mind is in software development. What would you call the mechanism that will allow or deny user actions (based on users' ...