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What do you call someone who wants to be by themselves, but whants someone to show they care

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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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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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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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 belonging to a Country [duplicate]

Initially, it seems like a Pattern of ending with n: People from India are Indians People from Rwanda are Rwandans People from Russia are Russians People from Nigeria are Nigerians People from Cuba ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Request for a word rhyming with 'wolf'

I would like to know if there are words rhyming (perfect, identical or holorhymes: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holorime) for the word 'Wolf'. Having searched online only for a short while, I ...
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What is a blanket term for a legal system based on evangelical Christian law?

I'm looking for a term that could be used in the place of Sharia (Islam), Halakha (Judaism), or Canon Law (Catholicism) that refers as specifically as possible to Biblical-literalist Evangelical ...
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1answer
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Is there a word that represents both a rant and a musing?

Today, I unconsciously used the word 'pseudo making sense'. But what I had really been looking for, was a word that combines 'rant' and 'musing'. In this particular case, I was saying something that ...
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Single word for driving/flying tank, submarine, and plane [duplicate]

From a reddit comment: I have the training to fly thirteen different aircraft, two types of tanks, and a nuclear submarine. Fly doesn't really work with tanks or submarines. What's the best way ...
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What do you call someone who is favored by a higher authority? [duplicate]

What do you call someone who is favored by a higher authority, such as in the work place they get more perks than other people...teacher's pet?
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What is this type of idiom called: “I know he's not the smartest person in the world, but…”

Basically, when someone says something along the lines of "I know he's not the smartest person in the world, but he should at least pass first grade math." It's peculiar because they are ...
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What is the single word for the select\deselect

What is the single word for the select\deselect. I can think one word "Manage" but not sure how relative it is to select and deselect really. Please don't ask for context as it confuses people then.
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Word/phrase that means a series of problems of increasing severity caused by a small error

Something small goes wrong, and this triggers something slightly bigger, which triggers something slightly bigger, and so on and so forth until you end up with a chain of problems of increasing ...
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Is there a single word for when something becomes neglected or forgotten (e.g. a plant dies because the gardener forgets to water it)?

What single word can we use to describe something that has "died through neglect" e.g. a plant that has died due to the person forgetting to water it. (Note: I'm specifically hoping to apply this ...
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Word/phrase that can be used to say that a particular word doesn't describe something

John says he's swimming, when he is treading water. By definition, swimming involves voluntary movement of the body. What word or phrase can we use to tell John that he can't be swimming because ...
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Word for the action of talking loudly with the people from your past in your imagination

Example: Someone talks loudly with the people from her past while "imagining" them to be present in the current situation when they actually aren't. This person does it consciously and gets ...
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What is the short for “focusing on the key component of the problem?”

I am writing a research essay which contains something like "a policy that focuses on the key component of the problem." I am struggling to come up with a short name for this policy because I need to ...
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What this person is called? [on hold]

A person who never forgets anyone's birthday and anniversaries and love to wish them at first what this person is called ?
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A word for people that have the same characteristics

Is there any word or combination of two words that describes two persons with the same characteristics.
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What would you call a laugh that sounded like a mix between wheezing and a hiccup

A friend of mine suggested that one of her co-workers laughed in such a fashion, and I was curious if there was a single word or phrase that might closely resemble that. I asked her if it sounded ...
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A word similar to 'inspire' which modifies the subject

I want to construct a sentence saying that a pointed chin is a symbol of authority. My current sentence is "The general's [noun] inspires authority". I know that a more correct use of inspire here ...
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Common term or single word for someone who is embarrassingly over-complimentary

Does English have a word for someone who compliments another person in a way which is awkward or even embarrassing? Someone who uses compliments which are overly-familiar and all but inappropriate, ...
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a word for a person who never attains a desire or goal

Is there a word in English that describes a person who never attains a desire or goal? I have found loser or dud or flop but these all seem to be informal, is there a better, more formal word that ...
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Non-technical word or phrase to describe a data “query”

The scenario is that I am replying to an email from a colleague requesting statistics from a database. I am wanting to say that the results are of the same 'query' that was run the last time (and all ...
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Is there an idiom suggesting the following fact: The name of the book belies the theme in it.

E.g.: I answer a question on ELU based on the subject line, however, I realise later that the body of the question provide a different input altogether. The name of the book belies the theme in ...
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What is the sound of teeth hitting each other in cold weather called?

What is the sound of teeth called that occurs in chilly weather: the sound that comes due to teeth crashing in each other in an extremely chilly winter.
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What's a word or phrase for someone who has worked hard all their life

Someone who has been worn down by a harsh working-life?
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Is there a word for someone who tends to find faults in others?

I'm looking for a single word, for someone who... keeps seeing everything that is wrong with everybody else. never seems to see the good of other people, only the bad things. points at others, as ...
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One word for “the person from whom we learn to be disciplined”

What is one word answer for "the person from whom we learn to be diciplined?"
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An old car in bad condition

I am in need of a word to describe an old, bad conditioned car that is yet still running. Ragged came to my mind, but it seems to be inappropriate for things not related to clothing. Wrecked is also ...
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Term when a brand name become synonymous of the product it produces [duplicate]

For example most of the people hearing "I really like my BMW" will understand than he is referring to a car whereas someone saying "I do enjoy my Lacoste" will leave doubts about what kind of ...
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What is the word that means to accuse someone of a crime, to divert attention from the guilt of the accuser

I know there is a word for this, eg when someone is stealing from their employer, they tell their employer that they have noticed xyz and they think so-and-so is doing it. Help me out? Edit ...
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Word or expression for when a person not under pressure is able to see an issue easier than the person under pressure?

Is there a word or expression for how it is easier for someone not under pressure to make a decision versus someone that is under pressure. One example is how a person looking over someone's ...
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What do you call a unit of information?

For example, "The system is too complicated for computers; you couldn't possibly encode every ________ about the system into a program." I'm looking for a word that's not technical.
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A word in between “lesser” and “greater”

In many game systems (particularly fantasy or role-playing games), relative qualities or power levels are denoted by naming things using "lesser" or "greater". For example, in Dungeons and Dragons ...
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Is there a comparable word to 'visibility' for hearing?

On a foggy day, you might say there is poor visibility. Similarly, trying to read something on your cell phone in direct sunlight is difficult. Is there an equivalent word that can apply to hearing? ...
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Is there a word for a fish's stationary position

When a fish is being still in one spot, it definitely isn't floating or hovering. Poised? Suspended? "She made out a school of tiny fish ____ in a patch of filtered sunlight".
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What is the word for the hole/cup at the top of a knight's helmet from which a plume streams?

What is the word for the hole or cup at the top of a knight's helmet from which a plume streams?
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Single word for someone who doesn't let anyone walk all over them (antonym of 'pushover')

She was caring, and yet she was _______ What I'm tring to say is that although she cared for others, she was strong enough to not let them dictate her actions. In other words, she did things for ...
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What would be the word for people waiting for an important announcement?

"The winning lottery, that will decide the winner of $1 million lottery the rest have to pay for, is ..." says Tom, in front of _____ candidates. What would be an appropriate word to use in place ...
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Term for using phonetic orthography to make a speaker seem uneducated/vernacular

I stumbled across this term on Wikipedia, so I know it exists, but I can't find it now through searching and two linguist friends weren't familiar with it. In novels, a speaker's dialogue might be ...
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Is there a single word for “reducing various arguments of different levels to the same level”?

A man faces various arguments, of different sophistication, consistency and factual accuracy, on a particular matter. Due to him unable to perceive and analyze them, or he just doesn't care, or he's ...