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Single word, or good words/phrase for “confusingly asked question where meaning changes.”

Today we had some clients who had us build some stuff, X. Then they say "hell, we actually wanted Y, let's do that." So we scrapped that and did Y! Then they said "hell, this is no good, we realise ...
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What do you call someone who gets along with children?

What do you call someone who gets along with children/babies? A simple example: He is such a ____, he makes all children smile. A single word noun would be ideal but a phrase is acceptable ...
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Where an ellipsis exists, is there a term for the missing text?

Suppose there is a long sentence like: This London hit show took America by storm, full of charm, humour and delightful songs that make it a perfect theatrical event for the entire family. And ...
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What is the name of the sign indicating positive or negative numbers

I want to describe patterns where there are numbers in pairs like these: -1 and +1, -944 and +944. Now I want to write a sentence that someone should "look for equal numbers just with opposite X". ...
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One word for the person who spreads positive vibes and is very spiritual in nature

Can someone help me to describe in just one word a person who is spiritual and kind-hearted and who spreads positive vibes. Any help is appreciated.
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A gender-neutral, informal alternative to singular 'guy'

When referring to an online comment, I want to say I agree with this guy. However, it's not gender neutral (See this ELU post.) What other informal alternate word is there? 'User' seems ...
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What is a decent word for “spitting”?

I want my friend to step aside from wash basin so that I can spit after brushing. What is a decent word for spitting? Is there a better statement to ask him to step aside?
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Word for beginning a statement with a disclaimer / caveat / hedge when you are worried you might say something incorrect

For some reason I am convinced that such a word exists, that I've heard it used in classroom settings, and that I'll recognize it when I see it. But I have no idea what it is. I tried googling this ...
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Term for someone who acquires an image

What is the best word to describe someone (a person) who acquires a digital image with any instrument (which could be a digital camera, microscope, telescope or any other instrument that will produce ...
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Need a word that describes Training and Teambuilding [on hold]

I need a word or conjured word that describes Training and Team Building. I am searching for a name of a new company doing this business.
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There is a continuity problem with (a film)

So if there is a continuity problem with X (for example a film), what is the way of describing it? It is not continuous but that doesn't work because "continuous" means forming an unbroken ...
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The antonym of “abling”

Is there an antonym to the verb form of "able". If my English is correct, you can say the following: My large backpack is abling me to bring all my books to school. (I see that a far better word ...
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Person who fills out a form - single word

What single word would I use to describe a person who fills out a form? So if Abigail fills out a form she is a... whatever the term should be. The form is an application but the applicant does not ...
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Present day adjective for “cannot be taken away”

I'm looking for a word that describes that the fact that something can't be taken away or deprived of once acquired (experience) as in: Your experiences cannot be taken away from you, man, they ...
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What is the hypernym of Earnings and Deduction?

If Earnings means an item that adds value to any stack. And, If Deductions means any item that subtracts value from any stack. Then what single <word> can be an either Earning or Deduction? ...
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Word to describe not liking adornments and “frills”, liking simple “things”

I am looking for a word that describes a person that does not like to dress things up, whether it be people, ideas, objects. Almost the idea "simple man" but as an adjective?
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Word meaning “the state of having (specific) metrics”

I'm looking for a word that means an object is in such a state that it has specific metrics able to be associated with it. I'm thinking "metered" but I'm not sure if that is necessarily appropriate as ...
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Is there a word for a song in your head? [duplicate]

As the title says, is there a word or phrase for a song that's stuck in your head?
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9answers
679 views

What exists between tolerant and enthusiastic?

The use of tolerance comes with varying degrees of indifference to something, with often unstated or deliberately understated degrees of disapproval for that thing. For example, "While I'm tolerant of ...
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Idiomatic currency exchange terminology

I am using a currency exchange announcement as an example in an article I am writing, and I would like to make sure I have the Russian/English vocabulary nailed down. The English glosses are not ...
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Is Modificator a word? [on hold]

Is the word "Modificator" valid - I've never see it before and it's not one I'm familiar with.
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Noun form of verb “decline”

Is there a noun form of the verb "to decline"? That is, is there a word that follows this pattern: to accept -> acceptance to decline -> ? I am aware of the word declination which is the ...
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What do we call parents who lose their child? [duplicate]

When a child loses his parents, he is referred to as an orphan. If a woman loses her husband, she is considered a widow. But if a parent loses their child, what do we call them? Childless? Childless ...
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How do you call someone whom you ship your product to?

This person receives your product but they MAY or MAY NOT be your customer (maybe someone who can deliver it to your customer like their relative or friends BUT NOT some delivery company). Also, their ...
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Word/phrase for a story in which time passes between scenes

Stories like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn often have large time gaps between narration. Days, weeks, or even years might pass between chapters or scenes in stories such as these. What word or ...
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what do you call someone performing below their potential [duplicate]

What do you call someone who doesn't know their worth or is under-performing their potential?
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4answers
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Proper term for knowing four or more languages?

If bilingual means you know two languages, and trilingual means you know three, what would be the proper term for knowing four, five or even six languages?
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A word for converting numbers to (number / 1000) + K

Is there a word for the case where a number has been converted to something with a trailing ‘K’ (and possibly ‘M’ for millions, ‘B’ for billions, ...)? Example: 250,000 changes to 250K It will ...
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What do you call a blanket used for moving?

When renting a moving van you can also rent or buy blankets to wrap around your furniture to protect them while moving. They are typically not too pretty, most often gray, made from cotton fibers from ...
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A simple word for 'things we dont do' [on hold]

I need a simple word defining 'things we dont do'. Tell me as many words because I need to do an assignment. Please help me out. Thank You.
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A person or entity that decides how an obligation should be fulfilled

Let's say that I caused some nasty accident and someone was hurt and a judge told me that I have an obligation to amend their damage somehow. However, some other person (or entity) will decide how ...
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What's the name for a place where powder is kept?

In French we have the word poudrière which basically means a "powder house", although the military world seems to prefer the French equivalent of powder magazine. In English, poudrière gets ...
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Word for someone who thought of an idea

I was looking/wanting a word to describe a person who thought and kindled an original idea and was the first to do it. Say you come up with an idea for a device or an idea for software or something ...
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Term meaning careful and thorough, almost excessively so [duplicate]

I'm trying to think of a term which means that one expends extra effort or materials in making sure that something is done properly, to an almost excessive or extravagant extent. One good is example ...
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Word request: Generalization of “spike” and “scuttle” and “slight”

An author I know wrote this on his Facebook page: There is a term of military art I cannot remember, that I need for a book, and that is driving me [batty] trying to find. So what is the single ...
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Word for “to make italic”?

When we make text bold, we can just use the verb "bold". When we make text underlined, we can use the verb "underline". But which verb would we use for making text italic?
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When a person is completely entranced by the monotony of - for example - a road

I remember reading about a psychological effect that can happen to - for example - drivers, when they are driving on a monotonous road, where they are completely entranced by the monotony of that ...
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Is there a word for a combination of utopia and dystopia?

There are a number of works that depict an ostensibly utopian society which has elements of or is arguably a dystopia (such as Orwell's Brave New World or what Nineteen Eighty-Four's Airstrip One ...
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2answers
394 views

Is there a word for batlike? [on hold]

The word for snakelike is ophidian. The word for froglike is batrachian. Is there a word for batlike?
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2answers
109 views

How do I say “every three hours” in one word?

Given that tri-hourly means thrice every hour, how then do I say every three hours?
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Synonym for I will get back to you or I come back to you?

What is the synonym for saying I will get back to you or I come back to you?
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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? [closed]

What do you call a person who is always asking for help yet, if you ask for help, suddenly disappears?
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3answers
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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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2answers
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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 [closed]

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 content with anything that is given to him?

I am looking for an adjective for a person who, no matter what you give him/her (materially or otherwise), is never content and always expects more.