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Opposite of “miracle”?

Are there any English words that mean "an unlikely calamity" in that same way that "miracle" can mean "an unlikely beneficial event"? My thesaurus only provides antonyms of "miracle" that mean "a ...
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Word for overwhelming grief

What is a word for the feeling you get when you watch a sad movie, the feeling that you are about to cry? I am looking for a single word that describes the feeling/state.
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What's a collective name for the states of Alaska and Hawaii?

Wondering if there is a common name for the "Dis-contiguous" states of Alaska and Hawaii. If not, what would be a good single word label to describe these two states, especially in context of dividing ...
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Is there a word for extreme classism?

Is there is a word that describes vehement disdain for people who are perceived to have a lower social status than one's self? I'm looking for a word that is to class-ism as bigotry is to racism.
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What is the number written at the end of some names?

As far as I can tell there is [Title/Suffix] [First Name] [Last Name/Surname] [Number]. I am confused on two things really: What do you call the last part of someone's name like "III" for 'the ...
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Name for that sound you make with pursed lips

I tried searching, but couldn't find anything. What's that sound called, the one you make when you purse your lips and make that kissing kind of sound? I guess people make the sound in different ...
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What's single word for fake image? [closed]

What is single word in English for a fake/false image (in terms of personality, not in terms of photograph) of someone?
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Word for “player” without the negative connotations

I wanted to describe someone as a player in the positive sense but the word seems to have too many negative connotations to use without explanation. The word or phrase I'm looking for describes ...
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How to express a risk of breaking a target/objective

I am French, and I am looking for ideally a word or a short expression to express the situation where someone is about to do something that is going to put at danger/risk a goal/target. Let's say ...
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What’s the parent of a clone called?

Let’s say X is cloned to make Y and Y is cloned to make Z. Is there a word that uniquely identifies X in relation to Y? How about identifying X in relation to Z?
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What's the noun-form of “not working”?

The phrase "not working" can be used as an adjective, for example: My laptop is not working. What is the noun-form of the adjective "not working"? E.g. "The not-workingness of my laptop."
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Past participle of “flaw”

According to Wiktionary, the past participle of "flaw" is flawed, and flawn is not mentioned as being a valid alternative. However, the past participle of "draw" is drawn. I know that Modern English ...
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What is the first part of a joke called?

How does one refer to the first part of a joke? The follow up is often referred to as a punchline but I'm unsure how to refer to the first part. Is it a 'joke' or does a 'joke' include the punchline? ...
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An antonym for “what you might have assumed”

It is right on the tip of my tongue, and I have searched the online thesauruses but I can't come up with it. What's the word that could fill in the blank: He came to the ___ conclusion that you ...
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An adjective meaning “along with” right after “quite”

Jack: Do you remember that situation at "Denver Enterprise Hall"? Jim: Oh yes! So how was it resolved? Jack: Well, it turned out that Crawbery was a fake agent. Dina scrapped the whole ...
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Is there a single word that expresses “music end-users / enthusiasts”?

To help a soon-to-be sister site out here, I was thinking English.SE perhaps could lend a helping hand as this is the best place for "word choice and usage". I'm not looking for "naming", but rather ...
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Double words in a sentence, what is this called? [closed]

Trying to find out what double words in a sentence are called. I know there's got to be a word for it. There is for everything! Examples: I had had a good day, until you arrived. We know ...
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Do I update or renew my eyewear prescription?

If I'm going to the optometrist to get a pair of new lenses with a new prescription for my glasses, do I say I'm going to renew, or I'm going to update my prescription?
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Is there one term for grammar, punctuation and spelling?

I"d like to find one term which unites three parts of writing: grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Could orthography or proofreading be used to describe this?
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Is there a word that means “not yet open”?

I'm looking for a single word that means "not yet open". For example: Registration Status: (Open|Closed|XXX) "Closed", while technically correct, can lead to confusion as it implies (in this ...
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4answers
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Is there a word to describe someone that receives a bill?

When a client of mine offers their services, they have to determine to whom to send the bill. Is there a word to describe that person/organization?
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Is there a single word that means 'adding more details' or 'enriching with information'

What is the right word (verb) for a process of adding more details to something that's already been defined? UPDATE: Thank you for your answers! The precise context is as follows: I have a ...
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Hypernym for “webinars” and “podcasts”

I'm looking for a single word that describes both webinars and podcasts. Any ideas?
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A word describing the substance in the human eye

How do they call in English that yellowish substance that is sometimes gathered in the corner of a human eye during the sleep?
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Is there a term for when a character is named after a trait they possess?

Is there a term for when a character is named after a trait they possess? Some examples are Hiro (from Heroes or Snow Crash); a person who is constantly talking named Gabby; or a teacher named Mr. ...
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Is there a single word for 'scaring a person for sake of fun'?

An example situation: My friend is watching a horror movie. He is lost deep into the movie. Taking advantage of this situation I wear a mask of a ghost and suddenly appear in front of him just to ...
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A more gentle word for the word “settled” in the context of payment [closed]

I wrote the following sentence: We will proceed with the registration after the remaining balance is settled. Somehow, I find that using the word settled in this sentence sounds a bit rude. ...
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A word for 'something more' or 'missing from life'

I am trying to think of a word, or phrase to describe this feeling. There is something more to my life, something meaning to happen or occur, and I don't know what it is. There is an anticipation of ...
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What word is used to refer to a transvestite hater?

Suppose that someone hates transvestites or hermaphrodites. How should we call such a person? What are most appropriate words to describe exactly that kinds of intolerance? It is in some way close to ...
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Questionee? Inquiree? Interrogatee? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What do you call somebody who asks a question and somebody who answers a question? What do I call a person who is participating in a survey? What's a proper but simple ...
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What is the generic word for a TV broadcast?

What word should I use to translate Russian word "телепередача"? I mean a distinct interval in TV broadcast dedicated to a certain topic and united with the same format such as a talk show, newsreel, ...
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What are the pieces used to fill in a template called?

If I have a template (say a generic letter) that is filled in with various pieces of data (say, the name of the addressee), what is a general term for those pieces of data? For example: Dear ...
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Is there a word that means near-daily?

I am trying to write a document that describes the frequency with which we perform a task. It is usually done daily, however I don't want to be tied to having to do it daily. Is there a more ...
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Idiomatic saying for “just over” and “just under”

Is there an idiomatic saying to say that a distance is about x kilometer, including the connotation of "a little bit more than" or "a little bit less than" as "just over" and "just under" respectively ...
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Decision to not speak on confidential matters

I'm looking for a word: I discussed certain confidential matters with my client. She relied on my __ in not speaking of them. There's a word specifically for this situation, better than ...
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Is there a sales term for how “hot” or “strong” a prospect a customer is?

I'm pretty sure my grammar is off in that title, because I'm awkwardly writing around a missing word. If a salesperson has time to call one of two customers, he or she will want to reach out to the ...
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An inoffensive word for “stupid”?

In my native language, there is a word that has a meaning similar to stupid, but it is friendly and usually used for a close friend or loved one. It even helps the target people to feel happy in some ...
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Situation when a sentence can't be appealed

After a specific period, or if the appeal is found invalid for any reason, or was issued at the final instance court, a sentence becomes valid and is to be executed. I found the translation of the ...
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Word for someone who loves bright colours

How do we call a person having deep love towards bright colours (like he loves to wear very brightly-coloured clothes)?
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Word meaning “feather-like”

I need a word for feather-like. Pinnated doesn't fit, nor fern-like or anything I have thought of. I'd love something to use as in phocine for seal-like.
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What is the name for punctuation marks such as commas and periods that separate things like clauses or sentences?

When I'm editing people's writing, I recently started writing the comment "put an article here" rather than "put a 'the' or 'a' here". Similarly, right now I have to put, "you need a comma or period ...
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Is there a word for “active activities?”

What can I use as the opposite of "passive activities"? "Active activities" sounds too complicated due to the repetition. For example, I enjoy active activities such as sport, dancing or laser ...
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One word for someone who eats hurriedly

What do we call someone who hurriedly pounds on food and eats like as though never seen before. I would like to know an alternate word for that person, either an adjective or noun.
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Adjective for exclusive/selective/picky with positive connotations

I'm working with a friend who's looking for a word/phrase to describe her clientele. She's good enough and well-respected enough that she commands top dollar in her field and usually only works with ...
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Terminology for items made by recycling craft

Recycling craft is the art of making usable items from recyclable stuff. What would be a suitable term for the items produced by this craft?
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What is the adjective equivalent to “content”?

For example, how does one say the equivalent to "a day which made me content" or a "contenting" day?
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Most common name for this kind of image

What’s the most common name for this kind of image? I want to find other similar images, but I don’t know how to formulate my search request.
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An alternative word for “lest”

Reading a book from 1995, I encountered the word lest in the proof of a theorem. I had not seen it in about twenty years of reading and working on mathematical contexts. Is this word used nowadays? ...
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How do you call the crunching sound from bone joints?

When I wake up and do stretching I hear some sounds from my joints. How do you call this crunching sound from bone joints?
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Word choice: An example that is used throughout a thesis

I am writing a thesis in which there is an example that will be used throughout the thesis (repeatedly) to illustrate various methods or various aspects of the theory. I will introduce the example in ...