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A single word for “blind” and “slow on the uptake” [closed]

We have a word tiomny in Russian which has the meanings blind, dim, and dumb. Is there a word (possibly slang) in American English which is as close in meaning to both blind and slow on the uptake?
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Word for people easily influenced by propaganda

What is the word that describes people who are easily influenced by propaganda or always do what all other people are seen to be doing without much thinking?
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Word for rhetorical style where different arguments get progressively weaker

I'm looking for a word to describe the rhetorical style where one uses different arguments that are not additional, but rather get weaker and weaker. I'm not explaining it very well, so let me give an ...
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What verb could I use to mean “make less anxious”?

What verb could I use to mean "carry out the appropriate actions to make them less anxious"? I thought of using to calm, but this doesn't explain what the current state of emotion (being anxious) is. ...
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If not directions, what are items in the set {northbound, eastbound, southbound, westbound}?

Is there a word that describes an item in the set {northbound, eastbound, southbound, westbound} as distinct from an item in the set {north, east, south, west}? Washington (place) → Washingtonian ...
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What is a more modern variant of the interjection 'Lo!"

What is a more modern variant of the interjection 'Lo!" I'm looking for a single word which has the same effect but is less archaic. It is a very formal context I want to use it in that you may ...
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2answers
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A list of places that you would go to for something you need

Like, grocery store utilities store meat shop car wash bank These are the places (unordered) I would normally go to regularly and possibly all of them in a single day. Is there a name for this ...
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A word like “engooden”, for converting something from negative to positive

And I don't refer to the baseball player. I was asked today for a word which would indicate the changing of something considered bad into something good. But this isn't about "improvement." This is ...
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How do you describe a test that puts you in one of a number of grades (specifying the grade)?

If a test puts you in a particular grade (result), how is it described? For example, "Five tier graded test"? The test might be a language test and the results might be A, B, C, D, E. Please note ...
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Word for the opposite of “hypochondriasis”

Is there a word for the opposite condition of hypochondriasis? For example, someone who denies being sick when they clearly are? I would just say that they are "in denial". Is there any other ...
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Is there a name for adjectives like “beautiful”, “incredible”, “amazing”, etc.?

Is there a name for adjectives like beautiful, incredible, amazing, etc.? Adjectives that are often generically substitutable when, say, describing vacation resorts, or the like. Preferably a name ...
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What's the logical opposite to “onboarding”?

When you have a lengthy process after hiring someone, you call that the "onboarding" process. Is the term "offboarding" correct for a lengthy end-of-contract process? Or what would that be called?
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Category hierarchies or tiers?

Considering the following lists, what would be a good generic word or phrase describing the individual bullet point items? It seems "category hierarchy item" is too wordy/difficult, is there a ...
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What do you call a computer window when it is not maximized or minimized?

What do you call a computer window when it is not maximized or minimized? I have been using unmaximized, but I feel there is a more precise way.
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Hypernym for “compassion”, “malice”, “hatred”, “love”, “inspiration”, etc

It's not specifically an emotion, a feeling, or a state of mind—it's something else. Anyone have an idea what is is I'm looking for? Maybe if someone could complete this sentence: Anger, rage, ...
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Verb for “piece together clues”?

Is there a verb that more or less means "to piece together clues"? I'm looking for something like "detectivize," which, unfortunately, isn't a word. The closest I came up with is "investigate," ...
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Word or a phrase that means your results could be biased toward what you predicted them to be

In psychology I recall we used a phrase or a word that meant that because you predicted the outcome of an experiment, then your results could be biased towards your prediction. Either subconsciously ...
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Word for a public place where people frequently come in contact with one another

Is there a word for a place where people frequently come in contact with one another? This is like an intersection but in the context of general habitable places. For example, [...]as I was ...
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2answers
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Name for equivocal similes such as found in hip-hop lyrics?

I've observed a figure of speech used heavily by rappers which uses the basic construction of a simile—a "this like that" comparison—when the similarity in the comparison is purely linguistic. That ...
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An expression for someone who makes difficulties for himself

Is there a word or expression for someone who is often a cause of difficulties that he later has to overcome? For example, a man who always has to work extra hours to finish his job at time just ...
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String slicing nomenclature

Maybe I'm just not very good with Google, but I'm looking for good terms to use when describing manipulation of strings of characters, specifically words to describe: Removing a prefix Removing a ...
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“Teaching assistant” referring to a student

Can I use "teaching assistants" to refer to students teaching peers in lower grade levels as their extra activities? What is the best word in this case?
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What word could I use to confront a friend who defends the behavior of a gossip?

I would like a word or a phrase to use to confront a "friend" who glosses over the harmful gossip of another "friend." I think she defends the gossip because the gossip is influential in town. My ...
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What term describes the state of being either enabled or disabled?

I need to refer to the attribute of a button that describes whether it is enabled or disabled. "Enablement state" sounds awkward and clunky.
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What is the outcome of an evaluation?

As I understand an evaluation is the process. But what is the outcome? Or is evaluation both, the process and the outcome?
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A word for “Painful Anticipation” [closed]

I am looking for a word to use in this context... A teacher is scheduled to teach English 100. He has taught it before and knows it to be a grind. He believes that, like always, it will be populated ...
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What is the correct term to describe 'primary', 'secondary', etc

What is the correct term to describe the words in the following sequence: primary, secondary, tertiary, quaternary, quinary, senary, septenary, octonary, nonary, denary, duodenary, etc. I am thinking ...
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A word that describes goofing off at work that can be used as an adjective in front of the word activity? [closed]

For example: The unreliable employee often engaged in __ activities like smoke breaks, smalltalk with his fellows, and playing Solitaire during work hours. On Friday afternoons, the employees ...
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What does one do with a recipe?

I'm looking for a verb that means following the instructions written in a recipe.
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“Optional but recommended” vs “optional” [closed]

I am writing an API with some mandatory parameters and some optional parameters. However, some of the optional parameters are highly recommended to the point of being essentially mandatory for any ...
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2answers
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Hypernym for webstore features? [closed]

Behold the following list: Special Offers Free Products New Arrivals Restocked Items Limited Stock These are all... what? Offers? Categories? Filters? Marketing Ploys?
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Telling the truth sarcastically

Is there a term for saying something in a sarcastic manner but you actually mean what you're saying? All the time I say things sarcastically even though I mean what I say. Or if I want to tell the ...
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3answers
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Hypernym of 'deposit' and 'withdraw'

I am looking for a hypernym of to deposit and to withdraw (money to and from a bank account). I thought about several options like "to perform a financial transaction", however I need something more ...
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What is the correct Latinate prefix for honey-eaters?

In English, a vegetarian who eats eggs and dairy products can be referred to as an ovo-lacto vegetarian. By the same token, could a person who eats honey but is otherwise vegan be meaningfully called ...
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A short term for something like “satisfaction + frustration”

Imagine that you are waiting for something you really want to happen, like maybe buying a new gadget. Since you really want it, when you finally happen to get it you feel satisfied and happy. However, ...
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What does a door do on its hinge?

In general sense of the language we would say that a door "opens" or "closes". But I am looking for a one-word answer (preferably) that would indicate its motion around the hinge. Does it swivel, ...
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Adjective for “character” or “alphabet”

Imagine you want to say something like 'Men' are always inside 'Women'... and you want to add something like, character-wise or alphabetically speaking. How do you go about it? The problem with ...
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What is the name of the place trophies go?

My best guess is trophy case but I'm assuming I'm wrong.
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How to better express the idea of “written communication”?

As compared to "verbal communication" or "visual communication", I was wondering if there was a synonym for "written communication" that is semantically similar to the first two. What throws me off ...
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What's an antonym to “legacy”?

I am struggling to find out what the best and shortest way is to describe the opposite of a legacy system (especially in software architecture, where legacy means the system used previously). I need ...
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What's the word for “tiny pieces of food stuck in between teeth”?

Is there a word that describes the tiny pieces of food that gets stuck in between your teeth after eating, and that you get rid of by brushing?
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What is the term for words that have changed meaning over time?

What is the term for words that have changed meaning over time? For example, in relation to this question on Workplace Stack Exchange the term snafu was of military origin and was used to define a ...
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What is a good word to describe someone who is empathetic, quick, and witty in conversation

I’m looking for ideally a single word that describes with positive connotation a highly empathetic and witty person — the type of person who’s a fantastic conversationalist as a result of these ...
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what is one word meaning two people who are of the exact same age? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Word for two people who are the same age I notice this discussion was closed back in February but I need to re-open it because I heard the answer on the radio today. It ...
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Term for “pressure relief valve” [closed]

For a history paper, my argument is that the American Frontier acted as a sort of pressure relief valve for Colonial dissidents who did not agree with Puritan theology. What is a more appropriate word ...
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2answers
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Disbelief at gullibility

What is the name for a feeling (name of facial expression much welcome too) you'd experience, when facing someone apparently believing an obvious lie or scam? "So, imagine this, the guy who came ...
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8answers
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Higher status alternatives to the word 'intern'?

Are there higher status (or at least 'better-sounding', more CV-ready) alternatives to the word 'intern'? At least in the UK, being an intern is perceived as low status, with connotations of being the ...
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2answers
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What is the name of the ɔʏ sound?

What's the English name of the oi sound written as "eu" and commonly found in Germanic words like Deutschland, and names like Euler and von Neumann?
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Reflexive possessive pronoun

Is there a single word (similar to Russian свой for those familiar with Russian) which I could put into this sentence? By tomorrow, one of us will see the money in __ account. meaning that ...
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If the sun rises at morning, what to say about the moon? [closed]

If the sun is said to rise at morning, should I say 'the moon rises at night'? Or is there another expression?