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What are specific cartoon-type interjections like “cough” and “sigh” called in English?

In comics, for example those by Walt Disney, interjections that describe or emphasize in words what the characters in the image are doing are quite commonly used (cough, sigh, tweet). According to ...
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Word that describes a collection of goals

I have a list of goals, and I need a word that would best describe it. A person would need to complete work on these goals to achieve their overall goal. E.g., "weight loss" would be a main goal, with ...
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Is there a word to describe female between 'girl' and 'woman'?

I've been trying to find a word that describes someone that's older than a 'girl' but not yet a 'woman'. It seems the connotation of girl is an immature female that's still growing up. Whereas a woman ...
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How to say “I'm calling to touch base” without using the idiom? [closed]

Is there a common phrase or a word to convey the same meaning?
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Word for people who change their opinions easily? [closed]

I'm wondering if there is a specific word describing this trait. For example if I tend to think that 'If I pass this exam I am a genius, if I fail I am an utter imbecile'?
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Word that describes a response to an approach [closed]

Here's a situation: We have a list of companies that we want to talk to. So we approached them. And some of these companies have gotten back to us. This act of getting back to us: Are they ...
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Category of words — 'another', 'an additional', “an alternative”, etc

I'm afraid I've had a sudden lapse of memory and have forgotten what category these kinds of words belong to. These words are used to expand upon another point within the same category. For example: ...
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What is the word to describe a small saying that doesn't say anything too useful? [closed]

I was thinking of the word platitude, and I thought of aristoteles because of the "plato"-like sounding thing even though apparently it comes from French. Thanks...
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What is an alternative to “hairy” for things which don't have hair?

My 2-year-old son has to bring in interesting leaves and foliage into nursery this week. We came across a leaf that we have been describing to him as "hairy". However, it occurred to me that it is ...
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Most apt word for “sexual humour”

What is the most apt word to describe sexual humour in a movie?
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word that means: causing a paradigm shift, new era, revolution

I can't think of the word and it's driving me nuts. I'm looking for a word that can be used when some technology is discovered, way of thinking, or even event happening that causes a big change in ...
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What will be the opposite of “teetotalers”?

I just come across a word teetotalers that means "A person who never drinks alcohol". What will be the opposite of this word in the same context?
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Idiom, word, or expression meaning an easy-to-do task

I am looking for a term, expression, word, or idiom to describe a task as an easy one to do or to go through. What I’d normally say is: Actually it’s not difficult, it’s as easy as drinking a ...
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Word for change in velocity

Is there a good word for change in velocity, but not over time? That is, position is to displacement as velocity is to what?
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What is an appropriate word/phrase for the feeling one has when doing something that feels sort of disagreeable, even though it is good

All I can come up with is "it felt so wrong, like using a Coca Cola to take a vitamin" Edit: In that example, it's not so much the idea of "cancelling out" the benefit of the vitamin, it's more doing ...
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Name given for use of capital cities to represent the government [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a term for referring to an organization by its city rather than by its name? I can't come up with an example I actually read right now, but the capital city is ...
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What is a word for food preferences?

What single word would you use to describe a list of food preferences, which includes: Allergies (e.g., shellfish) Sensitivities (e.g., lactose intolerance) Dislikes (e.g., Brussels sprouts) Likes ...
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What is the opposite of “upsell”?

The dictionary defines the verb "upsell" as such: Main Entry: upsell Definition: to try to persuade a customer to buy a more expensive item or to buy a related additional ...
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What is the opposite of using something judiciously?

I want to tell a colleague to use a particular file wherever possible. Basically the opposite of using it judiciously. I ended up saying "use the file at will" — but it got me wondering if there ...
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What is the word for nouns with gender-specific forms?

Thought I would try a question with visual aid.* The image below shows Claire Danes, "Actor", in a kiosk poster for the Met. The variation in usage between actor and actress for female thespians is ...
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Audio database is recorded under * conditions

I want to describe a recorded speech database in an academic paper. It has been recorded via telephone. People call from their home / workplace, but not under very noisy conditions. Usual ...
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Word for prematurely calling a middle-aged person old? [closed]

My title may not completely reflect the meaning I am trying to get across. I am writing a card for my dad (who is 58 this year) to go alongside a gift I am getting him. I know he enjoys shooting, but ...
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A word for moving from one website to another

Here's the situation: I browse Tumblr, and then I go to, let's say, Youtube. What is the word for the action? The noun? It's not conversion, or click-through, I just move from one website to another. ...
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What is it called when a letter is within another letter?

What is it called when a letter is within another letter? For example, the letter O within the letter L: Edit: Or the first C in the Coca-Cola logo: Does this arrangement of type have a name?
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What is one word for only one option? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Expression for a choice which isn't really one What is one word for "only one option"? I am curious because I have to have an antonym for choice.
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Word for “rich and wasteful”

We were just thinking that that is a concept that really ought to have a word. "Wastefully rich"; for example, smoking a $100 bill as a cigarette.
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Other word for discrimination based on demographic categories?

I am looking for a stronger word than "discrimination", which somehow remains ambiguous because of its multiple meanings. I am especially interested in referring to discrimination in the sense of ...
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Is there a term for someone who loves cute things?

Such as arctophile or entomophile? Looking for something more formal sounding than 'cuteophile' or something similarly made up.
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What is the correct term for this juxtaposition of words?

He has a soft spot for playing hard ball Not really a pun, I think. What is the exact term? And correct me if the title can be made better.
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“To go below a minimum numeric requirement”: opposite of “exceed”

Often for configuration settings we have minimum and maximum numeric values. An error message might report that one has exceeded the maximum value. But it seems very wrong to report that one ...
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What is the noun for someone who receives a referral? [closed]

When a referrer (noun) gives a referral (noun) to another person, what is the term (noun) used for the recipient of the referral? "The referred" may work, but am I missing another term? "Referred" ...
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A word for “modify/delete/change a newspaper article” [closed]

a word for " a person/politician asking to review/modify a newspaper article before it is published"
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Is there a name for this method of writing that includes pictograms?

I've seen people write (usually in a humorous way) a 'code-like' message where parts of words are replaced with a pictogram that sounds like that word-part. E.G.: (eyeball) (tin can)(rope knot) ...
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Word for getting service from friends/family unofficially

In Russian, the term "sv'ázi" ("связи") is used to describe something like business connections but it is not that exactly. "Sv'ázi" usually does not refer to friends made through business, but it ...
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What is a word that means “a span of six months”?

Is there a word that means "a span of six months"? That is, I want to connote a stretch of time that lasts half a year, not an event that happens every six months.
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One word for “Having to accept something after numerous co-incidences even though it is against your rationale”

Sometimes you have to accept something based on numerous events asserting it without any tangible proof. For example, let's say a person survives an accident thrice in a day. It is likely that people, ...
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Three years: current (2012), last (2011), but is there a term then for 2010?

I have three years I am putting on a chart: current year, last year, and I'm not sure what to call the year that came before the last. Does it have a name? Would it be "pre-last"?
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Is there a word for left-to-right and top-to-bottom?

When I was learning about web design, and I remember similar things from art classes, people said that the eye sees things the most on a page which are in a line from the top-left to bottom-right ...
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What is the measurement for oxygen?

I'm writing a motivational piece of text and I'd like to write the following: The human body will work until the last _____ of oxygen is depleted. I'm not sure what would be the proper measure ...
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Word or phrase for multilingual pun/word play

The question is about multilingual jokes or puns, and if there is a word for them in English. Some examples: A German-English friend sometimes says Senkfuss instead of “thank you.” Senkfuss means ...
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Word for someone that pays more for the same thing?

Consider the following scenario: In a given store, there are two shirts available for sale, shirt (A) and shirt (B). Both are exactly the same, except shirt (B) is twice as the price. Is there a ...
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where does the word 'satst' get used? and what does it mean really?

While reading the poem "Paradise Lost" by John Milton, I came across the usage of the word satst. Can anyone tell me what it means? I can gather what the other words imply, but for this one I needed ...
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Word for “not consciously aware of” [closed]

What's the word to convey the meaning "not consciously aware of"?
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What do you call someone who likes controversial things? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What do you call a person who does/thinks the opposite of the crowd for just that reason? For example, there is an almost-normal person, but this person has a special ...
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English for French word “équivalence”, in an academic context

I'm looking for the English word for the French "équivalence", in an academic context. It is used when one has followed a course with material that is sufficient for another course, and as such, the ...
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Alternative to “accessible”

In the context of a technical manual, engineers use the word "accessible" to indicate that a piece of hardware should have "easy access" for repair, maintenance, and other modifications. What would ...
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What's the idiom for getting lost in a (malfunctioning) bureaucracy?

In German, the noun "sand"1 has a verb form, versandet, which is used to express how items get completely lost in the bureaucracy of administration, and even are not done at a later stage. Is there a ...
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A word that describes a process that can be both good and bad

I am searching for a word that can describe an object or process as having both bad and good elements. I realize this is a repeat of this previous question, but I do not believe the suggestions ...
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Is there a word that describes the separation of dollars and cents?

Take the following amount: $ 12.54 I am looking for a term that describes the separation of dollars and cents. Of course there is a term that describes the character that does the job which ...
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Is there a word for my ex-spouse's new spouse?

With modern high divorce rates, a lot of people get married more than once in their lives. Saying "my ex-wife's new husband" is a bit awkward. Is there anything more graceful? I came across it in ...