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Proper term for people from eastern Asia

I once posted an article on the web in which I referred collectively to people from China, Japan, and the Koreas as "Oriental". I got an email from someone who informed me that this is an offensive ...
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What's the term describing employer-employee and similar role relations?

What do you call a word relation such as employer-employee, parent-child, teacher-student or doctor-patient, i.e. the relation between two roles that are dependent on each other? You can generally ...
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Looking for a word which means “relating to the order in which things are written down or expressed”

I am looking for a word (which may not exist!). It means something like "relating to the order in which things are written down or expressed"; not, however, the the order in a dictionary (that would ...
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Looking for a certain word

What do you call a person who advocates the use, against an enemy, of methods borrowed from that enemy, or applies the same moral standards as the enemy does or otherwise copies the enemy's behavior ...
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Term for “soft hate” [closed]

I don't know the word for it, so I will call it hate, but it might seem too extreme a word for people from the US. Example from one of the comments I got: Maybe you're playing the wrong sort of ...
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What is the antonym of “boldface”?

Is it nonboldface? Is bold's antonym nonbold? Is it unemboldened? Is it hyphenated? What word do I use to mean text that is not in boldface style?
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Someone who stubbornly refuses to talk

A situation may arise, for example, when parents refuse to give the child something he asks for. Then the child won't speak to parents unless they try hard to convince him. What is the English word ...
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Equivalent word for 'Unfriend' on Social media sites?

I understand that 'Unfriend' is not a valid English word. But, is there an equivalent word for the act of 'Unfriending' someone, like on Facebook? 'Not being on talking terms' is something a friend ...
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Subscriber is to subscription as provider is to …?

As the title suggests I am looking for a noun which describes the connection between a person (the provider) and the objects or services he provides. It will be used in the same context as the pair ...
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Read, write, speak and?

Saying "I can read XXX" is precise in referring to the ability to understand only written text. Saying "I can understand XXX" could refer to either reading or understanding audio. Is there a single ...
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A word to describe the color of hair that is nearly jet-black, but slightly brown? [closed]

What is a word to describe the color of a person's hair whose hair is nearly jet-black, but slightly brown? For what it's worth, the person whose hair I have in mind is female with long, straight ...
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Single word for people who are like “a frog in the well”

Is there a single word describing someone who is like a frog in a well? The frog believes the well is the entire world. How can I describe people who think that their own small environment is the ...
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Is there a term for preloading video?

When playing videos with slow connectivity from YouTube, I often pause the video to allow the loaded video portion to grow. I was wondering if any of the technophiles could weigh in on a possible ...
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What should I call a place that sells “street food”?

Today I went sightseeing in my city. After I got home I wrote the diary in English, but I didn't know what to call a place that sells "street food". Should I call it restaurant, cafe or something ...
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What word should I use when I want to say someone said?

A said that "if you want to get this job, you must know about computer hardware." B state that "you must finished this task within this week, otherwise we will have problems" I know and use only 2 ...
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Image in article

What would you call an image in a newspaper article that appears in the flow of the article with text wrapped around it? For example an article with two columns — on the right column there's an image ...
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Word for people who buy things because they are more expensive/ for the brand

Is there a word for people who buys things because they are more expensive or because they are specific brand or label? These people don't buy the items because they are higher quality. They buy them ...
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What is the word for the high-pitched “sex sound” a woman makes?

The other day I was texting someone and I was talking about Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I wanted to say it's cute when she makes that [high-pitched sex sound a woman makes] sound when she's fighting. ...
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What are the reflective thingies called in English?

I'm looking for the proper word for these things you wear to avoid being driven over by cars at night.
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Word for someone who sleeps during the day

People are sometimes said to be a morning person or a night person. I also know that the term for something related to night is "nocturnal". Is there a specific word for a person who sleeps during ...
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Footage shot in advance

Is there a word meaning "footage shot in advance" in English? I mean, there's a live TV show and before the host starts interviewing his guest, some material from her earlier life and work, or ...
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Verb form of “likely”

Is there a verb meaning "to make likely or probable" or "to make unlikely or improbable"? I'm more in need of the latter, but I assume that if the former exists, the latter might too. Edit: I'm ...
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Is there a single noun that describes “need not”?

There are four types of deontic modality, which can be expressed by the following modal expressions: Can Need not Must not Must Out of these, 1, 3, and 4 respectively corresponds to the following ...
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Noun describing one who “acts on emotion primally”?

I’m looking for a noun to describe someone who “acts on emotion primally”, or something similar. To clarify, I’m trying to make a point about how the fanaticism of tech-fetishes (iPhone fanboyism and ...
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Term for space in a bank where tellers work

Is there a term for the work area inside a bank branch, the "behind the counter" area where tellers work and cash, checks, deposit slips, etc. are kept?
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“Interested” is to “interesting” as “curious” is to what?

I can't find any perfect matches in dictionaries. Does there exist such a word at all?
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Is there a name for the phobia of not having access to the internet?

Nomophobia is the fear of being out of mobile phone contact. Is there a name for the fear or phobia of being away from / not being able to reach the internet?
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Is there a single word when the clock hands meet?

I'm not sure if such word exists, but English is not my native language. The word I'm looking for describes the time when the clock hands overlap. In my language there is such a word, it is "cager", ...
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Neutral term for a person in the same organization

Is there a neutral term for a person who belongs to an organization to which I also belong, not implying a personal relationship? Inside a business, one might use colleague or peer. Business to ...
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Synonyms for “Needs some attention” and “getting attention”?

I have a particular English issue. I'm looking for short (one word if possible) descriptions of two concepts mentioned in the subject of this question. I'm building a software application and I need ...
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24answers
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Is there a word for a non-geek?

I am looking for a term which clearly defines somebody as a non-geek, without being derogatory. The best example I have seen is muggle, but it needs context to be understood, as in "You don't meet ...
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What is the inverse term for a proxy?

I'm in a similar situation to crodjer, in that I am struggling with a word to describe a concept. In his case, he had a job, for which some people are responsible, say: a, b, c, d and e. In my case, ...
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I want to murder all humans [closed]

Ok, not really. But I was wondering what the appropriate word is for that; "Genocide" applies to murdering all people of a certain race, while "Omnicide" means ending all life. What is the correct ...
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Are there any words I can use to disambiguate “biweekly”?

We have two words for events occurring in periods of years - biannual meaning twice a year, and biennial meaning once every two years. However, my colleagues talk about having meetings biweekly. This ...
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A generic term for both fast-forward and rewind modes?

I'd like to add an option to some program that would control the speed (or more exactly the delay between steps) in fast-forward or rewind modes. I don't know how to name it. If it wasn't for the ...
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Adjective or adverb describing promotion of self or group one belongs to

Is there an adjective or adverb depicting self-promotion (or promotion of a group one belongs to)? I am thinking of something that has a somewhat negative connotation, in the spirit of phrases ...
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How do you say “come a long way” in one word?

I'm writing a technical paper and need to say something along these lines: The technology in this area has come a long way in the past twenty years... But I think "come a long way" doesn't seem ...
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A word to refer to both physical objects and conceptual ideas

If I am referring to a number of concrete objects I can use multiple terms such as bodies, objects, things, etc. If I am referring to a number of abstract concepts I can also use many terms such as ...
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Is there a formal term for “snail mail”?

Once "email"* entered the lexicon, we needed a term to differentiate it from what we can call regular, hand-delivered mail. One term in broad usage is "snail mail." But in a project I'm working on, we ...
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Feeling of losing one's love [closed]

Suppose I break up with my girlfriend and I still love her very much. And it is impossible for us to resume our relationship. What's the best word or expression that will describe my feeling? I feel ...
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What is the opposite of “patricide”? [closed]

What’s the opposite of the word patricide? I’m looking for the word that describes the act (or the person, to keep in similar vein with suicide, patricide, etc.) of a father killing his son out of ...
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Short antonym for 'professional' [closed]

I am considering a social media account for updates that are personal, chatty, opinionated, and specific to my geographic location. That is to say, not career-oriented or professional. I need a term ...
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What is a word for the art of making watches/clocks [closed]

In French, such an interest/profession is referred to as horlogerie from horloge (watch/clock). I am just wondering if there is an equivalent term in English?
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What is a less offensive synonym for “hypocrite”?

Is there a word that describe a person who doesn't "practice what they preach"? Basically, is there a synonym for "hypocrite" that carries less pejorative connotations? For example, let's say a ...
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“Dichotomy” but for three

What's the best way to express the idea of a dichotomy over 3 entities? Is trichotomy sufficiently clear, meaningful and correct?
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Is there a term that defines nostalgia for something you've never experienced?

Often I find I have a sense of nostalgia for things I've never actually experienced, in a way that rivals the same sort of feelings I have for things I have experienced. For example when listening ...
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Can you find a noun for the word “diminish”? [closed]

What I meant by "diminish" is the reduction in value of something abstract. For example: The purpose of the principle is to set a standard of morality according to the promotion or __ of ...
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Word for person always after what he does not have and not cherishing what he has [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Term for “constantly unsatisfied soul” Is there a word for a person who is always after what he does not have and does not cherish what he has? If not, any ...
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Most accurate word for coercing an action or behavior from someone?

Alice has a sensitive secret about Bob. She threatens Bob that if he does not act a certain way, she will reveal the secret. What is the most accurate term for Alice's coercion? Blackmail is related ...
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What is the male equivalent of “damsel”?

Is there a male equivalent of "damsel" ? damsel (dam·sel) Pronunciation: /ˈdamzəl/ noun archaic or literary    a young unmarried woman. (from OxfordDictionaries.com)