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What expression do you use in a CV if you have redone something?

I am writing my CV at the moment and I am at a tricky part. I have redone a software for a company and I want to include this in my CV. I have in my CV: "Erstellung eines Warenwirtschaftssystems ...
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What's the opposite of “omniscient”? [closed]

What's the opposite of omniscient, which means having infinite knowledge, or simply "all-knowing"?​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​...
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Looking for the opposite of “drill down”

I am a programmer working on a chart component that allows to drill down on selection of a node. Drilling down will show the details of that node (like its children etc.). But I am struggling to find ...
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Are “unestimated” and/or “non-estimated” correct English?

When something is not estimated, is it correct to say that it is unestimated or non-estimated? For example, in certain project management techniques, tasks can be "estimated" which means one or more ...
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First appearance of a ghost after a person's death

In the ballet Giselle, the title character dies at the end of Act 1. One wouldn't generally describe her ghostly presence in Act 2 as the result of a resurrection, because that implies that her ...
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Word whose definition is “words that have multiple meanings”

What is a word whose definition is "words that have multiple meanings"?
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Like ambidextrous, but for a thing

We know that "ambidextrous" describes (roughly) the ability to use both hands. Are there words in English the capture the idea of something that is "suitable for use by either hand"? Similarly, is ...
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“This is actually true” vs. [sic]

I often find myself in need of a short expression, to emphasize that what I just wrote (not quoted) is actually true. In cases of paradoxes or illogical truths for instance, like The Monty Hall ...
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“Taste” is to “flavor” as “touch” and “sight” are to what?

For the senses, we have: flavor for taste aroma/odor/scent for smell sound for hearing ____? for touch/feel ____? for sight/see So one tastes a flavor, smells an aroma, hears a sound, feels a(n) ...
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“each day” → “daily”; “every other day” →? [duplicate]

Is there an adjective that means "every other day"? I found "bidaily" but it seems to mean "twice a day", not "every second day" (not even both as "biweekly" does). I'd need this word to very ...
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Denying own statement

Is there a word of phrase for someone who denies their own statement? It’s like when somebody snitches and then denies having done so.
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“New” is to “novelty” as “archaic” is to…?

Is there a noun form of the word "archaic"? The closest word I can think of is "old-fashionedness" but it seems rather clumsy.
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“hanging on the rope of”

I'm looking for two single words, a verb and a noun, with similar content, which could be best inserted in these sentences: In some countries workers are entirely _______ 1 of/to/on their ...
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Collective term for all those involved in producing a film?

Is there a single word that covers both the cast and crew of a film? I'm certain there is but can't think of it and, given the topic, Googling just results in lists of films. Can someone please tell ...
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Headline Language

Is there a particular term for the abbreviated language used in headlines (removed of at least articles and conjunctions)?
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How do you describe this trait/behaviour?

I'm trying to describe this personality trait/behaviour that someone demonstrates. Consider this situation; while a group of colleagues hangs out at a bar, someone suddenly suggests a lottery group ...
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What’s a funny word for someone who is frequently breaking things?

What do you call a person who is not very careful by nature, one who is constantly breaking things, missing appointments, stumbling into walls, and things like that? Hopefully not too harsh a name, ...
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Word for attaching blame to inanimate objects

In a recent court case in Darlington, a man was convicted of destroying a door with a machete. He was sentenced to some trifling inconvenience, but the magistrates were careful to order the ...
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Term for things like “naughty step” where the step is not what is naughty

Can anyone remind me of the grammatical term for the apparent misapplication of an attributive adjective, as in the phrase "the naughty step" (where it is not the step itself that is naughty but the ...
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What would you call someone that you ask for directions?

I'm driving around and I stop to ask someone for directions to my destination, is there an English word for that person?
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Antonym for “prestigious”

I am looking for a way to describe a business that has sacrificed traditional prestige for effectivity. I understand the most direct antonym is unprestigious, but I'm not sure this word conveys what I'...
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4answers
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Special name for royal titles?

Is there a name for the title/nickname that some members of royalty get? For example, "King Larry the Kind".
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What do you call a statement like “How to perform a change of ownership” [closed]

What do you call a statement similar to the following? "How to perform a change of ownership" I wish to request user input by asking a question such as: "Please enter your title in the ...
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Idiom/word/saying request: Accepting a situation out of desperation

How can I say for example: Individual retailers run out of business when a big fish came to town. So they had accepted that they cannot compete and closed their stores. In the novel To Kill A ...
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1answer
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What's the word for a word that suddenly becomes famous?

What's the right word for a word that suddenly becomes famous? I know buzzword. Are there any similar words or common phrases, like shot up word? My specific context is that I am looking for some ...
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A word or phrase for “temporarily not working”

Is there a word or phrase for temporarily not working since one has gone on vacation? I thought out of work could be used but that means unemployed or having lost one's job EDIT I am looking for a ...
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What's that word meaning 'thus more strongly for X'?

What's that word meaning 'thus more strongly'? As in X applies to Y, and thus even more strongly to Z. E.g.: The body's immune system needs warmth, so adequate heating is good for you (and [this ...
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Archetype in which a person sees he had the objective with him all along

Is there a name for the plot archetype in which the hero goes on a quest, only to realize in the end that he had the objective with him to start with? Is this a recognized archetype?
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Idiom/saying/word request for “inappropriately complex analogy”

I'm looking for an adjective, saying or idiom for an analogy which makes the things even harder to grasp, that was supposed to make things easier to understand. Examples: A guy makes an analogy to ...
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A word for “not needing directions in order to solve an issue”?

Is there a word to describe the ability to be able to complete tasks without necessarily needing instructions, i.e. finding it out yourself. It's for a personal profile in a CV.
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Is there a term for how old films appear to wiggle on screen, if only slightly?

I was watching some of Charlie Chaplin's videos and couldn't help wondering what caused them to look as though the cameraman had unsteady hands. But obviously, it's not the cameraman's fault, ...
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A word for this cramp-like sensation

I'm trying to look for this word that describes this sensation that you sometimes get on your body most commonly on the lower limbs when it's stayed in the same position or put under pressure for a ...
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Word for supplementary text detailing notation, assumptions and conditions

When setting out an equation, it is common to have a block of text that details the notation used, assumptions made and conditions under which the equation is valid. For example, Newton's Law of ...
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Is there a word for female necromancer? [closed]

Is there a word for female necromancer (sorry for repeat of title, but stackexchange complained about lack of body)?
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What’s the opposite of “singleton”?

A singleton has an established meaning in programming and mathematics, but I'm curious about the more general use of the term (as defined by Merriam-Webster): 2a : an individual member or thing ...
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A person who finds peace or pleasure in seeing other people in same trouble that he is in

Consider a person who is in pain, sad and in a difficult position/situation, and finds another man in the same situation and feels happy. What would we call such a person? There is a word having its ...
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6answers
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Word for “handout issued by teacher”

I am looking for a single word to describe the hand-out given by teachers after training for the purpose of self-learning. I would like something other than snap-shot, fast facts or bite-size.
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What is the opposite action of “enlist”?

What is it called when someone is done with the task that he/she enlisted for? I.e.: They enlist. They do what they signed up for. They __.
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Lecture/presentation/event: “conduct" vs. “carry out” vs. “hold”

When talking about a lecture, presentation, or event, what verb should be used? As far as I understand, any of conduct, carry out, or hold are possible here. What’s the difference, and which of them (...
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How to describe the various ways in which one can experience something?

I'm looking for a word that means "The various manners in which one is able to enjoy, gain fulfillment from, and/or experience a given activity." For example, you could say "The <filler noun> ...
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What's a more sophisticated word for “gadget”? [closed]

I'm looking for a word that isn't tacky like gadget, but that describes interesting and novel technological items.
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Subscribed/unsubscribed

I am using a notification system where I have trouble naming a category of user. A user can subscribe to the newsletter of the week. If the user set his settings, and decides to receive the ...
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single word for 'Hospital' and 'Clinic'

I am developing a software that requires users to enter hospital or clinic name. The software treats clinics and hospitals the same way. I wanted to know a single word that can be used for any medical ...
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Is the word 'request' by itself as polite form of asking for something?

Is there a difference in the degree of politeness between saying 'I request that you...' and 'Could you, please, ...'? I realize that I could say 'I kindly request...' or 'I would like to kindly ...
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A word describing liking a part of something but disliking the whole entirety

In a (not so?) recent episode of the most excellent QI, Mr Fry talked about a word which meant liking a part of something although not liking (detesting?) the whole entity; e.g. liking the martial ...
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Is there a word for describing a person who experiences schadenfreude?

One word to denote a person who derives pleasure from another's misfortune?
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What's a word (noun) that means a particularly hard and difficult to solve puzzle? [closed]

Think the context would be say in a movie our heros have got into the bad guy's base, and there's this rubiks cube like puzzle object they have to solve, which is especially difficult to solve it's a ....
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If a client is someone we sell to, what do we call those we buy from?

We say client list or customers for people we offer our goods or services, but what word should I use for the company I buy the goods from? Is that also a client?
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What's the complement or corollary of “influences”?

An article on Wikipedia about a literary work might include a list of influences, i.e. a list of earlier works that influenced this one. What about the other way around – a word for a later work that ...
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What word would best be used to describe an entity that “cancels” something?

I am writing some code for an application that initiates an asynchronous action and returns an object that can be used to cancel the action before completion. However, I am having difficulty naming ...