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What would you call 'A person who is ready for support all the time'

What would you call 'A person who is ready for support all the time'? I wanted to write an email and convey to some clients that I will always be there for support, and was stuck when I got to this.
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What is a formal alternative to verb 'toggle'?

For a long time I've been using a word 'toggle' to express change of states (normally button). Now I found out on Dictionary.com / toggle that toggle has such meaning in an informal language as a ...
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Is there a word for capitalizing in the middle of a word, as in “eBay”?

Usually this sort of word is a trademarked name, such as eBay or BlackBerry. Is there a word that describes capitalization mid-word?
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What is a layman's alternative to the IT word “datetime”?

I have a spreadsheet with several columns. And one must contain the date and time. But I don't know what to write as the header. In programming terms, it is a "datetime". But I suspect this would ...
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Word for the person who originally said a quote

Is there a word to describe the person who said a quote?
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What are the names of the pieces of a question mark?

A question mark ? seems to be composed of two distinct pieces, top and bottom. Do these pieces have their own names, and if so, what are they?
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What do you call the “narrator” of lyric poem?

In a narrative poem, the entity telling the story is called the narrator. The narrator is different from the author, in that the author is the real person who wrote the poem, while the narrator is a ...
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Word for “feeling the same as someone”

What is the word for when you feel the same as someone, you see them in yourself or you are in the same situation? I think it starts with the letter C.
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“Initialising” is to “initialisation” as “enabling” is to what?

Is there a valid word for the act of enabling? I want to say "enablement". It is listed in the dictionary, but is it in common use? I've never heard it before. Is there a more apt word?
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1answer
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Single term to include children from multiple births

I’m wondering if there is single term to indicate that a child is a twin, triplet, quadruplet, etc., without specifying the exact number of siblings in the multiple birth. For example, a ...
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2answers
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Is there a word for having more than ten fingers?

I recently read an article about a man who had twelve fingers and twelve toes. Is there a word for this genetic anomaly?
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You think you're right but you're actually wrong

What's a word for when someone is wrong, and they know they're wrong, but they insist that they are right? EDIT: If someone does something and you know they did it, and they know they did it, but ...
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I need a noun in American English that represents the idiom 'to look on the bright side'

We're developing an application where we have categories users may progress towards, and one of them is 'to look on the bright side; to live without worry, etc.'. However, categories are titled with a ...
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Word for a piece of a pie chart? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to name a part of a piechart What is the correct name for a shape which is like a triangle but with one edge circular, like a slice of cake?
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What you call the action of when someone does not do something for you quickly?

They give you a lot of excuses for not doing it but never actually say they won't do it.
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Word for feeling of being used by someone [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Word with meaning of “taking advantage of somebody” Is there a word for the feeling of being used by someone? For example, Person X used Person Y for ...
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Legal name for “individual” vs. “company”

I'm creating an online service and I want both individuals and companies to use it. In the registration form, I want to ask the user: Are you an individual or a company? Are these terms correct ...
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What are these symbols called? ~ ` ^ [closed]

What can I call the following symbols? ~ ` ^
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What's the word for apparently feeling better when lied to?

A word used when patients say they feel better when they have been lied to. Not necessarily lied to, but told they have been given a drug or undergone an operation which would supposedly make them ...
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Word to describe a situation which is “untainted” by a character's usual circumstances

I am looking for a good word to describe and emphasize a duration of time in a different environment, where the relationship between two people is "unaffected" by the worries of their usual ...
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Noun for “person with intermediate skill”

I'm looking for the noun form of "person with intermediate skill". For example, in the context of a particular activity, "person with no skill" might be designated a novice, and "person with much ...
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Is there a term for loanwords that are borrowed back into their original language? [closed]

Is there a word for double loanwords? The only example I can think of right now isn't in English, but it should clarify what I mean. Küçük, meaning small/young, the original Turkish word, was ...
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One that is holding a conversation [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Shorter way to say “conversational partner” What's a good word for something or someone who is holding a conversation? Or perhaps a bit broader, someone who knows how to ...
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Is there a word for “not pronouncing any r's”?

Some find it difficult to form an "r" sound, and some are able to, but just don't. I'm looking for a word which means "not pronouncing r's", without implying inability to pronounce them, though that ...
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A word encompassing both an IP address and the port used? [closed]

For example, if I were to connect to a service with the following address: 68.146.63.194:3609 Is there a word for this type of address? I suppose I could call it just a generic address but I was ...
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What do you call the body of water into which a river flows?

For example, the Nile flows into the Mediterranean. The Mediterranean is therefore the Nile's ____. Edit: I'm looking for a way to name the Mediterranean in relation to the Nile. The Nile is one of ...
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What do you call a person who is easily replaced?

I was thinking "interchangeable", but isn't really used on people. How do you describe someone who is easily replaced by another person. The implied connotation is that they have no inherent ...
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What are the adjective counterparts for “sense” and “sensibility”?

What are the adjective counterparts for "sense" and "sensibility" as in Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility? Would the one for "sensibility" be "sensible"? What is the one for "sense"? Does it have ...
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What is it called when a non-verb is used as a verb?

This is in very common use on the internet. I just read this: "[The] hotel employee walks in, I say "uh, puppy" and she just NOPEd the [heck] out of the room." This is often done by adding 'd to ...
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What is the name of this type of word: “Mr.”, “Ms.”, “Dr.”?

What is this type of word called: Mr., Ms., Dr.? In the document I am using, it is referred to as the "prefix", but I don't think that is correct.
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Words for personal views on life, society, world

I am looking for words for the view of a person on his life or others' lives; words for the view of a person on the whole society, nation, country and/or the world; By "view", I mean what things ...
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Words for not keeping up with supposed pace

I was wondering if there are some words that describe the characteristic of some person that does not keep up with some supposed pace. For example, in orchestra performance by a team, one performer ...
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7answers
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Single word for delaying a decision with only one option?

Can anyone tell me a single word that describes delaying a decision, although there is only one option?
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2answers
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What's the term for an unsecured wifi network that requires logging in through a browser? [closed]

Is there a name for the kind of wifi network that is open (doesn't have WEP or WPA protection or whatever; you can connect to it freely), but which requires you to log in (through a local web page) ...
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A single word for labelling someone a disbeliever in a particular religion despite them adhering to it

Can anybody provide a single word for labelling someone a disbeliever in a particular religion despite them adhering to that religion?
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What word describes the dislike of non-human (extraterrestrial) species?

In this Science fiction question, I use the world "Racist" to describe the human predominance of the Empire, in Star Wars. Someone suggested xenophobic : Well, this is getting a bit into ...
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Is there a word for a compilation of charts? [closed]

What word can best describe multiple charts put together? (Graphs, in math context - not projections or business)
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3answers
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What's the word for learning the wrong thing?

There's a word like mis-learning or mis-training where rather than learning something correct, you learn something incorrect. For example, if you were learning English as a second language, and ...
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What do you call oxidized fruit?

I was just wondering if there was a specific term to refer to fruits when they have undergone oxidation. That is, their flesh turns a yellowish-brown. This usually happens when the fruit has been left ...
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A Vocabulary word meaning: “ to completely embody the meaning of a term ” [closed]

Example: ( a really REALLY bad situation ) This situation __ FUBAR Some synonyms I can come up with: embodies exemplifies
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What do you call a pair of words which would be meaningless without one of them?

I am referring to a set of words that wouldn't make sense if one word or the other was omitted. Like barbershop quartet, or Cyber Security. What do you exactly call this set of words?
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A word for someone trying to make people underestimate him

If someone is trying to make people underestimate him for some purpose, what would be a word for this kind of person or action?
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A word for “I am here!”

I will try to explain it as much as I can, so please bear with me. I am looking for a word which means/implies "I am here" but not for humans, please consider the sentence below: Using ...
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A positive alternative to “smelling” to describe something with a pleasant odor

When one hears that something smells, one would generally assume that it smells bad. Isn't there a word which wouldn't bring to mind the idea of a bad odor? For example, how would you describe ...
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A word for when a word is used incorrectly (grammatically) but can still be parsed in a grammatically correct way?

Does such a word exist? An example: Do good. Supposing that my intention in saying "Do good!" was actually "Do well (on your test)!", the sentence still parses correctly as "Do good (deeds)!" I ...
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On Saturday afternoon or in the Saturday afternoon?

She said she would give me her final answer on Saturday afternoon. Should it be in the or on in this case?
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Word for very-fine, see through

Uh, I know there is a word starting with d. it sounds kinda like diophanus or something similar. It referes to very fine clothing, nearly see through clothing. I really don't know the word. Any help ...
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What's the word for a migration from a manual-based system to a IT-based system?

For example, a company that has been using traditional mail can switch to e-mail. I want a generic term for such migrations (other example, tracking system, scheduling, etc.). Perhaps also Question ...
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What is the style of writing used in the Summa Theologica called?

St. Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologica has a very distinctive and consistent style. It seems as though his style of writing starts with a proposition and then lists some objections, then a reply, then a ...
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What is a word for someone who wants to preserve others' cultures?

I'm searching for the word for someone who believes in the preservation of other people's cultures. Does anyone know of a good word for this? I don't think "anthropologist" is a good word, as that ...