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Is there a word for a woman going away from home to learn etiquette

I was wondering if there is a word that describes either the act of a woman going away to learn etiquette from someone outside her immediate family, or describes a woman who is going away to learn ...
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What is the proper alternative for 'credentialize'?

Usage: The emergence of a second competitor in the market will help credentialize the product and the vision.
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A word for advantages gained by sabotaging competitors

Is there a word to describe the competitive advantage gained from sabotaging a competitor, or more generally the advantage gained from dishonesty? An example: Your office receives pamphlets ...
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Term for exaggerations such as “always”, “never”, “constantly”, and so on

I believe there is a term for words such as never, always, constantly, and so forth; words that generally exaggerate the situation being described. Unfortunately, I can't recall what that term is if I ...
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Is there a fallacy which describes incorrectly correlating the consequences of a decision to the quality of the decision?

EG say a sports team makes a terrible trade and loses their best player. Player then gets injured on new team. That injury doesn't make the decision to trade a good one... I feel like there is a ...
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A word for showing a bit of anger that you are not satisfied with what is offered?

"Thanks for your favor" means that you don't need it, but here actually you would like to take what is being offered but you are not at all satisfied and would like to resign yourself to what is being ...
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What is the term for a string that is made up of fixed-length components?

I have a data string that is defined as having two characters for the ID value, six characters for longitude, etc. "Fixed-length string" does not convey the requirement for internal bits of the string ...
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Word meaning the act of the state taking away one's right to live

I remember once coming upon an essay/article which, among other things, mentioned a (not uncommon) word whose technical definition was the state's act of officially removing a guilty person's right to ...
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What's the word for “adjusting” to keep up with a change

I can't for the life of me remember this word... It's used heavily in the Star Trek series for when engineers have to make live adjustments to keep up with some changing variable. It's a verb and ...
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Is there a word for the mental state of laughter?

We speak of madness when someone is in a fit of anger, and being smitten when someone is in love(with someone), etc. But what about when someone just can't stop laughing? i.e, when someone is "...
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Word for “only caring about oneself ”

I was trying to convey my opinion about a person I knew, when I faced this question. I had to describe a person who cared only about himself: his personal well-being, wealth, luxury, happiness are his ...
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Alternative to “In real time”

Is there a better alternative to "in real time"? For example: People tweet in real time. People tweet live. [seems kind of unnatural to me]
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Is there a short term for “without a date of expiry”?

Is there a short term for lack of a date of expiry when talking about documents? I'm specifically interested in identification document (ID).
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Two cultures — “bicultural”, one culture —?

I am looking for a word that means that somebody only has one culture. For example, somebody immigrating from Country 1 to Country 2 would be bicultural. What is someone who has only one culture. I ...
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Can I say 'to acknowledge a payment?'

If I issued a payment to a company, and I wanted them to notify me when receiving the payment, could I say 'please acknowledge the payment when receiving it?' Is the word 'acknowledge' alright to be ...
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Short form or a single word for 'Lab Supervisor' [closed]

Just wondering if there is a Short form or a single word for 'Lab Supervisor'? I need the short form / single word to be at most 8 to 9 letters as the short form / single word will be placed on a menu ...
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Word for reading without a pause

What is the word for reading something continuously without a pause? He read the whole paragraph ...
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Opposite/inverse of duplicate

What is a word that can function as the inverse of a duplicate question on Stack Exchange? I was looking, in the context of this question on meta, for such a word to distinguish the closed duplicate ...
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Tired in an enjoyable way

I'm looking for a single word meaning "tired or fatigued in a good or enjoyable manner", as one would feel after a good day's work, or after some proper exercise. For example: After a strenuous ...
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Generic name for places like village, town and cities

There is the German word Ort or Ortschaft which is a hypernym for places where people live like villages towns cities etc. Is there a correspondent word in English? I don't want to use location ...
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Single word for random selection

I want a word that means "Selected from the pool/set" - randomness is implied but not necessary. What is a good word for this? It would be used in a sentence like: The parameter is selected ...
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What report is given to a boss at a higher rank by bypassing the immediate boss?

Is there a single word that can be put before "report" meaning a report given to a boss at a higher rank by bypassing the immediate boss?
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Antonym of “to telescope”

The verb "to telescope" conveys in a picturesque way the meaning that an elongated object slides into itself, so that it becomes smaller. I'm looking for an equally attractive verb to convey the ...
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Word for pulling and releasing in kite flying

When flying a kite, there are moments when you need to quickly pull on the string and let it go so that the kite can catch the wind and go up. Is there a word for this action?
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Is the word “connector” in meaningful for a software product [closed]

We have a product that synchronizes data between an online-shop and a popular erp (enterprise resource planning) system. Now the question is, if the product name "System1Name System2Name Connector" ...
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Alternative word for “arguably better”

I am trying to find a word for it different than "arguably better" because I am trying to avoid arguing or pointing out the reasons why it is arguably. May you suggest me an alternative word?
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Are there any special English words describing indexed items which are displayed first word last?

The indexes in the back of some books contain items which are listed with the first word at the end, e.g.: An entry for "The Golden Goose" would be listed as "Golden Goose, The". An entry for "...
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Mild red condiment [closed]

Is 'paprika' the English word describing mild red condiment consisting of the dried finely ground pods of various sweet peppers? I have noticed that 'paprika' is rarely used for this pourpose by other ...
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Loaf of French bread

What is the English word describing a long thin loaf of French bread, which crust is appetisingly golden and crunchy, and the bread inside is light and fluffy?
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What's the opposite of a greeting? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What term is used for the closing of a letter? You use a greeting when you need to open communication with someone, but is there a word for when you need to close ...
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What word describes a person who signs an official document?

For example, I have a document that has the signatures of three people, all public servants: a tax collector,an inspector, and a school principal. How could I collectively describe these three people? ...
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What words are similar in meaning to “monosyllabic” or “disyllabic”, but refer to the letters and not the sounds?

The words "monosyllabic" and "disyllabic" seem to describe words with one or two sounds. I'm looking for a similar word, but that instead describes a word constructed from only one or two letters (e.g....
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“Freshman”, “sophomore”, what next?

I know first and second year undergraduate students are freshmen and sophomores respectively. Are there similar terms for third and fourth years, given most programmes are three or four year ...
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A term or phrase expressing the cheapening of a quality by measuring it in monetary terms

I am looking for a term that expresses something along the lines of to measure something of value (especially an abstract, often positive quality such as bravery or effort) in monetary terms in a ...
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A word or phrase meaning the utter failure of a work product

What are some alternate ways to describe a work product that is an utter failure, plus the additional connotations of: Low quality; of little or no redeeming value; completely botched Doomed from ...
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Looking for a suffix that is opposite of “-prone”, but softer than “-proof”

Say I'm talking about a car that has less of a tendency to crash than other cars. It is the opposite of a "crash-prone" car. But it isn't "crash-proof" either, in that you can crash it if you try ...
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what would be synonym of 'utility' in the sense of 'marginal-gain'

I wanted to ask, what would be synonym of utility, when it is used in the sense of marginal-gain. For example, we say: Among two competing persons, I prefer giving this object to Person-A, since ...
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Verb for increasing the vertical dimension of a space?

The highway department is currently enlarging a tunnel, not to widen it but to... what? Is there a single verb that means to increase the vertical dimension of something? (For purposes of this ...
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What's the word for “preferring this option/choice”

Context: I have two options to spend the coming summer, one would be to find a internship job and the other one would be to just relax and maybe try to do one of my projects that I have been telling ...
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Association for profit

What do English people call an association of two or more individuals or companies engaged in a solitary business enterprise for profit without actual partnership or incorporation? Is there a single ...
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What word describes our habit to use extremes in language, and what are its implications?

I have heard that in America, and likely elsewhere as well, we are beginning to be more gratuitous with our use of extreme words when not entirely accurate, such as the words "awesome", "always", "...
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Word for “personal reason for not being able to do something”

If a person wants to do something but he is not able to do that due to some personal reason, what is the exact word for that reason?
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A word to describe two (far apart) locations

I'm looking for a word to describe locations that are far apart. My sentence is: The manufacturer uses two _____ locations, thus requiring two inspectors.
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What is the exact opposite of 'sin'? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What's the opposite word for “sin”? Well, I have got the answer 'virtue' from most people I asked. But still the answer is not satisfactory to me.
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Word meaning “nearby in time”

I am looking for a word that has a similar meaning to "adjacent," except referring to time instead of space. For example, maybe I'm at a film festival and I'm watching three movies in a row, and I ...
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Word for number or word that reads the same when inverted or mirrored

The number I am thinking of is 80808. This is a palindrome. However, it is more than a palindrome, because it can be flipped or mirrored and will still read the same way. Is there a word for this?
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Word for a person who likes to torture himself by learning something difficult

I want to describe myself as someone who likes to torture himself by learning something really difficult and not very useful. I know there's such a word for describing someone who likes to be ...
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Communication technique which transforms our point of view by looking at the same situation from different perspectives [closed]

How is it called a communication technique which transforms our point of view by looking at the same situation from different perspectives, as it is described in sentences below? “Your mother ...
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Single word for “humorous in an intellectual way”

How to describe something (in this case, a description) that is humorous in an intellectual way?
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What is the noun to refer to the 64- or 32-bit -ness of an operating system

I know that "processor architecture" can be used to refer to whether the processor is 32-bit or 64-bit (or something else), but what word can be used for the operating system? Note that it's not ...