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Is there a word for a person who doesn't think the rules apply to him?

I'm trying to write a letter to the editor of my local paper about their report of a man who doesn't think the rules apply to him. Is there a word for this? He's a bit of an egoist, demanding to ...
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Word for a time discrepancy in a story

What is the word for the mistake of placing an event or object in the wrong age or decade, such as a film star in a movie about Roman times wearing a robe made of nylon?
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Is there a single word that means “self flagellation” or “self punishment”?

In the back of my mind, I'm almost certain there are at least several individual English word that means to punish one's self. It doesn't have to be physical, necessarily, but it must be some kind of ...
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How can I say “girl” in archaic English?

I'm looking for an archaic replacement for the word girl ?
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Is there a business English word for cancellation after due date?

A booking process has a cancellation option. People can cancel up to 2 days from the start date of a booking. If they cancel after the start date minus 2 days, we charge them for late cancellation. Is ...
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Is there a word for “international or domestic travel”? [closed]

I'm looking for a word that represents "type of travel" where that type is either domestic or international. Does this word exist?
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What single word describes the ability to think analytically?

I am trying to complete the following sentence: This job requires both creativity and X Where X is a single word describing the ability to think analytically. What would the best word be?
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What's the adjective form of “sauce” as “salty” is to “salt”?

Saucy has a totally different meaning. When I describe food having too much sauce, I would like to use an adjective, however salty is not really applicable here.
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Is there a specific term for “conditions treated as though there are OR operators between them”?

I'm writing a program that generates playlists from a large pool of mp3 files. The program can keep track of total playing time, number of tracks and total size of the files, and can be given upper ...
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I need a synonym for “transfer” which makes clear that the recipient has initiated the transfer

I have following situation: There is a software system for managing to-do lists for a team. If a team member sees that a coworker has too much on his list, she can decide to transfer the feature to ...
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What's a generic name for an attack animal?

I'm looking for the name of an animal trained to attack, whether for defense or sport. I feel like it's on the 'tip of my tongue' but can't quite get it. “Blood sport” is a bit too broad (and, in a ...
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Another phrase for “dealing with people you wouldn't normally want to deal with but you do”

Has anyone got a nice phrase for "dealing with people you wouldn't normally want to deal with but you do because they perform a function that you would not want to do or are not able to do"? I have ...
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A single word for a psychological bias [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Word meaning coincidence of reference to the unusual What is that psychological bias called when you come across a particular term and then end up finding it everywhere ...
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One who creates is a creator. What is one who updates?

One who creates is a creator. What is one who updates? An updater? An updator? The last one seems more logical, but also wrong.
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How to express “good teaching skills”

How can I express that an explanation is clear, considering the intrinsic difficulty of the topic? I mean that the explanation might not be easy to understand, if the subject matter is intrinsically ...
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Is there a more fancy name for a “kitchen hole”?

Does English have a specific word for a hole between the kitchen and the living room that is used to get food directly to the dining table? German has the nice Durchreiche, which approximately ...
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Once a super computer, but now no longer?

Is there a word that specifically means or makes reference to a computer that was once considered a super computer in its time, but due to rapid technological advancements, is no longer considered ...
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Arcane/obscure word that represents a person's timeline or daily record

I'm looking for an arcane or obscure word to describe a person's daily record. Words like: account, agenda, appointment book, chronicle, diary, daily record, daybook, engagement book, ...
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What would a cult member call a non-believer?

I'm looking for a term that a crazy cult member would apply to an outsider, a term that implies that such a "non-believer" is ignorant and of lesser worth -- ideally, something that is humorous ...
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Is there a word for a person who gives out too many extraneous details?

I'm looking for a single-word term that describes a personality that wants to give out too many unnecessary details in a conversation. [EDIT] Let me give you guys an example. Suppose you ask your ...
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What is the verb that means to capitalize the first letter of a word?

The word I'm looking for means to capitalize the first letter of some words, but I want to use a single verb since I need to say this many times, as in "*** all the words that appear in the table ...
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What do you call this type of statement?

Assume someone says, "When individual investors enter the market, I know it's time to get out." The speaker is making a serious statement -- yet he is an "individual investor" himself. What do you ...
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Synonym for “pissed off”

Can anyone help me find a little bit more polite way to say "I am pissed off at you"? I know this is used to show anger or irritation, but this is bit harsh. So, do you have any other option?
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Word for a person with a negative attitude

What is the person called who always thinks negative? E.g. Mr. X always thinks negative. Mr. X has negative attitude. What we can use either? Is there any particular word for this?
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Term for strong, forceful mode of speech

How would I best describe a mode of speech that is strong and forceful, especially when voicing a complaint? I’m looking to strengthen this sentence, ideally by getting rid of the adverb ...
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Term for “powerful, moving words”

What is a term for powerful, moving words? Rhetoric implies the opposite (“empty” rhetoric). The nominee’s speech was filled with XXX
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What is the word that denotes the words preceding these nouns?

What word describes/denotes the words that precede vision in the following two words: computer vision and machine vision?
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A synonym for “bastardized” without the evil slant?

With the following definition: To lower in quality or character. Synonyms found: corrupt, pervert, subvert, demoralize, demoralise, debauch, debase, profane, vitiate, deprave, misdirect ...
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Is “actioned” a valid word?

I've just, without much fore thought, used the word "actioned" in the following (example) context, and am now wondering if it's valid (upon a re-read I've decided I don't like the way it sounds, hence ...
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What is antonym of “update”?

The antonym of "upgrade" is "downgrade", quite broadly used. What is the antonym of "update"? Update: Though, I hoped for something like "un-update" because reverting or uninstalling updates are ...
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What is the name of equipment that is used in films, like when saying “scene one, take two”?

What is the name of equipment that is used in films, like when saying "scene one, take two"? The equipment is usually black and white in color.
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Word meaning an object can be “empty”

I'm looking for a single word that can describe a container object as having the ability to be in a state of emptiness. The first word that springs to mind is "emptiable", but that implies an ability ...
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What is a female ass called?

I know a male ass is a jackass, but what is a female ass called? Perusal of the internet suggests jillass or janeass, but I haven't found what might be called an authoritative source.
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What is the word for a plant covered in fine white hairs?

There are some plants whose leaves and stems are not the usual glossy green, but which are covered in very fine white hairs, or white fuzz. One example I have right now in my kitchen would be sage. ...
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What is this an example of: “FOR SALE: Car by elderly lady with new body and spare tire”

Historical examples: Croesus asked the oracle what would happen if he attacked Persia. The reply: ‘A mighty empire will be humbled’. Thank you so much for the book. I shall lose no time in ...
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Term for increasing military presence at sea

What term expresses an increase of troops or other military units in a standoff between two armies, when no actual fighting has yet occurred? Specifically, I'm looking for something in the context of ...
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What is a “remedy” for a “pitfall”?

I am writing an academic thesis related to a specific topic (the actual topic is irrelevant, so let's just call it XXX). The thesis basically consists of: pointing out a couple of problems in ...
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What's the word — an ironic situation

Is there a word or idiom describing a situation where a rebuttal to an argument is evidence to it (especially when it is ironic/meta)? A very simple example: John: “You can talk!” Mary: “No ...
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Is there a technical term to describe why we feel the need to put emoticons and smileys in our writing?

One often wants to convey a kind of mood when writing a comment to another person, especially if what we're saying is ambiguous or can be taken offensively. So, one adds a smiley or an emoticon. Is ...
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A word for the job a cashier does for each customer

A cashier in a grocery store has __ 80 customers today. Expedited? Served? Handled? I have a feeling there's a better word.
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To make something opaque = opaquen?

To make something opaque is to 'opaquen'? How about to make something transparent? Is it 'transparentize'? Edit 1 This is for a computer code library that manipulates colors. I have verbs to ...
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Multiple strands of hair

Is there a word that connotes multiple strands of hair?
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What is the adjectival form of “nemesis”?

If I have a non-person object or idea that I consider to be my nemesis1, how could I refer to the object as a noun but use an embellishing adjective to emphasize that the object is my nemesis? For ...
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“To kill a fly with a…”?

I seem to recall that there is an expression for when you are throwing something too big at a particular challenge: "To kill a fly with a..."? Or am I way off here? Edit: maybe it's not a fly after ...
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How can I express “bottom” superlative?

Suppose you have some elements (let's say coins) laid out over a table in vertical order. How can I make reference to the coin at the bottom? The lowest coin? The one that is below any other? I just ...
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Is there a word to make the distinction between a Year/Month Combination and a Month

Is there a word/phrase that would distinguish the combination of a year and month from a month? I'd call "January" a month I'd call "January 2011" a ____?
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Looking for the name of a type of painting

What's the name of a type of painting that typically contains a crowd of people posed along a plane? Usually they're all focused on one point or an event that is happening in the painting. I've seen ...
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What's a good word that means extraordinariness or exceptional-ness?

I have a sentence that currently reads "All they want is to be extraordinary." There's nothing wrong with that. I can certainly live with it. But what I want is a sentence in the form "All they want ...
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The word for “Those who are notified”

In general usage (and hopefully correct usage) a "notifier" is someone who notifies. What is the word for the person who is notified? For example: "Instruct each [X] to respond to the notification ...
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Word for “disqualifier”?

Is there a word that would mean "disqualifier" if "disqualifier" were a word? Alternatively, let's say someone presents a list of qualifiers x y z and says you do not qualify if any of them apply ...