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What is a better (actual) word for “cloner”? [closed]

According to some research, cloner is not an actual word, and to me it sounds horrible. (To be frank, it reminds me of the German word for toilet, Klo.) What I mean is something/someone that has the ...
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What is it called when an antecedent noun follows the pronoun?

Here is the example that raised the question in my mind: He was splashing, enjoying the jungle's great joys, when Horton the elephant heard a small noise. Here, He refers to Horton; but one ...
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What are some words for something that is not organised?

What are some words that describe precisely, something that is is not structured, ordered and not a system. However the word I'm looking for is not something like anarchy, I want a more neutral ...
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Word meaning “expressing innocous concept with offensive near-homonym”

Years ago, an Internet NNTP poster's signature read in part "a niggardly lover". Of course, "niggardly" just means "stingy", so there was nothing literally offensive in his signature. However, I ...
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Word for prayer responses

I'm trying to find a word for the responses which people utter during prayer recitals or general "praise the lord" sort of speeches (not in sermons). Let me try elucidating this via an example: ...
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Is there a name for someone who calls someone else what he himself is?

Say person A and person B are having a discussion/argument. Person A tells person B that his views are arrogant, or closed-minded, or some other derogatory adjective. But in fact it is person A's ...
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What would you call a psychological tool that does more than diagnose?

There are many types of electronic or automotive tools that can help diagnose a problem, such as a volt-ohmmeter or an OBD scanner. There are different tools to help fix a problem, such as a soldering ...
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What is the word for “Unnecessary detailed information”?

Can you tell me what the word is for "Unnecessary detailed info on a topic which is given after the prominent parts is given"
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How to name the hierarchy of my employees

If the employees working directly for him are called his direct reports, how should one call the complete hierarchy of employees who work for him?
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How would you describe a set of words that are all from the same domain/idea, but tenuously applied to an unrelated domain/idea?

Imagine you created a suite of Microsoft Office-like business tools that you named "Tiger", for whatever reason. Then you named the word editor "Growl" (to vocalize, i.e. talk), and the spreadsheet ...
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Adjective defining a property of an object that is possessed by many of those objects

Is there a word defining an object's property possessed by many similar objects? Something like this: Tommy bought a red balloon at the circus. Many kids have red balloons there. Hence ballon's ...
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Another word for “fraction” that fits in conversation like “percent”? [closed]

In programming I use values between 0 and 1 to represent percentages but the word percent means "one part in every hundred" (0-100). I've also heard people use permil for 'one part in every thousand" ...
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Word for someone who prepares reports

The situation I am thinking of is where someone within a company runs queries on a database and formats the information (with or without commentary) into a report. Is there a single word that ...
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Word for “without asking for it”

Is there any word in place of without asking for it in the following example? If you want to learn how to get a job offer without asking for it, buy this book. The word spontaneous popped into ...
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Is there a word similar to “condolences” that doesn't involve death?

This is related to the recent entry in the web comic xkcd: http://xkcd.com/945/ I never say, "I'm sorry," because people interpret that as if I feel at fault, when I don't. I've been simply saying, ...
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How to express misusing a tool

I am not a native English speaker. I was wondering how to express the situation in which one uses a tool for something other than what it was meant to be, and in a bad way so that you are not doing ...
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What is an alternative term for “Swiss army knife”?

What is an alternative term for Swiss army knife? As in a general multi-purpose tool. It is a word that everybody understands, but I would like to know some alternatives. Clarification: The term ...
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Adjective describing the “finiteness” of something

I'm trying to find another term which means "finiteness". To me, it sounds too clumsy. Part of my mind gesticulates wildly toward a "-cy" suffix word to describe this, like "captaincy" or "valency"... ...
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Term for someone who has experienced many hardships

I was speaking with an acquaintance recently and a discussion came up in which I desperately needed a word to describe someone who has experienced many hardships throughout his life. Does such a word ...
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Term for “constantly unsatisfied soul”

Is there a single word or phrase which can describe a person who is always slightly unsatisfied? Update: To provide more context, This person is slightly unsatisfied with all things of life. Does too ...
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A word for a form of government that governs itself

Let us suppose there existed a society that was governed not by people but rather by a comprehensive set of rules, and whereby each person voluntarily followed those rules, and executed punishment on ...
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What do you call a web advert that obscures page content forcing you to look at it?

When you visit certain annoying websites, as soon as they load, they display a full-page advert that blocks the content. And you usually have to click "Skip ad" or similar to get rid of it. Is there ...
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Word for person who is always dizzy or high

What is a single word for a person who is always dizzy or high? I am sure it is not the same as a person who drinks a lot. Here Always means without an end.
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Word or phrase to describe banging finger downwards to demand something

I'm trying to find a short and sweet phrase to describe the following action. A man is upset. He is demanding for something to be done. He reaches his hand forward, his finger pointing downwards, ...
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Past tense of the verb “FedEx”

How do I write the past tense of FedEx? For example: I FedEx'd the package to you yesterday. I Fedexd the package to you yesterday. I FedEx-d the package to you yesterday. I am ...
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What is the word to describe the placement of two contrasting ideas next to each other? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: A word for two very different things juxtaposed? What is the word to describe when two ideas (often contrasting) are placed next to each other to enhance the situation ...
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Synonym for “to calm”?

There is a verb that sounds like kwel/quel that means "to calm". My best attempts to get a butchered spelling close enough that a digital dictionary can tell me the proper spelling are failures; and ...
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What are the words for the two parts of a round trip?

Are there two single words to differentiate the two parts of a round trip? If a single word does not exists, what is the shortest yet currently used locution?
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What are the words for the different parts of a ticket?

Admission tickets such as those for the cinema are often composed of a part which will remain to the customer, and a part which will remain to the attendant. What are the two parts called? What is ...
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“Injunct” vs “Enjoin”

The injunctions (and super-injunctions) that occasionally make the headlines restrain a defendant from doing something. It is fairly clear (e.g. OED) that the word was formed as a noun from enjoin in ...
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Is “submittable” a valid word?

Is "submittable" a valid word to describe something that is eligible to submit?
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Antonym of “low-ball” as price

What is an antonym or popularly used phrase meaning the opposite of low-ball used to refer to a price?
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Word or phrase meaning “working hours have ended, and it's time to go home”?

What word or phrase is used to signify that the work day has ended?
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What would you call a person who farts a lot?

I came across one word that is "gas-bag." Are there any other specific (not slang) words?
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“Deus Ex Machina” for Misfortune

I'm looking for a word or phrase like "deus ex machina," but to describe misfortune rather than resolution. It needs to communicate that the situation "came from out of nowhere," and/or feels ...
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What do you call a person who is always online on the Internet?

Is there any specific word for a person who is always online on the Internet? I am just curious to know because staying online is like a profession nowadays.
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What is the word to call a buddy who only helps you, but never asks for help?

I want to know a good word for a buddy who only helps, but never takes any help, and he is with you only to help you.
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What's a better word for “cowardly”, that doesn't sound like name-calling?

Would an average reader know what "pusillanimous" means? That would be the kind of word I'm looking for if anyone would - it sounds more distant than "cowardly". "Cowardly" sounds like you have a ...
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What do you call a disk with a hole in the middle?

Compact Discs, washers and Aerobie frisbees are all disks with a hole in the middle. Is there a word (either mathematical or not) to describe this shape? I mean the specific case of a round hole in a ...
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Words (especially homographs or homonyms) with different inflection [closed]

Is there a term for words (especially homographs or homonyms of the same word class) that differ in their inflection? The Latin ēdūcō whose present infinitive is ēducere (“to lead forth, to erect”) ...
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Is there a word for the act of dimming an oil lamp?

A friend of mine had this request: Alright so I was sitting at this table with a kerosene lamp, and it was a little too bright. Watch out! So I turned a little knobbly thing to lower the ...
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Want feedback from someone I've disappointed

What word should I use in the following situation? I have done some work for somebody, but he is not satisfied. I still want the feedback from him, and am trying to convince him to give me some ...
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Term for wordplay using adjacent repetition of homophones

Is there a term for the kind of wordplay in which homophones are repeated adjacently with different meaning? For example, The rose rose up. Rows rose in church.
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Noun for “playing of the video/audio” object

Is there a word which means running of this media event? For example: The advertisement was played 428 times over the promotions period. The advertisement had four-hundred and twenty-eight ...
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Noun for receiving end of promotion?

When promoting someone or something to a higher standing, is there a noun that can be used to describe the object of the promotion? Something equivalent to "the guy being promoted" is basically what ...
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Single word which refers to restaurants, bars and clubs?

I need a word that refers to restaurants, bars and clubs. Places where you usually talk with friends, go on dates, or dance. I thought about "Spots" or "Places" but I'm not sure if people will ...
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What is the state of a license when one of the terms is no longer met?

We have a piece of software that tracks vehicles. Their license to this software determines how many vehicles they can track. Is there a term to call the license when there are more vehicles ...
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Term for place to post flyers

What is a term for a physical place to post flyers?
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3answers
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What's the term for the feeling of anguish one feels before leaving for a long trip?

I often get a growing feeling of anguish and discomfort and why-did-I-put-myself-into-this-perhaps-tomorrow-morning-will-be-a-day-like-all-other-days-ever on the day before leaving home for someplace ...
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Word for not being happy with something but having to be satisfied with it

Is there a single word that describes the state of not being happy with something but having to be satisfied with it? Example: I wanted to split the video into small segments. Programming this ...