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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 or ...
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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 "tacked-...
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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 I'...
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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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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 ...
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What do we call an adjective made of a verb?

What do we call adjectives formed from verbs? For example: Lost is an adjective made from lose, Forgotten is an adjective made from forget, Broken is an adjective made from break. What is the ...
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Why is a story not called a “-logue”, though it has a prologue and an epilogue?

The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines -logue as: indicating speech or discourse of a particular kind. I understand that -logue is a combining form noun, but it has always struck me as odd that ...
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Name for relation between a man’s two wives?

What is the relation between the two wives of a man called?
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What is the practice of pricing goods at numbers such as 3.95, 69.90, 198 called? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the term for pricing items just below a significant value (e.g. $19,995) It is common on price tags to use $3.95 instead of $4.00 to make items appear cheaper. Is ...
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Generic term for something you say

Is there a generic term/noun for something one says. I'm specifically looking for something you say in a conversation, but maybe there is even a more generic term. I'm looking for a word like '...
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Word with three consecutive L's [closed]

In a fun discussion, someone used the sentence That guy is ballless. I can see a slang definition on urbandictionary but this led to a question. Are there words with 3 consecutive l's in them (...
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A concise term for staking territorial claims

I'm looking for a word or phrase specifically used to refer to the act of placing a flag to claim new territory. I'm specifically referring to claiming land in the name of some sovereign, though a ...
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Short word that means “someone who takes notes”

I have stenographer, secretary and recorder already (but they don't seem to be precise enough) and I'm hoping to find a shorter word if possible please. Some context, I'm a software engineer and the ...
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Word to encompass object's location or size

What is a word to encompass an object's x location, y location, width or height? Basically the word (if it exists) could mean either its location or size. It would probably have to be rather vague.
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Term for turning “Florida” into “Flo Rida”

What would be the name for dissecting a word to create a phrase — the opposite of a portmanteau? Like the rapper Flo Rida made his name out of Florida. Is there a term for that?
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How can the word 'priori' be used?

I am only familiar with 'a priori', such as 'a priori conditions'. Now a friend uses the word as follows: "the supremacy of nature and the priori and inevitability of death and of history." I do ...
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What is a synonym for “most frequently occurring”

I'm trying to succinctly describe something that occurs most frequently, and the only single-word adjective I can think of is "commonest", but that sounds ridiculous. Are there any other good ...
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Name of castle part

What do you call these? Please provide a reliable source with your answer.
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Word or phrase for hogging the left lane

Frequently on two-lane freeways, at least in the US, people drive in the left lane at exactly the same speed next to a car in the right lane, thus blocking the road. Cars tend to back up behind these ...
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What is the opposite of “green”? [closed]

What best completes this sentence? Joe, in opposition to environment-friendly sentiments, has decided to go ____.
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What do you call someone looking for a job?

I am trying to compose a sentence, and I am currently stuck for the right word. I am trying to say: In a job interview, the audience would be the employer and the --------- That is the word I am ...
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Word for something that can be validated

What is a word to describe something that can be validated? From verify we have verifiable. What is the equivalent for valid or validate? Obviously validifiable is not a word, so what is the ...
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Is there a word for positive distraction?

The word "distraction" has generally negative or frivolous connotations, but shifting your mental focus can often be positive (you go on a walk and solve the hard problem, you spend a few days away ...
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Term for people who feel they have some disorder when they read about it

What is the term for people who, when they read symptoms of some psychological disorder, start feeling that they have it?
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Incorrectly taking something facetious seriously

Is there a word for taking something that's meant tongue in cheek seriously? For example trying to prove someone wrong after they taunt you by saying “You couldn't fight your way out of a paper bag”.