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Naming 1, 2, 3, … millennial celebrations

I know that after 100 years there are centennial celebrations, after 200 years bicentennial, tricentennial, etc., Similarly, are there terms for 2000, 3000, etc., years of celebration?
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That which was promised

My brain immediately suggested the non-word "promisand", but I doubt I would be understood if I said that. What's a good word (or failing that, phrase) for the action or thing that was promised? ...
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“Upper-case” is to “capital” as “lowercase” is to what?

Is there a corresponding word to go with capital to mean lower-case?
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Expression for the connection between RNA strands

I'm searching for proper expressions that mean connection of RNA strands. Up to this time I came with strands connection, strands conjunction, and strands ligation. Are my expressions proper, or do ...
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What is the word for an action that is “considered to be frowned upon”?

I'm looking for an adjective to describe a behavior or action that is considered to be a faux pas, or is frowned upon. Picking your nose is [word]. Wearing socks with sandals is [word]. ...
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What's a word for a group of questions asked together?

Is there a word for a set of questions that are asked together and are related? For example, one asks the question: Do you go rafting? And follow up with: If yes, where? If no, what do ...
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Synonym for “media item”

I am looking for a synonym for "media item" by which I mean a single photo, article, video, document, etc. I need one term as a handle for one of any of these types of items. I am honing my domain ...
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Opposite of 'contaminate'

Contaminate (transitive verb) means "to add a little bit of bad stuff to (something), rendering it bad". Or thereabouts. Is there a word for "to add a little bit of good stuff to (something), ...
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A polite substitution for “lamer”

Is there a polite word that can be used to designate someone who didn't really understand what he or she was doing? Or, in general, someone who is intentionally ignorant of how things work. A "lamer" ...
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One word noun for “truth-teller”?

There is a single word to describe people with a lack of honesty: liar. Is there an equivalent single word to describe an honest person? The word must be a noun and not an adjective. The are ...
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Short phrase for “things I did (wrote, drew, created, etc) when I was younger”?

What's a one or two word phrase that conveys the meaning "These are some things that I did when I was younger."? The context is a blog that features Writings, Photography, and Artwork. The short ...
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Which word meaning “someone who kills bad substances” can be used in an ad campaign?

We have an idea to post short ads like "our company is hiring" in company blog posts. The company develops software and one of duties of people we want to hire will be finding, locating and fixing ...
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Is there a word for someone who is a lover of the incidental or coincidence?

Bit of a weird one. I'm trying to write a song at the moment and I have the subject sorted but now I want to find out if there is a word for it. I find myself tending to like melodies and lyrics that ...
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Is there a single word for “money-mindedness”?

I'm looking for a single word for describing a person "whose motive is dictated by money"...I seem to recall there was an elegant word for this, but I can't remember it now...can someone help?
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What is the female version of “phallic”?

What is the female version of "phallic"? phal·lic/ˈfalik/Adjective Of, relating to, or resembling a phallus or erect penis. It would have a definition as: Of, relating to, or ...
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What is the name of that motion where one repeatedly bows to another with arms outstretched?

What I'm thinking of is usually not performed as a very deep bow as the torso doesn't really move far from the vertical. And when it's done, it's often performed in rapid succession, with kind of a ...
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What's a word for saying 'entering a room suddenly and fast'?

I'm looking for a word that means 'enter a room fast and suddenly'. Using a dictionary I got the word 'to plunge' - however I'm not sure if that's correct. When looking up 'to plunge' ...
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What is a good word between 'slave' and 'servant'?

The word 'slave' suggests someone is owned and serves but brings to mind meanings of oppression. 'Servant' suggests someone is not owned but is merely employed to serve. Can anyone give me a word ...
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Synonym for “utilize” that means “to use without waste”

I'm looking for a synonym for utilize that sounds less dry and emphasizes that nothing is being wasted. "The program utilized all the supercomputer's resources." Ideally, this word would make the ...
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Single word to use instead of “can't” or “won't”

I'm looking for a single word to use instead of can't or won't. (Single also meaning no hyphenation or conjunctions/contractions. The differences between the words in regard to being unable to vs. ...
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A term for released software that is still being actively developed

I'm writing an academic paper that deals with classifying software and I'm trying to think of a term to describe software that is still being actively developed, with new versions being released ...
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What's a word that suggests having very long ears?

I'm looking for an adjective that describes a living being as having very long ears (rabbit, donkey, etc.) preferably ending in "-uous".
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“Things which are hung/mounted on wall” in a single word?

Is there an umbrella term for things like: wall clock wall-mounted TV tapestry I'm looking for a single, or at most two words for naming a concept in a programming project.
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What is the pejorative for people who only practice their faith while at the place of worship?

What is the phrase or word for person that are very faithful in their place of worship (the pejorative usually applies to persons who are showy to the point of hypocrisy), but that are anything but ...
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What is a single word describing this type of statement?

Scenario: A gang from the west of the USA wants to kill gang members from the east of the USA. The gang from the west meet a gang member from the east and ask: 'Where are you from?' The gang member ...
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What would be an appropriate opposite of “exceed”?

Exceed is commonly used, but when I found myself wanting to use the opposite I couldn't really find a single word that would do it. fall short of and inadequate are a little off. How about deceed?
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What are the correct titles for the attendee/guest relationship?

Apologies for the horrible title. If I'm invited to an event and I bring a plus one, they're are my guest and I am a guest of the event's host. But what am I to my guest? I've tinkered with ...
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What word would you use for movement of bushes?

Say there's a small animal hidden among bushes and it causes the branches (if they can be called that) of the bushes to shake/move slightly. Now the sound of this could probably be described using ...
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What is a single word describing a person who opposes another, yet is of equal status to them?

Can anyone give me a single word describing a person that is equal to somebody in status but an opponent to them at the same time?
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What's an adjective to describe the type of writing found in essays?

You might say that writing found in literature is literary; language like that found in poetry is poetic. What do you call writing found in essays, or writing like that found in essays? (Not ...
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Noun for “receive”?

Receipt? Receiving? I'm trying to come up with a name for "the acceptance of a delivery." I'd like to be able to say Ten deliveries were made but there are only five [fill_in_the_blank_here] ...
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Is there a word that means “as its name would suggest?”

Does there exist a single word that more or less means "as its name would suggest?" For example, is there a word that appropriately might replace the bolded portion of this sentence? Computer ...
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What is the counterpart to 'reply'?

So if someone posts a message, and someone responds to it, we call that a 'reply'. However, I am struggling to think of a good phrase for the situation where you have the reply, and you want to see ...
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Single word for “village of dreams”?

Can someone suggest a single word for "village of dreams" in any language except the word "leonesse" as it has connotation of a place known for wines.
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Can I say “I (have) dropped the chair”?

If I accidentally pushed a chair and it fell down on the floor (it is no longer in the upright position), can I say "I (have) dropped the chair" or I should use another verb for that?
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Is there a word that contains all the vowels? [closed]

"Jealousy" contains most of the vowels but lacks 'i'. Is there a word in the English language that contains every vowel (and preferably 'y')?
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What is an adjective for words that rhyme or sound similar?

You may say "node rhymes with toad", or "the words load and toad rhyme", but what about the relation of rhyming? The relation between "node" and "load" is purely ____ - they just sound similar. ...
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What is the word for “understandable by specific group”?

Please suggest the word which means "understandable by specific group". I just forgot that.
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Is there a better word or phrase for “somewhat ostentatious”?

Certain graduates of a class are donating money to place an ad in a booklet celebrating s school’s centennial. Their names will be placed in the ad. The intent of the ad (and sale of the booklet) is ...
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Storage for abstract things?

Are there any synonyms or alternatives for the words store/storage in context of storing abstract things? For example: storage of user's posts to store functions
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Are there any archaic words in older strands of English that approximate the modern term “badass”?

The reason I ask is that the feeling evoked by the term badass feels to me like a human universal, so ought to have synonyms in any era. Trying to confirm my hypothesis, I hunted through the Online ...
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The opposite of “contains”

I was just wondering if anyone could think of a single word meaning the opposite of contains. E.g. This bottle of beer contains alcohol whereas this one doesn't. This bottle of beer doesn't ...
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Is there a name for the genre that “movies of the future” fall into?

Is there a name for movies/stories/whatever that intend to represent the future (i.e. the year is 2100 and blah blah, like Star Wars etc., actually anything that is not real and is an imagination ...
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Is there a word for something that does NOT belong to someone?

We use owned to denote something that we possess or that belongs to someone. What can we call things that do not belong to someone? [Editor's note: I can't tell whether the asker wants a word for ...
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How are artificial constructions such as l33t classified with regards to English?

L33t or its various other titles* is a derivation of English but I have no idea what term should be used to describe it. Other examples of these things would include lolspeak and the massive ...
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Relating to tournaments.. what's that word?

So, in a tournament, there are several events. Each event has so many people sign up for it. There is a total number of people attending the tournament, and each person can sign up for multiple ...
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Is there a word for “clever fool?”

What do you call a person who despite being very clever in one field, e.g. math or physics, behaves very unwisely or impractical in real life? I know some people who are very well educated and can ...
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A word for a statement that sounds true because it sounds good

A statement that appears true mostly because it sounds good / poetic / alliterates / rhymes. I'm pretty sure there is such a word. I heard it a few years ago, but have since forgotten it.
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How to express “to look at more or all sides” and “consider more or all views” for a thing?

One commonly looks at something from his own viewpoint. Sometimes, we suggest somebody look at something from another view or in an overall view. I hope this could make it clearly. I want some ...