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A laudatory expression for an expert in grammar

All too often, 19th century scholars who wrote volumes on English grammar are today accused of being pedantic; persnickety; puritanical; prescriptivist poppycock grammarians. And that's on a good day. ...
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Antonym of “perfect, flawless” with the meaning that *everything* is faulty

Example: Peter got a perfect/flawless/impeccable score: 0 errors for 100 questions. John got a ? score: 100 errors for 100 questions (Yes, he filled out the questions. And probably smudged with the ...
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Another word for “designated”

I am in need for a word to mean "designated" but with a stronger undertone of dictated task that one is obliged to perform reluctantly. Thanks. :)
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Reasonable phobia name for fear of alcohol evaporating before you can drink it [closed]

I am curious as to what the phobia name would be for the fear of the alcohol in your drink evaporating before you can drink it. It appears most phobias are rooted in Greek and sometimes Latin. Some ...
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Word for a person who brings a guest

Alice is throwing a party. She invites Bob to come to the party, and says he may bring another person with him. Bob arrives at the party accompanied by Carol. We could say Carol is Bob's guest. ...
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What is the word that means an “unanswerable question”?

This is not a rhetorical question (because no one knows the answer). It is kind of like a dilemma in that it's difficult to answer; however, it does not quite fall under a "what is the meaning of ...
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Is there a word in English that refers to proximity in grammar?

For instance, here refers to something that is near by, whereas there and refers to something that has some distance to it. Is there a word that describes this in grammar? Another example could be ...
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A word that would mean the following- “A desperate search for”

I have tried googling and stuff but couldn't find any satisfactory suggestion that would mean "A desperate search for"
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A Word to describe the action of removing double-strapped backpack from your back? [closed]

I am looking for a word that can explain this action in a word rather than writing a lengthy sentence. Any guidance or corrections are appreciated.
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Better way to say keyboard/mouse combo

I'm looking for a better way to describe a keyboard and mouse that go together, as part of a set. They might just match aesthetically, or they could share the same USB dongle. Right now I just call it ...
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Word for a mind apt to seeing double entendres

The other day, I was hunting for a word to describe someone I know. The trait denoted by this word is the tendency to rapidly spot--as though unconsciously seeking out--double meanings, especially of ...
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How do you describe when a myth causes people to assume that something real is also a myth?

Is there a word or phrase for when something real is thought to be mythical because it resembles or is related to a known myth? For example, the myth of unicorns makes many people think that narwhals ...
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What do you call someone who is always complaining after getting what they want? [duplicate]

What do you call someone when they're always asking for something, and then is dissatisfied after getting exactly what they ask for?
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“Fingerprinting” traits of a horse

When a horse is being registered with the country's official registry, a clerk arrives to the stable to file the necessary paperwork. This process involves writing down the owner's data, the horse's ...
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Expression for personality/lifestyle of somebody that likes to step outside of the comfort zone?

This is maybe a difficult question. In my mother tongue we have a word for it, but I can not find anything similar in english: How to describe a person/characteristic/way of life of somebody that ...
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Can I use one word to say- 'common human behaviour' [closed]

If I have to say that expecting a thank you or a sorry is not a way of satisfying your ego but a common human behavior. So, can I get a better word or phrase to express this??
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Nominalization for “to address” [closed]

is there a nominalization of the verb "to address"? As in "They have addressed the issue in a recent statement. What is their ____ ?" Thanks
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What's a word for the letter code used to identify the multiple choice answers of a question?

On an exam paper I have questions and each question has several answers. These answers are coded with characters A, B, C etc I am trying to document this and I want to find a single word that ...
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Single-word request: something like “inappropriately and embarrassingly public”

I'm writing a story about a guy who is really fussed about his appearance. I'd like to describe him as having a relationship with his mirror, and I'd like to describe this relationship using a single ...
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Single term for a refracting or a reflecting material?

I am writing a paper on telescopes and I am finding that there are many instances when I am talking on a relatively abstract level and I need to refer to a material that might be a lens but could also ...
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What is the day part in a date of birth called?

Suppose that the date of birth of a person is Tuesday 10 March, 2015. Is there a term that specifically refers to the number '10'? I'm making a form with a field for the respondent to only fill, say, ...
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Antonym for “ad hoc”

I am going to find an appropriate antonym for "ad hoc" (done for a particular purpose only) to be used as the adjective of a kind of general-purpose device. The best choice can be "general-purpose", ...
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Distinguish two comparable teams

Let's imagine I have two teams in my club. Both are equally skilled and I want both to have a name that reflects that, so no Team 1 and Team 2 because Team 2 sounds worse than Team 1. Alpha and Bravo ...
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What do you call excessive snow?

When there’s a typhoon, the result is called a flood. But when there’s a snowstorm, what do you call all the snow it left behind? Is there a particular word for that?
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Name for a problem where one solution has a high known cost and the other has an unknown cost

There's this type of problem I occasionally encounter in many different parts of my life. In this problem, there are two strategies to success: High, known cost Unknown cost, potentially very low or ...
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A word that means 'everything lined up perfectly'

I'm looking for a word that means everything went just right, or lined up perfectly. I mean this more in the sense of 'happened very efficiently,' such as an assembly line (be it in a factory, ...
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I'm surprised, well actually not that surprised

Last night I cooked some broccoli and cauliflower and before serving them I lightly coated them in a lemon-infused olive oil with some fresh basil. I was surprised it was so tasty, yet at the ...
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What do you call a pathway or hole made in a hedge or undergrowth by the track of an animal?

What is the word for a hole of pathway made by an animal in the hedgerow or undergrowth?
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Stronger word for “selfish”

"Selfish" could mean anything from taking the last cookie to killing someone for the last cookie. Is there a harsher word for selfish that emphasises that it's wrong and/or hurtful?
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To locate something based on compass readings is to locate it __________?

Is there an adjective and/or adverb form for describing the manner of locating something based on cardinal and ordinal compass readings? For example, if I'm giving an object's location as: ...
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What would you call that feeling of something crawling on the body

Morgellons is a controversial and poorly understood condition in which unusual thread-like fibers appear under the skin. The patient may feel like something is crawling, biting, or stinging ...
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English word for the Urdu “Amanat”

Amanat is something that is very expensive and precious to its possessor, and is given to a faithful person to keep it safe. Because the possessor believes that the one he gives his valuable to is ...
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Single word for someone who “leads people on”

Is there a word for a person who won't speak up when they don't want to do something, or who makes excuses about doing something without actually coming out and saying they dont want to?
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Word to express agnostic quality

What is the correct form to express the agnostic quality of something. The usual suffix -ness seems incorrect to me but I could not find a trustworthy reference to either confirm or deny this. The ...
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Single word for making a situation doubly worse

I'm thinking of a situation, wherein instead of helping someone's cause the helper rather doubly complicates the problem by giving an uneasy solution to it. For example, I'm assuming a person who ...
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person providing identity for illegal operations

In electronic theft cashing out stolen money is a large problem: if you hack into someone's bank account and transfer the money to your bank account, the operation is trivially trackable to your name. ...
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Something that is easy to learn, but rewarding to master

I'm looking for a word or phrase that expresses the idea that something can be done well at the beginner-level, but can also be extremely rewarding when someone reaches an expert level. The concept ...
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What is it called when you use many words to describe the word you want to use?

What is it called when you use many words to describe the word you want to use? I know there is a technical word that's used in foreign language acquisition that means using many words to describe a ...
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Word or phrase for doing something poorly so that someone else does it for you?

Let's say that I abhor doing a particular chore such as the dishes. Let's then say I intentionally do the dishes poorly. That way when my significant other sees the bad job I've done they stop asking ...
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Is there a word for someone who does no work of their own, but criticizes the work of others?

I have a coworker who is notoriously lazy, hands off all her assignments, then when others do her work for her she is ridiculously critical of it. Is there a word for someone like this? My ...
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Single word, noun, the act of increased intensity

What's one word that means, "the (current/ongoing) act of increasing in intensity"? I thought Intension had this secondary definition but I can't seem to find any reference.
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What word sounds similar to “magnanimous” but means “impressively large”?

A friend of mine often uses the word "magnanimous" to mean "large and impressive in a positive way". Examples: "Look at this magnanimous snow!" "He had a magnanimous, bushy eyebrows." I understand ...
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Verbal equivalent of “correspondent” [duplicate]

one of the definitions of the word "correspondent" is a person with whom one converses through writing: is there a corresponding ;-) word for a person with whom one converses vocally (either in person ...
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What word describes the object for which a payment was made?

This came up with regard to a leasing software application. Occasionally lump sum payments must be made and the reasons the payments were made - i.e., the object paid for - must be documented. I ...
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Single word for “pleasant to look at” [closed]

Consider: It is pleasant to look at. So pleasant that you do not want to let it wander out of your sight. What would be a word for pleasant to look at? Something that's pleasant to my ...
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Synonym for “Fellow Sufferers”?

They agreed to stay connected for hours in their provisional support group, looking for answers in their counterparts. I want to change the bold part to say that they all shared the same problem. ...
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Distinguishing between types of deliveries

I am currently writing on a document where I would want to distinguish between types of deliveries rather than just use the general term. The distinction would be made by goods. First, there are ...
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Single or two word(s) for Task Assigned to me and its status [closed]

I need to maintain work sheet,For that I need to mention Project name in one column and in 2nd column i need to mention Task Assigned to me and its status. So I want to know how can I name 2nd column ...
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A word for “when you are looking at somebody but thinking something else”?

Is there a word for "when you are looking at somebody but thinking something else"? Like when you stare at somebody but you are thinking of something else.
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What is the inverse of an orphan? [duplicate]

An orphan is a child whose parents have died. Is there a single English word to describe a parent who has lost all their children? If not, what is the most clear and concise description for this ...