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What's a word for information that is highly specific and largely irrelevant to most people? [closed]

I can't think of this word I have in mind to describe information that is highly, I don't know, "academic" in nature, but not of much value to everyday life. Can anyone help?
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More inclusive/formal synonym for “grandfathered in”?

The expression "grandfathered in" or similar expressions like "grandfather clause" aren't always immediately clear to people for whom English is a second language. But I'm hard pressed to come up ...
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Word for the opposite of universality

I am looking for a word that implies the unique/non-translatable aspects of a specific place or culture. It's for an academic paper, so feel free to pull suggestions from theory etc. The author ...
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Term for associations made by a reader between fictional characters and people they know

Is there is a term for the mechanism where a reader consciously or unconsciously associates a fictional character with someone they know? * A conceivable example might be a parent reading about a ...
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Is there a verb for “walking slowly into water”? [closed]

I need a verb meaning "walking slowly into water" that fits this example: She shivered a bit - as the lake water was cold - but then continued to ____ into the deep.
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What's the word for “the item which is sold”?

I'm looking for a single word that describes a part or item being sold. The word should describe the individual items, not the product line, and should make no delineation between different products. ...
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What's a word for “a joking dramatic exaggeration”?

Like: "Sam and Lilly hate each other now. Their relationship is spiraling to an end." "It is," she said, and she spoke like a fortune teller that made my previous _________ about their fall ...
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Word meaning “take until you cannot”

For example, say I have a basket of apples and I want to say to someone "take 5 apples", but I really only have three apples so what I mean is "take 5 apples... unless you cannot, then take as many as ...
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A term or word used when finding something great [closed]

I'm looking for a word or term that is used when you find something great or of value. I'm looking particularly for when people find a great sale at a store or find an item for a bargain.
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Is there a word that means a group of coaches?

Is there a word that means a group of coaches? Administrators is to administration, as teachers is to faculty, as employees is to staff, as coaches is to... ?
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What do you call an awkwardly unfunny and cringeworthy person?

That person who tries to act funny or "cool", but he turns out to be cringey and tacky instead. What do you call that person? Example: Look at Todd, interfering in our conversations, telling us jokes ...
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Word for someone who dismisses contrary opinions as irrational?

I'm looking for a phrase or (ideally) a single word to describe someone who dismisses any opposing opinion as being wrong and a result of being unable to think correctly. Ideally it would also imply ...
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A word for “retainedness”

When one says "this is too sticky" or "this isn't sticky at all" one is talking about an object's stickiness. Is there a word to say the same about something's possibility (or lack thereof) of being ...
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What is a word for someone with no scientific background?

The word Scientifically Illiterate: The condition or quality of being ignorant or unknowledgeable in a particular subject or field related to science. seems to work, however, it seems a little ...
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Word/phrase for something that perpetuates/sustains/exacerbates something else? [duplicate]

Looking for a word/phrase with negative or neutral connotations to describe policies that perpetuate/sustain/protract/exacerbate the problem they are attempting to resolve. Not necessarily the ...
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Word for an opinion on a subject which, by definition, divides a group of people [closed]

"Polarizes" is not the right word for this. If you can imagine a group of people being strictly divided in opinion, the ideological line which divided them would be the thing I am trying to ...
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“Ensurance” isn't a word, so what can I use instead?

I want a word that means exactly "The action of ensuring something." Example sentences (with the coined word ensurance): "The neophyte may claim competence at the task, but your ensurance of its ...
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A word for “the shelves of candies or mints next to the checkout desk of a supermarket”

I need a word or a fixed phrase, something short that describes the following: the shelves of candies or mints next to the checkout desk of a supermarket Is there a one-word name for it? I can't ...
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What is a word for the paragraphs of text on a college website advertising or sharing stories about the school in a positive light? [closed]

Pretty self explanatory - a word to describe this kind of positive, well-composed text.
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Adjective for an opinionated person [duplicate]

I need a word for someone who has an opinion about something, that they know nothing about, due to lack of experience or just because it does not apply to them.
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A word for “applied immediately following” [closed]

I need a word or phrase, - noun or adjective, to describe an action/activity that's applied immediately following another action/activity, rather than in conjunction with the first operation. Let's ...
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1answer
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If X is resistant to Y then Y is what against X?

In pokémon there are 18 elemental types which have various strengths and weaknesses. For example, consider the following three statements. Steel is immune to poison. Steel is resistant to ice . ...
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A verb that means “to die of a broken heart”

Is there any one-word verb, a phrasal verb, or an idiom that means "to die of a broken heart" or "to die of grief/sadness"? Example: She went through a lot of adversities and grief in the past ...
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What is the English word for a lawyer's client?

I want an English word for an attorney (lawyer)'s client, i.e. someone who employs a lawyer to defend them in court. Client might actually be just fine, but I am looking for a word more consistent ...
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What is one word for “each of the equal six parts”? [closed]

For example, it is convenient to say a quarter instead of one fourth. Is there a word for one sixth?
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An expression for “Lying on your stomach, kicking your legs and feet up in the air”

What is a concise way to describe the following action? Someone lying on their stomach, kicking their legs and feet up into the air behind them, looking sexy. The description should be pretty ...
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What is the word used to describe “an article in a series”?

I was wondering what is the word for the “next article” in a series of readable articles. I was thinking it could be instalment but I think that is more for describing updates in software or games. ...
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Better adjectives to encapsulate this particular usage of “useful” and the opposite

I'm trying to find words to best differentiate attentions such as jobs, free time usage, and goals into two categories. There are tasks that serve some level of reasonable necessity and most often ...
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want a single word [duplicate]

A single word for a person who does everything according to their will only ? Who only listen to themselves? Who do Not care about other people? Can I get a single word for these type of people ?
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“Predication” — the logicians' usage

There are several distinct ways to differentiate men and women — chromosomal analysis, self identification, and visual inspection — we review each predication below… Here predication is referring to ...
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1answer
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Word meaning the feeling of thinking there are more steps on a flight of stairs than there are

I remember reading about a word describing the weird sensation felt when one reaches the top of a flight of stairs one step sooner than one expected to.
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2answers
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What is the cultural equivalent of anachronism?

An anachronism is something that is out of place in time. What word do you use if it's something that is out of place in culture? For example a movie may use a kissing scene to depict intimacy even ...
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Is there a word like “inherit” for when a widow(er) takes full ownership of the shared estate?

Inherit/inheritance seems to apply to heirs, successors, and new owners. Maybe new owner could apply, but it is strange to think of it that way, as it might suggest that the widow(er) didn't have a ...
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What do you call the subject person that a makeup artist works on?

Is there a term to call the subject person that the makeup artist works on? The person being applied makeup or hairstyled or makeover?
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What is the word or phrase for doing a Ponzi scheme by accident?

A Ponzi scheme is a fraudster uses money from new investors to pay old investors, so that it looks like he is doing something profitable. At some point, when all the investors want their money, he ...
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What is the term for “Government by comedians”?

I'm doing research for a story where, before a person can run for federal public office, he or she has to have performed five hundred hours of stand up comedy. Every year the nation's leaders have to ...
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Term for opposite of self-driving car? A term for what we now call a “normal” car

Is there a word for the opposite of a driverless car? I want a simple term to describe the (now) normal cars that require a human driver. I'm writing a story set in the near future after driverless ...
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Noun for something that has been “appended”

I have appended something to the end of something else, but I don't know the word to describe the what has been appended. Even after it is one big "something", I was wondering if there was a word that ...
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Is there a single word for attitude of showing off one's weaknesses?

Think about a sports player who, upon getting injury, does not tell themselves, "It's fine, I have the team that relies on me, I can continue playing", but instead shows it off, as to get others' care ...
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Word For Horribly Complicated For No Reason? [closed]

I've noticed that some people really love to overcomplicate things to seem intellectually superior. For instance, say I somehow dropped a pile of clothes on the ground. They'd then ask me: "When would ...
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Term for person assimilating all events into furthering a prior agenda

Extreme example: Team discussion about whether to buy A or B ends with decision to buy A. Proponents of B are perpetually unhappy with the decision and will see any future crisis as an opportunity to ...
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What will you call a concave triangle [closed]

What will you call a triangle with two sloping, concave sides ? See the below Image, Consider triangle A, triangle B and the entire structure as a whole.
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Mistrust of cultures and subcultures: Alternatives to xenophobia?

I'm seeking terms that emphasize a distrust or misunderstanding between ingroups and outgroups. There are a few issues I have with using xenophobia. Xenophobic groups tend to be rather large and ...
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Is there a word for an assertion or directive that contains a subtle joke or conundrum? [closed]

Two famous quotations (at least) contain irony (wry wit? subtle brainteasers?): Epimenides was a Cretan who made one immortal statement: "All Cretans are liars." (if true, he was telling a lie, and ...
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Word for a person who hates India

Anglophobe is the word for a person who hates England. Oxford Dictionaries defines it as noun A person having a strong dislike of England or Britain. Is there a similar word for a person who ...
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English term for describing certain features of a robot [closed]

What is a good term to state that a robot vehicle can function in various artificial environments that imitate real word conditions and applications?
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Word for Crowdsourcing in the reverse direction (or antonym for Crowdsourcing)

Generally, Crowdsourcing means leveraging others' abilities and facilities to perform tasks. Simply someone assign its work to a group. So, what's the word for the reverse operation: a group of ...
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What is a general name for things that are being measured?

Kilometere is a distance measurement unit. Kilogram is a weight measurement unit. The Gini index is measuring inequality. distance, weight and inequality are all ... ?
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What is a synonym for “necessary kindness”?

I'm currently searching for a word for what I call "necessary kindness". Let's say there are two people who normally don't get along with each other. When they are together in public, however, they ...
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What's the Word For Having Influence via a Second Party [closed]

I'm trying to find a word that succinctly describes one person's impact on many through others. My real life example is a coach. The coach taught me directly. I coached my daughter, using what I ...