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My coworker and I were trying to solve a problem — we both tried two different things at once that only worked because of the other's attempt

Each solution to the problem we were trying to solve would have independently failed. We were each trying many different solutions at the same time. We each happened to try a solution that worked, but ...
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Been looking for a Word sort of like Chauvinism [duplicate]

A word that expresses a person highly prejudiced in favor of their homeland or culture. Chauvinist is too harsh and it seemed to myself and a friend that the word was just out of reach. Zealot is also ...
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Is there a single word to represent 'which included'? [closed]

I want to write a sentence like this: ............which included low profiled members of the organisation. Is there a single word to represent 'which included'?
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Someone who takes inspirational quotes seriously

Is there a name for someone who takes inspiration and other quotes too seriously or to heart?
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Man who confused word order [duplicate]

I'm trying to remember the name of a historical figure whose name has since entered the lexicon. He confused the order of words to say things like it's all nuff and stonsense for example. - I think he ...
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Is there a word for “knowing what makes people tick”?

I am trying to find out if there is a word that you can use to describe somebody who is always able to understand motives standing behind actions of others (particularly in conversations they ...
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business vs. businesses

Does "businesses" only mean "companies"? How do you describe in saying "number or types of business model" that a single company is doing; e.g. ABC Trade & Co. is covering many "businesses" such ...
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How should I say an action or an institution is still needed and available?

I am looking for a good word or short phrase to communicate the fact that an action or an institution is needed, available, in common practice, meaningful, useful, and implemented. It should have ...
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What is the word for an instance of a test or query.. thing? [duplicate]

Lets say I'm a teacher and I have a bunch of students who take a test. Each of them hands me a paper where they answer the questions on the test. What are those papers called?
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not “conduction”, but ___?

System X is designed as an environment where Conversation Y can be conducted by the members of Group Z. Equivalently: System X is designed to facilitate the __? __ of Conversation Y by the ...
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What to say instead of “Ladies and Gentlemen”? [duplicate]

What do I say instead of Ladies and Gentlemen if there are many men and only one woman present? Should I say: Lady and Gentlemen Gentlemen and Lady Madam and Gentlemen or something else?
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Is Hangman a Gender Neutral term? [closed]

And if not, is there an adequate gender-neutral term that isn't 'executioner'? I'm studying the poem "The Hangman" by Maurice Ogden, the opening line of which is "Into the town, the Hangman came." The ...
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A good synonym or word for platform for creating things

In software development we often use the word Platform to describe something that other things can be built on. I find it's a bit over used and I'm looking to find a good way to describe something ...
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What is the single-word category name for such things as breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and deserts?

If Sunday, Monday, Tuesday are considered “days”, and spring, summer, autumn/fall, winter are considered “seasons”, then what category name corresponds to things like breakfast, lunch, dinner, ...
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Is there another word for unpreparedness?

"Unpreparedness" seems clunky, and thesaurus.com wasn't of much help. Is there another word that might do, for example, in this sentence? "Having seen everyone pull out their tents, Jack twiddled his ...
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What do you call a person who is favoring someone else

What do you call someone who is favoring someone? For instance if your employer favors your co-worker over yourself, you would refer to your employer as what?
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What's the word for a signature that incorporates an artistic flourish?

I remember reading years ago that there was a word for this. The only example I can think of is Liberace's signature, which famously incorporated a piano. There is a term for this, I'm sure of it.
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Word for “other-sense”

Is there a word for the ability to sense something someone else is feeling? Kind of like the opposite of autism?
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What is “regional”, but relating to time instead of location?

You may describe something that's specific to an area as being regional - the set containing a thing specific to Wiltshire, something else specific to Brittany, and something else specific to Moray ...
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Is there a word yet, for old friends who've just met?

In the original Muppet Movie (lyrics, video), Jim Henson asserted there is not, but that was 1979. Now it's a few decades later, and the English language has evolved, including a lot around ...
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Word for something that cannot be traversed because it is too deep

I am looking for an adjective describing something that cannot be traversed because it is too deep. We could not cross the river. The river was _______ The only word I can think of that comes ...
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Is there a word meaning “of or like the squid”?

I would like to know if there is a word for being of or related to a squid like there are words for humans, eagles, and lions, i.e. hominine, aquiline, and leonine. I don't expect the word (if there ...
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“Tenants” of an argument

I'm looking for a word that I thought was "tenants to an argument", but when I search for the definition of "tenant" or "tenants arguments" I get links to landlords and disputes. Question What is ...
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What's the name of this phobia?

What word * refers to the fear that ceilings will fall on you? Example: John's * made him decide to live in a bungalow, because he thinks one ceiling falling on him would not be sufficient to kill ...
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Can “yet” modify adjective? [closed]

I think it can, but I am not sure. For example: He's the lord in the yet functioning duchy of [duchyName] (I am trying to imply that while the duchy is still present, it may crumble in the ...
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What's the archaic term for the place where swords were made?

Place where blacksmith or swordsmith or metalsmith works. Where swords are forged (together making alloys) or swords are cast from bronze, etc. For example, a clinic is for doctors, or an office is.. ...
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Is there an English word for a feeling of impending doom or dread [closed]

Is there a word for a feeling of impending doom or dread.
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Elegant way of conveying one is wholly immersed in a certain mental/psychological experience?

I've been reading poetry in which the poet is grappling with their human experience and was clearly all immersed in thinking about this at the time. This was likely the sole thing that occupied their ...
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Is there a single word that means expressing insincere kindness in order to draw attention to oneself?

My girlfriend (we'll call her Mary) recently had a loss in her family, and many friends and family were posting comments to Mary's Facebook page expressing their condolences. However, Mary couldn't ...
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Is there a term|phrase for a grading assessment that counts the best m of n?

I'm assigning weights to different course assessments. Assessment Weight ============================ ====== Assignments (best 5 of 8) 50% Mid-term exam ...
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What is the word to signify “someone is yet having that specific relationship with me”

I'm looking for a word to express my thought or feeling. Say for example, I'm talking or writing about my life. Therein, I've to say about my wife ( who is yet my wife in legal terms or so & still ...
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Looking for a special synonym for “sharing”

For sake of naming convention, I need a noun synonym to share that start with "ea" or "e". Is there any word that meets this constrain?
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What is the word for a non-creative task?

Example: "More Effort" is good for [non-creative] tasks, like building a wall or cleaning your room. But when it comes to creative tasks - like writing a novel or music - it is good to get your ...
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Word for a person who represents everyone

I'm looking for a word to fill in the following phrase on my school elections. "Foreign by birth. __________ for all." In the blank I was thinking "people's person", "representation for all". I want ...
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Derogatory word or idiom for city dwellers

I'm looking for something people from rural area would use, especially when they refer to that person's inability to adapt to the country life.
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What is the historical English word for graffiti?

Given that graffiti has existed even before the Italian loanword became commonplace, what is the traditional English word to describe it? The closest I can imagine would be "epigraph", however, this ...
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In search of a English word [closed]

my question is that if a person A does something bad to another person B but regrets it and helps B so that A can forgive himself.....is there any English word to sum up that sentence?
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False hope that somebody will change

Would someone please help me in finding out a elegant way to describe someone who has fallen for the wrong person and is now desperately looking for slightest (and even non-existent) hint or evidence ...
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Single word for “This task cannot proceed until these other tasks are completed first”?

So, I'm creating a complex task manager. I have a list of tasks, but certain tasks cannot be started until others have finished. However, the position of a task on the list does not necessarily ...
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Name for the future time period with the creation/surpassing of artifical intelligence?

I need to know the term or time period to come that means the creation or surpassing of Artificial Intelligence. I know that there are different time periods humanity has gone through like the stone ...
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Single word for “show while listening for events/requests”

The majority of components in a computer program I'm currently developing are allowed to "present" themselves to an external entity through a given medium (e.g., to a user through a pre-defined UI ...
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Word for something needing maintenance

I need a word for an item in a game which is not actually damaged but needs maintenance or servicing (preemptively replacing worn parts ...), like they do on airliners after every so many hours of ...
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Is 'unrattled' a real word? [closed]

I want a word that describes a person who wouldn't change their position no matter what. Is unrattled a correct word to use?
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Word like “zeitgeist” for beliefs

I'm looking for a word that refers to the set of common beliefs of a culture or era. Things like "psychics aren't reliable" or "flying is safer than driving." These are empirical propositions that ...
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Single word for lazy student

I'm looking for a single word for "lazy student". In my own language there is such a word that a teacher would use for a student who doesn't engage and doesn't care. In English, the word "slacker" is ...
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What's the boundary wall on/of a roof called?

I walked over to the boundary wall of the roof, determined to see over the edge. What word can I use instead of the phrase in bold? EDIT: When roofs DO have boundary walls, usually a few feet high, ...
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Word for the noise made by a helicopter?

I once read about a nice word that describes the specific noise made by a helicopter in flight. It wasn't a generic verb like "rattling" or "juddering", but one that only applies to helicopters. It ...
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Is “specieal” an adjective for species?

I'm trying to find an adjective for the word species. Usage could be: The zoo tried to maintain specieal diversity. Is specieal the correct adjective for species or is there another word? Edit: ...
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Another word for “tricked”, but NOT in a negative context

The sentence I am trying to use this in: Hopefully, having understood the terms above will have also tricked you into a better understanding of [irrelevant and arbitrary complex subject]" The ...
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Word for superficial (but unmerited) appearance of substance/character

What is a word for someone or something that superficially seems to have a lot of substance/character but is actually shallow/empty? I can't help but think I've heard a word like this before. "Glib" ...