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Looking for a word describing someone who is “too nice”

"Too nice", as in constantly trying to please others, perhaps motivated by a fear of being disliked, and typically this person is nice or overly excited when others wouldn't be. Is there a word for ...
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Is there a single word that can represent “lingering fear”?

"Lingering fear" is when after a fearful/traumatic experience, you still have some fright remaining despite there are no more dangers. I was wondering if there's any single word that can possibly ...
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The thing that adds a trait to another thing?

Say A does something to B that causes B to have an additional trait. For example, A cooks B to add the trait "cooked" to B; A damages B to add the trait "damaged"; or A hugs B to add "hugged"; etc. ...
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What do you call someone who sends an email? [closed]

I searched for sender synonyms but I'm not satisfied with the results
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Were or was, and why?

I've written the following sentence It were those vespertine saunters that made him survive the work week My grammar checking tool would like me to replace 'were' with 'was'. Is this correct ...
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Correct preposition for 'workplace'

Should I say Eating is not allowed in the workplace or Eating is not allowed at the workplace when eating is, in fact, not allowed anywhere near the PC in an office?
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What's a word for a positive kind of “envy” without the sense of resentment?

Imagine your college buddy is now running a multi-billion dollar company, while you're still stuck at the same white-collar day job 5 years after graduation. You chat with him and want to express the ...
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Word for “assembling information”?

There's a particular word I once had in mind but now seem to have lost it, I believe it has a 'j' in it, that could be used to describe one or more of the following situations: looking at multiple ...
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Something stronger than beautiful but less than perfect? [closed]

When we see women, sometimes we say they are average looking, above-average looking, pretty, beautiful, and perfect. Assuming we rate the attractiveness of women out of 100, what is a word that means ...
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Is there a word for a place you've already been?

Is there a particular word (slang or not) or perhaps a phrase that describes a location or place you've already visited?
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Word for person who shops for others as a profession

Someone who has a great taste in fashion could help others with their shopping, but as a profession not as a hobby. The inspiration for this question is from the movie "In Her Shoes".
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'The mental and automatic processing of small sets of data'

I'd always thought the word was subitemize, but I'm apparently mistaken – a dictionary search for the word yields nothing. The basic idea is the ability to sort/correlate/grok a sufficiently small ...
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New term for “disk”

With Solid State Drives taking over, the term "disk" is becoming a misnomer. What word do you use? "File system", "persistent storage" and "mass storage" are correct, but a little long. Is there ...
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Is there a word for the floating speed of an object?

I realize that it is easy to find data regarding the amount of water that moves through a river at a given point but I was interested in finding out the likely rate at which an object would float at ...
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Is there an adjective to call someone who gets bullied?

I need an adjective to call someone who gets bullied. An adjective for a victim.
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Is there a word for making a change to something, expecting a change in outcome, but no change in outcome occurs?

This is a phenomena I experience occasionally in programming when debugging. I will have a program that doesn't do what I want, so I make a change to the code expecting the program to do something ...
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Word for increasing acceleration

When you increase your distance you go farther. When you increase your speed you go faster. When you increase your acceleration you go ______? I just can't think of the word to describe the increase ...
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Word to describe something that is about to become trending?

In Swedish there exists a word called bubblare. This word describes something that is about to get popular or up-and-coming. Is there an English equivalent to this? The word trending is kind of what ...
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On playing with words for naming and titling

I've watched a movie titled "Rain Fall" in which Rain was surname of the main character. The first thing that the title brings into mind is "rainfall". In fact, it's a common way of playing with words ...
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What do you call a 'Nickname' that's longer than the actual name?

I'm pretty sure I used to know the term for a nickname that was longer or an expansion of a person's name. EXAMPLE: My name is Sunny but friends sometimes call me Sunshine. Though longer, Sunshine ...
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Word to describe a relationship betwen two tangentially related objects

In the sentence "people who like apples also like swimming", is there a word to describe the relationship between apples and swimming? They're only related by the fact that people like both of them. ...
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Word for an antonym with a negative connotation?

I'm trying to remember a word which describes an antonym which has an unnecessary negative connotation. When I try to remember it I think of a word similar to 'dysphemistic' in terms of the letters ...
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Antonym/Opposite of “Legend”

I've tried looking into this, but mostly I just get "factual" I'm looking for the opposite of a person who is a legend for doing good things. What would the opposite of Odysseus be? Kind of like ...
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How do you call a road without asphalt?

What is the right word to call a road without asphalt? I found the term "beaten path", but it seems to be used mostly for human-made (rather than car-made) paths within a forest. What I need to ...
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Word for unconventional performance in playing instruments?

A whoa-dude performance performs by Salut Salon: Competitive Foursome: It uses abnormal playing positions in the instruments, while keeping the high level of speed and accuracy of the music. It ...
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What verb describes divisive behavior?

I can't find a proper verb corresponding to the adjective divisive. If a person is divisive, then can I also say that they "divide other people apart"? Is there a verb for divisive?
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Word Request: To do with physical appearance

The word doesn't carry much connotation, maybe something like "that person cares about looks". what i mean is it doenst carry any double meaning it is very strictly related to appearance only, maybe a ...
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What's a less harsh substitute for crusty/cranky?

I'm writing a tribute to a friend and colleague who passed away unexpectedly last week. I want to use a synonym for "cranky" or "crusty" that doesn't have a lot of negativity about it -- he could ...
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What do you call a piece of dead skin next to your nail bed?

What do you call a piece of dead skin next to the nail bed of your finger? Usually this piece of dead skin is rather thin — and it isn’t very wide, either, but the longer it is, the more it hurts. I ...
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Word for a “cell” in a 3×3 matrix

In a 2×2 matrix the intersection of a single row and column can be referred to as a quadrant. Is there a corresponding or more general term for a 3×3 matrix?
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Antonym for 'serial', as in 'a serial publication'

I'm looking for a word that signifies the opposite of a serial publication, where a serial publication is described like: The first novella in a three-part series. Or: A quarterly ...
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Name for first line of something

Is there a term for the first line of something, whether it's a poem, song, or prose? Addendum: Sometimes, though not always, the first line is the same as the title, such as in Walt Whitman’s poem ...
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Word to describe the caring of the seller for the buyer?

A buyer and a seller come to a trade agreement. During the discussion, the seller (whose product is good quality) shows that they are a generous person, like so: The buyer expresses that although ...
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is there any word for simulation with effect in the real world?

I am looking for a word that would describe human to computer interaction with effect in the real world. Like flight simulation describes unreal mirror of a real flight. But in case person sitting ...
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What is a word for a person who uses resources to the maximum?

Is there a word (or words) for a person who uses all resources to the maximum; for example, a person who keeps on using pencils even if they are very small?
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Any words or phrases that mean “being jealous or envious but without letting it be known”?

I'm really curious because I get jealous over certain things but I of course make sure no one finds out. but I'd like to know if there is a word for it. I'm jealous but I don't in any way show it. My ...
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Word for Powerless Position?

Is there a word for someone who holds a position but they have no real power, they just merely have the title but not the power or privileges that come with it? I'm looking for a word with a negative ...
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Is there a word for the hatred or fear of androids?

I'm specifically thinking of an AI, robot or android with near-human intelligence. The kind that you'd expect to see as a major character on a sci-fi show, acting almost indistinguishably from the ...
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Is there an English equivalent of the German word-pair “selbe/gleiche”?

In German both words, selbe and gleiche, mean something like same in English. But they have a subtle difference in meaning. Take a look at this sentence: We eat the gleiche (=same) soup, but we ...
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Word/phrase for describing a relationship/association that could be productive and conterproductive

How to explain such a relationship/association (preferably not in the human context) : Approach A could be regarded as an innovative idea to leverage full potential of system B. In the reverse ...
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What is the exact word for a vehicle usage statistics?

I was wondering what is the exact word of a vehicle usage statistics? For example, what should I call my car's total traversed distance?
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What do you call someone who does not appreciate a beautiful garden?

I know there is a word for this kind of person, but I can't remember it. What kind of person would buy a house with a beautiful garden in the back, and replace it with grass? A lush garden with ...
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'I badly need to _' and 'I want to _ so bad' [duplicate]

I am trying to explain to my Korean friend in the best way possible, I've got a good idea but am wondering if anyone can give me their perspective on the use of bad and badly here. I want to go ...
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Antonym of “time-critical” or “time-sensitive”

I'm looking for a word or phrase to indicate that something does not need to be rushed/expedited. That isn't to say the subject is unimportant, but merely not sensitive to time. I am using this to ...
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Is there a word for baby eater?

Is there a word that means 'baby eater'? Something like infantovore? It's for an appeal to the absurd in a philosophy essay.
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Is there a word to describe someone who disagrees with people just to be different? [duplicate]

I have a friend who always changes their mind depending on what others say just so he can be different and stand out, I've heard someone call it something before (I think I have, anyway) is there a ...
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Word meaning to be able to read illegible writing or understand unclear speech

There's a specific word I'm looking for. For example if there is some messy handwriting, and you're able to understand it what is says, you're able to [verb] it. eg. I got lost on the way ...
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A Verb Meaning be Positioned at

I want a verb meaning "be positioned at" for the following sentence. What can I use? In each list, no positive item can ... before an irrelevant one. I used take place, but it seems that it's ...
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Formal word/phrase conveying the meaning of “top of your game”

In a story I'm writing, two of my characters have the following dialogue: "We've both made mistakes in our approach." "I share your sentiment, brother. It seems we're not at the top of our game ...