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Is there a better term for a male pig [literal sense--the animal] than “boar”?

I googled male pig word and got results that said the word was boar. I thought, "That's odd; I thought that was the word for a wild pig!" So I visited Dictionary.com and sure enough, it has both ...
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Is there a verb for identifying a married woman who is known by her maiden name? [closed]

Whenever the maiden name is different from married name for women, is there a verb for identifying a married woman who is known by her maiden name?
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What is a single word for the things that can be heard from a particular place?

A view is the things that can be seen from a particular place. What's the auditory equivalent? Shorter words preferred.
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what is the right verb for cleaning glasses with a cloth?

I want to mention the clear-eyed feeling of putting on recently wiped glasses. Is that correct? Or should I say, recently cleaned glasses? Is there a better option?
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A word that represents a group of people working to achieve a common goal or dream

I am working on a project that involves bringing people together who share common goals or dreams. Is there a word or phrase to describe groups of people who are working together to accomplish these ...
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A short word for elementary yet interesting

What can be a one word for something which is not very advanced but is still interesting and elegant? I would be using this word in context for some math article I want to write. Shorter and accurate ...
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Word that means “recognizing that something is 'a thing'”

I once read a story about a Navy man who, due to a bad childhood, never learned what emotions were. To him, there was no "angry", "happy", or "sad" — it was just "intense" and "not intense". Although ...
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Word for someone who likes it fast

Fastness can be applied to anything. Characteristics of this person can be: likes a fast-paced life (in general) likes things to be done quickly doesn't like to waste time doesn't like to spend ...
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What is the small room most businesses have at their entrance called?

Often times when you enter through the front doors of a business, you enter a small room, generally less than 10ft × 10ft, and then have to go through another set of doors to enter the building. The ...
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Term to describe quality of one's day

I'm working on a sort of diary app with which users will rate different aspects of their day. One of the metrics being measured is the overall quality of the user's day. Currently I'm just calling ...
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What is a word for somebody who lies to themselves

I feel like the fact that people lie to themselves about things can tell you a lot about that person but I just can't put my finger on a single word that I'd use to describe them. In fact, not just ...
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What is the word meaning “going on and on for miles and miles”?

Edit: I was walking down an intolerably long sidewalk one day, and every time a mounted another hill, I saw more of it seeming to stretch out before me. It got me to thinking: is there a word for ...
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Single word for both inbox and archive

I'm looking for a word that suggests both a place where new things can arrive and where you can safely store things, but where you wouldn't want to keep things that you are actively working on. In ...
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Is there a way to express “knowing just enough to be dangerous” succintly?

Every sector has them: the employee who has had very little formal training about a certain program, device or concept, but has done research into it himself and figured out just enough to have a ...
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“Callback”, “call-back”, or “call back” [closed]

This was briefly touched on here: "What/When is the best time to call back?" but only in comments for an answer rather than the question itself. Should I use callback, call-back, or call ...
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What is a word to describe blatant praise by a shill?

I'm looking for a word to describe an article published in a newspaper that's written by a shill. Basically a word that describes the article as blatant over the top praise without perspective. I know ...
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What is a word to describe a statement that seems meaningless

Is there a phrase or word in the English language that describes a statement or a discourse that seems meaningless or so broad it lacks value? For example Society grows best when those who plant ...
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What is an English term for grouping bills and credit notes?

I'm wondering if there is a generic term to talk about bills and credit notes, in other terms, the money I'll receive and the money I owe. Thanks!
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Word for for someone who engages in transgression because it is transgressive

I'm trying to communicate the difference between an iconoclast (someone opposed to and intent on destroying established icons) and someone who engages in transgression because it is transgressive. ...
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What is a word that means “a person or thing which is small yet capable of defeating big giants”?

What can I call a person or a thing that is very small yet capable of defeating big giants? I need different words that can be connected closely to this meaning. It can be related to success,war, or ...
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Word for “best known function”

What is a single word for best known function? I'm trying to say, for example, that lumber has been the best known function of timber?
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Is there a word for someone who has others do all their work for them?

In a way like a slave master. More though like say someone who had robots do all their work and they were never themselves productive and had no drive. If you've read R.U.R. you'll understand the ...
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Word for “can be used again with entertainment”

The title may be misleading as I had trouble summarizing the question in a phrase. I'm looking for a word to mean "usable again", referring to a mobile app. I'm looking for something along the lines ...
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Aren’t there English equivalents to Japanese word, Senpai (先輩) meaning a senior in school, career, or age?

In Japan, we call a person who is a senior in school, office, and social activity even a-year-ahead arriver “Senpai.” We address quite casually and lightly to a senior who entered school and office ...
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Word for a person who succumbed to their bad habits

I'm looking for a single English word that refers to: A person who has bad habits And used to do those bad habits Tried to escape them but then fell into them in perpetua I'm not sure if such a ...
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What is a word for describing good quality buttons? [closed]

Looking for an adjective describing good quality or fine buttons. Any help will be appreciated.
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What is the English word for “street along a river bank”?

A regular city street that happens to be situated along a river. (For the record, the Russian word is набережная, and I can't seem to find the appropriate translation.)
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Word for something that is available/accessible all the time

I was just wondering if there was a single word to represent the phrase "something that is available/accessible all the time"
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A derogatory word for a splendid person

In Swedish there is a word "präktig" that can be used to describe a person that is annoyingly decent, reliable and good in every way. The common translation is "splendid" but that doesn't sound ...
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Indifference over forfeiting, losing possessions

As a former career musician I have witnessed musicians leaving instruments, other possessions, in the care of third parties for extended periods of time (sometimes years), in many cases completely ...
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Why is unemployability still unaccepted?

In some countries where there is serious shortage of skilled personnel or employable persons, it is common to describe the situation as a problem of unemployability. However, this word still appears ...
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An equivalent term for “decaffeinated”

Is there an equivalent term to the word "decaffeinated" to refer to tea instead of coffee? I think it's quite odd to say I drink decaffeinated tea. Detheinated perhaps?
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How to describe someone speaking in pain?

Imagine someone gets hit heavily, or is in excruciating pain; when they try to speak, they sound like they have a sore throat, they are probably cringing. Mumbling or muttering is speaking with less ...
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Word for a group of “like-minded” people

I know there's a word for "like-minded" people, generally used in a negative context. For example, you could say employees of the CIA are __, in that they all want to ensure the security of the ...
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Explaining price levels in a word [closed]

I want to express cost factor of few places. I want to say something like "The place was cheap" and that is perfect. So is "The place is costly". What words can be used to express five different cost ...
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One Word Alternative for “Increase Productivity”

Is there a single English word (preferably a verb) which can replace the phrase "increase productivity" or "increase your productivity"?
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How to use a catch-phrase for a validated result when presented before an examining committee?

Imagine, that someone is preparing for a PhD defense. The thesis that he is going to defend is by far against the norm. That is, it uncovers deep-seated beliefs that led to 30 years of malpractice. So ...
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One word that means change the sign of

I'm attempting to describe the process of changing the sign of a variable (in a math/programming context), but I'm not able to come up with a singular word for that process, even though it seems like ...
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“Before or After” in one word

One word to ask whether something happened "before or after" whatever it is we're talking about. "Occurring" comes to mind but then you always say "did it occur before or after"
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Word for energyless-ness

What's a single word that can connote the concept of (or something similar to) "energyless-ness" (which, as far as I can tell, is not a word). This is meant to be used in the context of burnout. When ...
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A conversation between 2 persons in two different languages

If you've seen the first Star Wars trilogy (meaning Episodes 4 - 6), in the original Star Wars movie, Han Solo is in the cantina talking with Greedo (and yes, darnit, Han shot first! no shame in that, ...
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“Hungry” is to “full” as “thirsty” is to what adjective?

In Danish, we do have word for this ("set"), but absolutely nobody uses this...
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Term to mean a different person conjugation?

Recently, someone said the following, in a chat room: "You're an adult and that means it's your turn to decide what that means." I knew that came from something I recognized, and it turns out it is ...
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Term for “having terms for everything”

Is there a term for the phenomenon of creating a term for every single little thing?
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What is a term for someone who has never left their home region?

Specifically, someone who has never experienced other places? A college professor once used the term "parochial" in this context. "You should earn your doctorate from another graduate college, then ...
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what are some of the -gry words? [closed]

Aside from hungry and angry, what are other words that end with -gry? Sorry if this is a duplicate question.
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One word for things that would be nice to have, but not required to have?

Something a bit professional sounding? In a scenario where there was also a bunch of Requirements, this situation could be easily solved by labelling one as Required and this specific bunch of things ...
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Alternative ways to say “I cannot answer that question”? [closed]

I'm getting bored of repeating the same "I can't answer that" phrase over and over. I'm trying other phrases, like "I'll leave that to your imagination," but that one sounds too weird. Specifically, ...
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Is there a general word for the letter/numeral used in enumerating a list?

For example, if I have a list First Item Second Item Third Item or A. First Item B. Second C. Third or i. First ii. Second iii. Third Is there a general term for the symbol denoting the ...
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Word for “stepping stone” or “lemma”

I seem to remember reading a definition for a word that conveyed the idea of "an instance of doing something that prepares one for something else". Something like a lemma but not restricted to ...