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What is the longest dictionary word you can spell where continuing to remove the final letter [closed]

What is the longest dictionary word you can spell where continuing to remove the final letter will still result in a dictionary word. e.g. ate [dictionary word], at [last letter 'e' removed still a ...
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Is there a word for making something or someone confess?

I am seeking after a single word for describing "make something or someone confess". Apart from a single word, welcomed are also idioms.
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Abstract noun for solecism

I am looking for the abstract, non-count form of solecism, if it exists. Just as "brevity" describes the quality of being brief, I am looking for an abstract noun to denote the quality of being ...
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Is there a term for the stereotypical Japanese ghost girl with a white dress and long black hair that mostly covers her face?

There were a slew of Hollywood remakes of Japanese horror films that featured a similar ghost archetype. The most notable examples are (warning, links are images of examples) The Ring and The Grudge. ...
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Is there a common word for floor and ceiling?

Walls divide rooms but what do you call what divides stories? Looking from below it would be the ceiling, looking from above it would be the floor. But when looking at it from the outside? Is there a ...
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Is there a word or phrase to describe the aging of graphics technology?

So I'm thinking of something along the lines of the idea of the "uncanny valley" in which technology reaches a point where it's very human/life-like but still "off" somehow, causing a revulsion or ...
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Is there a more formal word for 'ratting'? [closed]

I'm looking for a more formal term used to describe ratting: A verb intransitive identified as slang meaning to betray one's comrade by giving information on a friend to the authorities. ...
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English name of “Maegami tomeru” (前髪とめ〜る)

"Maegami tomeru" (前髪とめ〜る) is a Japanese velcro-like product that keeps womens' hair in place. Is there a commonly accepted English translation of this name? Bang Blocker found it hard to find a good ...
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Alternative single word for “in demand”?

Is there any alternative single word for the phrase "in demand"? Because I couldn't find the word demandable as an adjective in any dictionary. The word demanding means strenuous. For example: ...
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Is there a word for this emotion? Resentment over someone's good fortune without wanting it - Not quite jealousy/envy

What is the word to describe this? I was reading up about the differences between jealousy and envy and this doesn't seem to fit either, when you don't actually want what the other person has, nor do ...
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“Flowers that never fade”

I am looking for the mythological flower names such as "amaranth" - An imaginary flower that never fades. Are there any more flowers used in poetry in this context? NOTE: Please, exclude "asphodel" - ...
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What do you call a word that is an example of itself? [duplicate]

For example, "word" is a word, "adjectival" is adjectival, etc. Is there a term for this? Something like a set that includes itself, but not quite. I want to call it "autoinclusive"; would that work ...
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What's the word for having a very long scrotum?

I've forgotten the word for having a very long scrotum, it's like rapscallion or scallywag but I just can't remember. I've searched but the majority of references are medical conditions and it's not ...
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You “show” someone a picture. You “---” someone a song?

In Maltese, we have a verb meaning "to show" corresponding to "to see/to look", and we have a different verb corresponding to "to hear/to listen": inti tara stampa (you look at a picture.) ---- ...
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Phrase/word that is a synonym to “Question Everything”

What are some phrase/word synonyms for the phrase 'Question Everything'. My friend came up with nullius in verba, which I really like, and I was wondering what others are out there? Edit (from ...
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How would you describe: Read a book, but not cover-to-cover?

As the title says. I'm looking for a good word or expression for saying something like "I have read only several chapters from random location of the book, but someday I want to read from cover to ...
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What are the fourth and fifth levels in this context? [duplicate]

One can use the terms primary, secondary, and tertiary to describe the first, second, and third levels of something. What would the fourth level be called? Would it be something like "quartiary" or ...
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Is there a single word which means “ similar but not quite the same”?

Take the following sentence: My idea is similar to his idea but not quite the same. Is there a single word which means " similar but not quite the same"?
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Is the word “colic” a right word in this context?

If I drink too much water and run or do some extreme activities, I will feel something in my stomach. I also want to stop doing the activities because of that feeling as well. It's not hurting, ...
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Word for someone you have passed by?

I am looking for a single noun to describe someone that you have come within 5 feet of or so, or have seen, or have crossed paths with. The closest terms I can think of are passer-by or stranger. You ...
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What are days that are not present in all calendar months called? [closed]

Is there a term for days that are not present in all (Gregorian) calendar months? E.g. January has 30 and 31 but February doesn't. What are days like 30 and 31 called? update: The word, if it exists, ...
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Word for a group of similar photos?

Is there a single word or phrase that means a group of very similar photos, such as when a photographer takes a burst of 7-8 shots with the hope of catching the right instant, or to get the best ...
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Is there an adjective to describe someone who has access to all the facts, news or insider information?

Looking for an adjective to fill in the blank below: I was talking to my stock broker. I wanted to say: I am not as _ as you who has access to all the facts, news and insider information (about the ...
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Keeping all parameters but one constant

It is a core scientific principle to only change one of the parameters in an experiment at a time, and keep all others constant, as opposed to picking random parameters (i.e. typically being unable to ...
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What comes after thrice? [duplicate]

When you want to say something occurred only one time, it's "once". Two is twice, three is thrice. What's for four?
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One word for “Wild Wild West” - not the movie!

I'd like to capture the spirit of the phrase "the Wild Wild West" in one word, if possible. For instance "As I stepped back outside, I was shocked to see everything change to --a scene much like the ...
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What is a single word for the capability of a theory, for example, to generate further thought and theorizing?

There are a few words which I blank on quite frequently. Perhaps my "advanced" age has something to do with it. I don't know. One such word for me is euphemism. There is another word I am blanking ...
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A word for someone who loves searching, learning new things? [duplicate]

I'm looking for a suitable word or expression, for someone who really loves to learn, search and read about new things (Technologies, science, economics, politics..), so that his passion is only to ...
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“Food for thought” in a word

How can I express "food for thought" in a word? Does such a word exist? Example usage: The world will only know peace when our love for power is exceeded by our power to love. That's __ ...
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A word for a relationship in which one thing (or state) must exist in order for another thing (or state) to exist

I can't think of the word to fill this blank: More importantly, now we've got ourselves an "organic" roadmap—that is, one that follows the natural order of our concerns, rather than a logical ...
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Noun for “the acquisition and communication of ideas”

I'm looking for a noun for the "acquisition and communication of ideas". Communism would be a viable phonetic choice if it didn't have the political meaning. If there was a word meaning "idea-ism" ...
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Best etymological calque of the word Schadenfreude

This question is purely theoretical (i.e. I don't foresee actually trying to use the word), but using arguments based on etymology, as well as euphony and (least importantly) comprehensibility, what ...
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Inoffensive exclamatory word to express surprise [closed]

Is there an inoffensive (possibly slang) term that can be used to express surprise in the "WTF" sense? For example, this term would be appropriate upon seeing that the stock market has fallen several ...
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Is there a word that describes this feeling? [closed]

The rising star shows no remorse for the figment of existence to which man shows no resolve. There is no depression, for there is no sadness. There is no boredom, for there is no annoyance. The world ...
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Good term for petit bourgeois / Boeotian / Biedermeier lifestyle

Suppose you want to enjoy a lifestyle "of the medium": You live with your partner in your house, you have got two kids, a dog, a cat, in a suburban area, have a got a middle-class job with good (but ...
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Another word for “consume” that's clearly about incorporeal things?

I'm looking for a single verb with similar meaning to gaining, consuming or gathering, but only in a context of information, knowledge or ideas. So the word itself should make clear that I'm talking ...
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Formal word for “gotten made”

Is there a formal term for "gotten made" or "gotten synthesized"? To be more clear lets assume that I have a design for a special chair; I ask the carpenter to fix it for me because I don't have the ...
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What is a 'first enemy' called?

We have "best friends" and "close friends", because you give first importance to them. Like that, what should I call an enemy who is first enemy? I.e. you want to hurt him most then the rest of your ...
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What’s a word for someone who dislikes language change?

A couple of weeks ago I came across a word meaning someone who dislikes language change. Despite my joy at learning that English has a word for this, I can’t for the life of me remember what the word ...
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Word or phrase for when you're hungry but nothing sounds good to eat

So I'd guess almost everyone knows this feeling: you're hungry but nothing sounds good to eat. I don't think there is a commonly known word or phrase, but anyone know of a word or phrase that has ...
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Is there a better word for the place that is “indoors” in the context of a large site or property?

I am looking for a word that would contrast with "grounds" when referring to various parts of a site or property. Essentially, the "inside" part of a building or structure. I don't really like ...
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Word for not caring at all about anything

I've looked at this question but it doesn't quite match the term I'm seeking. I once heard a speaker use a term to describe the syndrome accompanied with drug dependencies. He said the word and then ...
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Unable to enjoy the moment because I know it's going to end

Is there a word for the feeling when you are unable to enjoy a moment because you are aware that it will end soon? I am preferably looking for an adjective. Scenario - my buddy has a huge crush on a ...
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Is there a word for the decoration on top of a building?

Is there a word that means "the thingy on top of the building"? Like the crescent on a mosque or the cross on a church or the weather-vane on a barn?
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If “clearly evident” is redundant, what word or phrase suggests being indisputable but not readily apparent?

A recent question asks whether the modifier "clearly" changes the meaning of "evident". I would have said, prior to examining a few dictionaries, that evident did not necessarily mean readily ...
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What are “good men that do nothing” called?

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." -Edmund Burke Is there an idiom, phrase or preferably a single word that we can call people that could have helped ...
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What do you call it when you can't smell something?

The man who cannot see is blind. The man who cannot hear is deaf. The man who cannot talk is mute. What is the man who cannot smell?
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What is the “‑cide” word for killing one’s husband?

We have uxoricide for killing one’s wife, but what is the equivalent term for killing one’s husband? Similarly, what is the husband-specific equivalent for the adjective uxorial?
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Word that describes a word which isn't normally used in an everyday conversation

I remember there was a word which describes a word which isn't normally used in an everyday conversation. Ironically, that word isn't normally used in an everyday conversation. It's an adjective. In ...
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How to reply to someone's welcome [closed]

What should we say in reply to a person who welcomes us to a particular place, for example one says: You are welcome to ABC company. or I welcome you to our home. or Welcome Mr. Abc ...