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Is there a word to describe somebody who disapproves of the overuse of buzzwords?

I'm thinking something like 'pedantic' but I just can't think of it.
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What is a tone word to describe how someone may feel like they do not belong? [closed]

I have world literature homework, and i have to discuss a shift in tone. A character is feeling like she doesn't belong to any cultural group... help?
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A phrase or a word for not practising what you are preaching [closed]

Can you please tell me the word, term or phrase for not practising what you are preaching. Also, if possible, the word, term or phrase for someone who does so. I am not looking for hypocrisy or ...
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Is there a word for a person who takes well care of his/her belongings?

There are people who keep their things in a prim and proper manner. They take good care of their stuff and use it with care. Is there a single word to describe them?
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Adjective for a topic which gives rise to debate or heated discussion

I'm writing a speech on sexism, as it is a topic which quite often gives rise to disputes and heated discussions; is there an adjective to describe such a topic which does so?
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Is there a word or phrase that combines the meanings of 'inlet' and 'outlet'?

I wanted to tell a friend that I've discovered a new social outlet, but then I realized it was also an inlet. I was wondering if there's a word or phrase that combines those two meanings. Something ...
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What is the verb for receiving a licence? [duplicate]

The verb for granting someone a license (such as a copyright license) seems to be "license", as in "we licensed the software to Foo". What is the verb for receiving a license? Also "license"? As ...
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Synonym for “stop at nothing”

What is a synonym for "stop at nothing"? Example usage: I stop at nothing to deliver ideal and timely design solutions.
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What is a word that means “to make sane”?

Hypothetical: there is something that is pretty convoluted or difficult to understand. It is described as insane. What is the verb that would be used to describe what someone would to make the ...
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Antonym of mandate

To mandate an action is to order it, or to officially require it, usually by means of authority. What word could be used to describe ordering that an action not be taken? For instance, if it is not ...
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I need to reword “best face forward”?

What is another word/phrase for "best face forward"? Example usage: What first attracts us to a business is its visual appeal— so why not present your business with its best face forward?
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Is there a word analogous to 'shooting yourself in the foot'?

Specifically I'm wondering if there's a word that describes the phenomenon where some party takes some action to remedy a situation and the result of that action makes the original situation worse. ...
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What kind of rhetorical strategy is it when someone points out a potential sticking point in his proposition before anyone can criticize it?

e.g. "I know some of you might consider this question general reference, but think of all those people who will be reading it all over the world and how it will enrich our data bank." "Of course we ...
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Word for who professes discrimination based on culture

A person that professes discrimination based on race is a racist. What is the word for defining a person that discriminates based on culture (pretty sure it is not culturist) or social habits? E.g., ...
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Length or duration?

I'm writing a web application in which you can make bookings. When configuring a booking I need to know for how long the session will be. I'm wondering if the best word is length or duration? Length: ...
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Word meaning “to fall down accidentally?”

Example: The bridge's parapet was thick so I could sit on it without feeling dizzy, fear of [...] down. Is there another word other than fall? I thought of tumbling but I think you can only ...
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Just as there are a few nicknames for the U.S. (“Uncle Sam”, “Columbia”, “Yankee Land”), are there nicknames for England, or the U.K. for that matter?

This may look like General Reference, but I've googled "list of nicknames for England", "list of nicknames for the United Kingdom", and all I got was "list of city nicknames in the United Kingdom" or ...
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is there a word for super general advice?

Is there a single word or short phrase that roughly means: "super general advice" Advice that is so general and obvious that it is not really useful. To give some background I am a new hire at a ...
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What do you call the protruding square structures on the top of a tower? [duplicate]

Here's an example: It's not a tower but the structure is exactly the same. I'm referring to the four 'tooth-like' juttings on top of the tower structure attached on the left of that bridge. What do ...
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Noun usage of “optimum”

Another teacher came to me with a potential test question. In the text, she uses "optimum" to refer to the fastest route for a lifeguard to save a swimmer. I forget the exact wording. "The optimum, ...
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Good word for “framer” (not in the constitution sense)

Is there a good word for a person who frames another person (for a crime, etc.)? Looking for something in the vein of "snitch" Thanks!
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First mass ceremony by a new priest

What is the name for the first mass ceremony conducted by a new priest? For example, in the catholic church, a priest for the first time transforms bread and wine into Eucharistia. After this mass, ...
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Is there a proper way of talking about a negative “privilege”?

I'm writing about a video I watched at the moment. I want to ironically describe "having had the privilege of watching it". The video is terrible, hence my writing about it, so I'd like to put ...
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Which verb describes the movement of a flag or clothes on clothes line?

Which verb describes the movement of a flag or clothes on clothes line? The wind moves a flag or clothes,but what is the proper word for this movement?
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Unique or different word for “challenging yet rewarding”

I tend to look for words that aren't commonly used, for example, schadenfreude (pleasure derived by someone from another person's misfortune). I'm looking for a word that means challenging yet ...
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Word for “the increase of personal power or influence”

Is there a single word that means "the increase of personal power or influence" or "the increase of political power"?
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What's the word for “ninja'd” in publishing things

I am looking for the word for a situation like this: Someone is planning to make a big instruction video for how to fold fitted sheets, but just before he's finished his big project, someone else ...
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Word for sensation of lifting an unexpectedly light object?

Is there a term for the sensation of lifting an object that is unexpectedly lighter than it appeared? For instance, picking up a can that you thought was full but was actually empty. The can seems to ...
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Opposite of “Save” with respect to saving in a list

I'm developing an application where with the ability to browse items and save them for later. The behavior is essentially a user will look at items, and if the items are not present on their list I ...
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Verb for calling a phone only with the intention of letting it ring

Not sure how 'common' this is, but during phone calls I will often agree to call somebody with the sole intention of letting the phone ring so that the other party knows that whatever event we agreed ...
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What do you call a person who uses a shield?

What do you call a person who is using a shield? In the same manner as "swordsman" or "axeman", not as in "shielded". I've found Shieldbearer but that's more of a title for someone carrying ...
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Short phrase for a controller connected to something by wires

If there is a mechanical device which is controlled by electronics, these electronics can be hidden inside the device itself or hang outside it and connected to it by wires. Is there a word which ...
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What is a verb that means “is possible”?

These phrases have the same meaning: an existing X / X is existing / X exists As do these: a possible X / X is possible / X [sought word] Is there a verb that corresponds to 'exists', but ...
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what is a single word for a quest or journey of self discovery [duplicate]

i need assistance with finding a single word to describe a quest (non religious) for self discovery. i have already tried looking in a thesaurus, to no avail.
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Word for “things which exist”

Is there a noun that denotes "things which exist"? The only noun form of existence that I can find/think of is "existence" which is the condition of existing, not the things which do. It's to ...
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Is there a word for “not cremated”?

I am trying to come up with a term to represent human remains that have not been cremated; they will be buried in a casket. I tried casketed, but that's not actually word although it sounds good. ...
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Is “broad variety” in common usage? Better adjective?

A colleague used "broad variety" which sounds odd to me. I would go for "wide range", but is there a commonly used adjective with "variety" that can be substituted?
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What is the word for a person who does animal husbandry?

As the question says, is there a word for a person who is into the profession of management and care of animals for profit.
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Searching for a word that means… “even better than”

I'm searching for a word that means... "even better than" I want to use it in this sort of context... "It's a sitting duck." "A sitting swan -word here-" "I'd like to buy some flour." ...
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Word for “making something more tolerable?”

Example: We created art and entertainment to distract us and to [...] life. What's the word or phrase to use in a situation like this? The only thing I can think of is 'to soften up.' But I'm ...
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Formal/informal word for “something which is hard to deal with”?

Is there any formal/informal word which possibly reflects the meaning of "something which is hard to deal with"?
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What's the word for performing a manual examination

Imagine yourself walking into a room, and you see a pocketwatch on the table, you pick it up, look closely at it, perhaps open it up. Maybe it's one of those see through kind, so you can see some of ...
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What is an adjective to describe what this baby is doing? [closed]

I was saving an animated gif (over 2MB in size) to my PC, but couldn't think of what to name it. After a few minutes of staring at [some adjective]baby.gif I figured I'd put it to you guys. I was ...
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A word for someone who doesn't put up a fight in a bad situation

Any help would be appreciated. I'm trying to describe how the people in William Blakes' world don't do too much to break free from the control of the church and state
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What is another word for severe consequences?

I am trying not to overuse the words "severe consequences". I am describing how different entrepreneurs are responding to a crisis differently. For example in this sentence: An entrepreneur was ...
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looking for an appropriate word for something that has problem

I need to know an appropriate single word that could be used for something that has some problems (devices) or errors (for programs)! to describe something that has got a bit flaw which could be ...
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Word for “sitting down heavily?”

Example: Mom came over and [...] on the bed, making my head bounce on the pillow.
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Word suggestion for removing something specific or to hide evidence

I'm programing an interface for log files which admins can "delete" the entire file, "clean" the file (remove dupes), and another function where the admin can delete specific words out of the file. ...
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A word meaning more than like, but less than love

I'm sure there must be a word that fits the bill like a lot fond, doesn't really cut. Any suggestions welcome
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What is the opposite of 'deepen'? [duplicate]

If the verb for making something deeper is to deepen, what is the verb for making something shallower (as shallowen is not a word)?