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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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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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Gender neutral term for “maiden name”?

The term "maiden name" is only used to describe the name that a woman had before marriage, and as such, is not gender neutral. However, it occasionally occurs that a man will take his partner's last ...
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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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Proud by thinking that one cannot be surprised by what others know

I would like one word for "proud by thinking that one cannot be surprised by what others know". Arrogant is explained as "having or revealing an exaggerated sense of one's own importance or ...
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What is the word for an adult who is not mature?

What term can be used for an adult, especially a man, who is in his forties and still behaves like a teenager, shunning responsibilities typical of mature people, preferring to enjoy himself?
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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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Synonym of “incorrect” with as little negative connotation as possible

I'm describing the results of an experiment I did, and I'd like to find a word to put in the blank (I'd also accept alternative ways of phrasing this statement generally): We ran a computer ...
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Double acronym: acronyms that stand for two things simultaneously

I am looking for a term that describes an acronym that has two possible expansions, but both expansions refer to the same thing. The term "double acronym" doesn't appear to be widely used and is ...
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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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“Questions” have “answers”. What do “problems” have?

If questions have answers, then problems have ____? I know it sounds simple but I am not sure what the best word is.
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What's the opposite of “enlarge”?

In the context of a computer user interface manual, what word would you use to complete this sentence: Drag the handle at the bottom-right corner to enlarge or __ the window. To me, "shrink", ...
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What is the antonym of “blank” in “a blank sheet of paper”?

Say, you have a sheet of paper. It is blank. I begin to write on it. It's no longer blank. But then what it is? I have tried the usual sources for antonyms but came up, well, blank.
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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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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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A word like “engooden”

And I don't refer to the baseball player. I was asked today for a word which would indicate the changing of something considered bad into something good. But this isn't about "improvement." This is ...
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What is the inverse term for a proxy?

I'm in a similar situation to crodjer, in that I am struggling with a word to describe a concept. In his case, he had a job, for which some people are responsible, say: a, b, c, d and e. In my case, ...
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What is the English word for “street along a river bank”?

What is the English word for a regular city street that happens to be situated along a river? (For the record, the Russian word is набережная, but I can't seem to find the appropriate translation.)
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An act that is intended to help someone, but remained unnoticed by the beneficiary

Please help me define the following condition using a single word. A kind act that is supposed to help someone, but was actually unnoticed by the intended beneficiary.
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What's the word that describes this ability/quality?

What is the word that describes someone who displays the ability to think of alternative ways of dealing with a situation, especially a situation that calls for it and then acts upon it? In my native ...
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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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A person or entity that decides how an obligation should be fulfilled

Let's say that I caused some nasty accident and someone was hurt and a judge told me that I have an obligation to amend their damage somehow. However, some other person (or entity) will decide how ...
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Word or a phrase that means your results could be biased toward what you predicted them to be

In psychology I recall we used a phrase or a word that meant that because you predicted the outcome of an experiment, then your results could be biased towards your prediction. Either subconsciously ...
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Word or phrase to describe someone who learns from another’s experiences

Context: I'm 22 years old, I am very bright in a logical way, my whole life growing up my parents struggled a lot, and I took that all in. I took in their worries and knowledge and now exercise it as ...
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What's a single word to name a person/entity that determines?

I am looking for a single word (noun) describing a person or any other entity that determines something. For example: John determines next year goals for his employees. John is a ... of employee ...
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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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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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Language proficiency

Sometimes, a native speaker of a given language receives their higher education through another language; say, a native English speaker whose higher education takes place in France, through French. ...
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What do you call someone who always puts blame on others?

No matter what had really happened, this person will always blame and find an appearing logical/thought out way/strategy to it that, fundamentally, it's the other person who was the cause for all the ...
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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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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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Word for “sitting down heavily?”

Example: Mom came over and [...] on the bed, making my head bounce on the pillow.
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What is the combining form of 'Christian?'

I recently heard the term 'Judeo-Christian' which caused a thought to strike me. I don't know how to switch the order of the classical compound (word). What is the combining form of 'Christian?' ...
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Is there a word for a driver who changes lanes often?

In Russian, a driver whose driving style includes changing lanes often, squeezing into any small hole, may be called шашист ("checkers player") or вышивальщик ("embroiderer"), because of fast diagonal ...
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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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English words that are both nouns and “connectors”?

I am trying to solve a word puzzle that contains several sentences, two of which are presented below, and I have to figure out the missing words represented by the variables W1–W3: There is a W1 ...
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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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A Word that means “to adapt or improve, to conform to a higher standard”?

I need to find or invent a word that suggests a system might be "adapted or improved to conform to a higher standard". A verb, noun, adjective or even adverb would be acceptable, but so far I haven't ...
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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 the verb for dividing something into regions?

Imagine a piece of paper on which you can draw some "regions". How do you call this act? These words can probably better tell you what I mean, but I know they don't exist in English: Regionize: I ...
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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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What's a word or phrase to describe a good book that I cannot put down when starting reading?

What's a (big) word or phrase to describe a book that is so good that I cannot put down when I start to read it?
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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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Word to describe an email missing an attachment

Have you ever sent an email, intending to attach something and referring to it in the email, but without actually attaching? I'm wondering if there is a word or words to describe: The email itself. ...
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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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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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word/phrase for “treating the problem rather than the symptom”?

Is there a word that mean's the equivalent (or close to) the expression "treat the problem rather than the symptom" ? If not, is there a concise way to say this? For example, in discussing ...
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What's the word for something that's too direct and plain rather than poetic?

When someone writes poetry that's almost like plain English sentences, what may we call that? Consider this, for example. This is an example of that plain, stated as it is, poetry (completely made ...
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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 ...