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What's an antonym to “legacy”?

I am struggling to find out what the best and shortest way is to describe the opposite of a legacy system (especially in software architecture, where legacy means the system used previously). I need ...
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What verb describes the motion of a swimmer's arms?

This question was raised in an XKCD What-If post (in footnote 3): When a swimmer is submerged and moving at top speed, the drag from the water is equal to the thrust they generate by kicking and ...
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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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What's the word or name of someone that gets sick just by talking about it but they're not really sick? [duplicate]

I know a person that I can say "The flue is going around again" and next day he has the flu but two days later he out in the woods hunting. If he comes in contact with some that has heart burn then ...
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Is there a non-religious word for someone who takes suffering onto themselves for a particular cause?

I am looking for a word like martyr, but without any religious implications. Also, the idea is that the person doesn't kill themselves, but instead just takes on a great deal of suffering for the ...
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Word for eating things that aren't food

Is there a word for trying to eat things that aren't food? I'm thinking particularly in the context of babies, where it's a normal part of the learning process, but I dare say it is a disorder that ...
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“Sometimes”, “oftentimes” — is there a -times word for “very rarely”?

If something happens sometimes, it happens occasionally. If something happens oftentimes, it happens often. Is there an equivalent word for something happening very rarely?
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What is this calendar called?

It's a year-view calendar with days grouped into months and every month has seven columns corresponding to days of the week. I'm looking for an adjective. This is ______ calendar.
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Is there a term for a grammatical construction like “Exhibit A”?

Is there a term for names that consist of a noun or noun phrase followed by an ordinal letter or numeral? For example: Exhibit A The Land Before Time IV Patient Zero Perhaps ordinal proper noun or ...
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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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One word synonym for “easy to follow”

I am working on a rubric to grade a presentation, and I am only allowed 4 very short criteria. After a lot of thinking, the 4 I have chosen are: Organized & Easy to Follow Interesting / Useful ...
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What is a synonym for “most frequently occurring”

I'm trying to succinctly describe something that occurs most frequently, and the only single-word adjective I can think of is "commonest", but that sounds ridiculous. Are there any other good ...
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Word denoting “the time it took to assign a task to someone”?

Is there a word in English denoting the time it took to assign a task to a person? This word is to be used in a web page design to display a certain task that is assigned to a a specific person and ...
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What do you call a man's skirt?

I've got an article of clothing I'm struggling to name. They're typically worn by men in pictures from ancient Egypt. They look like a light fabric skirt. I don't want to refer to it as a skirt ...
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Things saved in the memory of the gone people — are called?

We all love to save things, collect items, items/things those remind us of the departed souls or gone people, gone from life may or may not be dead. What are those things called ? They might not be ...
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One-word synonym - 'the following' (ie: what follows next)

Please beware that I ask only about definition 2, so I'm seeking a nounal synonym for the following = [treated as singular or plural] What follows or comes next: Particularly, is there an ...
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A single verb for 'killed himself'

A doctor at the El Paso VA Health Care System was shot today and the shooter apparently shot and killed himself, officials said a preliminary investigation shows. Is there a single verb that can ...
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What's the word for “the kind of very close relationship between friends that feels like one involving family/relatives”?

What's the word for "the kind of very close relationship between friends that feels like one involving family/relatives"? It's something ending with "-ish", and can be used in this kind of sentence: ...
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quickly identify the root or underlying cause/motivation

What is the word for someone who has an ability to observe/experience anothers actions and words and then quickly identify the root or underlying cause/motivation for those words and actions?
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difference between 'introduction to' or 'introduction of' [duplicate]

I will be giving an introduction to Historians or introduction of Historians. Which one is correct? 'to' or 'of'?
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Adjective for “something in which you always find something new”

Or alternatively, "something in which you're always able to find/discover something new". An example: A book, which you read multiple times, and every time you read it, you see a whole new aspect ...
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Word that means “the opposite of what you would expect”

I'm looking for a word that means the opposite of what one would expect. This word might be used to express the surprise that a teenager's grandmother uses text messaging much more than he does, or ...
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What's a common way of referring to the “tool” a person used to commit suicide?

For instance, a gun, a rope, or the like. What's the common way of referring to them? Assuming the suicide attempt of the person who used them was successful? Example sentence: We kept grandpa's ...
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Single word for “factor or consideration that supports a specific conclusion or position”

I'm looking for a single word- a noun that corresponds to: A factor or consideration that supports a specific conclusion or assertion Here's the context- it's an article about the role of women ...
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What is a stationary?

There's a hipster shop concept generator that combines regions with nouns and offers them jokingly as hipster shop concepts. Like "Have you visited this new Swiss cheese and German beer store?" ...
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Is there a single term for “nieces and nephews”?

I find it handy when talking about my sons and daughters I can just say my children. It's nice to say nieces instead of sibling's daughters. I wonder if there is a similar term for nieces and nephews ...
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Can somebody recommend a good word to describe somebody with great responsibility

I'm looking for word that would describe a ruler or any leader with great responsibilities which has shown themselves to be very caring and ready to go the extra mile. could the word magnanimous be ...
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Word to describe ideological based giving? (outside of tithing, more specific than charitable)

I'm looking for a word that describes "a group of people that give to others that Share similar beliefs Promote a related cause Serve as a good example of what the group believes in" Consider that ...
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What's a term for “useless numbers or data”?

I'm looking for a single word or short phrase that can describe any numbers or statistics that have very little practical value, and are useful only to the extent of "hey look, a number!" Here's an ...
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Is there a word for “not thinking clearly because of anger”?

For example: two are arguing and one makes a personal attack. They both become angry causing neither to speak reasonably. Any word for this? EDIT: In my example, instead of 'angry', I should have ...
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Is there a word similar to “reddening” for the color blue?

In planetary astronomy often the "color" of an object is described by relative amount of reflected light in the blue versus the red part of the spectrum. If something reflects light equally at all ...
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Word for small bird-like jumps?

Example: With tiny [...], the bird scanned its vicinity, completely ignoring me. I thought of the word hoppings but sounds strange and it only has 1 Google result. Is there a better option?
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Word for number of people in a room

Is there a single word for the number of people currently in a room? For example, the room has a capacity of 50, but the current ? is only 3.
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What is the correct word for this collection?

Suppose I have two lists A & B. This list A contains groups. Groups contain sub-groups (also called types). List B contains items. Each item can be of one of the types from list A. If I remove a ...
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What’s the word for the habit of writing “play’d” or “revolv’d”?

I’m working on an 18th-century manuscript, and I’m trying to explain to others the use of ’d in past tense verbs. Is there a word that encompasses the usage of ’d in early 18th-century manuscripts? ...
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What do you call someone who knows multiple programming languages?

Someone who knows multiple languages is called polyglot or multilingual (There can be nuances between two words also.). I'm not sure if we can apply these terms to someone who knows multiple ...
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General term for content available on web page or as paper/pdf?

I am writing a document that I hope to show as a web page, and make available as a PDF that people might print. In the opening I have: "This document is an annotated guide to foo bar." While I ...
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What's the term to describe 'normal' languages, such as English, Chinese and Russian as opposed to programming languages?

English is not my native tongue, so I might be overlooking an easy word. The following is what I mention on my resumé in an 'about me'-section: I'm a language enthusiast and (...). But language ...
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what is an equivalent for 'fitna'?

Fitna is a word in the Arabic language which, I believe has no equivalent in English only if 'Fitna' itself will enter English. One meaning to it is temptation or appeal, but it's not that which I'm ...
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a term for a “not web” traditional application

I am writing a cover letter and I would state my experience in both web application and "normal programs". "Normal programs" sounds so bad, what is a good term that I can use without delve into ...
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If A is “attached” to B, what is B?

Let's say I have a document that is attached to an e-mail. Is there a short way to express "The e-mail this document is attached to"? Something like "the carrier e-mail", but not so strange ...
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Adverb -> Adverbial; Adjective -> Adjectival; Verb ->?

The noun "adjective" yields the adjective "adjectival"; the noun "adverb" yields the adjective "adverbial"; but the noun "verb" does not yield the adjective "verbal". What is the word I am looking ...
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“omni” - prefixed word for “ prepared to take up any challenge”

Word for someone that will take any challenge thrown at him, prepared to take up any challenge. Preferably with "omni" as prefix. Doesn't have to be word that is commonly used. I have been trying to ...
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Word to describe the completion of a planned rail journey

I am a native English speaker with, what I consider to be, an excellent vocabulary but I recently ran into a problem whilst compiling my list of New Year's Resolutions. One item on the list is to ...
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Word for sophisticated art that the masses don't appreciate

Popularity and sophistication don't always overlap. Think of the novels only English teachers love. The music only Mitch Grassi listens to. The paintings you only want to look at after graduating from ...
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What's a word for something that also describes itself? [duplicate]

Is there a word for a term that also describes the term? For example, a portmanteau is also a portmanteau and a mondegreen is also a mondegreen. On the other hand, an onomatopoeia is not.
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Word for writing from memory

Is there a single word that means "writing from memory?" Just as when one recites a poem or speech, he or she reproduces it from memory verbally, is there a single word that expresses the same ...
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Word for “best person in a group of bad people”

What do you call someone or something that is the best in a group of bad people or bad things? For example, a prisoner who is the best in terms of behavior in the prison, even though we know that all ...
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The state of being a vagabond

I'm looking for an English word that describes the state of being a vagabond, and can be used in a sentence like this: "My only goal is vagabond-age" (to coin a word). More details: I'm trying ...