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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 word means “the important events in one's life”?

I am looking for a single word which refers to the important events of a person's life. This might include birth, marriage, changing jobs, or anything else that the person feels is significant, but ...
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Word for applying liquid to a cloth

I've just been putting protective oil on a wooden door using a cloth and was getting the oil onto the cloth using the technique of blocking the tin with the cloth and upending the tin so that a small ...
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Word to describe protocols which avoid infection/contamination [closed]

I used to know a word which has now evaporated from my brain and I hope this community can return it to me. The word is used in medical or forensic contexts and describes practices which ensure that ...
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What do you call someone who betrays his/her spouse?

What do you call someone who betrays his/her spouse? Is the word different for men and women? Is it different for people who are in a relationship and not still married?
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Person versus People

When is the proper time to use the word "persons" in a sentence instead of using "people"?
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A word meaning 'socially practical' or 'socially feasible'

Context: Sharing ownership of all flat items sounds like a good idea, but in reality, it isn't socially practical. (Note, a flat is the UK english word for a shared house).
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Word for both dimensions and weight

What would be a word for both dimensions (length, width, height) and weight?
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What is a word for the 7 deadly sins AND the 7 heavenly virtues all together?

Obviously, just for the 7 deadly sins you would use 'sin' and for the 7 heavenly virtues you would use 'virtue' or 'heavenly' but what word would you use to describe all 14 of them together?
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What is the meaning of “ail” in this dictionary website example? [closed]

What can substitute the word ail in the sentence Another fact you ail to demonstrate is how the wealthy somehow get rich on the back of the poor without changing the meaning? [Quote from ...
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Is there a word for the person who hides truth in order to deceive?

Let's say I caused a minor car crash some time ago and today I meet a woman. The conversation goes: Woman: Hey, I remember that car with the scratch from the crash last week, you must be the one ...
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Is there a word for a “cheap page-turner”?

The word page-turner describes a book that is so exciting or gripping that the reader feels compelled to keep reading. It seems that the connotation is more-or-less positive. Is there a negative ...
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Is there a word to describe curiosity in a positive way?

I'm looking for a word that describes a curious, interested state of mind- open minded, exploring, wondering, but without being nosy.
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Howling, but with a different vocal

I am looking for a bunch of verbs to denote various variations of a specific kind of singing, where the singer essentially… wails? There are no lyrics of any sort, the voice is essentially used as an ...
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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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One word for (have same size)

I am looking for a word that expresses same size characteristic. To be specific, we can say that "both DVD's are identical". However, identical might imply all characteristics resemblance. I am ...
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Generic name for places like village, town and cities

There is the German word Ort or Ortschaft which is a hypernym for places where people live like villages towns cities etc. Is there a correspondent word in English? I don't want to use location ...
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Word meaning indifferent but with strong opinions on both sides

For instance, "I'm blank to eating peanut butter for lunch because I really love the taste however I always end up with a mild allergic reaction afterwards."
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Is there a word or phrase to describe someone sitting with their legs tucked?

Is there a word or phrase (would prefer word) to describe someone sitting with their legs tucked. I'm not sure if this makes sense, but what I'm attempting to convey is that they are not outstretched ...
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Is there a word for days of mental clarity?

You hear about these a lot in people with Alzheimers. This can also happen to normal people when they eat right and get a good night's sleep and feel very clear headed. I am looking for a more formal ...
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Specific word or psychological term?

What is the word or psychological term used for - "Start liking someone whom you hate as time passes, due to being forced to stay with them for long duration of time (say about 10 to 15 days)" - [Some ...
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What is the male equivalent of “mistress” in formal English?

The mistress definition, Oxford dictionary a woman having an extramarital sexual relationship, esp. with a married man I am looking for the male equivalent of 'mistress' as defined above. Some ...
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What is the name for a person who betrays their country? [closed]

A person or a group of people who betray their country, practises treason.
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What does a cat's tail do?

A friendly dog will wag its tail, especially when it's happy to see his owner. Cats can communicate their approval and appreciation too, but I don't remember ever hearing a cat wagging its tail for ...
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What is the word for when someone gives you something for free instead of charging you for it?

What is the word for when someone gives you something for free instead of you paying for it? For example: Some shopkeeper is about to close his shop, and you catch him just in the nick of time, you ...
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Term for words with identical spelling but different meaning and different pronunciation

What do you call words with identical spelling but different meaning and different pronunciation? A couple examples are bass and resume.
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What do you call a sick person who is lying in bed?

Some conditions require that a person lie in bed all the time until recovered. Is there a name for such conditions or people experiencing them at the moment? For example, I am currently <bed ...
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Term of endearment for either parent?

For father, we have daddy, dada, papa, poppy, etc. For mother, we have momma, mommy, mama, etc. Is there a term of endearment that fits either role? I've racked my brain thinking of one and I can't. ...
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Someone who's escapist and minimally optimistic?

(Source) “The menu is mostly history: the classical period, the Carolingians, Britain up through the fourteenth century, American Puritanism as seen by historians after Perry Miller, the United ...
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Word or Phrase for “Easily Swayed”

What word or phrase best communicates the idea that a human (or other sentient being) is easily swayed, particularly between moral good and evil? Words I have found that are close are: ...
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Word used in English, though actually French, for “the art of mixing lab science with field work”

I have been told that there is a word, probably starting with B, coined in French, probably by Louis Pasteur, though used in English, which has the following meaning: The successful blending of ...
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Word meaning useful and essential

I'm looking for a word meaning a thing that essential and indispensable, but with strong connotations of being functional and useful. This thing is essential because it is useful. The closest I've ...
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6answers
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Is there a straightforward word for “The thing in between first and second”?

Sometimes when writing I find myself looking for a word to describe something in the “³⁄₂th” place — exactly between first and second. I would like to ask, does there exist an easy expression for ...
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What is the word for “inclined to vote in an election”?

I'm looking for something analogous to how "litigious" means "unreasonably prone to go to law to settle disputes". Is there a word for this? The best I can come up with is "democratically inclined" ...
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Term for insulting words which sound grand?

I don't mean euphemisms or backhanded compliments (or the reverse). It's the words which sound grand, but actually have a bad meaning (e.g., jumentous: smelling strongly like a beast of burden). Is ...
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Is there a term for coining a phrase for a word that already exists?

Usually a new term emerges and it becomes necessary to add a qualification to an old word for disambiguation. examples: "mono sound" versus "stereo sound" "analog watch" versus "digital ...
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What do you call somebody who asks a question and somebody who answers a question?

What do you call somebody who asks a question and somebody who answers a question? I have exhausted the thesaurus with no real luck... any ideas? EDIT: It is in reference to this - or any other ...
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is there any word that means “current and upcoming”?

I want to find a word that could mean current and upcoming but couldn't. Or is there any other shorter ways to describe it? can anyone help me?
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In search of a word: Contingent but without fail

I'm in search of a certain word which I cannot find in the dictionary or the internet, but I found something like it. The word is contingent. con·tin·gent (kn-tnjnt) adj. Liable to ...
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One word to mean “the proper way of doing things”

We are working on a project to replace the work that wasn't quite done in the best way possible the first time around. We want the code name to be something that means "this is how you ……… do it, ...
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Organizing into dimensions

I'm looking for a word for the process of organizing things into multiple dimensions. For example, if you had an online shoe store, you might want to decide to let customers filter your shoes by ...
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What types of sounds do cars make?

What words can be used to describe the sound a driving car makes? I'm specifically looking for words that could apply to a standard 2000 Honda Civic, or comparable vehicle. "Roar" sounds too ...
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Is there a male counterpart of jezebel?

Jezebel means a shameless or immoral woman. Is there a connate or coeval word for a man that would mean the same, as if it was coined to be the male counterpart of Jezebel?
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What is the opposite of “free” as in “free of charge”?

What is the opposite of free as in "free of charge" (when we speak about prices)? We can add not for negation, but I am looking for a single word.
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Word to describe “fleeting, wandering and prone to drifting off” of thought

I was wondering if someone could help me find a word based off of my description. I would like a word that means something along the lines of "fleeting, wandering and prone to drifting off" or ...
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Technical Term Specifically for Multi-Example Rhetoric

I'm looking for a technical term to describe a rhetorical device. The device I have in mind is when multiple examples are used to support a claim. (See the addendum for specific instances.) My ...
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Is there a word for a professional who has a beautiful and neat handwriting and whose work consists of using that attribute?

These days, when we use the computer for everything, it may be very difficult to find professionals who have beautiful and neat handwriting and whose work consists of using that skill. A century ago, ...
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What's a better word for “vegetable food products”

I'm looking at describing the demand in vegetable food products in a project. Using the term "vegetable food products demand" seems a bit heavy. I wonder whether there's a better word or phrase for ...
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Word for an Original Idea

Is there a good word for an idea that someone came up with on their own? I'm talking about an original idea. The reason I want such a word is for my notes so that I can annotate, with as few words ...
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What is the first part of a joke called?

How does one refer to the first part of a joke? The follow up is often referred to as a punchline but I'm unsure how to refer to the first part. Is it a 'joke' or does a 'joke' include the punchline? ...