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Word for when one uses the wrong word in a sentence

Specifically, I'm looking for the term for when a person uses a word correctly, but intends a different meaning. For example: I empathize with you. When the person really means: I ...
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What is a good word for “best example”?

What is a good word for “best example”? I would like to describe a film as the greatest example of its features.
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Word for “a person who quickly gets interested and quickly loses interest”

I have googled but didn't find. "A person who gets interested in anything very quickly and loses interest in it sooner." What is such a person called?
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word that means: causing a paradigm shift, new era, revolution

I can't think of the word and it's driving me nuts. I'm looking for a word that can be used when some technology is discovered, way of thinking, or even event happening that causes a big change in ...
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Single word for taking advantage of the situation?

What is that word that is used to say someone "takes advantage of the situation". This word usually has a mildly negative connotation. It is related to being clever.
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What's the category name of “city” and “rural”?

When I ask whether someone's living situation is rural or city, what's the category I'm asking about? Living situation includes many other things, but there's gotta be a word summarizing those two ...
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Word meaning “nearby in time”

I am looking for a word that has a similar meaning to "adjacent," except referring to time instead of space. For example, maybe I'm at a film festival and I'm watching three movies in a row, and I ...
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What do you call someone who has extensive knowledge but won't share it?

What do you call a person that has a lot knowledge/information but decides to not share it? Is it really the classic know-it-all or enlightened?
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Word with meaning of “taking advantage of somebody”

I need one word with the meaning of "take advantage of somebody for personal benefit", is there any one?
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Odd use of agnostic

I have heard and used agnostic to denote "uncaring". I was recently corrected on my usage of the word which got me thinking. What word should I use? Uncaring seems incorrect. Some examples: This ...
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Is there an antonym for “delegate”?

I am trying to find the correct opposite of a delegate in the context of a person being a representative of someone else that have allowed or chosen them to be their delegate. What would you call that ...
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Word or phrase for “one needing to see it to believe it”

What's a word or phrase that could be used to describe a person who needs to see the evidence for a claim in-person before believing it?
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Word or phrase meaning 'Misinterpretation of tone due to language or cultural barrier'

I am looking for a word or phrase to describe a misinterpretation of tone due to language or cultural differences. For example, this is an answer from Arqade, the gaming StackExchange site Sir ...
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Alternative, more commonly accepted parlance for “currentness”

The following two sentences are identical: Ensure that X is current. Ensure the currentness of X. However, the word "currentness", while present in the dictionary, represents a very ...
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What would you call a person who doesn't like questions being asked of them?

My sister says I ask too many questions, such as "What have you been up to lately?" She is the only person who says that. What do you call a person who doesn't like questions being asked?
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What's the term for the inner perimeter of something?

Say I have a building with a sidewalk on its outside. To walk it I might say something like: "I'm going to walk the perimeter of the building." Now say I want to walk around the perimeter of the ...
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Words to describe something that does not reach your expectations for it

Which word(s) would you use in a situation such as the one below, to make the sentence sound logical, natural and complete? You told me we were going to a nice park. We've spent almost two hours ...
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One who creates is a creator. What is one who updates?

One who creates is a creator. What is one who updates? An updater? An updator? The last one seems more logical, but also wrong.
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Is there a technical term for the degeneration or evolution of words?

Based on this question, I was curious if there is an actual term that describes how words' meanings change or become deprecated over time.
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Is there a canonic term for “the one whose birthday party is being celebrated”?

Something along the lines of 'hero of the occasion', but specifically for birthday? If there isn't, how would you otherwise say that? ('the subject of birthday party', 'the hero of this birthday ...
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alternatives for “guy”

I'm working in an English big company in Germany. Everybody speak English but most of us as second, or third language. One thing I noticed is that we are all "guys" in the office: "Ask the guy up ...
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Is there an old, rarely used word which means “an archaic word”?

I seem to recall from my youth, when my vocabulary was many times what it is today, learning a word (started with an 'a' I think) whose meaning was "an old, unused, or archaic word" or something ...
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Is there a term for pejorative parody names of people or places?

I recently saw someone refer to Michele Bachmann as Michele Botchman [emphasis added] and was wondering what the term for such a parody name would be? Obviously it was intended as pejorative, so I'm ...
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Word for someone who sleeps during the day

People are sometimes said to be a morning person or a night person. I also know that the term for something related to night is "nocturnal". Is there a specific word for a person who sleeps during ...
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Numbers and units

I'm looking for a single word to describe the combination of a number and unit. For example, “6 watts” or “2.5 kilometers”. Measurement is the closest I’ve come, but sounds cumbersome. Does anyone ...
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What is the name of combination, in error, of similar or related words? (E.g.: segueway)

Is there a technical term for combination, in error, of similar or related words? This question is prompted by the following malapropism or solecism, from an article by Elizabeth Montalbano in ...
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Is there a better noun form of “unreasonable” than “unreasonableness?”

I simply can't bring myself to use unreasonableness, but can think of no synonym or alternate form with comparable meaning. I'll restructure if necessary, but wonder if I'm missing a suitable ...
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One word for someone who thinks they can do anything, and believes everything they do is right but others are wrong

If someone thinks they are always doing the right thing, and believes others are wrong, what would I call them? Say, for example, I did something that person considers wrong. But then on another ...
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What do you call the empty/arid zones on both sides of a highway?

I'm referring to something like the brown areas in this picture:
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Opposite of “straight talk”

What is the opposite for the straight talk idiom? How do I best call the activity when someone makes a very long preamble before he says what he wants?
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“Paintings on walls and ceilings” and “painting of portraits, landscapes”

I am creating a portfolio of painter's works and I need to categorize them. There will be two global categories: Paintings on canvas Painting on walls and ceilings The paintings on canvas divide ...
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“Employee” is to “employer” as “dependent” is to what? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: A depends on B, is A dependant, or is B dependant? I'm trying to find a word that is the counterpart to "dependent", i.e. refers to the one who the dependent relies ...
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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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Can you call someone who chooses to quit his/her study in college as alumnus?

Oxford dictionary on alumnus: a male former pupil or student of a particular school, college, or university Oxford dictionary on dropout: a person who has abandoned a course of study or who ...
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Words that describe food and eating [closed]

I'm writing a piece that relates to food and eating and am looking for adjectives that describe both. I just picked up the word prandial and that piqued my interest. Are there any similar words out ...
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Is there a better name for this than “emphatic and”?

In semi-poetic writing, I have had occasion to deviate from the standard prose list practice (interpose commas or semicolons between items, with an "and" preceding the final item), by utilizing a ...
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What is the category name to describe “day”, “night”, or “dusk”?

I'm applying tags to a set of recorded data files, and I have to classify by when the recording appears to be taken (if it's light or dark). TimeOfDay: Day TimeOfDay: Night TimeOfDay: Dusk ...
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flight connection, airlink, or connecting flight?

If you want to know if there are flights from airport A to airport B, what do you ask? -Are there flight connections between airport A and B? -Are there airlinks between airport A and B? -Are there ...
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What is a term for describing words that sound similar in a pleasing manner when used together?

I want to describe words which produce pleasure effect as they are similar sounding. For example, I want to describe the similarity in the pronunciation of Vinni, Vijji, Vikki Amit, Sumit
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One word for “easily understood”

What is a one word substitute for something which is "easily understood"? I can think of clear but I guess there are other better words. Edit 1. Will the answer be different for easily ...
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Collective noun for “facts”

I'm looking to refer to a group of facts and I'm not sure what the best term to use for them would be. From what I can tell there isn't any sort of standard collective noun for facts, so it's going ...
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A word that means “of few words” or “without words”

I assume that in English there is a word for everything, and I am looking for one that roughly means "of few words" or "of no words". The closest I could think of is non-verbal, but it sounds a bit ...
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A synonym for “moral hypocrite”

I'm looking for a precise word to describe someone who is hypocritical on moral issues, for example: a cult guru who claims to be holy while doing something evil. or a company which partakes in some ...
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Antonym of “recurrent” [closed]

What is the antonym of recurrent? This is like I have to few activities which I have to perform each month so these are recurrent but there are few activities which I only perform once. So what should ...
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What's the Best English word for 6 months in this group: daily, weekly, quarterly, 6 months, yearly? [duplicate]

While writing programs, I need to create a drop down for setting periods, like daily, weekly, monthly, etc. Using one year as a time frame. This question is driven by lack of a better word. I've had ...
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Word for “buying more expensive items to go with the expensive item you actually want”

I have been searching for a word that describes this phenomenon: If a person buys an expensive item, it leads to them buying more expensive items to go with it.
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Are there any words that are spelled the same but have separate etymologies? [closed]

There are many words that are spelled the same but have different meanings due to development of polysemy over time from an original etymology. Are there any word pairs in English that have the same ...
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What is the word for an applied template? [closed]

The notion of a template is that it is abstract and can be applied to future instances. Is there a word that means an instantiated template? I'd prefer something that specifically refers to the fact ...
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Word for two people who are the same age [closed]

What do you call two people with the same age? I'm not looking for age range or age group.
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“To delete” is to “deletion” as “to discard” is to what?

"To delete" is to "deletion" as "to discard" is to what?