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Word or phrase to describe someone who served in the military, didn’t see much real action yet exaggerates their expertise?

NOTE: As I state near the end of the question I am looking for a word or phrase that would specifically describe this kind of self-dellusion on the part of someone who served in military service. So ...
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Something that makes you feel better, not when you are sad?

What do you call something that makes you feel good/better, because it is good news or funny. But you were feeling normal before, you weren't sad or anything. But just by seeing that thing you felt ...
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Term to define a specific tactic used when engaged in an argument

As a tactic to "win" an argument, when one party has accepted responsibility for a specific action, the insatiable second party repeatedly finds/adds/remembers another infraction for the first party ...
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Word for examining purchasing behavior of customers

There is a basic principle in economics that says as follows: to find out what people demand, don't listen to their words (what they claim to want) but rather examine their actual purchasing choices. ...
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One word for brief interactions with strangers

Is there a single word for a brief interaction with a stranger, for example, when someone offers you their seat on the bus or holds the elevator for you? Edit: The interaction needn't necessarily be ...
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Antonym for perfectionist.

A perfectionist is: a person who wants everything to be perfect and demands the highest standards possible. (Cambridge Dict.) What noun could be used to refer to the opposite of the ...
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A eulogy for someone who isn't dead? [duplicate]

What's the word for speech that talks about someones achievements, their character etc, like you would in a eulogy, except they're not dead. For example, they might be receiving an award. What do ...
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Alternative to “autopsy” for software

We're developing a software feature that allows the user to examine the result of a series of rules after those rules are executed. We've tentatively called this feature running an "autopsy". ...
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Word for someone who is jovial, but malicious?

I'm working on designing characters for a game, and the main group of villains consists of characters that have a two-word epithet in the form "The ___" where the word in the blank describes their ...
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I need a word that describes a person who is hard to love

Example: "It's not that I hate you, but rather that you're just a __________ person." I'm looking for a word that means 'hard to love' when referring to unconditional love for a family member.
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Is there a term for joyriding without stealing a car or endangering myself?

Let's say I buy a Ferrari or Lamborghini, or perhaps borrow one from my parents or a friend. I then proceed to drive it around town and generally just have fun driving the vehicle, with no particular ...
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Another word besides cyborg or android?

I'm trying to find the word to describe a type of robot. Here are my assumptions about the terms I have found thus far: Cyborgs are biological creatures that have had cybernetic implants. Bionics ...
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What would you call someone who has an urge to repay debts / favours?

I'm currently trying to describe such a person who would feel very guilty if they didn't repay a small debt or favour through forgetfulness. e.g. a friend buys the person a drink the last time they ...
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What do we call this type of discourse?

Someone, guilty of a wrongdoing, defends his position by reminding the accusing party that, at some point in time, s/he was guilty of the same wrongdoing too. This is instead of making an apology or a ...
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A verb that means making dimples in dough with fingertips

Is there a verb or baker's term which describes the act of pressing dough with your fingertips to make dimples? Is there a more succinct way of expressing this action? Is the term dimple the most ...
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What could be an appropriate word in between long-lived event and short-lived event?

I am wondering a word to express the moderated values between long-lived and short-lived events. For example, I would like to describe heat wave durations. My durations are 1hr, 2hr, 3hr, .., 10hr. I ...
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Relation between blood type and personality

I am looking for a word that would name the belief that your personality is related to your blood type.
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What is the opposite word of acidic?

A water with a low pH is known as acidic water. How would you refer to water with a high pH? I would guess it's alkalitic or alkalinic but I can't find any references to those words on ...
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A word for Bashfully Giddy?

I'm looking for a word to describe a feeling. The best I can describe it is bashfully giddy. Like, I want to show of this elated smile but I also kind of want to bury my head in the sand. It's as ...
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Is “whomnot” a valid word, and if not, what is a valid alternative?

It just struck me when writing a message, that I don't know of an analogue of "whatnot" for persons. Does such a word exist? If not, could a person hypothetically see about somehow creating it ...
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word for a person who achieves the impossible [closed]

Single word for a person who achieves the impossible.
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Word for “repeat giver” or “repeat giving”?

My clergyman asked me whether there exists a single word for a person or thing "that keeps on giving," that is, gives over and over again. I couldn't come up with such a word, but I volunteered the ...
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Is there a word for a person who has lost their sibling? [duplicate]

Is there any word that applies to a person who has lost their sibling, such as widow/widower for a married person who has lost their partner?
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Word for “void of people”

I'm looking for a (preferably single) word to describe a place where there are no people. Empty somehow implies that there's nothing at all there, deserted says that people left or abandoned this ...
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How can I describe a particular point along the width of an object?

A cube might be 10 meters high, 10 meters deep and 10 meters wide. I can describe a point in that cube as being at a height of 2 meters, and at a depth of 3 meters, but it sounds wrong to say that my ...
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Hypernym for “business” and “private individual”

An example sentence: Whether, and how much VAT is collected depends on your _________ (private or business) and the country you are located in. Both formal and informal words are welcome. As ...
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Gender-specific replacement for fiancée and fiancé

I find that frequently, particularly with the advent of same-sex marriage, fiancée and fiancé are used in a confusing manner. For instance, if a man writes: My fiancé knows all about Java, because... ...
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Word that means implement (verb), but in an ongoing sense [closed]

Implement carries an implication of doing something for the first time. Is there a word that means essentially continue to administer? E.g. "we will continue to implement a program that addresses X ...
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Is there another single word that means this certain definition of the word“ usage”?(Read Desc.)

The certain definition I am referring to is from Dictionary.com and is number 2. which states," The customary manner in which a language or a form of a language is spoken or written." So my question ...
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More formal term for trivia

I am writing a handbook of information of persons of note. While most of it is straight forward and standardised content that all persons share, for example date of birth, periods of service and the ...
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“Bid” is to “counterbid” as “quote” is to what?

Bids and counterbids are relevant in auction scenarios. But generally, when a seller/service provider sends a quote to a customer, the customer tends to negotiate. What is the price that the customer ...
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I am looking for a word to describe a person who takes joy in creating (food, art, etc.) and loves to learn about the world and its cultures

I guess I am looking for a word that describes a person who is passionate about taking in all they can from the world - learning, creating, traveling, eating, photographing, etc. Please help if you ...
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Word or phrase for someone accepting a story completely & unquestioningly

If someone accepts a version of a story completely, without questioning any part of it, they ..... what? I'm looking for a word or a phrase or a more elegant, eloquent way of saying it.
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Non-pejorative word/phrase for “social justice warrior”

The term "social justice warrior" appears to have been coined as a pejorative term, and Urban Dictionary defines it thus: A pejorative term for an individual who repeatedly and vehemently ...
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Word for someone who makes fun of others for a characteristic while himself or herself has it

What is called a person who makes fun of others for a characteristic while himself or herself has it. For example a short person who scorn someone for being short.
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Word or phrase for “to create again, but better”

Is there a word or phrase that means both to "re-create" and "improve"? I would like to say "___ our language", meaning to create a new lingua franca from scratch. The word should imply starting over ...
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Personality trait in which the person's style is evident in all they do?

What is the term for the personality trait in which the person's style is evident in (bleeds into) all they do? There may be, for example, a particular style of handwriting, decoration, dress, ...
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Word to describe being grateful in an understated way?

I'm writing a letter asking for feedback from someone who is an expert on the topic. I would like to indicate that I am grateful for their input, and possibly how useful it is for me so as to praise ...
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Word to describe when, where or how privacy is kept, trust is maintained, and integrity matters

Here is a list of scenarios on why honest people would need privacy and anonymity. My marketing research tells me that the word "anonymity" is too closely related to hacking, and "privacy" reminds ...
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Word for the opposite of a target? [closed]

I have an event database that links two people - the person causing the event and the person the event targets. The latter column I call "target", but I can't think of a word to describe the person ...
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A Word Single For Blind Fighting Or Some Kind Of Handicap Training? [closed]

I'm looking for a single word that can be used to describe blind fighting(as in martial art), or training thereof, or even modern impaired/handicap training in sports.
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Word for “the state of having eaten spicy food”

How do I say that my mouth is feeling very hot from the spicy food that I ate? What word should I say? Edit : Removed the I am ____ed constriction. I'm looking for a general term but not necessarily ...
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What is the English for the Swedish word 'snippa'?

This report appeared in yesterday's Observer - page 22. Little boys have a word for theirs. Now Swedish girls do too.... It begins: I only ever speak English to our three-year-old daughter, and my ...
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Verb for making enemy [closed]

Is there a single word verb for "making an enemy"? I know of 'alienate' which isn't close to what I want.
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Word for multi opponent combat?

I'm googled it and cannot find an answer. I'm looking for a single word to describe multi opponent combat or multiple opponent training. Maybe even in the way of a skill. For example, a single person ...
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Word meaning “not preferred” - not antonym

I wish to distinguish between items that are preferred and items that are good, but not necessarily preferred. Is there a word to describe the latter?
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Word for misusability

I'm trying to articulate a question on stackoverflow. In the question, I state that I'm designing an API, and I want to minimize "misusability" within that API. "Misusability" is not a word, as far as ...
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Word for 'stage elements'

I'm looking for a word that describes everything you might find on a theatrical stage, including actors, props, and backdrops.
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What's a word for the ability to discern another's mental state?

I want to avoid some common implications of empathy: that it's mostly involuntary, and that it involves some re-experiencing of the other's feelings. I'm looking for a more general word (or, less ...
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Another word for lifehacks

I'm looking for a synonym (single-word of short phrase) for the word lifehack. I read Wikipedia article, and checked few online dictionaries. I could not find any synonym. The word is informal and it ...