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What to call Primary School + High School, but not College

I was creating a web form for a client who requested the highest-grade completed for primary and high school and then college. The original paper form had the following Circle highest grade ...
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How can I say something is “grippable”?

Is there a single word to describe something as "possible to be held". Neither "holdable" or "grippable" are words, and I really need it to be one word, for simplicity. Example: The product is ...
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SWR “post-closing” 'aftermath" comments after an argument

Consider the final (often rather desultory) addendum or comments made (by one side or the other) after an issue is decided, after an argument is complete. So, it could be a statement of success ...
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What do we call 'Shakespearean trash-talk'?

A classic example: In the opening scene of Richard II, Henry Bolingbroke and Mowbray seeks the adjudication of the king. They hurl accusations of treachery and cowardliness at each other. They ...
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Single word for an idiom giving advice

I'm trying to find a word referring to an idiom that gives advice (e.g. "Fake it till you make it"). "Nugget of wisdom" is kind of what I'm looking for, but I want a single word, not another idiom. ...
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Is there a term for “purposely deceptive behavior”?

Is there a word for representing one's self as weak or unintelligent in order to lull an opponent into a false sense of security and thus gain advantage? I have been using "disingenuous" but that's ...
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Is there as more positive sounding word to use in place of 'viral' or 'contagious', in regard to an idea or campaign?

Is there a there more positive sounding word to use in place of 'viral' or 'contagious', in regard to an idea or campaign? The campaign relates to women's safety issues and sexual harassment. We ...
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Word for using commas in long numbers?

What's a word that means to use commas inside long numbers? 10000 vs 10,000 There's words like this in other languages разряд in Russian.
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What's the word for the facial expression over an unexpected disappointment?

If your friend says something sarcastic to you unexpectedly when you are talking about something that makes you exited or your innermost feelings and makes you feel stupid. What's the most widely ...
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Word for a modified version of a quote

Allow me to explain: There is a famous quote from the movie shining "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" I can also paraphrase it: Jack was dull because he didn't play enough. My ...
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Word for “scary thing that's about to occur”?

I have the feeling I'm forgetting a very simple word. But anyway, is there a word for that? Example: The [...] that haven't occurred yet are the most scary ones.
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Non-religious word for “blessed”

I want to say on social media that I am blessed to have my daughter, but I am not religious and find it awkward when people respond saying that they are sending prayers my way. I appreciate the ...
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What is an appointment with friends called?

Suppose that my wife and I talk to another couple and set a time to go to the beach with them and spend some with that couple over there. What is this arrangement and its time called? Can it be called ...
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Verb for “make [object] available”

I have a feeling that I am overlooking a common word, but which word should I use to say that "I will make myself available for you tomorrow" or convey similar thoughts? The word is not "avail" ...
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Able to be referenced

Referenceable isn't a real word, but is there a word that means the same as "able to be referenced" that I can use? An example of how I'd like to use it: "The nice thing about written information, is ...
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SWR surname that in fact describes or applies to the human in question? [duplicate]

There are (in real life) many amazing examples of this (Bill Gates, "gates" being the fundament of computers, Tiger "Woods", the greatest ever user of "woods" golf-clubs, etc) and it is a staple of ...
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Is there a word for a last name that is also a word? If so, what is it?

For example; Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, John Doe, Sweet Brown (all these last names are also words).
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What's a word to describe topics that would be impolite to talk about?

What's a word for this? I thought of taboo (or from MW - taboo). But I'm not sure that this is the right word. Examples of this kind of topic include: money sex other people not present Is there a ...
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Is there a word meaning “easy to misidentify”?

It seems like there is a word for this, and the sense is not exactly "hard to identify" but specifically "easy to misidentify". If no such word exists, a word for "hard to identify" could suffice.
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Is there one word for a technique that improves your concentration?

This is the sentence: It [Tratak] has a cleansing effect on the eyes, is concentrating and energizing. I want to correct "concentrating" and replace it with one word which means "increasing ...
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What do you call languages with words that are pronounced the same way they are written?

In some languages such as Korean or Japanese hiragana, the pronunciation of words is exactly derived from the characters in the words. On the other hand, for languages such as English, you cannot ...
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What claims are there on the word 'ale' other than for 'cask-brewed real ale'?

The word ale has followed a movable pattern over the centuries, as the following extract from the OED will illustrate. The enduring characteristic of the word is that it has been employed in ...
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One word for Hindi-speaker

What is the correct word for Hindi speaker, is it the Hindu or the Indian?
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One word for “a one-eyed person”

I've given an English children's story to a small group of Italian kids to read and perform. The story is about a boy who changes into a cat and makes friends with a one-eyed next-door neighbour; a ...
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Word for “leisure/enjoyable activity”

Is there any word for that? (e.g. traveling, painting, playing a sport, etc.) Example: A [...] is only worthy if you take pleasure from it.
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Something that is impossible but has happened [closed]

I would like to know if anyone knows the word for something that should be impossible but has happened. An example is the Big Bang Theory. It shouldn't have been possible but something happened for us ...
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What is the specific term for this kind of pun?

In Shakespeare's Richard III Glouchester says: Now is the winter of our discontent Made glorious summer by this sun of York; Study.com refers to this line with particular emphasis on the ...
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Technical term for “cityglow”

I've been racking my brain (and Googling with every search term I can think of) to remember a word that describes the glow in the sky above a city (actually, any large source of artificial light, but ...
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What do you call the remains of a wave, the part that reaches the shore?

I like to play at the beach chasing the [...] by the shoreline. I think tides isn't the word, because it refers to the slow changes on the shore. And waves, I think they are bigger and are in the ...
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Is there a term-of-art for 'to take in art'?

Philosophers agree that emotional elicitivity is an essential element of art. Often, whether a work elicits emotion in a given person continges on the satisfaction of two conditions: the person ...
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What do you call a phone call with no one talking on the other side

Is there a word or expression describing a phone call when the caller doesn't hang up, but also doesn't say anything (or at least nothing can be heard)? I'm specifically looking for a term describing ...
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Word describing windows that are too high to see the ground outside?

There is a word, I believe it starts with a 'c', that describes windows whose function is to provide light or create a feeling of openness rather than to see outdoors because they are so high that ...
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Single word meaning “containers used to transfer”?

I have a sentence of the form: "Y can be viewed as containers used to transfer X", where X in my case is genetic information. It feels like this sentence could be simplified to something like "Y can ...
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Adjective to describe something that tastes unpleasant because it has too many flavors?

How would you call something that tastes sweet, salty, sour, all at the same time? And in an unpleasant way? Example: I didn't like her cake. I didn't like its [...] taste. I could only think ...
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Word for a less-than-optimal positive outcome or ending?

I'm looking for a word that describes the ending our outcome of a story that is positive for the protagonist but not the most positive outcome that could have happened. For example: The protagonist ...
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Word for someone who feels complete again, but not in the same way as they once were

I am writing a story about a girl who once was complete, but now has lost what made her feel whole. She has tried to replace it with the same thing but failed. Now she has replaced it with something ...
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Words for before, during and after a theatrical performance?

I'm looking for words that refer to the following, in a theatre or cinema context: before the performance (i.e. when people are making their way in, getting to their seats, etc) during the ...
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Single word for collective knowledge of plants and cultivation?

I've been trying to find one single word that covers knowledge concerning both the properties and cultivation of plants, but have come short with some words. Here are some of the words I thought of, ...
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Word to describe a list of literature a person has read

Is there a word to describe a list of the literature (i.e. novels, plays, poetry) you've read over your lifetime? Ex libris evokes the same idea, but isn't truly the mot juste, as it implies ownership ...
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A Word for Sharing an Unpleasant Experience [closed]

Is there a word for that moment when you experience something unpleasant and feel obliged to share the experience with others? For example, you taste something horrible and try to encourage others ...
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What is the word for jealousy disguised in a disapproving remark

Or maybe the word for a remark with that underlying sentiment/intention. I'm not sure if I can properly describe the concept. But imagine a situation where you feel spite or jealous towards a person ...
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A word to describe a person who loves to perform

I am looking for a word that fits the following criteria: A person who loves to perform, or craves attention Preferably without a negative connotation (such as attention whore) Suitable in writing ...
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Pro one thing, Anti another

Is there a word which describes the tactic of labeling something you agree with "pro" and therefore implying the opposite point of view is "anti"? For example, pro-life, pro-choice, pro-transit vs ...
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Another word for 'not decorated as much'

I am trying to describe a room that my character walks into. I want to say that this room is similar to an earlier room I described, but none of the ornate objects are present (it is a simple room). ...
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Idiom for new-employee training period

There’s a certain amount of time that organizations apply to new employees who are undergoing training. What’s the idiom? I’ve heard spin-up or train-up time, but neither of those two is clicking as ...
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What single word means “uncritique-able”?

I'm looking for a single word be for unable to be critiqued - "uncritique-able" - as in - "some people would say that the bible is "uncritique-able." I want the word to convey that one should not ...
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A word that means “one is so rash about a political cause that even simple, unrelated things are misinterpreted”?

There is a connotation here of being a bit overzealous, maybe even unreasonable. Imagine the person who goes on a rant about environmental saftey when someone says "pass the butter".
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What is the term for inserting that *may* lead to subsequent removal?

In terms of any sort of collection of things, where the collection is limited in the amount of members it may have. I suppose 'replacement' would be enough to describe insertion of one thing then ...
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Word or phrase for fearing arrest/detainment/blame having done nothing wrong

I believe I'm not alone in this, but I get a sensation when I encounter someone who is in a position of power (relative to me) that the person will find me guilty of an infraction of some sort, ...
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What is it called when a group of people forms a shape together?

There are great performances where a group of people, whether small or large, forms a shape or different shapes together; and you can usually see the shape from bird's eye view. It is usually like a ...