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The act of baiting someone into (incorrectly) calling bullshit

Is there a single word, or commonly-used term, to describe the act of baiting another person into calling bullshit, when in fact you're not bullshitting? Conceptually, this either a sub-type, or the ...
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Language proficiency

Sometimes, a native speaker of a given language receives their higher education through another language; say, a native English speaker whose higher education takes place in France, through French. ...
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What's the informal word for a small challenge?

Example: I challenge you to get her number. If you get it, you earn a beer. It's sort of a friendly bet. It's a short 3-5 letter word. I've heard it but can't recall it. Please help. Something ...
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Is there a word that describes someone who will go along with how you feel, or will go along with whatever you do

I'm writing a story and I can't think of a word that describes someone. The quote is, "Who do I want right now? Sympathy or" So I'm looking for a word that describes this character. If you're mad, ...
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Is there an umbrella word for cancer treatment?

I know that there is a noun for cancer as an area of medicine; oncology. But is there a word for the umbrella art/science of cancer treatment? I was thinking of something other than "cancer ...
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Is there a single word for “login/register”?

I'm a programmer and often create login/register forms. I'd really like a single word to use to describe a form that lets the user login/register. Sort of like "authentication", but that's really ...
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What's the word for “running with your arms outstretched as though flying”?

I caught this on an 'odd words' sort of program on public radio, but didn't hear the full word pronounced, just that it started with an 'f'. I studied the unabridged OED for a bit, but couldn't find ...
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Term for a one-time, short-lived, pre-meditated plan of action

It's something that you come up with in advance, a plan of sorts, in preparation of an opportunity arising, such that you may capitalize on it. "Plan" is too long, however; it's not so much a plan as ...
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In Search Of: a noun (or phrase) like “irrefutableness”

Ideally I'm looking for a word, though it could be a phrase. It should be a noun, like "veracity". Its somewhat close in meaning to veracity. It should mean low likelihood of being refuted. Sort ...
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I am looking for a word for an abstainer from red meat

A number of friends of mine describe themselves as "Vegetarian" but then go on to explain that they don't eat meat - but do eat fish and poultry, (plus in one case bacon). In my books this is not ...
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What is an antonym for the term “straight-A student?”

I'm looking for a word or phrase that implies stupidity in the context of academics in the same way the term "straight-A student" implies intelligence.
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One word for “lack of exercise”

Once upon a time, I saw a short, proper and single word for "lack of exercise", but I forgot it.
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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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Word/phrase to refer to things you bring to a place to stay the night?

Example: We are going to a trip tomorrow and staying the night in a hotel. Don't forget to bring your [...]. I thought about stuff but I'm looking for something less ambiguous (it can be ...
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Is there a word for 'religism'? [duplicate]

I'm searching for a word with a meaning similar to Racism or Sexism but within the context of religion. Is there a word for this meaning?
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Term for “Improvement During Isolation”

I'm looking for a term (ideally, word) to describe an event or its main participant. In military, athletic, or heroic stories a person may be set apart from others to improve. This question was ...
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Word meaning “extra added length” in woodworking

In Slovenian, we have a nice word for this called "nadmera" (literally "above measurement/dimension"). This usage is for woodworking, and it arises when working with solid wood. To simplify, it has a ...
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A noun for “phony” or an alternative to “phoniness”

I visited some famous tourist hotspots in a country where I enjoyed some beautiful sceneries. However, once we were told some trees planted there were actually fake (the trees were carefully sculpted ...
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Duane “Dog” Chapman, what is the word for the part in quotes between forename and surname?

Apologies if this has been asked before, I found it quite difficult to phrase what I meant! As the question title states: Duane "Dog" Chapman. What is the correct word to describe the part that is ...
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Is there a term or phrase for the one paying a bill that is later split?

Sometimes when splitting bills one of the group members has to pay the entire bill first to later be reimbursed by the other group members. Is there an English term for who that person is or what the ...
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English words that are both nouns and “connectors”?

I am trying to solve a word puzzle that contains several sentences, two of which are presented below, and I have to figure out the missing words represented by the variables W1–W3: There is a W1 ...
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Correct term for a group of thirty-two things (or the general rule for anything over twenty) - duotrigectet?

I have found this source a little useful, but I am unsure what the correct term for a collection of thirty-two things is. Sextet, octet, dectet etc. are the terms for 6, 8, 10 etc. The "prefix form" ...
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A word or expression that means somebody's name is not “real”

I'm interviewing someone and he doesn't want his real name showing up, so how could I rephrase the following sentence? We hide his real name under the name Luke.
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What is a word for doing something that you don't want to do?

I am reading Of Mice and Men, and I am trying to come up with a word that describes how George manages to shoot Lennie at the end of the book. I have come up with Self Discipline, and Overcoming ...
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relationship zone [closed]

I'm looking for a phrase to describe a certain relationship similar to "friend zone". The relationship is where you can't treat a person one way because you are so connected it might cause problems in ...
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The stages of history

Is there a word or short phrase that encompasses the three main stages of Western history: ancient, medieval, and then modern?
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Word for consciously doing something without knowing that it is already a thing

I'm looking for a single word, possibly ending in "-consciously", that represents doing something socially common that you were not aware had a name or a greater context. For example, many people ...
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What do you call a woman who is crafty, employs ingenuity in a general range of things like sewing, baking, paper crafts, etc

I'm trying to find a noun that embodies a range of crafty skills. This word would ideally follow my adjective "craftiest" and would describe someone (typically a woman) who could be seen as someone ...
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Is there an -ically suffixed word to describe a duration?

We know about chronologically to describe order by time, but is there a word to describe duration? I want to say something like "school is x-ically taxing", as in, school is heavily taxing on an ...
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What is the word for talking to someone as if they don't know anything

This is noticeable in conversation when person A keeps trying to educate the person B. Person A automatically assumes a position of higher knowledge. What is person A doing to person B? It's not ...
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Word that describes a problem that is missing a precondition

I'm an engineer, and sometimes I want to describe a problem that is unresolvable in it's current state. The problem might be easy, or somewhat complex, but the key aspects of it are understood and it ...
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that feeling where you feel like you need to do something but can't remember what it is

You know when you feel like you need to do something but you can't remember what it is? You almost feel a little anxious because you can't remember what you were going to do / what you need to do. ...
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What do we call quality management system software? [closed]

Is there a specific name for all kind of software related to quality management system, i.e. ISO 9001. being more specific, when in business someone talks about an ERP, everybody knows what does that ...
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What is the exact difference between “into” and “onto”? [duplicate]

How to use "into" and "onto" in sentences ? Can we use "onto" in any sense while talking of people and if yes, how ? Do these two quoted words have a common usage anywhere ?
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A valid adjective to convey classification of the context “An element on which a transaction occurs or can occur” [closed]

Context Elements such as Items/Inventory, Assets, Services are elements on which business transactions occur or can be be conducted upon, with scope of the transaction extending to both ...
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A word/phrase meaning the “house where I was born”?

For instance, to refer to the place you were born you say "my hometown." How about when referring to the house where you were born? I thought of "my parents' house", but I think it'll sound strange if ...
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Is there an alternative way of saying “important stuff”

I want to write an email to my supervisor and ask him to provide me a guideline for things I should be careful with, while I will be working on a project. Is there an alternative and shorter way of ...
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Word for a combination of video / visuals / perhaps other media

I believe it was about one year ago that I listened to a song (title is “Hún Jörð” by the band Sigur Rós) on YouTube accompanied by video. I believe the video was taken from a film about Jesus and ...
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Free text, free style?

Sometimes information comes in a highly structured manner, such as a database with its tables, rows and columns; or a heavily formatted document with a strict hierarchy of sections, chapters, headings ...
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Single word for “more than once”

Is there a single word to describe the occurrence of a pattern more than once? This word exists in a file more than once. According to an online Czech–* dictionary, these would be the ...
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What do we call questions which have a definite, known answer?

Is there a standard adjective or term which classifies "questions with a known, single, unambiguous, objective, and correct answer"? That is, questions like "2+2=?" or "What is the capital of Ohio?", ...
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Teachers' Title

I'm an English teacher in Iran. My students call me "Teacher..., ...", and I mind that. Is it usual in English speaking countries? I mean do the students in English speaking countries call their ...
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Noun-adjective pattern name

This is a quick question mainly because I want to remember this word that I saw somewhere on Wikipedia. What is the name for the word structure noun-adjective? For example, director-general, ...
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Single word for a person of few words [duplicate]

What is the single word for a person who expresses every emotion with a few or single word.
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Adjectival form of “consult”, “consultation” – Translation for the German word “konsiliarisch”

The word konsiliarisch is used, for instance, in hospitals when a doctor sends his patient to another branch or medical specialty for some specific examination. You will later return to your actual ...
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Regarding word usage [closed]

Obviously, wise is a word, and so is 'wisdom'; also, unwise is a word (all in the English language). Is 'unwisdom' a word? Also, is there a difference between misinformation and disinformation (if ...
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Like misdirection, is there any word for misdepiction?

Misdirection is used for distracting attention of an audience. In a similar sense, audio visual artists (TV, movies, etc.) spice up historical epics. They introduce of unproven/undocumented events ...
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What do you call a disgusting mixture you don't want to drink?

What do you call a drink (usually an alcoholic one, say a long drink or a cocktail) that you don't want to have, because you consider it a low quality, disgusting mixture, maybe even of suspicious, ...
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Barkeeper, or bartender? How to address them?

I dunno if I'm right about the meaning of these words. What do you call the person who owns a bar, or a pub? And the person who serves you with drinks at the counter? [As the two may not be ...
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Single adjective for containing a lot of text (digital)

I was wondering if there is a word for a graphic, screen, picture, document, etc. that contains a lot of text. Specifically for digital media. The context is that I've noticed that the Walgreens pin ...