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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 single word for a “friend of a friend”?

I am looking for a word that I could use instead of "friend of a friend". On certain occasions, it happens that you may want to talk about a friend of a friend with someone else. In such cases how ...
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What could be an alternative word implying 'to endorse someone'?

On professional social network sites (like LinkedIn) there are terms like 'recommend someone' or 'endorse someone'. What could be an alternative term that is somewhat lighter in meaning as compared to ...
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Single word for “mixed metaphor”

Mixed metaphors are usually speech mistakes by people, and are very amusing. Here are a few examples.Is there a single word for denoting mixed metaphors?
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One who objectifies women

Is there a single word or short phrase to describe someone who treats women like objects? Is there a similar word/phrase for who objectifies other people in general?
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Word for increasing acceleration

When you increase your distance you go farther. When you increase your speed you go faster. When you increase your acceleration you go ______? I just can't think of the word to describe the increase ...
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What's the word or phrase to describe this behaviour?

I watched an online video. Unexpectedly, I've same experience that my friend said exactly with this last bolded sentence in the video's conversation. Stranger: Which train do I have to take to get ...
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Is there a synonym for “schadenfreude” that sounds more colloquial?

Is there a more colloquial synonym for "schadenfreude"? I'm specifically looking for a noun that denotes a pleasure derived from other people's misfortunes or sufferings. Sadly, I couldn't find any ...
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What is the perfect word/idiom/phrase for a situation when enforcement of a system is futile?

What is the proper English word for a scenario where a valid/lawful/best thing can not be established because other things are not at their best. For example, you are unable to enforce food hygiene ...
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resemble = look like… ??? = sounds like… ??? = smells like

The verb resemble is typically used to denote similarity in appearance. We can thus replace this verb with "look like." But does English have analogous single-word verbs for "sound like," "smell ...
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Words for describing an events start time

I am trying to classify events into two distinct groups. Event, in this context, means a public event which people might go to. This includes a broad collection of things including concerts, plays, ...
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What does Amber Gated mean?

I am reading an Employment Offer and there are case studies to illustrate the Code of Conduct, Breachs and Outcomes. If someone knows what amber gated means it would be much appreciated, eg: The ...
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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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Adjective to describe a person who is easy to work with [closed]

What singular word can be used, to describe a person who is "easy to work with?" Example sentences are ______ people are easy to work with. It's easy to work with John, he's very ______.
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What is the word for a person who never listens to other people's opinions and ideas?

There is one person I know who never accepts other people's opinions and ideas, even if those opinions and ideas are worthwhile. What single word might describe such an attitude?
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Word for a person with the same opinion on everything?

There's a person I know who has the same opinion on everything. It never wavers from "very good" e.g. That was a very good movie Brazil played a very good game The weather was very good ...
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Word for words that sound like the sound [closed]

In our English lesson, we talked about words that are derived from sounds. Our teacher said they are "anamatapic", but it seems I can't get the spelling right. Even google does not provide a good ...
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What to call someone who doesn't care whether the person he talks to understands what he says? [closed]

For example, it's the first day at your new job and one of your colleagues is supposed to introduce you to the new working place. The person rants about everything in high speed without paying ...
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Word that describes exploration coupled with transformation?

Is there a verb that combines the sense of explore as well as transforming that which you are exploring? For instance, if I want to describe an explorer who also changed the lands he visited, is there ...
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What is a word for someone who hates or fears nature?

I know that misanthrope is someone who hates other humans or humankind in general. I am interested to know if there is a word for one who hates nature herself.
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What is a word that means someone who is involved in the arts without implying a specific type of art?

Is there a word that encompasses artist, poets, architects, dancers, musicians? The correct word to use is surely "Artist" but in my context that word is confusing as it connotes someone involved in ...
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Word for relative movement of inner and outer

I want to describe the movement or position of an inner material inside an outer sheath, as the inner moves through the outer. Can anyone think of some kind of verb, spatial preposition or any other ...
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What is the one word for doll witch

There are stories where children find a doll on the road. They take it home, and then all sorts of problems start in their families. What is one word for such witchy dolls ?
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What is a word for this hand signal of refusal?

When people decline something, sometimes they wave their hand back and forth as a gesture of refusal. What is a word for this?
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What is the word that describes a person trying to sell stuff persistently?

I am trying to remember the word to describe a person trying to sell stuff persistently. I can't seem to figure it out. - It can be a verb, noun or adjective. Anything around "Selling stuff ...
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The one who's being celebrated (e.g., @ a BD party) (sometimes referred to as the birthday boy/girl) [duplicate]

Is there another term to specify who is being celebrated - e.g., @ a BD party? ('Celebrant/celebrator' could be anybody celebrating, I believe. But isn't there a term which will specify the one/ones ...
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Is there a word for “look and feel”?

"Look and feel" is a term commonly used in UI, software and web design, yet we have job titles such as Web Designer, Visual Designer, Front-end Developer, UX Designer but no Look and Feel Designer. ...
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Idiom Meaning “Ready to Correct One's Mistake”

I'm looking for a concise way to describe this situation: Person A compliments B's team at a competition. But B does not respond to this compliment gracefully, even though it means a lot to him. B ...
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What is the name for words which, when the order of letters is reversed, spell other words? [duplicate]

For example: Lamina / Animal Dog / God Ogre / Ergo Desserts / Stressed Tuba / Abut These are all anagrams, but they are a special type of anagram, where the order of letters is exactly reversed. ...
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The proper usage of “putative”?

I'm trying to write the sentence, Lower-grade soldiers made up two-thirds of the putative high quality army. My original sentence was: Lower-grade soldiers made up two-thirds of what was ...
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Term for asking a question to create context

Sometimes to start a conversation or to bring up a subject I ask a question. I ask it in hopes that they know the answer, I'm not seeking knowledge or an explanation, but instead I'm looking to create ...
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What is the name of the ɔʏ sound?

What's the English name of the oi sound written as "eu" and commonly found in Germanic words like Deutschland, and names like Euler and von Neumann?
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Word for passing a vehicle going the other way

Is there another word besides "pass" that more accurately specifies the act of two vehicles going past each other in opposite directions, as opposed to overtaking a vehicle going the same direction? ...
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Substituting special characters or numerals for letters/word parts

Is there a word or phrase to describe a substituting a dingbat, special character or number for a letter or portion of a word? Examples: The Chicago Bulls successfully achieved a 3peat. "In ...
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Isogrammatic sentences?

A pangram is a sentence that uses each letter of the alphabet at least once. Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs. How vexingly quick daft zebras jump. A perfect pangram uses each letter of the ...
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Word for seeing both sides of an argument

This feeling can often be paralyzing in that you see valid points on either side; makes you not able to choose a side. Seeing can also be understanding, supporting, taking active part in. I'm ...
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Lover of Fantasy

Is there a single word to describe a person who is a lover of fantasy? Similarly, is there a single word to describe a person who is a lover of sci-fi?
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“Connections”, “network” or…?

Suppose I know a lot of people in a particular place — let's say, Singapore — and they can help me. How can I express it through a short sentence to let someone know that he has found the right ...
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Word for a false definition used for comedic effect

Is there a word for a false definition given in jest? I don't know if such a word exists, but I'm interested to know it if it does. An example of what I mean would be: Politics - a latin word ...
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What is a word for someone who wants to preserve others' cultures?

I'm searching for the word for someone who believes in the preservation of other people's cultures. Does anyone know of a good word for this? I don't think "anthropologist" is a good word, as that ...
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Term for “over stimulation”

I'm looking for a certain word, usually being said about the current generation, something like attention deficit caused by over stimulation (like people don't want to wait for more than 30 seconds ...
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What is a “remedy” for a “pitfall”?

I am writing an academic thesis related to a specific topic (the actual topic is irrelevant, so let's just call it XXX). The thesis basically consists of: pointing out a couple of problems in ...
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Is there a word for a place you've already been?

Is there a particular word (slang or not) or perhaps a phrase that describes a location or place you've already visited?
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What's an adjective to describe something “Of or relating to a row”?

Columnal: "Columnar" Columnar: "of, relating to, resembling, or characterized by columns" Tabular: "of, relating to, or arranged in a table"
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What term describes the feeling of routine sacrifice or loss of opportunity due to a conflicting obligation?

I am in need of a term for the feeling or condition of having to give up some life experience or opportunity due to a conflicting obligation, especially in cases of routine sacrifice of that which is ...
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A word for someone who shows great interest/love for something that they know very little about

I'm searching for such a word so I can use it for myself. I'm still young and I sadly have numerous passions for many things but sometimes find myself at a loss, for I know very little in the subject, ...
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Is there a word or term to describe mispronouncing a word due to someone else's accent?

In college, I had a Japanese linear algebra teacher who was not a native English speaker. The subject matter was new and difficult, so with new terminology to learn, it was sometimes to difficult for ...
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Word or phrase to use “when you told a story/situation and it happend you later”

English is NOT my primary language . In my language we have a phrase to use in this kind of situation . You were telling a story or a situation to your friends and later it happens you . For eg : ...
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Word Request: a word that means “taken over a long span of time”

I'm hoping that this request makes sense - For the past 14 years of my life I've half-written a story that goes on in my head. I've always struggled for a name to call it, but have recently taken to ...
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One (or few) word expression for products you don't know you need

I'd like to find a very simple, preferably one word (or few words) expression for products that you don't know you need until you see them. Examples are: electronic face cleanser sleep enhancing app ...