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Term for someone very good at dodging being blamed?

What do you call someone who is very good at dodging responsibility for his mistakes?
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Which word or phrase describes a situation where the answer is both a pro and a con?

Sometimes when people are enumerating the good and bad aspects of something, the same thing comes up in both the pros and cons. For example, a certain policy may be considered good because it ...
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Word for “translating” English to English

Is there a specific word for "translating" a work from period Modern English into contemporary English? For example, if Locke's philosophies were rewritten point by point in contemporary English, ...
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Is there a word for the status of a team being 'home' or 'away'

A team can be 'home' or 'away' - but what is this status called? At first I thought 'location' or 'venue' but this isn't right - the location is singular and the basis of what determines the 'home' ...
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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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Single word for 'being one step ahead of others'

I am looking for synonyms as single words having the meaning of 'being one step ahead of others'.
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What's a word for doing something eagerly despite the pain? Especially in the context of eating something hot or spicy

I'm looking for two words: Specifically, is there a word to describe the activity of eating or being compelled to eat something despite its hot temperature or spiciness? The second word I'm looking ...
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What is the word to describe something that has hidden meaning?

I'm writing an essay (yay) on I'm the King of the Castle, by Susan Hill. I am trying to explain how the description of the atmosphere may have hidden meanings (e.g. the fact that Warings is a ...
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Is there a female or gender-neutral equivalent to the colloquial “man”?

I don't know how to define the usage of man I'm talking about*, so I'll do it with examples: Hey, man, what's up? C'mon, man, don't make me do this. Is there a female or gender-neutral ...
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1000 Day “Anniversary”

"Anniversary" comes from Latin: "anni" [genitive of annus = year] + "vers(us)" [past participle of vertere = to turn]. I am interested in constructing a similar word which means "reoccurring every ...
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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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A word that means “to become one's name”

I'm looking for a word which indicates that a person has adopted a quality suggested by their name, e.g. a person named Grace who is indeed graceful, or perhaps someone named Shepherd who has become a ...
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Is there a term to describe words whose pronunciation bears no relationship to their spelling?

The English language is peppered with wonderfully weird spelling/pronunciation combinations. For example colonel, pronounced kur-nl, probably my favorite, there isn't even an r in the word! ...
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A word to describe “work that is ready to be done”

I'm writing an application that generates a spec sheet for a publication. At the top there will be a list of the various components (ads, articles, etc.) and how many there are for each status type: ...
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Collection of mathematical formulas

What is the correct term for a collection of mathematical formulas in the form of a (small) handbook? I'm looking for a translation of the German noun “Formelsammlung”. Several dictionarys suggest ...
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Term for a snort that is almost a laugh

Is there a term for a snort that is almost a laugh (as would occur when looking at a meme in a public space or any situation where something is humorous but it is not acceptable to outright laugh)?
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What is the name for punctuation marks such as commas and periods that separate things like clauses or sentences?

When I'm editing people's writing, I recently started writing the comment "put an article here" rather than "put a 'the' or 'a' here". Similarly, right now I have to put, "you need a comma or period ...
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What word/expression describes allowing another to save face rather than to be disgraced publicly?

The word that comes to mind is 'diplomacy' but I don't believe that is quite it. It is a practice that's seems more nuanced in Asian cultures than Western. For instance, if a person is fired, rather ...
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What is the feminine noun for 'benedict'?

I came across the word 'benedict' recently: Benedict: A name for a newly married man, esp if formerly a confirmed bachelor Is there an equivalent feminine noun for a newly married woman? 'Bride' ...
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Word for contrasting aspects of a work

Is there a word for the style/device of making one aspect of a literary work contrast with another drastically? E.g., a comic book about the Holocaust[1] or a very upbeat tune with very depressing ...
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What do you call oxidized fruit?

I was just wondering if there was a specific term to refer to fruits when they have undergone oxidation. That is, their flesh turns a yellowish-brown. This usually happens when the fruit has been left ...
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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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Looking for the name of a type of painting

What's the name of a type of painting that typically contains a crowd of people posed along a plane? Usually they're all focused on one point or an event that is happening in the painting. I've seen ...
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Pejorative terms for children or teenagers using the Internet

In Poland we have got many names for young children or teenagers using the Internet. For example we could see on the Internet that many have mangled the mother tongue and have been writing like this: ...
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What is the single-word category name for such things as breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and deserts?

If Sunday, Monday, Tuesday are considered “days”, and spring, summer, autumn/fall, winter are considered “seasons”, then what category name corresponds to things like breakfast, lunch, dinner, ...
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single word or phrase for particular feeling of release

Is there a word that describes when you have a great idea, revolutionary even, and then you find out it has already been done? Or maybe, that feeling - not futility, not Sisyphean - but that wry ...
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What do you call a title that conceals a pun?

I was reading the clive barker book "Mister B Gone" and it is obviously a pun or some such name for "Mister be gone" as in "sir, go away". I got to thinking about this and this is actually fairly ...
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Word to express nervous anticipation [duplicate]

Is there a word or phrase that expresses the feeling of nervous anticipation as you wait for the result of something, whose outcome you cannot control and could be either good or bad?
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“Typo” for speech?

Is there a word that describes a spoken error wherein the speaker accidentally replaces a phoneme with an incorrect one? For example, an English teaches I had in high school once uttered the response ...
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Word for solely being after a certificate or a degree?

Is there a term for doing something (studying, going to a university, ...) only for the offered degree or diploma? (And, for example, not caring about learning) For example, a term to fit here: ...
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What would I call this 'attitude'?

A friend of mine has a bad habit of undermining people who are not the best in their respective fields. If in a car-race, player A wins out of 26 players (A,B,C...Z). He would claim 'A' to be the ...
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What do we call the especially visceral feelings of horror or disgust that are triggered by thoughts of bodily damage?

Here's a passage about kidney stones, taken from here: About 1 in 11 people in the United States have had kidney stones, according to a 2012 report in the journal European Urology. These small ...
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Single term for “non-fatal casualty”

from my Marine Corps days, I recall that "casualty" implies the basic idea of removing a Marine from being an active combatant. This can occur through severe injuries, death, capture, going UA, etc. ...
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What is the opposite of “to reminisce”?

I'm not sure "opposite" is the correct word, but I am searching for a word that is about remembering something unpleasant. When I searched the Internet for an opposte of "to reminisce", I only found ...
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Climactic act of reaching one's limit and turning to the sky/God/universe for answers

I'm looking for a word to describe the dramatic moment when, after being pushed to the limit, someone drops to their knees and turns to the sky/God/universe. In other words, this is the moment when ...
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Looking for a common word meaning hands and feet as well

I am looking for a word that describes/means the appendices at the ends of limbs (namely hands and feet), meaning a singular one of them. Bonus: a word that describes/means all of them
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Business meeting jargon- a “walkthrough” of a document

I'm writing a document and I need to discuss sessions during which one party presents a document and walks the other party through the document, reading each sentence out loud, asking for any comments ...
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What is the antonym to ‘minimalist’?

There was the following sentence in New York Times (May 26) article titled, “No real hurry to tell the joke -Bob Newhart, Master of the one-sided conversation” Bob Newhart has always been a gentle ...
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A positive word for 'opportunist'

The word opportunist seems to be used negatively for a person. Is there a word with the same but positive meaning?
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Antonym of selfie

I am looking for an antonym of selfie, meaning a photo/portrait of others. The ancient Greek word for self is like auto, and what I am looking for is an English word for hetero (its opposite). Do you ...
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What is a good term to describe different ways to view the same data?

Software gives us different ways to view the exact same data with each "view" targeted at a specific task. For example, in Stack Exchange, questions can be viewed in The review queue where you only ...
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Word for “Source of Unpleasant Disclosure”

I want to describe a kind of object, ideally a person. It's for a person who verbally discloses something that deeply troubles another. A possible state of mind for the listener is given well by this ...
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Lecture/presentation/event: “conduct" vs. “carry out” vs. “hold”

When talking about a lecture, presentation, or event, what verb should be used? As far as I understand, any of conduct, carry out, or hold are possible here. What’s the difference, and which of them ...
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Synonyms for “Inspect”

We have software which currently has these menu items: Map, Talk, Inspect, Analyze, Report, Team. We realize that the word Inspect word is not clear enough for most people. We have all the raw data ...
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Word for change in velocity

Is there a good word for change in velocity, but not over time? That is, position is to displacement as velocity is to what?
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What is the word for nouns with gender-specific forms?

Thought I would try a question with visual aid.* The image below shows Claire Danes, "Actor", in a kiosk poster for the Met. The variation in usage between actor and actress for female thespians is ...
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Is there a word that means capable of being made brighter?

Is there a word that means "capable of being made brighter"? A word that means capable of being made stronger or more intense would work too. Brightenable would be perfect if it didn't provoke as much ...
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Is there a word to describe mature or adult plants?

I know that adult is most often used to describe a mature human-being, and that mature is a broader usage word, describing everything form animals to cheese. Also that a young tree is a sapling....is ...
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What do you call the “narrator” of lyric poem?

In a narrative poem, the entity telling the story is called the narrator. The narrator is different from the author, in that the author is the real person who wrote the poem, while the narrator is a ...
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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 ...