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Reflexive possessive pronoun

Is there a single word (similar to Russian свой for those familiar with Russian) which I could put into this sentence? By tomorrow, one of us will see the money in __ account. meaning that ...
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What is the term for an image created out of words?

What is the term for an image created out of words? E.g. a picture of a tree created out of the word 'tree' for the branches and leaves etc. It's usually created out of the name of the subject which ...
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Is there a word for a great price paid in exchange for a great gain?

For example, let’s say that, in return for a Ph.D., the hero had to give up ten years of life. I’d thought of calling that a blood price but maybe there’s a better word? Seems like maybe some Saxons ...
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Is there a word to refer to the cap some British soldiers wear?

Whenever Britain is abuzz with some celebration, I find these people (cops or soldiers?) in red strutting about in parades wearing an elongated black headdress. Is there a word for this peculiar ...
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What is the aural equivalent of eye-witness?

On the news this morning, the following was said: "Eye-witnesses say they heard two explosions" Somehow this seems wrong, because the witnesses did not use their eyes, but their ears. Yet the ...
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What adjective describes incorrect assumptions?

I wanted to apologise for making incorrect assumptions in some correspondence and wrote "I apologise for my presumptive wording". Then I looked up "presumptive" and see it means: Providing a ...
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What is a word for “experts' self-serving practice”?

Is there any word to refer to the practice of experts in a given field aiming at maintaining their position as experts, rather than producing anything that could possibly challenge their position? I ...
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What is the effect called when one looks at a bright light, and the image “burns” into one's eyes?

When I glance at the sun, or a bare light bulb, I find that when I blink, or move my eyes, a superimposed image of the bright object appears wherever I look. What is this called?
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I need a synonym for “transfer” which makes clear that the recipient has initiated the transfer

I have following situation: There is a software system for managing to-do lists for a team. If a team member sees that a coworker has too much on his list, she can decide to transfer the feature to ...
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A Photoshop term for “body double” or “doppelgänger”

I saw a tutorial on TV. The tutorial was like this: Take your snap sitting on chair, another standing on left side of chair and then last one standing on the right side of the chair. Now, use ...
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Any synonyms for “requiredness”?

I need to reduce "Is it required?" to a single word for an input label in a web form and also for a column name in the database. Any suggestions what to name the field? Enter field name |...
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Is there a Latinate, plural noun for “illicit possessions”?

While composing this comment on an earlier question, I got hung up after "clandestine storage". I felt myself grasping for a single word, styled after errata, desiderata, stigmata, etc, which means "...
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Verb to mean a place is getting to your head

I seem to remember the existence of a phrasal verb to mean that a place is getting to your head, i.e. the place is starting to influence your choices and/or changing your persona. I though "it grows ...
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A word meaning “able to be muted”

The word "mutable" means changeable, rather than "able to be muted". Is there a word that carries this meaning?
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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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English expression for facial hair (beard) of a woman

Is there a specific term for facial hair around the mouth (or a beard) if the person in question is female? I'm looking for a translation of the German "Damenbart". Some dictionaries provide ...
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One word for “hiding an obvious fact”

Is there one word for "hiding an obvious fact". For e.g. I will not be __ about the fact that this task is difficult. Some words that come to my mind are "deny" or "pretend", but they don't ...
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What is the word for shock before remorse?

Malay language has a word for this - sentap. This is when they have a sudden realization that they're doing something bad and feel remorse immediately after. Examples of use A billionaire donates a ...
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An active verb “to find peace in” something

I'm looking for an active verb which means something along the lines of "to take or find peace in" something. Something like soothe is the opposite of what I want, in the sense that the something is ...
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A word/phrase to describe implicit expectations between people

I was talking with a chinese friend about the concept of renqing (人情) and the idea that when two people know each other they may develop implicit expectations that they are obligated to help each ...
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Balance paid prior to arrival to hotel

I am looking for adjective (if exists) for paying for hotel stay prior to arrival or if possible word that would describe paying upon checking-out ? If there is no such word, then is there any neat ...
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“I thought I did this, but it turns out I only thought about doing it and then forgot to do it?”

Is there a word for "I thought I did this thing, but it turns out I only thought about doing it and then forgot to do it?" It's like the feeling you get when someone messages you, and then you ...
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What is the hypernym for “next” and “previous”?

I'm looking for an umbrella term for "next" and "previous" so that I don't have to call my programming methods "NextPrevious". Is there a hypernym for the two?
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Word for anachronistic elements in design style as a function of cultural adoption [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: A word for a symbol which has outlived its origin Ok, messy title. Sorry, but I have a memory of reading an article (possibly on Boing Boing) that mentioned this word. ...
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Any non-profane alternative to “bullshit”? [closed]

By bullshit, I include but not limit it to: Stuff that is made up for the purpose of placating someone, or passing an exam, or getting elected to office. Most often false or ridiculous. or ...
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Can “show-stopper” have a negative connotation?

If not, what word do I mean to use when I use "show-stopper" negatively? It seems that in high-tech culture a show-stopper is a development problem that prevents forward progress, or an unacceptable ...
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What do you call it when a name/word is better known by a pejorative?

A while back, the US Congress passed a bill called the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”. The bill quickly became known as “Obamacare”. During the time prior to when cannabis was made ...
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Word for one who does not eat onions

Is there a single word for someone who does not eat onions? I remember having heard this word somewhere but do not remember it now.
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Shorter way to say “conversational partner”

I'm looking for a proper English word to say "conversational partner". Is "interlocutor" a word an average person would understand? Are there any other words or shorter expressions which could ...
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A word for two very different things juxtaposed?

Is there a word for when, say, in an artwork, there are various items that are completely different to each other, or anachronistic? Like, for example, a watch from the 1800s and a Snoopy figurine?
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Inverse of “being a fan of”?

"Y has 1250 fans" means there are 1250 X for which X is fan of Y. If there are 12 Y for which the "X is a fan of Y" relationship holds for a given X, what's a word or phrase to say "X has 12 __" ? ...
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What do you call a person with 'polar' views or preferences

Emotionally judging things as being 'good' or 'bad'. Not in the moral sense, rather as inducing either a strongly positive or negative emotional response. It's not 'narrow-minded' or 'prejudiced' or '...
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Is there a word for when you run into someone and both of you try to avoid each other and fail, repeatedly? [duplicate]

It has most certainly happened to all of us at least once: Two people walking along the same narrow pathway in opposite directions walk into each other. There is room for both to pass each other, ...
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word for “said as if offended”

Is there a single word that means "said as if offended"? As in: "Who owns the beater Dodge parked by the back door?" "Beater?" a bearded man said in a wounded tone. Is there a more concise ...
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One who practices art, but is the receiver and not the creator

In literature, it's the reader. In music, it's the listener. In performing arts it's the audience, and in visual arts it's the viewer. What word combines these terms? To say audience would be close, ...
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Term for 'earth-like' species

I'm looking for a term to refer to an alien species that may evolve differently and have some unique and radical features, but still shares some of the most basic features of earth species. I'm ...
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word for “high income earner”

people often use the word "rich" to mean someone who has a high income, regardless of their assets, cash flow or net worth. is there a more appropriate word? or is the phrase "high incoming earner" ...
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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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Is there a term for this piece of hair?

So I usually look at this part and my side burns to tell if I need a hair cut. The part I refer to is probably the start of a pony tail (I'm a guy btw). This is only on the back of the head, but not ...
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Soft or more euphemistic way of saying “suffer”

One word I can think of is "bear". Any other words for it? I hate the idea of repeating the same word again and again. I want to use it for trivial things which make your life inconvenient but not ...
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*A neutral alternative to “notable”

What is an appropriate term to use when describing a polarising book (or other work) which has received widespread attention, indicating both its importance and controversial nature without "taking ...
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What is not having a dominant foot called?

If not having a certain dominant hand (or "both-handed") is called being ambidextrous, what is it called if you are "both-footed"?
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What adjective would you use for “not readable color”?

Imagine you received an email, which looks like this: I guess there's an adjective to express that either the background or the font color should be changed, because it's really hard to read. My ...
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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 ...