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What do you call the plastic/rubber protector on electrical connectors like headphone jacks?

In the image below, between the connector and the cable is a bit of stiff plastic that covers and protects the joint. The entire covering, from where the metal ends (visually) to where uniform cable ...
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A more succinct expression for “The day before yesterday”

Is there a more succinct expression for "the day before yesterday"? In German for example, gestern = 'yesterday.' The prefix vor roughly means before, so logically, vorgestern means 'the day before ...
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Do the spaces between the teeth of a comb have a name?

According to Google, they are called "Umpernaters," but I can't find that word anywhere in dictionaries, so I'm tempted to think it's just a legend. Is there a real term?
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If a client is someone we sell to, what do we call those we buy from?

We say client list or customers for people we offer our goods or services, but what word should I use for the company I buy the goods from? Is that also a client?
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Word for a “deep narrow line”

What's the word for a deep narrow line? I'm trying to describe the lines you see on a person's body, particularly the abdomen. When someone has very muscular defined six-pack abs, you can clearly see ...
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Is there any phrasal verb to mean “teeth are falling out because one is getting older”?

The sentence would be: He is Xing now. Where X means "losing teeth" or "teeth are falling out" because he is getting older. I am assuming such phrasal verbs or words exist because it would be ...
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What's the proper word for a person waiting in a queue?

I have tried to use candidate or queue member to indicate a person waiting in a queue, but the former is not accurate and the latter is not a noun. Is there a better word for a person waiting in ...
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What is someone who for non-malicious reasons always interprets words in the least generous way?

I recently made the unfortunate mistake of apologizing for having been "disingenuous" towards a friend. Luckily my friend was generous enough to assume that I had mis-spoken and ask for clarification; ...
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Verb corresponding to schedule, but for a place (instead of time)

The verb "schedule" is used to denote a time (e.g."the meeting is scheduled for 8 am"). Is there a corresponding verb that denotes a place?
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“Plural” is to “pluralize” as “possessive” is to…?

I recently asked a question where I used the word "possessivize" because I didn't know the appropriate word. Is there one that's more appropriate?
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Adjective describing possession by someone else

Is there any adjective in English that would describe a quality of belonging or being in the possession of someone else who is not the speaker? In short, what adjective would you substitute for the ...
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Term for the type of audible reaction typically written as “heh” or “hmph”

Is there a term for a person's audible reaction, the quoted written form of which we typically find spelled as heh or hmph?
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Word or phrase for clumsy, inaccurate expression

I'm seeking a word or phrase useful for referring to a bad sentence which clumsily, inaccurately and ambiguously attempts to express an idea or concept. Bad-sentence example: "We do a ...
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Word for outdoor area on the side of a ship

What is the term for the narrow uncovered walkway that fringes the sides of a ship? It's enclosed by a railing. I wouldn't call it a deck, because deck implies a larger open area. It's a passageway ...
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Is there a single word meaning “very funny book”?

Sometimes you read a book that has you convulsing with laughter from the moment you pick it up. For me, one of those books was Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. What do you call this? Perhaps there ...
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Word for “one who configures”

An editor is one who edits; a runner is one who runs. What is a word for one who configures in the sense of a person who adjusts settings on a system?
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Word for sensors that collect the same data in two different ways

I need a word that describes two sensors that collect the same features, but in different ways. The raw data may be of different types, but the features would be the same. This word would imply that ...
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A word for 'relating to taste' [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Pertaining to the Senses Sound is to aural as smell is to olfactory as touch is to tactile as taste is to... what? I can't think of a word that describes the sense of ...
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Is there a specific name for a portmanteau of two alternative spellings?

This question came about in a discussion between myself and another user of the Gaming.SE chat after I linked in this chiptune track called An Eskimeau Experience Here is the gist of the discussion: ...
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What is the term for an idea that requires/creates its opposite?

An example would be that the concept of 'light' necessitates an opposite: 'dark.' The idea of one entails the other. Is there a term for this?
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plural of 'Davidovici'

I know someone named Davidovici, pronounced /dəˈvɪɾəvɪtʃ/ (i.e., rhyming with witch. It's from Romanian). How is it pluralized (as, to refer to the family): Davidovicis or Davidovicies?
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What is the counterpart of an appendix?

The appendix is what is appended to something. How do we call something that is prepended to something else?
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Is there a name for the fact that, in fiction (tv or otherwise), actions have consequences in the next episodes?

This might sound silly, but I can't get the question out of my head. In some TV shows a person may die in one episode and come back the next - actions in one episode do not seem to have consequences ...
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The state of being a vagabond

I'm looking for an English word that describes the state of being a vagabond, and can be used in a sentence like this: "My only goal is vagabond-age" (to coin a word). More details: I'm trying ...
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Torturing oneself by emotions is called?

People who love emotions, they love to torture themselves by emotional feelings. Be it real or vicarious. Often see people reading love stories and getting emotional, listening to sad song and watch ...
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Describe a fallacious opinion regarding one's own ability

What's a phrase that describes a unfounded tendency of a person to think that he or she is smarter or possesses more skill than average in a competitive environment such as the stock market or say, ...
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What is the word for a rapt state induced by a yearning for the unattainable?

I cannot remember the English word for a known meaning. The meaning of the forgotten word from the dictionary is a "a rapt state induced by a yearning for the unattainable".
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What adjective do you use to describe a curve that's very curved?"

Example: There weren’t many curves, but those that appeared were so [...] I thought I would fly out of them any time. I thought of sharp and closed but they sound weird to me for some reason. ...
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Name for second mail accounts used only for unimportant websites to avoid being spammed

As the title suggests, what is the name or the best way of referring to the second mail accounts many users on the internet open only for unimportant websites in order to avoid being spammed. ...
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Any term for someone who pretends to be neutral

Is there any term for someone who pretends to be neutral (in discussion), but in fact supports one of sides?
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what is the word for person who always helps family but never helps friends?

I know one guy who always helps his own family and relatives but he never ever helps his friends. How to call that person ?
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Name for the bumper at the end of a parking spot - is it a “turtarrier”? If so, why?

I was trying to find out if there was a single word to mean the bumper at the end of a parking spot. [Sunny Brook Pressed Concrete] "Parking bumper" is a little unwieldy, and "wheel chock" seems ...
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More than “partially”, less than “completely”

I am re-phrasing several sentences in a manuscript we are preparing for publication and I have come across a sentence I am not quite happy with. Without going into the details, the sentence is about ...
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Single word for cast and crew of a movie

What do you call a person that works for a movie? Celebrity comes close, but is that all? I am making a list of people (each and everyone) that worked for a movie. Wondering what the name of that ...
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Word meaning A journey of self discovery and introspection

What would be an appropriate word for "A journey of self discovery and introspection" or possibly, "To discover that you are not how you conceptualized yourself"?
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Word for “stepping stone” or “lemma”

I seem to remember reading a definition for a word that conveyed the idea of "an instance of doing something that prepares one for something else". Something like a lemma but not restricted to ...
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Noun for somebody that is eloquent/a good public speaker?

What would you call somebody that has a strong way with words, especially in terms of public speaking?
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Word for phrases that are examples of what they describe

Is there a word (or phrase) for phrases that are examples of what they describe? For example, "You the verb" to tell someone they forgot a verb in an online posting, or "spacesmakethingseasiertoread". ...
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What is the name for a word or name that is used to replace another that is forbidden?

For example, a king may forbid people from using the previous king's name. People loyal to the old king may name their children some alternate name that secretly refers to the forbidden name. A ...
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What is the opposite of “authentication”?

An authentication is the action word for "to authenticate". "To disauthenticate" and "to unauthenticate" do not seem to exist (I might be wrong). So what is the most appropriate opposite action of ...
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A single word for “a quick passing of sound”?

We have the word "flash" for "a quick passing of light". Do we have the equivalent for our auditory sense?
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Is there a word for beings that will eat other Sentient beings? [closed]

This wouldn't by necessity include OR preclude cannibalism, but certainly would be predicated on there being aliens (though humans might well do this). Most humans won't eat Dolphin or any of the ...
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Single word meaning “reverse delegation”

Is there a single word which means "reverse delegation" or "upwards delegation", which is a person passing work upwards to the highest level that will accept it? This question has also been raised ...
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“Tomboy” but in reverse

The word "tomboy" is used to express the idea of a girl who behaves in a boyish manner. It's not usually considered a negative term, or at least not very negative, and generally just means the girl ...
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How to say “mix of two language” in a bad meaning

I think there is a invective for "mix of two language". But the word slipped my mind. Can you tell me how to say it? I'm not intend to use it, I only want to remember the word.
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Another word for a troll not on the internet

The definition of an internet troll: In Internet slang, a troll (/ˈtroʊl/, /ˈtrɒl/) is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people,1 by posting ...
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Name of “a period of time worked offshore” (usually 21 days)

I thought of shift but it didn't sound right given it's a longer period of time.
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A word which means “military-like” or “authoritative looking”

I ran into a word recently that I never knew existed and now it is killing me that I forgot what it was. It was a word that described what someone is wearing that looks like it is military, or of ...
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Is there a word for the bad smell coming from socks?

Is there any specific English word to refer to the bad smell coming from socks, especially ones that have been unwashed for some time?
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Do we have a term for knowing-oneself?

In many psychological, religious, and ethical theories it's been suggested that you know yourself, through contemplation, cognition, etc. It's like trying to recognize who you really are deep inside, ...