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“The Sultan of Swat” is to nickname as “Babe” is to what?

Trying to name a database column. People have a variety of name roles, such as legal name, maiden name, etc. "The Sultan of Swat" is a nickname or pseudonym of George Ruth. It seems to stand alone. ...
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Expression for 'One who cares about one's social rank'

What is a word or expression for someone who cares about what social rank they're in. Someone who wants to have money, something similar to ambitious? Vain is not the word I'm looking for.
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When a person is completely entranced by the monotony of - for example - a road

I remember reading about a psychological effect that can happen to - for example - drivers, when they are driving on a monotonous road, where they are completely entranced by the monotony of that ...
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Is there a more general word for velocitized?

Velocitized, meaning being accustomed to high driving speeds and feeling like normal speeds are slower than they actually are afterwards, seems like such a useful word to apply in different ...
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Noun form of verb “decline”

Is there a noun form of the verb "to decline"? That is, is there a word that follows this pattern: to accept -> acceptance to decline -> ? I am aware of the word declination which is the ...
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Word for someone who thought of an idea

I was looking/wanting a word to describe a person who thought and kindled an original idea and was the first to do it. Say you come up with an idea for a device or an idea for software or something ...
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Proper term for knowing four or more languages?

If bilingual means you know two languages, and trilingual means you know three, what would be the proper term for knowing four, five or even six languages?
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Person who fills out a form - single word

What single word would I use to describe a person who fills out a form? So if Abigail fills out a form she is a... whatever the term should be. The form is an application but the applicant does not ...
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Word meaning “likely to cause controversy?”

Example: The name Self-Arming Group isn't as [...] as Gun Club, but controversial nevertheless. What word can I use in the example above?
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Is there a word for a person who can understand difficult concepts or ideas quickly?

Just as the question asks. Is there a word for a person who can grasp difficult concepts or ideas quickly, especially if they are new? For example: "That person is new to finance, and seems to have ...
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What's the word to describe this behaviour?

I'm looking for a word to describe one's behaviour that is unnecessarily complicated. For instance, let's say John, he goes to use the public toilet. Unlike most ordinary people who just uses the ...
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Expression for 'One who likes expensive stuff, luxuries, but lacks appreciation?'

What would be an expression for: Someone who wants expensive stuff; someone who wants luxuries, and who lacks in appreciation.
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Is there a word to describe someone who apologizes for or feels bad about success or good fortune?

For example, an American who apologizes for the wealth and power of the United States?
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A word for 'the ability to see beauty'

In talking about someone, perhaps an artist, who has the ability to find or see beautiful things in everyday settings. Is there a word for it ?
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What is a catalog of images and their description called

I am creating a game in which I want to create a "What is what section", it is basically going to be a list of items containing an image with its name per item (Example image of the lead character ...
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What is the term for engraved metal discs showing bearings and distances to other places?

At touristic vantage points, one can sometimes find engraved metal discs that show the bearings and distances to other visible places like mountains in the area, or to far away cities and places. An ...
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Opposite of Nightmare?

First off the word dream in most contexts does have positive connotations. When talking about dreams that people experience during sleep though the meaning becomes fairly neutral, at least as far as ...
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Injective / injectional: mode of operation of a pump

What is the best matching word for the mode of operation of a pump doing injections into a pipe system? By "injections", individual short feedings with no (temporal or other) relation to each other ...
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Antonym of “Device” in computer terminology

How would I talk about something that is either a laptop or a desktop, but not a smartphone or tablet? Is "computer" ok, even though technically speaking, smartphones and tablets are or contain ...
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Hypernym for “business”, “company”, “organization”, “institution”

Is there a hypernym for the following terms? Local business Company Organization or institution Edit I am building a website where one can create a profile that will either be a Local Business, ...
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Is there an adjective beginning with “dis” and connoting non-negative meaning? [on hold]

Out of curiosity, I would like to know whether there is an adjective beginning with "dis" and connoting non-negative meaning?
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Single word, or good words/phrase for “confusingly asked question where meaning changes.”

I'm gonna simplify and clarify this question, since it has proved popular: Look at this SO QA .. Where an ellipsis exists, is there a term for the missing text? Observe that at first it appears AA ...
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A word for converting numbers to (number / 1000) + K [duplicate]

Is there a word for the case where a number has been converted to something with a trailing ‘K’ (and possibly ‘M’ for millions, ‘B’ for billions, ...)? Example: 250,000 changes to 250K It will ...
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Accept and change

Is there any word which accumulates the meaning of both words "Accept" and "Change"? Example : I accepted and changed myself from the feedback given.
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What does a door do on its hinge?

In general sense of the language we would say that a door "opens" or "closes". But I am looking for a one-word answer (preferably) that would indicate its motion around the hinge. Does it swivel, ...
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A gender-neutral, informal alternative to singular 'guy'

When referring to an online comment, I want to say I agree with this guy. However, it's not gender neutral (See this ELU post.) What other informal alternate word is there? 'User' seems ...
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How do I politely say I have used my mouth while drinking water from a bottle?

Is there a one word substitute for the scenario below, and what is the politest way of saying it to another person or colleague? I drink water from my bottle by touching my mouth When someone ...
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What is a decent word for “spitting”?

I want my friend to step aside from wash basin so that I can spit after brushing. What is a decent word for spitting? Is there a better statement to ask him to step aside?
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Looking for a word which means: Taking something simple and making it into something complex

Let's say I have a very simple object, like a LEGO car (my cars were always pretty basic) and I remake it into a very complex object, like the Batmobile, what would be an appropriate term for this? I ...
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Where an ellipsis exists, is there a term for the missing text? [duplicate]

Suppose there is a long sentence like: This London hit show took America by storm, full of charm, humour and delightful songs that make it a perfect theatrical event for the entire family. And ...
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What do you call someone who gets along with children?

What do you call someone who gets along with children/babies? A simple example: He is such a ____, he makes all children smile. A single word noun would be ideal but a phrase is acceptable ...
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What is the name of the profession “creating layouts for web sites and CSS and HTML” in English?

What do you call this profession in English: someone who creates layouts for web sites in css and html
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Present day adjective for “cannot be taken away”

I'm looking for a word that describes that the fact that something can't be taken away or deprived of once acquired (experience) as in: Your experiences cannot be taken away from you, man, they ...
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One word for the person who spreads positive vibes and is very spiritual in nature

Can someone help me to describe in just one word a person who is spiritual and kind-hearted and who spreads positive vibes. Any help is appreciated.
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“Food for thought” in a word

How can I express "food for thought" in a word? Does such a word exist? Example usage: The world will only know peace when our love for power is exceeded by our power to love. That's __ ...
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Need a word that describes Training and Teambuilding [on hold]

I need a word or conjured word that describes Training and Team Building. I am searching for a name of a new company doing this business.
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What do you call a person who is never content with anything that is given to him?

I am looking for an adjective for a person who, no matter what you give him/her (materially or otherwise), is never content and always expects more.
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What is the name of the sign indicating positive or negative numbers

I want to describe patterns where there are numbers in pairs like these: -1 and +1, -944 and +944. Now I want to write a sentence that someone should "look for equal numbers just with opposite X". ...
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There is a continuity problem with (a film)

So if there is a continuity problem with X (for example a film), what is the way of describing it? It is not continuous but that doesn't work because "continuous" means forming an unbroken ...
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Word for beginning a statement with a disclaimer / caveat / hedge when you are worried you might say something incorrect

For some reason I am convinced that such a word exists, that I've heard it used in classroom settings, and that I'll recognize it when I see it. But I have no idea what it is. I tried googling this ...
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Term for someone who acquires an image

What is the best word to describe someone (a person) who acquires a digital image with any instrument (which could be a digital camera, microscope, telescope or any other instrument that will produce ...
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Is there a hypernym for debit/credit?

I’m looking for a generic word that means “debit or credit”. Say I have a transaction, and I don’t know whether it’s a debit on the account or a credit on the account, and I want to ask about it, is ...
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Single word for “less mass per unit volume” (the complement of “dense”)

I've been looking for the antonym of dense. I'm looking for an exact opposite: a single word the means, precisely, "having less mass per unit volume than another object". That is, I'm seeking a ...
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Word Choice: What do you call a set of elements not including their ends?

I have a set of objects, an example would be this set of letters. {A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I} I need to call each part (or group of parts) with short single words. Letter "A" is the Head; "I" is ...
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What exists between tolerant and enthusiastic?

The use of tolerance comes with varying degrees of indifference to something, with often unstated or deliberately understated degrees of disapproval for that thing. For example, "While I'm tolerant of ...
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The antonym of “abling”

Is there an antonym to the verb form of "able". If my English is correct, you can say the following: My large backpack is abling me to bring all my books to school. (I see that a far better word ...
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The efficient use of space

I'm looking for a word that means the study or practice of the efficient use of space, something ending -omics. I used to know it but I've got ergonomics stuck in my brain and that's not quite right.
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Word to describe not liking adornments and “frills”, liking simple “things”

I am looking for a word that describes a person that does not like to dress things up, whether it be people, ideas, objects. Almost the idea "simple man" but as an adjective?
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What comes after thrice? [duplicate]

When you want to say something occurred only one time, it's "once". Two is twice, three is thrice. What's for four?
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What is a word for annoying behavior which decreases enjoyment for the other players in a game?

I'm looking for a word which describes an annoying behavior that decreases the overall quality of a game or match, specifically in online gaming (Halo, Call of Duty, etc.) The behavior, while not ...