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What do you call this sound in English?

When you raise or lower a window blind with a one quick movement, it produces a sound, what do you call that sound in English? I rolled up/raised/opened/ pulled up the window blind quickly with ...
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What's a word for the ability to discern another's mental state?

I want to avoid some common implications of empathy: that it's mostly involuntary, and that it involves some re-experiencing of the other's feelings. I'm looking for a more general word (or, less ...
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When someone ruins all the good they have ever done!

Suppose you have a nice and kind friend who helps you whenever possible, but sometimes they say something to you so angrily and sarcastically that you forget about all their kindness and help, because ...
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Word to describe “everyday things”

Is there any one word which can describe everyday things? By this, I mean things we commonly regard as things most people do every day, like taking a shower, brushing your teeth, getting dressed, ...
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Word or phrase for “mechanism/ability to pause machine in a certain condition”

Air conditioner (or any cooling machine) has mechanism/ability to pause cooling a room for a while. If this ability doesn't exist, the room will get very cold and could freeze anything in the room. ...
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What is the antonym of “isolated” in the context of chemical substance?

I am looking for a word which would mean "not an isolated substance". I would use "blend" or "mixture", but these would imply that the components where isolated in the first place and then blended ...
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I _____ a work of fiction. (Fill in the blank.)

Where "work of fiction" means "fictional story" or "fictional narrative", not strictly "written work of fiction". Consider a work of fiction, x. I am looking for a single verb, y, such that: If x ...
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Word or Phrase for the beginning or end of an event or period of time?

I'm looking for a single word to indicate a point in time which is either the beginning or end of an event. Edit, for a better example: A bell rings at the start a round of boxing. A bell rings at ...
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A word for evidence used to tell if someone has been in your room

I know there's an actual word for this. I used to know the word, but I've lost it. The word describes a category of methods that someone uses to detect if someone has been in a room, or opened a ...
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is there a word for the time span between an old king and a new king?

A king suddenly dies, and during the immediate aftermath, the realm is without an official leader (leaving the throne susceptible to usurpers) and the heir is still being notified or is traveling and ...
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Another word for lifehacks

I'm looking for a synonym (single-word of short phrase) for the word lifehack. I read Wikipedia article, and checked few online dictionaries. I could not find any synonym. The word is informal and it ...
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A word for when something is done in a way that it intuitively should be done, but isn't common practice in any particular industry

For example, Google's changes to their privacy policies are available to the public here. This is one of many examples where this type of practice is very uncommon, but companies should do it. Another ...
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A word for having trouble distinguishing between friendship and romance

I need a word for a person is, or the act of being, incapable of distinguishing between romantic partners and friends. Or someone who feels the same about friends as they do about romantic partners. I ...
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What would be an exact word to describe taking solace in other's misfortune, knowing one is not alone in facing it?

Schadenfreude implies deriving 'pleasure' in other's misfortune but what I am looking for is a word where one derives comfort that one's misfortune is faced by others as well. For instance, knowing at ...
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Word to describe an attribute one would either love or hate

He has an audacity that those who know him either adore or despise. His audacity is _____ . There's only two kinds of people: those who love olives and those who hate it. Olives have a _____ ...
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Word for a room with washing machines in it?

I'm looking for the word for a room, part of an apartment house, that would be used to do laundry. In Germany there are sometimes these "tenants' laundromats" – and also in Scandinavia I have seen ...
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Term for a person with absolutely zero knowledge of a topic

I'm looking for a term to describe someone who literally has zero knowledge of a topic. Initially I thought of using something like green field but that doesn't really describe the person, it really ...
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The best word to describe intelligence,wisdom and vision [on hold]

The best word to describe an extremely wise,intelligent person who has vision.
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Synonyms for “tête-à-tête”

I'm looking for single word synonyms for tête-à-tête, which express the idea of a private and intimate conversation. I wasn't able to find any.
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Opposite of reluctance?

What would be a suitable antonym of "reluctance" or "hesitance" that does not have the connotation of "rash judgment/action" or any negative connotation? Instead, I am looking for an antonym that ...
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An adjective or noun for someone who “has a lot of gall”?

What would be a suitable term for someone who has a lot of gall or has the gall to? Specifically someone who has wronged you or yours, or taken something from you, and should be repentant (and ...
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Is there an antonym of “ruthless”?

Is there a word that means the opposite of ruthless? I don’t think ruthful is a real word.
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What is a word that describes when someone requires a certain quality of another person in order for them to be a possible dating option?

This has been bugging me for the past 30 minutes. It's basically some sort of specific criteria you hold in order to even consider dating someone, like "My girlfriend has to like Star Wars," or "My ...
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Single word for a self-confessed traveler who constantly talks about his travels regardless of the audience interest, circumstance or relevence?

What would be a good single word for a self-confessed traveler who constantly talks about his travels, rattling off place names ("Oh that one time in Timbaktu....", "Thank you for the coffee! Speaking ...
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What is the English equivalent to the Japanese word 学者バカ, “Scholar’s fool”?

I’m interested in the words “instant omniscience,” which Calvin Trillin, a former editor for Time magazine, used in a New Yorker magazine article (March 20) entitled "Time Edit": “There were some ...
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What is a word that describes a perfectionist that only judges their own work?

That person doesn't need to do everything perfect but only specifically focused on the things they're talented in. Also that person doesn't care what others think of their standard or judge another ...
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Abbreviation for “or the rest” (or “or others”)?

The Latin et cetera, abbreviated etc., is often used at the end of an incomplete, inclusive list of items when it is clear that there are more items than can be enumerated conveniently and there is no ...
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What is the correct word for moving part of the ground to another place?

I would like to know the correct english word for this activity:
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Proper term for people from eastern Asia

I once posted an article on the web in which I referred collectively to people from China, Japan, and the Koreas as "Oriental". I got an email from someone who informed me that this is an offensive ...
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What word beginning with “D” means “for you” or “for many people”? [on hold]

What is a word that starts with the letter "D" and means for you or for many people?
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What is the word for someone actively engaging with an idea?

For example, not just admitting that the idea of race exists but actively pushing boundaries of what we commonly accept it as or searching for the implications in relation to the lives of themselves ...
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What do you call a day that is different from the usual days?

I am looking for a noun or adjective that describes a day that is different from the other usual days, in terms of routine. My usual routine every day is to stay in the house, do the household ...
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Expression meaning crying in reaction to beauty [closed]

Is there a word or phrase that means crying because of beauty or crying in reaction to beauty?
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Being right about something you are not educated enough to comment on regardless

The word I seek describes a person who is right, but doesn't know why. It's an amazing word to use in scenario's where people win favor by stating an otherwise known truth for crowd validation, but ...
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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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Is there a single word that expresses “music end-users / enthusiasts”?

To help a soon-to-be sister site out here, I was thinking English.SE perhaps could lend a helping hand as this is the best place for "word choice and usage". I'm not looking for "naming", but rather ...
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What do you call someone who desperately needs (or better said craves) everyone to like them?

I have this friend who is in constant search for approval - and not only from his peers, but every single person he meets. He also needs to be the center of attention.
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What do you call someone who knows multiple programming languages?

Someone who knows multiple languages is called polyglot or multilingual (There can be nuances between two words also.). I'm not sure if we can apply these terms to someone who knows multiple ...
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One word to refer to this list

We are attending a developer conference. The host has arranged various talks. They are scheduled in specific time slots. We are attending that event as a team. One of us has assigned who should ...
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Is there a single word which means “ similar but not quite the same”?

Take the following sentence: My idea is similar to his idea but not quite the same. Is there a single word which means " similar but not quite the same"?
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Word that is nearly but not quite, hypochondriac or malingerer or Munchausen sufferer?

Background I made a doctor appointment for a minor health worry. The usual practitioner was on leave so I saw a locum. The new doctor was quite dismissive and may have written something disparaging ...
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English word for superstitiously negative self assumption

Is there an English word (or psychological condition), which describes the negative, fearful, superstitious mentality of immediate self application or assumption? For example if I was to say "my ...
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More fitting alternative for 'air-raid'

I wonder what one would call an alarm that is set off when the impact of a (nuclear) missile is imminent. Air-raid doesn't really fit, for the bombardement is not carried out by planes but rather by ...
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What is the one word which means this?

A place where no one lives. It looks mysterious, completely ruined by some sort of event that might have happened in the past. The land is barren. There are some ruined structures. It looks like ...
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What is another word for 'all round' capabilities?

I am looking for a positive, passionate word to describe the all-round capabilities of a person. Are there any words better than 'all-rounder'?
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If a room cannot be escaped, it is inescapable. What if a room cannot be entered?

Suppose there is an automatic door to a room. That door may: simply let people walk in and out as they choose. let people walk in, but not walk out (deathtrap!) let people walk out, but not back in ...
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What's a word for saying 'entering a room suddenly and fast'?

I'm looking for a word that means 'enter a room fast and suddenly'. Using a dictionary I got the word 'to plunge' - however I'm not sure if that's correct. When looking up 'to plunge' ...
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Word/phrase for a feature that could be both good and bad for something

Take this scenario: a tool has a specific feature that could be regarded as an invaluable benefit for. However, this feature, if used in opposite direction may be counterproductive. In other ...
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word for trading for an item you do not want

I am writing a poster listing on one column items I have to offer, on the middle column items I want, and on a third rightmost column items I know my friends want. The header of the first column is ...
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Specific Word someone who has interest in particular area

I read a word this morning it starts with B or W or V. I don't remember it. When I looked about it in Google in the morning they were no other synonyms below so now I am unable to track it down. ...