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Word for “not putting thought into something”

I'm writing a letter to someone and I want to describe the way a woman talked to me the whole night. Every time I told her something, I got short answers which had zero thought put into them. Like ...
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How do you use perfect tense in sentences?

My examples were: She has lived here for three years, We have met him before
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What is the word for “since beginning of time”?

We have the word "eternal" that refers to something that will exist forever, something that never ends, which is related to the word "eternity" that refers to the end of time. Is there a similar word ...
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What do you call a person who reconnoiters?

If a saboteur is one who sabotages, and a spy is one who does espionage, what do you call one who reconnoiters or performs reconnaissance?
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Isn’t there really any English equivalent to German “Fachidiot”?

There was the following paragraph in the article that came under the title, “GOP and the rise of Anti-knowledge” written by Mike Lofgren in Consortiumnews.com (October 29, 2015): “English ...
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Word for a specific type of anger [closed]

The anger caused by the detriment of themselves or something or someone the person highly values. (As close to the definition as possible). Edit: It's the kind of anger that leads to copious violence. ...
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Adjective for person with learning disability?

I'm looking for an adjective to describe a person with a learning disability. I've thought of using "learning disabled", but I don't like the sound of it. I've also thought of using "learningly ...
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What is a single word for the capability of a theory, for example, to generate further thought and theorizing?

There are a few words which I blank on quite frequently. Perhaps my "advanced" age has something to do with it. I don't know. One such word for me is euphemism. There is another word I am blanking ...
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Word for someone who always uses their head before making a decision?

What's a word for someone who always thinks about the consequences before making a decision?
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Word or phrase which indicates some shared knowledge

I'm looking for a noun which is kind of word or phrase that is used to indicate the existence of some unspoken knowledge that the speaker has. For example: Her use of the the word "pincushion" ...
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A word for the sentiment: “You're the most beautiful man/woman I've ever seen” (but in reality I've seen others)

It is common and flattering to tell a man/woman You're the most beautiful man/woman I've ever seen. The thing is, this is never true. It's just like calling someone a "best friend". In most ...
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Hypernym for “coalition” and “opposition”

I'm looking for a word (or expression) that is a hypernym of coalition and opposition. I want to be able to ask a party whether its "type", for lack of a better word, is coalition or the opposition ...
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What is the word for a joke which is told as real thing?

Is there any single word for a joke which is initially told by somebody as a real thing, then when person is fooled, the person disclosing the information that it's just a joke? Like April Fools' ...
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Can I use and expression containing the words from … and hither?

I am currently translating a text from the Greek language containing an expression, from there (name of a place in the Aegean) to this place (here), but I can't seem to find a proper way to phrase ...
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What is the single word for someone who gives nicknames to the others without any bad thoughts?

I don't mean the namedropper thing. What am I, if I put a cool nickname to my friend without insulting them?
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A word for doing what's best for you?

I feel like there is a word for this, but I cannot think of what it might be? For example: let's say you know someone who is constantly in trouble with the law. They're very naive, foolish, and ...
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What do we call “A person who disowns during bad times and claims during good times”?

Is there any single word to describe a mentality of a person who disowns something during bad times and claims the same during good times?
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modern English kennings

What are some examples kennings in Modern Standard English? Here are two examples that I offer for starters: rug rat rice-rocket This is a form of single-word request. I'm not looking for words ...
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Is there a word or collocation for an unwanted person?

I'm looking for a word or collocation we use in British English when we want to refer to someone who's interested in you, attracted to you, but whose advances at you are not welcome. Thank you! :)
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What do you call the person sitting behind the driver on a bike?

I know pillion is a seat behind the rider of a horse or motorbike etc. I would like to know the word for the person sitting on pillion.
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Verb for “christened,” but without religious connotation?

I'm looking for a word describing the first time something is used, but I want to avoid any religious connotation - I feel that "christened" has a strong (contextually insensitive) religious ...
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What's the word for the person (or party) making a proposition?

The word I'm after would apply in a situation where one party proposes that another do something, and the second party accepts of rejects the proposal. In this situation, the proposal is proffered by ...
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Person who invites: “Inviter” or “Invitor”

There is a clean word that defines person that is invited: an invitee. However, I can't seem to find a straight definition of either terms that would define a person who invites the invitee. Is it ...
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Antonym of “distributed” as in “distributed system” [closed]

If we consider context of computing, what is the opposite of distributed? Is it single or combined ? What is the opposite of "distributed system"?
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Short word that means “someone who takes notes”

I have stenographer, secretary and recorder already (but they don't seem to be precise enough) and I'm hoping to find a shorter word if possible please. Some context, I'm a software engineer and the ...
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1answer
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Best word to describe non-profit organization that mediates between private person and company

Like title describes I need a word that best describes non-profit organization that mediates between company (as donor) and private person (as donee or receiver of that donation). What is the right ...
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I need a word to combine three elements in any language [closed]

I need a word to combine water,air, and light into one word. It can be in any language. Just a word which means or implies water, light and air. Thank you😃
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Words or phrases that describe a person who knows the answer to a problem but is not believed

I'm trying to find either a word or a phrase that describes a person who knows the answer to a problem or problems but is never believed. Or ignored. The nearest I can come up with is maybe the story ...
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a word meaning, “from hardest to easiest.”

Im looking for a word that means "in order from hardest to easiest." I could say "in ascending order, from hardest to easiest," but am wondering if that phrase is encapsulated by one word.
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A word for something impossible or near impossible to do but fun to try

A word that describes something impossible or near impossible to do but fun to try. One example I can think of is trying to lick one's elbow. A contortionist can do it but not everyone else. We sure ...
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( Did with verb ) or ( had with verb+ed )

I'm confused with rules . My question : what is the different between this examples : Did you finish your homework before you went to the cinema ? Had you finished your homework before you went to ...
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Leaving someone with lots of questions in mind

I am after a single word or maybe couple of words that we usually use to describe the situation when someone leaves us with lots of questions in our mind. For example (this is not the exact ...
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What do you call it when a spectator distracts a player. [closed]

Like when a member of the audience yells at a player so he misses his shot.
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How do you call the type of college work you do for the whole year (2 semesters)?

In Russian colleges / universities we have a type of work similar to thesis, which you do for 2 semesters, and in the end you defend it like thesis, except it's not thesis, not even bachelor's thesis. ...
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Better term for Integrate/Harmonize

Is there a word for joining a community, sort of like assimilate, but more of a positive connotation. Like leveraging a network....kind of like embed?
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Word for “someone who is fun, wild, free, spontaneous, unbound, etc.”

Use a single word to describe a girl who is fun, a little reckless, spontaneous, unbound.
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Word that means “to make look like a bad thing/force”

There is a word (I think in ends in -ize) that means “to make seem like an an evil thing or force.” For instance: The author __ the axe to foreshadow its usage in the coming tragedy. What is ...
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Words for people who are neither ancient nor contemporary [on hold]

The phrase "People in old times" sounds clunky and "ancient people" sounds remote and ambiguous. I'm looking for two terms, one for people about the age of our grandfathers or great grandfathers ...
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“trick” someone into loving you

I am wondering if there's an English expression for making someone fall in love with you. In Hungarian there is a term that could be translated into something like "fooling someone into yourself" - ...
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What is a thing called that takes measurements?

A measurer? Doesn't pronounce well A sensor? Doesn't work because there's a simple counterexample that a ruler takes measurements without being a sensor Specifically, I'm looking for a word that can ...
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Is there any specific words for referring to stores established in stair alcove/spandrel?

There are some stores in some countries which are so little (about 1 square meter) and are usually established in the spandrel of the doorway of an apartment. Do we have any words for them in English? ...
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What should you call a whooping cough or a whoop-like cough and not have it confused with the disease?

How would you tell someone that you have a whooping cough but you don't have pertussis?
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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 is the correct word for a group of categories, tags, and roles?

I want to create a database table that will hold all categories, tags, and user roles. I see WordPress uses "taxonomy" and "term" for this concept. Are there any other words to name it? If not, then ...
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Word for “Click or Tap”

I'm writing a game that will be deployed on both web (mouse-based environment) and Android (touch-based environment). I would like to say, "click here" (but that doesn't make sense in a touch ...
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Mutually exclusive and collectively exhaustive

Is there a word that means "Mutually exclusive and collectively exhaustive" (as an adjective) or "to be mutually exclusive and collectively exhaustive" (as a verb), or is there a noun that describes ...
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When someone praises me awkwardly too much, how to reply? [on hold]

When someone praises me awkwardly, as in too much, to make me happy or to get some help or something else from me, how to say "don't do that". Like, "I'll do that for you, you don't need to --- me." ...
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What do we call a person who studied humanities, e.g. at university or college?

What do we call a person who has a background in the humanities as a field of study, e.g. linguistics, comparative literature, but isn't necessarily a humanities academic? Is that correct to say a ...
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“Woman” is to “coquette” as “man” is to what?

Wiktionary reads: coquette: a woman who flirts or plays with men’s affections. Is there an English word which fits the following definition? ???: a man who flirts or plays with women’s ...
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What do you call someone who is easily influenced?

I am looking for a term with bad connotation. I am aware of the popular terms like "he/she has no personality", pliable, malleable, weak-minded but i couldn't find any more on the insulting side. It ...