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What is one word for 'a messy mixture of a lot of ingredients'?

I am looking for a single word that describes - a mixture of a lot of things that ends up pretty messed up. What would that be? Thanks.
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A word to describe someone who is oblivious to the atmosphere in a group conversation

There is a Japanese phrase "Kuuki yomenai", which literally translates to "Can't read the air", and can be used to describe someone who doesn't get social cues or is unaware of other people's moods &...
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Sound of a dinosaur's Syrinx

I recently watched the old Jurassic park movies where there were certain scenes where when the dinosaurs (velociraptors ?? Some people don't believe that) are hunting the humans and in the thrill of ...
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Is there a word that describes an individual who is always clueless when he has to face major challenges?

If a person does not have the ability to reason logically in high pressure situations (and is consequently always clueless), what term can be used to describe such a person? I'm looking for an ...
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What's a good word for a lack of concentration?

I'm looking for an adjective that describes not concentrated. Something like "flying around", "not really here". In hebrew it would've been מעופף.
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What's the appropriate word for someone that's leaving something?

What's the most appropriate word for someone that's leaving something (or somewhere)? For example, if someone leaves an association permanently, what do I call him? The term will be used in a ...
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Word for “extensively written about”

What is one word for "extensively researched and written about"? Not famous in the sense of "known" or "talked about" but specifically "written" about in a positive way. "....and one became highly ...
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Word to describe the fear of unknown future

Is there any word to describe the fear of unknown future? Like when you cannot anticipate your future, you don't know what will happen or what can happen, not near or immediate future, but some future ...
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Is there a word for colloquial forms of address?

For example, "dude," "man," "buddy," "pal," etc, when used to stand in for someone's name. "Hey, pal, how's it going?" Is there a word for terms like these? Or is "colloquialism" as close as we can ...
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Unique way of saying fulfilling some one else's dream for them

My daughter is a famous motorcyclist and has to answer hundreds of interviews. In her interviews she says that she is fulfilling her father's "legacy". I have always felt she is using the wrong word....
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Looking for a word describing the act of a person passing an access machine that does not imply if it is an entry or exit

I am translating a computer program interface that deals with granting access to places and records entries and exits of employees. I need to find a word that describes the act of an employee using an ...
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How to overcome confusion of contrasting word 2?

Actual sentence: Another surprising finding was the lack of any neurotic traits in the bonobos, even though these are widely found in other ape species. In this sentence, two contrasting ...
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other ways of saying 'to want something bad enough'

I've been surfing the web looking for an alternative to 'want sth bad enough' but I haven't found anything useful. I've got a dialogue between two characters who are a couple. They're facing ...
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A synonym for “enableable”? [on hold]

I'm not sure "enableable" is even a word but I define it as "something that can be enabled or disabled". Is there a less of a tongue twister available to convey this meaning?
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A Pyrrhic defeat?

Is there a word, phrase or allusion which represents the opposite of a Pyrrhic Victory: a tactical defeat which led to a strategic victory, either accidental or intended? After all, there must be one ...
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A word to describe “political buyer's remorse”

Recent numbers show over 3.5 million people in the UK have signed a petition to “do over” the Brexit Referendum. Interestingly, since the Referendum the Google question “What is the EU?” showed more ...
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A person who knows how to read but cannot write [duplicate]

What do you call somebody who can read but cannot write? I found the term semiliterate, the Free Dictionary says Having achieved an elementary level of ability in reading and writing. But ...
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How to overcome confusion of contrasting word?

Actual sentence- As a result, while patients are not being cured, the malaria parasite continues to spread further. My Explanation- This sentence seems to me wrong, because while is contrasting word,...
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Does anyone know the word for a question asked with the intent to injure or insult?

Does anyone know the word for a question asked with the intent to injure or insult? I know there is term for it, but I can't find it anywhere. It's driving me crazy. Example: Are you blind, or ...
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Word for: to exacerbate but not cause [on hold]

Intended Meaning: Suppose I am feeling upset. There is a clear cause for this feeling, but I also know that if I wasn't also in a particular circumstance, I would be better equipped to temper my ...
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A word or phrase roughly meaning “you are the cause of the problem you try to cure”

I've heard it used in a religious contexts along the lines of They invent the problem which they claim to solve. I know it's also common in marketing, where if I try to sell you a pen, I ask you ...
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To reduce to nearly nothing (to make negligible)

Using a single verb, I want to express the act of making something negligible, i.e. very small or insignificant. "Neglate" doesn't seem to be english :) Example sentence: About the delay between two ...
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What do you call the sudden burst of loudness that may occur when switching from one audio source to another?

Typical occurrences Imagine you’re watching a video on YouTube but you can barely hear the speaker, so you crank up the volume. After the video you switch to your music player application to liste to ...
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heavy is to kilograms and weight; good and bad is to ______ and ______?

Example sentence: "The robot judged the unknown entity to have only 17 ______ of ______, so it decided to run away." I ask because I want a computer agent to make determinations of friendliness/...
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A word for a person who always needs there to be a problem?

I spoke to a woman who had several issues dealing with a common process we go through at work. I gave her several solutions to her issues and even explained that one of her main issues was not really ...
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Someone who gives unsolicited explanations in a condescending way

Usage in sentence: Person A: Ooh - look at that crow! Person B: Well, actually, as someone who is a scientist who studies crows, I am telling you, specifically, in science, no one calls jackdaws ...
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Word Request: someone who is thrilled by viewing private things (related: scopophiliac, voyeur) [duplicate]

I want a word for someone who enjoys, who gets a thrill from, bearing witness to private documents, like diaries. This sort of adrenal-pleasure would be similar to that of a kleptomaniac, except the ...
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Word or phrase to describe increasing periods between attempting the same operation

I'm looking for a term (single word or phrase) that describes the trick in software development to (typically exponentially) increase time between successive attempts to do an action on a server, for ...
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Need the word for “two ideas connected only by phrase commonality” [duplicate]

I need a word for "two ideas connected only by phrase commonality." Reverse dictionary lookup help needed : e.g.: "I've had my fill of you and tofu" where the phrases "I've had my fill of you" and ...
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What do you call a person who shares a lot of information/files?

What do you call a person who shares a lot of information or files such as: pictures, videos, music, fun things, and so on?
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What is the name of the construct [adjective][noun]

Is there a special name for an adjective-noun phrase that denotes a specific type of thing and for which further modifiers cannot be inserted between the two? For example, "emerging technology" ...
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Adjective (or adverb) form of contains or container

I am looking for a word that can be used to describe an arbitrary thing as being 'capable of containing, storing, and/or holding other things'. Asking around I got suggestions such as "fillable", "...
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How do you call components that make up a car's engine? [on hold]

I'm looking for the common way to call components like oil filter or fuel pump. I thought about car parts or auto parts but I don't know which one is correct.
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What is the opposite of “Coexist”?

Is there a good phrase or word that means the opposite of "coexist"? The phrase I am using it in is similar to "these two ideas need not (be) __."
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Neologism meaning “Having-an-opinion-despite-having-no-idea-what-you're-talking-about”

I remember encountering a word (it was a neologism, not a popularly accepted word) that meant something like "having-a-strong-but-completely-uninformed-opinion". It might have been the related idea of ...
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One-word “rotatable, translatable, scalable” [on hold]

I've run into a scenario where I want to describe something that can be rotated, translated (moved around) and scaled. However, calling out all those words in sequence is just ugly. Example, "The ...
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Another word for a single line of trees on a hilltop, as seen from a distance

There's definitely a single word that is used to describe, when seen from a distance, a single row of trees on a hilltop. I searched quite a bit but am unable to find the word.
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Alternative to 'portfolio' covering non-visual fields?

It seems that the word 'portfolio' is mostly used in the context of representing work in field of visual art, even, if it technically isn't restricted to that by definition. Are there other ...
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What do you call it when someone reminds you of your ingratitude?

Adopted mother: 'Your parents died. I took you in. If I knew you'd steal from me, I would have left you to the State.' Mother: 'If only I knew you'd turn out like this, I would have had an abortion.'
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A single word for “someone who readily takes responsibility/new tasks” [on hold]

Want to describe a characteristic of a person, in single word, "someone who readily takes responsibility/new tasks"
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How to communicate the idea of a “brown-noser” without the vulgar connotations?

What term would communicate something similar to "brown noser", without the vulgar connotation? (Here's one citation of the term being used by WWII soldiers, but I'm guessing it was used before that. ...
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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's the word for converting a positive number to negative one and negative to positive?

What's a good word to describe the operation of taking the negative of a number? For example, given x = 5, obtain -x = -5, and given y = -2, obtain -y = 2. Is there a word for this? I was thinking ...
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A word for pushing/pulling something long down like pulling a level (down)? [on hold]

A silly example: A stick sticks up on an apple. I pull it down like pulling a lever, splitting the apple in half. What word or phrase should I use to describe that action?
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Is there a name for the practice of dropping pronouns in written speech?

I’m specifically thinking about emails I receive all day where someone will write: Haven’t seen it yet. Will respond when received. If it were spoken, we would certainly hear: I haven’t ...
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Holding your hands in a specific position [duplicate]

How do you tell someone to put their hands in the position shown in the image?
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Word for “awful,” in the old sense, for life-and-death power [on hold]

The jury has a ____ power, a ____ responsibility. With the stroke of a pen, it can change lives, even end them. Same for a judge, a military general, the president. I want “awful” or “awesome” in ...
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Changing usage of certain words [duplicate]

I grew up using "preventive" approaches -- Now I see more often "preventative" Similarly- market "oriented" no longer but "orientated" When did this change happen? What is correct usage?
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A term for “combining of related phrases”

Sometimes two related phrases are reached for simultaneously. I recently heard a newscaster combine "standpoint" and "point of view," so that his sentence began "from a football standpoint of view..." ...
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Is there a word for when you know something is fake but you still believe in it? [on hold]

For instance, you know that there aren't monsters under your bed, but you are still scared of looking under your bed?