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A word for “useful components”?

A word for “useful components”? Is there a single English noun that means something like “useful small pieces of material or machine elements that the craftsman prefers to have always at hand”? E.g. ...
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Words that are both Anagrams and Synonyms

So my father and I were talking, and I commented that it is supremely satisfying that the words it's and 'tis are synonyms that have the exact same distribution of characters (they are anagrams). He ...
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Word for a person who hates India

Anglophobe is the word for a person who hates England. Oxford Dictionaries defines it as noun A person having a strong dislike of England or Britain. Is there a similar word for a person who ...
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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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What do you call writing in memory of someone who has passed away?

I was recently invited to contribute a piece of writing to commemorate a friend who has passed away. My writing, along with others, were compiled into a book that was passed out at the funeral; these ...
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Is there a word for a person who doesn't think the rules apply to him?

I'm trying to write a letter to the editor of my local paper about their report of a man who doesn't think the rules apply to him. Is there a word for this? He's a bit of an egoist, demanding to ...
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Is there a word for a person who gives out too many extraneous details?

I'm looking for a single-word term that describes a personality that wants to give out too many unnecessary details in a conversation. [EDIT] Let me give you guys an example. Suppose you ask your ...
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A stronger word than “snob”

I recently stayed at a charming boarding house and had the pleasure of meeting one of the most curious people I have ever come across in my life. He was polite, and yet standoffish. He reminded me of ...
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What is the term for a person who doesn't waste time?

What is an English word/expression/idiom for a "person who doesn't waste time"? Especially a person who doesn't look for excuses when she/he should be doing something productive e.g. working, ...
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Someone who buys a lot of books but does not usually read them

What do English speakers call a person who loves to buy and collect a lot of books, but does not often read them? When purchasing the books, the person might hope to learn new things from the book ...
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What is a word for a person who throws a “fake smile”?

Most people, especially receptionists and air hostesses have the ability to smile in a fake way. Being professional, their smile isn't real. Inside they cry and die a thousand dead of tensions but ...
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What would you call a person who doesn't want to learn anything new?

What would you call a person who doesn't want to learn new things and even maybe thinks that this is unnecessary since he knows enough already? An ignorant person?
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Single-word synonym for a “pedantic rule-follower”?

What do you call a person who always follows the rules, at the expense of everything else? I’m thinking there’s one word that can describe this, but I can’t place it.
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What do you call a person who is regionally biased?

What do you call a person who is regionally biased and has an unreasonable hatred/dislike for people from other regions of the country/world? Something like a racist, but the point of discrimination ...
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Word to describe person who is rich in wealth, but is poor in class?

Looking for a word to describe a person who is rich in wealth, but is poor in class. I've heard of words to describe poor people who have no class or manners, words to describe rich people who have ...
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What do you call a person who is always online on the Internet?

Is there any specific word for a person who is always online on the Internet? I am just curious to know because staying online is like a profession nowadays.
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What do you call a person who started something that is later followed by everyone?

What do you call a person who started something that is later followed by everyone? For example, someone started to stay late at night till 8 p.m. and later everyone started to stay till 8 p.m..
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What do you call torture which leaves no visible marks?

Basically, physical torture that is painful, but, leaves no visible marks to provide any proof.
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One word for a “cheap imitation/replica of a thing”?

Suppose I bought a fake rolex watch from a flea market. If a friend ask me, "Is it really ROLEX?". What will be a good word for "cheap imitation"?
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What is the word used to descibe someone who grooms someone for future personal gain?

I have a "friend" who used to socialize with me a lot and we had a lot of fun. She'd invite me over for dinner and to parties she threw. I got really close to her, or so I thought. She has a second ...
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What is the single word that describes a person who always gossips?

What is the single word that describes a person who always gossips? (For example, telling things about others which are not true.)
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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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“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 the best word to describe someone who always anticipates things?

What is the best word to describe a person who always anticipates or thinks of future or possible things according to the previous events that happened. Edit: To narrow down the scope, a person with ...
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Non-religious word for “blessed”

I want to say on social media that I am blessed to have my daughter, but I am not religious and find it awkward when people respond saying that they are sending prayers my way. I appreciate the ...
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What is the name of a repair shop specialized in fixing flat tires?

Here in Brazil we have "borracharias" a repair shop with many tires where they replace or fix flat tires. "Borracha" means rubber. Neither Google Translate nor Wikipedia could help me to find an ...
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Is there an idiom or typical expression for an unfunny joke?

Could you tell me some suitable idioms to express this situation: A guy told you a joke, but it's not funny at all. In Japanese, we say "He slipped" or "His joke was so cold that the air got ...
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What is a single-word synonym for “train of thought” that would cover exposition to someone else and internal philosophising?

I am seeking a single word to denote a character's train of connected thoughts, both when they are expounding a view or explaining something to another person and when they are analysing in their mind ...
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What is a woman with no unwanted hair (or unwanted hair removed) called? [on hold]

Women used to be very conscious about their looks. They used to remove unwanted hair in order to look good. What is a woman with no unwanted hair (or unwanted hair removed) called? Is there a single-...
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Word for someone who only likes familiar things?

A "xenophobe" is someone who is uncomfortable with things or people that are different or unfamiliar. Is there a word for the other side of the coin, someone who is most comfortable with things that ...
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24answers
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What is a word for making something seem not as bad as it actually is?

Some examples: Instead of admitting that I'm an alcoholic, I just say I had one too many drinks. Instead of the bank admitting that it has lots of loans that are in arrears and are likely to default,...
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Can we determine a proper verb form of “exegesis” for Biblical scholars to use?

This is related to a conversation here in EL&U SE. Apparently the noun exegete is being used as verb in religious circles. For Biblical Scholars, the word exegesis carries with it a connotation ...
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A word to express meanings highly developed AND naturally evolved

My sentence is Human Brain - [word] Computer System Human Brain - a [word] Computer System        will work as well Now the problem is when talking about technology ...
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Correct word usage [on hold]

Is there a word that we use for a person who assists customers differently from their own country? The word biased comes to my mind, but not sure if it correct in this case.
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1answer
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Conflict state counterparts: what's a word that means to “prevent something from being created because of pre-existing object”?

I'm writing an application logging subsystem (a software component) and I have to log system conflict events. The log is structured and all of its records are just bunches of key/value pairs, where ...
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Word for “someone whom the law is enforced upon”

I need a word for someone whom the law is enforced upon, any ideas? Example : Law needs to disregard the personal beliefs of the enforcers as well as the _____
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What do you call the action of making desserts?

A person who makes desserts is called a pastry chef, but is there a name for the action itself of making desserts? "Cooking" is too general, and "baking" implies bread, cakes, etc. which is not quite ...
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Phrase or word for doing something as a learning experience before doing it for real?

If I want to say 'I regard my first year for this bachelor degree as a try out year or a "pre-learning" year before starting again as a first year elsewhere'. What word or phrase would I use for 'try ...
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2answers
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Positive word describing something that is not high-tech?

The company where I work has developed a product that is very easy to use and that doesn't need a computer or electricity to run (in contrast to competing products). Now we are looking for a word or ...
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3answers
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Single word for the feeling of having done the right thing

I cannot think of a word that describes the feeling of "doing the right thing". I.e. the feeling as a result of having made the right choices, of committing an act of altruism, of having made the ...
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Is there a word or expression for “pretending to have intended the outcome all along”?

Or maybe for a person who does that. I am talking about cases like someone tripping while carrying a plate and then, by sheer luck, the plate ending up on a table, with contents intact. The person ...
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What is a word for “to state facts as opinion”?

Stating opinions as facts is called dogmatism. Then what is stating facts as opinions called? example sentence: They __________ on the statistics so that the statistics fit their own agenda.
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How would I address people who attend church with me?

So I am a christian and attend church. How would I grammatically refer to people who also attend my church. Fellow church mates, church-goer, church attendee? A fellow ______ gave me a job at her ...
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Opposite of “arrogant”/“having attitude”

Are self-abased and humble both opposite to arrogant or having attitude? What are their differences? What are words for the opposite to arrogant, respectively in a positive, negative, and neutral way?
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What do we call the components in names?

In a western name, you usually have a first name, some number of middle names, and a surname (family name). What is the catch-all word for these components? To give you context: I am writing a ...
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Word for “reducing the chance of” [on hold]

What's a shorter way of saying "reducing the chance/likelihood of", as in "exercise reduces the chance/likelihood of obesity"?
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4answers
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Term for 'the thing as seen right now'

Is there an english word fitting the longer description 'the visible part of something as seen right now' or 'the thing as it can be understood as of this time'? The word 'Impression' seems to cover ...
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1answer
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Term for “the class of landlords”

I have heard in several spoken discussions a term (which sounds kind of French and is maybe related to the English verb "rent") for the class of landlords - people who live off renting out properties ...
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What do we call a rainwater pond?

What do we call a small pond of rainwater that usually appears on the street after rainfall? Can we call them a pond?