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Is there a word to collectively refer to “the things on the office table”

For example, "Confectionaries" is to refer to all kinds of candy. I'm looking for a word to describe all sorts of things one might find on the office table (pen, paper, paper clips etc)
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Can you “commemorate” something bad?

Strictly speaking, from an etymological standpoint, there is no reason to suppose "commemorate" should imply either a positive or negative connotation of what is being remembered. That said, it feels ...
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Turning a celebrity into a non-person?

I am looking for a word which describes the act of taking someone famous or respected, an idol, and turning them into a symbol of what they represent instead of a person, i.e. they lose their human ...
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“To science the sh*t out of something”

In The Martian movie, Matt Damon (Watney), when left stranded on Mars with very limited resources to survive, says: Mark Watney: In the face of overwhelming odds, I'm left with only one option, ...
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Is there a specific word describing black boxes covering confidential data on papers being prepared for public access?

Is there a specific word in English describing black boxes covering confidential data on papers being prepared for public access? Here is an example of such a paper
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What is the correct word for a set of samples for experiments?

I'm writing a paper about an algorithm. The algorithm is qualitatively evaluated using empirical tests on sample data. I find it difficult to find a good word for multiple such data. It should be ...
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What do you call the use of a negative clause to end a claim by questioning it?

I mean the clause at the end, seemingly asking for confirmation of the claim. You would like to sleep, wouldn't you? What is this called?
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Is there a word that means the opposite of “gentrification”?

Exactly what it says on the tin: is there a word that means precisely the opposite of "gentrification"? That is, the decline of a neighborhood due to an influx of lower-class families and individuals ...
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A word that means an event runs for a consecutive period

I got a calendaring app and a terminology question. An event that occurs just once, is a one-off If it occurs every second Monday, and/or 4th Friday of month it is regular If it happens on a random ...
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What is the term for feeling down because of bad weather?

I am looking for the word that refers to a state of tiredness or slight depression because of bad weather conditions. The opposite is also true, that is feeling well or well-disposed because of nice, ...
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How to specify a date or version to indicate that the situation might be different in the future

(I have huge difficulties expressing this without an example, feel free to edit everything) I have information that refers to the current version of a software. It might be irrelevant to users of ...
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What is a phrase or word for 'not logged in' state?

On a website, if you log in, you're in a logged in state, if you then log out, you are in a logged out state. What do you call the state before you have ever logged in to a site? Is it correct to ...
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What do you call a person who works with statistics? [closed]

I mean person who administrates something is called administrator. Person who manages something is called manager. How to call a person who works with statistics?
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2answers
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What do you call the player who's scored most goals in a soccer (BrEng ‘football’) championship?

I tried translating from Portuguese (artilheiro), but only got words related to war like: gunner, artillery man, etc.
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A word for an inescapable and pointless situation?

I've heard this word used before but I can't remember it! I've heard it used to describe wars like Iraq and Vietnam. Something you can't escape easily and is causing large problems, like a pit? Here ...
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What is a good word for “best example”?

What is a good word for “best example”? I would like to describe a film as the greatest example of its features.
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What's a world for self-harming damage?

Ex. He threw the grenade, but it blew off part of his leg. He wasn't expecting any case of _______ damage, but that's what you get when you're reckless. Is it "collateral" damage?
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Word: an inability to understand a spoken language

Illiterate is used to describe someone who cannot read. I am looking for a word to describe someone who cannot understand a spoken language. David was [unable to understand French] {People are ...
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Word for the fear of learning something new and forgetting something you know

Is there a word for the (probably irrational) fear of learning something new and maybe forgetting something you already know?1
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What do you call a person who enacts, lives, or portrays the book he has read?

For example, I have known a statesman that used all his political strategies and tactics based on a certain book (self help). One can understand the reason of every move he makes and even predict the ...
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Is there a shorter way of saying “travelers on the road to self discovery”? [on hold]

As in the exclamation, "Calling all travelers on the road to self discovery."
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Single word request: to learn or the act/state of learning something without awareness that one is being taught

You'll often hear people reference how they learned so much about something, but it didn't feel like they were learning. Is there a word to describe this? Sample sentence: "I had no idea how much I ...
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'Whereas' as conjunction between main clause and subordinate clause?

I am wondering if I can use 'whereas' as a conjunction between a main and a subordinate clause, with the subordinate clause following and giving a reason supporting the statement in the main clause. ...
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Special words in soccer [closed]

I would like to know a couple of words so special about soccer even Google can't help me. What is the "gate" called (if you make the score, you kick the ball into the "gate". We call it "gate" ...
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What do you call the “narrator” of lyric poem?

In a narrative poem, the entity telling the story is called the narrator. The narrator is different from the author, in that the author is the real person who wrote the poem, while the narrator is a ...
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Someone who exploits your feelings for them to take advantage of you

I need a word or idiom for someone who takes advantage of you because they know you like them. In relationships, I heard the word "user", as someone who uses their romantic partners for material gain. ...
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What is a word (or two) that means “to fill in the blanks?” [on hold]

I'm looking for a word or two (the shorter the better) that means "to fill in the blanks".
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What do you call all the pieces of a song minus the lyrics

I think there must be a good word for this, but can't think of what it might be. Harmony and Melody are pieces of it, beat seems simplistic, Instrumentation seems too scientific and dull. Any Ideas? ...
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I need a word to combine three elements in any language [on hold]

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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Is there a Latinate, plural noun for “illicit possessions”?

While composing this comment on an earlier question, I got hung up after "clandestine storage". I felt myself grasping for a single word, styled after errata, desiderata, stigmata, etc, which means ...
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a word or hyphenated term for a resource harvester?

I need a generic term for mines, farms, collectors, and anything that harvests a resource (iron, food, water, etc). The closest thing I've thought of so far is "resource harvester", which is a little ...
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verb - Is there a word for 'de-acknowledging'?

Is there a singular word for the act of 'de-acknowledging' or 'removing an acknowledgement'. For context: I am creating a computer program with a list of issues. Issues can be acknowledged. But these ...
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what is a word for “multifaceted information”?

It can be said as either "multifaceted information" or "information in multi-dimensional form ." some times, people used to provide a wide variety of information in a single graph or figure. So, what ...
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What is a single word for a false assumption of similarity, namely through empathy?

A very similar question was asked here, but provided phrases and was worded a bit awkwardly. I am more inquiring as to whether there is a single world for when person A feels empathy for person B ...
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What is a word for a condition one is born with?

I want to say something like: From Freud's perspective, sexual deviances are not [manifest in humans from birth / present in humans from birth]. I need a word that describes a condition that one ...
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How do you show someone is crying in dialogue?

How do you show someone is crying in dialogue? (as in, is there an onomatopoeia that can show crying well? I ask because "(insert dialogue)..sniffle..(insert dialogue)..snifle..", does show that the ...
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Antonym of Scholasticism

I have been using the word scholastic to address scholasticism-related things as explained here. In some cases i am in need of addressing the opposite of it and have been using non-scholastic which ...
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What do you call a person who craves fame and fortune?

What do you call a person who craves fame and fortune, or wants to be recognized for something?
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Word for the smell of freshly printed books?

There's this somewhat distinct flavouring scent that emanates from freshly printed books, probably the chemical from the ink. I've been looking up for a word to describe this but I haven't found any. ...
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How do you categorize groups of people as subjects?

When compiling published content, one method of sorting or filtering is by audience. There, the term “audience” generally implies a curation of material for assumed identities of a readership ...
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Does Java Mean Sunrise in Some Language [on hold]

I knew that java is a type of coffee, however, a friend told me that java means sunrise in another language. This was in regards to the origins or the Java programming language. I know that the logo ...
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Single word meaning one who searches [on hold]

I'm looking for a single word in English that means something akin to "one who searches" or "one who searches for meaning."
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Collective word for software and hardware

I'm looking for a term that collectively describes both software and hardware. Doesn't have to be a single word but it would be preferable.
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7answers
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Is there a word that means selectively nonconformist?

I'm looking for a word that means someone or something that has a tendency to go against convention, but only when effective. This would eliminate words like unconventional, unorthodox, contrarian, ...
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Does “wobble” sound negative?

I'm launching a project which I want to make big as possible. I want to find a name, but I'm not looking for any real meanings. This project is a web tool (Javascript prototype & API) so I want to ...
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Word for defining an act that is legal but not justifiable/immoral [on hold]

A word for defining an act that is legal but not justifiable/immoral. Eg: In legal terms we use - "In letter but not in Spirit" , if this can be replaced by a single word ?
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What is a good word to use to describe someone who has that young, unknowing innocence about them?

I'm trying to think of a good word that expresses the meaning of someone who, like a child who doesn't know of the bad things going on in the world, that is innocent and unknowing in a certain ...
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Terminology to describe the formal use of “I wish to”

I am aware that there is a similar post, however, is there a more specific term (other than simply formal) to describe the use of "I wish" in the following case: If your Ladyship doesn't wish to ...
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What's a word for setting up a mechanism to prevent you from doing something in the future no matter what you may say or do then?

Suppose I've a tough exam tomorrow and I plan to study all day. Knowing that I'm usually great at procrastinating, I ask my family members to keep a tab on me and to do whatever is necessary to bring ...
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A term that describes the “shoulder angel/devil” but on a broader scale [on hold]

I am attempting to find a phrase or word equivalent to "shoulder angel/devil", but on a broader scale, that does not only refer to the idea of "good" versus "bad". A shoulder angel/devil is a plot ...