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Is there a word for overly friendly speech from someone who insults you behind your back?

Is there a verb or adverb to describe the overly friendly speech or tone of someone who has said something bad about you behind your back but doesn't know that you know?
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what is correct word substitution for following sentence? [on hold]

which one is correct? One should wear helmet ____ while riding a bike 1. all time 2. all the times 3. at all times
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Vocations and what people are famous for

The lead section on Wikipedia biographies tend to contain: Their birth name Their date of birth (in brackets) Their vocation(s), and/or the thing(s) they are famous for I'm aware this is called ...
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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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Has there ever been a word for someone who has a thousand pounds?

If someone who has a million of a particular currency is called a millionaire, and someone with a billion is called a billionaire what do you call someone with a thousand? I realise that nowadays ...
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“Injunct” vs “Enjoin”

The injunctions (and super-injunctions) that occasionally make the headlines restrain a defendant from doing something. It is fairly clear (e.g. OED) that the word was formed as a noun from enjoin in ...
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What's the English name for this function [on hold]

I have an app with a list function. It retrieves all the posts of my fan page. I think I can call it POSTS LIST, but I'm afraid that's not precise. I did a lot of research on the internet, but this ...
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Is there a word to describe someone who tends to disagree with others only to upset them?

What's the word to describe someone who acts arrogantly and always disagrees with others unreasonably in order to upset people around him/her? [I'm not looking for adjectives like unpleasant, ...
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A word that means beneficial for the individual or few but bad for everyone if everyone is doing it?

I came across this word/concept when reading a philosophical book but I cannot remember where. It basically means if only a few people do something its ok, but if everyone does it it becomes bad for ...
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What is a medical term for the belief that you're healthy when you're not? [duplicate]

What is a medical term, as in a mental or eating disorder, that means "a compulsion with being healthy, while actually being unhealthy," stemming primarily from a poor understanding of science, ...
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One word for someone who thinks they can do anything, and believes everything they do is right but others are wrong

If someone thinks they are always doing the right thing, and believes others are wrong, what would I call them? Say, for example, I did something that person considers wrong. But then on another ...
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English name of “Maegami tomeru” (前髪とめ〜る)

"Maegami tomeru" (前髪とめ〜る) is a Japanese velcro-like product that keeps womens' hair in place. Is there a commonly accepted English translation of this name? Bang Blocker found it hard to find a good ...
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A single word adjective for “having only one interpretation; leaving no doubts”

I am looking for an adjective with a meaning: this is definite, clear, and there's no room for misinterpretation; nothing's left variadic. For example: logical statements have only one, very strict ...
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Is there a neutral word for an olfactory impression?

While creating this proposal I was struggling to find the right words for olfactory impressions. Is there a neutral word for an olfactory impression? smell seems to have a negative connotation ...
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What do you call someone who makes a request?

I'm designing a software to receive requests from users. In my request detail window, I have a field called "Requested By" to store the name of the person who made the request. However, "Requested By" ...
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One word for something belonging to an era [duplicate]

Is there a single word which means "of or relating to a particular era"? I am looking for a word which means that something is limited to a particular era, as opposed to being universal. Preferably ...
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A derogatory word for a splendid person

In Swedish there is a word "präktig" that can be used to describe a person that is annoyingly decent, reliable and good in every way. The common translation is "splendid" but that doesn't sound ...
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Is there a good word for a square-rectangle relationship?

Any given square is always a rectangle, but a rectangle isn't necessarily a square, so squares and rectangles have a _ relationship. I've been noticing this sort of thing everywhere ever since I ...
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Word for a body of water that is sufficiently populated with fish and worthy of fishing in

My game is exploration-and-interaction base. Now that the player has struggled and found a fishing rod, I would like my character to convey the message that "this pond appears to be sufficiently ...
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A word that describe actions? [on hold]

Is there a word (verb) that best describes the following statements? I owned this I went here I watched this I played this I listened to this I read this I ate this We are planning to use the ...
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Word to describe an email missing an attachment

Have you ever sent an email, intending to attach something and referring to it in the email, but without actually attaching? I'm wondering if there is a word or words to describe: The email itself. ...
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What is it called when organizations set stations (tables and stuff) to deliver information?

I'd like to know what those information stations (just like tea/coffee stations) are called?
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Word for “being blown by the wind.”

Example: Pedro was standing on my left, his hair [...], watching the rocks being beaten endlessly by the waves. I'm curious, is there a word that means being blown by the wind?
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Is there a word for “back and forth”?

I'm struggling with how clumsy the term "back and forth" sounds, is there a word that essentially means a repetitive back and forth motion? IE: The machine ____. (moves back and forth) or operates ...
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What two words best describe these features?

I am in the middle of developing an app. I'm having some trouble trying to decide the best usage for two features in particular. I know what both of these words mean, but I am becoming increasingly ...
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What is one word for truncating a string and adding “…” at the end of it?

In software apps sometimes a string's length is greater than its container so the string is truncated. Example: "The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog" becomes "The quick brown fox ...
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The “explanatory” textually-presented preamble on a film

I can't think of the word for this... Sometimes at the start of a film, it is let's say necessary, or at least the producers think it is necessary, to have an "explanation" of what the hell is about ...
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Information unavailable to the audience

What is it called when a character knows something the audience doesn't? For example, if the character was stating something obvious like "today is your birthday", saying it only to inform the ...
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How do you properly say “missing each other” (that's SO the wrong word!)?

Imagine I sent a message to someone over Instant Messaging, and then went offline. 5 minutes later, they come online, send me a message and go offline. 10 minutes later, I come online, find their ...
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How would you say e.g. creativity isn't something that only belongs to graphic designers?

Can't think of the word or phrase to use, can anyone help me? Creativity isn't solely the domain of graphic designers? Something to do with prerogative?
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Is there a single-word synonym for “preserved” as in “Fruits preserved in syrup.”?

To preserve - To prepare (food or any perishable substance) so as to resist decomposition or fermentation. Is there a single-word synonym for "preserved" as in "Fruits preserved in syrup."?
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Word for someone that doesn't like to pause while talking

I come across this quite a bit and it manifests itself in different ways. The situation I encounter the most is from people who don't seem to want to be interrupted, they need to finish getting ...
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is there any word that means “current and upcoming”?

I want to find a word that could mean current and upcoming but couldn't. Or is there any other shorter ways to describe it? can anyone help me?
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Single word for making a bow

A bowyer is the person who builds the bows used in archery. Is there a single word (verb/ noun) describing this occupation (= making bows)? Maybe I am a spoiled German speaker, because in German, if ...
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Word or phrase to describe someone who learns from another’s experiences

Context: I'm 22 years old, I am very bright in a logical way, my whole life growing up my parents struggled a lot, and I took that all in. I took in their worries and knowledge and now exercise it as ...
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Derogatory term for inconcise writing

I am looking for a derogatory word or short phrase to describe unconcise texts or the process of their creation, i.e., the text is redundant, overcomplicated and filled with irrelevant details or ...
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Is there a word to describe the situation where you call someone and hang up so they call you back?

Is there a word to describe the situation where you call someone and hang up so they call you back? The purpose of this is usually so that they get the calling charges. I was thinking it's kind of ...
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What is another way of saying“ instil fear ” and “shamelessly”?

I was writing an essay and found no other way of expressing "instil fear" and "shamelessly". I am looking for ways to say these in a more formal manner.
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Word for “descending out of control”

Example: I tried my best to dodge trees and rocks as I [...] down the slope. What's the best fit for the sentence above?
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What word describes a person that demonstrates “poor priorities?” [on hold]

What is a word that means "poor priorities?" (Typically would be used to describe a person.)
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What is a word to describe the action of someone who repeatedly says a mantra to internalize it?

What is a word to describe the action of someone who repeatedly says a mantra to internalize it? for example "yes I can ,yes I can "
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The act of baiting someone into (incorrectly) calling bullshit

Is there a single word, or commonly-used term, to describe the act of baiting another person into calling bullshit, when in fact you're not bullshitting? Conceptually, this either a sub-type, or the ...
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Word or phrase for a person who is impatient and likes studying new things by example?

Is there a specific word or phrase to describe a person who is impatient learning new things dislikes reading lengthy passages always likes learning by example plus doing experiments in parallel? ...
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Describe a project that delivers content on multiple vehicles with a word or short phrase [on hold]

Say a company makes a project that delivers content on multiple vehicles: a mobile game (for android, iOS, windows phone, blackberry, whatever), a tv series, a feature film, youtube shorts, novels, ...
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A positive word for self-doubt in a dubious belief system

I'm looking for a positive word or phrase - though ideally, a single word - that suggests that old dubious beliefs are being re-examined and questioned. "Self-doubt", has a negative connotation and I ...
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Best etymological calque of the word Schadenfreude

This question is purely theoretical (i.e. I don't foresee actually trying to use the word), but using arguments based on etymology, as well as euphony and (least importantly) comprehensibility, what ...
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word for A question that needs to be asked again? [closed]

This is to name a section of bullet points in a status report. The section basically contains questions from the previous days status report that haven't been addressed yet.
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What is the difference between “matter-containing media” and “matter”?

I'm reading the english wikipedia entry titled "Radiation". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radiation you can find the word in the first paragraph, or by searching. so... What is the difference between ...
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What's the word for “running with your arms outstretched as though flying”?

I caught this on an 'odd words' sort of program on public radio, but didn't hear the full word pronounced, just that it started with an 'f'. I studied the unabridged OED for a bit, but couldn't find ...
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Word describing a person's momentary pleasure, but overall discord

I once read an article that used a single word to describe a frame of mind in which a person experiences momentary pleasure amidst overall discord; or perhaps the word was describing the opposite: A ...