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“Lover of Life”: Biophile?

Looking for a single noun to title a funeral picture board where photos show the subject dancing, eating, drinking, reading, and laughing. I want to portray this man's love of life. Other photo ...
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What's the word for “too many but not good enough”?

There's a single word that I can't remember what it is.. the word I'm looking for is when there are many choices/points but no substance or not good enough. For example: too many kinds of ...
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Edification is to knowledge as _____ification is to food

There is a good possibility I'm just crazy, but I wanted to use a word in a sentence the other day that I could not find in the depths of my memory. If it exists, it ends in -ification, and means ...
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One word - someone so scared that he can't move

I am not able to find an appropriate word to fill in for "scared". He was so scared, he couldn't move. He turned to stone. He was too shocked. He almost turned to stone and could not move. ...
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What do we call the machine used in shops through which we swipe our Debit/Credit card to pay for something?

When you shop for things in a supermarket, clothing shop, restaurant, etc., and you want to use your card to pay, you slide your Debit/Credit card through a machine. What is that machine called in ...
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Is there a name to describe a video game player who plays for aesthetics?

Word to describe a video game player who plays for aesthetics or other useless-in-game achievements? I'd go with overachiever but it doesn't sound like internet slang, nor is it very concise. Related ...
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One-word alternative to “pick up” [on hold]

Context: I'm going to the library to pick up my book. Additional use cases: I reserved a time after lunch to go and pick up my package. After picking up my package, I went back to class. Are ...
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What to call a fact/observation told by someone?

Examples: Speaker A: I thought he wanted to know about insects. Speaker B: But not [...] about them eating people! After he finished his [...] about seals. I think using fact ...
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Door-to-Wall Relationship Words

What is a useful word for the relationship of a door to a door which is "in" the same wall? The best way I can think of to describe it is "the wall containing the door", but "containing" sounds very ...
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Word for temporary obsession

Me and a friend were discussing something we experience (too) often: we discover some new concept or thing (for example "photography" or "knitting", can be anything) and become completely obsessed ...
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Is there a word for animals that have two arms?

I know there's bipedal for animals that have 2 legs, but what of animals with 2 arms?
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Word for releasing oneself from a hug

I'm looking for a more physical description, so ignoring "disengaged" for this purpose. But wouldn't mind hearing why it might still be a good option. "You were almost torn apart!" Fabian said and ...
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A word or phrase for an unremarkable event that occurs with uncanny frequency

I am looking for a word or phrase for an unremarkable event that occurs with uncanny frequency. To give a specific example, one might be seeing a random shopper drop their bag every time you enter a ...
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Word for “seriously considering”?

I'm looking for a word like "pondering", of "considering" which has the connotation that I am very likely to decide to do the thing I am pondering/considering. Thanks!
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What do you call the phenomenon when a negative reflection is favored over a positive one?

Is there a word or expression which expresses the idea of a bias towards a negative reflection (e.g. negative judgement/criticism) rather than a positive one (e.g. appreciation/supporting comment)? As ...
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Slang word or term for WWII food ration stamps?

Does anyone know of a slang word or term that was used for food ration stamps in WWII?
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Word for “person that I supervise”

What is the best word to refer to the person that I (directly) supervise, in the context of a corporate workplace? The closest I can think of is employee, but that doesn't directly convey a direct ...
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Physical object, carried be a person, that represents an encumbrance

I believe a word currently exists that is used as a metaphor to mean something similar to, "a person is (willingly?) carrying a physical object, but there is no benefit to carrying (or transporting) ...
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Name and origin of writing with period after each word

It may be limited to the web ecosystem, but I've read a lot of those sentences lately, where each word is followed by a period. Examples: Oh. My. God. Best. Job. Ever. No. F***ing. Way. ...
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How to convey the meaning of “ordering a mess of papers and books”

How do English people convey the meaning of the action of tidying up a great unordered amount of sheets of paper, books, and notes in a single word or phrase?
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A word for a person who needs assistance?

What do you call a person who needs assistance in a general sense? This could be in terms of needing help finding something, or needing a small job done, or help understanding something, or getting ...
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What’s the word for somebody you know (sometimes well) but who isn’t your friend?

What is the English word for somebody who is not your friend, but you’ve know them even for years. For example, this might be a neighbor or somebody from school whom you see often enough but whom ...
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Word for something that is too idealistic and dangerous to pursue?

I am looking for a word that can be used to describe an effort or endeavour that is idealistic to the point of being dangerous and which is unwise to pursue. Perhaps, an example could be when people ...
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Word for desirable behavior that will be rewarded

Generally a rule is a standard which describes what not to do to avoid getting punished. I am looking for a word which describes a standard for a positive behavior which will be rewarded (edit: or ...
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What are some adjectives that mean 'subordinate alternative'?

Sentence for Context: Please contact Ann preferably via email, or ___ by telephone. 'alternatively' and 'secondarily' are ambiguous, because it can just mean that telephone is a coequal, without ...
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Proud by thinking that one cannot be surprised by what others know

I would like one word for "proud by thinking that one cannot be surprised by what others know". Arrogant is explained as "having or revealing an exaggerated sense of one's own importance or ...
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Phrases for (someone) making a short visit/appearance

When I need to visit to any place for a very short time, say, for 10-15 minutes A politician coming late and leaving in minutes at a fundraiser. An acquaintance just dropping by to say ...
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What to call someone who takes photos? [on hold]

What to call someone who takes photos? like landscape photos. After what word should I mention the name? (e.g. XXX: Micheal). Should it be 'Author' or 'Artist' or 'Photographer'? What is the best ...
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Term for a person who can read but cannot write

I'm looking for a term to accurately describe a person who can only read but cannot write. While I'm primarily concerned with people who have never learned to write, I would also be interested in any ...
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Native English [Brit./N.Amer.] ways to greet someone after the event?

Suppose you forgot to wish someone an occasion, and you're wise after the event, how do you go about offering your wishes given that a couple days have gone by since? "[Wish you a] Happy ...
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Word designating something as being representative of a whole

I'm looking for a word similar to synecdoche, but without the literary-device meaning. It designates something as being representative of a whole. I believe I picked this up in a David Foster Wallace ...
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Word that means “excluding something from a calculation.”

Example: I asked the teacher if he could [...] my attendance record from my final score. I think omit sounds too light, almost like a joke. And ignore as thought it were an act of corruption.
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A word for 'single view of information'

I have billing information coming from different sources and I want to provide a single view to all the billing information to users. Just wondering if there is a better single word for single view of ...
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Derogatory term for a corporate employee

I’m looking for a derogatory term for a person who works in a big, international business. In Polish we have a few informal words for that, like korpoludek (“corpo little guy”) and korpoczłowiek ...
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How would one term this particular relationship?

While postulating a French universe, my brain voted that Bill Gates should become Bill Gateaux. What term or short-phrase would one use to describe the word 'Gateaux', relative to 'Gates', where the ...
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Word for a platform for knowledge sharing

I am looking for a word that can be used to describe a platform (e.g a website) that this is a place for knowledge sharing. I found that maven, pundit, guru is related but not appropriate. Can you ...
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Is there a linguistic term that denotes the class of properties that words of comparison compare?

The class of words called 'words of comparison' includes words such as 'higher' and 'highest'. The words 'higher' and 'highest' express comparative height. The term for the class of words that ...
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How to express difficulty selecting from equally appealing options [closed]

I want to express the idea that multiple options are equally appealing and therefore difficult to choose from. I thought of this sentence: They are too equally attractive to >be picked up. ...
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Word for a owing a free pass on withholding judgement

The word is on the tip of my tongue and I'm pretty sure it ends with "ie or y." The idea is a friend had a gracious attitude when I did something stupid, so now I want to return the favor. So I want ...
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Is there a single word for money making avenue [on hold]

Please suggest a single word that means "money making avenue" or "money making work" or "money making business."
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Informal way of saying “moreover”

My teachers said that they couldn't do anything for me. That no matter how many times they added and rounded up my scores, the result was still zero. Moreover, if they let me pass the other ...
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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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What's another word for Guinea Pig, i.e. when you call someone a “test dummy”?

If someone is being used to test a new product or idea, they can be called a "guinea pig" (because Guinea Pigs are usually used by medical labs for testing). What is another term that would carry the ...
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No adverb of controlled?

Can anyone confirm that there is indeed no adverbial form of "controlled" that could be used with verbs that describe actions done in a controlled way. For example, it seems to be wrong to write ...
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Am I thinking of “Roll Call”, or something else?

"On the [missing word] were only kids from rich and connected families, who chose the school for its high level of education, but more so for the extracurricular activities and skills which were ...
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Antonym for “recommendation”

The context is a template for a wiki page, specifically in a line of instructions for page authors to complete: Summary of findings, recommendations or anti-recommendations for implementation or ...
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Is there a word for someone with the same name?

If a person shares my name, in Dutch there is the word "naamgenoot", meaning roughly 'member of the same name'. John A: Hi, my name is "John" John B: O, then we're insert solution word here! ...
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What is the sound of nails scratching a chalkboard called?

Does the high-pitched sound of nails scratching a chalkboard have a name? I thought of "squeaking" or "screeching" but I don't think either of them correctly describes it.
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What word describes a group of which the speaker is not a part?

I'm looking for a less clunky way of saying "a group of which I'm not a part" or "a group to I don't belong." I would prefer a one-word adjective, so that I could talk about "________ groups." So ...
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What to call the “things that nobody talks about”?

I am writing an article about “things that nobody talks about.” I feel sure that there should be a single word which can replace the phrase things that nobody talks about? It’s rather clumsy as it ...