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Isn’t there really any English equivalent to German “Fachidiot”?

There was the following paragraph in the article that came under the title, “GOP and the rise of Anti-knowledge” written by Mike Lofgren in Consortiumnews.com (October 29, 2015): “English ...
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What's the word for the person (or party) making a proposition? [on hold]

The word I'm after would apply in a situation where one party proposes that another do something, and the second party accepts of rejects the proposal. In this situation, the proposal is proffered by ...
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I need a word to combine three elements in any language [closed]

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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Words or phrases that describe a person who knows the answer to a problem but is not believed

I'm trying to find either a word or a phrase that describes a person who knows the answer to a problem or problems but is never believed. Or ignored. The nearest I can come up with is maybe the story ...
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a word meaning, “from hardest to easiest.”

Im looking for a word that means "in order from hardest to easiest." I could say "in ascending order, from hardest to easiest," but am wondering if that phrase is encapsulated by one word.
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What is the word for a joke which is told as real thing?

Is there any single word for a joke which is initially told by somebody as a real thing, then when person is fooled, the person disclosing the information that it's just a joke? Like April Fools' ...
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A word for something impossible or near impossible to do but fun to try

A word that describes something impossible or near impossible to do but fun to try. One example I can think of is trying to lick one's elbow. A contortionist can do it but not everyone else. We sure ...
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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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Leaving someone with lots of questions in mind

I am after a single word or maybe couple of words that we usually use to describe the situation when someone leaves us with lots of questions in our mind. For example (this is not the exact ...
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What do you call it when a spectator distracts a player. [closed]

Like when a member of the audience yells at a player so he misses his shot.
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How do you call the type of college work you do for the whole year (2 semesters)?

In Russian colleges / universities we have a type of work similar to thesis, which you do for 2 semesters, and in the end you defend it like thesis, except it's not thesis, not even bachelor's thesis. ...
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Better term for Integrate/Harmonize

Is there a word for joining a community, sort of like assimilate, but more of a positive connotation. Like leveraging a network....kind of like embed?
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Word for “someone who is fun, wild, free, spontaneous, unbound, etc.”

Use a single word to describe a girl who is fun, a little reckless, spontaneous, unbound.
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Word that means “to make look like a bad thing/force”

There is a word (I think in ends in -ize) that means “to make seem like an an evil thing or force.” For instance: The author __ the axe to foreshadow its usage in the coming tragedy. What is ...
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Words for people who are neither ancient nor contemporary [on hold]

The phrase "People in old times" sounds clunky and "ancient people" sounds remote and ambiguous. I'm looking for two terms, one for people about the age of our grandfathers or great grandfathers ...
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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 a thing called that takes measurements?

A measurer? Doesn't pronounce well A sensor? Doesn't work because there's a simple counterexample that a ruler takes measurements without being a sensor Specifically, I'm looking for a word that can ...
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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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What should you call a whooping cough or a whoop-like cough and not have it confused with the disease?

How would you tell someone that you have a whooping cough but you don't have pertussis?
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Proper term for people from eastern Asia

I once posted an article on the web in which I referred collectively to people from China, Japan, and the Koreas as "Oriental". I got an email from someone who informed me that this is an offensive ...
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What is the correct word for a group of categories, tags, and roles?

I want to create a database table that will hold all categories, tags, and user roles. I see WordPress uses "taxonomy" and "term" for this concept. Are there any other words to name it? If not, then ...
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Word for “Click or Tap”

I'm writing a game that will be deployed on both web (mouse-based environment) and Android (touch-based environment). I would like to say, "click here" (but that doesn't make sense in a touch ...
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1answer
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Mutually exclusive and collectively exhaustive

Is there a word that means "Mutually exclusive and collectively exhaustive" (as an adjective) or "to be mutually exclusive and collectively exhaustive" (as a verb), or is there a noun that describes ...
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5answers
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When someone praises me awkwardly too much, how to reply? [on hold]

When someone praises me awkwardly, as in too much, to make me happy or to get some help or something else from me, how to say "don't do that". Like, "I'll do that for you, you don't need to --- me." ...
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What do we call a person who studied humanities, e.g. at university or college?

What do we call a person who has a background in the humanities as a field of study, e.g. linguistics, comparative literature, but isn't necessarily a humanities academic? Is that correct to say a ...
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“Woman” is to “coquette” as “man” is to what?

Wiktionary reads: coquette: a woman who flirts or plays with men’s affections. Is there an English word which fits the following definition? ???: a man who flirts or plays with women’s ...
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What do you call someone who is easily influenced?

I am looking for a term with bad connotation. I am aware of the popular terms like "he/she has no personality", pliable, malleable, weak-minded but i couldn't find any more on the insulting side. It ...
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Word for a less-than-optimal positive outcome or ending?

I'm looking for a word that describes the ending our outcome of a story that is positive for the protagonist but not the most positive outcome that could have happened. For example: The protagonist ...
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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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Is there a word or a term for when a story's ending is very similar or the same as its beginning?

In the novel Perfume, by Patrick Süskind, it is notable that the main character appears in the same setting and scenario in the beginning of the novel and in the end. Is there a word for when this ...
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1answer
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Word for something added that does not improve functionality or performance

Imagine this situation: I am working on a university programming project with another classmate. We agree that I do section A, and he does section B. I finish section A early and decide to also do ...
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What do you call an asset (e.g. of a hotel) that can't be controlled or owned?

For example, for a hotel room: Assets: Beautiful italian marble floors 2 beds A 5-star rated customer service Situated in the center of Londen _____: Amazing view Usually 30 degrees celcius ...
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Single word for “irritable depression”

What is the word for someone who is in a condition of being stressed so that they are in a constant state of "the straw that broke the camel's back?" I'm looking for a specific word, not a broad ...
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A word or idiom for a car mechanic that rips you off

I'm curious if there is an English word or idiom specific for a car mechanic that rips you off. In the case of a doctor, one could use charlatan, or quack.
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Alternative for overchallenged

I'm a non-native speaker, looking for a single term to describe the quality of feeling overwhelmed with a task of work in a person. I found overchallenged on dict.cc, but when I wanted to look it up ...
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3answers
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Synonym for an evil object?

Is a there a noun that means an object that is 'evil' or is anti-life? I am looking for a word to characterize a bullet that killed an innocent person. I have found some adjectives such as heinous, ...
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What is the adjective for this kind of presentation of data?

For example, one can state Jane is a student. She is 20 years old. Jane likes swimming and reading. Jane's closest friends are Carmen, Mia and Alison. Otherwise, this can be stated as Name: ...
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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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The term for misspellings that change the meaning of a sentence? [duplicate]

I am looking for the term that describes the use of a certain word in a sentence in place of the correct one; a word that happens to look very similar to the one actually needed, but has a different ...
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What is a less strong word for “proof”?

I often make mathematical claims in some of my class. However, at this point, I recognize that anytime I attempt to "prove" something, more often than not there may be a flaw in my proof. This puts ...
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Sadness over culmination/completion

I'm just wondering if there is a word that describes the feeling of sadness I'm experiencing having solved a problem I've been working on every day for the past 10 months. It should accurately ...
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2answers
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Word for person that transports something securely

I am looking for a word (or 2 maybe) that represents a person transporting something securely. I'm looking for something more interesting than "security guard". It shouldn't be tied to him being a ...
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Word for when someone pretends to be weak, but is really strong [on hold]

What is a one-word substitute for when someone outwardly shows that he is weak, just to deceive others, but in reality he is strong? And what is a person called who performs such a trick?
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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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2answers
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Word to describe a person who knows the names of things without knowing how they work

Benjamin Franklin once said, “What signifies knowing the names, if you know not the nature of things?” I'm wondering if there is a single word to describe a person like this. E.g: ...
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Single word for lazy student

I'm looking for a single word for "lazy student". In my own language there is such a word that a teacher would use for a student who doesn't engage and doesn't care. In English, the word "slacker" is ...
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3answers
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What is the slimy fluid from the throat called?

What is the slimy fluid from the throat called? It's quite clear, not green like mucus. Especially when you're crying, the fluid from your eyes flows down to your nose and throat, and when you spit, ...
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Problem that causes progress to come to a complete halt

There are some problems that are minor and do not affect the overall operation at hand enough to stop it. For example, a broken radio is not a significant enough problem for driving a car. However, an ...
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How should I say an action or an institution is still needed and available?

I am looking for a good word or short phrase to communicate the fact that an action or an institution is needed, available, in common practice, meaningful, useful, and implemented. It should have ...
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Any alternative for 'admirer?' [on hold]

What do you call someone who is crushing on someone? A word for someone who has a romantic admiration for someone?