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What do we call a non-technical person?

I'm writing some text for the website of my hosting company and I simply cannot figure this one out. I currently have the following sentence: We provide reliable hosting for creative ...
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Suitable English word for “Ghairat”

What is a word for a male being Conscious/Emotional about his family's chastity (his women in particular)? I have tried to find a lot, but no single word was suitable enough to translate it. Is there ...
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A question about the word “agnate.”

An "agnate" (Used both as a noun and adjective) is a person descended from the same male ancestor as another, through the male line. A "paternal kinsman" is also a way of defining "agnate." ...
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A word for an explosion of emotion

When I was reading P.S Your Cat is Dead by James Kirkwood, I remember stumbling upon a single word that meant an explosion of positive emotion, but I can't recall what that word was. The word had a ...
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Is “actioned” a valid word?

I've just, without much fore thought, used the word "actioned" in the following (example) context, and am now wondering if it's valid (upon a re-read I've decided I don't like the way it sounds, hence ...
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What do you call the intersection of a rectangle and a circle?

The intersection of two rectangles is called a corner, but is there a word for the intersection of a rectangle and a circle? Is it still a corner? This picture I made probably explains it better: ...
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Single word for a self-confessed traveler who constantly talks about his travels regardless of the audience interest, circumstance or relevence?

What would be a good single word for a self-confessed traveler who constantly talks about his travels, rattling off place names ("Oh that one time in Timbaktu....", "Thank you for the coffee! Speaking ...
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A word which means “military-like” or “authoritative looking”

I ran into a word recently that I never knew existed and now it is killing me that I forgot what it was. It was a word that described what someone is wearing that looks like it is military, or of ...
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Word for a particular “weird-looking” pose in a photograph?

By weird-looking I mean something like this, a facial expression that people often use when being photographed: I checked Thesaurus, but the words--freaky, funky, kooky--don't seem to have the ...
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What's a word that describes an intent (only action)

For example a person says "I want to call", but he doesn't mention the person he is going to call. So his intent is to call, but it's missing because an entity is missing (the person name/the number). ...
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Word meaning “to make more accurate”?

I'm looking for a single-word verb that means "to make more accurate". The OED lists a word that might work, but the context is sort of restricted to an (in my opinion unfairly) small situation-set. ...
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Idiom for doing “space age” stuff instead of what is necessary

What is a good way to call someone out who prefers doing the new, cool, and shiny thing over doing what is really necessary?
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1answer
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Being right about something you are not educated enough to comment on regardless

The word I seek describes a person who is right, but doesn't know why. It's an amazing word to use in scenario's where people win favor by stating an otherwise known truth for crowd validation, but ...
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1answer
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Negative and insulting [duplicate]

What do you call someone who is constantly negative, cynical about the world around him and can't help but nitpick and find a way to insult everyone around him?
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A word that means 'someone who always immediately cleans up after eating, keeps their room tidy…"

... when they see people in need, they help. People who feel the need to do certain things like these. Edit: I'm not looking for a word describing someone compulsively neat, but someone who has a ...
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When someone accuses you of wrong doing after you had accused them of something what do you call that or them?

When someone accuses you of wrong doing after you had accused them of something, what do you call that or them?
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Negative-connotation word for someone who is straight-edge?

What is a word for someone who doesn't party, doesn't do drugs, doesn't drink, doesn't have sex, etc. Preferrably with more of a negative connotation. Edit: I'm looking to use this in a ...
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4answers
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“I'm my own grandpa” – is there a word for this?

I was listening to a Chad Morgan record today, on which his cover of the song I'm my own grandpa features as the first track. The lyrics of the song describe a bizzare, but plausible scenario, in ...
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3answers
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Adjective for something that is medium-lived

I am looking for an adjective that can be used to describe something that is somewhere between ephemeral, transient or temporary and persistent, permanent or continual in length of time. That is, I ...
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2answers
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A word for someone who shows great interest/love for something that they know very little about

I'm searching for such a word so I can use it for myself. I'm still young and I sadly have numerous passions for many things but sometimes find myself at a loss, for I know very little in the subject, ...
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Appropriate word for internet name of a person

What is the appropriate word or phrase which means the internet name of a person. I mean the nickname that a person uses in almost all places on the internet like blog, IRC, forums, mailing lists etc. ...
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Word for “a deep study”

In the past few years I've started to do personal studies on different topics ranging all parts of life. They range in length from a week to a few months, on and off, but focus on understanding a ...
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Single Word Request for an adjective to replace my use of the word “gay” to describe [on hold]

Single word request for an adjective to describe the disdain and contempt I feel toward someone else's cringe-inducing, affected, precious and pretentious behavior. I currently say that behaviour is ...
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What comes after “octuplet”?

After singletons, twins, triplets, quadruplets, quintuplets, sextuplets, septuplets, and octuplets, what comes next?
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What to call this person? [on hold]

Someone you love who has only hurt you. Never returned the same love. Even when she knows how much you love her. Not infidel or disloyal but something which also keeps the essence of love like you ...
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What is a word for a person being “crossways”?

In my native language Swedish we say that a person is "tvär" if he is diffcult to agree with. It literally means "blocker" i.e. tvär would mean "på tvären" (on the crossway) that means that the person ...
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Passive voice >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> [on hold]

I have heard her sing this song several times => She has been heard to sing this song several times or other answer. Plz, help me
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Whats a word that means a name of some one you don't want to say in vain? [on hold]

I need a word that describes a person who can't stand that other particular person so much that they won't say their name even when they're talking about them. Example:I'm feeling very ________about ...
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2answers
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A word for “people who were born on the same day from different mothers”

What could be a word for people who are born on the same day but are not siblings? I am creating a website and matching my college students who were born on same day. I need an appropriate or the ...
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Term for self-serving behavior disguised as altruism? [duplicate]

Once when I was having a hard time a guy said to me, "I'm sorry you're having a hard time, I'll pray for you," in a way that made it clear that he was glad I was having a hard time because it gave him ...
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One word for playing on the violin with a bow

When one is playing on the guitar, one is strumming. One can strum on the strings of a violin too. But most of the time, one uses a bow to play on the violin. Is there a single word for that?
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Name for someone who believes that sciences is more than just descriptive

Some people believe that science can answer the 'why?' rather than just 'how can I visualize/model/interpret this?'. It's the attribution of a 'super natural' quality to science as is currently quite ...
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1answer
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What is it called when you lose a tooth but still have most remaining ones?

I know the word toothless means, according to Google: having no teeth, typically through old age. I'm wondering if a kid or an adult loses one or two teeth is also called toothless. As I ...
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word that means: causing a paradigm shift, new era, revolution

I can't think of the word and it's driving me nuts. I'm looking for a word that can be used when some technology is discovered, way of thinking, or even event happening that causes a big change in ...
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A word or a phrase that encompasses TV shows and movies [duplicate]

I want to think my friend for always providing me with quality TV shows and movies. In my native language there is a single word that describes both of those things. What is the English word or ...
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What word means people who blindly follow the routine? [on hold]

What’s the word for people who act mindlessly, accepting and following the routine they have been told to follow by either society or government or something?
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1answer
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A word referring to someone to says/tells something/to someone? A problem with ambiguity

Sorry if this has been asked, because i don't seem to be able to search for it due to its common words. I'm having problems coming up with a word for "someone who says or tells something to someone". ...
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2answers
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Word/term meaning “conversion from one dialect to another”?

Is there a word in linguistics that means conversion from one dialect to another dialect? In most sources in which I've looked¹, the word "translation" only means conversion of one language to ...
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7answers
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What is a good word I can use for the talking I do with myself in my mind?

'Monologue' seems like a close fit, but I think more people associate it with one-sided conversation. Correct me if I'm wrong. 'Soliloquy' seems to be only concerned with plays and dramas. Can I use ...
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Word for Majboor - A person who is forced to do something because of the circumstances.

We use "majboor" in Hindi to describe such a person. Google says that "helpless" means unable to defend oneself or to act without help. Is that the word for the same or there is something else?
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Looking for a word like “eulogy”, but for a person that has not died?

I was thinking of words like the "background" of a person? Their overall qualities summarised into a short form. Eulogy might be a bad example, as it implies praise. A word meaning "a summary of ...
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3answers
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Is there a single word (or expression) used to describe a person who only does their job when the boss/manager is watching?

"Quick the boss is coming, we need to look busy" Is there a single word (or expression) to describe a person who only does their job while someone (the boss/manager) is watching, but who does ...
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Any slang word for “debt-collector”?( specially among gangsters & criminals!)

According to dictionaries, A collection agency, also known as a debt collector, is a business that pursues payments of debts owed by individuals or businesses. But I have seen in movies that criminal ...
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1answer
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Person Takes Certain Advice

What do you call a person who only takes advice which agrees with what they initially want? For instance, John Doe needs to lose some weight to get healthy, but loves sweets so you advise John on ...
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1answer
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Single word for Time off in lieu

Is there any single word describing Time off in lieu ? This is to add section in our employee portal to users to add Time in lieu they did and time off they took.
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Is there a single word for describing a person as unbiased in self judgement?

An example sentence might read something like: Tom was a [unbiased self judge] and thusly suitable for the task. or Barbara's [lack of bias in self judgement] convinced her the pink ...
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5answers
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An adjective that would subtly imply that the criticism is not a personal grudge

I have expressed disapproval of sb/sth and my professor has escalated the issue to the management stating behavioral issues. I am writing a letter explaining what went wrong. I want to state that ...
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2answers
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Whats the word for the supposed content of an inventory?

Assume I have a stock of sorts and I have a list of stuff that is supposed to be in there. The sentence I have in mind is: compare the actual with the [nominal inventory] The words in brackets ...
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What's the literary term for an instruction to the reader at the beginning or end of a book?

Books and other texts can have a motto at the beginning (or at the end), or a dedication. But they sometimes include a command, directive or instruction to the reader as prologue or epilogue. It could ...
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Word to describe “everyday things”

Is there any one word which can describe everyday things? By this, I mean things we commonly regard as things most people do every day, like taking a shower, brushing your teeth, getting dressed, ...