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What's it called when two people can't decide which way to go? [duplicate]

This phenomenon happens to me several times a week and I've actually just recently started pondering if this situation has a defined term for it? When two people walk towards each other in opposite ...
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Word for obscuring bad or immoral acts with grammar

I have been in many scenarios where people try to obscure/reduce the intensity of a seemingly bad or immoral act using grammar. E.g. Assuming Thomas killed a dog, you could hear something like: ...
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Single word meaning a statement which is proving itself wrong

Eg. Saline water does not contain salt. So it is a __ statement. What is the word that should fill in the blank? This statement is clearly making itself wrong in its later part. What should it ...
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What's a word/phrase to describe a personality with seemingly random or disconnected interests? [on hold]

I'm looking for a word that describes a person's personality. That person has many seemingly disconnected interests from the point of view of most onlookers, but to that individual he/she is able to ...
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What is the word for someone who doesn't appreciate their culture/heritage? [on hold]

I met a person the other day who was overly critical about her culture/heritage when she described it. Is there a word to describe such a person or behaviour?
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The activity of being a roadie

I need a word to reflect participating in the job of a roadie. In the same way that you would describe activities as selling, painting, driving, is there such a word as roadieing? (I feel dirty ...
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What do you call those “gifts” that are passed in a family from generation to generation?

Example: Grandma left me her ring as a [...] I thought of the word souvenir but I think it's more commonly used to refer to something that you buy in a gift shop.
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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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What do you call a person who refuses the love of another?

In terms of courtly love, you have: The lover (person in love) The beloved (object of the lover's affection) The courtier (the pursuer of the beloved; alt. term for a lover) The lover or courtier ...
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What would you call a person who shares every thought they have? [on hold]

What would you call a person who thinks they know everything and decides to share every little fact they can think of? For example, if a teacher or professor says something and a student decides to ...
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Is there a word for a combination of utopia and dystopia?

There are a number of works that depict an ostensibly utopian society which has elements of or is arguably a dystopia (such as Huxley's Brave New World or what Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four's Airstrip ...
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What do you call unclean water that you can't see through?

What do you call unclean water that you can't see through? Probably contaminated with dirt, prolonged stagnation or mineral erosion, almost pale brown, like stagnated water on a rainy day.
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The stages of history

Is there a word or short phrase that encompasses the three main stages of Western history: ancient, medieval, and then modern?
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Word or Phrase for the beginning or end of an event or period of time?

I'm looking for a single word to indicate a point in time which is either the beginning or end of an event. Edit, for a better example: A bell rings at the start a round of boxing. A bell rings at ...
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Terminology for fake photograph

I think there is a good chance that a new word or phrase has been coined to mean fake photograph. Is there a single word to express it?
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Idiom or word for a very crowded place

There is a popular idiom in Russian for describing a really crowded place: "(there's) no room for an apple to fall" ("яблоку негде упасть"). I struggle to think of anything similar in English, and ...
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What is this part of a bow tie called?

What is the part of a bow tie marked in the picture called?
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What is the name of this structure at kids playground?

We can usually find this structure at kids playgrounds. I want to know what it's called. I've searched online but couldn't figure it out but fortunately found the image below.
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What is the Tacoma Narrows bridge doing in this picture?

When the plate of the bridge assumes the unnatural shape showed in the below picture, what is this phenomenon called? Contortion (example: the bridge was contorting ...). I'm not so sure, as I think ...
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How to refer on the property of a line which has a sudden change in its direction?

There is sudden (sharp, this means, it's not differentiable at that point) change in the gradient of a line: What is the proper way to refer to it, to not sound too mathematical. For example, "this ...
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Is there a word for “making someone notice you”?

The other day, I was in my car, waiting for a traffic light behind a pedestrian crossing. A friend of mine crossed the street right in front of me. For some reason, I didn't try to get his ...
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More General term for “appliance operator”

In the HAM radio community the term "appliance operator" is used to describe people who use radio equipment but don't understand how the equipment works. In IT these people are disparagingly called ...
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Is there a word meaning “my child's spouse's parents”?

If I am introducing someone to my daughter's husband's parents can I say "Hi, I'd like to you meet my ___". In-laws would not work here because they are my child's in-laws not my own. Is there a word ...
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What is the “ponytail” in a knight's helmet called?

Does the ponytail thing in a knight's helmet have its own name? Or are they just called ponytails?
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What is the opposite of mass-transit? [on hold]

I've googled it but the antonym of mass-transit (or public transportation) are not amongst the hits I've got. I can explain the meaning using a sentence but I'd like the correct term, a noun if ...
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What adjective do you use to describe a curve that's very curved?"

Example: There weren’t many curves, but those that appeared were so [...] I thought I would fly out of them any time. I thought of sharp and closed but they sound weird to me for some reason. ...
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Is there a single word version of “large body of water”?

I am in need of a more concise word than "large body of water", something that can be used to describe a sea, ocean, gulf, etc. - is there such a word? The particular usage I am looking for is to ...
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Word for what you call yourself

What words or phrases would you use to introduce someone by a nickname they've chosen? Say I want to introduce Dr. Samuels (who introduces herself as Susie-Q) to Dr. Smith. I can't call my superior ...
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What is a single word for people personally close to a King?

What is a single word for the people who are part of the inner circle of a king? It is in the following context from the Quran: Moses was sent to Pharaoh and threw down his staff which became a ...
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Word meaning “to walk clumsily among many obstacles”?

Example: I kept [...] among the ocean of trees. I thought of striding but I think it doesn't imply that there are obstacles. What's a better choice?
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Is there one term for grammar, punctuation and spelling?

I"d like to find one term which unites three parts of writing: grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Could orthography or proofreading be used to describe this?
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What is a note in small print before a drop-cap called [on hold]

In this sample from 1776 of Philosophical Transactions via JStor, there is a note in small print set in front of the the large initial starting the article. To make it more clear: It is the phrase ...
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Differences among 'abundant' 'sufficient' and 'enough'?

In the case I want to say there is a lot of things available and implies 'the more the better', which word should I use?
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What is the word for the response to a ping

Someone may say, "I'll ping him and see if I can get a response." If I want to ask if the ping was successful, how can I refer to the response? Is there a more clever way than "Did your ping get a ...
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What do we call the GUI “box” which groups elements together?

What's the English (non-technical) word we use to refer to a GUI "box" which groups different elements together? For example, we can see a Performance "box" in this image: What's an alternative ...
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How to refer to those fully-equipped houses people let to university students?

I have a friend who rents in an one-story house. Just your common house: there's a living room, a kitchen, and three rooms (all of them occupied by university students). It something like this from ...
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A single word which means to start a company or business

What is the single word which means to start a company or business?
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What is a word meaning “has always been happening” up to the current point time?

I have an active event that may or may not have declared beginning or ending dates. When there is no ending date set, I'm using "ongoing" to indicate that this event will continue for the foreseeable ...
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Single word which means “to move on”

I need one word that means "to move on" as in from a traumatic experience or otherwise emotionally affecting event. For example: He moved on after the divorce. The soldier was never able to move ...
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Meaning of the word “findings”? [closed]

I need to find a word to define the products you see in the capture. The best match I've found is findings. Is this word the correct one? Is there a better word for these products?
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Someone who is a combo of a liar, an exaggerater, and have a tendency to construct stories [duplicate]

Is there a term for such a person? Background: Someone who is a pathological liar, an overt exaggerator. He would want to have center stage, makes up stories to capture people's interest, and ...
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Person who mocks others for mistakes instead of helping?

Imagine a person who warns you not to walk in a particular direction as there is a pit/hole, but you continued anyway and fell into that hole. The person then comes to you and instead of helping you ...
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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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What do you call a novel that is mostly made up of non-fictional stories?

Say you have an author who has a lot of random personal stories from their life, all interesting, but don't stand on their own to be an interesting, single story. The author decides, "why not combine ...
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What do you call those fenced grassy areas that people own in the countryside?

Example: I thought of fenced plot or land lot, but I'm not sure. They are usually used for farming or raising livestock, but sometimes for nothing at all.
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1920's terms for parents/children

What would young children (aged around 5-ish) have called their parents circa 1920's England? Were there specific terms of endearment, or would it just be "mother" and "father"? I'm particularly ...
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Does a thesaurus of comparative adverbs or comparative adjectives exist? Needing a replacement for “more successful”

I want a word but I don't want to have to use "more successful". I don't consider successfuler a suitable attempt in the context I want to use it in either. I think this is called a comparative ...
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Is the word “radial” in proper usage if I want to describe a star-like structure?

I want to describe a star-like structure as shown in the following figure. In the figure, the center object is surrounded by a number of other objects, and there are rays pointing from the center ...
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What is the proper name for the corkscrew at the top of a soda bottle?

At the top of a bottle of pop, there is a corkscrew pattern into which the plastic cap is twisted, tightened and sealed. What is the name of this feature of the bottle?
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A word that refers to a “half-smile”?

I need a word to describe something like this: Disclaimer: I'm not a Smallville fan. A half-smile or a sappy smile. Any suggestions?