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A single word which refers to “a very important and irrecoverable moment”

If there is a very important and irrecoverable moment which you have to make a vital decision, what do you call that moment in a single word?
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Is there really no English equivalent to German's “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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Word for feeling one gets when someone else gets just punisment

This question asks for an idiom for someone getting what they deserve. But what about the feeling one gets when someone else gets "what they deserve"? Is there a specific word or expression for the ...
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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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Word for an inaccurate work by an artist, who ineptly misrepresented their subject?

What's a word for an inaccurate artistic representation that doesn't retain all the qualities or features of the original subject? For example: There is a painting of a king but it doesn't have the ...
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Adjectives For People Which Are Also Nouns

I am trying to come up with a list of words which could be used as an adjective to describe a person whilst also being objects. For example: Rock Spark Gem Nut Haven't managed to work out a ...
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Word that means “To move speedily, yet elegantly and effortlessly”.

ex. She gave me a delicate look from across the room, and - without hesitation - ______ed through the labyrinth of guests towards me."
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A word for realising the insignificance of human life against the scale of the universe and enjoying it

A man sits on a bench considering his woeful burden. He looks up at the stars and compares the distance from here to his house and here to the furthest visible star Deneb. Suddenly his problems seems ...
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Is there a word for the “love of one's own handwriting”?

I sometimes just want to write something because I like to see my beautiful handwriting. Is there a word for love of one's own handwriting?
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Suggest an adjective for dislike of smell

What word can be used to describe a person who doesn't eat something because they don't like it's smell. For example: My friend doesn't like the smell of papaya and says that he can't stand it's ...
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What is the cap like structure at the end of a stick?

My teacher had a wooden stick with some sort of shiny things at both it ends. When asked what it was, all he said was that those things kept the stick intact while he thrashed us students with it. I ...
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Word to describe when, where or how privacy is kept, trust is maintained, and integrity matters

Here is a list of scenarios on why honest people would need privacy and anonymity. My marketing research tells me that the word "anonymity" is too closely related to hacking, and "privacy" reminds ...
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What do you call a person who craves danger? [duplicate]

What do you call a person who craves danger? Like how a person who believes that the pursuit of pleasure is the most important thing in life is known as a hedonist.
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What is one word to describe someone who doesn't care about anything? [duplicate]

My friend says she wants me to describe her in one word and I think she does not care about anything most of the time. So I'm looking for a word that describes that.
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Word for a person who likes to argue

I recently read somewhere a single word that described a person who enjoyed an argument - in the sense of a lively debate. It may have been a word implying a positive or neutral context but I don't ...
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What is a word that describes a person who takes up a challenge

The same thing as the title. The situation is a person whose intent is against the protagonist's and is taking up a king's challenge. I'm rewriting a fairytale from a different perspective. The ...
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is there any word for simulation with effect in the real world?

I am looking for a word that would describe human to computer interaction with effect in the real world. Like flight simulation describes unreal mirror of a real flight. But in case person sitting ...
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Is there a word for congruence between a software platforms' purpose/structure and the actual experience of using it?

Is there a word for congruence between a software platforms' purpose/structure and the actual experience of using it? For example, is there a word for the congruence of the purpose, structure, ...
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Good alternatives to “key”?

Examples: Key developer, key customer. Task: Replace "key" without losing the meaning. For a developer I could use "principal" but it's possible that there is already a principal developer who isn't ...
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Word for “reporting a table”

In an article, I need to report my results in the form of a table. Also I want to show (exactly copy the same table in my article with proper citation) the corresponding table from a paper (showing ...
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A word or idiom to describe an abusive parent who wants to keep their child

I just finished watching the video game Among the Sleep and at the end At the beginning of the game, the mother seems to cling onto the child possibly in memory of the little boy's father. At the ...
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Is there a preposition that combines “to” and “from”?

I am looking for a word to use in a class name (programming). To make the example more meaningful in this community, let's say this is about language translating. Let's say there is one class that ...
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are there any terms or terminology which is used when you are awaiting for visa?

There are two terms which I made up for the phenomenon that I am awaiting visa processing. The two terms that I used to describe my state are: 'visa no-man's land' and 'visa-watch' Maybe ...
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What do we call an authority in charge of governing a village? [on hold]

We have municipality for cities, and government for the countries. What about villages?
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An alternative to using the word “Resources”?

I am stuck with a labeling issue. we have a software that allows users to publish content including release notes, product screencasts,white-papers etc. So far I have been using the label Resources ...
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General term for location or event [closed]

I thought I would try my luck here. Is there a general term that encompasses locations and/or events? For example, music festivals and towns?
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Is there an informal term for the “best company in an industry”?

I am looking for an informal term or an expression to define the best company (the more competitive and successful) within a specific industry. A similar example is the expression "killer ...
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Antonym of underage or minority

I am looking for one word (formal preferably) that defines the state or period of not being under full legal age, i.e. the opposite of what is asked in this question: Is there a word for "the ...
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Is 'destroying' an accepted sense for sex in English? [on hold]

This is serious. If you have nothing useful to say, stay away. For example, in porn titles; He Destroys Her. We are trying to write a dictionary; an English translation of our native language. ...
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Someone who gives unsolicited explanations in a condescending way

Usage in sentence: Person A: Ooh - look at that crow! Person B: Well, actually, as someone who is a scientist who studies crows, I am telling you, specifically, in science, no one calls jackdaws ...
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word for a person that flirts with everyone?

i am looking for a word to describe someone that flirts with everyone, even if they aren't attracted to that person and have no interest in carrying out anything further than flirtation?
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Noun opposite of complex, intricate

So something that is like "straightforwardness". I remember using it in essays years ago but now it's completely out of my mind and it's driving me crazy! The sentence I want to use it in is as ...
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Word for a person who brings a guest

Alice is throwing a party. She invites Bob to come to the party, and says he may bring another person with him. Bob arrives at the party accompanied by Carol. We could say Carol is Bob's guest. ...
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Adjective for a person who says every word carefully [on hold]

What is an adjective for a person who says everything very carefully, weighing the effect of each and every word? e.g. He is very "adjective" person.
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Term for “powerful, moving words”

What is a term for powerful, moving words? Rhetoric implies the opposite (“empty” rhetoric). The nominee’s speech was filled with XXX
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Word for flying, stinging/biting insects

Today an insect was flying around me and my family but I wasn't sure what type of insect it was. I could tell from the noise that the wings were making while it was flying that it was some type of bee ...
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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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Verb for “christened,” but without religious connotation?

I'm looking for a word describing the first time something is used, but I want to avoid any religious connotation - I feel that "christened" has a strong religious connotation. I'm not looking for ...
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How to talk about contamination in wort, beer, and food in general, to make it clear it's about bacteria?

Sometimes unwanted microorganisms find a way to food, and start to ferment it. Common term for this is "infection", but some people argue it is invalid, because, well, food isn't alive. Other term for ...
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What is the term for discriminating against someone for something they're not?

If person A is not gay, but person B calls person A gay while knowing that person A isn't gay, what is this type of discrimination called? I used to call it "pseudodiscrimination", but I'm not sure ...
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What is the term describing someone who has interest in only a narrow field, and nothing else?

There are some people who have interests in only some narrow field, and are not interested in anything else: physicians who heal only ears, and for whom the stomach doesn't matter clerks who know ...
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Word for saying negative things in a cheerful manner?

E.g. Someone says "You smell bad!" but in a cheerful/positive tone, usually for being funny or sarcastic. The exact words are negative, it's just the body gesture/facial expression/tone being ...
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Tedious/unskilled mental work

Can one used the word manual work to define a process of a nonphysical work, where there is no need of skills, it is monotonic and there is a lack of automatization? For example: Someone creates ...
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Avoiding alliteration in 'respective perspectives' - how?

I've got a sentence here I cant get working: Direct and in-depth discussion with the providers followed, this was done concurrently with X with Y providing a parallel analysis, inspired by our ...
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modern English kennings

What are some other kennings in any of the major dialects of Modern Standard English? Here are a few examples in use in American English that I offer for starters: rug-rat rice-rocket eye-candy ...
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What is a one syllable word for “could not”? [on hold]

I am writing a poem and I need a word meaning "could not" that is only one syllable to be able to fit into the rhythm. I need it to be in past tense also. I need it to replace "couldn't" in this line ...
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Word that means “didn't consider the consequences” [on hold]

Title. I'm looking for a word or expression that means that someone didn't think about the consequences of an action but still executed said action.
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Is there a word that means the bad events?

I'm trying to find a word that simply means the bad events (that take place in a story). For example, I'm trying to use it in this way: Kino, as a male, has the role as being the scandalous ...
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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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Term for a snort that is almost a laugh

Is there a term for a snort that is almost a laugh (as would occur when looking at a meme in a public space or any situation where something is humorous but it is not acceptable to outright laugh)?