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What's a word for something that you have to do, even if you don't want to

I want a word for something that you gotta do (mainly because society or family is expecting you to), even though you don't want to take part in doing it. But you still do it. In other way of putting ...
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What word best describes wronging someone who you had previously done positive things towards?

I am looking for a word which can be used to describe the situation where someone has previously done good deeds towards another and then subsequently wrongs them in some way. This is NOT betrayal. ...
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What's this type of elision called?

There's a usage where the word introducing a restrictive clause is dropped. Some examples: Nothing but champagne, now that I'm the boss. becomes: Nothing but champagne, now I'm the boss. and: ...
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If a ship sinks, what does an airship do?

We were having a discussion at work about airships (zeppelins, blimps, etc.) and someone spoke about them sinking when they crash. Someone else said they can't sink because it's not descending through ...
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Help me find the right word for “variants” of a product

I'm writing an inventory management application that distinguishes between a product (eg. Coca Cola) and its different "variants" you can buy (eg. 330 ml can, 500 ml bottle etc.). What is the proper ...
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An adjective for someone who only does righteous things when they have to?

They don't do it because they want to, but only when no one else can or are able to. They only do it because they have to, because they're told to. What adjective would describe this type of person?
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Word to describe a company's brand, products and services

I'm trying to find a word or phrase that sums up a company's brand, products and services. I'm thinking something along the lines of "company initiatives," but that doesn't seem to sum up the three.
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Word for “dark” with positive connotation

What word in English would convey a lack of light in a positive manner? I am specifically wondering what the Empire would have called "the dark side of the Force" if the Star Wars story were told ...
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What term describes “the degree to which peers can loan each other money”?

I want to make a distinction between two groups of people: Group A has the liquidity and borrowing power. Group B has minimal liquidity and borrowing power. The term "credit rating" implies it's ...
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A word or phrase that means to swallow people

ln some parts of the world, violent earthquakes sometimes make the ground open up and swallow people. My question is: is there a word or phrase to describe this appalling scene?
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How to describe the “waiting time” as someone else has yet to finish the dependent task?

I cannot start my next task until the other person completes his task. I need a good word to publish this to senior management.
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Alternative to 'dirty minded?'

For example, an aunt saw you come out of a room with another guy. The first thing the comes to her mind is you are having sex with the guy. What words would you use to describe her?
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Is there an idiom or typical expression for an unfunny joke?

Could you tell me suitable idioms to express this situation; A guy told you a joke, but it's not funny at all. In Japanese, we say "He slipped." or "His joke was so cold that the air got ...
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Word for “repeat giver” or “repeat giving”?

My clergyman asked me whether there exists a single word for a person or thing "that keeps on giving," that is, gives over and over again. I couldn't come up with such a word, but I volunteered the ...
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Antoymn for slowcoach?

Hurry up and get ready for school. Don't be a slowcoach! Be a ______ ! What fits in the _____ ? Hopefully something other than fastcoach! I found some old discussion but nothing there seem to ...
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Is there an English verb for “self-instilling”? [on hold]

I was wondering if there is an English verb for describing something similar to "self-instilling": to gradually implant an idea in your mind (which might not be necessary true) by keep believing in it....
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More Largeness is Larger, More Smallness is Smaller, More “Medium-ness” is?

Another single word choice here; this one is along the lines of magnitude, e.g., good, better, best. In this case, I'm describing more largeness as "larger," and more smallness as "smaller." The ...
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A word for someone asking too many questions..?

I'm typing an email, well my 3rd to the same person, where I've been asking one question after another instead of putting all of them in a single email. I'm very much entitled to ask questions and the ...
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one word for the person who gives away his own award to another person

I am stuck with the one word which describes who is generous enough to give away his own award to another person.Please help!
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Is there a single word for date of death?

Since we have a single word like birthday, is there a corresponding term for the date of someone’s death?
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The best word to describe “not easy to fall”

Based on my research, I have several options (all of them come with problem). Stable (I don't want to have 'resist to change' meaning) Firm (I don't want to have 'resist to change' & 'standing ...
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2answers
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A simple word or phrase that describes a non-conflict “day in the life” story introduction

I tell my students that I want their stories to start out as normal "day in the life" explorations of the world they're writing about. I'd like to find a better way of saying that. I'm not looking for ...
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6answers
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Word to describe when a person is interrupted by a trivial correction, distracting from the point? [on hold]

Is there a word for a "technically accurate correction, but one that nobody needed. Something that causes a digression, which may or may not have been an attempt to diminish the original point by ...
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2answers
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'Citizen' is to 'citizenry' as 'subject' is to …? [on hold]

What is the word for subjects (of a monarch or ruler) when regarded as a single entity? E.g. "The role of the citizenry in civic life" E.g. "The howl of the _____ under oppression" Edit To my ...
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4answers
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What is a word for someone whose emotions are not hurt easily? [duplicate]

What is a word for someone whose emotions are not hurt easily? I'm looking for something more specific than 'robust' and 'stable'.
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What would you call a “sheath” for a spherical object?

I was looking for a word to describe a sort of cloth sheath you could use to store a boule de pétanque. I found myself in the strange position of knowing the appropriate word in French (housse) and in ...
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1answer
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Word or phrase for “incorrectly or underutilized tool or concept”

I am looking for a word or phrase to describe a situation where a tool or concept is being used incorrectly or underutilized. One example would be using a screwdriver as a hammer. Another example ...
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1answer
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A word for people who misjudge someone's ability before the competition begins? [on hold]

There's a word that's used a lot when someone judges the competition as ‘no challenge’, ‘no competition’, or ‘no threat’ and mistreats them, but then later regrets it. Is there a word that conveys ...
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One word for “tedious” and “intellectually challenging”

I am looking for a single word that implies that something was tedious to do, but was also intellectually challenging. For example, filling out legal forms may be quite tedious, but perhaps it can be ...
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3answers
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Which verb describes the movement of a flag or clothes on clothes line?

Which verb describes the movement of a flag or clothes on clothes line? The wind moves a flag or clothes,but what is the proper word for this movement?
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What do you call a person who shares a lot of information/files?

What do you call a person who shares a lot of information or files such as: pictures, videos, music, fun things, and so on?
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3answers
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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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2answers
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A word for the level of disagreement/complaining that is socially acceptable?

Say you are on a committee and you disagree with almost everything that the committee does. There is a certain level of dissent that you can get away with before people begin to ignore you and it ...
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3answers
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What do you call it when you make a baby laugh? [on hold]

What do you call it when you talk or make funny sounds to a baby to make it laugh or giggle?
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What is the word for a person who never listens to other people's opinions and ideas?

There is one person I know who never accepts other people's opinions and ideas, even if those opinions and ideas are worthwhile. What single word might describe such an attitude?
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1answer
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English equivalent of the French “trompe-oreilles”?

The following is the translation of the French definition of trompe-oreilles as it appears on the Wikipedia page: A trompe-oreilles is a valid sentence that, when spoken out loud, gives the ...
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Single word for “mixed metaphor”

Mixed metaphors are usually speech mistakes by people, and are very amusing. Here are a few examples.Is there a single word for denoting mixed metaphors?
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Is there a way to express “knowing just enough to be dangerous” succintly?

Every sector has them: the employee who has had very little formal training about a certain program, device or concept, but has done research into it himself and figured out just enough to have a ...
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3answers
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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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3answers
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Statement that is a mix of sarcasm & to make someone happy

I'm searching for this word but I can't think of it. It describes when you say something you don't believe in but know it's what the other person wants to hear. Such as: "I wish you the best of ...
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A word to describe someone who is oblivious to the atmosphere in a group conversation

There is a Japanese phrase "Kuuki yomenai", which literally translates to "Can't read the air", and can be used to describe someone who doesn't get social cues or is unaware of other people's moods &...
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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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2answers
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Word/ adjective to describe a language that is only used by a particular group (residing outside of their native country)

Just some background for my question. In China they have a lot of dialects, with Mandarin as the unifying language (it was based on the Beijing dialect) in 1911. Some of these Chinese have migrated ...
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Is there a word for those random spots/patterns you see when you enter your home after playing outside on a sunny day?

I am not sure how many of you have experienced this but coming from a very hot region (South India), I have experienced this numerous times. Especially when I enter my home after spending long ...
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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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5answers
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Word for someone that doesn't like to pause while talking

I come across this quite a bit and it manifests itself in different ways. The situation I encounter the most is from people who don't seem to want to be interrupted, they need to finish getting ...
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What's a word for “a person who strives to be unique”? [on hold]

English buddies! I've got presque vu today. I'm looking for an adjective or noun that connotes: A risk-taking individual A unique individual An individual who isn't content with following in the ...
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Is there a technical name, grammatically, for the use of “it” in a non-specific way?

A year or more ago, someone on this website used a word which I cannot now recall. He or she used the word to describe how the word it is often used in a non-specific way and with no clear referent. ...
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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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What word describes both survivors and decedents together?

In statistics, specifically survival analysis, one often talks about the number of survivors and decedents in a cohort. What would be an appropriate word to describe the two groups?