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Is there a word for person who is obsessed with scores

Is there a word for a person who is very eager to earn points or scores? Not only in some academic field but everywhere, like sports or even if they join Stack Exchange, they start concentrating on ...
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What single noun denotes a person who is interested in something?

'Follower', 'disciple' and so on sound too strong. I want to describe a person with a more casual interest in something. Perhaps similar to what 'amateur' used to mean, before it picked up the sense ...
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What's the term for not specifying race or gender when it is the majority?

In one of my English literature courses, my professor talked about how minority writers are often "marked" by a qualifier, while majority writers are unmarked. For example, Langston Hughes is often ...
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Word Request: A word that would describe how seconds (or other unit) relate to minutes (or other unit)

For example, if I had the sentence: A minutes ______ are seconds. What word would work here? It would also fit in the sentences below. A byte's _____ are bits. A byte is split up by eight ______ ...
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Term for how long employees stay within a company

What is the term to describe how long a given employee remains at a company? For instance, if I wanted to use it in a sentence: The ______ of Software Engineers in Seattle, WA is about two years. ...
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Verb for adding to inventory

What verb can I use for, for example when a real estate agent goes to a house and adds that real estate to his inventory with noting some specs, address etc.
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The state of being a vagabond

I'm looking for an English word that describes the state of being a vagabond, and can be used in a sentence like this: "My only goal is vagabond-age" (to coin a word). More details: I'm trying ...
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Is there a word or expression for when someone passionately wants something, and then discovers afterwards that it's different from how he imagined?

Is there a word or expression to describe when someone passionately wants something, eventually gets it, and then discovers that it isn't what he thought it was? For example, suppose that John is a ...
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What do you call someone who is addicted to a Q&A website?

I was looking for a term for someone who is addicted to a Q&A website but I came up with general terms like nethead, cybernaut, netizen, internet addict etc. You can think of adjectives like ...
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which adjective should i use for family of someone

I want to write a happy new year letter for someone(not very close, business partner) what adjective should i use in regard to his family for example : Dear Family , respectful family , beloved family ...
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What are the treads on the side of the highway called?

On the sides of most highways (in the U.S. at least), there are rough treads just outside the travel lanes to snap a driver to attention if the vehicle is drifting off the road. Is there a name for ...
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Word to describe “legal ability to advertise”

I'm looking for a single word that describes a "legal ability to advertise" ("... to publish" and "... to communicate" are viable options too). I would like to use it in the following sentence: ...
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Word for Inability to Write

When school's off for more than three or four days, I usually don't write much (I prefer to type at home!) and so when I come back and hold my pen[cil], my fingers refuse to move like they normally ...
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A term for someone who distributes flyers

I am looking for a single word to describe someone who distributes flyers. Distributor doesn't seem right, part-timer may not be true, labourer is too generic. Is there a job title for such a role?
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The wicked female monster!

According to Online Etymology Dictionary, the "mare" in nightmare means an evil female spirit/monster that affects sleepers during the night. Very interesting. Are there other words in English ...
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A word for someone who links subjects together?

I'm pretty sure there is an adjective for this. I keep thinking along the lines of 'interdisciplinary' and 'multidisciplinary', but 'multidisciplinary' to me seems to imply being good at many subjects ...
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A word for 'scared' in this context

My cousin is really bad at math. Whenever she looks at a math book, she runs away. She is 'scared' of math. I know this is not the correct word to use. Can someone please give me a word that means ...
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What's the opposite of “precede”?

In the particular context that I'm in, I was writing about several lines of programming. For simplicity, let's call them: line a line b First, I described line a. Great. Then I wanted to write ...
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What adjective describes following a clockwise direction?

Or anti-clockwise direction. I want to contrast the difference between the order in which the Japanese say the cardinal directions, compared to the order Western countries say them. They say 'east ...
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Climactic act of reaching one's limit and turning to the sky/God/universe for answers

I'm looking for a word to describe the dramatic moment when, after being pushed to the limit, someone drops to their knees and turns to the sky/God/universe. In other words, this is the moment when ...
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A word for the act of locally improving the situation in a stagnant environment

I'm trying to find a word to describe, given a stagnant (i.e. not improving) environment, the phenomenon of improving the local situation as much as possible, possibly even up to a fixed upper limit ...
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Word to describe ideology of unfettered belief in rational self-interest

I'm looking for a word that captures the ideology of believing everything can be traced back to rational self-interest. I know that this is a form of weak altruism, and that many ideas of economic ...
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A word for an Irish-phile, a person who is fond of Irish or Celtic culture

For example, francophilia describes fondness for French culture, language, etc. and an anglophile is a person who is similarly fond of British culture. Is there an analogous word to describe a person ...
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Opposite of “trendy” without a negative meaning

I am looking for an opposite to the word trendy without giving a meaning that those who adopted the trend are old-fashioned in hindsight. For example, Service Oriented Architecture is the trend as ...
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Is there a word for “types of nouns”?

I know "parts of speech" is used to mean nouns, adjectives, verbs, etc., but is there a word or phrase for "types of nouns" that would include subject, direct object, indirect object, etc.?
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Is there a word for “to make humble” with a positive connotation?

The word "humiliate" carries very negative connotations; is there a verb for "making someone humble" or "giving someone humility" in a positive way? For instance, "Having children of my own ...
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What's the word for two people who like/love each other but neither one confesses it?

Two people like each other or are in love but neither one has expressed it openly, so they each wonder about the other and consequently frustrations might begin to build... What's that called? EDIT: ...
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A word for “look down on” [on hold]

I have a friend who is a teacher but she looks down on her job. She finds it of little value. Is there a single word to describe her feelings for her occupation?
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A word for extreme care, attention, dedication towards words or a language

I'm looking for a word or a phrase which suggests the treatment of words or a language with extreme care, attention, and devotion -- like on StackExchange for example. I thought of pamper e.g. words ...
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Noun for the desire to sleep?

I have had this thought on many sleepless nights: is there a word specifically for the desire to go to sleep? Not in the sense of being sleepy or tired, but actively wanting to become asleep. If a ...
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Adjective describing a person who does work to get it done

I have a friend who always goes on that I have a bad work ethic, though I am not lazy. At the same time, he says he has a good work ethic, but is lazy. The definition of having a good work ethic is ...
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What's a word or phrase to describe literature that builds upon topics discussed earlier?

If I were teaching a class, how do I say that the topics currently being discussed build upon the topics that were discussed in earlier classes? I'm looking for colloquialisms but if you know about ...
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Can we use “dynamism” as a noun for describing the amount of change and changeability?

According to dictionaries, one of the meanings of the word dynamic is: a system with continuous change http://www.thefreedictionary.com/dynamic http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dynamic ...
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Single word for “Young of an animal”

In a conversation today I needed a word for "Young of an animal". Not animal-specific like "puppy" or "kitten". The conversation went like this: Me: 2 kittens to be precise! Person: Kittens are ...
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What do you do when you move under a low barrier?

Do you duck under it, crouch under it, or is there a better term? This lower position is held only for a very brief moment, so you don't duck under it and remain crouched. The focus is on the quick ...
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Word describing a person's momentary pleasure, but overall discord

I once read an article that used a single word to describe a frame of mind in which a person experiences momentary pleasure amidst overall discord; or perhaps the word was describing the opposite: A ...
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A word for weariness after travelling?

Is there a word meaning something along the lines of weary, haggard or generally not at one's best after a long journey? Something like travel-worn, but better? As a compelling motivating example, I ...
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Word for “the people who lose in a battlefield”?

Example: The dog carcasses were scattered everywhere. They looked like the [...] of a battlefield. The closest word I can think of is "loser" but I think it doesn't quite make it. Any ...
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Is there a word for “about to be mentioned”?

I'm curious whether there is a word for it or not. For example: "The problems that will be mentioned are going to be analyzed..." And: "The xxx problems are going to be analyzed".
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Word for annoying travel

If I'm traveling and enjoying it, I might be on a vacation, trip, adventure, or excursion. But what if the journey is difficult, annoying, and altogether unpleasant? I'm thinking of trek, but that ...
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A word to describe if some is in my team or is a contribution

I work on a webapp where the users make forecast of people. They have to inform for each person with forecast if it's a "TEAM MEMBER" (i. e. the user is the manager of the resource) or a ...
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Different way to refer to a 'lowercase' letter?

I am looking for a different word to refer to 'lowercase' or 'small' letters, but I am unable to find any such word. "Large letter �"; this is used by the Unicode standard for non-latin glyphs, and ...
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What is a verb for “illusion”?

What is a verb for illusion? I want to use it in a sentence like the following: The optical effect [illudes] my perception of its real shape. But illude does not exist. But I cannot find illude ...
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Term for Bowing at the End of a Play

I'm looking for the best term (or phrase) to describe the act of bowing to the crowd while onstage at the end of a play or performance. I came by the terms "encore" and "curtain call", but I'm not ...
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Is there some institute that can create a word which would mean 'he or she', or indeed any other word? [duplicate]

New words are constantly being invented in science and technology, and after a while people start to use them. Along similar lines, would it not be much less hassle to use an invented word instead of ...
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Is there a literary or scholarly synonym for an 'origin story' or myth?

I am trying to remember a word I learned in high school that meant "a story that explains why something is the way it is." It's not origin story or creation myth, but rather one word probably with a ...
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What is the correct word for “dependee”?

What is the correct word for "dependee"? In other words, what is the word for something that is depended upon? The relationship here is in the context of software engineering
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What is a 'correct' term for Mongoloid features? [on hold]

I am not referring here to any illness, which may once have been called Mongoloid. I am referring to the general facial features of people of East Asia, Central Asia, Eastern Russia, and South-East ...
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Describe an “atom” of conversation [on hold]

Loosely speaking, a conversation involves two parties variously exchanging statements/sentences/remarks. I'm looking for a word that describes a single statement-response exchange. Of course, exchange ...
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Word for seeing someone’s moment of realization?

Mr. A told me two months ago that he did not do something. Mr. A told Mr. B today that he did do it, and I was in the room. I saw in Mr. A’s eyes the moment he realized that he had, in effect, just ...