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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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Word related to physical attraction of smoking?

A long while ago I happened upon a trivia website that mentioned there's a word related to the act of smoking being attractive -- either that smoking is becoming of a certain person, or that a certain ...
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The Synonym for Customer Satisfaction

Is there any word or phrase to convey the meaning of overall thought of consumers/customers about a product/company such as customer satisfaction?
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How to explain the portion of the hand that holds less than the other?

When you hold a handful of something, the enclosed portion below your thumb can generally handle a larger quantity than the area circled red in the photo below... How can this less-supported area ...
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English word similar to Greek Kleos?

Is there a single word in English that conveys the "immortal glory" aspect of Kleos as opposed to the "hereditary glory"? Wikipedia: Diotima ... makes specific references to Alcestis that died to ...
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Term for associations made by a reader between fictional characters and people they know

Is there is a term for the mechanism where a reader consciously or unconsciously associates a fictional character with someone they know? * A conceivable example might be a parent reading about a ...
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Better adjectives to encapsulate this particular usage of “useful” and the opposite

I'm trying to find words to best differentiate attentions such as jobs, free time usage, and goals into two categories. There are tasks that serve some level of reasonable necessity and most often ...
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Sound of a dinosaur's Syrinx

I recently watched the old Jurassic park movies where there were certain scenes where when the dinosaurs (velociraptors ?? Some people don't believe that) are hunting the humans and in the thrill of ...
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Formal, scientific or mathematical word describing the discrimination between “multiple-choice” and “single-choice”

For example; I am constructing a web page that asks two questions. The first question is titled Marital status: from a list of choices; there can be only one. The other is a multiple-checkbox ...
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What is a word for “returning a feeling”

"You don't have to remind me of that every time, son. This isn't our first mark, and it won't be our last," Dr. Evans replies. Rhea understands what this is now. It's how Dr. Evans imagines it will be ...
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The tendency to try to find the answer to questions in one's own mind

What is the tendency of humans to try to find in their own minds the answer to questions they do not know the answer to, called? The tendency that fuels belief in conspiracy theories, and as some ...
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Is there a word in English for a joke that isn't funny?

There are words like dad joke, lame joke, pj (poor joke) for a joke that isn't funny at all. Is there a single word for such jokes that are not amusing?
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What was the original word used in the expression “studiously avoiding their glance”

Formerly, there was a distinct word that sounded a lot like studiously and meant to pretend not to do or notice something. It hasn't been used much in a long time, but I remember John Fowles used it ...
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Is “smothersome” a word?

A variation of "smother", obviously, to describe someone with an inclination to smother other people. "You're just too needy and smothersome." Thoughts? Corrections? Suggestions? Edit: Apologies ...
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Is there a term for an infographic appearing to give numeric information but not doing so?

In an infographic at http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-11/fact-check-negative-gearing-kelly-odwyer/7401096, there's a display of what proportion of various professions use negative gearing. At ...
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Which is the correct orthography?

Which is the correct orthography: "Four month-time"; or "Four months' time"; or "Four months time"; or "Four months-time"?
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What would be the first use of the noun 'longboarding' for skateboarding, surfing or skiing?

The skateboard longboard goes back to Hawaii in the 50s, surfing back much earlier, and skiing back into the nineteenth century yet I can't find incidences in print earlier than the 70s. Many ...
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Word for a post-meeting 'justified prejudice'?

I am looking for a word which ultimately explains a dislike/hatred of a group of people, but unlike a prejudice can be justified through prior experiences and is potentially considered acceptable to ...
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What is the word that includes “Chiefs” and “Sergeants-Major” together?

Is there a word or two that can combine Chief Master Sergeant/Petty Officer and Sergeants-Major? I want it in a sentence that involves both sets of ranks like: "'The Chiefs and Sergeants-Major' will ...
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so-and-so/such-and-such term used with countries and places

I'm trying to find a nice place holder to express 'X country' or 'country X', like 'when telling people that you are from country X...'. The first idea that came into mind was so-and-so: wiktionary: ...
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A word that means/defines to live a philosophical life[style]?

So this is a continuation of sorts to a thread I started a while ago about *a word that means/defines The Converse of Philosophy... * The question is... If the etymology of bio- is [Greek bio-, comb....
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What is another way to express recidivism but lose the criminal element?

I am writing a web site that performs calculations used to inform business owners how many of their customers are repeat customers. The calculation will appear in a table, so I'd like the label to be ...
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What's a word for the object that an attachment is attached to?

If a file is attached to an email, the email has an attachment. What does the file have? An attachee?
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A song that was once meant for other singer, but later also sung by the author himself

What do you call a song which was once written for some other artist by an author, and later sung by the author him(her)self? we call it "cover" if the song is played by other(not original) artist, ...
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Term for a television event that causes you to be awake during sleeping hours

Sometimes people are awake during hours that they'd normally be asleep because they're watching an event live on tv. For example, people in Australia watching the Tour de France live would be watching ...
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Phrase or word for doing something as a learning experience before doing it for real?

If I want to say 'I regard my first year for this bachelor degree as a try out year or a "pre-learning" year before starting again as a first year elsewhere'. What word or phrase would I use for 'try ...
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Common word for level and area

Suppose that a building is divided in levels (floors) which are further divided in areas. How would you them both with one word? (preferably in Australian English) Best word I could think of so far ...
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List of, or name for, words with distinct meanings?

Let me explain my question. The word "run" has quite a few meanings but a large number has to do with the main meaning, whether we talk of journey or water running or running into another person, etc....
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Word meaning “take until you cannot”

For example, say I have a basket of apples and I want to say to someone "take 5 apples", but I really only have three apples so what I mean is "take 5 apples... unless you cannot, then take as many as ...
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Is there a word that means a group of coaches?

Is there a word that means a group of coaches? Administrators is to administration, as teachers is to faculty, as employees is to staff, as coaches is to... ?
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“Predication” — the logicians' usage

There are several distinct ways to differentiate men and women — chromosomal analysis, self identification, and visual inspection — we review each predication below… Here predication is referring to ...
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What do you call the subject person that a makeup artist works on?

Is there a term to call the subject person that the makeup artist works on? The person being applied makeup or hairstyled or makeover?
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Word for “looked calmly”?

"He [looked calmly] at me, as if nothing were wrong at all, even though the rest of us were freaking out"
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other ways of saying 'to want something bad enough'

I've been surfing the web looking for an alternative to 'want sth bad enough' but I haven't found anything useful. I've got a dialogue between two characters who are a couple. They're facing ...
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How to overcome confusion of contrasting word 2?

Actual sentence: Another surprising finding was the lack of any neurotic traits in the bonobos, even though these are widely found in other ape species. In this sentence, two contrasting ...
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What is the name of the construct [adjective][noun]

Is there a special name for an adjective-noun phrase that denotes a specific type of thing and for which further modifiers cannot be inserted between the two? For example, "emerging technology" ...
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An adjective that relates to Purpose or Intended Use

I want to talk about anxiety that a person is not using something for its purpose. I want to use an adjective, such as "Bob has ____ anxiety". What word could fit there? I tried "purpose anxiety", "...
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Words describing ways in which words are used

What umbrella term can be used to describe the collection of writing techniques encompassing "irony, sarcasm, satire, simily, allegory, etc.", indicating the way in which words are used within a text, ...
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word for an intense look

I'm looking for a word for an intense look to replace "gaze" in the following context. I look at Adaneene with resignation; I shouldn't have expected anything different, but instead of looking at ...
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Spicy-hot and temperature-hot single-word-request?

'Hot' has more than one meaning. Is there a separate word for hot when talking about spicy food supposed to temperature-hot? As it is awfully confusing when talking about Indian food. In Indian ...
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How to describe the lower area of upper ray in a 'hockey stick'-shape angle?

I am trying to describe the area depicted below. It is the beginning of the upper ray coming from the vertex of the obtuse angle in a 'hockey stick'-shaped function. (In other words, it's an area past ...
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Single word/phase for “if they can do it, why can't I?”

Is there a single word/phrase to describe the personality attribute of "If they can do it, why can't I?" nature. Need this for grounded theory analysis of interviews for my PG. Thanks a lot
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a single word that can have a different meaning attached to it

What is the terminology for a single word, i.e., cat, but has another meaning in its place like; feline, animal, or beast? I don't think it's a connotation or a hyperbole...
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What is the classifying noun for a person who is both a project term member and a consumer of the final product?

In a scenario where, two people, say a capenter and a plumber, are both working on a shopping mall construction project. The carpenter, lives in a foreign land, will return home when her direct ...
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What is the origin of the word 'aphotic'? Is there a noun meaning “the state of being aphotic”?

Some adjectives ending in -ic are derived from nouns. For example, hyperbolic is derived from hyperbole, and parabolic is derived from parabola. Aphotic is an adjective meaning "lightless; dark" (...
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What word could be used for a thing that holds a measure that lies between true and false?

In fuzzy logic a value can be partially true so I could present it as a degree of truth. However, I'm looking for a word for this thing that contains a measure that lies between true and false. The ...
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“Here is ” followed by how

Which is more appropriate?: Here is how we do it This is how we do it. PS - Where does the ? go in the query above?
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Is there a word for weekend/weekday split?

I am trying to present a bunch of data using a number of time period splits. For instance, I can present the data by: Day of Week (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, ...) Month (January, February, ...
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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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How to name process of illustrating definitions for words?

So lets imagine that I have many words. For each I would like to see how they are looking more or less. For this, I am planning to request google like: illustrating definition for word 'football' ...