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A word for something impossible or near impossible to do but fun to try

A word that describes something impossible or near impossible to do but fun to try. One example I can think of is trying to lick one's elbow. A contortionist can do it but not everyone else. We sure ...
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Equivalent English word for the concept of “Särskrivning” in Swedish

In Swedish the word "Särskrivning" describes the incorrect splitting apart of compound words into individual words and the resulting change in meaning. An English example I can think of: groundhog vs. ...
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A word for a person who always needs there to be a problem?

I spoke to a woman who had several issues dealing with a common process we go through at work. I gave her several solutions to her issues and even explained that one of her main issues was not really ...
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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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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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Word or phrase to describe increasing periods between attempting the same operation

I'm looking for a term (single word or phrase) that describes the trick in software development to (typically exponentially) increase time between successive attempts to do an action on a server, for ...
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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 term for “combining of related phrases”

Sometimes two related phrases are reached for simultaneously. I recently heard a newscaster combine "standpoint" and "point of view," so that his sentence began "from a football standpoint of view..." ...
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What would you call this angle?

In painting (as well as in photography, I suspect) there's full face, profile, half-profile, and three quarters. Here's an example demonstrating three of the four (Portrait of Charles I, the one that ...
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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-, ...
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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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Better term for Integrate/Harmonize

Is there a word for joining a community, sort of like assimilate, but more of a positive connotation. Like leveraging a network....kind of like embed?
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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' ...
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That what is being composed

Is there a word for something that is being composed? For example: "Function f is a composition of functions g,h,i and j." How do I refer to g,h,i and j? Can I say "composees"? Saying "the functions ...
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What is the opposite of “borked”?

What would be the opposite word when something was borked, but it is not borked anymore? For example in the context when the traffic was borked, but it's not anymore (like unclogged).
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What do you call those small wooden footbridges over water?

Those planks or bamboo bridges you see in some resorts and some sea settlements in Asia?
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Is there a word for the fear that one might be a hypochondriac?

This seems like a fundamental thing that would have a word for it—oftentimes one worries about a health condition, but then one is afraid to get it looked into as one is afraid of being a ...
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Is there a term similar to “country” which would also include a union like the EU?

I'm working on an interface where users can make selections from a few different groups of items. One of them is currently split because it comprises both European countries as well as the European ...
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Word for continuation of a section

I'm writing my resume and my work experiences end up being separated in two by the end of the page. What is the word that indicates the follow up to a section. Something like: Work Experiences ...
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What is a word for an entity which only provides a predefined set of tasks but doesn't want to engage new types of tasks?

Let's assume an entity was created to satisfy a predefined set of tasks, and cannot accommodate other new types of tasks. What is a formal word for this? For example, a service provider provider ...
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Antonym for “infix” (“outfix”?)

infix: implant or insert firmly in something, as in the particles of mercury will infix themselves in the structure of the other metal How about the opposite? Is there something called outfix? I.e. ...
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What's an interesting way to denote “secret sender” — usually of a great gift?

I am starting a website for surprise gift-giving where the name of the sender will not be mentioned and will be open to guessing. The gifts are very dignified, so only loved ones will be sending, ...
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What's the proper verb to describe quantitative research?

What would be the proper verb for an action that measures with numbers something that used to be measured qualitatively? I mean the verb for converting quality to quantity. For example: Fornel ...
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Is there an unambiguous term for “singer or band”?

Say you want to ask someone what their favorite "music-creating entity was", but in more eloquent terms. iTunes just uses "artist", but out of context that term is very ambiguous. I don't really like ...
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Word that Resembles The Dutch Word Kudde

Kudde, Couth, is there an english farmers word that resembles Kudde. Kudde means herd, flock, fold, drove, livestock, and bevy. So I'm looking for a word that means something along the lines of ...
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Is There a Word for “Burning Fungus”?

I'm reading the etymology of the Latin word fomes, it's a fungus. Are there any words to accompany this one by meaning the "burning of a fungus"?
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Word for the result of shining a laser at something

Say you point a laser at a wall. What would be a word to identify what shows up on the wall? So far I've just been using the word image, but I am not sure if that makes sense.
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what do we say when a fever or cold has subsided and it's almost over with?

We say pick up or catch a cold when we first get it. Then when it really intensifies we say smth like "it's settled /settling in", I don't know whatever else people would say.. Anyways, when it ...
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Creating a word for a child of a parent-word

I have a word for example, Scope, that I'd like to make a child word for the same thing, I thought "ette" as a suffix would be appropriate. A Scope of a Scope would be a Scopelette, for example. ...
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non-fiction Vs non-fictional

Can I please get an explanation as to what the difference between these two sentences are? And what is right in the context of the highlighted word. ABC is a cable TV network that delivers ...
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Someone who is passionate about finance?

What is the best word to describe someone who loves finance or finance enthusiast or anything related for that matter? I would like to describe someone with that word or you could say a special tag ...
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definition of the word circuadjacent

This word is in The Princess and Curdie by George MacDonald: Turning from the first glance at the circuadjacent splendour, it dwindled into nothing as he looked again at the lady. Neither I or ...
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Anti-System Abstraction

I'm looking for the best word describing Anti-System, implying liberal of any controlling mechanism. The word can be historical (ancient greece, egypt, or persia), or it can be self-created. It can be ...
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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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Is there a term to define the set of all answers given to a questionnaire?

Is there a non-plural word to define the set of all answers given by a student to a questionnaire? The word would be used in a REST API to identify the resource of the set of all answers given by a ...
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Another term for 'feature / featured / article / write up' for a brand

I am currently working on a website that will allow users to sign up and create their own product features. In this context, a product feature is a write up with pictures and information about a ...
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Musical Performance With One Singer And Two Speakers?

What is the term for a musical performance where one person is singing, and two other performers (a comedy team) contribute non-musical spoken words? My friend, Throxter, is suggesting it is a duet ...
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“Tense” Equivalent Neutral Term for Singular / Plural Form?

Here's one for the English professors: I originally came across this problem when answering a question here. We all know that tense refers to the temporal form of a verb. "Act, acted, will act, has ...
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A verb that means “to both create and save something”?

Sometimes in computer programming, I write a function that performs both the action of (non-trivially) creating something and then also the action of saving that same thing created. I'm just wondering ...
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single word for a person who makes things difficult

I am in search of word that exactly means 'a difficult person of my description'. For example, I am on the look out for a heart specialist and ask my friend if he is familiar with any. However, he ...
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The word describing a seriously humorous oxymoron

Is there an English word (and if there is more than one – besides Oxymoron - which is the best?) to describe an oxymoronic figure of speech that is humorous because of the seriousness of the subject, ...
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Word for “unduly elevated as a standard with biased emotion”?

The word I am looking for should be an adjective. or a noun. Example: Speaker 1: Your argument for socialism is invalid because X Y Z. Speaker 2: But I got hoes in different area codes. How many ...
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Term for a storyline that splits in two

Is there a term for a storyline that splits into two points of view? For example, two characters who travel together split paths and plot unfolds in two different timelines. It can probably be applied ...
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Word for a book that describes translations

I am looking for a word that is used to describe a book that contains one-to-one translations of words from one language to another. For example, a chinese-english dictionary is one of these types of ...
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Is there a word that's used to describe when a person takes the words of someone else's and says the exact opposite for comedic effect?

On YouTube, in the comment section of a video, there was an argument and one person in the argument kept saying they "parodied" a sentence in the original comment. But instead of mimicking and ...