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Referring back to something

I frequently read a column (or such) that begins the text by mentioning a particular item/person/anecdote or similar, and then continues to lay out the subject and in the end refers back to the ...
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Reversing Binomials

Siamese twins or binomials are pairs of expressions which are often conjoined. For example: back and forth ebb and flow near and far better or worse do or die Is there is a name for the rhetorical ...
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How would I address people who attend church with me?

So I am a christian and attend church. How would I grammatically refer to people who also attend my church. Fellow church mates, church-goer, church attendee? A fellow ______ gave me a job at her ...
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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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Is there a word for the revenge of a cat?

I found this meme from 54 Great Examples of Modern-Day Neologisms: But it also invokes a serious question to me: is there actually a word for the revenge of a cat, because you make fun of it? Or, ...
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Is there a -phile suffixed word for love of devices/tools/equipment?

I'm trying to come up with a play on words with sociopath and audiophile, specifically as it pertains to audio recording devices. I've been searching for a word that I swear I've used before but have ...
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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'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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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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Dynamic Society

Is there a single word that describes Dynamic Society ? like 'Dynosociety' ? that's a self created word, but I was thinking, if the word itself does not exist, are there any rules in creating a new ...
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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 ...
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A word to describe interest in a process related to a certain situation but not in the situation itself

The word to describe a person's interest in a process related to a certain situation but does not necessarily convey their interest in the situation itself. To provide context: Over the last 4 years ...
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institutionalized + preposition?

I'm writing an essay on Reconstruction for English and stumbled into this problem. "the South had been heavily institutionalized ___ slavery" What would the correct preposition be in the blank? Into ...
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Word for every time that is not a certain time?

Alright, I was just thinking about something, and I came across this question: is there a word for every time that is not a certain time? Example: Michael Bublé surfaces only at Christmas. I want ...
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What's a word similar to the adj. form of “elect” but for a position that was held previously?

I'm working on my CV and I'm trying to describe an elected position I held with a title. "Treasurer Elect" does not fit since I was appointed to the position in the past. "Elected Treasurer" also ...
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What's a less-artificial-sounding work for “up-to-date” and “up-to-date-ness”?

I'm describing a software design in a proposal document of mine, and I want to express my intention of the design being up-to-date, taking into consideration existing publications and available ...
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Someone who throws the match?

The verb is "Match Fixing", but what about the person who throws the match? Is there a good noun for this? "Match Fixer" and "Game Thrower" sound strange to me.
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2 different types of adjectives

I wonder if there are words for the following kinds of adjectives: 1. Ones that are used to generally describe a person or thing (e.g. fast, lively, stupid, etc) 2. Ones used to denote some temporary ...
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Contrasting penal substitution, a phrase for co-responsibility for another's actions?

Suppose person A is responsible for the actions of B, but in addition to, not in place of, B's own self-responsibility. This is in contrast to penal substitution where A's atonement can replace B's. ...
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what is the hidden meaning of “flow into the gaps”

Could anyone please interpret it for me, "flow into the gap" in this sentence: "Few cultures just keep going all by themselves, they steal rivals' ideas, they flow into the gaps that others leave ...
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Wanting to revisit the scene of a crime

I once came across a word meaning a need to revisit the scene of a crime (not recidivism) - not with a need to re-do the crime - just to go back, what's the word?
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Is the right word here “generalized”?

I am looking for a word that would naturally fit in the blank. The context: Wirth did not specify a certain age as the only target for this problem; rather, he noted that whoever is older than ...
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Gender-neutral equivalent of “Man of the world”

You and I are men of the world. Where does this leave the fair sex? I'm looking for a noun or noun-phrase that captures the essence of "Man of the world", but which can be equally applied to men ...
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Is there a word meaning “vicarious speaker”?

I remember that there is a word (I can't recall if it is an adjective or a noun) referring to the author when he/she makes a point vicariously through his character's voice. As far as I can recall, it ...
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Word meaning something like “created by the addition of several subcomponents”

I remember hearing it in context the context of describing a social science modeling tool. The example I remember talked about trying to ascribe values to component parts that compose property ...
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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 a repeat customers. The calculation will appear in a table, so I'd like the label to be ...
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Is there another name for non-finite verbs?

I'm looking for a word to refer to the present participle, past participle and gerund forms. I think that is non-finite verbs, but I was wondering if I could use another word. I've seen nominal forms ...
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Word for the subject of a declaration (about a person) (counterpart of 'Declarant')?

In a legal declaration document between two people, if the person making the declaration is a declarant, what's the word for the person the declaration is about? Example of such a declaration: ...
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Summarizing a paper to give a different meaning

A recent news article published an article based on certain research. They included the link to the research. However, both the title of the article, and the conclusions it drew, ran contrary to the ...
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Adverb for a third of a year

Similar to Is there a proper term to describe 1/3 of a year (4 months) Are there any words to describe a trimester as an adverb? The only one I've seen is triannually (in the link above) which is a ...
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What is this mother doing?

I would write a dialogue piece between a mother and a son who are having a heated argument over something. The son is very angry at his mother because he is suffering from disease and frustrated with ...
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Standard searchable term for “in person” (of a meeting)

For example, if I were to search Google for support groups and wanted to filter out everything that wasn't in person, what word is my best choice? The words "in" and "person" are individually too ...
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Is there a term for “hatred of women” besides misogyny?

The reason I ask is that at least one dictionary definition incorporates two meanings for misogyny: "hatred of women" and "entrenched prejudice against women". I want a term that means "hatred of ...
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A song that was once meant for other singer, but later also sung by the author himself

How 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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On playing with words for naming and titling

I've watched a movie titled "Rain Fall" in which Rain was surname of the main character. The first thing that the title brings into mind is "rainfall". In fact, it's a common way of playing with words ...
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Word for an antonym with a negative connotation?

I'm trying to remember a word which describes an antonym which has an unnecessary negative connotation. When I try to remember it I think of a word similar to 'dysphemistic' in terms of the letters ...
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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 another single word that means this certain definition of the word“ usage”?(Read Desc.)

The certain definition I am referring to is from Dictionary.com and is number 2. which states," The customary manner in which a language or a form of a language is spoken or written." So my question ...
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What does a quantum mechanics magician do?

Thousands of years ago a coppersmith was a magician doing stuff most couldn't fathom, a few decades ago a computer programmer was a magician doing stuff most couldn't fathom. If a quantum mechanical ...
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A change that can be effected to various degrees of completion as necessary

How do I describe a change that need not be completely effected, but can be run to any desired degree of completion? I'm writing an essay about the French revolution and want to describe how some ...
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What do you call a person who completed prerequisite classes for a master's degree but didn't finish their thesis?

I don't necessarily mean a single word, but a short, precise and neutral-sounding phrase that can be used in a CV. The goal is to signify that the only reason for the lack of the degree is the thesis, ...
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Is there a verb for the act of making an object oblate (or prolate)?

I'm looking for a verb denoting the act of making a circle elliptic, i.e. making it oblate (or prolate for that matter). Is there a single word for it, or do I need to rewrite? I tried searching for ...
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Disambiguating 'dataset' in an overloaded context

A researcher generates data from their investigations. This data may be represented as an entity labelled a 'dataset'. Eventually, the research gets published, and the dataset has its state modified ...
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Word for someone who is typing and then erases what they've written?

I remember reading about this word once and can no longer find it. The word is for a person who is repeatedly typing something to you in a chat service (that shows when they are typing) but then ...
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Midnight at the Halls or Midnight in the Halls

I was writing a title for an article and I was curious which version of the title would be more grammatically proper: "Midnight at the Halls" or "Midnight in the Halls" It's trying express the fact ...
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What is the correct word for this collection?

Suppose I have two lists A & B. This list A contains groups. Groups contain sub-groups (also called types). List B contains items. Each item can be of one of the types from list A. If I remove a ...
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regular exceptions vs. irregular exceptions

Are there any established words or phrases for the "exceptionless exceptions" to a general rule, exceptions that follow more specific rules that have their own logic, as opposed to exceptions that are ...
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Alternate, but not exclusive interpretation

Is there a word to suggest that an interpretation is another possibility, but that it isn't necessarily exclusive with the previous interpretation. Here's an example of what I'm writing: Firstly, ...
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Is there a proper name for saying something like “stack'em”?

Is there a proper name for saying something like stack'em instead of stack them or any other "'em" in place of "them"? Is it slang or something to do with dialect? UPDATE It is a ...