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Is there an English equivalent of the German word-pair “selbe/gleiche”?

In German both words, selbe and gleiche, mean something like same in English. But they have a subtle difference in meaning. Take a look at this sentence: We eat the gleiche (=same) soup, but we ...
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Periodical change of quantities from zero to a specific value

I need to find a word which will describe the periodic change of a quantity from zero to a positive value. I explicitly need to differentiate this word or expression from the periodic change of the ...
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Path, passage, way, route?

I am measuring a pollutant on a device from point A to B or B to A (beginning to end of a street). The device starts measurement of the pollutant, logs it on 1 minute average and calculates the ...
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Word for emotional state of jealous satisfaction from the whirlwind reaping of others

Consider observing someone getting a taste of their own medicine, reaping the whirlwind or whose chickens are coming home to roost. In some ignoble, jealous way such situations can be satisfying for ...
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Word for examining purchasing behavior of customers

There is a basic principle in economics that says as follows: to find out what people demand, don't listen to their words (what they claim to want) but rather examine their actual purchasing choices. ...
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Non-pejorative word/phrase for “social justice warrior”

The term "social justice warrior" appears to have been coined as a pejorative term, and Urban Dictionary defines it thus: A pejorative term for an individual who repeatedly and vehemently ...
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What is a word that describes a perfectionist that only judges their own work?

That person doesn't need to do everything perfect but only specifically focused on the things they're talented in. Also that person doesn't care what others think of their standard or judge another ...
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Word for human exceptionalism - not exactly anthropocentric

I'm seeking a word for the idea that humans are fundamentally different from other animals, in that they can't e.g. feel emotions such as fear, anger, jealousy, &c. It's not quite the same as ...
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looking for a name of a type of sentence that uses names of things

What is it called when you create a sentence made mostly of names, places or things? An example being After waking from (sleeping with sirens) i realized today would be (A day to remember) ...
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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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Is there a term for a grammatical construction like “Exhibit A”?

Is there a term for names that consist of a noun or noun phrase followed by an ordinal letter or numeral? For example: Exhibit A The Land Before Time IV Patient Zero Perhaps ordinal proper noun or ...
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someone who tricks you to hate someone else

What is the term for a person who hurts himself but makes you think someone else did it so that you hate that other person?
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Word for a guest insulting the host

Very often in movies there are guests that insult their host or cause grief to their host on purpose or by just being clumsy for whatever reason, is there a word for such people? in either good or bad ...
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What is the meaning of “reset” in this sentence?

What was the meaning of "reset" in this letter? "change"?, "setting again?" , “setting back to the original state" We did not "reset the time" in these animals. We put them into an environment ...
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To observe, over analyze, but never act

They would see something of significance to them, analyze it, think it through, but never do anything. They can study the details forever but never act
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Is there an adjective to call someone who gets bullied?

I need an adjective to call someone who gets bullied. An adjective for a victim.
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A word meaning a lover of poetry

...equally useful would be a "poetry expert" (who could be presumed to be a lover of the subject). Linguaphile, of course, jumps to mind, but I'm looking for something that is specific to poetry, not ...
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What is a word to describe a toxin that is ubiquitous but in trace amounts?

What is a word to describe a toxin that exists ubiquitously in small amounts?
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Term for Subversive, Passive-Aggressive Insults (In which the insulter has plausible deniability, concerning any actual effort at offense)

To clarify, what I'm seeking is a term that represents a speaker offering a backhanded compliment, in which the speaker is the only one that doesn't share this point of view. Example: "Personally, I ...
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Single Word Request for Orders “Sent Off” to Another Company for Processing

I am looking for a word to use in an order management application to name orders which have been "sent off" to a second company and are awaiting shipment. We use "PROCESSED" on our end for this. I ...
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Is there a word for “near in time” (both past & future) that doesn't also imply geographical proximity?

I'm currently writing a program that finds the "nearest sensible job", in terms of time. The only problem is that that phrase could also mean that the program is finding the nearest geographical job. ...
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Earnest as a noun

So the title of the question, I believe, speaks for itself. I am racking my brain, thesaurus and dictionary to think of a suitable word which would accurately describe one being earnest in relation ...
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Word for being the only one to volunteer

I'm looking for a word to describe a person or action where out of a group of people, there is a single volunteer to undergo a task or similar.
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Name for presenting two arguments and letting the reader make their own decision?

As the title says, is there word for presenting two arguments and letting the reader draw their own conclusions from that? For example, let's say that someone has asked for my thoughts on restaurants ...
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What is a word for “Reason to Leave”?

What is a word that means "Reason to leave"? For example, if I said, "That was my reason to leave," how could I replace "reason to leave" with a single word? Thank you!
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What's the word for something that is 'good', but 'bad' at the same time?

what is the word that describes an act that was meant to be an act of kindness/helpful, but ironically has not been helpful at all. I know the word, but it's totally gone out of my head, and I cannot ...
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A digit in a numeral system, a “symbol”?

While explaining numeral systems, I found myself using the phrase "add a digit" twice, with two different meanings; To create a new symbol with an associated value and introduce it into the numeral ...
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What do I call a person who I have helped?

What do I call a person who I have helped? I help others, what should I call them or when I'm writing, how should I mention them?
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Concise way to say, “A difference in exposure between my peers and I”

What I'm looking for, is a specific word in the vein of: I feel an exposural divide between my peers and I 'Exposural' isn't a word, but I wish to express that I feel a difference in exposure to ...
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Collective Success over Individual Action

Is there a word or phrase that captures the essence of collective success (as a group or team) over the action or accomplishment of individuals? Could be something borrowed in English from other ...
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I'm surprised, well actually not that surprised

Last night I cooked some broccoli and cauliflower and before serving them I lightly coated them in a lemon-infused olive oil with some fresh basil. I was surprised it was so tasty, yet at the ...
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Is there a better way to refer to a future reader of a literary work?

What is a less bland way of referring to "future readers" of text? Enigmadan asked a question today (December 11th, 2014 for [future readers]) If there are ever any [future readers] ...
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Is there a word for “still not”?

As in, "teachers have still not marked the grades". Meaning they have not until now, and still, marked the grades. I was thinking 'heretofore', but that doesn't take into account that they have still ...
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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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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 ...
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What is the difference between “matter-containing media” and “matter”?

I'm reading the English Wikipedia entry titled "Radiation". You can find the word in the first paragraph, or by searching. What is the difference between "matter-containing media" and "matter"?
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Inheritting the characteristics of a role in a play/movie

I'm looking for a term for a person who enacts a role in a play/movie by forgetting himself, or "leaving himself and acquiring the role's characteristics." Sometimes it implies "Moving his soul to ...
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A word for a person with paraphilia

I could easily say a "pervert" or a "perverted person", but do we have a more accurate word for this?