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In reference to statistics as it relates to information about research?

Academia.SE is working on retagging statistics and I was trying to figure out if I was missing a word on the tip of my tongue. Here's the original thread. These are the three definitions for ...
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Use of 'late' for resurrected people

My question concerns the use of the word late when referring to someone who has died. Numerous fictional characters die and return to life again. Would it be correct to refer to them as the late ...
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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 “something that makes sense in your own head”?

I’m looking for a word — I’m sure I read it somewhere, but it’s not commonly used — which describes the situation where a theory (or something similar) makes sense in your own head but not to others. ...
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Word for a owing a free pass on withholding judgement

The word is on the tip of my tongue and I'm pretty sure it ends with "ie or y." The idea is a friend had a gracious attitude when I did something stupid, so now I want to return the favor. So I want ...
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An adjective or noun for one who cracks lame jokes

Can someone please suggest an adjective or a noun to describe someone who always cracks 'lame jokes'? All I could think is 'Lame Joker' :/ I am specifically looking for a word/adjective that has ...
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Word for 'optimal given limitations'

I want a word or two that essentially say: 'The best we can do given limitations', I am thinking something along the lines of 'optimal solution under constraints', but this is also long. Any ideas? ...
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You compare words in lexicographic order. How do you compare numbers, and other non-words?

We compare words or strings of characters using lexicographic order. Is there a name for the way we compare numbers, digit by digit? (essentially the same way, except that the length of the number ...
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Word for 'somebody is deeply satisfied after completing a job perfectly'

I am looking for a single adjective for a person who experiences a deep satisfaction on completing a job perfectly and completely. Also, the person might possibly be passionate about the job in ...
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Is there a word for “environmental needs”?

I am looking for a word that refers to the environmental needs of a species for survival (think of climatic conditions, but not necessarily restricted to climate). My native language is not English, ...
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To purposely quote something incorrect

Is there a word for quoting something differently in order for it to fit the purpose of the conversation? E.g "oh you're such a nerd" "nerd and proud!" Which is a quote from XMen "Mutant and ...
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Information unavailable to the audience

What is it called when a character knows something the audience doesn't? For example, if the character was stating something obvious like "today is your birthday", saying it only to inform the ...
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Another word for 'not decorated as much'

I am trying to describe a room that my character walks into. I want to say that this room is similar to an earlier room I described, but none of the ornate objects are present (it is a simple room). ...
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Words associated with throwing things, specifically the action of throwing a paper airplane

What word(s) would you use to describe throwing something, specifically during the action of throwing a paper airplane? The one word I was able to come up with was "flick", but I'm looking for other ...
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Better way to say keyboard/mouse combo

I'm looking for a better way to describe a keyboard and mouse that go together, as part of a set. They might just match aesthetically, or they could share the same USB dongle. Right now I just call it ...
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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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How to convey the meaning of “ordering a mess of papers and books”

How do English people convey the meaning of the action of tidying up a great unordered amount of sheets of paper, books, and notes in a single word or phrase?
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word for trading for an item you do not want

I am writing a poster listing on one column items I have to offer, on the middle column items I want, and on a third rightmost column items I know my friends want. The header of the first column is ...
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What is the word for jealousy disguised in a disapproving remark

Or maybe the word for a remark with that underlying sentiment/intention. I'm not sure if I can properly describe the concept. But imagine a situation where you feel spite or jealous towards a person ...
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A word that means “one is so rash about a political cause that even simple, unrelated things are misinterpreted”?

There is a connotation here of being a bit overzealous, maybe even unreasonable. Imagine the person who goes on a rant about environmental saftey when someone says "pass the butter".
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What are some adjectives that mean 'subordinate alternative'?

Sentence for Context: Please contact Ann preferably via email, or ___ by telephone. 'alternatively' and 'secondarily' are ambiguous, because it can just mean that telephone is a coequal, without ...
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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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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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Name for the property of a thing that allows it to be described practically infinite ways

There are things that can be described in numerous ways, but the description still means the same thing. Is there a word or phrase that encapsulates such things, or the property about the things that ...
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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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Single word of “Senseless words”

I while back a heard a word that means 'senseless words' It was used in the following context: "You are speaking in ... " And the full phrase had the exact same meaning as "What you are saying is ...
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What does one call an individual receiving a subsidy?

If a subsidiary is a company; what does one call an individual receiving a subsidy? 'Recipient' would be an obvious choice—I was wondering if there is a more specific word?
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is there a word to represent once every nine months

is there a single word to represent "once every nine months"? Since 9 months is a fraction larger than half a year, semi-annualy seems wrong.
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What's a better way of saying “rarely used”

I'm writing an article about using rarely used English words and how to learn and use them. As an example I'd like to find an alternate way of saying "rarely used" I believe there should be one word ...
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A phrase containing all “special” characters

A pangram is the phrase that contains all letters of given alphabet. Is there any name for a phrase containing all "special" letters of given alphabet? By "special" characters I understand all ...
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A synonym for “over” in “over a distance”

Could you give me the best synonym for over in this situation? Aqueduct: artificial channel for conducting water over a distance. I know it is the best preposition for this context. But I wonder ...
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What is the word for a word that comes at the end of a sentence?

What is the word for a word that comes at the end of a sentence? As in a word that ends a sentence. A terminal word? Or terminator?
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Pro one thing, Anti another

Is there a word which describes the tactic of labeling something you agree with "pro" and therefore implying the opposite point of view is "anti"? For example, pro-life, pro-choice, pro-transit vs ...
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What is the term for inserting that *may* lead to subsequent removal?

In terms of any sort of collection of things, where the collection is limited in the amount of members it may have. I suppose 'replacement' would be enough to describe insertion of one thing then ...
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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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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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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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Any terms meaning the 'first snow of autumn'?

I am wondering if there is a term for the 'first snow of autumn'. The word I am looking for could come from the semantic field of meteorology, or perhaps farming etc. I know of the terms 'killing ...
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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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What is the difference between “matter-containing media” and “matter”?

I'm reading the english wikipedia entry titled "Radiation". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radiation you can find the word in the first paragraph, or by searching. so... What is the difference between ...
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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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What do you call the phenomenon when a negative reflection is favored over a positive one?

Is there a word or expression which expresses the idea of a bias towards a negative reflection (e.g. negative judgement/criticism) rather than a positive one (e.g. appreciation/supporting comment)? As ...
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Word for a platform for knowledge sharing

I am looking for a word that can be used to describe a platform (e.g a website) that this is a place for knowledge sharing. I found that maven, pundit, guru is related but not appropriate. Can you ...
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Is there a short (1-2 words) term for “skip your opponent's next turn”?

In the context of a 2 player board game in a light fantasy setting, imagine a game effect that makes a player go twice or skip the opponent's turn. So instead of each player taking one turn (or ...