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1answer
162 views

Difference between “purpose”, “aim”, “target”, “goal”, “objective”, and “ambition”

What is the difference between “purpose”, “aim”, “target”, “goal”, “objective”, and “ambition”? I found these questions: Difference between “aim” and “purpose” Difference between “purpose” and ...
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11answers
2k views

Are there any English one-word equivalents for “je ne sais quoi”?

Wiktionary defines je ne sais quoi as An intangible quality that makes something distinctive or attractive. She has a certain je ne sais quoi about her. Is there a single-word equivalent?
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3answers
69 views

Single word for person entitled to receive a sales commission

I need a fairly specific single word for a person who is entitled to receive a sales commission. "Agent" for example isn't specific enough. A short phrase is also usable. Adjectives ditto. The ...
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4answers
128 views

Common expression for request and order

We are designing an automated ordering system which concerns itself mainly with two entities: Requests, which express the need of a customer to place an order in the near future Orders, which are ...
3
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6answers
265 views

A single word noun for a “reusable object” [closed]

What is a single word noun that means "a reusable object"? I'm looking for something with as few syllables as possible, that is English vernacular. The word would also be abstract, so it ...
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3answers
179 views

What word describes a university class in both the UK and the US?

In the US words like class, subject, course are used to describe a university class, while in the UK, words like subject and course are used to describe the name of the whole university degree. ...
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2answers
80 views

Better hypernym to substitute for “business agenda”

I'm using the words “business agenda” to describe the set of tasks, documents, processes, features and other artifacts that are related to a single “function” executed by a business. In my language ...
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1answer
76 views

Can 'trains' be used as a synonym for 'postponement'

Was solving a cryptic crossword clue recently which reads Coaches for postponement (6) The answer is 'trains' obvious from coaches , but dont get the postponement reference. The solution ...
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1answer
27 views

Analysis of Cost Efficiency - Economics of?

I'm in search for a title that says: You can exspect to read about how economic efficient different things are when compared against each other. As I need a noun, grabing the word economical and ...
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4answers
118 views

Is there an antonym for the word dislocation?

For my PhD research I am writing about the metaphorical displacement of people (as in "they drove me out of their group", "he was snatched away before his time"). Essentially there are a variety of ...
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3answers
85 views

How to name liabilities owed by me and by someone?

If I have to pay an invoice it's my liability. If someone has to pay an invoice issued by me it's also liability. Are there any words that distinguish these two types of liabilities? Disclaimer: ...
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2answers
2k views

Difference between the use of “supplier”, “vendor”, “provider”

Which is the difference between the use of supplier, vendor, provider? The way I see it, they are complete synonyms. Am I right?
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2answers
171 views

What word would be a good replacement for the use of “licensee” [closed]

A lot of my clients do not natively speak English. Because of this, confusion has arisen over what is meant by the term licensee. Each product requires its own unique license key and the licensee's ...
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4answers
2k views

Word for a person who lives in the past

Someone who is highly nostalgic and is stuck in the past, better days
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3answers
178 views

The state of not progressing [closed]

What is the state of not progressing called? Going in circles. When the person is not progressing despite the active trying.
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2answers
771 views

Words that describe the repetitive sound of machine [closed]

I'm looking for words that can describe the repetitive sounds that machine produces (For example an engine). Those droning, looped and long-lasting sounds. Patterned sounds of various parts of an ...
3
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3answers
7k views

Isle vs. Island

Some islands are called isle like "Isle of Man", "Isle of Tortuga" and the "British Isles". Other islands are called island, like "Island of Malta" or "Island of Cyprus". What is the difference ...
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5answers
7k views

Word for “someone who talks too much” [duplicate]

What is another word for a person who likes to talk too much. I was thinking bigmouth, but bigmouth could mean "somebody who likes carrying messages voluntarily".
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1answer
69 views

Song: when to use remix, cover and tribute to

If there is original song and same song performed by another artist, when to use term 'remix', 'cover', 'tribute to'? Is 'remix' more suitable for electronic version of song? What is the ...
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2answers
755 views

How to rephrase “cream flavoured cream”?

I saw this on my wafers the other day: "Wafers with cream flavoured cream". This sounds horribly recursive to my ear. How can you rephrase it or use a synonym without losing the original meaning?
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3answers
388 views

What is the difference between the words “stream”, “flow” etc.?

What is the difference in meaning and usage between the nouns “stream”, “flow” (“pour” is excluded from this list based on comments) and probably other words with similar meaning? What is more ...
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2answers
1k views

What is the word to mean to apply attributes of an entire race to a single individual?

Normally racism is used to mean generalizing about an entire race based on a few individual examples, but what is the word to mean to apply attributes of an entire race to a single individual? That is ...
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9answers
3k views

One word noun for “rule-follower”

I'm looking for a single word noun that would perfectly summarize the stereotypical nerdy uptight virgin student council president. Basically, a more proper version of the slang word "square": a ...
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1answer
198 views

Actual word for “Broadity”? [closed]

I'm looking for a single word that explains how broad or widespread something can be. Since "broadity" or "widespreadity" aren't real words, are there any viable alternatives?
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3answers
444 views

What's a more sophisticated word for “gadget”? [closed]

I'm looking for a word that isn't tacky like gadget, but that describes interesting and novel technological items.
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4answers
419 views

What is the closest synonym to 'overpopulation'? [closed]

I've been looking for a word which is very close semantically to 'overpopulation'. Popular Internet dictionaries show words like 'overcrowding' or 'congestion', which are too general for me. I know ...
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3answers
189 views

A situation when you do too many thing but achieve nothing [closed]

I am looking for few nouns describing "a situation when one does too many things but achieve nothing important or useful".
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4answers
3k views

Which word is used more in the UK: 'gaol' or 'jail'?

I know both words share the same meaning and pronunciation, but I wonder about their comparative usage in modern English.
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3answers
115 views

Synonyms for 'extra' (noun)

Recently I came across the word 'extra' in following meaning: "a person engaged temporarily to fill out a crowd scene in a film or play". I have a strong feeling that there should be some ...
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3answers
785 views

Lexically recognized synonym for “humblebrag”?

As one might guess, a humblebrag is one who uses a pretense of humility as a vehicle for boasting. This word can be found at Urban Dictionary but, it appears, nowhere more authoritative. Yet, of ...
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3answers
5k views

What's another word for Guinea Pig, i.e. when you call someone a “test dummy”?

If someone is being used to test a new product or idea, they can be called a "guinea pig" (because Guinea Pigs are usually used by medical labs for testing). What is another term that would carry the ...
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votes
5answers
98 views

Alternative for “seats” in expressions such as “40% of the total seats are reserved for students of backward cast”

All of the leading educational institutes have 60% of their seats reserved for students of backward castes. It is a fairly common expression and a sad fact in India. What would be an alternative to ...
2
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4answers
305 views

“Dabbler”, without the negative connotation

According to dictionary, a dabbler is "an amateur who engages in an activity without serious intentions and who pretends to have knowledge". I want a word that means a person genuinely interested in ...
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1answer
551 views

“Pro-attitude” Definition

What does the word pro-attitude mean in the following sentence: Intentions are pro-attitudes, directed towards some future state of affairs. reference I couldn't find this word in the ...
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2answers
110 views

Alternative for the word “options” as in “extra purchase possibilities to go with a booking”

Is there a better alternative to the word options when referring to "extra purchase possibilities next to a booking you have already made"? For instance, you can think of food and beverages, ...
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5answers
409 views

What's a better replacement for the word “enemy”?

What's a better replacement for the word enemy? I'm not simply looking for a synonym, I'm looking for one that fits this context: When you don't know how to use your firearm, you could ...
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4answers
336 views

A word used to mean “the ultimate answer”

I am looking for a word that I have seen many times and that has temporarily escaped my brain. If someone was to be looking for the answer to the ultimate or existential questions ...
3
votes
1answer
508 views

Enable (positive connotation) - Enabler (negative connotation). Why?

I am writing a speech about people having people in their lives who are catalysts for them to propel them to something positive in their lives. These people enable others to be something better than ...
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5answers
2k views

What is the name of the small containers of half & half, etc.?

Does anyone know what the word/name for the small plastic cup things that contain liquids (like half and half for coffee) is? Right now I’m using sachet because a coworker started to do so, but I’ve ...
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8answers
1k views

Are all myths superstitions, or are all superstitions myths?

Are all myths superstitions, or is it the other way around, i.e. all superstition being myths? Or can these words basically be used interchangeably? The dictionary definitions of these words seem ...
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7answers
3k views

More formal synonyms of “snob”

To me, the word snob seems rather informal, although it appears in dictionaries, and I am unable to find anywhere on the internet a more formal word than snob. Are there any sophisticated synonyms ...
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2answers
1k views

What is the noun for “implore”?

What is the noun form of the word "implore"? I saw some suggestions online for "imploration", but this seems awkward to me.
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2answers
675 views

Synonym for “application”

I am looking for a synonym for the word application as in mobile application. In Spanish I would use programa but I am not sure if English speakers would understand me if I use program to refer to an ...
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votes
2answers
310 views

What is the feminine noun for 'benedict'?

I came across the word 'benedict' recently: Benedict: A name for a newly married man, esp if formerly a confirmed bachelor Is there an equivalent feminine noun for a newly married woman? 'Bride' ...
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1answer
655 views

What's the difference between micro-particle and micron-particle? [closed]

A simple Google search gave me: Micro-particle 564,000 Micron-particle 309,000 Are they interchangeable or is there a difference between the two? Here is an example: Air filters remove dust, ...
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5answers
279 views

Synonym needed for “teetotaler”

Is teetotaler still an acceptable term for someone advocating alcohol abstinence? If not, what is a better word to use?
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5answers
962 views

When the reader sees the words “foreshadow” or “omen” does it usually mean good things or bad?

I'd like to use a word like "foreshadow", or a word similar to it, as long as the reader will understand what is to come is going to be good. Is the a subjective interpretation of "foreshadow" or ...
13
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5answers
18k views

Difference between “pain” and “ache”

What's the difference between pain and ache? I often see the two words used (almost) interchangeably. At the same time the phrase "aches and pains" is pretty common, and seems to suggest that the two ...
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votes
8answers
237 views

Word that means “Something only a philosopher would argue with”

I remember reading (apparently not on the internet) a lighthearted definition of the word I want to use. This noun means a kind of quibble that is so trivial that only a metaphysician or similar ...
3
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2answers
2k views

Why are “connection” and “connexion” both used in the same work?

This question, Google Ngrams, Wikipedia, and several dictionaries all say that connexion is an alternate, obsolete spelling of connection. I am reading a several-hundred page treatise (Milton S. ...