Terminology is a system of terms belonging or peculiar to a science, art, or specialized subject, nomenclature.

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Name for a particular Internet Law [on hold]

Godwin's Law: Every Internet discussion that goes on long enough will eventually invoke Hitler. What is the name of the law for this: In a forum, a response to your comment is to be interpreted in ...
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Is there a term to refer to movies in which one or more actors died during production period and stand-ins were used?

The best I can think of is "movie with late actors", but it sounds weird and not very concise. I wonder if there's a technical term to refer to that type of movies.
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The history of the phrase, “to drop the ball.”

How (if at all) does the phrase "to drop the ball" relate to the Times Square dropping of the midnight ball on New Year's Eve? If they are unrelated, where does the phrase come from?
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Which English words are commonly misused by non-native English speakers? [on hold]

It's quite easy to find lists of commonly misused words. They are all over the internet. But it's not clear which of them are the MOST commonly misused words. This article says that there are 38 ...
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What does “double pump” mean in basketball? [migrated]

Can anybody explain the meaning of "double-pump" in the following sentence: Grant sprinted down the court and had an opportunity to win the game at the buzzer, but Kentucky's swarming defense made ...
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Correct spelling of web browser? [closed]

What is the correct spelling of "web browser" (e.g. Chrome, Firefox, etc.) in the context of a software user interface, either as single word (e.g. as a menu item caption) or inside a phrase (e.g. ...
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How confident must one be in order to be certain about something? [closed]

I understand that if someone thinks something has a probability of exactly one, they are certain of it. However, sometimes being certain of a claim seems to mean that one is very confident of it, but ...
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Word or phrase that can mean something and its opposite

Is there such a thing in the English language as words or phrases that can mean a something or its opposite depending on the context in which they are employed, without the use of sarcasm? If so, ...
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If A is a component of B, then what is B relative to A?

For example, we have the concepts of mentor and mentee, or trainer and trainee: If person A is a trainer of person B than person B is a trainee of person A. How can I apply a similar concept for ...
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Which is the best word to use for a Face-to-Face interview [on hold]

We are a BPO company and does lot of UK and US IT recruiting. We normally have two types of interviews - the first is telephonic and second is at client's office. Our recruiters use the term ...
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Term for when someone says they'll show up to an event

What is the term used for when someone says they'll show up to an event? The closest word I can think of is RSVP.
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What is the correct term for this person?

What do you call a person or what is the job title for a person who can fix or repair anything?
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Is there a word or phrase for helping someone when you are better equipped than them?

Is there a word or phrase for doing a favour or helping someone because you are in a better position than they are to get it done? For example, it would take me a lot longer to herd some cattle than ...
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Semantic term for ~one-way exclusive~? (vs. mutually exclusive)

Assume for a moment that a large group of people believe that film noir and neo-noir are mutually exclusive film categories. For example, if Chinatown (1974) is to be considered neo-noir (made after ...
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Technical term for “cityglow”

I've been racking my brain (and Googling with every search term I can think of) to remember a word that describes the glow in the sky above a city (actually, any large source of artificial light, but ...
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Origin of the word “Thesaurus” [closed]

Thesaurus (Treasure) Origin from old Greek or Albanian language -> Thesari(in Albanian) - Treasure (in English). The word Thesari was build from two words in Albanian; Thes(in Alb)- Bag, + Ari or ...
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Word or term for propaganda associating truth with crazy people

The corporate media often write pieces about people who are deemed crazy, then proceed to ridicule things these people say or believe, which typically include some very sensible things. For example, ...
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Why are distortion/errors in images called artifacts?

I've been combing through the posts and dictionaries, but haven't found the answer yet. The question is not about different spellings as have been asked previously, but on the semantic meaning of the ...
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Noun similar to Nostalgic or Sentimental

Funny Example: My older brothers used to love "Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone" when they were young. Now they're older and it's clear that they enjoy the modern Harry Potter movies (Deathly ...
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What is it called when a group of people forms a shape together?

There are great performances where a group of people, whether small or large, forms a shape or different shapes together; and you can usually see the shape from bird's eye view. It is usually like a ...
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Paternity vs. Paternal vs. Parental Leave [closed]

Which one is the most commonly used to describe a leave taken by a father in the United States?
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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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A parent who has more than one child with one or more partners: “Poly-what?”

A polyglot is someone who can speak many languages; something that is polychromatic has many colours, and polysemy is a word or phrase with multiple meanings If polygamy is having more than one ...
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What is the term used to describe something very big and something very small at the same time?

I heard it used in the context of describing God in Christian theology. God is big enough to create the whole universe, but small enough to live inside our hearts?
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What are some alternative words for an item that casts magic spells? [closed]

I am designing a video game set in a medieval fantasy world, and in the game, there is a chance of receiving a random weapon. For melee weapons, I currently have around 20 different weapons, such as ...
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Adjective/noun for a situation that cannot be solved? [duplicate]

I am writing an essay on Act 3 Scene 5 in Romeo and Juliet where the romantic play takes the turn for tragic. Indeed, Juliet loses the support of her primary family and is left deserted, with no hope ...
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what abreviation rule or rules does the term “UX” follow?

I am intrigued by the use of the letter "x" in the abbreviation of the term "User Experience" does this follow any specific language or phonetic rules?
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Term for a word that's a different word when spelled backwards [duplicate]

Palindromes are words, sentences, numbers that are the same forwards and backwards. Is there a term for words that are one word forwards but a different word backwards? For example, star backwards is ...
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Reasonable phobia name for fear of alcohol evaporating before you can drink it [closed]

I am curious as to what the phobia name would be for the fear of the alcohol in your drink evaporating before you can drink it. It appears most phobias are rooted in Greek and sometimes Latin. Some ...
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Historical meaning of “program” as a verb

Frozen since 1837, some guy just thawed up and confronted me with the verb 'to program' in the context of CS. If by programming an automatic computer, we mean “to put instructions in main memory for ...
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What's a word for the letter code used to identify the multiple choice answers of a question?

On an exam paper I have questions and each question has several answers. These answers are coded with characters A, B, C etc I am trying to document this and I want to find a single word that ...
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Medical terminology and using certain word parts

I'm taking a medical terminology class right now and I'm having issues discerning which word roots I'm supposed to use when they have the same meaning. For example, the combining forms pneum/o and ...
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Is there a word for a measurement process that affects the thing being measured?

I feel the need to refer to this concept regularly in quite different situations, so I feel that there probably is a word. Example 1 (silly engineering one) I want to know how fast my paper ...
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Is this redundant phrasing a rhetorical device? Does it have a name?

I'm wondering if there's a name for this particular kind of redundant phrasing: So what I'm going to do right now is, I'm going to . . . or So what you want to do is, you want to . . . I ...
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Need a term for major water forms or states (e.g. sea, freshwater, glaciers, dams, etc.)

I'm writing an article about the hydrosphere for my website GeoWorld. I'm dividing the hydrosphere into the following seven categories: 1) the sea 2) surface freshwater bodies 3) underground aquifers ...
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A term to explain my progress in an incomplete undergraduation

Here in Brazil, all the undergraduations last for 4-5 years and each year is divided by 2 academic periods and we refer to each one as period. Thus as I am a Mining Engineering undergraduate student ...
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What is it called when you use many words to describe the word you want to use?

What is it called when you use many words to describe the word you want to use? I know there is a technical word that's used in foreign language acquisition that means using many words to describe a ...
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Is there a name for this type of construction? E.g. possessive continuous? Is it even valid? [duplicate]

I'd like to know if this type of construction has a name, and for that matter, if it's even grammatically correct. I can remember seeing it in certain formal texts, but not as much recently: The ...
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See also our case processing times?

I’m working on translating some email templates for my company, and in those, we refer to our case processing times (on our website). I originally wrote “read more about our case processing times”, ...
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Is there a name for words which are pronounced differently depending on which definition is being used?

I was thinking about the word "fillet" recently. When I teach high school freshmen about the word (in a machining/engineering context), they refuse to believe that it is pronounced "FILL-it," rather ...
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Name of the quality of the bad sound that you have in Skype

When you talk through the internet by using some programs like Skype or Hangout, the quality of the sound may not be good. What is the name of that quality? There are some idea in my mind, but I don't ...
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Slang word or term for WWII food ration stamps?

Does anyone know of a slang word or term that was used for food ration stamps in WWII?
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Collective term for race, gender, age, religion, income class, etc

I'm writing an article for a political website about the major traits that make an individual what he or she is (in terms of wealth, human rights, oppression or lack thereof, etc.). They include ...
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Non-repudiable vs non-refutable vs non-reputable in computer security

In computer security there is a concept known as: non-repudiation "Non-repudiation refers to a state of affairs where the purported maker of a statement will not be able to successfully challenge the ...
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Is there a word for the letter that a diacritic is applied to?

If I am speaking about a letter that has a diacritical mark (e.g. 'á'), what word or phrase should I use to reference the base letter (e.g. 'a')? I'm looking for something a little more concise than ...
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A word or phrase for an unremarkable event that occurs with uncanny frequency

I am looking for a word or phrase for an unremarkable event that occurs with uncanny frequency. To give a specific example, one might be seeing a random shopper drop their bag every time you enter a ...
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Name for a verb that switches meaning depending on whether it has an object

Consider the sentences: The door closes. Emily closes the door. In both cases, it's the door that's being closed, even though "the door" is the subject of the first sentence and the object ...
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Correct term for “solo investigator” in a research

I'm looking for a phrase that describes a condition where one and only one person is doing academic research, from proposal to paper report - as opposed to the work being done in a team. The phrase ...
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Term for “there” support? [duplicate]

I am currently learning German on Duolingo and one of the phrases for translation is "There is oil on the shirts" which in German comes out as "Oil is on the shirts" which works just as well in ...
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What's a better word for “hugbox”?

What's a better word for what the term 'hugbox' suggests; i.e. an environment in which one is surrounded by likeminded people and as such is likely to have their preconceptions reinforced rather than ...