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

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“Boston” lobster vs. Italian “aragosta”

This live crustacean is called astice in Italian. The one on the right is aragosta They look very different from one another. The Italian dictionary describes the astice as having a deep (intense) ...
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“You gotta do what you gotta do” and similar expressions

You gotta do what you gotta do. It's there because it's there. Stuff, because stuff. Does this pattern of expression have a name? Existential assertion, maybe?
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Term for greetings that are also valedictions

Is there a specialized term in linguistics for those words that, in a given language, can be used to say both hello and goodbye? For instance, I've heard tell that in Hawaii the word "aloha" is used ...
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Would this qualify as sarcasm?

Let's suppose a guest brought something inappropriate, like maybe a polo mallet and helmet, to an informal beach party (presumably to show off), and I made a snarky remark to my companion: for ...
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Using a word incorrectly but related to the subject [on hold]

During normal conversation I have noticed a tendency to use the word 'wedding' when I mean to say 'funeral'. This is so embarrassing! Why does this happen?
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Is there a term for a word that when spelt backwards forms another word? [duplicate]

I'm not talking about palindromes, but rather a word like "ward" which can form the word "draw" when spelt backwards. Thank you.
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Is reducing a complex, or technical, idea into a colloquial label, phrase or expression correctly described as an abbreviation?

I hope someone can tell me if there is a formal, or technical, English word or phrase that describes the result of summarising a complicated (technical, or obscure, apply equally well here) idea into ...
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What do you call an object inserted between two pieces (of bone)

Imagine someone has a broken bone and after removing any slivers there is a void between the two bone fragments. In order to assure that the bone grows back correctly, a piece is inserted between the ...
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Word to describe policy that attacks the environment?

I am putting together a presentation, and for the life of me I am unable to think of the word which describes this situation. I am discussing policy promoted by the US in Latin America during the 60s ...
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Is there a term for words that consist of the same syllable repeated? [migrated]

Words such as "mama", "papa", and "cancan" have only one unique syllable, and the whole word is just that syllable repeated once. Is there a name for such words? I am aware of reduplication, but I ...
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Why “inspector general”, and not “general inspector”, like German “Generalinspektor”? [duplicate]

I would expect the term "inspector general" to be "general inspector" instead. In part, that may be because I know the German variant as "Generalinspekteur" of "Generalinspektor". But I'm pretty ...
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What is the term for a group of liches?

What is the term for a group of liches? In fantasy fiction, a lich (/ˈlɪtʃ/; cognate to Dutch lijk, German Leiche, Norse lík and Swedish lik all meaning "corpse") is a type of undead creature. ...
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Single-word or multiword term for a grammatical tense marking another tense [on hold]

I would like to know if there is an English term in linguistics that expresses the notion of a use of a grammatical tense which marks (expresses) another (grammatical) tense.
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What is the term for the origin of a cliche?

From wiki sources : A cliche is an expression, idea, or element of an artistic work which has become overused to the point of losing its original meaning or effect, even to the point of being ...
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What do we call those who discriminate against fat people?

Homophobia describes dislike or prejudice against homosexual people. Xenophobia describes an intense or irrational dislike or fear of people from other countries. What about those who discriminate ...
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Words for the “essential character” of each sense organ?

Looking at the definition for flavor and timbre, both are used to describe the "essential character" of a particular sense. If flavor is the essential character of our taste sense, and timbre is the ...
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Military terminology for the outbreak of war, or events which begin a World War?

I wanted to know if there are any general terms for the outbreak of war, or ones which refer specifically to the beginnings of the World Wars.
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What's the word for ‘the point at which an object loses balance’?

I'm trying to think of a formal word to describe the "tipping point" of an object. This would be the same point at which an object would be perfectly balanced.
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Word referring to process of curing meats?

I remember watching an episode of Floyd on France some time ago which described a French town as famous for their cured meats. I believe the word began with an 'H', and referred to the process of ...
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What is a good word for all sentient races?

I'm creating a historically inspired campaign where the standard fantasy races are extremely intermingled, and conflict is usually based on politics or religion, rather than species divisions. I ...
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What is the word for a group holding back one of its members trying to rise above the group?

I know that there is a word which specifically describes the following pattern: When a group will censor, cast bad votes, shout down, keep down or hold back one of its members trying to rise above ...
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Alternative to Without further ado?

It's a cliche talk in nearly all public speaking events, regardless of the type of the gathering (academic, business, wedding) and the level/class (top League school, fortune 500 company, 200 bucks ...
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Better term for clergyperson?

I'm creating a database that will include many types of people, and am faltering on the best way to classify "clergypeople". I'd prefer not to have separate entries for Deacon, Pastor, Priest, ...
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Is there a word for women who use prostitutes?

Men who use prostitutes are colloquially called johns. Is there a specific word for women who use prostitutes?
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What is the most widely accepted term for “circumventing support channels or standard operating procedures to gain faster or better service”?

Particularly in the case of tech support, what is the most widely accepted "correct" term for the act of artificially escalating a user or customer request, or maybe even circumventing support, ...
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Is 'bug' a term or a slang word?

In my answer to the question about the opposite for bug in programming, I referred to 'bug' as a slang word. Shaun Wilson, in his comment insists on 'bug' being a term that derived from a historical ...
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What do you call a word whose meaning changes according to when or where it is said?

I remember learning a specific name for words whose meaning depends on the time or location of their use, but as this was when I was in middle school (about 10 years ago), I can't remember what ...
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Can a sentence be “causative”, if the subject is only implied?

Original text Please _________ by your next of kin. a. section 9 have completed b. have completed section 9 c. have section 9 completed The correct answer is c But for the life of me, I ...
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What is the term for material lost when a batch is transferred from one vessel to another?

When making brownies or a banana cake, for example, some batter is left in the mixing bowl. Or the spilled sand when filling sandbags. What is the term for that lost material? Or the phenomenon of ...
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Alternative to “waiting period”

I cannot find an alternative to name this concept: In a negotiation process, after a proposal is presented, time is left for the parties to comment on or object to it. "Waiting period" alludes to the ...
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Is this statement combination correct?

I have two statements to make: Note that records are keyed on their name, not an integer Note that records are uniquely identified by their name, not an integer I considered combining these with ...
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Predicator vs. Predicate

BACKGROUND According to Oxford Dictionaries Online: Predicator means "(In systemic grammar) a verb phrase considered as a constituent of clause structure, along with subject, object, and ...
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what is the word to describe such an expression?

When we chat on the internet we use expressions like “Hey, it’s so good to hear from you” even though we are not speaking to or hearing each other. What is the word used to describe this kind of ...
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Another word for key-points of a certain entity

I'm looking for another word for key-points of another object/entity. Example: The most important things of football are: Teamwork Speed Condition What do you call the three things I just summed ...
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What is a “goon tie”?

On the first page of Nabokov's Pnin the eponymous hero's clothing is described and it includes a "flamboyant goon tie". What exactly is that?
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How do I connect my account to itself? [migrated]

http://english.stackexchange.com/users/113399/neil That is me. But then when I registered it doesn't show my other posts from that account which is supposed to be this account.
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Adage or epigram for something not working until someone else looks at it? [duplicate]

It's a pretty common occurrence. My code doesn't work. Why? I have no idea. So I call over a coworker to look at it, but the instant he looks at the code it is magically working. Another situation -- ...
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Milanese Loop - origin of term?

A company is using the term "Milanese Loop" for one of the watch armbands for the digital Watch. I understand that Milanese is related to the Italian city of Milan. Yet my Internet research has not ...
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Technical train terms

I am looking for the correct technical English terms for these German words like you would use them in a published paper: Bahnhof → station (We are boarding at the station) Zugstrecke → route, line, ...
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A bit of chicken? [closed]

I heard someone earlier today say this. 'I will cut the chicken breast into bits then fry.' I responded; 'You mean chunks?, because I would prefer strips.' That someone then said; 'Strips? ...
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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.” [closed]

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? [closed]

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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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 [closed]

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?