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

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What's the term for not specifying race or gender when it is the majority?

In one of my English literature courses, my professor talked about how minority writers are often "marked" by a qualifier, while majority writers are unmarked. For example, Langston Hughes is often ...
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Terminology about English language learning [on hold]

What terminology can i use in a research proposal abstruct about English language skills development through the electronic communication?
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Is there a name for a pair of words or phrase that can have a double meaning?

Is there a name for a pair of words or phrase that can have a double meaning? I was thinking homophones, but I thought that homophones are only applied to single words (ie their, there, and they're). ...
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Hyphenation in “incomplete-information games” (technical jargon) [on hold]

A game of complete information is a mathematical object defined within Game Theory. I want to use a compound adjective to specify that a game is a game of complete information. Should I use a hyphen ...
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Is there a well-known term for the synonym or near-synonym “telescoping” words?

This has been rattling around in the back of my mind for many years (way before Stack Exchange came into existence), so it's a relief to finally ask the question. There are words that can be ...
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Is there a term for “-tive” and “-tative” word pairs ?

preventive and preventative interpretive and interpretative exploitive and exploitative authoritive and authoritative Is there a term, grammatical or not, for these pairs?
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What do you call a response which does not address the question?

When some one is asked a question, sometimes if they are trying to avoid answering the question, they respond with something unrelated. What is the word for that response? Eg. A: Why were you late? ...
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Person who is responsible for the political guests in the kingdom?

I'm from Georgia, and I need help with a specific word. In one of the history books I found the word mestumre, and in a translation from Georgian it means a person who is responsible for the special ...
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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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Word for the inability to do simple things when you don't look at it

Well, the title says it all. I'll add an example: You try to put a plug into a socket which is under the table and you're too lazy to stoop down. To my mind this sounds like a very simple task and ...
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what do you call someone who marries for citizenship?

A gold digger is someone who marries for money. Is there a term for someone who marries for citizenship (and then divorces as soon as they get the citizenship)?
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When was “emoji” first used?

Emoji is a small digital image or icon used in electronic communication. It is also mentioned as a standardized emoticon (emotion + icon) but emojis are usually depicted as pictographs and emoticons ...
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When did “phone” become accepted as its own word?

In older print publications, I have come across telephone shortened to 'phone, with an apostrophe to mark where the beginning of the word had been omitted. Now, however, phone does not need an ...
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What is it called when someone says “like” or “alright”

I was talking with my friend and neither of us could think of the word for when someone says something similar to "And, like, we were totally, like, going to do this one thing." To add to it, as ...
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Where did the Word 'Physics' Come From? [closed]

As the title suggests, where did the name for the discipline 'Physics' come from? - does it mean something in Greek?
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A question for train lovers (a specific part of a steam locomotive)

I am currently translating a text concerning steam locomotives (from Slovak to English) and I am a little bit stuck on an issue with a certain part of a steam locomotive (in the red circle). Is ...
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Term to describe a collection of expenses you didn't think of

When making out a expense chart for example I know there is a term (as I have seen it before) where you can put it in for expenses that may come up that you initially didn't think of - it's not ...
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What are the “double-door lock mechanisms” on many vending machines and postboxes called?

Many of the newer stock vending machines (see photo) have a "double-door lock" mechanism in their dispensary. Postboxes and book returns also employ this mechanism. ...
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What is the proper way to say “queryer”

That is, the person who is querying. The person who sends can be a sender, the person who receives can be a receiver. Similarly the person who responds (to a query) can be a responder. But can ...
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What is the term for a component of a quantity's units? [migrated]

Imagine a company pays for a service for each employee. The service costs $10/employee/month. Written another way, the cost is "10 dollars per employee per month." My question focuses on 10 dollars ...
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Is there a difference between articles and determiners?

I have heard the, a, and an referred to as both articles and determiners. Do these two terms mean the same thing, or are there some differences between them? Can a word be an article but not a ...
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When did aircraft stop being called “ships”?

If you read older flying materials and books like the classic Stick and Rudder by Wolfgang Langewiesche, aircraft are very frequently and consistently referred to as "ships". Many movies and videos ...
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Is there a word or phrase for the time taken to become productive?

I'm looking for a word of phrase that essentially means the interim between when something has begun and when it is productive. This would be "boot time" on a computer. My specific example would be ...
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Is there a term for the use of an unnecessary or redundant adjective?

I know there is a term for the use of adjectives, and maybe adverbs, that are unnecessary or logically redundant. Examples are: -a free gift -a cold snow
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Is there a word for a horizontal 1D profile for depths below ground? [geology]

I am seeking a word to describe horizontal lines (1D) cut parallel to the (mean) ground surface. The context I need it for is a plot of some variable along a horizontal line at a specific depth below ...
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Is there a term for a sentence that suggests a question but isn't one?

I've noticed some sentences or phrases that suggest a question that people tend to accidentally end with a question mark. Examples: "I wonder why" or "The question is what we should do now". Is there ...
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Correct usage of 'consumption'

Which of the following sentences is correct? 1) My rice consumption has been slowly reduced, as I am on a diet plan. 2) My rice intake has been slowly reduced, as I am on a diet plan. I am not ...
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Word for someone between technologically illiterate and literate

I know that you call someone who is familiar with technology "technologically literate" and someone who isn't "technologically illiterate" I am looking for a word for those who are in between those ...
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what is the purpose of the suffix 'ish' at the end of the adjectives 'girlish' and 'boyish'

Hi could anyone tell me what is the purpose of the suffix 'ish' at the end of the adjectives 'girlish' and 'boyish? I mean you could use the suffix 'ly' but what is the need of the ish? I know that it ...
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Are modal verbs and auxiliary verbs actually verbs?

A friend recently told me that "can" is a rare verb without an infinitive. I have since looked it up and discovered it is an auxiliary verb. In my mind it modifies a "proper" verb in much the same way ...
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Is there a term for a highlighted option?

I'm curious - is there a term for a character that is used to denote a highlighted option in text-based navigation? For example, say we have this menu when navigating a text-only menu: One > ...
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What is the difference between “prognosis” and “pathogenesis”? [closed]

Google definitions: Pathogenesis: the manner of development of a disease. Prognosis: the likely course of a medical condition. They sound similar, perhaps it is about time I used a proper ...
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What is the difference between log in, sign in; register, login; log out, sign out [duplicate]

Although they are all over the Internet, but the answers are not fixed and were not asked all 4s at a time causing me to be confused. Is it accurate if I say: both login and sign in are the same as ...
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Is there a word or a term for when a story's ending is very similar or the same as its beginning?

In the novel Perfume, by Patrick Süskind, it is notable that the main character appears in the same setting and scenario in the beginning of the novel and in the end. Is there a word for when this ...
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Statement where the words are in question order

I am watching a video series to prepare for CCNA certification tests. The instructor has this horrible habit of making a statement with words that sound like he's asking a question, e.g. … it’s ...
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What does “state-bearing” mean?

I came across this term "state-bearing" yesterday and did not get it. As in the following example: "There was an emergence of state-bearing elite groups (civil servants and bourgeoisie) – we get an ...
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Is there a grammatical term for 'extra information' in a sentence?

Sorry if this is a basic question, but is there a grammatical term for the 'extra information' in the sentences below? He was giving a presentation to the finance department She was having lunch at ...
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What we call the next consecutive question in series of problem

on stack overflow we can edit the questions and this problem is based on that. Scenario I was asking problem A and got the solution of A but face a new problem B. How do I mention (reference ...
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What is different between “Arithmetic Calculation” and “Calculation” in computer science? [migrated]

What is different when you say "Arithmetic Calculation" and "Calculation" in the context of the computer science? The "arithmetic" in the former seems needless to me since all calculations are ...
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Is there a term in English (or any other language) to refer to the movement of a large, rapidly spreading fire?

I like very specific words and this would help me with a poem I'm writing. Also, if you have any references for very specific words/know any yourself (English or otherwise), they would be appreciated. ...
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A word for 'independent episodes'

When we have a series of episodes where every single episode depends on and develops from the previous, we may call that a sequel, or maybe a continuum. Now let us say that we have a collection of ...
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“old stiff” (army slang, 1940s, Br)

I am reading the diary of a Colonel in the British Army in the 1940s. He describes some of the recruits as "old stiffs". This seems to be largely a compliment, and seems to refer to older folk who ...
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Which Sentence Does Not Belong Here? [closed]

I am trying to figure out the sentence that does not belong to this paragraph. The researchers developed three criteria for the test subjects. The test subjects needed to be women because the drug ...
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Can we say Copy-Right-Free instead of CopyLeft? [closed]

say a lot of people find the phrase "copy left" confusing so you may prefer to use "copyright-free" instead. is that ok? are they having exactly same meaning?
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Is there a word that describes this gesture of interlocking hands on the lower stomach?

Specifically, I am referring to the traditional gesture some female service staff members seem to do, when demonstrating their work or their readiness to receive orders. Also, this is the gesture ...
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Is there a term for a foreign word that looks like an English word but has a completely different meaning?

Examples: gift (German) = poison poisson (French) = fish embarazada (Spanish) = pregnant triviale (Italian) = vulgar
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Word for “entity who/that decides whether to grant or deny a request”?

Checker comes to mind but I want something better. The context I have in mind is in software development. What would you call the mechanism that will allow or deny user actions (based on users' ...
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a term for a “not web” traditional application

I am writing a cover letter and I would state my experience in both web application and "normal programs". "Normal programs" sounds so bad, what is a good term that I can use without delve into ...
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Is “root access” acceptable in a professional setting in Australian English?

In Australian English, which has a slang meaning of "root" which is best avoided in a professional setting, is "root access" acceptable in a professional setting? If not, what synonyms, preferably ...
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What do you call a registered taxpayer with no tax obligations?

What do you call a registered taxpayer with no outstanding tax-liability? I'll explain my hesitation with the term taxpayer: I take that payer means someone who pays money, so a taxpayer is someone ...