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Business meeting jargon- a “walkthrough” of a document

I'm writing a document and I need to discuss sessions during which one party presents a document and walks the other party through the document, reading each sentence out loud, asking for any comments ...
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Term usage for the meaning below

Term used for "cut or removal of legs of a living thing". I saw this word in a game.. Might be dead space.. It said something about disabling the legs of creature ..
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Term to designate employee “current status”

Given the items below: On vacation On sick leave On maternity/paternity leave Employed Retired Related to a employee, what term nominates or best describes this group of items? Can i name it ...
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When you run a program for the first time, is it after the first “run”, “launch”, or “execution” of that program? [on hold]

I’m slowly writing my thesis and I’ve encountered an issue where I need to say that certain settings must be set when the software starts for the first time. Which of these things would I therefore ...
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“False reasoning” psychiatric term

I am looking for a one word English equivalent for "false reasoning" of schizophrenia patients. There are two type of this - one is non pathological when low-educated people explain some phenomenon on ...
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Term between 'mentoring' & 'rubber ducking'

This may be a Programmers Stack Exchange question, but I don't think so, because I don't believe there is an accepted term for this in the industry, so I turn to all of you for suggestions. Say I'm ...
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Better term for “intellectual jokes”

What can you call a joke, pun, or anything funny that likely needs intelligence to get? All I can come up with is intellectual jokes; is there another word for this? A one-word answer would be great. ...
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What is the name of the word or phrase people insert into sentences, seemingly unintentionally?

For instance, I have a friend who just can't help himself constantly saying "ok". He'll say things like "ok, now we're going to [...]" or "now we've seen that, ok", and I'm just wondering what this ...
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Is “right hand of” means right hand of anybody else? [on hold]

Idiom meaning of "right hand of" Example. Right hand of GOD.
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Deriving a word for the activity of using a tool from the tool name (“grep”)

In a discussion that involves talking about the program named "grep", the activity of applying the program to some data is often referred to as "greping". I was writing - still informally - about ...
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Is “notations” a proper English word?

Some of my colleagues use the word "Notations" as the title of a section of a paper which defines their terms. I think the proper word is "Notation". I could not find notation on any list of words ...
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Word for someone who has a fear for not getting what he believes he's due? [closed]

There is all different kinds of phobias. What is a phobia for someone who fears that he won't get what he believes he's due?
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Terminology for “New Yorker” vs “lives in New York”

What are the terms that can be used to differentiate between these two nouns? New Yorker versus one who lives in New York A "New Yorker" would be someone who self-identifies as a practitioner ...
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Word or expression for someone who intentionally says false statements to bring someone else down?

Someone who intentionally says false statements and/or facts about someone else (directly related to and/or about them) with whom that person is in a conversation (with or without other people ...
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What does 'disk box' mean here?

The expression is mentioned under the number 1 of the list at the bottom of the picture. The search over the internet hasn't given me a more or less clear idea of what it could be for it to match ...
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Collective noun for lightning(s) / thunderbolts

What is the collective noun for lightning(s) / thunderbolts? A ____ of thunderbolts/lightning(s) Can we use the plural form of lightning with a collective noun? Or should it stay in singular ...
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Specific word used for the combining of past and current experience

I am looking for the specific word used for the combining of past experience with new. It is one word and I don't think it was Latin based but I just don't remember...
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A word that comes close to “something that needs to improve/would benefit the end result if you'd do it differently/more efficiently”

Is there a better word to describe what the supervisor says in this examle? Someone has just finished a, by materials built, project and is presenting it to his supervisor. This person is very proud ...
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“Silence” and “silently”: What is the name of the relation between these words?

Consider: Silence is a noun. Silent is an adjective. Silently is an adverb. Silence! is an interjection. Not sure how these words actually evolved, but they were likely all derived from the noun ...
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How did nominal come to mean “within acceptable tolerances”?

The word "nominal" has a number of definitions. For example, the Free Dictionary gives seven: nom·i·nal (nm-nl) adj. a. Of, resembling, relating to, or consisting of a name or names. ...
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Term for advancement through medical anomalies

I'm looking for a term to describe when a medical advancement is achieved through, for example, a natural immunity to a disease. For example, the Berlin Patient, who is naturally immune to HIV may ...
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4answers
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What to call it or someone who easily laughs about something which isn't funny? [closed]

This kind of person always or easily laughs, not because something is so funny, but because that person is easily e.g. nervous, agitated, has a short attention span, bit retarded and hasn't really got ...
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What are the machines at the grocery store entrance called?

What are the machines at the grocery store entrance called? I'm talking about the 'CoinStar' machines specifically, but what is the general name for them? I'm planning on creating one, but to do ...
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Is there a verb to express moving files within a cloud, similar to “to upload” and “to download”

Writelatex is an awesome cloud solution to write LaTeX documents online. Through one of their dialogs one can "upload" files to the cloud. However, when looking at the options offered, all but one - ...
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Less technical term to describe how often a recurring schedule repeats itself?

Defining a recurring schedule requires two steps: How often the schedule repeats itself (e.g. weekly, every 2 weeks, every 3 weeks, etc.) Inside each repetition, when the recurrently scheduled event ...
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What is the difference between “deployment” and “release”?

In work environment, we frequently encounter the words "deployment" and "release" in technical context. I often hear them used interchangeably also. It is mainly related to "Release and Deployment ...
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Is there a term to describe the tendency to do what's minimum?

I will try my best to describe. Some times, I have found that people tend to do the minimum procedures to finish what they do, and find improving unnecessary. I understand different people have ...
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Question about meaning of “Object” in the Declaration of Independence

Referring to this: "But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, ...
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What to call someone who always sincerely shows on the outside how and what he feels on the inside?

So, this person is very open, honest and brave to display his vulnerabilities and feelings (because that's what feels natural for him, and as a good thing, to do) whether he's out in public, with ...
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1answer
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backquote vs backtick

What is the difference between backquote and backtick . Really, i search on this issue . And it seems that are the same . ` If so , Is it a synonyms ?
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How to define a numbering system clearly and succintly

I'm attempting to write a definition of an ordering scheme, and can't find the correct wording. The ordering should allow for different types of numbering systems, such as: Item1, Item1a, Item2, ...
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Term to describe fictional texts written in a non-fiction style

The term "creative non-fiction" is the opposite: a non-fiction work expressed in a fiction style, such as a historical novel. It may be a little less common, but is there a general term for the ...
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What do you call the the effect that causes people to miss the “the the” in this title?

Ages ago someone told me that most readers will not spot a double-the in a sentence. Something about the way we process words apparently filters out the extraneous "the" but I don't know what that ...
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Term for something similar to hijacking a meeting?

When someone says hijacking a meeting, IMO it usually means that someone has made the meeting all about his/her agenda. One time, I was invited to a meeting to talk about "ABC", but they only ...
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Expanding a contraction, where the expansion is not as it would seem

Consider these two sentences, one with a contraction, one without: I didn't check my voicemail. I did not check my voicemail. didn't is expanded to did not. Now consider: Why didn't ...
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English equivalent of komorebi (木漏れ日) — “sunshine filtering through leaves”

Is there an English equivalent of komorebi (木漏れ日), which means the sunshine filtering through the leaves of a tree (or trees)? It is made up of three kanji and the hiragana particle れ. The first ...
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Using 'certainly' at the end of a sentence — what is the correct punctuation and what is the construction called?

Consider this construction: Certainly, I will see you tomorrow. The word 'certainly' constitutes an introductory phrase, and the appropriate punctuation to use is a comma. (AFAIK). Now, ...
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Word or phrase for a scam-like enterprise based on ignorance

I've noticed a spate of schemes to raise money on Kickstarter, Indiegogo and through more traditional avenues that involve claims that are essentially physically impossible. A rudimentary due ...
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What is a word for an employee of a company that deals with community-related matters?

As in someone who interacts with the greater community and enforces an ethical code within the company. We came up with a few possibilities like "Crime Prevention Officer" or "Public Liaison Officer", ...
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Hypernym for cash flow directions [duplicate]

Is there a specific accounting-oriented hypernym for the directions of cash flow, i.e. debit and credit?
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Is there a term for if someone uses their own words on idioms consciously?

For example, instead of "barking up the wrong tree", someone uses "pulling out the wrong plant". Consciously or not, is there a term for saying idioms in your own words?
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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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generic reference, specific reference, and “particular reference”?

Webs are beautiful. (I'm sure it is a generic reference.) The web is beautiful. (I'm sure it is a specific reference.) The Web is beautiful. (This web refers to the World Wide Web, a specific web in ...
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Is the word “comparator” widely used outside of IT and computing — say, in statistics?

I came across the word “comparator” in the report of International Monetary Fund under the title, “Can women save Japan?” (WP/12/248) co-authored by Chad Steinberg and Masao Nakane “Japan has FLP ...
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Difference between “day after tomorrow” and “day after next”

According to the internet's wisdom, the term "day after next" means a day that might never come - basically some day in the future, if any at all. However, in Covert Affairs (S04E14) they seem to use ...
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What's the accusative absolute?

I'm no grammarian and so I am seeking an informal and comprehensible answer. I read the following definition for accusative-absolute, but I don't fully understand it, possibly due to the many ...
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Use of “perform” in academic jargon?

I was reading this article when I came across the following quote: "it’s a savvy and interesting thing to not perform the legitimacy of The Professor. Because this is the double thing: you’ve got ...
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Gill or Branchia

I am writing a dialog and I need to mention Gills (or Branchias), the respiratory organ of animals like fish. I was wondering which one would be more common or casual in English speech (say, in the ...
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Is there a word for a plot detail that becomes important retroactively?

I know that foreshadowing is when you drop hints about the future, but is there a name for it when a statement which is innocuous at the time suddenly becomes very important in the light of new ...
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What's it called when you use the characteristics of a noun as an adjective?

Please feel free to edit this question so it makes sense. For example, if you're saying: He has a bearish personality. We're using the qualities of a bear, (big, grizzly, perhaps dangerous), ...