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1answer
154 views

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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1answer
69 views

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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7answers
1k views

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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0answers
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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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3answers
67 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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3answers
178 views

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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3answers
113 views

Criteria used to determine if a “Chinese inch” is an “inch”?

This is a follow-on question to "Term for construct in which adjective completely changes the meaning of its following noun?" Is a "Chinese inch" an "inch" or something entirely different in which ...
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1answer
54 views

Term for construct in which adjective completely changes the meaning of its following noun?

I would like the terminology for, and information regarding, a specific type of adjective-noun construct. It consists of noun preceded by an adjective that completely/radically changes the meaning ...
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4answers
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In the context of cooking, what is the difference between “flipper” and “spatula”?

I'm genuinely confused about this because at first I thought a spatula was a cooking tool resembling a flat pallet attached at an angle to the handle that could be used for activities such as flipping ...
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4answers
315 views

Are there any terms equivalent to 'Americana' for other cultures?

Given the available definition of Americana as pertaining to "artifacts, or a collection of artifacts, related to the history, geography, folklore and cultural heritage of the United States", are ...
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8answers
485 views

Is there a single word which means “a person, and all of his ancestors”, or “a person, and all of his descendants”?

There are a lot of words describing ancestral relationships between people, such as: parent grandparent great-grandparent any of the above can be described as an "ancestor". child grandchild ...
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3answers
1k views

Collective name for prefix and suffix of a word [closed]

Is there a term that can be used to refer to both the prefix and suffix of a word? For example, unenjoyable. I'm looking for a collective word that described BOTH un and able.
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4answers
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What word describes a policeman who is not wearing a uniform?

How do you describe a police officer on duty, who wears casual clothes because he/she doesn't want to disclose his/her identity?
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4answers
225 views

Acrylic vs methacrylate

A native Spaniard here, asking about what we call metacrilato — this manufactured product: What would you call it? I have seen use both acrylic and Methacrylate, maybe one of them is more ...
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10answers
514 views

Need a word for the inability to feel anger

I need a term for the inability to feel anger. Features desired: Single word Prefer connotations of incapacity rather than benefit Prefer reasonably clear specificity to anger More clinical tone ...
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5answers
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What do you call someone who lives for himself?

What do you call someone who lives for himself? If someone lives his life solely to achieve his own life goals and not want to associate his life with others', what would you call him? I know some of ...
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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 ...
1
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1answer
446 views

What are some examples of “zombie nouns and verbs”?

This is one of the New York Times writing rules.I don't know exactly what “zombie nouns” and verbs mean here. Can someone give some examples? Rule 6: Write With Non-Zombie Nouns and Verbs ...
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5answers
544 views

What do you call the little plastic dowel-like protrusions that keep two pieces of plastic together?

That is, you have two parts to mate and those thingies are supposed to help. You can find those in appliances, model kits, computer cases (to keep the bezel and the aluminum case proper together) and ...
2
votes
2answers
130 views

A soft substance that can be used to seal a seam between a bathtub and a wall [closed]

I need to go shopping for a certain thing, but do not know a proper English word for it. It is a soft substance usually sold in a tube that can be used to seal a seam between a bathtub and a wall. It ...
2
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1answer
153 views

In real estate, what is a split plan? [closed]

I'm looking through house listings and keep coming across "split plan." This is not a synonym of "split level," because the houses are pretty flat. What is a "split plan" house?
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5answers
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Difference between “jargon” and “technical terms”

Each subject matter has its own set of terms called jargon which is expressed in its particular grammatical rules. Technical terminology or Term of Art is the specialized vocabulary of any specialized ...
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2answers
2k views

Difference between ‘“folder” and “directory”

What is the difference between folder and directory in the context of computer science?
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1answer
124 views

Correct translatation of the German word “Folgeverhalten” in the technical domain of control feedback systems

I have asked various online dictionaries about the translation of the German word Folgeverhalten. At these dictionaries it is translated as "subsequent behaviour" or "following behavior". I am in ...
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2answers
183 views

Term for asking a question to create context

Sometimes to start a conversation or to bring up a subject I ask a question. I ask it in hopes that they know the answer, I'm not seeking knowledge or an explanation, but instead I'm looking to create ...
2
votes
1answer
66 views

Word for a pane showing fictional characters in columns [closed]

In the manga/anime world you sometimes come across panes that show some of the characters of a certain manga or anime series arranged into columns. Here are some examples: Bleach Gotei 13 Bleach ...
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1answer
181 views

"Science journal” vs. “science magazine”

What is the difference between the terms journal and magazine? Is it correct to call a magazine a journal? For example, I found the Journal of Radio Electronics and the Radio-Electronics Magazine, ...
3
votes
2answers
252 views

Hypernym for “conjunction” and “disjunction”

Is there a hypernym for conjunction and disjunction, in their logical senses? Just using "junction" doesn't seem right to me.
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5answers
462 views

Is there a word for something that gets “acted upon”?

For instance, say I have two individuals and one is active, the other passive. I know I can call the active person the "actor"—he "acts upon" the passive person. But what do I call the "acted upon"? ...
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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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4answers
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'Horeca', is it English? Alternatives?

In Dutch there's a quite commonly used word that denotes the commercial sector around selling food and beverages for immediate (or near-immediate, e.g. take-out meals) consumption: horeca. (This ...
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2answers
63 views

Is there a hypernym for persons and companies as entities?

I have to describe owners of certain properties and those can be persons or companies. I was thinking of naming them entities, but that seems too broad.
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votes
2answers
363 views

What is the term for those cylindrical metal or plastic protrusions?

What is the term for those cylindrical metal or plastic protrusions that are inserted into mounting holes to mount a thing onto another thing? At first I thought of tab, but to me that makes it sound ...
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1answer
229 views

What term describes the relationship between 'collectivism' and 'collectivisation'?

What is collectivism, in terms of grammar, of collectivisation? Put another way: Collectivism is the [which word?] of collectivisation? Another example word pair might be centralism and ...
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5answers
636 views

What's the meaning of boilerplate in programming?

I am not very clear about the word boilerplate when it comes to programming. How is it different to other similar terms such as template and prototype? I would appreciate some examples that clearly ...
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1answer
287 views

What is the opposite of an agent noun?

Is there a simple phrase to describe the object of an agent noun performing an action? The adviser helped the advisee. The employer fired the employee. Is there a phrase similar to "agent ...
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4answers
200 views

Name for number format used in “Section 3.2.1”

Does that kind of numbering style have a common name or names? To be fair, it is really more of an "identifier" since it certainly not a scalar (one-dimensional) number. It isn't fair to call it a ...
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1answer
105 views

Megafauna is to animals as what is to insects?

I'm aware of several species of "giant" insects, such as the Meganeura (giant dragonfly) and the Arthropleura (giant centipede) — but I was wondering if anyone knew of a loose term similar to ...
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votes
1answer
568 views

Is it derogatory to call user a punter?

I've been wondering whether it is somewhat derogatory to call a user a punter. For instance, We should encourage punters to participate in the discussions. Update: My apologies — I owe you an ...
1
vote
2answers
252 views

Is there a term for referencing the main character in a first-person song?

Is there a specific word for the protagonist when the singer sings from the protagonist's point of view? For example, in the song "Two Is Better Than One" by Boys Like Girls: I remember what you ...
6
votes
3answers
847 views

What is the process called to change “fire” → “fiery”?

It's clearly not "conjugation", and I'm not even sure which keywords to use for google to help on this. Without having time to dedicate my next few days to read though linguistics textbooks, I thought ...
4
votes
1answer
753 views

What is the word for nouns with gender-specific forms?

Thought I would try a question with visual aid.* The image below shows Claire Danes, "Actor", in a kiosk poster for the Met. The variation in usage between actor and actress for female thespians is ...
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votes
4answers
3k views

What’s the difference between “tool” and “utility”?

I find these two words appear together often, especially mentioned as tool and utility for the Unix operating system. So I am wondering about the difference between them.
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votes
1answer
250 views

Term for use of descriptor or noun in place of proper name?

What is the term for the literary use of a 'descriptor' in place of a proper name, as in Shakespeare's play Much Ado about Nothing, when Benedict refers to Beatrice as "Lady Disdain" instead of Lady ...
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6answers
6k views

Is there a single word that expresses “music end-users / enthusiasts”?

To help a soon-to-be sister site out here, I was thinking English.SE perhaps could lend a helping hand as this is the best place for "word choice and usage". I'm not looking for "naming", but rather ...
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0answers
133 views

How to properly build the “article is <some words> deletable/creatable?” question? [closed]

I have a minimum limit number, 1, a maximum limit number, 10, an "entity", article, and a question whose answer should state (one between true or false) if the number of current articles exceeded the ...
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0answers
62 views

What is the antonyms of “capitalize”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there an antonym for “capitalize” (as in letter-case) What is the antonyms of "capitalize"? I am referring to the following meaning (original reference): ...
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votes
6answers
293 views

What are correct words to use in order to name a user that updates something?

I would like to find correct words to use in order to name a user that updates something. That is, if for a user that creates something I say "creator user", what may I say for a user that updates ...
14
votes
2answers
2k views

Origin of the term “wizard” in computing

In computer user interfaces a "wizard" is a set of screens that guide the user through a process. Does anyone know the origin of this term? I personally associate wizards with magic more than a ...
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vote
2answers
128 views

Term or phrase representing all objects inside of a parent object

I am programming an iOS App and I have an alert popup that asks a user to confirm the deletion of a directory. I want to show the following message: "DIR is not empty! Deleting this folder will ...