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

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Why do we use the term “and how”?

What is the literal and/or figurative meaning behind the term "and how"? Example: Boy 1: "The sun is boiling today." Boy 2: "And how!" I get HOW it's used, but can't seem to find any info on WHY ...
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The fear of not seeing one's mother ever again

Is there a word to describe the fear of never again seeing one's mother (or at least any person)? I have already checked the list of phobias that Wikipedia offers but could not find anything that ...
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Does a principal act upon a target, or does an agent act upon a patient? [closed]

In a software application, I have an access model that contains a set of data structures, each describing how a given entity may or may not act upon another given entity. An "entity" is a person, a ...
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Looking for a phrase similar to “outlive” but in alcohol drinking context

I'm wondering if there is a phrase that has similar meaning with "outlive" but in alcohol drinking context. Example sentence: "I have a very high alcohol tolerance, I will [phrase] you all". ...
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What is the term for saying something like A is B,and B is A?

Watching an ad about a mobile network operator that recently changed it's brand name: Tunisiana is ooredooo, and ooredoo is Tunisiana is there a term for this kind of statement? another example: One ...
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Japanese “verbal nouns [suru verbs]” (“suru-meishi”) [closed]

I am participating in a Japanese-English translation, and 've come across one of many loose boards. This question ONLY pertains to a word index. In accordance with my Japanese principal's teaching ...
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We can see the shrine “become/becomes” big

I'm correcting some writing and the student wrote, We can see the shrine become big, little by little, from the ferry. As far as I'm concerned, it's grammatically okay, but I'm having trouble ...
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Name of Shift-Key Concept

What is the name of the concept or type of key used in shifting characters on a mobile device? Many common virtual keyboards used in cellphones and advanced mobile devices use a certain paradigm for ...
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Reverse of an Amount and counting

We use this phrase to announce some voting-like results: 1 million and counting This is for something which we expect to increase in the future, but what phrase can we use for something that ...
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How to use the term “Inline link”?

I am writing a Terms of Service for a website and I am wondering if both of these examples are correct: "Inline link to an image" "In-line link of an image" Inline linking (also known as ...
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Interjection said to a fisherman/angler for good luck

In some other languages, there are interjections said to a fisherman (especially to an angler) for good luck, other than "good luck!" itself. Is there any in English too? I suppose, "good luck" is ...
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Fearing rejection from others and hence hesitant about it

Is there a term for the situation when we falter about making a suggestion or flinch from giving an answer or hesitating to take an action fearing ridicule of others or their rejection? Is there a ...
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When an author lets you decide what happened?

Is there a word to describe when an Author doesn't fully explain a particular scenario, and leaves it rather ambiguous, so that the reader may decide what happened? SPOILERS for Mockingjay and Life ...
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What does absent fraud mean? [duplicate]

I came across the phrase absent fraud in this article. I searched for its meaning on Google but didn't find anything. What does absent fraud mean? I can’t help but empathize with an employee ...
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Word for specific behaviour irrationally ascribed to gay people?

Nowadays, there seem to be a lot of men/boys who behave in my opinion, more feminine. For example saying "Oh my gosh" with a bit high voice and making gestures that mostly young woman do. Teenagers ...
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What is the term for repeating something in an A, B, A fashion? (e.g. “Just the facts, ma'am, just the facts.”)

Is there a term for repeating something in an A, B, A fashion for emphasis or dramatic effect? Examples: Just the facts, ma'am, just the facts. Ain't it the truth, Joe... ain't it the truth. ...
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Is “physically based rendering” grammatically correct?

Physically based rendering is a relatively new but established term in computer graphics that refers to rendering that tries to closely mimic the laws of physics for more photorealistic results. The ...
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Term to a verse that starts with the last word of the previous verse

The music "Glad you came" by The Wanted has the following verses Turn the lights out now, now I'll take you by the hand Hand you another drink, drink it if you can Can you spend a ...
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What is a succinct positive name for a busybody ( non impacted stakeholder )?

I am looking for a word that does not have a negative connotation and is a succinct general term for a: non user, but vocal, stakeholder. Arbitrary example: Say a new road was going to be built ...
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How to point out the year 2000? [duplicate]

1970s - The seventies; 1980s - The eighties; 1990s - The nineties. What do you call year 2000 and 2010? If someone who is older says a joke that was funny in eighties. I mostly hear right after: ...
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Medicine vs. Medication

I'm wrote some documentation in which I needed to refer to the list of drugs that a person was taking at a given time. This list might also include a dosage as well (e.g. 'Aspirin 300mg daily'). I ...
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What is the term for a Monarchy with only a King or a Queen, but not both? [closed]

A typical Monarchy can have a king, queen, or both. What is the term for, like the current British Monarchy, having only one of a king or a queen in power? Surely there is a term that distinguishes ...
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Why is “agnostic” pronounced “ag-gnostic” as opposed to “a-gnostic”?

Gnosticism, for example, is obviously not pronounced with a hard g. As far as I know the modern English use of agnostic is said to have originated with Thomas Huxley, who surely would have been aware ...
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How to describe a guy who is popular with girls?

Perhaps I should make it clear: - He naturally attracts girls. - He doesn't chase girls and have no intention for any relationship. - You just see him often together with girls.
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Term for main part of desktop computer

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Computer-aj_aj_ashton_01.svg How would I describe the part of the desktop computer in this picture that isn't the monitor, keyboard or mouse? The part that ...
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Why is it called “slippery dick”?

No, no, it is not what you think! It is a poor fish called slippery dick: The slippery dick, Halichoeres bivittatus, is a species of wrasse native to shallow, tropical waters of the western ...
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What are the subject, verb, object, complement and adverbial all types of?

Is there a noun that groups these five objects, in the same way that the term "noun" describes "apple", "bottle", "curtain" and "procrastination". Would you just call them sentence components? Note ...
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What's the opposite/inverse of “rate”?

Might be better for a math or datacomm exchange, but I'll try here first: Given that "rate" means the number of times that an event occurs in a unit of time, what is the opposite/inverse of that ...
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What is the proper term for a ternary digit?

A binary digit is a bit. Is there an equivalent term for a three-state digit? (e.g., a digit representing true, false, or unknown)
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What does a series of dots (elipses) mean after a sentence?

For example you send an email to a acquaintance or friend. "I've been busy. Recovering from unexpected surgery. My recovery is going well. I will send information on that hobby to you soon. Hope ...
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Condescending “we”

What is the term for the condescending usage of "we" that essentially means "you"? For example, when talking to a child, you might say "we need to be on our best behavior." A slight variant could be ...
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Survey vs. Questionnaire?

What is the difference between a survey and a questionnaire? Which word would be more appropriate in a report?
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Inverted conditional sentence using 'can' and 'will'

On this page in Wikipedia!, it states for first conditional sentences: The condition can also be expressed using the modal verb should. This form can be used to make an inverted condition ...
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Is “on someone's view” standard among academic philosophers?

I've recently seen the phrase on his or her view used by two philosophers to mean "according to him or her" — for example, "On Frick's view, we have a disjunctive definition." The phrase seems odd — ...
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What term describes workers that are not “knowledge workers”?

Wikipedia describes a knowledge worker as a worker whose "main capital is knowledge". Examples include engineers, doctors, accountants, software writers etc. Is there an "established term" to refer ...
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What is a word for assigning a number to a value?

I am undergoing world building for a story I am writing. In this story, the school system is level based, where there are no grades(as in grades 1-12), just accomplishments in terms of level. ...
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What do you call those high areas that give you a full view of the city?

A place where you could sit and see something like this (with a fall if you step further): (Not looking for a technical term, just a common one).
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What is the generic term for potential evidence whose bearings upon truth or falsehood is not decided yet?

Strictly speaking, evidence already implies bearings for or against a proposition. But often times, people collect candidates for evidence before they know whether they can count as evidence or not. ...
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What Is the Real Name of the #?

I used to say "sharp sign" to refer to the # sign. Today a friend told me that the correct term is number sign or hash sign or even just hash. What is the difference between these options and ...
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What do you call the action of making desserts?

A person who makes desserts is called a pastry chef, but is there a name for the action itself of making desserts? "Cooking" is too general, and "baking" implies bread, cakes, etc. which is not quite ...
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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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Is there a name for the rhetorical device that uses difficult but irrelevant theories to advance one's argument?

Some arguments cite quantum mechanics as evidence to suppose the existence of a metaphysical being. In order to argue with these people, one would have to study quantum mechanics which is very ...
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Is there an English word for “removing stem from a cilantro” (coriander)

My native language has a word for that process hence I am curious to find out if English has one. I searched for it on the Internet without success. Apart from "removing stem", I found "removing ...
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The name of the type of words like “party” and “quest” [closed]

My company often comes up with product names such as "HatQuest" "DataParty" as a programmer I wish to make a generator for these types of names, How would I best find a list of words for things like ...
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What is a word that means 'things that have been seen'?

I need a word that means 'things that have been seen'. I'd be happy with a made-up or foreign word, if the meaning is relatively clear to English speakers. For example, using the word 'floop' for ...
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Term for using “thingy-esque” phrases rather than a common word

{This question came to mind because of the recent question .. What do you call the interconnecting bits of a puzzle piece in English? } In my opinion, in English, it's reasonably common ...
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What is the name of the tactic that politicians use to bury people with torrent of words?

Some people write bloated books and long essays with skilful use of hooks, e.g. Jared Diamond; some others speak in long-drawn sentences with torrents of words, e.g. Noam Chomsky. It reminds me of a ...
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Is there a specific word or term for the two dots (“:”) between hours and minutes?

Is there a specific word or term for the two dots in this "14:23"? Edit. I know it's a colon. :-) I mean specifically related to date and time display.
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Managing Director in a School below university level

Is the title, "managing director" used in American or European nonprofit organizations, specifically in elementary or high schools? And if so, does that person stand below, equal to or above the ...
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is there a term for “largest possible minority?”

A hand of bridge has 13 tricks, and one can win between 0 and 13 tricks in a hand. Between 0 and 6 tricks would constitute a minority of tricks, with 6 being the largest possible (discrete) minority. ...