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

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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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A single word for “a quick passing of sound”?

We have the word "flash" for "a quick passing of light". Do we have the equivalent for our auditory sense?
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Single word for 'women hate men' [duplicate]

We would like to know a single word for the phrase "women hate men". Please tell us the single word for future use.
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Term for words such as “dognitary”

Is there a term for words that have been altered in this way? For example, when speaking about a dignitary that is a dog, using "dognitary"
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What. Is. This. Style. Called? [duplicate]

I see this style rather frequently and in the past decade many print advertisements have apparently decided that it makes their sentences. have. more. impact. I can tell that the style is trying to ...
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Are there specific terms for “point up” and “point down” pentagram?

Pentagrams can have virtually any orientation but the two most common are "point up": And "point down": Is there a more appropriate term used to distinguish between these two variants?
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Phonetic term for switching first two letters in a word

I read a grammar book a few years ago and remember coming accross a term for switching the first two letters in a word. I cannot for the life of me remember what the term is. An example would be the ...
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Proper term for “ending punctuation”?

Proper English sentences can end with various types of punctuation characters: periods ("."), question-marks ("?"), exclamations ("!"), etc. Is there a proper terminology for these kinds of ...
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Is a text is composed of the following elements?: header, body, footer, insert

I'm creating software where users can build a textfile by inserting small snippets of text into one file. the user interface currently contains the following four buttons: Add a header Add a footer ...
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Is “implicit” a suitable adjective for both “implied” and “inferred” properties?

I'm working on some software programming documents where certain types can be inferred from the code*. I have this tendency to then called these inferred types the implicit type. This makes sense ...
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Etymology of sponge types

Sponges (Porifera) come in three body forms - asconoid (vase-shaped), syconoid (pleated vase), and leuconoid (network of chambers, like bath sponges). I was wondering what the etymology of these terms ...
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Alternative word to the new verb “onboard” [closed]

Apparently HR folk have taken to using the word "onboard" as a verb, to be used as a synonym for "bring up to speed", as in: We need to onboard new staff to our dynamic way of thinking. instead ...
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Expression for an 'end-to-end product development process'

I am looking for a single word or a phrase that can effectively describe: the start to end, from-the-ground-up, development of something new. That is, the process of coming up with the idea, ...
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Words to describe people with good/poor vocabularies [closed]

Words to describe people with good/poor vocabularies. I am looking for words which I can use to describe characters and I would also like to describe their vocabularies, and explain how their ...
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Opposite of “expanded”?

I am looking for the word to use when saying the opposite of expanded/expand/expansion. Here is an example of how I want to use the word: In the summer the wood expanded, now it is winter and the ...
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Is there a better name for this than “emphatic and”?

In semi-poetic writing, I have had occasion to deviate from the standard prose list practice (interpose commas or semicolons between items, with an "and" preceding the final item), by utilizing a ...
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What is the term for increasing remuneration of a person on account of him/her being paid less than their counterparts erstwhile.

What do you call the action by an employer where he/she increases the salary of person a to the level of person b on grounds that person a and b are performing at the same level but person a was being ...
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Logical fallacy brain-freeze

There must be a name for this sort of after-the-fact non-argument. Sorry, this is the only way I could find to describe it. Debbie finds a kitten. Kitten has been burned over half its body, but ...
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Might “equivocal” be applied to our scientific understandings?

I just read the question and answers about the meaning of "equivocal". Might "equivocal" be used to describe the wave and particle appreciations of light? The results of all inquiries and ...
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She is a girl vs it is a girl

There is a photo of a baby girl with her brother but the baby can't be much Of differentiated as a girl or boy. What would it be right to say? It is a girl. Or She is a girl.
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Expression for some special SQL queries

While I'm not native English speaker, I often need to express myself in English. For a week, I have been searching for a term which represents a kind of SQL query: SELECT something FROM somewhere ...
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What is the grammatical name and function [closed]

But few realize that we are all adversely affected by a pollutant so common that it tends to be overlooked. What is the grammatical name and function of the bolded part?
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Is there a single word for the faith a user of magic has in the efficacy of a magical object or act?

I'm writing about art's function of rescuing, redeeming or validating the artist's experience and suffering. Some of my sources have compared this to the functions of magical talismans and power ...
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What is the proper term for a manufacturer of charcuteries?

I’m looking for the term for a business that takes raw meats from a slaughterhouse and refines them into charcuteries.
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Is there an English idiom equivalent to “coup de main”

I am looking for a translation of the French military term coup de main. (Not the common French civilian usage which translates as helping hand.) The term occurs frequently in the correspondence ...
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What would you call a word that doesn't exist in or translate well into another language?

I've run into this situation several times, being a native Spanish speaker. There are some words you just can't translate into another language. Is there a particular word to describe this? I'm not ...
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Does a “word” have multiple meanings, or are there multiple “words”?

I always find it difficult to discuss the meaning of a word because I don't really have a definite meaning of word in my head. Cook refers to the verb (to cook) but it can also refer to the noun (a ...
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Can someone explain Hmmm [closed]

Some people quite frequently use "Hmmm" in their emails and messages. What does this mean? Does it mean they are annoyed?
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Difference in usage of terms “company” and “firm”

In a meaning of officially registered and bounded business unit. Like "Microsoft" or "Apple" or "ZARA" or copy shop round the corner. In some books on management/entrepreneurship authors use both ...
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Is there a generally accepted group of grammatical terms for English?

I've never studied English grammar, although I have studied a little German and Latin. If you asked me to differentiate the past perfect from the pluperfect, I wouldn't know where to begin. I read ...
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“He eyeballed me pensively”; using bodyparts as verbs

What are these words called, and why are they used in place of traditional verbs? For example: She handed me a pencil. [handed instead of gave] He eyeballed me pensively. [eyeballed instead ...
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In a theatrical reenactment of a real event, how can the 4th wall be broken?

When a theatre performance is the re-enactment of an event that has happened in real life, can I say that the fourth wall is being broken by the realness of the experience rather than by the actors or ...
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What do you call a reassurance that was given after a person has 'gone too far'?

I recently saw a snack container, where at the bottom - which you would see after eating the contents of the container - there was a label that read "contains no pig fat". This label / warning was ...
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Is there a specific name for this kind of water dispenser?

I see these water jars in many food service areas (hotels, company cafeteria, etc). I'm wondering if there is a specific name for them. "Water dispenser" seems too unspecific. I wonder if they ...
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Can I use “linkography” instead of “bibliography” when referring to web links?

I’m writing a piece of documentation and I want to add the links I'm referring to at the bottom of my document. Since they are links and not books, I think the section title should not use the word ...
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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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What is accidental metaplasm & metathesis across words? [duplicate]

What is accidental metaplasm & metathesis across words? Such as... grammar teacher --> trammar greacher Does this have a name?
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Words with Transposed or Inverted Syllables

In its definition of sideburns, Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition (2003) refers to the spelling as an "anagram of burnsides." But since derubniss, sisburden, and ubersnids are ...
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Adding a word accidentally to another, changing its meaning

A colleague accidentally keeps adding the word case after referring to a project called basket, thus referring to it as "basket case". Embarassing. But what is this linguistic phenomenon called, i.e. ...
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Is there a term for a date or date/time combination that doesn't exist? [duplicate]

Three (possibly distinct) examples: A date which never exists/existed, like February 31 A date which was 'skipped' because of calendar changes. When Russia transitioned from the Julian to the ...
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The word for “professional system” or “task system”

I work with software engineering and in norwegian (I'm from Norway) we have a word, "fagsystem", which refers to a software system/application that is specialized to handle a certain kind of business ...
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Does the term “page responsible” make any sense in English?

Each page on my organizations web site is assigned a person that takes responsibility for the content of that page. E.g. in the page footer Page Responsible: John Doe The current term used to ...
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Is “Milk and honey” a way to describe curvy women?

In Czech there is a term used for curvy women: krev a mlíko "Krev a mlíko" means "blood and milk". In this term, "blood" is a reference to red cheeks on a girl (which was considered a sign of ...
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Toll Booths 1,2 and 5

Suppose I have a collection of numbered items, say toll booths that are numbered from 1 to 10. Consider three sentences: Toll booth 4 is closed today. Toll booth 1, toll booth 2, and toll ...
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What is the word for “history of the study of the subject”?

Suppose the subject is nutrition. Is there a word for the history of the study of nutrition? Or the history of the study of a science for that matter? I thought it was one of those epi-ology words ...
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What tense uses a modal with “be” and a past tense verb

I am trying to determine the tense of a certain verb group. This group uses a modal/auxiliary with "be" and the past tense of the action verb. Examples: He may be finished. She must be ...
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Name for words with same consonant sounds but different vowel sounds

Is there a name for words with the same consonant sounds, but different vowel sounds? For example: talk, take sit, site taught, tote bough, bow My son has been mixing up these sets of words. I'd ...
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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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prefix for “possible”, “supposed”, “potential” etc.?

I am looking for a prefix to express the meaning of something possibly belonging to a class / category, or being a candidate for the concept in question. For instance, a "[...]-solution" would be ...
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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 ...