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

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What do you call the practice of using generic terms in favour of genericized trademarks?

I occasionally find myself searching for the generic version of a proprietary term; for example flying disc for toys like a Frisbee, or search rather than Google. Is there a name for the practice of ...
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When you use the term stereotype in this context, are you implying it's true or relatively accurate of a group?

When someone says something along the lines of: Well I don't agree with you, because you're a typical so-and-so X. X being the culture/group of people. If you make a reply along the lines of: ...
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Terminology for a “group selfie”

A selfie is a kind of casual self-portrait. People often take selfies that include a significant other or multiple friends, and I’m curious whether there is any established terminology or slang for ...
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Addressing women with “Sir” [duplicate]

In movies, mostly around military personnel, female officers are sometimes addressed as "Sir" (Sometimes also followed by a "Um, ma'am, sorry..."). What would be the correct usage here if not using ...
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What is the origin and meaning of “racing to a red light”?

During the third episode of the HBO show "True Detective" the following dialogue is exchanged: Cop 1: "Certain linguist anthropologists think that religion is a language virus that rewrites ...
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Relationship between Juxtaposition, Oxymoron, and Paradox [closed]

Explain the definition and relationship between "juxtaposition", "oxymoron", and "paradox". I'm supposed to apply this to Romeo and Juliet too, so any examples including them would be appreciated. ...
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What does an odometer measure? Another term for “mileage”

I'm developing a software application in which users must enter odometer values of their cars. I'm looking for the correct term for the variable/database field that stores an odometer reading. Terms ...
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Asceticism vs. Monasticism

What is the difference between asceticism and monasticism? It seems that in practice they are effectively synonymous; if this is the case, do they have differing origins? I've included the first ...
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“Active” or “activated”?

Is there a difference between an active state and activated state? For example, if I activate an item, will it become active or activated? Does it depend on the context? How?
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Terms for game mode depending on number of players

Suppose you have a game with following modes: a human player with no opponents a human player with a computer/AI opponent multiple human players The third mode is referred to as multiplayer. The ...
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If I say First Monday or Second Monday of the Month what is the name for the First or Second Part?

Situation: Someone says i want to meet the first monday of each month. And i want to tell them that the first wouldn't work. But i want to say it like: Please choose a different xxxxx. IE: if i ...
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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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What adjective describes that something is divided into sectors?

In particular I am looking for the correct terminology in air traffic management. Airspace is usually divided into sectors, i.e., smaller pieces of airspace. What is the corresponding adjective? Is ...
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Negative versions of extreme adjectives

If something positive is "too much", it becomes negative. For example, too much security could be perceived as being trapped. Is there a term for this relation? In other words, if a word with a ...
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Is there a term for your parent's ex-spouse who is not your biological parent?

How would one refer to one's parent's 2nd spouse, whom they have divorced? For example, I have a biological father, and a step-father, but what about the man my mother was married to before my ...
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Why is it called a “bank balance”?

When describing how much money is in a bank account, we'll often say that the account "has a balance" of a certain amount, as in: Your bank balance is currently £13,550. Why do we describe this ...
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About verbs and their objects [closed]

Some verbs take their object directly, some don't. For example: you bounce into a programmer's cubicle with a huge grin on your face the word "bounce" here cannot have its object, so we have to ...
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Does this say petitioner can make the decision on info discussed previous to this sentence, but after resolution doesn't apply to her decision?

After conferring with each other concerning the foregoing matters, if the parties do not reach an agreement upon any such matter, Petitioner shall have the descretion to make the decision and the ...
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What does “granular” mean in computer articles?

I have seen a lot of articles in which they use the word granular. For example this one : The site has granular authorization checks for pages and directories. or this one : Web controls, ...
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How to say “I vaunt a broad knowledge of the subject” without bragging?

How can I say "I vaunt a broad knowledge and understanding of the subject" without sounding too arrogant? The verb to vaunt implies bragging, in my humble opinion.
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Referencing text on a button element?

If a button on a website has text on it, how do you reference that text? For example, if a button had the text "click here" on it would you say "the button that says 'click here'" or "the button ...
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Economic potential of a company

I would like to say, in business terms, "thanks to the money the company has", meaning they can make investments, I thought of: Thanks to your company's economic potential ?
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What is the military term for calling attention to yourself, in a negative way?

There is a military term or idiom, which I cannot recall exactly, that essentially means calling negative attention to yourself. For example, you are doing something you know you shouldn't be doing. ...
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local knowledge of the territory

In business language, how could you say: local knowledge of the territory? As in: The company has a deep knowledge of the territory, i.e., logistics, suppliers, clients and people knowledge, etc. ...
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Term for emotion-eater

What is a term for a (fantastical) creature that consumes feelings and emotions for nourishment? (Google searches amusingly turn up only discussions about "emotional eating" in the sense of people ...
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What verb form is contained in 'books are written by authors'?

If I say 'fiction is written by those with a creative flair'; and 'Oliver Twist is written by Dickens', what part of speech is the word 'written' in each of these? I recognise that it may not be the ...
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Two minuses make a plus

As English is not my native language, I have a trouble to find the correct way to express the following: Two negations are equivalent to an affirmation properly. This is how it translates from my ...
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meaning of action flag

What is the meaning of "an action flag" in the sentence below? ...your name has an action flag on it, which is directing me to transfer you immediately to the consul general's chief ...
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A subject close to my heart

What are the differences between: subject, subjective, nominative, and the nominative case? If there aren't any substantial ones, why are there so many terms for basically saying the same thing?
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Is there a catch-all term for the sector of “non-business” employers: NGOs, non profits, professional societies, government, etc.?

Note: I asked the same question in the Workplace forum but it was closed and I was asked to re-ask here. I am looking for a concise and professional-sounding expression to use in my resumes and bios ...
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Why is there no word for and/or? [closed]

It seems like it would be really useful to have a single word like "anor" instead of the clunky "and/or" construction that people use. After all, "or" by itself is usually used to mean "exclusive or" ...
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Term or phrase describing action occuring when not watching

I am an IT professional. More specifically in automation. I am looking for a term or phrase that describes the event when either: a. you are watching something closely and the issue doesn't occur or ...
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Word for a moment in time defined with beginning and end

What would be a word for a moment in time defined with beginning and end? This is for a database system where people have predefined time spans that are defined with a beginning and an end point in ...
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Word for a portmanteau made of two synonyms

Is there a word for a (possibly accidental) portmanteau of two synonyms? For example, say, you contract "liberty" and "freedom" to "liberdom".
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Why are they called Hudson Bay and Bay of Biscay? Why Mediterranean Sea and Sea of Japan?

I was looking up a French town on Google Maps, when it struck me. There are bays shown as "Bay of ..." on the map, as well others listed as "... Bay". Their naming seems to be consistent with the ...
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Antonymic idiom for “adding fuel to the fire”

Please tell me an antonymic idiom for "adding fuel to the fire". With meaning something like "downplay the problem", "close eyes on problem".
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Would you say “not of been” or “not have been” [duplicate]

I have just wrote out a sentence that ended, "this would not of been possible." but the more I look at it, the more it looks wrong. Would the correct saying be, "this would not have been possible."? ...
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What is the name of the clause stating that the expected result did not follow the cause stated in the main clause?

What is the name of the clause stating that the expected result did not follow the cause stated in the main clause? "He did not succeed although he worked hard." concessive clause (1st clause = ...
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Slightly different meanings of “National” and usage

I'm a programmer and I have to name some columns in a database. It's about sports competitions. I have to classify the leagues and competitions in two properties. One of them is if they are national ...
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Is there a word for the ideas you get while showering?

Is there a word for the ideas you get while showering? Doubtful there's an English word for that, but I'd be open to words from other languages as well.
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Informal Suffix Usage: -ity/ety

Sometimes in very informal or comic book language one will see phrases such as "bonkity bonk", "flippity-flop", and "knockity knock". Other examples include "crunchity", "swirlity", etc, etc. I have ...
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A term needed for mixed pharmaceutical compounds

Anyone could help me to provide a term for compounds mixed by pharmacy then served as a medicine? Could I still just use materia medica nowadays? Thanks.
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What should be a term of an item in Knowledge Base structure?

I am designing a Knowledge base system for automotive terms and issues.. I have to define reference term in my database for each element in web admin panel(CMS) And I am a bit lost with finding a ...
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A song by Dr. Dre [closed]

Consider the following text: Bitches ain't shit but hoes and tricks. Lick on these nuts and suck the dick. Get the fuck out after you're done. And I hope in my ride to make a quick run. I am ...
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Grammatical name and function of “whose shoes were damaged”

The boy whose shoes were damaged could not go with the others. What is the grammatical name and function of the bolded part?
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Is it correct to say “a context aware modeling of trust”?

Towards a context aware modeling of trust and access control based on the user behavior and capabilities I was reading some documentation and this phrase stopped me! Is it correct after all?
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What is the sense of using word “argument”, for inputs of a function?

In computer jargon, we refer to "inputs of a function" as "arguments". I was wondering what the sense is in doing so.
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What does the fox say?

It is true that as a fox, I should know this, so consider this a spoilers warning. In a recent post, Geek Girl mentions that the mating call of the fox is a series of sharp, eerie barks and that this ...
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Meaning of “In a medium” [closed]

What is the meaning of “in a medium” in the following sentence? A major objective in a heat transfer problem is to determine the temperature distribution in a medium resulting from imposed ...
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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.