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

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Word for one character explaining to another character some important points for benefit of the audience

This is not apostrophe (no, not that kind of apostrophe) or anagnorisis; this is when a character communicates a exposition on some aspect of the story's background or context (e.g. how FTL travel ...
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Is there a formal name for when the same word appears twice (or more) in a row?

Sometimes I read, write or speak a sentence where a single word appears twice in a row. For example: The book he had had a torn cover. I was curious if there was a formal term for such a ...
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Is the term “ice cream” considered one word or two?

My question is a little broader than the title and applies to a term which is described by more than one "word". Is the term (in this case "ice cream") one word, or two? Based on my research, the ...
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Just once I'd like a PB & PB

Not sure if that has a special meaning but I heard it in a movie: Just once I’d like a PB & PB. What does it mean? Here is a cartoon:
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English word for taking a derogatory term and owning it with pride

E.g. "geek" or "queer" were originally meant as an insulting term, but were taken by the recipients as titles of pride. Is there a term for this phenomenon?
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“State of the art”

"State of the art" Why the word 'art' is used while it refers to an advance technology? Does it always mean up to date? Is it really not related to art, in any case? the art of making, for ...
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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 ...
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What is a “numeric digit”?

I'm reading a technical documentation so every quirky detail, that a normal human being easily realizes to be a typo or just a less well chosen formulation, can, in fact, be a profound base for a ...
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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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Emails or memos claiming to be “From the desk of …”

Some people adopt the affectation in a message, memo or email where the sender is identified explicitly in the header of the message that the sender is shown as being "From the desk of Joe Smith" ...
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Dispensing or dosing?

As a non-native speaker I'm looking for the right term for a technical application/product that dispenses or doses a viscous liquid, i.e. the device will "output" a specific amount of "stuff". ...
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One word for accepting the punishment or consequence for one's wrong doing

The title is the question and the word starts with a "C". It exactly follows the given definition. I just can't remember the word. Any help is deeply appreciated.
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Is this worded correctly if it was spoken in an interview? [closed]

Is this worded correctly if it was spoken in an interview? I am like a clean slate. I do not have any preconceived notions about how the company runs
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Expression for “intend to help but instead making things worse”

I want to say "someone (or something) intends to help, but instead it makes things worse". Is there any succinct expression or phrase for this? Thanks.
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Is there the word “ideotechnical” in English? [closed]

There's a word that I don’t understand the meaning of even in my mother tongue and cannot find in any dictionary — ideotechnical/idiotechnical — not even sure which one. I would appreciate it if ...
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Term for the time set aside by company for self-directed projects

Some companies set aside a few hours or maybe a day for employees to work on projects apart from their assigned team workload. This is atleast known in technology & IT sector, a description of ...
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Is there a term for words that are spelled the same in a foreign language?

Is there a term for words that are spelled identically in a foreign language and have the same meaning (regardless of whether they sound the same)?
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Is calling a homosexual person “gay” offensive?

My native language is German but I’ve been watching a lot of TV in English. During a conversation about the English language, a question about the term gay came up. Is calling a homosexual person gay ...
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What is the term for a cat who is bossing other cats around?

In a multicat house, there is often a cat who is the boss for other cats. What is the proper term for such cat? Is it "dominant cat"? Are there any other, less formal, terms for it?
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Is there a term to describe the written format of a monetary quantity as symbol + numeral + unit?

I am trying to describe the desired formatting for numbers in a given document. For rounded monetary quantities over a million this would be dollar sign, arabic numeral, unit (e.g. 3,000,000 dollars ...
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What are words similar in spelling but differing in meaning called?

I frequently encounter "vs" words like: prodigal vs prodigious ingenuous vs ingenious affluent vs effluent These words are very similar but not identical in spelling, and have different meanings. ...
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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 ...
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Term for security checkpoints separated by sex

In some places, a security checkpoint has two areas, one for checking men, and another for checking women. I'm looking for the term which describes this segregation by sex. This would be the opposite ...
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What is the term for the double consecutive use of a word with stress on one of the words to alter its severity?

What is the term when a word is used consecutively twice, with intentional stress placed on the first word, as a means to alter the severity of the word's meaning? I am not referring to a past ...
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Term for a coup of the government led by corporations?

Is there a word to describe a coup of the government led by corporations?
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Term for converting to black&white [closed]

Is there a single word to denote reducing the color palette of an image to two colors: black and white? For instance, navy becomes black and beige turns into white. I know there is desaturate, but ...
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What in the world is “neckbeard vomit”?

A user of U&L posted the following comment in response to somebody's answer: That's some neckbeard vomit right there. Nice. I investigated and discovered that neckbeard, unsurprisingly, ...
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Do we have a term for this analysis combination?

I'm in the middle of a programming article, and I don't know if this thing has a name or not. Lot's of times you can analyse something in isolation. But as soon as you put that thing among other ...
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Is there a word like “ambidextrous” to describe mixed hemisphere brain dominance?

In brain dominance theory, the terms left-/right-brained, left-/right-minded, and left/right hemisphere dominant are often used to describe a particular lateral dominance within the human brain. Many ...
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Term for “lower numeric bound” - analogous to “capped”

What term should be used for describing limiting the lower range of a number? We (often) use "capped" to refer to a limit on the upper value of a range. What is the analogous term for limiting the ...
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Repeated word use - Terminology [duplicate]

Can anyone tell me what this type of repetitive use of two words together in a phrase is actually called? For example: "What it is, is..."
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Who is the authority — scientists, or linguists — on the definitions of everyday words referring to types of animals? [closed]

For instance, biologists these days like to say that the word "dinosaur" is inclusive of modern birds, since birds are descended from dinosaurs. This is consistant with biologists' tendency to ...
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Is there a name for when the same word is used at the beginning and end of different phrases/sentences?

Is there a name for when one phrase ends with a word that starts the next phrase. For instance: life is a peach and cream Or sunscreen in the eye for detail Or (from Dave Eggers' ...
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What is the term for an item that facilitates the tying of things together?

Is there some piece of equipment or item that allows you to tie two or more strands of rope threads of fabric together? I imagine that (1) and (2) will be different items. If such things do ...
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What would be the complement of the title “Goals Achieved”?

What would be a title that is complementary to the title "Goals Achieved"? By "complementary", I mean a title that can be used in contrast to "Goals Achieved" to refer to the goals that now need to ...
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What term captures “three groups”?

Is there any one-word term that can capture the meaning of "three groups". For example, there are three groups of people in the world....
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What is the term used to describe the relationship between two words that are both the opposite of another word, but also the opposite of each other? [duplicate]

To start this off light, I was initially thinking about this with Oreos. There are fresh Oreos, and then there are two different ways they can go stale: dry/hard (in low humidity) and soft/mushy (in ...
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Anglicize for Japanese

English speakers will change pronunciation and spelling of foreign words to make them easier to manage and we call this Anglicization. Japanese do this too, adding extra vowels to foreign words to ...
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Use of the word 'lawmaker' when referring to elected representatives

Over the last few years I've noticed more news stories referring to elected representatives as 'lawmaker' rather than Senator, Congressman, Member of Parliament or whatever specific title they might ...
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What is the term for replacing one word/phrase with one that is more friendly/appropriate

I apologize for such a simple and stupid question but the word is completely skipping my mind and my google fu seems to be failing me for this one. An example would be something along the lines of ...
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Looking for a good word that means “an open statement”

I'm trying to think of a word that means something along these lines: An open statement. Not a number. Not something absolute. Not something calculable. A free statement. A literary premise. E.g. ...
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Term for verb+adverb with distinct meaning

There are verbs that, when paired with certain adverbs, can have a distinctly different meaning. For example, I looked up the word in the dictionary. The phrase looked up functions as a verb ...
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jargon for taking leftover budget funds in one calendar year and using them the next year

There's a term for taking leftover budget funds in one calendar year and using them the next year, in the context of government budgeting. I am having a brain freeze and can't remember it or find it ...
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Category name for “Other fun stuff” vs “Other serious stuff”

On my website, I currently have seven categories. Games Art Music Video Text Other Misc "Other" is for other things that are fun, like games, art, music, video, and text. For example, a fireworks ...
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What do you call the latter part of a sentence which spans two pages?

Does the sentence fragment after the simulated pagebreak (the horizontal rule) have a specific term associated with it?      The start of a new paragraph includes an indent ...
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Using 'Gravity' As A Verb

Does anybody else use 'gravity' as a verb besides people in mining and engineering? Example: We have to move the tank up the hill so water can gravity to the flotation cells rather than needing to be ...
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What do we call the brown-colored paper found in old books?

I want to know what that brown and slightly roughly-textured paper is called, or whether there even is a word for it.
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Is there a word to describe the organisation of cells?

For example whether an organism is unicellular or multicellular would be its _. There is a word 'cellularity', though I don't think that is quite the word I am looking for.
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What are “How to … ?” questions (errors) called?

I see questions formed like "How to do this?" every day. They are so frequent that I wonder if there is a name for grammatical errors of this kind.
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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 ...