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

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The word for not a word

A few years ago I came across a distinct word used to reference non-words. Most people's guesses are intuitive though unfortunately aren't correct as it's a very distinct word. We're not talking about ...
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A superset of contractor, employee and businesses?

I need a single word to define an employee, contractor or any business entity (e.g. sole-proprietorship, corporation) that provides services in exchange for pay. I saw ...
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Does OED (and other major dictionaries) use the label “Slang” or only “Informal”?

I was just looking at some slang words in dictionaries. Surprisingly they are all (that I could find) labelled "informal". I couldn't find any labelled "slang". Same deal in other major ...
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Difference between “spruce” and “fir” when used in “Christmas tree” context [closed]

What is the difference between the words "spruce" and "fir" (or even "fir tree")? Could they be used interchangeably, for example, when referring to a kind of evergreen trees people decorate on ...
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Is there a term for when visual negative-space and positive-space are switched

I think this is a term in the perception/cognition area of words. I recently saw this visual illusion. I don't recall the last time that I've seen this 'flipping' (to be punny) of what is ...
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“kinda”, “sorta”, “coulda”, “shoulda”, “lotta”, “oughta”, “betcha”, “tseasy” etc. What are these?

In linguistics, is there a term describing this phenomenon, i.e., when the syllables of two words are slurred together in the spoken language? They are not contractions. While contractions are ...
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Is there a term for sentences which structurally reflect their meaning?

Is there a term for sentences which structurally reflect their meaning? Here are some examples: I write less. The last word of this sentence is "anything". I ALWAYS WRITE IN UPPERCASE AS IF I'M ...
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Historical differences in usage of “Mrs” for “mistress” or “missus”

The title Mrs. stands for mistress, but some English native speakers claim mistress is only used to indicate the woman with whom one has an (illicit) affair and that missus is the long version of Mrs. ...
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What is the opposite of a retronym?

A retronym is the name given to an obsolete or older object to differentiate it from its newer replacement. Examples include "straight razor" (once just called "razor" until the modern razor), "analog ...
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What do you call a “cropped image” on a website?

Is there a particular name for this "picture of a baby seal in the comments section of facebook" of this image? I know there is "photo comment" but it doesn't point out that it is a cropped picture ...
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Term for all landmasses connected to Europe?

I'm looking for one phrase that refers to the entire landmass that makes Europe, Africa, and Asia without having to name each continent separately, much like how I can say the Americas to refer to ...
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What's the meaning of “designs” in the clause below?

The undersigned agree that this Fee Protection is assignable and transferable to the beneficiaries, designs, heirs and assigns upon written notice of all parties, and shall not be amended without ...
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A term for a particular or general skill that needs to be improved and acted on?

The title says it all. I'm unable to come up with the term for something you have as a part of a skill-set that needs to be further improved upon. It may be something very simple that is also at the ...
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Does the law define the usage of “Immunity” and “Impunity”?

I had to edit my question because I think it led to misunderstanding. For me, the definition of "immunity" is quite different from "impunity", and I know the differences. But what I don't know is ...
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Is “exceptioned” a word?

The question is a little more complex than the title states. Exceptioned is not in the dictionary. But I am not trying to use this as a verb. I work in IT. We keep a list of exceptioned words that we ...
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Is there a word like “conjugate” that means switching a noun between plural and singular forms?

Changing a verb to reflect the number of people and tense of the sentence is called conjugation. Is there a word that means toggling a noun between singular and plural? ie. "The computer program ...
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Term for “letter obsession” [closed]

Is there a term for a person with an obsession on a single character or letter? For example: A person that is obsessed with the letter "X".
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One word for “temperature” and “humidity”

Is there a word (or a word combination) that would include both temperature and humidity, but not other parameters? Environmental conditions springs to mind, but I feel that it describes much more ...
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How to describe lists with different ordering schemes?

I'm helping someone copy a list of lines a certain number of times into a new list, and I don't know how to describe the list that we're creating. For example, let's copy a list composed of 1, 2, and ...
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Term for when work gets passed around instead of being executed

At work, I see a lot of this phenomena: work gets passed around instead of someone taking autonomy and seeing its execution. For example: Task: Arrange meetup for grant awardees in the Lounge area. ...
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Prettier term for 'Gastronomic Tolerence'

My friend came up with this one, are there any alternatives? "Someone who tolerates all kinds of eating habits" (for example, both vegetarians and non-vegetarians) Example of sentence: "Tim ...
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Name of implement used for cleaning under your nails?

What is the correct term for the implement (usually with a little flat hook) used to clean under finger- and toenails? EDIT: found an image. This is the doodad I'm talking about:
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Appropriate title for a committee member responsible for monitoring conflicts of interest

This is in the context of a sporting body that has occasionally had problems with officers getting too friendly with business interests associated with the sport. The body is thinking of creating a ...
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What's the difference between hard-boiled fiction and crime fiction?

I'm seriously confused now. I just read (in Wikipedia) that detective fiction is a sub-genre of both crime fiction and mystery. Now there's this hard-boiled thing. Those money-grubbing editors and ...
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Creation and Preservation: what are the terms for natural predisposition towards them?

There are tons of exceptions, of course, plus there are people who favor destruction over anything else. However: Some people are impelled towards creation, while others seek satisfaction, ...
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What's an introductory part of the title of an article/book called?

Some examples of article titles: Taking the Leap: How Sociolinguists Can Handle Divergence Closing the Gap: On Linguistic, Regional Convergence Linguistics Revisited: A Statistical Approach to ...
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What's the name of the action for opening a lock with an RF card?

We're constantly bombarded with new gadgets in our everyday life. Lately, hotels are moving away from ordinary locks and towards card keys. Some of them simply slide into a small slot in the lock, ...
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Literary term for a “placeholder” protagonist that readers/viewers “inhabit”

In some books and films, the protagonist is a "blank slate" of sorts--the character's personality is bland or never deeply developed, and he/she mainly serves as a sort of "shell" through which the ...
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Practice of foster care for illegitimate children

Apparently there existed a practice of sending bastard children to "foster care", typically a village, where village folks received some money from unacknowledged father (?) in some countries during ...
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“Shuttling between the anal and genital zones of development.” Huh?

Here's a quote from Lolita: "Dolly Haze," she said, "is a lovely child, but the onset of sexual maturing seems to give her trouble." I bowed slightly. What else could I do? "She is ...
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Is there a term for the amount of time one devotes to a job, as in full-time, part-time, half-time?

This question came up when I was posting job openings on a website and needed to list the various aspects of each position using label/value pairs, like so: Benefits: Included Availability: ...
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Is there a technical (and less gruesome) term for “execution squad” mentality?

A while back on Meta Stack Exchange, Shog9 described an "execution squad" mentality: First, if we're gonna do this then let's make it worthwhile: 1 vote == closed, regardless of how many other ...
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How to refer to the loudest point in a musical composition

Is there a single word to describe the loudest point in a musical composition? Crescendo is often used inaccurately to refer to this, but this is colloquial. Climax might be used, but a musical climax ...
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A way of saying “What could have been”

What's another way of saying "what could/should have been?" Ex. She reminisced of what could have been. Preferably short
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What happens with the score when the first point is scored?

What happens with the game score when a player scores the first point in match. E.g. in a football match someone scores the first goal. The score became 1:0. What happened to the score? In Russia we ...
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Is the beach of an island considered a shore?

If not, what is it called? I'd like to know because I am making a literary comment on this word and I need its exact definition.
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What is a word or phrase for someone who professes to know something but actually doesn't?

Is there a word or phrase that describes when a person professes to know about a certain subject, but in fact knows nothing about it?
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A term for making self-serving decisions that end up benefiting all

There's a term, perhaps a technical term, for when individuals make decisions that are self-serving only, but on a large scale, the combine decisions made in a self-serving manner happen to bring ...
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What does the phrase “spread crossing” mean?

Kindly explain the term spread crossing or crossing the spread. I know that it is connected with stock terminology, but I can't find a definition. Figure 4 reveals that, broadly speaking, we have ...
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past progressive with dependent clause — dependent clause types in the face of ambiguity

I'm trying to explain how to contrast the following two sentences in a meaningful - detailed - way. I was eating when a bee stung me. I was eating when I was on a break. The intention is to ...
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Big Picture vs Long run vs Long Term

When people talk about things in the future like plans for instance, what is the difference between these 3? So let's say you were talking about smoking. In the big picture, smoking will cause ...
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Name of a programmer of a quantum computer? [closed]

What is the quantum computing specific term for a "computer programmer?"
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The meaning of “earth” in 18th-century chemistry/mineralogy [closed]

Just today I came across an article describing origin of the name for Yttrium (an element in the periodic table of elements) In 1787, Karl Arrhenius came across an unusual black rock in an old ...
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What does “Quantum shifty no-comply…” mean?

Afraid I must take a detour. I’m going to crush Hiro, champion of cheaters, at the time and place of my choosing!! QUANTUM SHIFTY NO-COMPLY OF FORBIDDEN ENLIGHTENMENT! Ha! Typical! I land the ...
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Word to describe books that are “stories” rather than analytical?

Sometimes I get into conversations with teen cousins telling them I read books in my spare time. But I don't like reading "stories" with plots, but books about businessmen, investing, computer ...
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using theory in a different context

What is the term when a researcher uses theory/tools generated in an unrelated field? Say, for example, marketing folks use "ethnography" and "ethnographic research" to explain and understand ...
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Is delayed appositive correct term for this?

I have heard a term called delayed appositive, which is an appositive that is delayed as shown below. The hunter was trying to fight the bear, a real brute of a man. Here, this a real brute of ...
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Dynamics: band or music

Is it safe to say, "The inclusion of the saxophone has changed the dynamics of the band" or is this one correct "The inclusion of the saxophone has changed the dynamics of the music"?
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What do you call someone with only technical knowledge of sex?

So, I was reading a Futari Ecchi by Katsu Aki the other day and one of the characters is a female gynecologist and obstetrician, and at one point in the story after we meet her but before she has her ...
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General term for both clients and customers?

Both customers and clients pay for either goods or services, but they still fall in the same "customer/client" category, as in they buy stuff from you. What would be the proper general term for this ...