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

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Is there a word for women who use prostitutes?

Men who use prostitutes are colloquially called johns. Is there a specific word for women who use prostitutes?
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What is the most widely accepted term for “circumventing support channels or standard operating procedures to gain faster or better service”?

Particularly in the case of tech support, what is the most widely accepted "correct" term for the act of artificially escalating a user or customer request, or maybe even circumventing support, ...
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Is 'bug' a term or a slang word?

In my answer to the question about the opposite for bug in programming, I referred to 'bug' as a slang word. Shaun Wilson, in his comment insists on 'bug' being a term that derived from a historical ...
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What do you call a word whose meaning changes according to when or where it is said?

I remember learning a specific name for words whose meaning depends on the time or location of their use, but as this was when I was in middle school (about 10 years ago), I can't remember what ...
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Can a sentence be “causative”, if the subject is only implied?

Original text Please _________ by your next of kin. a. section 9 have completed b. have completed section 9 c. have section 9 completed The correct answer is c But for the life of me, I ...
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What is the term for material lost when a batch is transferred from one vessel to another?

When making brownies or a banana cake, for example, some batter is left in the mixing bowl. Or the spilled sand when filling sandbags. What is the term for that lost material? Or the phenomenon of ...
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Alternative to “waiting period”

I cannot find an alternative to name this concept: In a negotiation process, after a proposal is presented, time is left for the parties to comment on or object to it. "Waiting period" alludes to the ...
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Is this statement combination correct?

I have two statements to make: Note that records are keyed on their name, not an integer Note that records are uniquely identified by their name, not an integer I considered combining these with ...
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Predicator vs. Predicate

BACKGROUND According to Oxford Dictionaries Online: Predicator means "(In systemic grammar) a verb phrase considered as a constituent of clause structure, along with subject, object, and ...
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what is the word to describe such an expression?

When we chat on the internet we use expressions like “Hey, it’s so good to hear from you” even though we are not speaking to or hearing each other. What is the word used to describe this kind of ...
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Another word for key-points of a certain entity

I'm looking for another word for key-points of another object/entity. Example: The most important things of football are: Teamwork Speed Condition What do you call the three things I just summed ...
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What is a “goon tie”?

On the first page of Nabokov's Pnin the eponymous hero's clothing is described and it includes a "flamboyant goon tie". What exactly is that?
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Adage or epigram for something not working until someone else looks at it? [duplicate]

It's a pretty common occurrence. My code doesn't work. Why? I have no idea. So I call over a coworker to look at it, but the instant he looks at the code it is magically working. Another situation -- ...
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Milanese Loop - origin of term?

A company is using the term "Milanese Loop" for one of the watch armbands for the digital Watch. I understand that Milanese is related to the Italian city of Milan. Yet my Internet research has not ...
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Technical train terms

I am looking for the correct technical English terms for these German words like you would use them in a published paper: Bahnhof → station (We are boarding at the station) Zugstrecke → route, line, ...
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A bit of chicken? [closed]

I heard someone earlier today say this. 'I will cut the chicken breast into bits then fry.' I responded; 'You mean chunks?, because I would prefer strips.' That someone then said; 'Strips? ...
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Is there a term to refer to movies in which one or more actors died during production period and stand-ins were used?

The best I can think of is "movie with late actors", but it sounds weird and not very concise. I wonder if there's a technical term to refer to that type of movies.
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The history of the phrase, “to drop the ball.” [closed]

How (if at all) does the phrase "to drop the ball" relate to the Times Square dropping of the midnight ball on New Year's Eve? If they are unrelated, where does the phrase come from?
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Which English words are commonly misused by non-native English speakers? [closed]

It's quite easy to find lists of commonly misused words. They are all over the internet. But it's not clear which of them are the MOST commonly misused words. This article says that there are 38 ...
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Correct spelling of web browser? [closed]

What is the correct spelling of "web browser" (e.g. Chrome, Firefox, etc.) in the context of a software user interface, either as single word (e.g. as a menu item caption) or inside a phrase (e.g. ...
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Word or phrase that can mean something and its opposite

Is there such a thing in the English language as words or phrases that can mean a something or its opposite depending on the context in which they are employed, without the use of sarcasm? If so, ...
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If A is a component of B, then what is B relative to A?

For example, we have the concepts of mentor and mentee, or trainer and trainee: If person A is a trainer of person B than person B is a trainee of person A. How can I apply a similar concept for ...
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Which is the best word to use for a Face-to-Face interview [closed]

We are a BPO company and does lot of UK and US IT recruiting. We normally have two types of interviews - the first is telephonic and second is at client's office. Our recruiters use the term ...
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Term for when someone says they'll show up to an event

What is the term used for when someone says they'll show up to an event? The closest word I can think of is RSVP.
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What is the correct term for this person?

What do you call a person or what is the job title for a person who can fix or repair anything?
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Is there a word or phrase for helping someone when you are better equipped than them?

Is there a word or phrase for doing a favour or helping someone because you are in a better position than they are to get it done? For example, it would take me a lot longer to herd some cattle than ...
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Semantic term for ~one-way exclusive~? (vs. mutually exclusive)

Assume for a moment that a large group of people believe that film noir and neo-noir are mutually exclusive film categories. For example, if Chinatown (1974) is to be considered neo-noir (made after ...
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Technical term for “cityglow”

I've been racking my brain (and Googling with every search term I can think of) to remember a word that describes the glow in the sky above a city (actually, any large source of artificial light, but ...
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Origin of the word “Thesaurus” [closed]

Thesaurus (Treasure) Origin from old Greek or Albanian language -> Thesari(in Albanian) - Treasure (in English). The word Thesari was build from two words in Albanian; Thes(in Alb)- Bag, + Ari or ...
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Word or term for propaganda associating truth with crazy people

The corporate media often write pieces about people who are deemed crazy, then proceed to ridicule things these people say or believe, which typically include some very sensible things. For example, ...
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Why are distortion/errors in images called artifacts?

I've been combing through the posts and dictionaries, but haven't found the answer yet. The question is not about different spellings as have been asked previously, but on the semantic meaning of the ...
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Noun similar to Nostalgic or Sentimental

Funny Example: My older brothers used to love "Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone" when they were young. Now they're older and it's clear that they enjoy the modern Harry Potter movies (Deathly ...
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What is it called when a group of people forms a shape together?

There are great performances where a group of people, whether small or large, forms a shape or different shapes together; and you can usually see the shape from bird's eye view. It is usually like a ...
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Paternity vs. Paternal vs. Parental Leave [closed]

Which one is the most commonly used to describe a leave taken by a father in the United States?
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Word to describe “something that makes sense in your own head”?

I’m looking for a word — I’m sure I read it somewhere, but it’s not commonly used — which describes the situation where a theory (or something similar) makes sense in your own head but not to others. ...
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A parent who has more than one child with one or more partners: “Poly-what?”

A polyglot is someone who can speak many languages; something that is polychromatic has many colours, and polysemy is a word or phrase with multiple meanings If polygamy is having more than one ...
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What are some alternative words for an item that casts magic spells? [closed]

I am designing a video game set in a medieval fantasy world, and in the game, there is a chance of receiving a random weapon. For melee weapons, I currently have around 20 different weapons, such as ...
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Adjective/noun for a situation that cannot be solved? [duplicate]

I am writing an essay on Act 3 Scene 5 in Romeo and Juliet where the romantic play takes the turn for tragic. Indeed, Juliet loses the support of her primary family and is left deserted, with no hope ...
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what abreviation rule or rules does the term “UX” follow?

I am intrigued by the use of the letter "x" in the abbreviation of the term "User Experience" does this follow any specific language or phonetic rules?
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Term for a word that's a different word when spelled backwards [duplicate]

Palindromes are words, sentences, numbers that are the same forwards and backwards. Is there a term for words that are one word forwards but a different word backwards? For example, star backwards is ...
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Reasonable phobia name for fear of alcohol evaporating before you can drink it [closed]

I am curious as to what the phobia name would be for the fear of the alcohol in your drink evaporating before you can drink it. It appears most phobias are rooted in Greek and sometimes Latin. Some ...
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Historical meaning of “program” as a verb

Frozen since 1837, some guy just thawed up and confronted me with the verb 'to program' in the context of CS. If by programming an automatic computer, we mean “to put instructions in main memory for ...
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What's a word for the letter code used to identify the multiple choice answers of a question?

On an exam paper I have questions and each question has several answers. These answers are coded with characters A, B, C etc I am trying to document this and I want to find a single word that ...
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Medical terminology and using certain word parts

I'm taking a medical terminology class right now and I'm having issues discerning which word roots I'm supposed to use when they have the same meaning. For example, the combining forms pneum/o and ...
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Is there a word for a measurement process that affects the thing being measured?

I feel the need to refer to this concept regularly in quite different situations, so I feel that there probably is a word. Example 1 (silly engineering one) I want to know how fast my paper ...
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Is this redundant phrasing a rhetorical device? Does it have a name?

I'm wondering if there's a name for this particular kind of redundant phrasing: So what I'm going to do right now is, I'm going to . . . or So what you want to do is, you want to . . . I ...
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Need a term for major water forms or states (e.g. sea, freshwater, glaciers, dams, etc.)

I'm writing an article about the hydrosphere for my website GeoWorld. I'm dividing the hydrosphere into the following seven categories: 1) the sea 2) surface freshwater bodies 3) underground aquifers ...
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A term to explain my progress in an incomplete undergraduation

Here in Brazil, all the undergraduations last for 4-5 years and each year is divided by 2 academic periods and we refer to each one as period. Thus as I am a Mining Engineering undergraduate student ...
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What is it called when you use many words to describe the word you want to use?

What is it called when you use many words to describe the word you want to use? I know there is a technical word that's used in foreign language acquisition that means using many words to describe a ...
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Is there a name for this type of construction? E.g. possessive continuous? Is it even valid? [duplicate]

I'd like to know if this type of construction has a name, and for that matter, if it's even grammatically correct. I can remember seeing it in certain formal texts, but not as much recently: The ...