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

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Term used for punishment where guilty person is forced to do community service

What is the proper term used for punishment where the guilty person is sentenced to community service?
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Can a proverb be a short dialogue?

What is the correct term for this kind of short dialog with a moral? I heard this short story about a Native American woman and her grandson: Grandma: There are two wolves in my heart. One is ...
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What is the name of the study of animal mind and behavior?

Is there a term for the knowledge domain that deals with animal mind and behavior? Initially, I'd thought that it is "Zoology", but it doesn't look like a fit. Basically I was wondering if the study ...
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Is there a popular / informal way of expressing a need to use a toilet?

In (Canadian?) French, we have an expression, "j'ai envie" (litteraly: I want), which, when used without any subject, means that the speaker needs to use a toilet, either to urinate or defecate. It is ...
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Word for cheap manufactured art

There's a word for cheap manufactured art but I can't remember it and it's almost impossible to search for a word like that. Does anyone know what it is off the top of their head?
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How to properly build the “article is <some words> deletable/creatable?” question? [closed]

I have a minimum limit number, 1, a maximum limit number, 10, an "entity", article, and a question whose answer should state (one between true or false) if the number of current articles exceeded the ...
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Does this device to restrict access to roads have a generic name?

I'm sure we've all seen these devices which can "lock" and "unlock" vehicle entry and exit to an alley / road /etc. They consist of one or several hefty steel or concrete "pillars" less than a metre ...
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What does “10-4 ” mean?

I could have asked this question personally to my respected colleague who gave me a valuable answer to the question, “Is the ‘tame the infinite becoming an idiom or a popular phrase,” which I posted ...
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What is the antonyms of “capitalize”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there an antonym for “capitalize” (as in letter-case) What is the antonyms of "capitalize"? I am referring to the following meaning (original reference): ...
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What are correct words to use in order to name a user that updates something?

I would like to find correct words to use in order to name a user that updates something. That is, if for a user that creates something I say "creator user", what may I say for a user that updates ...
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“Printfing” or “printingf”?

At this point the program starts printfing the pot value. At this point the program starts printingf the pot value. Both sound wrong, and yet... one of them must be used.
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Is a prefix any set of letters that could be the beginning of a word?

For example, is it accurate to say that unac is a prefix of unacceptable, or is un the only valid prefix? If it is not a prefix is there a word for what unac would be in the above case?
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What is the terminology of the waiting period between two successive harvests?

I am writing an article and want to simplify the content by avoiding repeating a long sentence to represent a waiting period between 2 consecutive harvests. What is the terminology of the waiting ...
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What is the proper alternative for 'credentialize'?

Usage: The emergence of a second competitor in the market will help credentialize the product and the vision.
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Origin of the term “wizard” in computing

In computer user interfaces a "wizard" is a set of screens that guide the user through a process. Does anyone know the origin of this term? I personally associate wizards with magic more than a ...
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What is the term for a string that is made up of fixed-length components?

I have a data string that is defined as having two characters for the ID value, six characters for longitude, etc. "Fixed-length string" does not convey the requirement for internal bits of the string ...
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Is there a term for named chapters in a work of fiction?

Does anyone know if there's a term that describes the device of titling chapters in a work of fiction? That is, chapters not simply called "Chapter 1", "Chapter 2", etc., but chapters with unique ...
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Is there a name for a “when you do something, …” phrase? [closed]

As in the title, is there a name for a phrase beginning "when something happens..." or "when someone does something...", and if so, what is it?
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What is this menagerie doing in my bread-basket?

I have just been visiting the supermarket, and been bewildered by some of the products on offer. I have previously enjoyed tiger bread, which appears to be a long flat loaf with sesame oil on top. I ...
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Term for types of first person plural

I've noticed that there are two types of first person plural – one where the addressee is included, and one where she or he isn't. For example: With addressee included: Let us go. What's our plan? ...
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What is the difference between a map tile and a map section? [closed]

We are translating the great OpenStreetMap editor JOSM to Hungarian and arguing on the translation of "map tile". Some of us state that it should be literally translated, because map tile and map ...
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What is the noun to refer to the 64- or 32-bit -ness of an operating system

I know that "processor architecture" can be used to refer to whether the processor is 32-bit or 64-bit (or something else), but what word can be used for the operating system? Note that it's not ...
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Is something half price or half priced?

When I walk into Shoppers Drug Mart the day after Easter and see cheap chocolate galore, should I announce it on my Facebook profile by writing it's "half price chocolate" or "half priced chocolate"? ...
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What is the “, gerund” sentence called, and how can I improve it?

I'm proofreading a friend's paper, and she often creates sentences of the form: Sentence, gerund-phrase Examples: Consumers may question the legitimacy of producer actions, determining their ...
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what is the word or term used calling kleenex for tissues or pampers for diaper [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is a word/phrase for using a term for a popular special case instead of a generic term? I remember there is an English term or word used to describe this. Dell for ...
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Why doesn't “campaign” have the meaning of “countryside” in English?

The English word campaign comes from the French word campagne, which has two basic meanings: battle, countryside. It seems that when this word came to English, only the "battle" meaning was kept ...
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Name of 3 dots to indicate a pause in speech

Answers to this question show that it is quite common to use the 'ellipsis' (three dots) in English writing to indicate a pause in speech for reasons of "confusion, insecurity, distress, or ...
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Law term that means that some document, paper or deal has no power in law

Law term that means that some document, paper or deal has no power in law. In Russian it is ничтожность (ничтожный договор), in Ukrainian it's нікчемність (нікчемний договір). I've already asked it ...
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What do you call the phenomenon where a rectangle Ϳ is shown because a font lacks a glyph?

Is there a name to describe the situation where a particular character is shown on a computer screen in a particular font, but this font does not have a glyph for this particular character? Usually, ...
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Is there a term for a word that is the same upside-down?

I know palindrome is the term for a word that works backwards and forwards, but is there a similar term for a word that can be flipped/reversed and remain the same? For example, the word SWIMS or the ...
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Is there a name for how the Irish use so, so?

There is an Irish English structural usage of the word so, that is I think unique to Ireland. Are we going to the cinema, so? Where is the dog, so? The word so is unneeded and seems to mean ...
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What does “Toff's error” mean?

"He's invited the wife and I" and other similar sentences are referred to as Toff's error. What is, precisely, the meaning of this term?
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Name of a sequence of moves in martial arts?

What is the name of a fixed sequence of moves used in training of martial arts? Precisely, used in training, not in actual combat, as both parties know exactly what is to come and follow a fixed ...
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Term for mentioning X by saying “I will not say X” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the origin of the phrase “not to mention …” Is there a name for “I don't mean to…, but” phrases? Is there a term for ...
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Term to describe the mass changeover in land ownership

I am looking for a word to describe the above. The context is where, after the Irish famine in the 1840's, entire villages were abandoned and the land was re-distributed to new tenants. This happened ...
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Is it acceptable to call a hot dog a sausage?

This sounds like a silly question, but I've heard some very strong opinions about this, so I find this intriguing. A hot dog is a type of sausage (at least according to Merriam-Webster, Wikipedia, ...
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Strong verbs, weak verbs, and other categories

For verb conjugations, I know that in English we have certain verbs which umlaut ablaut in their principle parts: sing-sang-sung We have verbs that add an -ed to the end: laugh-laughed and ...
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Instrumented? What is a good explanation/definition of the word. (English: Tech Jargon)

What is a good explanation/definition of the word Instrumented? as in "Good code needs to be instrumented..." I did a brief web search, but the few places it pops up seem to also be full of jargon, ...
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What's the term for untapped capacity or inventory that is brought to market by rising prices?

I want to answer this question on Homebrew.SE, but I'm at an uncharacteristic loss for words. One example of the concept I'm trying to describe is gold that had heretofore been sitting in people's ...
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What is the correct way of saying: press a button multiple times, but don't hold it down for too long?

I would like to combine the "Press the button repeatedly" and "Press the button shortly" into one sentence, but the "repeatedly shortly" does not seem correct to me. Even the "shortly" seems not the ...
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Term or phrase representing all objects inside of a parent object

I am programming an iOS App and I have an alert popup that asks a user to confirm the deletion of a directory. I want to show the following message: "DIR is not empty! Deleting this folder will ...
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What is the term or phrase to describe some process is sequential independent? [closed]

By "sequential independent", I mean the process remains the same no matter how you change the order of its subroutines. Better to be some term frequently used in math or engineering.
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What exactly is a shindig? [closed]

What exactly is a shindig? I tried to translate it in Google Translate into spanish but it gave me two translations Fiesta (party) Pelea (fight) So which one is it? Update The context I heard ...
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Is there a term for the opposite of the greengrocer’s apostrophe?

Is there a term for the tendency to omit the apostrophe in high-profile items where it would otherwise be expected? – such as “Student Manual” instead of “Student’s Manual” (and “Facilitator Guide” ...
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Terminology of roles in a Q&A: The “asker” and “answerer”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What do you call somebody who asks a question and somebody who answers a question? If you have one person in the role of asking questions, and another person in the role ...
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What's the most pedantically correct way to reference sectioned and numbered rules aloud?

I am a roller derby announcer. An important part of my job is to explain the rules of roller derby to the fans. The rules of modern roller derby are promulgated by the Women's Flat Track Derby ...
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Non-pejorative term for 'alcohol aficionado'?

Is there a non-pejorative term analogous to "foodie" but in the context of alcoholic drinks? Everything that comes to mind suggests some form of alcoholism or affinity for binge-drinking. More ...
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“Border protection” vs “boarder protection” [closed]

Is the term boarder protection valid? It has 52,500 results on Google. What is the difference between boarder protection and border protection?
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Continuous vs contiguous when talking about files

Files on a file system can be fragmented meaning they're split into several parts that are scattered all over hard disk. This usually means that reading these files is much slower because disk ...
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Word for “the question this one was closed as a dupe of”

Is there a simple term for the question this one was closed as a dupe of other than "the question this one was closed as a dupe of", because "the question this one was closed as a dupe of" is pretty ...