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

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What is the origin of the phrase “inconvenient knowledge” [closed]

Richard McCombs 2013 book, The Paradoxical Rationality of Søren Kierkegaard, contains this passage: "...the suspicion arises that the purpose of this investigation may well be to forget one's ...
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Clear terminology for “single”, “return” and “return-only” journeys

Normally when talking about journeys or buying tickets (e.g. for a bus or train) you have "single" or "return", when return means "there and back again". If you want to "just go home", you can buy a "...
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Perception of problems when informed of an issue?

What is the term for perceiving issues which don't exist having been informed of a problem. More Info When people are aware of a problem they're more likely to report that they're experiencing that ...
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Word for a situation where you must make a different choice than another person

I'm trying to describe a situation that you face when both you and another person must make a choice, but the outcome of both choices depends on the other person's choices, leading you and the other ...
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What exactly is “censorship” and on what scale can it be applied to? [closed]

So recently in the video game industry there's been a lot of hubbub about what is and isn't censorship. Games like Fire Emblem: Fates, Overwatch, and Bravely Second have sparked numerous heated ...
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What does it mean when after Mrs is used the first name? [closed]

In one of social network the name of my teacher was written using Mrs + first name. She is 30 year old. I know that Mrs was most often used by a woman when married, in conjunction with her husband's ...
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Payout vs withdrawal [closed]

I have a website where the users have an amount of money on their account and they can ask for it to be paid... What is the best way to call this action? Also, for example, the admin can "cancel the ...
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What is the word for always YES (100%) or always NO (0%), never in-between

For example: 1) In statistics, this attribute will always either be 0% or 100%, never in-between. 2) The boundary is either safe or destroyed, because there is never a state where it is only '...
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Something that reminds you of your true self [closed]

Is there a single word or a phrase for 'something that reminds you of your true self'? I want to use this word for a Science Club. In the context that it reminds you of your basic nature - to enjoy ...
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A function in computer games to send messages by selecting them from a preset list rather than typing

Is there a term describing a popular feature in modern computer games, where players can send messages during the game by selecting messages for typical situations from a predefined list rather than ...
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What do you call the second chunk of an address?

Say I have an address like: 123 Main St., Bldg. #456 Schenectady, NY, 12345 I know the chunk I put on first line is called the "Street Address", but what is the chunk I put on the second line ...
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Does the term “walkable roof” exist in English?

I'm writing a paper about flat roofs. I wanted to use the term "walkable roof" to describe a roof that can be used on a daily basis (e.g. a roof terrace), but I'm not sure if this term exists in ...
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Term for “argument by anecdote”

I very frequently see the following argument technique: Person A points out that X is almost always a bad idea Person B points out that there are exceptions: sometimes X is a good idea, backed up by ...
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Is there a process name for an island becoming unisolated?

I previously asked this on the history stack exchange but unfortunately had no good luck, and I was recommended to give this stack exchange a go, so: Basically I would like to know if there is an ...
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“Snap” but it's not photography lingo

I first heard the term "Snap" in a television drama a year or so ago from a recovering drug addict-turned rogue police detective. I think it is a form of verbal exclamation, similar to "wow" or "Yeah!...
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General term for manipulating a liquid?

Is there a one-word term that can be used to describe pouring, spreading, collecting, sucking, pipetting, etc. of liquid substances? I guess an equivalent of "manipulate", but only in the context of ...
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Can anyone advise on a guide to the usage of “enote”?

I am looking to use "enote" in a mathematical description where the symbol occurs before the concept, and denote seems inappropriate. (I suppose with rewriting this can be overcome, but that's a ...
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Using “Acts of God” in legal term

I wonder why on a lot of legal term in English country using "Acts of God" as an events outside human control? As an Indonesian, I think everything that happens in this world is an act of God. And it ...
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The phrase for when: working in a group to divide responsibility and reduce malicious intent

I am trying to think of what the name of the word/phrase is for when: An important task (not a difficult one, but a mission critical one) is at hand and instead of one person being assigned to it, a ...
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Is there a term for a story without mythological / religious roots?

There is the philosophical question whether there is such thing as a story without a reference to a religious or mythological teaching. That is a question for another SE or group. My question is: ...
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Term for the second letter in Sx, Dx, Rx?

In abbreviations such as Dx (diagnosis), Sx (symptom), and Rx (prescription), is there a specific term for the second letter in the abbreviation? I have tried to google this but end up with results ...
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Another term for “zero-sum game” [closed]

Rock-paper-scissors is a zero-sum game, however I remember a different phrase that means essentially the same thing - when each member of a group of objects has exactly balanced strengths and ...
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What is the term for a phrase like “school it is”?

I heard this kind of expression in conversation: 1) A.- You should go to school and learn. B.- All right, school it is. 2) A.- Open the window unless there is better idea. B.- (no ...
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New word “patrogony” [closed]

I have searched years, picking some very bright brains. So far, no one I know or can google has a satisfactory name for the sexual reversal of "misogyny*". I nominate either of two: 1. ...
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Term for dilemma regarding knowledge of information which cannot be used without alerting the other party

What is the term for a dilemma in which one has crucial information belonging to another party, who would be alerted if any sort of action were to be taken regarding this information? An example of ...
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Something that provides a way to gain knowledge

Is there a single word or a phrase for 'something that indicates a direction to pursue or gain knowledge'? I want to use this word for 'Symmetry'. I want to write about how symmetry helps us think ...
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Term for word used at end of sentence that can be combined with first word of next sentence [closed]

Example: You do not get a free pass. Words will be your downfall. Notice how the end of the sentence, pass, can be combined with the first word of the next sentence, words, to form: passwords. What ...
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'Functional [something]': using an object intended for one purpose in a nontraditional or unforeseen way [closed]

Many years ago someone used the term "functional _______" (the blank being a placeholder for the second word of the term, which I can't remember) to denote the skill of being able to envision using an ...
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“Tense” Equivalent Neutral Term for Singular / Plural Form?

Here's one for the English professors: I originally came across this problem when answering a question here. We all know that tense refers to the temporal form of a verb. "Act, acted, will act, has ...
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What kind of abbreviations are “Bee Gees”, “Eminem”, etc? [duplicate]

The "Bee Gees" is actually a stylised expansion of the initials BGs, which in turn refers to initials of Barry Gibb, DJ Bill Gates and Bill Goode (or simply means Brothers Gibb). "Eminem" comes from ...
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Hypernym for lossy or lossless? [closed]

Generally, there exist two types of compression algorithms which have the feature to be lossless or lossy. What is the noun to reference this feature? The word lossiness seems to be plausible to me. ...
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Verb to mean a place is getting to your head

I seem to remember the existence of a phrasal verb to mean that a place is getting to your head, i.e. the place is starting to influence your choices and/or changing your persona. I though "it grows ...
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Is the term “tooltip” for the upvote and downvote button on StackExchange accurate?

It just occurred to me that the term tooltip used for SE's upvote and downvote button might be ambiguous and misleading. Doesn't tip here mean advice? Whenever I hover my mouse over an icon in Word (...
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What is a noun derivative from a verb when being used in an assignment context?

I'm trying to find a noun that can only be derived only from a verb and is assigned as a role. E.g. in the following sentence: Fred assesses the test. Jack runs over the hill. Billy ...
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What is the correct way to deal with a quantity of gravity in science fiction?

I'm trying to edit someone's sci-fi novel, and I'm running into a need to refer to levels of gravity in a space station and on other planets in terms of Earth gravity. I cannot find a correct standard ...
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How do you categorize groups of people as subjects?

When compiling published content, one method of sorting or filtering is by audience. There, the term “audience” generally implies a curation of material for assumed identities of a readership (...
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“Cross-posting” - is this word able to be used literally nowadays?

"Cross-posting" is the act of asking a question of more than one site within a system. As far as I know, it has always had a poor reputation, because doing so encourages answers that are not seen ...
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Is there a term for the point in time when a product can begin to use itself?

I know there is the term "dogfooding" and have even found other variations on the phrase "... eat our own dog food": "drinking our own champaign" "eating our own cooking" "ice cream our customers ...
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What's the meaning of 'Min' in The Old Curiosity Shop?

In Dickens' The Old Curiosity Shop, the word 'min' is used. For example: "is the old min friendly?" As it is only used by one character, Mr Swiveller, one can assume it to be slang and expect it to ...
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Word or phrase for someone who talks with another person, but obviously looking around for someone more interesting

Word or phrase for someone who talks with another person, but obviously looking around for someone more interesting. Like at a party, where my interlocutor is noticeably scanning the room for more ...
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what does “showing the fly the way out of the fly-bottle” literally means?

I saw this expression: "the aim of the activity is "to show the fly the way out of the fly-bottle". " (It is connected with this other expression: "I don't know my way about".) I grasped the ...
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What does “go on floors” really mean?

When reading movie magazines or news I come across lines like the below: Mr. A's new film goes on floors next month. The actors 2 movies are going on floors later this year. One can ...
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Is there a pre-Internet term for “gamification”?

Gamification is a relatively new term which was coined and has been made highly popular in the Internet era. From the related Wikipedia article: Though the term "gamification" was coined in 2002 ...
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Is there a proper name for an exchange trophy?

Institutions often hand out awards that include trophies that are either to be returned after the ceremony, or after one year when a new candidate is awarded the same trophy and their name is engraved ...
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Need a word for someone not acknowledging what you are saying, and who attempts to put you in a bad light [closed]

Word for: when a person you are dealing with does not acknowledge what you are saying but rather, goes on the attack and attempts to present you in a bad light, such as diversionary tactics
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Word or phrase to describe increasing periods between attempting the same operation

I'm looking for a term (single word or phrase) that describes the trick in software development to (typically exponentially) increase time between successive attempts to do an action on a server, for ...
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Is it now standard to refer to February 29th as a “bissextile day”?

I've noticed the obscure word "bissextile" showing up with greater frequency, especially in the past few leap years. In the past, the word would occasionally show up to refer to leap years as "...
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Meaningless/Placeholder Verb?

In some fields of study, there are various placeholder nouns/proper nouns---basically nouns that are conventionally used in an example but are understood not to correspond to an actual object. In ...
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How to explain the action of putting a table calendar facedown from an upright position?

I am unable to come up with the words to explain this action. To turn it the other away would still mean it is in an upright position. Put it down does not sound right either. Please help.
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In structures such as 'football manager', is 'football' a modifier or a complement of the head noun?

I thought I'd post this as it illustrates a problem often encountered on ELU. In structures such as 'football manager', is 'football' a modifier or a complement of the head noun? I've seen ...