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

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Term to describe users' initial dislike of user interface change

What is the best term to describe the fact that most users have an initial dislike of any change to a UI even though it may really be net better over time? Note: Question originally appeared as a ...
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Is 'colorblind' the best word for people with color perception deficiencies? [closed]

I'm creating an application that has a checkbox to assist colorblind users. I'm not so fond of the term because it isn't accurate, but at the same time I don't want to seem overtly politically correct....
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Can the subject of a portrait be an animal?

The answers to question "What is the definition of portrait photography?" seem to imply that the subject of a portrait has to be a person or a group of people. This isn't directly expressed in the ...
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Name to distinguish between parameters used for 'is not equal' operations and those used for 'is equal' operations

I am writing a dating website (for example) which allows a person to search for partners matching certain features. i.e "non-blondes in New York". I am having trouble trying to find the perfect words ...
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What is the literary term for the redemption act of a character?

For example: in the story Star Wars, you have the story Darth Vader. In the second movie, a plot twist reveals Darth Vader as Lukes father. At the end of third, he then undergoes _ where he kills the ...
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What the definition for “Itsy Bitsy” term? [closed]

Like on the Itsy Bitsy Spider I heard it in some lyrics but I don't know what this mean indeed.
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What do you call a quote from an article that is displayed prominently in the article itself?

When you're reading an article, often you'll see a quote from the very same article written in large, bold letters. I guess it's supposed to entice skimmers to read it or some such. What is that ...
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In navigation, what's the difference between bearing, heading, direction, and course?

Specifically, in real-world use, I would think that "course" and "heading" tend to imply a vector of movement, while "bearing" and "direction" might refer only to which way one is facing. I am ...
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What is a “magnetic shaped charge”

Just reading this article and in one of the first sentences it says: A few days ago, 32-year-old Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan died in his car, after two motorcyclists attached a magnetic shaped charge ...
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Term for a powerful personal computer?

What term would an enthusiast use to describe a powerful, tripped-out personal computer, the kind he might custom-build in his garage and overclock to the max? The usual reference sources are failing ...
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Term for an event being referred to by its location or date

Is there a term for referring to an organization by its city rather than by its name? mentions synecdoche and metonym as terms used when an organization is referred to by its location. Do these terms ...
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Is there a term for words that are sounded out initialisms?

The words "okay" and "emcee" seem to both be somewhat widely accepted (at least, I can find both in several dictionaries). But it seems to be agreed that these are simply sounded-out spellings of the ...
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When did “gay” become associated with homosexuality? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Gay (homosexual) and gay (happy) I'm curious if there's a definitive moment where the word "gay" started being applied to homosexuals. Was it a specific coining, or just a ...
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What would the job title be for someone who organizes parties?

I'm currently searching for the right term for someone who Organizes or Promotes Parties, "Clubbings", Events or similar. I understand that there's a difference between someone who promotes a ...
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How would I call a surface of equal energy?

There are already several terms I know to denote surfaces on which a certain quantity is constant: equipotential surface: a surface of equal potential energy isobaric surface: a surface of equal ...
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Can you 'agree' with something in varying degrees?

When constructing a survey question is it correct to ask a respondent: Which of the statements do you agree with more? Agreement seems like it should be binary. To agree with one thing more than ...
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Different way of writing “attackable” and “repairable” [closed]

In programming, we say an object is capable of doing something. For example, an object may be drivable or repairable. This lets us know what actions the different parts of a computer program are ...
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“Fez” or “Tarboosh”?

Having recently got involved in an inconclusive argument on the subject the other day, I'd like to know which of these names is best when describing the hat worn in the Middle East. Merriam-Webster ...
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Origin of “hike” in American football

Both Wikipedia and TheFreeDictionary list the term hike as an alternative term for snapping the football at the beginning of play. Where does it come from?
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Name for an inexact abbreviation

What is the name for a word that is shortened, but done somewhat incorrectly? As an example, the word distro is shortened from the word distribution, but with the trailing i changed to an o. ...
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“Order of magnitude” for changes in prefix

Order of magnitude usually denotes a change of a factor of 10. Is there a similar term for a change by a factor of 1000? For example: Kb -> Mb Tb -> Gb Edit: I agree that you can just say "three ...
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Deconstruction of the phrase “some variety of” to refer to a single type or class of object

In informal English, I often see the phrase "some variety of" referring to a singular classification of a particular object of a sentence. For example: That appears to be some variety of plant. ...
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What do you call Xo-Y words? (ex: Judeo-Christian)

Is there a special name to call words like Judeo-Christian, following the construction Xo-Y? (Same question for French)
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What is a “Norman genitive”? [closed]

I have encountered such a term, and I have no idea what it is. Could it be 'of'?
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What term is used for the closing of a letter?

Salutation is the term used to describe the beginning of a letter or other correspondence. What is the term used for the closing of a letter? Here are some examples: Yours truly, Sincerely, Best ...
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Proper term for people from eastern Asia

I once posted an article on the web in which I referred collectively to people from China, Japan, and the Koreas as "Oriental". I got an email from someone who informed me that this is an offensive ...
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Meaning of “float a deadpoint”

In a book about climbing technique (written by an American) I found the following expression: ...: floating a deadpoint from any one of a million different body positions. While the meaning of ...
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Is there a one-word English term for the day after tomorrow? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How obsolete is the word “overmorrow”? Is there a one-word English term for the day after tomorrow? Perhaps a term that has fallen out of modern English usage. ...
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Image in article

What would you call an image in a newspaper article that appears in the flow of the article with text wrapped around it? For example an article with two columns — on the right column there's an image ...
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Is “constringence” a word?

I would like to express, in one word, the tendency to concentrate excessively rather than disperse. This is applied in a sentence where I describe a set of data, which has too much focus on one aspect ...
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Is “wtf” an abbreviation or a euphemism?

In the English language we have a lot of euphemisms for profanities that take the form of abbreviations; for instance, people may say the f-word or the s-word if they don't want to say fuck and shit. ...
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“Bear market” / “Bull market” : what relationship those animals have with economy?

A bull market is a upward trend and a bear market a downward trend, but how did those animals end up in financial terminology?
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A generic term for both fast-forward and rewind modes?

I'd like to add an option to some program that would control the speed (or more exactly the delay between steps) in fast-forward or rewind modes. I don't know how to name it. If it wasn't for the ...
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What do you call a man who desires to have a lifelong, non-sexual but intimate relationship with a woman? [closed]

The man lives in the same house with a woman but he never has sex or desires to have sex. He is comfortable being nude with her and so is she, but there is no sexual touching or lust. He cuddles her ...
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Word for “library staff member”

I'm looking for a word to indicate a member of a library's staff. The obvious choice, librarian, is not appropriate, because it refers to someone with a specific degree, usually in Library or ...
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What type of phrase is “done”?

Examples are provided aplenty, from chef Gordon Ramsay: Fry. Roast. Drizzle. Done. Drizzle olive into the sauce circling the fish. Done. But you also see the term used on buttons in ...
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What's a more formal name for a “third” party?

Two parties are trying to resolve some dispute that involves interest of both. Sometimes it's hard for them to reach an agreement on a fair basis. This is typically when another party who has no ...
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A rude equivalent to a “TV box” term

I am looking for an American English term for a "TV box" as a source of zombification and brain killing. Maybe "boob tube" is the right one? The shorter, the better.
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Plural of “copula”, does “copulas” or “copulae” sound more professional?

When talking in linguistics topics about the word "to be" and its foreign language equivalents like Spanish "ser" and "estar", the name of this kind of special verb is "copula". But copula has two ...
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Are “academic society” and “industrial society” correct?

I'm writing a Personal Statement and I need to say something like "this research topic is hot in both academic society and industrial society". Are these phrases correct?
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How can I translate the words for the two types of bathrooms found in Russia into English?

I work in real estate, and sometimes I have to translate respective inscriptions from my native Russian into English. I get stuck in some cases where not only linguistic, but cultural differences have ...
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“I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream”- Is there a term that describes this 'word play'?

What is the term that describes the word play found below? “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream” Another example might be the punchline: "Orange you glad to see me"?
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What is the “not only … but also” sentence pattern called?

"Not only ... But also" What is this sentence pattern called in English grammar? How can I find these patterns?
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“Supreme court” vs. “highest court”

I just read an article about aided suicide on Toronto Star which mentioned B.C. supreme court and Canada's highest court. Do supreme court and highest court mean the same thing? The different ...
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How should I say the “relationship” between the professor and student in America?

When I apply for the admission to the graduate school in America, I need to provide the "Recommendation Provider" in the online system. What should I write when I am asked "relationship to you"? ...
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Is “Windows-based PC” a correct term in American English?

I am writing a support message to a customer support of an audio hardware vendor. I need to describe them that I am running Microsoft Windows as the main OS on my computer. Is "Windows-based PC" term ...
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What is the subjunctive mood?

I had always understood the subjunctive mood to mean a hypothetical present tense. However, I think it might also imply that the hypothetical event is outside the realm of possibility. Is that ...
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Looking for a technical term that goes hand in hand with the strategy used in the joke [closed]

Here's the joke: Tom's Dad:(in Bill Gates's office) My son Tom wants to marry your daughter. Are you interested? Bill: No, my daughter is still too young. Tom's Dad: What if my son is a VP at ...
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What is the origin and prevalence of the term “server” meaning “wait(er/ress)”?

In a comment on this question, the term "server" is used to refer to the guy working at the register in a pizza restaurant. I have never heard this usage before (in Australia), and was only able to ...
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Are 'dysfunction' and 'malfunction' complete synonyms?

Dictionaries give both dysunction and malfunction the meaning 'failure to function properly'. Are they complete synonyms?