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

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What is a word for assigning a number to a value?

I am undergoing world building for a story I am writing. In this story, the school system is level based, where there are no grades(as in grades 1-12), just accomplishments in terms of level. ...
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What is the generic term for potential evidence whose bearings upon truth or falsehood is not decided yet?

Strictly speaking, evidence already implies bearings for or against a proposition. But often times, people collect candidates for evidence before they know whether they can count as evidence or not. ...
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What Is the Real Name of the #?

I used to say "sharp sign" to refer to the # sign. Today a friend told me that the correct term is number sign or hash sign or even just hash. What is the difference between these options and ...
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What do you call the action of making desserts?

A person who makes desserts is called a pastry chef, but is there a name for the action itself of making desserts? "Cooking" is too general, and "baking" implies bread, cakes, etc. which is not quite ...
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In the context of cooking, what is the difference between “flipper” and “spatula”?

I'm genuinely confused about this because at first I thought a spatula was a cooking tool resembling a flat pallet attached at an angle to the handle that could be used for activities such as flipping ...
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Is there a name for the rhetorical device that uses difficult but irrelevant theories to advance one's argument?

Some arguments cite quantum mechanics as evidence to suppose the existence of a metaphysical being. In order to argue with these people, one would have to study quantum mechanics which is very ...
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Is there an English word for “removing stem from a cilantro” (coriander)

My native language has a word for that process hence I am curious to find out if English has one. I searched for it on the Internet without success. Apart from "removing stem", I found "removing ...
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The name of the type of words like “party” and “quest” [closed]

My company often comes up with product names such as "HatQuest" "DataParty" as a programmer I wish to make a generator for these types of names, How would I best find a list of words for things like ...
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What is a word that means 'things that have been seen'?

I need a word that means 'things that have been seen'. I'd be happy with a made-up or foreign word, if the meaning is relatively clear to English speakers. For example, using the word 'floop' for ...
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Term for using “thingy-esque” phrases rather than a common word

{This question came to mind because of the recent question .. What do you call the interconnecting bits of a puzzle piece in English? } In my opinion, in English, it's reasonably common ...
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What is the name of the tactic that politicians use to bury people with torrent of words?

Some people write bloated books and long essays with skilful use of hooks, e.g. Jared Diamond; some others speak in long-drawn sentences with torrents of words, e.g. Noam Chomsky. It reminds me of a ...
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Is there a specific word or term for the two dots (“:”) between hours and minutes?

Is there a specific word or term for the two dots in this "14:23"? Edit. I know it's a colon. :-) I mean specifically related to date and time display.
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Managing Director in a School below university level

Is the title, "managing director" used in American or European nonprofit organizations, specifically in elementary or high schools? And if so, does that person stand below, equal to or above the ...
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is there a term for “largest possible minority?”

A hand of bridge has 13 tricks, and one can win between 0 and 13 tricks in a hand. Between 0 and 6 tricks would constitute a minority of tricks, with 6 being the largest possible (discrete) minority. ...
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What is the proper English term for polycopié (de cours)?

In French, several universities use polycopiés instead of course books for teaching. The term polycopié can be translated as handout. Is it correct to use it in this case, in which a polycopié ...
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Determiner vs. Determinative

In the Cambridge Grammar of the English Language, Huddleston and Pullum use the term "determinative" for the lexical category of words like the, etc. And they use "determiner" for the grammatical ...
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What is a word to describe how something bad looks good because it is being contrasted with something worse?

I was wondering if there was any word or terminology for any such literary device that uses this effect.
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Term to describe quality of one's day

I'm working on a sort of diary app with which users will rate different aspects of their day. One of the metrics being measured is the overall quality of the user's day. Currently I'm just calling ...
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Is there a way to express “knowing just enough to be dangerous” succintly?

Every sector has them: the employee who has had very little formal training about a certain program, device or concept, but has done research into it himself and figured out just enough to have a ...
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Does “merge” imply that the source elements no longer exist after merging?

When I use the word "merge", I think of it as creating a new object with properties combined from several individual objects. Does "merge" then also imply these individual objects no longer exist ...
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Business Jargon “Blue Ocean Market”

What is the meaning of the expression "blue ocean market" used in business jargon?
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What is the term used for people who drive slow?

I always heard terms like bikers, racers, car racers, which are specially used for the people who drives fast. But what do we call people who drive slow, or at normal speed, or very slow (for “senior ...
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What is the military term for fighting the enemy without permission?

What is the military term for fighting the enemy without permission? 'Insubordinate conduct' is the term given to disobeying orders but this is too general as it can mean failing to carry out an ...
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Term for phonological elements of a dialect

A dialect encompasses various traits of a group, including vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation (phonology). Is there a common term specifically for the phonological elements of a dialect? I’d like ...
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Usage of “Free-to-play”

What is the correct usage of the term "Free-to-play?" I would expect it to mean any game that is at least partially free, up to and including games that are fully free such as freeware or ...
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Word for suggesting solutions to a problem before the problem is even well-defined or well-understood

This remark was said to me awhile ago, perhaps last year, when I was asking for a help on a programming question on Stack Overflow. The jist was: "you are suggesting a solution to a problem before ...
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“Thinking you recognize everyone”

Is there a word for "thinking that you recognize everyone that you see"? I recently just transferred schools, and the first couple of weeks or so I thought that every stranger I saw was someone that I ...
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Flights with all inclusive stay/living, some jargon for this?

Suppose a competition has a prize that contains flight tickets, all food and accommodation. Is there some special term in English to describe it? Flights with all inclusive stay or Flights with all ...
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What is correct phrase of ex in laws when Divorced

If you get divorced, are your ex spouse's siblings' children still your niece or nephew?
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Description that sets the scene in a play

In plays, there is often a description at the beginning of the scene that sets the scene before the characters start speaking. e.g., see the paragraph in italics here. What is the formal term for it?
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Are there any terms equivalent to 'Americana' for other cultures?

Given the available definition of Americana as pertaining to "artifacts, or a collection of artifacts, related to the history, geography, folklore and cultural heritage of the United States", are ...
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Words to help describe when you are using spaces and line breaks in text?

If you look at the difference between something like quick brown fox and quickbrownfox, you might reasonably describe the first as being "spaced". While the second is, perhaps "unspaced" or ...
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What is the correct term for unboarding passengers from aircraft?

I am looking for a correct term meaning that the given plane is in a state of unloading/ "unboarding" arrived passengers, just before it will board departing passengers. I can't find this on ...
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“Maintenance” or “Support”?

I would like to differentiate between free basic support services, included in the License (Software) and additional paid support services. In which case should I use 'Support' and in which ...
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Is “Discrete” the correct/best term?

I have a page - similar to a wiki page - that contains descriptive information in paragraph form as well as a side bar with labels bits of information. This is a good example, the right size ...
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Why is uploading termed 'uploading' and downloading termed 'downloading'?

What is "up" or "down" about it? I mean, geographically it makes no sense. I can upload images, and download images - the former is away from my computer and the later is coming to it but why "up" and ...
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Is there a colloquial phrase to describe a sports heckler?

What might you call someone who verbally harasses a player from the stands? Hey Lincecum. I've seen better curves on a square! Who is that guy?
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“Build out” as business jargon

I have noticed an increase recently in use of the phrase "build out" when "build" would suffice. This seems to be mainly an American English phenomenon from what I can see. Here are some examples: ...
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Terminology for multi-cause changes

Is there any terminology or wording to describe the type of fundamental change of a system that is not the result of a single cause, but rather caused by many influences at interplay pushing from ...
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What is the best term to designate a member of a sodality?

At first I would have thought that a member of a sodality would be identified as a sodalite, but if that usage ever existed, it has been completely erased by the mineral of that name. I'm looking to ...
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“Find out about my solutions”

"Come visit me to find out about the solutions" find out about sounds weird to me: what are some synonyms to better express the concept?
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What do you call the practice of using generic terms in favour of genericized trademarks?

I occasionally find myself searching for the generic version of a proprietary term; for example flying disc for toys like a Frisbee, or search rather than Google. Is there a name for the practice of ...
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When you use the term stereotype in this context, are you implying it's true or relatively accurate of a group?

When someone says something along the lines of: Well I don't agree with you, because you're a typical so-and-so X. X being the culture/group of people. If you make a reply along the lines of: ...
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Terminology for a “group selfie”

A selfie is a kind of casual self-portrait. People often take selfies that include a significant other or multiple friends, and I’m curious whether there is any established terminology or slang for ...
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Addressing women with “Sir” [duplicate]

In movies, mostly around military personnel, female officers are sometimes addressed as "Sir" (Sometimes also followed by a "Um, ma'am, sorry..."). What would be the correct usage here if not using ...
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What is the origin and meaning of “racing to a red light”?

During the third episode of the HBO show "True Detective" the following dialogue is exchanged: Cop 1: "Certain linguist anthropologists think that religion is a language virus that rewrites ...
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Relationship between Juxtaposition, Oxymoron, and Paradox [closed]

Explain the definition and relationship between "juxtaposition", "oxymoron", and "paradox". I'm supposed to apply this to Romeo and Juliet too, so any examples including them would be appreciated. ...
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What does an odometer measure? Another term for “mileage”

I'm developing a software application in which users must enter odometer values of their cars. I'm looking for the correct term for the variable/database field that stores an odometer reading. Terms ...
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Asceticism vs. Monasticism

What is the difference between asceticism and monasticism? It seems that in practice they are effectively synonymous; if this is the case, do they have differing origins? I've included the first ...
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“Active” or “activated”?

Is there a difference between an active state and activated state? For example, if I activate an item, will it become active or activated? Does it depend on the context? How?