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

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What do you call a person who has had sex reassignment surgery?

OK, if a man or woman has changed their gender through surgery, what should we call them? Can we call them transgender people? According to Google, transgender (adj) means "denoting or relating to ...
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Term for “Group wants to do it, lets do it, but in reality no one wants to do it”

Term for the situation where "No individual in the group wants to do an activity, but they all agree to do it anyway because everyone thinks everyone else likes it"
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What is the name of this symbol “♪”?

I need the names of the following symbols: ♪ The one that is not coloured in and looks like a "d" The circular one, that looks like an "o" The one like this ♪, but doesn't have the little thingy ...
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Is there a specific word for words that act as a noun and verb?

Is there a specific term for words that can be used in the form of a verb and also a noun but pronounced differently? Example: Content, Record..
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what does “a mobile person” mean?

when we say someone is a "mobile person".. what does that mean? is it about him being social or is it more about being hyperactive? the paragrapth in which I found this term doesn't include any ...
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POS for “Just when [you thought…]”

I'm having a brain fart. Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water Can you remind me what "Just when" is? It changes "You thought it was safe to go back in the water" from an ...
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Is a word an anagram of itself?

I am solving the algorithm problem Valid Anagram. The official answer judges that "hello" is a valid anagram of "hello". I am doubting this test is wrong.
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What is the fear of the unknown called?

I am wondering what it's called when you fear the unknown, like I am scared of what's hidden deep in the ocean, far out in space, death, etc.--basically things I can't really explain. I just want to ...
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Is there a term for this piece of hair?

So I usually look at this part and my side burns to tell if I need a hair cut. The part I refer to is probably the start of a pony tail (I'm a guy btw). This is only on the back of the head, but not ...
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What would be the opposite of Room 101?

Room 101 is known as the place where all horrible things are placed far away from visibility. What would be the opposite, a place where you display the things you love and enjoy?
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What is the term for when a clause explains what preceded it?

I can't find out through google, because "explanation" of course just provides basic grammar lessons. What is the term for a clause which explains a thought etc. preceding it? So e.g.: I thought ...
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Name for Method/Style of Writing

Is there a name for a style of writing where the author "speaks" to an imaginary reader in an imaginary conversation? Example When you write for web, you should keep your paragraphs short and ...
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Term for putting someone else's name on one's work?

This is the "Later Letters of Paul" effect, also seen in historic Chinese philosophical writings. One uses the name of a famous or canonical figure to lend credence or divine attribution to one's own ...
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Word for a retailer's distinctive products

When I worked in retail, I learned terms such as "loss leader", which describes a product that generates little or no profit but draws customers into a store. Is there a similar term for the unique ...
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Term for a payment paid by an insurance firm to an insured party

Insurance terminology: what do we call the payment that an insurance firm pays a beneficiary if the terms of an insurance policy are met? For example - in life insurance, in case an insured party ...
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A term to describe the phenomenon that people are more comfortable sleeping in their own bed

People are more comfortable sleeping in their own bed than somewhere else (e.g., other people's home, hotel). Is there a term that can be used to describe such a phenomenon?
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Antonym of “Portable” in the context of a computer programme?

First, some background information... In terminology regarding computer programmes, the term portable typically means being operational without having to install. In more advanced speak, it's where a ...
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Do scenarios hover?

I was recently editing a document produced by a consulting firm. I came across the sentence: Under this scenario, Kazakhstan can expect to secure its energy sector. I quickly replaced under with ...
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Is there a name for these type of words: where, what, near, up, down, how, if, would and so on

Is there a word to describe the collection of words of the type shown below. I'm not looking for a grammatical classification... knowing that they're mostly adverbs doesn't help. Is there something ...
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Is “Sleeveless vest” redundant?

I had always thought a vest implied a sleeveless garment of clothing, but I find several instances of the phrase "sleeveless vest." Isn't that redundant and is there any reputable, somewhat ...
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Term for an argument which cannot be distinguished from sarcasm/jest

What is the word or phrase identifying an argument or statement for which, based on the source, you cannot tell whether the person is being honest or not? The kind of argument or statement where you ...
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Word for cutting a sentence in half the rest of the meaning inferred

Is there any word for cutting off a sentence on purpose when the rest of the sentence can be inferred? I see this used sometimes when someone is talking about a grave danger. It is sometimes finished ...
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What's it called in english to be cautious about something you do?

Is there a term in english for where you want to describe the discreet or cautious approach you take, when you want to make sure you're not risking or jeopardizing anything in doing a routine job? ...
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What is name for saying “I feel X” as differentiating it for simply stating “X”

I am looking for the term describing the difference between: "The hotel is perfect." "I feel the hotel is perfect." I am making a case that sentences with only this difference can be considered ...
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The phrase “more sharp” vs “sharper”

So I was talking to my fiancee and she said "more sharp" to which I said "you mean sharper?". This is in context of talking about her current earrings being "more sharp" then her usual ones. She then ...
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What is the origin of the phrase “Sharp Showers” in UK Met Office Forecasts

The UK Meterological Office is the government body responsible for weather forecasting here. On TV and radio forecasts, they have taken to using the phrase "sharp showers" to indicate sudden, heavy ...
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A site where human bones have been discovered

Is there a shorter way of saying "other sites where human bones have been discovered"? I mean a site that is not a burial site, e.g a person has an heart attack, falls down on the ground and dies but ...
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Is there a term for nouns that describe the performance of a verb?

There are nouns that describe the performance of, or ability to perform a verb? E.g. perception / perceive communication / communicate collaboration / collaborate Is there a term for these nouns ...
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How is called the philosophy which states that molecules determine animal behavior?

What is called a philosophy of those who say that all or mostly all human behavior is determined by endorphins or maybe some other biochemical substance? Is it close to biological determinism?
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Name for a device purposefully put together from faulty parts

A tech jargon question: A friend thought he once heard a funny (?) jargon word for a device that was put together from faulty parts on purpose, maybe even with the very questionable intention to sell ...
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Enter or insert into the orbit?

There is a term orbit insertion which means a maneuver performed by a spacecraft flying by a celestial body in order to become an artificial satellite. What word or phrase would you use to describe ...
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What would you call the “neutral” variety in a range of food products?

Imagine you are naming a range of packaged, vegan, meat-like pan-fry kebab products that come with different marinades. There's a Curry, a Döner Kebab, and a Gyro. The final product of the range ...
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What would you call this “double entry” principle in English?

There is a system for entering the number of the ball that falls out in a lottery game. It consists of two computers operated by two different people. They each have to enter the ball number they see ...
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Is trypophobia a real word?

When I took psychology a semester ago, my teacher insisted that she has never heard of the word. When looked up in Merriam Webster's Dictionary, it did not pop up. Do medical professionals use this ...
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Parenthetical plural of unique examples

Sometimes media announcers, especially sports and business reporters, will make their examples plural, or parenthetically plural, even though those examples are obviously unique. For example, an NPR ...
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General technical term that uncontroversially encompasses both bacteria and viruses

We can speak of "microbes" or "micro-organisms," and I used to think that these terms clearly included viruses. And they are used this way by at least some other people; here's a website that refers ...
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Origin of term “Microbe” [closed]

What's the origin of the term microbe? According to related definitions and topics, I think it may be micro + be. If it is, what does "be" stand for?
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When was the term “gender essentialism” coined, and when did it come into common usage?

When was the term "gender essentialism" coined, and when did first it come into common usage? I was under the impression that the concept originated though the feminist existentialism work of authors ...
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What is the word for this military term, more specific than “envoy”?

"Envoy" apparently means messenger or representative, but the military term I want needs to be more specific. I'm thinking of a group, or just one person, who goes out before battle, meets the enemy, ...
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Why “resolution” means “number of pixels” [closed]

For whatever reason, word "resolution" (which has a very different meaning) people began to use as the determinant of the size?
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What is the word that sounds like “caromize” which means “cook a dish until we can reduce the juice in that dish to being viscous”?

OK, once I watched the Master Chef program and I heard people use a word that sounds like "caromize" to express the meaning of “cook a dish until the juices of the dish has reduced and is viscous”. ...
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Sword of Damocles

In an amusing Greek parable, Dionysius II teaches his courtier Damocles that luxury and wealth also come with responsibility and peril. This has given rise to the term Sword of Damocles. However, ...
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Word for “example of what not to do”

I found the term "anti-example" when googling for a word that means "example of what not to do" but I've never heard of it being used in common usage and googling it doesn't seem to lead to any ...
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How do you call a road without asphalt?

What is the right word to call a road without asphalt? I found the term "beaten path", but it seems to be used mostly for human-made (rather than car-made) paths within a forest. What I need to ...
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Name for first line of something

Is there a term for the first line of something, whether it's a poem, song, or prose? Addendum: Sometimes, though not always, the first line is the same as the title, such as in Walt Whitman’s poem ...
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What's the proper term for “Organize by subject, with a heading”?

I've noticed that people usually organize things by Grouping things with the same subject/topic together, then Putting a short heading at the top. What's the proper English word for this kind of ...
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Any words or phrases that mean “being jealous or envious but without letting it be known”?

I'm really curious because I get jealous over certain things but I of course make sure no one finds out. but I'd like to know if there is a word for it. I'm jealous but I don't in any way show it. My ...
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Is the word “patch” appropriate for source code update?

I've just checked in Wikipedia for some context where I could use the word patch, but most of the example usages I found only refers to "Software update" but not "Source code update" Is the word ...
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What would someone who has seen too much of something be called? Or is there no word for this?

Like when someone discovers something about their government that was suppose to be hidden & they get eliminated because they found out about it.
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Is there a word or phrase to define several words linked by hyphens, such as in “a sit-back-and-wait-for-it attitude”

some more examples: "And she gave me that aren't-I-just-gorgeous smile." "The I-did-it-my-way approach." "A from-this-day-forward-I-have-no-son scene."