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

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What's the difference between hard-boiled fiction and crime fiction?

I'm seriously confused now. I just read (in Wikipedia) that detective fiction is a sub-genre of both crime fiction and mystery. Now there's this hard-boiled thing. Those money-grubbing editors and ...
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Creation and Preservation: what are the terms for natural predisposition towards them?

There are tons of exceptions, of course, plus there are people who favor destruction over anything else. However: Some people are impelled towards creation, while others seek satisfaction, ...
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What's an introductory part of the title of an article/book called?

Some examples of article titles: Taking the Leap: How Sociolinguists Can Handle Divergence Closing the Gap: On Linguistic, Regional Convergence Linguistics Revisited: A Statistical Approach to ...
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What's the name of the action for opening a lock with an RF card?

We're constantly bombarded with new gadgets in our everyday life. Lately, hotels are moving away from ordinary locks and towards card keys. Some of them simply slide into a small slot in the lock, ...
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Literary term for a “placeholder” protagonist that readers/viewers “inhabit”

In some books and films, the protagonist is a "blank slate" of sorts--the character's personality is bland or never deeply developed, and he/she mainly serves as a sort of "shell" through which the ...
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Practice of foster care for illegitimate children

Apparently there existed a practice of sending bastard children to "foster care", typically a village, where village folks received some money from unacknowledged father (?) in some countries during ...
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“Shuttling between the anal and genital zones of development.” Huh?

Here's a quote from Lolita: "Dolly Haze," she said, "is a lovely child, but the onset of sexual maturing seems to give her trouble." I bowed slightly. What else could I do? "She is ...
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Is there a term for the amount of time one devotes to a job, as in full-time, part-time, half-time?

This question came up when I was posting job openings on a website and needed to list the various aspects of each position using label/value pairs, like so: Benefits: Included Availability: ...
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Is there a technical (and less gruesome) term for “execution squad” mentality?

A while back on Meta Stack Exchange, Shog9 described an "execution squad" mentality: First, if we're gonna do this then let's make it worthwhile: 1 vote == closed, regardless of how many other ...
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How to refer to the loudest point in a musical composition

Is there a single word to describe the loudest point in a musical composition? Crescendo is often used inaccurately to refer to this, but this is colloquial. Climax might be used, but a musical climax ...
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A way of saying “What could have been”

What's another way of saying "what could/should have been?" Ex. She reminisced of what could have been. Preferably short
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What happens with the score when the first point is scored?

What happens with the game score when a player scores the first point in match. E.g. in a football match someone scores the first goal. The score became 1:0. What happened to the score? In Russia we ...
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Is the beach of an island considered a shore?

If not, what is it called? I'd like to know because I am making a literary comment on this word and I need its exact definition.
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What is a word or phrase for someone who professes to know something but actually doesn't?

Is there a word or phrase that describes when a person professes to know about a certain subject, but in fact knows nothing about it?
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A term for making self-serving decisions that end up benefiting all

There's a term, perhaps a technical term, for when individuals make decisions that are self-serving only, but on a large scale, the combine decisions made in a self-serving manner happen to bring ...
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What does the phrase “spread crossing” mean?

Kindly explain the term spread crossing or crossing the spread. I know that it is connected with stock terminology, but I can't find a definition. Figure 4 reveals that, broadly speaking, we have ...
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past progressive with dependent clause — dependent clause types in the face of ambiguity

I'm trying to explain how to contrast the following two sentences in a meaningful - detailed - way. I was eating when a bee stung me. I was eating when I was on a break. The intention is to ...
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Big Picture vs Long run vs Long Term

When people talk about things in the future like plans for instance, what is the difference between these 3? So let's say you were talking about smoking. In the big picture, smoking will cause ...
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Name of a programmer of a quantum computer? [closed]

What is the quantum computing specific term for a "computer programmer?"
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The meaning of “earth” in 18th-century chemistry/mineralogy [closed]

Just today I came across an article describing origin of the name for Yttrium (an element in the periodic table of elements) In 1787, Karl Arrhenius came across an unusual black rock in an old ...
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What does “Quantum shifty no-comply…” mean?

Afraid I must take a detour. I’m going to crush Hiro, champion of cheaters, at the time and place of my choosing!! QUANTUM SHIFTY NO-COMPLY OF FORBIDDEN ENLIGHTENMENT! Ha! Typical! I land the ...
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Word to describe books that are “stories” rather than analytical?

Sometimes I get into conversations with teen cousins telling them I read books in my spare time. But I don't like reading "stories" with plots, but books about businessmen, investing, computer ...
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using theory in a different context

What is the term when a researcher uses theory/tools generated in an unrelated field? Say, for example, marketing folks use "ethnography" and "ethnographic research" to explain and understand ...
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Is delayed appositive correct term for this?

I have heard a term called delayed appositive, which is an appositive that is delayed as shown below. The hunter was trying to fight the bear, a real brute of a man. Here, this a real brute of ...
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Dynamics: band or music

Is it safe to say, "The inclusion of the saxophone has changed the dynamics of the band" or is this one correct "The inclusion of the saxophone has changed the dynamics of the music"?
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What do you call someone with only technical knowledge of sex?

So, I was reading a Futari Ecchi by Katsu Aki the other day and one of the characters is a female gynecologist and obstetrician, and at one point in the story after we meet her but before she has her ...
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General term for both clients and customers?

Both customers and clients pay for either goods or services, but they still fall in the same "customer/client" category, as in they buy stuff from you. What would be the proper general term for this ...
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Distinguishing among classification, typology, taxonomy, and ontology?

I recently wrote a thesis applying archaeological typology to art attribution. In the process, it became clear that disparate disciplines share analogous debates regarding classification. I'd like to ...
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Proper term for a “Swipe”

You see it a lot from politicians. For example: “I understand the House Republican leadership is in disarray, but they shouldn’t wait two weeks before holding a vote. Our troops should be a ...
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Is it acceptable to use “blog” to describe a blog post? [closed]

I've seen people, including people who write for a living, say they wrote "a blog" about this or that topic, when they obviously mean a specific post. I find this incredibly grating. Dictionaries ...
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Term for single-word nouns

A noun or adjective that defines all single-word nouns (i.e. pronouns, proper, collective). This excludes multi-word nouns such as compound-nouns. Noun: Single-word nouns are called ______. ...
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What's a term for a poem with the following qualities?

A poem that Has rhyme Does not follow a rhythm I know that if it has both, it's a lyric. I know if it has neither it's a free verse. And I know if it has no rhyme, but has rhythm it's a blank ...
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What does the term 'De Facto' mean?

After stumbling across this term, and looking up it's corresponding definition, I find myself very dissatisfied with how it's defined. For example, the official definition is this: 'in fact, whether ...
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What do you call a “schizophrenia attack”?

Attack as in panic attack. I don't know the term for it.
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Related But Independent Concepts

I'm looking for a word that states that two different concepts, although related, can vary independently from each other. For example, "politics and economics in a country are XXX to each other", ...
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Singular and plural mess-up for an algorithm

How do I define a term and then use it in singular or plural context? Here is the problem: I am looking for a word which would collectively define the parameter setting for all the parameters in an ...
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What is the term used for some kind of punishment

What is colloquial word for kind of punishment for children/teen when he's not allowed to leave home (go to friends etc), but only school-home-school... ?
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Time's up vs Time is Over in an App? [closed]

Which expression sounds more natural to an English speaking person: Time's up. or Time is over. or The time is over? [It is to be used in a video game, time challenge mode]
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Is there a specific word that could be used to describe the leader of a planet?

Mayor is a word that specifically means the leader of a town. Chief means the leader of a tribe. Governor means the leader of a state or province. Words like Emperor or King imply the head of a ...
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What's the name used for lines representing text in a sketch?

What's the name for the five horizontal lines shown here in each of the page icons? The lines are placeholders for text in a sketch. There is a specific term used for these lines in the publishing / ...
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Why Linux command called tee [closed]

I've tried to find etymology of Linux command tee that splits standard output onto two another outputs. Have anyone reference on this history or word origin?
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What does a “logo” means in sales/business talk?

At my company we use the term "new logos" in context of acquiring new customers, but I never heard it before so I googled and I could barely find anything except for this one article: The Reason ...
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what are the terminologies for different types of homework?

There are different types of homework for students: they are asked to solve problems in theory Write composition make handicrafts What certain vocabulary can be used for each one of ...
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Definition of Female Empowerment [closed]

Does anyone have a good definition of female empowerment? It'd be extremely helpful if this came as a quote. Please link if possible!
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the name (and examples) for a contrived or misleading record or distinction

What's the name for a record or other distinction (positive or otherwise) that is misleading and/or specious, because it depends on too many conditions? Or seems merely contrived from the existing ...
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Is there a special word for someone who got transported to another world/time/universe?

So I've been trying to figure this out recently. There is a word like that in Russian, which is my native language, but I can't seem to find an English counterpart to it. In Russian, the word is ...
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Looking for a specific word in the context of data retention

Some time ago I read a German article that discussed the pros and cons of data rentention. One point that was made was the questionable usage of the data for things it originally wasn't meant to be ...
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animals and society terms [duplicate]

I am doing a paper on native Americans totem animals and how the native Americans give animal characteristics to the human and was wondering what is the scientific word for this?
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Is there a term for the continuance of the later editions of a book?

Is there a term, or even a designated subgenre, for the continuance by a substitute author of the later editions of a book after the death of the author? Three example of such continuance: "The ...
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Word to describe the setting for a particular time?

I'm creating an ad of sorts for an upcoming event without a set date. What's a word to describe the setting including weather/time of year/occasion for a particular time? I'd use it in a sentence ...