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

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Is there a word or expression for someone who takes an over-optimistic view of things?

Someone who takes an over-optimistic view of himself, his own country and all other things that have meaning/value to him. And who doesn't see or admit the smaller, yet not insignificant, things. E.g. ...
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Is there an expression for someone who often takes things too literally?

E.g., if you use an idiom (in a context) like: "To throw the baby away with the bathwater." and your conversation partner says: "Huh, seems I don't have a baby/bathwater!" Also, when you explain the ...
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Word or expression for an opinionated and easily offended person

Is there a word or expression for someone who uses a lot of opinions to judge himself and/or things around him (such as other people) (e.g. to "defend" himself from receiving judgement), however who ...
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What is a word that describes the start or opening of a conversation?

What is a word that describes the start or opening of a conversation either with a friend, a stranger, in a formal situation like a business meeting or in a court? I am looking for something with a ...
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Word for “A Song that Sets a Scene in a Particular Region or Culture”

This is a technical term in theater and movie arts for stereotyped piece of music that is played when to cue the audience that a scene is set in a particular location. E.g. London --> Rule ...
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Words to address young (male) people with?

I am thinking about words, maybe used by older generations to approach a young man. And using some common word that also has some meaning along the lines of "young, handsome, lively, energetic or ...
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What is a word or term that describes the disparity between perceived versus actual capability?

There is a term or word that describes why people with average intelligence tend to be managers because their perceptions of their own capabilities are more in line with what they are actually capable ...
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What is a word for someone who always feels (inclined to feel) pity for others?

Doesn't have to be "always", could also just be someone who shows a lot of pity for people around him. Could also be that some people may not always show it, but do feel very inclined most of the time ...
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What is a term for someone who has a rather frown face?

With tensed muscles and looking "difficult" (as I don't know how to describe this any better...) Not done most excessively (a face frown as much as possible), but kind of like someone who (pretended ...
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What's the word for a person who can read lines on a forehead?

Is there a word for a person who can read lines on a forehead? In India, some people can read forehead lines and claim to tell you your future.
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What to call someone who is able to hold a conversation?

So, think about being involved and present in the dialogue, but also someone who puts forward ideas and tries to look for ways to keep the conversation smooth and going, just like a flowing ...
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A term that describes people who easily connect formally, but not emotionally?

Is there a term that describes two individuals who easily connect to each other on a formal level, so, related to intellect, facts and formalities, but who hardly connect on an emotional and personal ...
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What terminology is used for English words coined by EFL speakers?

A neologism is a newly coined word. Is there a term for a new English-language word coined by people in another country for whom English is a foreign language? While visiting China a few years ago, ...
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Can the term “G-Man” be used to describe a Government official who is not an FBI agent?

Earlier today I was doing Merl Reagle's crossword and one of the clues was "Fraud fighting Fed." The answer turned out to be "T-Man," being short for "Treasury Man." So, this got me thinking... ...
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Pronunciation of subreddit names

I'm unsure of how to pronounce subreddit names in casual conversation without preface. I read /r/funny mentally as "R funny", but this doesn't always work in conversation, especially with acronym ...
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Is “Upload from XML” valid in English?

Imagine an example.xml file that contains some data. Then there's a website where you can type or upload this data, so there are a few links such as "Manual Input" or "Upload from XML". Which one of ...
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Succinct phrase that covers both “not started” and “previously started, later stopped”

I maintain a web page that tracks tasks for my team. There is a column currently called "not started" that we use for tasks we haven't started yet. We would also like to use that column for tasks we ...
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Another word for an 'upgrade old version to new'

I am trying to present on a new technology/system that is based off something old... I am struggling to have a catchy title. I want to say something along the lines of: 'the old-technology ...
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Is there a term for polishing something too early?

I imagine there must be a term/idiom/phrase for polishing something too early... For example: Painting the walls of a room before completing other work which may accidentally damage them. Adding ...
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Not being able to differentiate between two related but exclusive words?

Is there a term to describe someone that doesn't seem able to differentiate between two words such as "racial" or "racist"? I mean beyond simply overlooking it. Like, you could try to explain the ...
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Where does the term “hardware” in computer science comes from?

The term Software was coined in 195x. And it was opposed the term Hardware, physical part of a computer system, which is tangible. But where does the term Hardware comes from (from which of the ...
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Why do we fluoridate but chlorinate water?

When we add fluoride ions to water, to make it good for teeth, it's called fluoridation. When we add chloride ions to water, to kill microorganisms, it's called chlorination. In the latter case, the ...
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Term or phrase (bygone era) where doodles were part and parcel to writing

I read something a while back talking about this. It was a term or phrase I had to lookup; and it was available via Google-Bing, but not “predominant” - not a universal thing. Not exactly back in ...
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Term that implies design and engineering

I want know if the English language has a term that means "design and engineering".
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Non-pejorative term for behaviour that discriminates against people based on their birth place [duplicate]

A big theme of the UK May 2014 MEP elections is immigration - there is a great deal of political rhetoric about it that I would describe as racist or xenophobic, but I don't think either term is ...
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Namesake used when refering to surname only

Can you use namesake when refering to just someone's surname? Eg If the persons name is David Chaplin, can you say: "unlike his namesake, Chaplin's efforts are nothing to laugh at." ?
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Criteria used to determine if a “Chinese inch” is an “inch”?

This is a follow-on question to "Term for construct in which adjective completely changes the meaning of its following noun?" Is a "Chinese inch" an "inch" or something entirely different in which ...
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Formal word for “Home Made”

I'm seeking a more professional replacement for the word "home made". I'm writing my dissertation and I want to explain how I first used a home made code to simulate my project, as apposed to using a ...
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What is this construction called?

Example 1: These sets are potentially infinite, can be subjective, and change all the time. Example 2: Stack Exchange is a useful website, a helpful resource, and full of awesome people. ...
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Term for construct in which adjective completely changes the meaning of its following noun?

I would like the terminology for, and information regarding, a specific type of adjective-noun construct. It consists of noun preceded by an adjective that completely/radically changes the meaning ...
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How to pronounce “arch” in Linuxese?

Tech stands for technique or technology. But how should one pronounce tech? Is it as /tɛk/ as in technical or /tɛtʃ/ as in tetchy? Similarly, arch stands for architect or architecture. How do you ...
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Is there an established term to describe quarterly repeating transactions?

I'm the developer of a personal finance app for iOS called My Finances. The app supports repeating (daily, weekly, monthly and yearly) transactions and presents a summary of the repeating settings to ...
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What is a synonym for “profile picture?”

I can't think of anything that's one word that's distinctive over any other kind of picture. It needs to be something that's specific to an online profile or account.
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Is there a term for a word that's recursive in its meaning? (see example for clarification)

For example, when someone uses the word "pedantic," he actually comes off as a pedant. Putting aside my opinion that "pedantic" is, in itself, pedantic, along with the obvious irony, is there a word, ...
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Word to call Followings and Followers on Instagram / Twitter

What word can I use to call Followings and Followers on Instagram / Twitter? E.g.I have 100 Followings and 100 Followers on Twitter. In total, I have 200 XXX.
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Where does the word (magic) cookie come from? [closed]

Who named the file that websites can place on your computer for, for example advertising, and what is the connection with cookie as a food?
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What is the grammatical term for is? [closed]

What is the grammatical term for "is"? For example if the sentence is "Jane is Drawing", "Jane" is the Noun and "Drawing" is the verb, but what is "is"?
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Term for Values that are Separated By Periods

Examples: 12.3.2 OR 192.168.15.100 What would be the right term for the values that are separated by the periods? E.g.: The 2nd XXX of 192.168.15.100 = 168. Or the 3rd XXX OF 12.3.2 = 2. The idea ...
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Is there a name for the “a”/“an” exceptions? [duplicate]

"A person" or "an ornament" are normal instances of 'A' being followed by consonants or vowels. However the rule seems to have exceptions when a word sounds like it starts with the opposite, such as ...
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Brackets Vs Parenthesis

I came across this question on Meta Stackoverflow, where a discussion was going on in the comments about the terms brackets and parenthesis and the right usage of them. It seems there is a different ...
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Collective Term for Cardinal and Ordinal Directions

I'm writing a research proposal in which I frequently reference the cardinal and inter-cardinal (ordinal) directions together. Is there some term, no matter the obscurity, that refers to the eight of ...
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Is there a word for a pie chart that is in the shape of a rectangle?

Normally, pie charts are circular and each piece of data is shown as a slice of a whole. However, for some purposes, it makes more sense to display the same kind of data as a rectangle divided up ...
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Word or phrase that describes a group of acronymic initials that can be any order

Typical acronyms represent a phrase with a fixed word order. For example, NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) is not coherent when reordered to, say, ATNO (Atlantic Treaty North Organization). ...
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Adjective for 'pertaining to (social) class'?

How would one refer to the description of a (socioeconomic) class? For instance, racial and cultural would be adjectives referring to race and culture, but what would you use for something pertaining ...
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Pickup vs. Pick Up vs. Pick-up

Researching another question, Takeout vs Pickup, is there a difference? - and at first I used "pick-up" - but it appears that pickup would be a better choice. Is this correct, and how do you fit one ...
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Takeout vs Pickup, is there a difference?

A restaurant offers "Takeout or Pickup" and it appears the difference is that takeout are orders placed onsite to be consumed offsite, and pickup are orders placed offsite that are retrieved from ...
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American term for “sparkling water”?

Carbonated water doesn't seem to be as popular in the US as in Europe as far as I know (correct me if I am wrong) but I suppose some people in the US drink it. What is the most common American term ...
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Groups of Books

I have been scouring the internet for a few days and have not been able to find what I am looking for, so I decided to come here and ask you fine people if you have an answer to my line of inquiry. ...
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Term for the use of “you” to refer to “the hypothetical person in question”

My wife was discussing pudding consistency this morning and used a sentence along the lines of, "I only like the pudding you make". I blinked and asked if she really liked the pudding I make and she ...
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Is “Civic Virtue” related to moral in this context?

I came across this phrase: "While no relationship was found between altruism and intention to leave both the organization and the current job, sportsmanship, civic virtue and helping others emerged ...