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

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What's the term for denying something so as to raise doubt?

Topical example: 'There was a scuffle outside the local pub. There appears to be no connection with religious extremists.' ...but now you're wondering if there was. It's a nasty tactic used to raise ...
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Is there a word for enjoying something, but disliking the fact that other people enjoy it or disliking the way they enjoy it?

Elitist or snobbish comes close to what I mean, but I don't feel like either of those are descriptive enough. I'm just wondering if there's a more specific word. For instance: I find that when I ...
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A finger is a component of a hand, a hand is the X of a finger

I'm working with a set of relationships between things, relationships that need descriptors. John is a child of Susan, Susan is a parent of John; a parent-child relationship. Milk is a ...
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Which one is common: “Diagnostic” or “Diagnostics”

I'm translating the interface texts of an industrial control panel software and got stuck on this one. The module I'm referring to has some lists containing the sensors and switches for the digital ...
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Is there a term for an infographic appearing to give numeric information but not doing so?

In an infographic at http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-11/fact-check-negative-gearing-kelly-odwyer/7401096, there's a display of what proportion of various professions use negative gearing. At ...
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What is the person called whom you give a recommendation?

If person A gives person B a recommendation, can you call A recommender and B recommendee or are these words made up? I've seen both forms used in everyday language (e.g. magazines), but never in a ...
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Word or phrase to describe increasing periods between attempting the same operation

I'm looking for a term (single word or phrase) that describes the trick in software development to (typically exponentially) increase time between successive attempts to do an action on a server, for ...
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What is the term used to describe the space under a roof that joins two buildings?

Sometimes architects will take two tall (say 8-10 storey) buildings that happen to be near each other, and build a glass roof between them. Down on ground, the area which originally would have been a ...
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Meaning of a Jean Paul Sartre's saying [on hold]

Could you please what does Sartre mean when he says that:"freedom alone can account for a person in his totality."? And what does "account" mean in this sentence?
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What is the term for the double consecutive use of a word with stress on one of the words to alter its severity?

What is the term when a word is used consecutively twice, with intentional stress placed on the first word, as a means to alter the severity of the word's meaning? I am not referring to a past ...
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“If done correctly, …”

Could you please tell me what does "if done correctly" mean in this sentence? If done correctly, all existentialism is applied existentialism.
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Is there a term for this phenomenon?

I've been wondering for a while now whether there is a word (or linguistic term) that specifically refers to an instance where a clause can be part of either the clause before it or the clause after ...
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In social networks, what is the person who is friend with numerous group of friends called?

Assume there is a class of a hundred students. Naturally, they won't all be friends - or, at least, good friends - with each other and all hang out together; they will form small groups of, say, five ...
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what do you call someone who marries for citizenship?

A gold digger is someone who marries for money. Is there a term for someone who marries for citizenship (and then divorces as soon as they get the citizenship)?
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What do you call someone who builds fences

What do you call someone who builds fences other than maybe "fence builder"? Is there a specialized name for that - maybe even archaic? Example: A smithy smith works with metal (Correction @Chris ...
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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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Word that describes a clown who weakens an argument by taking a side

When there is more than one side in a debate, an argument can be weakened by someone who is seen as stupid or a joker if they are vocal about it. This invalidates your beliefs because if crazy person ...
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Word for someone who always corrects misspellings

Is there a specific word for the type of person who always corrects misspellings? Something exact, not something like perfectionist, grammar nazi or anal. Something that describes the person, like ...
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Term for a person who disagrees but says the same thing

I am not sure whether there's a clinical term for it but if you can help me find the closest term for such behaviour I can do some research on it. What do you call a person that disagrees with your ...
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Are Americans familiar with the term “mobile” when referring to a “cellphone”?

In the UK we call them "mobile phones", in the US "cellphones". However, would an American be familiar with the term "mobile" when referring to something pertaining to cellphones or would it sound ...
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Clips, magazines, what's the difference?

In the firearms community there is often a lot of argument over whether the part that holds rounds is to be called a magazine or a clip. Apparently, magazines are those that are closed on four sides ...
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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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A function in computer games to send messages by selecting them from a preset list rather than typing

Is there a term describing a popular feature in modern computer games, where players can send messages during the game by selecting messages for typical situations from a predefined list rather than ...
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“Expected” in future and present

I'm going to conduct an experiment. Before it I have a bunch of events which I expect to happen. I call them "expected events". After the experiment was run, I have two kind of events: "expected" ...
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Is there a word for “ someone who hates people from their own country”? [duplicate]

A xenophobe is someone who holds a strong dislike toward people from other countries. My question is: is there a word for someone who holds a strong dislike toward people from their own country? I ...
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Is “bench press” a valid name for the bench used for bench pressing?

Someone asked this on Russian.SE: How should one express the concept of "take turns" in Russian? For example, taking turns using the bench press in the gym, or taking turns on the Xbox ...
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An alternative to using the word “Resources”?

I am stuck with a labeling issue. we have a software that allows users to publish content including release notes, product screencasts,white-papers etc. So far I have been using the label Resources ...
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How did 'nominal' come to mean 'insignificantly small, trifling'?

How can a word that clearly means 'of a name' come to mean 'insignificantly small, trifling' and thus wind up becoming an advertising tool with a completely unrelated meaning?
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Word or phrase that can mean something and its opposite

Is there such a thing in the English language as words or phrases that can mean a something or its opposite depending on the context in which they are employed, without the use of sarcasm? If so, ...
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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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“pros and cons”, “black and white”, “ups and downs”. Always in a fixed sequence, is there a word or phrase for these?

Is there a word or phrase for two nouns or adjectives joined by a conjunction (usually "and") in a fixed sequence? alive and well fast and furious hat and gloves pen and pencil ...
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What does “source population” mean? [closed]

Vietnamese are associated with the “source population” that ultimately was responsible for the modern Vietnamese, Thai people and Lao people. What does "source population" in the sentence mean? ...
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Word that is like a neutral version of 'cliché'; 'canonical' is likely a synonym

I've been struggling with thesauri, learned friends, and hopeless google searches. The word I'm looking for describes a 'go-to' example or conventionally used style that isn't official. Something ...
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Alternative term for a story within a story

I am trying to find the term for a story that exists on the side, in the background, or margin of another story but may or may not be related to it. The only examples I can think of are in comics or ...
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Correctly phrasing a sentence [closed]

Is the first sentence phrased incorrectly? Or should it be the second one? 1) "so what better than to enjoy that something special using our pick of elegant tableware" 2) "so what better way than to ...
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Special name for royal titles?

Is there a name for the title/nickname that some members of royalty get? For example, "King Larry the Kind".
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What is the general name for these articles which feature lists?

Well, recently the internet has been taken by storm by articles such as: "20 Ways To Subtly...", "5 Things to Watch...", "15 things only a Pakistani..." etc,. So, what do you call such features?
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What is the proper word for something that can be instantiated?

While reading a RFC for the Rust programming language, I came across this paragraph: Given the above code, there is no way for bar to choose a return type X that could fundamentally differ ...
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Survey vs. Questionnaire? [closed]

What is the difference between a survey and a questionnaire? Which word would be more appropriate in a report?
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Term for the reverse of hijacking a meeting?

When someone says hijacking a meeting, it usually means that someone has made the meeting all about his/her agenda. One time, I was invited to a meeting to talk about "ABC", but they only discussed ...
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How can I express the idea of CSS floats to ordinary people?

Let me first explain what CSS floats are. Normally, without any floats, text and image look like this: If the image is floated left, it looks like this: If the image is floated right, it looks ...
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Can I define our company's business as sell furnishings if we do not sell furniture?

Our company produces and sells rugs, throw pillows, decorative objects, cushions, lamps, wall decor products, curtains, candle holders and generally everything else which is decorative for the house, ...
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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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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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Emails or memos claiming to be “From the desk of …”

Some people adopt the affectation in a message, memo or email where the sender is identified explicitly in the header of the message that the sender is shown as being "From the desk of Joe Smith" ...
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Term for Word used by Public with a Technically Incorrect Definition

First off, I'm not referring to malapropism. I've heard and read a word used before to describe a word in which it is in the situation of being misused; The public thinks it has one meaning, and now ...
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Word for cheap manufactured art

There's a word for cheap manufactured art but I can't remember it and it's almost impossible to search for a word like that. Does anyone know what it is off the top of their head?
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Generic term for 'one who is being told a story'

So we have the term "storyteller" for anyone who is telling a story, be it via a book, verbally, the silver screen, or some other media. Do we have a generic term for the audience specific to ...
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Expressing directions [closed]

I am wondering how native speakers express directions. I know the basic ones like right, left, "in front of" "behind" etc.. but How do you say if something is in front of me but more like right side. ...
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Specific word used for the combining of past and current experience

I am looking for the specific word used for the combining of past experience with new. It is one word and I don't think it was Latin based but I just don't remember...