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

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What is the term when a phrase means just the opposite of what it used to mean?

'At glacial speed' used to mean something that went very slowly, but with global warming, the glaciers are retreating at a much greater and increasingly faster rate. What is the term that describes ...
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I’ve an Italian degree in “engineering informatics”, so I am a what?

I studied Engineering Informatics in Italy, and I always have difficulty when trying to define my title (in several contexts, e.g. In my researchgate account, as well as in the subscription form to ...
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What does “Toff's error” mean?

"He's invited the wife and I" and other similar sentences are referred to as Toff's error. What is, precisely, the meaning of this term?
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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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What does “run’n’gun” mean?

I found the term "run’n’gun" in an article about video games. What does it mean in that context?
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Term for systems of measure with arbitrary units

What is the term for systems of measure whose units are not simple scalings by magnitude, but instead "arbitrary" units, that is, units unrelated by magnitude? I'd regard metric lengths scaling ...
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Idiomatic currency exchange terminology

I am using a currency exchange announcement as an example in an article I am writing, and I would like to make sure I have the Russian/English vocabulary nailed down. The English glosses are not ...
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Is there a common word for floor and ceiling?

Walls divide rooms but what do you call what divides stories? Looking from below it would be the ceiling, looking from above it would be the floor. But when looking at it from the outside? Is there a ...
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Term for a similar word that cannot stand for it in every context?

I once learned a term meaning a similar word that cannot stand for it in every context, i.e. a synonym that doesn't work in every instance the original word can (not a hypernym). What is this term?
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Is there a word for a combination of utopia and dystopia?

There are a number of works that depict an ostensibly utopian society which has elements of or is arguably a dystopia (such as Orwell's Brave New World or what Nineteen Eighty-Four's Airstrip One ...
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How to say “write a program” in a proper way for thesis/dissertation

I am in dilemma on how to open a short text, that is giving instructions to someone to write a computer program. The setting is academic/research and that text will appear in opening paragraph on a ...
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generic reference, specific reference, and “particular reference”?

Webs are beautiful. (I'm sure it is a generic reference.) The web is beautiful. (I'm sure it is a specific reference.) The Web is beautiful. (This web refers to the World Wide Web, a specific web in ...
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Inhabitants of Vatican City would be referred to as ____

Keep that blank clean. No religious flaming. What I mean is this: inhabitants of America are Americans, inhabitants of Ohio are Ohioans, and inhabitants of Cincinnati are Cincinnatians. But what ...
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What are the treads on the side of the highway called?

On the sides of most highways (in the U.S. at least), there are rough treads just outside the travel lanes to snap a driver to attention if the vehicle is drifting off the road. Is there a name for ...
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Names for different age group

What are the age group names for each increment of a decade,starting from 0 and up? i.e. Octogenarian or teenager ?? Thanks
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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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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...
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What do I call it when a word is “with the”?

Wiktionary's definition of "open" as a noun includes two that say: (with the) Open or unobstructed space; an exposed location. (with the) Public knowledge or scrutiny; full view. What is ...
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Proper technical terms and sentence structure regarding web apps

Could you help me with a particular sentence in English? I am not a native speaker. I am writing about my company from our official twitter account where mistakes are not forgiven. I want to say that ...
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What is the word to describe someone whom you are gossiping about

I was writing another question on Workplace Interview when i realised that I did not know a term / word to describe someone whom you are gossiping about What is a word / term to describe someone whom ...
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Why “line of business” applications?

In software, why do we talk about line-of-business applications (sometimes abbreviated to LOB)? Why not just business applications? So it's useful to distinguish between general software (like email ...
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What is the difference between “deployment” and “release”?

In work environment, we frequently encounter the words "deployment" and "release" in technical context. I often hear them used interchangeably also. It is mainly related to "Release and Deployment ...
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What are days that are not present in all calendar months called? [closed]

Is there a term for days that are not present in all (Gregorian) calendar months? E.g. January has 30 and 31 but February doesn't. What are days like 30 and 31 called? update: The word, if it exists, ...
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Term for when consecutive events are “broken”

This is the use case: "...5 doughnuts to be awarded each consecutive day you visit the shop until the ???? is broken." I'm thinking it's going to be along the lines of consecusion or ...
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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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A specific type of painting style, named after a Frenchman

What is the term called, named after a Frenchman, that refers to profile paintings of human faces that are usually black and white and only show contours?
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Inverted conditional sentence using 'can' and 'will'

On this page in Wikipedia!, it states for first conditional sentences: The condition can also be expressed using the modal verb should. This form can be used to make an inverted condition ...
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Term for a person who can read but cannot write

I'm looking for a term to accurately describe a person who can only read but cannot write. While I'm primarily concerned with people who have never learned to write, I would also be interested in any ...
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Term for sentences using multiple repeated words

Is there a term to describe the repeated usage of the same word in a sentence. Repetition is probably too broad for this, as it does not quite capture the deliberate and multiple nature of the ...
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A literary term meaning reversed repetition?

A quote from The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss lists "actors and acrobats, musicians and hand magicians, jugglers and jesters" My first thought on reading it was that "hand magicians and ...
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Single word for person entitled to receive a sales commission

I need a fairly specific single word for a person who is entitled to receive a sales commission. "Agent" for example isn't specific enough. A short phrase is also usable. Adjectives ditto. The ...
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What does “granular” mean in computer articles?

I have seen a lot of articles in which they use the word granular. For example this one : The site has granular authorization checks for pages and directories. or this one : Web controls, ...
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Does the term 'silly season' still exist?

It used to be the case that the summer period, from roughly early July to early September, in Britain was known as the 'silly season' to newspaper people. It was a time when newspapers were short of ...
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What is a “numeric digit”?

I'm reading a technical documentation so every quirky detail, that a normal human being easily realizes to be a typo or just a less well chosen formulation, can, in fact, be a profound base for a ...
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Is there a name for how the Irish use so, so?

There is an Irish English structural usage of the word so, that is I think unique to Ireland. Are we going to the cinema, so? Where is the dog, so? The word so is unneeded and seems to mean ...
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What could we call a “market for predicting decisions”?

I've always called these "decision markets", and will do so here to simplify the language in this discussion. But that term is overused to the point of being confusing, and I'm curious if anyone can ...
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do specialst fields have their own colloquial vocabulary not shared by laymen? [closed]

I saw the following passage in a PSAT study guide. One of the questions is about the use of the term 'hot spot'. Can we say it's being used colloquially and technically at the same time? The question ...
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What do we call the brown-colored paper found in old books?

I want to know what that brown and slightly roughly-textured paper is called, or whether there even is a word for it.
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How did nominal come to mean “within acceptable tolerances”?

The word "nominal" has a number of definitions. For example, the Free Dictionary gives seven: nom·i·nal (nm-nl) adj. a. Of, resembling, relating to, or consisting of a name or names. ...
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What does “10-4 ” mean?

I could have asked this question personally to my respected colleague who gave me a valuable answer to the question, “Is the ‘tame the infinite becoming an idiom or a popular phrase,” which I posted ...
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At this point, are “military” and “armed forces” synonymous?

Looking at the free definitions online, and not including too much history, it seems to me that at one point the Navy was not directly associated as ”military”. Or rather, that the Navy included not ...
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Words for north/south and east/west dimensions?

There is "length", "width", "height", "depth", etc but these words are all relative in respect to the current viewer. The width for one person could be the depth for another person (who is at a 90 ...
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“What does that have to do with the price of tea in China?”

I am interested in sports journalism. As I was watching ESPN one day, Stephen A Smith stated, "What does that have to do with the price of tea in China?" during a sports segment. What is the ...
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“False reasoning” psychiatric term [closed]

I am looking for a one word English equivalent for "false reasoning" of schizophrenia patients. There are two type of this - one is non pathological when low-educated people explain some phenomenon on ...
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“exact soluble model” or “exact solvable model”, “analytic” or “analytical” solutions

In physical science and math, we encounter some models that can be analytically solved. This means that the properties of models are fully understood and determined by the analytical solutions. In ...
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Name of each item when comparing two things

I am thinking specifically of comparing two files using diff in linux or git (for those of you familiar with it), but this relates, I think, to any comparison. I have two files. File 1 and File 2. ...
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Words with Transposed or Inverted Syllables

In its definition of sideburns, Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition (2003) refers to the spelling as an "anagram of burnsides." But since derubniss, sisburden, and ubersnids are ...
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What term describes workers that are not “knowledge workers”?

Wikipedia describes a knowledge worker as a worker whose "main capital is knowledge". Examples include engineers, doctors, accountants, software writers etc. Is there an "established term" to refer ...
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Negative versions of extreme adjectives

If something positive is "too much", it becomes negative. For example, too much security could be perceived as being trapped. Is there a term for this relation? In other words, if a word with a ...
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Term for “preview entries” that web sites show on index pages?

Blogs and websites typically provide an index page of entries where they show an excerpt of the post. Excerpts usually include title, author, post date, and a blurb. What is the term for these sorts ...