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

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Is there an English idiom equivalent to “coup de main”

I am looking for a translation of the French military term coup de main. (Not the common French civilian usage which translates as helping hand.) The term occurs frequently in the correspondence ...
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What is the origin of the term “cooling glass” as the term for sunglasses in Indian English?

I live in India, and in the region where I live, I have never heard the term "sunglasses" used while speaking English. The term used here is "cooling glass" (in singular.) The term gets used quite a ...
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Term for words which can have the same or opposite meanings in different contexts?

For example, usually up and down refer to opposite directions. However, in American English, we could say we are "down" to do something or we are "up" to do it and mean the same thing -- that we want ...
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How can I use phrase “Running Amok” , can I use “My running amok”?

I want to use "running amok" like "my running amok". Is that right or not? I want to use this phrase literary. Like "my running amok" or "my amok run" or "my run amok" etc. Please correct me.
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Name for letter U in words like 'suede' and 'penguin'

What is the letter U called when it says the /w/ sound in words like suede and penguin? I've read that y and w are semivowels but the U in suede and penguin doesn't really conform to the definition of ...
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What are the leading or trailing days on a monthly calendar called?

Example sentence: When looking at the month view of an online calendar, users can toggle visibility of [whatchamacallit] days from adjacent months. When you look at a monthly calendar, and the ...
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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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What is the technical term for an infinite sentence?

Is there a name for the infinite (repeating, unending) sentence or paragraph? Here is an example of what I mean: Joe Blow is a chef, painter, author and vocalist from San Francisco who enjoys vinyl ...
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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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Is nationalism specifically secular?

Does the word nationalism specifically imply a feeling of kindred superiority in a secular sense? For instance, if country X opposes themselves to country Y based on religious practice or reasons, ...
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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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A term for “real law” [on hold]

I am looking for a term to denote "real" law, as distinct from "theoretical law". An alternate formulation is to say that I am looking for a term to be a legal equivalent/version of "realpolitik". ...
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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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Word for a ‘vignette’ on a specific topic within a book

I have a very strong, nagging suspicion that there is a specific term for what I am thinking of here, but I cannot for the life of me recall it. In books, it is fairly common to see brief—or ...
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Is it correct to use “git” as verb?

I know that the word git is used for describing an unpleasant person. Also Git is a name of a version control system which is quite popular among software developers. I thought this word did not ...
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What is another way to say “I needed to explore beyond my comfort zone”? [closed]

I'm writing an essay for medical school applications. Both my parents were physicians, so it is what I was familiar with growing up. Instead of pursuing medicine in college, I decided to pursue ...
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What is another way to say “Helped me find clarity in my life”?

I'm trying to say that a certain experience helped me realize what I want to do with my life because it helped me better understand myself. I'm trying to find an expression that communicates this that ...
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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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How to express that two methods each have their advantages and disadvantages? [closed]

I am writing a paper comparing two methods, and they each have their own advantages and disadvantages. But saying "they each have their own advantages and disadvantages" is a little wordy. Are there ...
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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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What is a hypernym for the ascending and descending legs of a flight?

If an airline flight is everything that happens in between your starting and ending gates. What is the generic term for each time the plane ascends or descends during an air route? In layman terms, ...
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Is “Windows-based PC” a correct term in American English?

I am writing a support message to a customer support of an audio hardware vendor. I need to describe them that I am running Microsoft Windows as the main OS on my computer. Is "Windows-based PC" term ...
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Architectural term for this large horizontal structure below an external window?

What would one call the large horizontal structural fixture (on which the five faces are embedded)? The image is from the Chicago Civic Opera Building, built in 1928. This throne-shaped 49-story ...
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Why are open source and closed source usually not hyphenated? Should they be? [closed]

Typically, English writers do not hyphenate open source or closed source when referring to computer software. Why is this? Should they be hyphenated or is it best to not use hyphens for these terms?
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How to describe the lower area of upper ray in a 'hockey stick'-shape angle?

I am trying to describe the area depicted below. It is the beginning of the upper ray coming from the vertex of the obtuse angle in a 'hockey stick'-shaped function. (In other words, it's an area past ...
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The myth of metals

The Greeks had a myth of metals. It was the idea that citizens were born of a certain metal according to their place in society. It was a useful lie- something that motivated people to do the right ...
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Is there a single word for a rational fear?

If a phobia is an irrational fear, it's there a word for a fear that is rational?
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Difference beween “oscillate”, “vibrate”, “shake”, “quake”, “resonate”? [closed]

[Background] I am not a native English speaker. I am learning electronics and comes to some circuit that can "oscillate". [Question] I want to know the difference beween "oscillate", "vibrate", "...
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What is the term for using a word to refer to things related to the word?

For instance, if I say: I love Shakespeare! I'm not saying that I love Shakespeare the man, I'm saying that I love his works. Another example I can think of is: I like collecting history. ...
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What is the word for a group holding back one of its members trying to rise above the group?

I know that there is a word which specifically describes the following pattern: When a group will censor, cast bad votes, shout down, keep down or hold back one of its members trying to rise above ...
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What is the term for the condition in which someone is mentally fragile due to explosion?

Some soldiers develop chronic psychological complications due to being too close to an explosion. They become somehow unstable, very irritable or confused. I mean being mentally ill because of being ...
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Word to call Followings and Followers on Instagram / Twitter [closed]

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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Term for piecemeal hospital bills

A minor emergency sends you to the nearest hospital, where you get an examination, including X-rays and an MRI. Fortunately, you have health insurance. But a few weeks later, you get get a bill from ...
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Generic term for dates not present in some/all calendar months?

Some days/dates are not present in all (Gregorian) calendar months. Specifically, five months of the year do not have a '31st', and February does not have a '29th' (except in Leap years) nor a '30th'. ...
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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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What is the name for the phenomenon or process by which the brain knows what “it” in a sentence refers to ? [migrated]

What is the name for the phenomenon or process by which the brain knows what "it" in a sentence refers to ? For example : I left my book on the table but when I came back, IT wasn't there.
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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 You’...
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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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Is there a specific term for the short descriptions of a movie or TV episode present in TV guides?

In TV guides, there are often short descriptions of movies or episodes of a TV series, like the one pictured here: Is there a specific term for this kind of text?
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Correct English term to indicate “the culture one is born in”? [closed]

What is the English term that one uses to indicate "the culture one is born in"?
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Is there a term for negligent spelling of words such as 'you' as 'u'?

The age of texting and instant messaging as we all know has created a phenomenon of using shorter versions of words to save on keystrokes. On tiny keypads or phone buttons this obviously can be a time ...
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What are “get well” efforts?

What is the meaning of the phrase "get well" efforts? For example: "Get Well" efforts for newly deployed systems were becoming a standard practice and were consuming funds intended for more ...
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Generalized statements, mostly political

Is there a term used for statements made by politicians (and others) that are nebulous and allow people to infer what they want from them? For example, politicians speak about "Christian values", "...
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A word for when you speak ill of something and it turns out the person you are speaking to likes that thing

Is there a word describing the phenomenon of when you insult or speak badly of something but it turns out the person you are speaking to likes or owns or is related to that thing? E.G. you say "The ...
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What do you call an android that used to be human? (no organic parts)

I was wondering - Let's say we take your consciousness and put it in a complete cybernetic body? What would the term for that would be? I thought it would be Cyborg at first, But I know that's short ...
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What is a term to refer to two ideas in exact opposition (e.g. good & bad, positive & negative)? [closed]

So basically, I know the name for both sides of a coin, yet not the coin itself. In other words, when you refer to a coin, you don't want to say 'this object with one side heads, and the other tails',...
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When did British and American crochet terms diverge?

In crochet basic stitches are called different things. For example a single crochet in America is called a double crochet in the UK, a double crochet in America is called a treble crochet in the UK, ...
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What word describes writing a word someone else said while trying to write something else?

I was trying to write "diagram" and someone said "poop" and I ended up trying to write "diapoop." I quickly caught myself, but I've always wanted to know what word is used for this phenomenon, if ...
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What is the term for a person that feels the urge to read everything?

It seems there could be more than one term, to describe different flavors of this urge: The urge to read may stem from inherent curiosity, so "bookworm" may fit. It is not precise enough because the ...
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How do you categorize groups of people as subjects?

When compiling published content, one method of sorting or filtering is by audience. There, the term “audience” generally implies a curation of material for assumed identities of a readership (...