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

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Why is it “Divide by 0” instead of “Divide 0”?

When I read "by" it feels to me that the target to be divided is the number that comes before the 0, not the 0 itself. For example, "1 divided by 0", 1 is the target of the division, and 0 is what 1 ...
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Term for inefficiency inherent in hierarchical allocation

Background Some observations: The internet is has just about exhausted the IPv4 address space. When I was ten years old, or so, I had to start dialing the area code for all outbound phone calls, ...
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Word/term for “the ability to affect history or make things happen”?

I'm looking for a word, but I'm not entirely sure one exists that fits exactly what I'm looking for. The concept is "the ability to affect events" or "the ability to inexplicably make things happen." ...
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What is the difference between “pallet” and “skid”

I usually call this device a pallet, but I have heard it referred to as a skid: Is there a difference between the two words (such as one is the name of the actual wooden device, the other is the ...
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“I'm dry” meaning “Would you buy me a drink?” What semantic or rhetorical term describes such usage?

Instead of saying "Could I have some water, please?" a visitor says "I am thirsty". The host understands it perfectly and says "Let me get you something to drink. What would you like?" or at a ...
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What is “Broken Britain”?

It's not a flattering term for Great Britain but due to its catchy alliteration it has not run out of steam among newspaper editors. Wikipedia says Broken Britain is a term which has been used ...
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Proper usage of “let out onto”?

Is this a properly used phrase? "He went out the door which let out onto the side of the house."
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How to parse the parts of a recipe ingredient? [on hold]

I'm build a recipe app/website, and I'm interested in how to properly parse an ingredient. Let me give an example of what I mean. Let's say an ingredient reads: 3 cups Ore-Ida southern-style ...
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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 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 Huxley's Brave New World or what Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four's Airstrip ...
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Are camp followers prostitutes?

My own understanding of the term camp followers was that it was synonymous with prostitutes who followed armies around plying their trade. However, according to Wikipedia: Camp-follower is a term ...
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“a wottle of bine”, “a can of boot reer” and “holed and sealed” - What types of speech errors are these?

People often make these mistakes in speech, on purpose, just for amusement. Sometimes, however, they are unintentional and prove even funnier. In this case, is there a specific term for them? e.g. ...
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Which term correctly identifies those who enjoy programming/technology: “geek” or “nerd”?

Which term correctly identifies those who enjoy and are involved with programming and technology, geek or nerd?
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Terminology for fake photograph

I think there is a good chance that a new word or phrase has been coined to mean fake photograph. Is there a single word to express it?
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the correct translation of “attendu que”

does attendu que mean "given that" /"considering that"/ whereas. it appears at the beginning of every paragraph in a french legal document i'm working on and i'm not sure if all of the "attendu que"s ...
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What is a wheenydom?

What is a wheenydom? It's in the following context: (from a tech-related article) I know that PowerShell is cooler and such than TCSH and BASH, but this smells of Windows wheenydom to me. ...
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Is there a single word version of “large body of water”?

I am in need of a more concise word than "large body of water", something that can be used to describe a sea, ocean, gulf, etc. - is there such a word? The particular usage I am looking for is to ...
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What is a note in small print before a drop-cap called [on hold]

In this sample from 1776 of Philosophical Transactions via JStor, there is a note in small print set in front of the the large initial starting the article. To make it more clear: It is the phrase ...
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Psychological term or phrase for experiencing the world via the senses

I am looking for a psychological term or phrase for experiencing the world via the senses. (I am particularly interested in visual, auditory and thermal stimuli.) I am not looking for the word ...
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Etymology of a “pegged CPU”

There's a slightly obscure, slang meaning in tech circles of the word "pegged" as it relates to a computer's CPU. When it is fully utilised for a duration (at least several seconds), you can say that ...
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Designing / devising a concept (e.g. for a website)

I'm looking for a noun that describes the process of "Designing / devising a concept". For example for a website: Means writing a general concept for the designer and developers, sketching wireframes, ...
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Word for someone seeming deep and intelligent, but not really being that

What is the word for someone trying to seem/be deep and intelligent, but really they are shallow, and not at all being insightful. Pedant is about rules, so that is disqualified, the closest I could ...
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In film, what specific term describes the distinction between “live action”, “CG” and “traditional animation”?

It can be said that there are many types of film, e.g. live action, computer animation, cel animation or stop motion. However, the word "type" does not describe this distinction well, as it is ...
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Is “fresher” really a “proper” English word?

I see a lot of folks on Stackoverflow using fresher when describing themselves as beginners at any given topic. I have never really heard of "fresher" as a synonym for beginner. I know "freshman" as ...
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Why is it called “slippery dick”?

No, no, it is not what you think! It is a poor fish called slippery dick: The slippery dick, Halichoeres bivittatus, is a species of wrasse native to shallow, tropical waters of the western ...
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English equivalent of komorebi (木漏れ日) — “sunshine filtering through leaves”

Is there an English equivalent of komorebi (木漏れ日), which means the sunshine filtering through the leaves of a tree (or trees)? It is made up of three kanji and the hiragana particle れ. The first ...
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Collective noun for lightning(s) / thunderbolts

What is the collective noun for lightning(s) / thunderbolts? A ________ of thunderbolts/lightning(s) Can we use the plural form of lightning with a collective noun? Or should it stay in ...
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Use of the opening roll for corny/pointless exposition?

(Please note - indeed @Dan Bron came up with the word exposition, which is now used to further clarify the question.) There are many specific terms for different types of corny exposition in films. ...
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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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Unit of text with inline number-less bold heading

Is there a name to specifically refer to a unit of text that starts with an inline number-less heading in bold followed by one or more paragraphs as below? If there is, what is it called? About ...
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Is it acceptable to call a hot dog a sausage?

This sounds like a silly question, but I've heard some very strong opinions about this, so I find this intriguing. A hot dog is a type of sausage (at least according to Merriam-Webster, Wikipedia, ...
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Braces - At start and end

I know that "{ }" are braces. But I don't know and can't seem to find what "{" or "}" alone are. If I need to differentiate them, what should I call the first and what the second ("opening" and ...
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How does one call a person who is next in line within a business process?

A business process consists of several consecutive steps, such that if a process flows from one step to another then the pair of steps is considered single-way connected. How does one call a person or ...
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Word for “make visually intuitive”

There is an art/science to turning data from a collection of numbers on a page into something that the mind can understand through the brain's ability to recognize patterns with the different senses. ...
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“Indian Indian”, “English English”, “television television” - Is there a term for this kind of reduplication? [duplicate]

Reduplication - noun - A word formed by or containing a reduplicated element. An act or instance of reduplicating as a grammatical pattern. http://www.thefreedictionary.com/reduplication Is ...
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“The only witness is a prostitute!” What do you call this type of rhetoric in English? [closed]

The defense attorney: “…and finally, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, my client can never be considered legally guilty unless the prosecutor can prove it beyond a reasonable doubt. And, ...
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Origin of “let's take it offline”

When did people start using the corporate jargon "let's take it offline" (let's discuss that after this meeting in private)? According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the origin of online is from ...
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What's a phrase to describe this situation?

Let's say hypothetically a country proactively allocate millions of tax dollars towards creating vaccines and setting up camps to quarantine and prevent the spread of Ebola in a neighbouring country. ...
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rephrase “as they are mutually understood”

I'm trying to translate an SLA ( Service Level Agreement ) from English to Dutch. But i can't wrap my head around the following sentence: This Agreement outlines the parameters of all IT services ...
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What do you call a man who desires to have a lifelong, non-sexual but intimate relationship with a woman? [closed]

The man lives in the same house with a woman but he never has sex or desires to have sex. He is comfortable being nude with her and so is she, but there is no sexual touching or lust. He cuddles her ...
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Why are ferries associated with “boat” and never “ship”?

Even when a ferry is 150+ feet in length - clearly a ship, albeit a smallish one - why is it always referred to as a "boat" and not "ship" (As in "I'm going to catch the noon boat")?
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Besides “flood plain”, is there also something similar called “flood plane”?

Having stumbled upon the term flood plane (meaning the area along a river that is flooded occasionally), I searched for it and the correct spelling seems to be flood plain. Now, some uncertainty ...
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What are the terms for same meaning phrases that only differ in having a preposition?

I don't know sentence structure terminology much, however, provided with these two sample phrases, that mean the same thing. Refrigeration of Food Food Refrigeration My questions are, in the ...
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Term for using someone or something else as cover or concealment

Best example, rider swinging down the side of their horse to use it [the horse] as concealment or cover viewed from the other side of the horse. Other examples: thieves using a political protest or ...
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“Native” names and “western” names?

When Chinese, Koreans, and possibly other Asians migrate into countries like the UK or the US, they often take on a "western" or "anglicised" name for a number of reasons. For example, the director ...
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What does one call an individual receiving a subsidy?

If a subsidiary is a company; what does one call an individual receiving a subsidy? 'Recipient' would be an obvious choice—I was wondering if there is a more specific word?
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Difference between “jargon” and “technical terms”

Each subject matter has its own set of terms called jargon which is expressed in its particular grammatical rules. Technical terminology or Term of Art is the specialized vocabulary of any specialized ...
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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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Is this a parenthetical phrase or an apposition?

Consider the following What are you laughing at, my silly hat? and What are you laughing at? My silly hat? Which of these is correctly punctuated, and if the first example is correct, what ...
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How to describe a guy who is popular with girls?

Perhaps I should make it clear: - He naturally attracts girls. - He doesn't chase girls and have no intention for any relationship. - You just see him often together with girls.