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

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Whence visa “stamp”?

This question is inspired by http://travel.stackexchange.com/questions/69496/whats-the-deal-with-stamping-us-visas. The US government calls the visa sticker that is inserted into a passport a foil. ...
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Terminology: Philosophy tests with “thought experiments.” Linguistics tests with what?

What is the term, if any, for the type of test done in linguistics to check if a proposed description of a language “rule” is actually valid? An example of this type of test is done by Geoffrey ...
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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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“effective and efficient estimation” or “accurate and efficient estimation”?

In math, we always need to derive some methods and strategies to estimate an unknown thing. For a good method, first it should get an estimation that is as accurate as possible, and second it should ...
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Phrasal verbs with synonymous opposites

There are some cases in English where one can substitute in a word that normally has an opposite meaning, but instead produces the same meaning. For examples, consider the following meanings and uses:...
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What is a noun derivative from a verb when being used in an assignment context?

I'm trying to find a noun that can only be derived only from a verb and is assigned as a role. E.g. in the following sentence: Fred assesses the test. Jack runs over the hill. Billy ...
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Does OED (and other major dictionaries) use the label “Slang” or only “Informal”?

I was just looking at some slang words in dictionaries. Surprisingly they are all (that I could find) labelled "informal". I couldn't find any labelled "slang". Same deal in other major dictionaries....
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A term for a particular or general skill that needs to be improved and acted on?

The title says it all. I'm unable to come up with the term for something you have as a part of a skill-set that needs to be further improved upon. It may be something very simple that is also at the ...
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A way of saying “What could have been”

What's another way of saying "what could/should have been?" Ex. She reminisced of what could have been. Preferably short
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Distinguishing among classification, typology, taxonomy, and ontology?

I recently wrote a thesis applying archaeological typology to art attribution. In the process, it became clear that disparate disciplines share analogous debates regarding classification. I'd like to ...
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What's a term for a poem with the following qualities?

A poem that Has rhyme Does not follow a rhythm I know that if it has both, it's a lyric. I know if it has neither it's a free verse. And I know if it has no rhyme, but has rhythm it's a blank ...
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Term for a unorthodox/reverse analogy?

Is there a term for a unorthodox/reverse analogy? I saw some posts regarding this but didn't find the answer that i needed. What i mean by unorthodox/reverse analogy is the following. Common analogy: ...
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Difference between 'gain optimization' and 'gains optimization'

What is the difference between gain optimization and gains optimization in a financial context? I want to know in particular if one of those terms is better English, or if they have different ...
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Meaning of the term “empty use” in the context of modal verbs

I'm reading a book titled Comprehensive High School English Grammar & Composition. The author, who is Indian, says this on the use of the modal verbs can and could: Can is used to express "...
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Term for Successful Sale after Demoing Product

I believe there is a business term for such an event, but I can't recall what it is. An example would be a vacuum salesman showing a prospective buyer how a vacuum works, and the buyer ends up ...
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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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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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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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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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Henceforth, heretofore and notwithstanding thenceforward wherewithal

I love * these kind of words: Moreover, therefore, heretofore, hereto, however, notwithstanding, furthermore, henceforth, wherefore, nonetheless, nevertheless, although, withal, howbeit, ...
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what is the way of ending formal mails?

what are the ways in which we can end formal mails and also let me know what kind of beginnings are appropriate for formal mails? I generally mention : Opening:Dear Sir/Madam Closing: Thanks and ...
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In an official business document, what term do you use for cost estimates in work days?

For a translation of a german document to english, I need a term for extimating how long a task will take. I've found that some people seem to use "rate per day" or "man-days", where the latter would ...
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What is the terminology for a stone used for sculpting?

So, when sculpting, the sculpture is originally an irregular piece of stone. Is there any special word for that piece of stone?
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How do I say “He played varied roles very well in the movie”

What is the best way to say "the actor plays various roles in the movie?" What I really want to say is that the actor played many different kinds of emotions and personalities very well. I'm having ...
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Reported Usage Vs. Actual Usage

I'm currently writing a linguistics research essay and my professor wanted me to explain the differences between "reported usage" and "actual usage" of inter-dental stopping based on the surveys I ...
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Term for “argument by anecdote”

I very frequently see the following argument technique: Person A points out that X is almost always a bad idea Person B points out that there are exceptions: sometimes X is a good idea, backed up by ...
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General term for manipulating a liquid?

Is there a one-word term that can be used to describe pouring, spreading, collecting, sucking, pipetting, etc. of liquid substances? I guess an equivalent of "manipulate", but only in the context of ...
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“Tense” Equivalent Neutral Term for Singular / Plural Form?

Here's one for the English professors: I originally came across this problem when answering a question here. We all know that tense refers to the temporal form of a verb. "Act, acted, will act, has ...
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Modern Term for Right/Secondary Click

In order to access secondary functions in a graphical interface (such as a context menu), users often have to "right click" an object on the screen. Some variations of this terminology I have seen ...
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Is there a more accurate way to describe “short vowels” and “long vowels”?

I was taught in primary school about "short vowels" vs "long vowels". Although it is a simplistic way to teach children, it is also inaccurate, because the sounds are different, not just longer and ...
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Juxtaposition Without Contrast

I'm writing something in which I would like to point out something that's similar to juxtaposition, but without the contrast. Specifically, I'm trying to say that the proximity of a lamp and a loaf of ...
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Word meaning “of a single word”, or, “word” as an adjective

I am trying to find a term to describe something as being comprised of a single word, similar to how the term monosyllabic describes something as being of a single syllable. Does such a term exist? Or ...
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Creation and Preservation: what are the terms for natural predisposition towards them?

There are tons of exceptions, of course, plus there are people who favor destruction over anything else. However: Some people are impelled towards creation, while others seek satisfaction, ...
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How to refer to the loudest point in a musical composition

Is there a single word to describe the loudest point in a musical composition? Crescendo is often used inaccurately to refer to this, but this is colloquial. Climax might be used, but a musical climax ...
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the name (and examples) for a contrived or misleading record or distinction

What's the name for a record or other distinction (positive or otherwise) that is misleading and/or specious, because it depends on too many conditions? Or seems merely contrived from the existing ...
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What is the name of the phenomenon where speaker A repeats speaker B's wrong word unwittingly?

Bear with me. It's a fun communication pattern and I'm pretty sure it had a name, but school was so many years ago. I just can't seem to recall it, and it's really hard to search for! Speaker A: "...
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Does the term “prose” have stylistic connotations?

I am trying to find a good word to refer to "colloquial, free-flowing speech formatted in paragraphs." I believe the word for this is "prose" but I am concerned that this word has stylistic ...
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what does “a mobile person” mean?

when we say someone is a "mobile person".. what does that mean? is it about him being social or is it more about being hyperactive? the paragrapth in which I found this term doesn't include any ...
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POS for “Just when [you thought…]”

I'm having a brain fart. Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water Can you remind me what "Just when" is? It changes "You thought it was safe to go back in the water" from an ...
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Is there a name for these type of words: where, what, near, up, down, how, if, would and so on

Is there a word to describe the collection of words of the type shown below. I'm not looking for a grammatical classification... knowing that they're mostly adverbs doesn't help. Is there something ...
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Word for cutting a sentence in half the rest of the meaning inferred

Is there any word for cutting off a sentence on purpose when the rest of the sentence can be inferred? I see this used sometimes when someone is talking about a grave danger. It is sometimes finished ...
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Is there a term for nouns that describe the performance of a verb?

There are nouns that describe the performance of, or ability to perform a verb? E.g. perception / perceive communication / communicate collaboration / collaborate Is there a term for these nouns ...
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Odd “claim” usage as noun in Microsoft SDK

The developers in Microsoft seem to often misuse the English language. The last misuse I've encountered is the following: when a user logs on the system maintains internally data about the user, ...
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What is an “emotional prejudice”?

I am reading an article on intergroup-bias, and I came across the term "emotional prejudices" and I don't know what it means... The context of the sentence is: "...people's behavior towards ...
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Finding the accurate group name for incoming items

I develop a web application. In this application I want to group certain menu items under a group name. For the tasks "create new user", "see user stats" and so on there is the group name "users". ...
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“Initiate a transition” vs “anticipate the subsequent digression”

What is the different between writing a sentence that serves to initiate a transition and one that does to anticipate the subsequent digression. Can somebody please give me a example?
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“at 8pm”, “on Tuesday”, “tomorrow”

An event can happen at 8pm, it can happen on Tuesday, or it can happen tomorrow (no preposition). Is there a term for these kinds of phrases? Ie, going from 1 -> 1st, 2 -> 2nd, 3 -> 3rd, 4 -> 4th is ...
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What is the correct term for the viewing hole in a door?

Doors often have a small hole with a fish-eye lens for security purposes. They are commonly called 'peepholes' but I'm sure I have come across a formal architectural term for this type of aperture, ...
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Is there a term to refer to movies in which one or more actors died during production period and stand-ins were used?

The best I can think of is "movie with late actors", but it sounds weird and not very concise. I wonder if there's a technical term to refer to that type of movies.
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what abreviation rule or rules does the term “UX” follow?

I am intrigued by the use of the letter "x" in the abbreviation of the term "User Experience" does this follow any specific language or phonetic rules?