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12answers
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People not admitting when things are going bad

Is there a word for someone who does not want to admit that things are going bad? E.g. when a person does not want to admit that a specific project at work isn't going as planned -- not because ...
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3answers
55 views

Noun form of 'owe'?

If I've paid somebody $100, the $100 is my payment. If I owed someone $100, would the $100 be an owement? Is there a better word? I could call it debt or loan, but it doesn't quite suit the following ...
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2answers
32 views

Descriptive word to describe nonprofit organization

Looking for a descriptive word or phrase to describe a nonprofit organization that includes the essence, values, mission and promotion of social reform. Not a place, or agency, business, but a word ...
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1answer
45 views

Common ground between Deck and Graveyard in trading card games

I am developing a Trading Card Game and I am in need to extract functionality from two of my classes as they are both doing almost the same. it is about the Deck and Graveyard constructs which are ...
4
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7answers
77 views

What is a good term to describe different ways to view the same data?

Software gives us different ways to view the exact same data with each "view" targeted at a specific task. For example, in Stack Exchange, questions can be viewed in The review queue where you only ...
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5answers
600 views

What is the term for a Monarchy with only a King or a Queen, but not both? [on hold]

A typical Monarchy can have a king, queen, or both. What is the term for, like the current British Monarchy, having only one of a king or a queen in power? Surely there is a term that distinguishes ...
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13answers
1k views

Word for feeling in the mood to experiment

I am looking for a word for being in a mood to experiment or try something you would not normally do for a situation. A person might say: "I am feeling .... today, and will go another way". I knew ...
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2answers
39 views

Phrase to describe a chair being pulled

I'm lost for words to complete this sentence: The sound of the chair _ against the floor can be heard clearly as the room silence with my sudden action.
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9answers
1k views

A word for old-fashioned, dirty bar/place (spit-and-sawdust)

Is there a (common) single word for an old-fashioned, non-modern, simple, dirty, untidy bar/place ? A noun would be preferable. Details: There is an informal British term: spit-and-sawdust ...
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3answers
76 views

What do you call someone who balances work and personal life well?

Work–life balance is a concept including proper prioritizing between "work" (career and ambition) and "lifestyle" (health, pleasure, leisure, family and spiritual development/meditation). ...
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3answers
53 views

Looking for a word or phrase that conveys the modification of something in a certain way

We have a piece of software that takes client provided data and processes it. A lot of times our client's data will fail because the data in a particular field is either too long or missing ...
4
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11answers
598 views

What is the word for a person who does different jobs?

I'm asking about someone who's employed by a company and does different jobs (both a qualified and unqualified person). Who knows; maybe in English those two are two different words? What are they ...
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3answers
63 views

Smug know-it-all, but not quite

So there's this guy I know. And sometimes he acts in a particular way that I hope there is a word for (or at least a phrase). Let me describe: Situation: Dog bares teeth at his girlfriend, which ...
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3answers
57 views

A word for “characterized by a defined ending”

I am documenting some code and I need a word (adjective, preferably ending with "y") that means "characterized by a defined ending." Here is how I will be using it in a sentence: "Unlike active ...
0
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2answers
35 views

*seniority* in the context of work

generally I associate "seniority" in the workplace with where an employee in the organizational hierarchy, and not with the amount of time an employee has been with the company. This term often ...
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0answers
56 views

The word for last year school, first year university students?

I'm looking for term to describe students which didn't study theoretical physics, but who learned physics in school. These are last years school and first years university students with major physics. ...
3
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3answers
78 views

Word or phrase for all changes to an employee’s role/position/level?

What is a suitable word or phrase describing all changes to an employee’s role/position/designation/level in a company? These changes would include promotions/demotions (e.g. “Staff” to “Executive”), ...
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9answers
183 views

An active verb “to find peace in” something

I'm looking for an active verb which means something along the lines of "to take or find peace in" something. Something like soothe is the opposite of what I want, in the sense that the something is ...
4
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4answers
275 views

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 ...
3
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7answers
374 views

What's an adjective that means “has high expectations”

If you were to describe a person as someone who has high expectations or standards (of their work, peers, or subordinates), what word would you use? "Demanding" is the closest I have come but that's ...
2
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2answers
65 views

Word for “aver the primacy” or “make essential”

Is there a single word (or better set of words) to express e.g.: "liberalism avers the primacy of the individual", or "Johannes renders his masculinity essential?
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9answers
308 views

Word for not feeling part of a social or economic class

Is there a word for a feeling or person that is part of a social class, but doesn't feel like they belong in that class? Say someone was poor their entire life and won the lottery. People they may ...
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2answers
60 views

Is there a word for a unique manufactured item?

Is there a synonym for "unique" that specifically applies to a custom-made or customized item - say, a car - of which only one copy exists? Something like "once-in-a-lifetime" but in the meaning of ...
4
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5answers
350 views

Word that means “tendency to avoid something”

I am looking for a word that means "tendency to avoid something". At first I thought that aversion fit the bill, but then I learned that it meant "a strong dislike towards something." For example, ...
3
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3answers
244 views

What do you call the empty/arid zones on both sides of a highway?

I'm referring to something like the brown areas in this picture:
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7answers
96 views

What's the similar word for Answer Sheet?

There is a quiz section on my blog, and a list of quiz result. I need a title for the list of quiz results. I prefer not to use "Replies" because I've already used it up in forum discussions. ...
2
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1answer
165 views

Word or phrase for literally and figuratively?

Say, for example, you and a group of people were all sailing out in the ocean and something happens...then you say, "I guess we are all in the same boat" You are literally in the same boat with ...
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4answers
137 views

Term to describe quality of one's day

I'm working on a sort of diary app with which users will rate different aspects of their day. One of the metrics being measured is the overall quality of the user's day. Currently I'm just calling ...
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9answers
3k views

What is a word for somebody who lies to themselves

I feel like the fact that people lie to themselves about things can tell you a lot about that person but I just can't put my finger on a single word that I'd use to describe them. In fact, not just ...
4
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18answers
1k views

What is the word meaning “going on and on for miles and miles”?

Edit: I was walking down an intolerably long sidewalk one day, and every time a mounted another hill, I saw more of it seeming to stretch out before me. It got me to thinking: is there a word for ...
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15answers
2k views

What is a word to describe blatant praise by a shill?

I'm looking for a word to describe an article published in a newspaper that's written by a shill. Basically a word that describes the article as blatant over the top praise without perspective. I know ...
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2answers
47 views

What is an English term for grouping bills and credit notes?

I'm wondering if there is a generic term to talk about bills and credit notes, in other terms, the money I'll receive and the money I owe. Thanks!
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3answers
59 views

Word for “can be used again with entertainment”

The title may be misleading as I had trouble summarizing the question in a phrase. I'm looking for a word to mean "usable again", referring to a mobile app. I'm looking for something along the lines ...
2
votes
3answers
69 views

Why is unemployability still unaccepted?

In some countries where there is serious shortage of skilled personnel or employable persons, it is common to describe the situation as a problem of unemployability. However, this word still appears ...
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11answers
474 views

Word for a group of “like-minded” people

I know there's a word for "like-minded" people, generally used in a negative context. For example, you could say employees of the CIA are __, in that they all want to ensure the security of the ...
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1answer
47 views

Explaining price levels in a word [closed]

I want to express cost factor of few places. I want to say something like "The place was cheap" and that is perfect. So is "The place is costly". What words can be used to express five different cost ...
0
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2answers
60 views

One Word Alternative for “Increase Productivity”

Is there a single English word (preferably a verb) which can replace the phrase "increase productivity" or "increase your productivity"?
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5answers
229 views

What is the best word to describe an “object of importance” without inquiring about its past? (i.e. not memento)

I'm looking for a word to describe a gift. The way I am using this word is to describe the item in way that a person who receives this gift would almost worship it because it means so much. The words ...
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vote
1answer
53 views

What is the word for the state of ignoring something?

What is the word for the state of ignoring something? For instance, if I am ignoring you, am I in a state of ignorance? Is there a better word with a less negative connotation?
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vote
1answer
83 views

What is the antonym of revoke?

I'm not satisfied with any of the suggestions for the antonym of revoke as given in http://thesaurus.com/browse/revoke. None of the suggestions capture the meaning of "re-approving something that ...
3
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6answers
134 views

Word for relative movement of inner and outer

I want to describe the movement or position of an inner material inside an outer sheath, as the inner moves through the outer. Can anyone think of some kind of verb, spatial preposition or any other ...
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6answers
90 views

What's a good word for a category of non-technical blog posts?

I have a website mostly devoted to technical blog posts. In the main navigation there are links for JavaScript and CSS, which take you to a list of posts about those topics. My question is, what ...
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2answers
40 views

Proper usage for the word “obverse”

I believe "obverse" has several meanings, with one being "the flip side of something (coin)." I'm trying to cleverly contrast opposite approaches of a person's management duties. "From a wide ...
0
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1answer
35 views

to depart from the project?

Would it be OK to say: "The Subcontractor departs from the certified project" (meaning, that he does not comply with the established work order, stated in the project" and takes his own direction)? Is ...
0
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1answer
82 views

Words to help describe when you are using spaces and line breaks in text?

If you look at the difference between something like quick brown fox and quickbrownfox, you might reasonably describe the first as being "spaced". While the second is, perhaps "unspaced" or ...
2
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2answers
57 views

Analogue of “orphan” for someone who's lost their siblings

As per title - is there such a word? Either a noun: John is an ?????? (his only brother died when he was 3) or verb (or past tense as an adjective): John was ????ed today (his only sister ...
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6answers
155 views

What to use instead of “discardation”? [duplicate]

The setting: Imagine the scenario where I am searching for something and once I find it I identify it, then afterwards when I no longer need it I discard it. If at some point I need to identify it ...
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4answers
470 views

single word adjective for 'temperature-related'

As temporal is the adjective which describes things relating to time, is there such a word for temperature? The hyphenated 'temperature-related' works, but it is not a single word. For context, I'm ...
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7answers
2k views

What do you call a person who's not yet a customer?

I'm currently doing an Applied Business assignment based on Business Planning - we had to generate our own business idea, including creating aims and objectives for the business. I've decided for one ...
2
votes
3answers
119 views

Is there a word describing someone who is ignorant in the ways of Science?

I am not sure if dogmatic or doctrinaire covers it, but I am looking for a word to describe someone (like a politician) who is willfully unknowing of how the scientific method works and what science ...