This tag is for questions about choosing the best word for a particular context or meaning.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

1
vote
4answers
54 views

A word for “hard and diligent work under sleepy-eyed conditions”?

How would you describe one who works hard with full interest and consciousness, including spending sleepless nights. In such a scenario, sleep is deprived deliberately by the person. What is such hard ...
3
votes
4answers
17k views

Is “regardless of whether or not” proper grammar?

I have a sentence like this: I will go to the store regardless of whether or not it's raining Meaning that the weather has no bearing on my intent to go to the store. The "regardless of whether ...
1
vote
2answers
30 views

Looking for a word which means: Taking something simple and making it into something complex

Let's say I have a very simple object, like a LEGO car (my cars were always pretty basic) and I remake it into a very complex object, like the Batmobile, what would be an appropriate term for this? I ...
0
votes
1answer
30 views

Applicable to [object] for [purpose]

My question is about the word applicable. Is the following construction correct? This method is applicable to [object] for [purpose]. For example: Our method may be applicable to ...
2
votes
4answers
21k views

When to use “Ok noted”?

I'm a software developer. My situation is, I'm working with my customer (onshore project manager) via chatting using Skype. He helps me to make his side's server available and give me a link to the ...
13
votes
13answers
2k views
+300

What do you call someone who can't keep secrets?

Some one who is not good at keeping secrets. In my native language it is called "chugalkhor" but it's a slang. So I can't translate it. What do you call such a person who can't keep secrets because ...
20
votes
3answers
3k views

Word a male can use to refer to a female that is not old or young (girl/lady/woman)

I'm a married male in my mid-thirties and meet a woman of a similar age and talk about business. I want to refer to this meeting later, and it feels weird to say "I met a girl today...," (feels like ...
7
votes
11answers
2k views

A word for paying attention to detail

Looking for a word that describes "Paying attention to the smallest details, though they might not matter". Starts with the letter "P"
-1
votes
3answers
154 views

“In case” or “in cases”?

Which is the right one: in case or in cases? What's the difference? For example, what if I'm just trying to FYI a team? If in (case/cases) you are not sure, we'll be using this form moving ...
-4
votes
0answers
25 views

Does this sentence make sense at all [on hold]

"Murder him with only a curious to where is why," I was wondering if this is correct or not? I'm trying to write in an older fashion and i'm not sure if this makes sense. Any help would be great. ...
-5
votes
1answer
50 views

What is a wrong? [on hold]

Is the sentence What is a wrong? Grammatically correct or should the a be left out of the sentence?
0
votes
3answers
173 views

“Questions” have “answers”. What do “problems” have?

If questions have answers, then problems have ____? I know it sounds simple but I am not sure what the best word is.
-1
votes
1answer
87 views

Which is the right word to ask if this will create problem on a professional tone

I'm drafting a mail to my team informing them that I'm taking leave on some day and that I want to know if this will create problems or friction in working. I used I’ll will be taking leave on ...
0
votes
1answer
31 views

Word choice: complement of 'Budgeted', but not 'Filled' [on hold]

I am trying to figure out a good word to use as a complement to budgeted. I've used filled before, and I would like to avoid using it again if possible. Context: I am making a simple over/under ...
0
votes
5answers
206 views

One single word for honour killing [on hold]

honour killing is a word that carries sentiments. But its Google synonym don't. Like assassination - is a more of a war machine word. butchery - is not right either. Do we have a single word for ...
1
vote
3answers
5k views

“Not able to” vs. “unable to”

Which phrase is more suitable to convey one's inability to do something — "not able to" or "unable to"? For example, not able to join the meeting unable to join the meeting
-1
votes
2answers
25 views

'what about' vs 'what of'

What are the similarities and differences? I see that the definitions below are worded differently, but don't perceive intrinsic differences, which I still suspect to exist. what about 1a. does ...
7
votes
3answers
4k views

What's the difference between a fable and a parable?

Does either imply a lesson, or a fantastical setting?
0
votes
4answers
8k views

“stress” vs. “distress”

From Cambridge dictionary, stress - great worry caused by a difficult situation. distress - extreme worry, sadness, pain. I'm not sure if the words 'distress' and 'stress' have the same ...
3
votes
1answer
75 views

“X is not dead, it just smells so” [on hold]

From what I've found the typical form of this phrase is X is not dead, it just smells that way. Can "that way" be replaced with a so in such a position? X is not dead, it just smells so.
-1
votes
4answers
68 views

Any synonym for “consistent with”? [on hold]

I'm looking for an expression similar to consistent with in a sentence like: The results of X's research consist with / are consistent with Y's findings. Does anyone know more paraphrases, ...
-3
votes
0answers
37 views

Alternatives for words with negative connotations? [on hold]

I would appreciate alternative suggestions for negative verbs to use in positive re-enforcement. I would rather not imply that my client can't do something, because while today she might not be able ...
12
votes
4answers
440 views

Rule for when to use “thin” versus “narrow”

My 5-year-old asked this morning if you would say a road was "thin" or "narrow". We had no difficulty telling her she should use "narrow" in that case, but couldn't explain why. We found it ...
4
votes
10answers
443 views

Word for substances which help you escape your problems

Is there a word like dopamine, which can be used to describe a substance that helps you escape/forget your troubles? E.g. Sleep is my dopamine Alcohol is my unknown word.
-4
votes
1answer
31 views

EXPANSION of IT MEANS [on hold]

IT FULL FORM AND WHAT IS MEANT BY IT? i want to it company full form what is meant by it it means a information technology or another meaning is there show me the correct answer
18
votes
9answers
3k views

What is the name of the first decade in a century?

80s the "Eighties" 90s the "Nineties" 00s the ??? For that matter, what is the second decade called? The "tens" just doesn't sound right.
3
votes
3answers
528 views

What's the word for a tiny sharp piece of wood under your skin? [on hold]

When you work with crude wood (or iron) without gloves, you easily get injured with a tiny sharp piece of wood which remains under your skin and needs to be removed. What is the word for this small ...
2
votes
3answers
8k views

What should be the proper reply for thanks?

I like a girl which is in same division as I am. Recently she was suffering from malaria and when I came to know this I sent a "Get well soon!" message. We have hardly exchanged any words in labs and ...
2
votes
1answer
140 views

What is the name of these display machines used inside libraries?

They are obsolete now, but I see them often in movies. They are some sort of slide-show projector with a rotating handle that flips to new slide? I uploaded pic of the machine and the displayed slide. ...
2
votes
6answers
307 views

Recommended replacement for 'literally'?

Around lunchtime yesterday I overheard a coworker say "I'm literally so hungry right now" Though misuse of the word literally was always common, it appears in the last year or so it has lost any ...
-1
votes
1answer
32 views

A way to describe/categorize music that would rhyme/alliterate with each day of the week [on hold]

Good day, apologies for the rather confusing title. My friends and I came up with an idea and started a music appreciation day for each day of the week. The idea is that each day has an assigned genre ...
4
votes
7answers
897 views

Men who are lured by the seductive beauty of women are called? [on hold]

What do you call such a man who is taken advantage of by the attraction of beautiful woman. This person is basically fooled by such a woman/girl.
14
votes
14answers
3k views

Too serious to take seriously

This is a concept I often find myself trying to articulate in political discussions. You have a situation that everyone openly acknowledges, but it is so entrenched that people may paradoxically ...
1
vote
1answer
46 views

Ideally, how old would the company you work for be?

Let's say I'm asking people about characteristics of their ideal workplace. "Ideally, how old would the company you work for be?" "Ideally, how many people would also work at the company you ...
0
votes
1answer
42 views

Saying “programming” vs “coding” [duplicate]

I've always thought that "programming" sounded more professional opposed to "coding". But after looking at the words more closely I'm not entirely sure they mean the same thing. But even if they do ...
0
votes
1answer
50 views

One who can not bargain [on hold]

A word for one who can't bargain. He/she just buys straight it suits the budget, otherwise doesn't buy. Is there a word for such a person, because we can't categorize him/her by extravagant.
6
votes
8answers
597 views

Non-pejorative term for behaviour that discriminates against people based on their birth place [duplicate]

A big theme of the UK May 2014 MEP elections is immigration - there is a great deal of political rhetoric about it that I would describe as racist or xenophobic, but I don't think either term is ...
0
votes
0answers
35 views

Choice questions [on hold]

I was trying to ask questions like: What do you prefer? Apples or Oranges? Is this one question, or two? Thanks for your help!
0
votes
1answer
45 views

Is “two-thirds” or “two thirds” correct? [duplicate]

I just recently answered a question related to how much water was filled in a glass. I answered "two thirds" but the answer was wrong because in the key answer book it was "two-thirds". Please tell me ...
0
votes
3answers
57 views

Difference between “novice” and “newbie” [on hold]

I can say "I am a novice in English" or "I am a newbie in English". Is there any difference between these?
-1
votes
1answer
28 views

Is this correct usage of 'to' [closed]

Is this correct usage of 'to' "the petals did entwine tickling the pistil to" or should it be "the petals did entwine tickling the pistil too
1
vote
0answers
86 views

“Nightmare” derivation

I did some research about word nightmare. In most cases this is what I've found: night + Old English mære "incubus." I would like to use the word mare for poetic purposes, but its meaning in ...
1
vote
3answers
1k views

What's the difference between “irritated” and “vexed”?

What's the difference between "irritated" and "vexed", or between "to irritate" and "to vex"?
16
votes
16answers
4k views

Is there a word for a comment which makes no sense or adds nothing to the current discussion?

Consider this conversation: John: I am giving free chess lessons. Mary: Nice! You’re a true teacher. John: How so? Mary: A true teacher imparts knowledge without a price tag. John: But ...
0
votes
4answers
50 views
-1
votes
1answer
36 views

untypical, atypical, nontypical

I'm trying to label customer data with a word describing how typical they are. There is basically 3 possible values: typical, temporarily untypical, untypical. But I'm not sure if "untypical" is the ...
6
votes
5answers
3k views

“Irregardless” vs. “irrespective”

Why is irrespective considered a proper word but irregardless is not?
2
votes
6answers
134 views

Is there a word to describe a claim that cannot be disproved because the situation will never occur?

I'm looking for a way to describe a statement or claim made by a person that can't be disproved purely on the basis that the situation itself will never occur (or is highly unlikely to). For ...
5
votes
1answer
698 views

Why (and for whom) does “unbeknown” become “unbeknownst”

I know there's been an earlier question What is the meaning and usage of the word “beknownst”?. But nothing there satisfies my curiosity about that extra -st at the end. I might have supposed the ...
6
votes
6answers
3k views

“Problematic” versus “problem”

A reviewer of my thesis told me that I am wrongly using the word problematic. He suggested that I use problem instead. I have since read the definition of both words and neither correspond to the ...