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Jun
16
comment Simpler english by pronunciation
espeak.sourceforge.net/phonemes.html Are you looking to create phoneme codes that can be pronounced more easily than English writing? Or are you trying to create a list of phonemes from samples of English writing?
Jun
14
comment Why do we have “anxiousness”, but not “frightenness”?
What evidence is there that anxiousness is an established word, when anxiety is already common and serves the same purpose? Similarly, fear is probably the noun you are looking for. Can you give some examples of situations when the simple words are not enough?
Jun
2
comment I need a big word for 'steady', if it exists
I have a soft spot for inexorable. It's probably not quite right, though. Obdurate is also kind of negative. Pertinacious? Pachydermatous is probably a stretch.
May
28
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May
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May
20
comment Term for using “thingy-esque” phrases rather than a common word
The Dictionary of American Slang refers to these types of words as kadigans, and cadigan is a term used elsewhere, but I don't think it is a widely recognized term.
May
18
answered Synynom for “Plug-and-Play”
May
11
comment Single word meaning “pregnant woman”
This answer might be improved by pointing out that these choices are likely to be found offensive.
May
4
comment Can something be “vapid of” something?
Did autocorrect prevent someone from typing devoid?
Apr
24
answered Better term than “hardcoded” for end-user documentation
Apr
20
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Apr
20
comment What is the term for a group of liches?
I think "score" here is used in its literal sense, meaning "twenty" in the same way one might say, "dozens of soldiers." It's not a collective noun. Similarly, the "chorus" is probably imagery meant to describe how they are acting together, like an "army of street sweepers," not a collective noun. A pod of whales, a parliament of owls, or a murder of crows doesn't function like a pod of peas, the Parliament of England, or the murder of Jesse James.
Apr
14
answered when writing a noun that shows a parenthetical plural suffix option, is it, “policy(ies)” or policy(s)"?
Apr
1
comment “Records” vs “recordings” in a record label company's name
The "Record" companies you mention were founded in the first half of the 20th century, when "records" were vinyl discs. The "Recordings" companies were started in 1989 or later, when tapes, CDs, and mp3s outsold vinyl records. Certainly things like tax records are kept on media other than vinyl, but in audio, the word "record" is strongly associated with vinyl. Also, the record companies are in the US and the recordings companies are in the UK.
Mar
30
comment What does “dredging deep for steel” mean?
Dredging may turn up salvageable wreckage that contains steel. The phrase still isn't clear.
Mar
27
comment What does the idiom, 'bolt from the fold', mean?
It's not just "people who want to say nasty things about churchgoers" who liken congregations to sheep. Jesus Christ refers to himself as a shepherd and his people as sheep, for example in John 10:14.
Mar
24
comment If A is a component of B, then what is B relative to A?
A Mentor is not "one who ments," but rather "someone who acts like the character in The Odyssey whose name was Mentor". Mentor was a father figure to young Telemachus while Odysseus was at war. Thus, "Mentee" is not a good choice for an example of the word relationship you are talking about.
Mar
18
comment “Robust” as a noun
In the same way that we say, "Youth is wasted on the young," we might say "Only the robust should attempt this hike." But a "robust person" or "robust worker" or something else that makes sense in context could work.
Mar
12
comment How do I invent a word targeted to english speakers?
You might look into Markov text generators.
Mar
1
comment Pronunciation of “release”
Did you mean to ask about realize? Can you use the word in a sentence so we can be certain we know what word you are asking about?