This is a multi-faceted question (if that's allowed). I am running a web application with a database that is used by Westerners and Asians, so cultural sensitivity is important. I am implementing some "fun" statistics. They will be used in the following manner: Today's <word> is <username>. Where the <word> placeholder is replaced by a word describing one of three things:

  1. The most active user, based on number of page views.
  2. A user that logs in exactly once, then has no other records in the log file (i.e. they log in, but then don't do anything else).
  3. A user that has been absent for a long time, then logs in unexpectedly.

These words are similar to the badges gained on the Stack Exchange network, but I prefer singular words, if possible. I would also prefer words that are non-religious (or faith neutral) and not related to death (especially in relation to the third point).

The best my brain can come up with is:

  1. busybody
  2. sloth
  3. resurrectee

But I'm not happy with those; hence this question.

  • What’s a singular adjective? None of your examples are adjectives; those are all nouns. Calling somebody a busybody user or a sloth user doesn’t sound very sensitive to me.
    – tchrist
    Commented Dec 14, 2017 at 1:56
  • My apologies, I thought an adjective was a 'describing word'?
    – kurdtpage
    Commented Dec 14, 2017 at 2:00
  • A word that describes a person can be an adjective, as in young or happy, but words like boy, busybody, fireman, and police are all nouns even though they’re describing people. One easy test that often works is whether you can add -er and -est to inflect an adjective into the comparative and superlative degrees, as in younger or happiest. You can’t do that with nouns. Another test is to try to apply very to it: you can’t really say "very boy", but you can and do commonly say "very young". Nouns can be singular or plural in English, but adjectives cannot.
    – tchrist
    Commented Dec 14, 2017 at 2:05
  • @tchrist I have updated my question
    – kurdtpage
    Commented Dec 14, 2017 at 21:05
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    Busy bee; Lazy bones; Out of the blue.
    – ermanen
    Commented Dec 19, 2017 at 0:52

2 Answers 2


Not all single words but good fits, I think:

  1. Overachiever (someone who does more than expected)
  2. Bump-on-a-log (someone that is inert, unmoving, inactive)
  3. surprise guest
  • Good suggestions! Keep 'em coming!
    – kurdtpage
    Commented Dec 14, 2017 at 21:02

This is what I've gone with:

  1. Clickaholic
  2. Sleeper
  3. Guest

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