Questions tagged [epithet-requests]

Requests for nouns, adjectives, or phrases that answer questions of the form “What do you call a person who . . . ?” Although these are not necessarily negative, they are often used pejoratively as “words that wound” against persons or acts one disapproves of, as in “racial epithets”.

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Is there a term for “enforcing rules you don't understand”? [duplicate]

Today I was scolded for leaving my access card at home for the second time. From my point of view, this causes about 10 seconds of work for the people at the reception. When I asked why this would be ...
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Someone whose aspirations exceed abilities or means

What would be a clear and concise way to describe someone whose ambitions or aspirations far exceed his means or abilities?
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What do you call a person that goes for functionality, yet not for the beauty of set things?

What do you call a person that goes for functionality, yet not for the beauty of set things? For example in a game, this person builds things that are well made and functioning, but lack on the ...
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Insult for someone who “doesn't know anything” [closed]

How do you call/insult someone who doesn't know anything (meaning not the simplest/basic or obvious things)? Context: I need it in a dialog of the following form: A: How does <very simple/obvious ...
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Is there a term that describes an always-newbie person?

I'm trying to find a term which describes a person that, although he/she is constantly learning through life, is aware of his/her own ignorance the more the person knows. Does it exist? Example ...
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Syn­o­nym for a “help-seeker”

Imag­ine this sce­nario: Some­one claims to have been blessed with un­spec­i­fied spe­cial pow­ers by God or some­thing sim­i­lar (a self-pro­claimed prophet, a for­tune-teller, a psy­chic) . A ...
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Help with a good word to describe a personality [closed]

I am a member of a maker space in a large city. It is something of a club where people work on different projects together. Recently I encountered several individuals who were being obnoxious and not ...
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Which adjective best describes a person who seeks complex ways of solving a simple problem?

What adjective would best describe someone who seeks complex solutions to simple problems? For example, one who would design the tree-swing in any other of the ways described below except the last one....
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Someone whose sole aim is to make another person’s life difficult [duplicate]

What are some good words that have the meaning of doing something only to make another’s life difficult? My ex is suing me for my car. He bought it for me and now wants it back. I am in a different ...
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Word for one who does not see flaw/fault in oneself?

I have been digging for a word that English seems to have a hard time representing. If I were to describe the spirit of what I'm trying to convey, it would be one who does not look inward for fault ...
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What is an eloquent word for a disrespectful, impertinent child?

I’m looking for a word that denotes a child (either a young one or a fully grown one) who acts disrespectfully and spitefully toward their parents. For instance, if you see your friend being ...
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Another word for someone who says everything is theirs [closed]

What is a word for someone who says everything is his unless you pay half of it. My bf and I have been together for 3 years and I always sleep on one side of the bed and so I call it my side and he ...
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Passive aggressive, “jokey” yet condescending and manipulative behavior/language [duplicate]

The behavior I'm hoping to find an English word for is characterized by a person saying something bitingly aggressive/hurtful/manipulative, but is then followed by something like "I hope you didn't ...
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One word for “person who likes eating out with friends” [closed]

I am stuck with a question, please help. I am looking for a single word meaning: >a person who likes eating out with friends I have some suggestions - socialize, dinner but I am not satisfied with ...
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Is there a word for a person who frequently contemplates about how things might be in the future?

I used to think 'futurist' is the word to describe such a person, but then I realized, 'futurists' are highly experienced people who are usually given the title 'futurist', after they prove themselves ...
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Adjective to describe a person who easily “gets carried away?”

The verb phrase "to get carried away" can be used in the following contexts, but is there an adjective to describe a person who easily and frequently gets carried away? The manager warned his young ...
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Person who suffers from unrequited love

I'm looking for a noun that describes a person A, who loves person B, but person B doesn't reciprocate. Person A suffers because he or she can't have person B and is not interested in relationships ...
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Someone who uses too many descriptive words to deceptively seem intelligent [duplicate]

What is a word in the English language to describe someone who purposely and excessively uses too many complex words, usually looking them up in a thesaurus, to seem more intelligent in their writings?...
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Is the word biased or two faced?

Let's say someone fails at a task and gets berated by another person. That person also fails at that same task but it's ok for them to fail. What is the word to describe this person?
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someone who can't admit mistakes or is always right? slang [duplicate]

A word for someone who refuses to admit to being wrong or mistaken about anything, even as minor as a typo?
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What is the equivalent of “workholic” for the family-obsessed?

Is there an equivalent of "workaholic" (a person who feels compelled to work excessively) to describe a person who feels compelled to identify with raising a family in a similarly excessive fashion? ...
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What would you call a person or people who does not know your language in either of the scenario

What would you call a person or people who does not know your language in either of the scenario whether you (as a tourist, as an expatriate or on business) are in their (as a citizen) homeland ...
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Whats the word for this type of person? [closed]

What do you call a person who takes a stand on an ideology but has no real practical experience or knowledge of it?
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Looking for a word or idiom that describe someone whose mood changes constantly [closed]

As the title says, I'm looking for a word or idiom to describe a person whose mood changes regularly in a very short time and you never know what's going on in his head. Some examples: He can be ...
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What do you call a person that wants to kill people but doesn't actually kill them?

A killer is a person that has already killed someone. The term i'm looking for is someone who wants to kill people but never does. Only has a tendency to do so, or wants to kill them but never really ...
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What do you call a person who sees it below his dignity to ask question related to his profession?

A colleague of mine who sees it below his dignity to ask question to his superior (helpful one) in his profession which he does not have know-how of, what would you call such a person ? It ...
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Idiom for a person who gets owned/caught red handed for his mistake but shows as if nothing is wrong

What is the idiom/expression for a person who gets owned/caught red-handed for his logical fallacy/mistake/theft and knows he is wrong but has the tenacity to show as if nothing is wrong? In fact, ...
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Word or expression for this kind of person

What to call a person who has always had advantages in his whole life and career because of his family's social/political status. Obviously most of the time these people, usually youngsters, are found ...
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What do you call a person who gets mad if you don't agree with them? [closed]

What do you call a person that gets mad if you don't agree with them?
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Word for a person who likes to hang out in cafes

I'm looking for a word equivalent to "barfly" applying to people who like to spend time lingering and socializing in cafes next to a coffee or a beer. It can be a slang term or something historical.
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What to call someone who is unable/bad in holding a converstation

Okay, So I am in often in a conversation with this person. But I have now realized that all our talks have been futile because he keeps on repeating the same topics. Topics I have talked about before. ...
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What do you call a person who is polite but deceiving? [duplicate]

I remember a quote from a while ago that went somewhere along the line x is saying ´fuck you´ to a person but making them feel flattered It's a quality that makes somebody polite, manipulative and ...
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A word to describe a person that everything come to them late in life!

Many years ago I came across a word and when I looked it up it was described as: A person everything comes to, late in life!
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Is there a word for someone who does something specifically to use it against someone else? [closed]

The best word I can think of to describe the person would be to call them a martyr, but I do not know if that is the proper use of the word, or if there is a better one. I say martyr because someone ...
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What would you call a person who does not understand who is his/her well wisher and who is their Ill-wisher?

What would you call a person with poor judgement who does not understand who is his/her well wisher and who is their Ill-wisher?
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Looking for a word to describe a person who is all talk and no action

With all that's going on with EA and Star Wars Battlefront II right now, I've been trying to think of a word... For the last decade gamers have been complaining about lack of originality and ...
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A word for someone who does something for personal gain or financial reward? [duplicate]

What do you call somebody that does something for someone else for money or other personal gain and not because they want to? For example, when someone votes for a candidate in an election because ...
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Is there a word/term for someone who is interested in many things but is poor/uninformed at most or all of them? [duplicate]

Years ago I observed a single word/term that used more or less the description above, but I have been unable to locate or remember it since then. I am certain that it was a single word, and thus "jack ...
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What do you call someone who fakes their feelings? [closed]

I'm working on a thesis and I want the thesis to relate to myself so that I'll be able to write a lot of things about it. However, I'm stuck here because I want it to be about my tendency of faking my ...
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Word for someone who quits something and becomes excessively against it

Apologies for the vague nature of this. I'm looking for a word that could describe a person who quits something due to its supposedly being harmful or unethical (cigarettes, meat, alcohol, ...
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Looking for phrase or word to describe when people think things are high class but they actually are not

I feel like I see this often, people attach certain items to their ideal of high class or posh, even if those things are not. I have worked in some fine dining restaurants and its equal parts amusing ...
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What is the term to describe a person who answers a question with irritability?

I am looking for a very particular expression (I believe it is a two word expression/description or, perhaps, what is known as a "coined phrase") that describes a person who responds to a question ...
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Idiom meaning someone thinks he/she is smarter than anyone else because of age and experience

I am looking for an idiom that describes a person who thinks he or she is smarter than anyone else; just because they are older than someone, they presume that they are also wiser; but that might not ...
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Title of the instructor in charge

What do you call a university-level instructor/lecturer who’s in charge of a course? For example, suppose a course is split between two instructors, with one of them being responsible for the course ...
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A word(not phrase) for 'celebrating something without understanding' [closed]

A few examples : People who can code in a programming language but don't understand algorithms, data structures, and other concepts but 'celebrate' Programmer's Day Have a degree in engineering but ...
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Is their an English word for one who touches things compulsively? [closed]

That little brother/sister or cousin that touches/moves stuff around your table. Not a thief just rearranges stuff.
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Derogatory term for people from places like San Francisco [duplicate]

I'm looking for a derogatory term for people from liberal metropolitain areas who think they are better educated and more enlightened than those from rural, conservative areas. Carthage, TX is to ...
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Word for person who dreams big but does much bigger [closed]

What do you call a person who dreams big, but then does much bigger? In a good way, that is.
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What do you call a person who blocks other drivers when one lane is ending?

I was wondering if there is an idiom in English language such as e.g. "road ranger" or "road sherriff" to describe a malice person who blocks other drivers from implementing a zipper system, to ...
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Word request. Any other words for “delicate beauty” or any similar? [closed]

I'm trying to make it sound that her beauty is the opposite of dangerous, it's delicate but it doesn't perfectly describe what I want to say.