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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Word for someone who acts like an expert but who has very little knowledge?

What is a word to describe an individual who acts like an expert in a subject area, constantly stating facts and correcting people, but who actually has very little knowledge on the subject?
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Word for someone that always has to be right

Is there a word for someone that always has to be right? The person gets angry if they are not.
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Is there a word to describe someone who tends to disagree with others only to upset them?

What's the word to describe someone who acts arrogantly and always disagrees with others unreasonably in order to upset people around him/her? [I'm not looking for adjectives like unpleasant, ...
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What would you call a person who doesn't want to learn anything new?

What would you call a person who doesn't want to learn new things and even maybe thinks that this is unnecessary since he knows enough already? An ignorant person?
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Is there a word for a person who gives out too many extraneous details?

I'm looking for a single-word term that describes a personality that wants to give out too many unnecessary details in a conversation. [EDIT] Let me give you guys an example. Suppose you ask your ...
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Is there a word for someone who tends to find faults in others?

I'm looking for a single word, for someone who... keeps seeing everything that is wrong with everybody else. never seems to see the good of other people, only the bad things. points at others, as if ...
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What do you call a person who is always online on the Internet?

Is there any specific word for a person who is always online on the Internet? I am just curious to know because staying online is like a profession nowadays.
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What do you call a person who is regionally biased?

What do you call a person who is regionally biased and has an unreasonable hatred/dislike for people from other regions of the country/world? Something like a racist, but the point of discrimination ...
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Is there a word to describe someone who often inaccurately uses words?

Or a word to describe the act of inaccurately using complicated or unusual words (often in an attempt to sound more intelligent)? I considered 'bombastic' but it doesn't have that quality of ...
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How to communicate the idea of a “brown-noser” without the vulgar connotations?

What term would communicate something similar to "brown noser", without the vulgar connotation? (Here's one citation of the term being used by WWII soldiers, but I'm guessing it was used before that. ...
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Is there an expression to indicate the strategy of wearing someone down with numerous small irritations?

I would use rope-a-dope, but it's got connotations of pretending to lose that I don't need. I'm trying to describe the behavior of someone who sends twenty detailed emails a day about various projects,...
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Someone who just thinks they know what they're talking about

What is a word or phrase that means a speaker (or writer) is talking about something they know very little about, but they think they know more than they do? An example: If you read diet message ...
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What do you call a person who started something that is later followed by everyone?

What do you call a person who started something that is later followed by everyone? For example, someone started to stay late at night till 8 p.m. and later everyone started to stay till 8 p.m..
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What would you call a person who is self-righteous, brags about her/his moral values and is imposing when it comes to her/his ideas?

I want to describe, in a phrase, a number of traits in a person. I'm looking to describe a self-righteous, pious person who cannot stop bragging about her/his moral values while trying to impose her/...
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Idiom for someone who buys all the best gear to do something before they even have a basic proficiency?

I'm looking for an idiom to describe someone who decides to take up a new hobby, then buys an excessive amount of gear before they've even started. Perhaps they believe they need this gear to master ...
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Appropriate word for someone immune to embarrassment?

I am looking for a word which can be used to describe someone who is very "comfortable in their skin", secure with themselves, and most importantly completely immune to being embarrassed or mocked. ...
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What is a word for a person who throws a “fake smile”?

Most people, especially receptionists and air hostesses have the ability to smile in a fake way. Being professional, their smile isn't real. Inside they cry and die a thousand dead of tensions but ...
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Synonym for not taking personal responsibility

I'm trying to think of a word that suggests a person who takes no personal accountability in their actions or always tries to shift blame on to some factor supposedly outside of their control. Is ...
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What is a word for a man who has a lot of sexual relationships?

What do you call a man who loves and tries to have many sexual relationships with girls and usually doesn't fall in love with any of them? To clear what I'm looking for, Suppose a guy at work/...
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Name of a person that is intolerant of stupidity

What noun or adjective would one give to a person that is intolerant of stupidity? A person that becomes annoyed, angry, or of very short temper when conversing or interacting with people of a lower ...
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What is an adjective referring to “someone who puts people down”?

I was just thinking about someone I went to school with who had a penchant for putting people down, and I was trying to think of a word that describes this, but couldn’t find it. It would be a synonym ...
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What is a word or phrase for someone who professes to know something but actually doesn't?

Is there a word or phrase that describes when a person professes to know about a certain subject, but in fact knows nothing about it?
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Word for a contemptuous person?

Is there a good word for someone who shows contempt for others? Especially when it's a pattern, and anyone who threatens that person's self esteem is held in contempt? The first thought that comes to ...
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Idiom or phrase associated with a person who blame others for his or her fault?

Is there an idiom or phrase associated with a person who can't do some work or something but he or she blames something or somebody else?
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Word for someone who repeats words

What is a word for someone who uses a word excessively in conversation? For example, using the same swear word in every sentence.
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What's a less offensive substitute for “rep-whores”?

This is a frequently thrown-around term on Internet forums in general and Stack Exchange specifically. Although it conveys a lot of meaning, I'd much prefer a phrase with a less offensive origin. ...
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Word to describe person who is rich in wealth, but is poor in class?

Looking for a word to describe a person who is rich in wealth, but is poor in class. I've heard of words to describe poor people who have no class or manners, words to describe rich people who have ...
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Is there a word for a person who doesn't think the rules apply to him?

I'm trying to write a letter to the editor of my local paper about their report of a man who doesn't think the rules apply to him. Is there a word for this? He's a bit of an egoist, demanding to ...
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Words to describe a person who frequently asks questions even though they know the answer

I have an annoying friend that he frequently asks me questions in which he'll be the one to answer at the end if I can't answer his questions. Here the situation goes: Friend: Hey Jay, do you ...
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Is there a slang word or idiom for someone who borrows money from friends or relatives and never (or rarely) pays them back?

Edit - My question doesn't refer to bank loans or credit card accounts. Nor does it refer to getting things out of other people's generosity. It is specifically about money and the putative duplicate ...
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Idiom for a person who is above any question

I read somewhere a sentence which said about a political leader that he is the "holy something" whose actions cannot be questioned. The context was to describe that even though this man does bad ...
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What's a the word for people who make fun of themselves?

I don't mean people with low self esteem. But there are people who feel happy at being able to make other people laugh at their own expense. I remember someone telling me there is a word for them, I ...
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Idiom for someone who got a tiny fraction of power and abuses it?

Is there any idiom for a person who somehow obtained a (usually small) power to control people and is using it in every possible way to make problems for people around him?
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Politically correct synonym for “Indian giver”?

The phrase "Indian giver" means someone who gives a person a gift and then wants it back later. It's occasionally a useful concept, but the dictionary says it's offensive and I also think so. Is there ...
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Is there a word to describe one who brags by complaining?

Is there a word to describe someone who uses complaints to indirectly brag about themselves? An example would be "I hate going to concerts because people start singing and because I have perfect ...
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What is the word/phrase for someone between expert and novice?

I come across various people within my field (software developer) and people who are related to my field (the marketing/business people). Many a time when I want to opine or express my question/answer,...
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What's the word for someone who always likes being different?

...particularly with respect to the use of technology, taste in music, movies etc. I have seen my share of people like this who like to go "alternative" just to set themselves apart and I would like ...
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A word used to describe someone who loves to be photographed [closed]

I am trying to figure out if there is a word to describe a person who loves to be photographed.
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A person who repeatedly switches his stance on a topic

What do we call a person who keeps switching his stance on a topic during a discussion involving various sentences. What I mean is the speaker rejects something while accepting it indirectly. "...
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What is the single word that describes a person who always gossips?

What is the single word that describes a person who always gossips? (For example, telling things about others which are not true.)
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Other word for person who does something to others but does'nt like it done to them

This is a duplicate question but has still not been answered for me. I'm so close to the exact word - I know there is one out there - but the closest word I can find is a hypocrite -- a person who ...
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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 is easy to talk to

I want to convey the idea that such and such person is very easy to talk to. I know that: 'talk to-able' is not a word, obviously. I can always say, "He is very easy to talk to." But I am looking ...
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What do you call a person who craves fame and fortune?

What do you call a person who craves fame and fortune, or wants to be recognized for something?
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What does ‘Camel gets his nose under the tent’ mean?

In the article of New York Times co-ed columnist, Maureen Dowd dealing with Republicans’ objection of the repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ under the title, “Mad Men and Mad Women”, I came across an ...
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What do you call a person who is willing to be a reference for someone?

Joe asks his ex-boss Mary if she is willing to be contacted by future potential employers. What do we call Mary? "Referee" is one word used for this, but that means "sports umpire" to most people. ...
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Is there a word for someone who you've not physically met but know well?

I have met many people online, but not physically. Like a boy who's like my brother. They're no less than my real-life buddies. So I have to create a group of contacts devoted to those people only. ...
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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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What do you call a person who is constantly busy yet always willing to go the extra mile?

What do you call a person who is constantly busy with his or her workload but is willing to go the extra mile to do more than what is needed? Is hardworking good enough or is there some other better ...
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What do you call a person who mocks, ridicules makes fun of you but can't take a joke on themselves? [closed]

What do you call a person who mocks, ridicules, makes fun of you at your expense in private or public but can't take a joke on themselves. The person would get angry at the slightest hint and probably ...