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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What's a word that describes a person who reminds you of the good things they did for you

I don't know if such a word exists in the English language. In the Bisaya language of the Visayas region in the Philippines where I belong, there is a verb that describes exactly that. I can't find ...
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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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What's the word for “someone that doesn't know something but pretends to know it?” [closed]

This guy thinks a person is arrogant when he knows nothing about that person and just telling everyone about how arrogant that guy is. So what is the term for this kind of person?
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A word to describe somebody with smartphone-only tech skills

I'm stuck finding a word to use for somebody who thinks he has tech skills because he can use the latest trendy mobile apps, though in fact he knows nothing about technology (e.g. how an app is made: ...
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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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What is an adjective for genuinely thinking oneself as skillful or knowing a lot about a particular subject but is actually inexperienced?

What is an adjective for genuinely thinking oneself as skillful or knowing a lot about a particular subject but is actually inexperienced? Example: Jack thought knew a lot in this area, but he ...
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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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What is a saying for someone who does good in the street, but is bad at home?

In Spanish there is this saying "Candil de la calle, oscuridad de tu casa". Which is basically said to people who do good outside, e.g. at work or school, but does nothing good at home for his or her ...
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The term for a person who “re-joins” an organisation

I'm looking for a term (or terms) to describe a person who leaves a group (or organisation), and then later re-joins. Something like a "re-joiner" perhaps? For example, a "leaver" is someone who ...
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What do you call someone who gives little time to complete work?

What do you call someone who gives little time to complete work? For example, a teacher who asks for a submission on a difficult project within just a few days. Example sentence: That teacher is ...
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Is there a word that means “someone that was betrayed”

There's a word for someone that betrays, eg. the traitor and I wondered, is there a specific, single english word that means, "someone that was a victim of a betrayal"? So something that isn't broad ...
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Looking for a word for a coward who claims credit for the heroic acts of others

Someone who doesn't do anything required or expected but takes credit for having performed heroic deeds. I have considered 'cowardly', but it doesn't convey the complete meaning. An example ...
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Is there a word for someone who hates computers?

If a computerphile loves computers then is there a word for someone who hates them? I've been trying to think how the prefix 'miso' might be used, e.g. misogynist vs philogynist, but haven't come up ...
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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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Someone who buys a lot of books but barely reads them

What do English speakers call a person who loves to buy and collect a lot of books, but does not often read them? When purchasing the books, the person might hope to learn new things from the book ...
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A word for someone who gets scared easily

I have looked online and most websites reference words such as cowardly and spooked. Those however don't seem to reflect what I am looking for. I am looking for a simple word to call someone who ...
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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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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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Term for a person who disagrees but says the same thing

I am not sure whether there's a clinical term for it but if you can help me find the closest term for such behaviour I can do some research on it. What do you call a person that disagrees with your ...
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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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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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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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Adjective for someone who knows their limits

I am looking for adjectives for describing a person who knows their limits, what they are capable of and what not, knows their weak and strong points. Usage example: When you are going through a new ...
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Words describing people that cannot stop talking

What words can be used to describe someone who likes to talk continuously and unstoppably? Would that be a gabber? What else could you call them? How do these words relate to the way the person is ...
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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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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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What do you call someone who shoots fireworks professionally?

What is the name of the occupation for someone whose job it is to set up a fireworks display, fire it off for an event such as July 4th, and then tear it down? I have informally heard them called "...
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Is there any word for a person who moves frequently between two extremes in everything

Is there any word for a person who moves frequently between two extremes in everything? For example, sometimes he eats too much and sometimes too little, or sometimes won't stop talking and sometimes ...
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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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Is there a word or phrase for someone who displays excessive prudishness in speech and behaviour?

Perhaps an endangered species in the 21st century, such a person will tend to use euphemisms for bodily functions and sex, instead of what they consider "indelicate words". I'm looking for a noun or ...
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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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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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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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Word for someone preferring homeopathic treatments to western medicine

Similar to an anti-vaccinationist, I'm looking for a word that means someone who prefers homeopathic treatments instead of prescription drugs or refuses (or even simply distrusts) medical treatment ...
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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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Word to Describe Exploitation of Elderly

I am looking for a word(s) that describes someone who deceives/takes advantage of an old person to get that old person to name him as his caretaker, POA, successor trustee of his trust, etc. Sample ...
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Word for someone who feels that they deserve all the bad things that have happened to them

Question is in the title, basically. Recently I was talking to a friend who feels like they deserve anything bad that happens to them. I thought this would fall under self-pity, but the person isn't ...
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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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Word for someone who knows the rules?

I would like to know a word to describe someone who is well-versed in the rules of a game, sport, activity, etc.?
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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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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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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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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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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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What is the name/title for someone who generates ideas?

what is the name/title for someone who generates ideas? Here idea refers to things like: Doing a project together Something can be done Something is possible Someone can try something Something can ...

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