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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Are there any common informal terms for referring to corrupt politicians? [closed]

I’m Brazilian and I’m curious to know of common English expressions use to refer to corrupt politicians. Here we use the idiomatic expression ficha suja, which literally translated would be something ...
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Is calling someone 'didactic' risking offense?

As I understand it, 'didactic' is used to mean something that has the ulterior motive of teaching especially in a moral connotation and also to mean patronising, or appearing patronising. So does ...
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Is there a word for a person who believes all events - past, present and future - have all been predetermined?

Such a person believes that whatever you did or do has been predetermined by a god or another omnipotent force. It's as if free will didn't exist. e.g. "It's no use trying to discuss it with you. You ...
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What do you call a person who asks a question but leaves you in the dark as to what its about?

I have a friend who is forever asking questions but always seems to give out vague information about the question until he's pressed for it. I would like to know if there is a title that you can give ...
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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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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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How to describe an individual who always speaks in a “matter of fact” manner

I have a friend who always speaks in a very matter-of-fact manner. On numerous occasions, he has mentioned how it was "the best BLANK" he has ever had, or "the best BLANK in the city." Everything ...
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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 is a person who has a lot of unimportant ideas in his head called? [closed]

What do you call a person who has a lot of ideas, unimportant things, all at once?
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Single word for a person who makes things difficult [duplicate]

I am in search of a word that exactly means 'a difficult person of my description'. For example, suppose that I am on the lookout for a heart specialist, and I ask my friend if he is familiar with ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What would you call a person who knows nothing but will say i knew it all along (on a topic being discussed)?

What would you call a person who knows nothing on a topic being discussed but will say i knew it beforehand (probably fake a story on same lines in boasting manner) and really isn't inclined on ...
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Person who never makes excuses

How do you express a person who never makes excuses under any difficult situations? Example: When he faced difficult situations, he never backed off or never complained. He was such a _____ person....
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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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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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What is a term for someone who is just asking to be put in jail?

My friends and I are trying to think of a term that refers to someone who is just asking to be put in jail. The closest I can think of is hooligan. Is there anything closer?
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A negative person [closed]

What is the best word that I could use to describe a person that seems to attract negative situations? Every time I am around him/her, something bad always seems to happen. Is there a word to describe ...
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What is the word for a man who keeps returning for other people to abuse him?

I'm looking for a word describing a man who keeps returning to a place although people there always abuse him and say bad things to him. He keeps going back because maybe he likes to experience this ...
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Word for someone who always corrects misspellings

Is there a specific word for the type of person who always corrects misspellings? Something exact, not something like perfectionist, grammar nazi or anal. Something that describes the person, like ...
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A person who twists facts to appear infallible?

What is the correct term for a person who twists facts and provides misinterpretations in an effort to appear infallible? The kind of person who is given a simple logic puzzle, fails to solve it ...
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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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What is the term for a person who doesn't waste time?

What is an English word/expression/idiom for a "person who doesn't waste time"? Especially a person who doesn't look for excuses when she/he should be doing something productive e.g. working, ...
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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 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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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 or term for someone who likes to insult other people?

I'm wondering if there's a word or term for a person who looks for an opportunity to insult and berate other people. I'm sure you've all been there; you're using an online public forum, like Facebook,...
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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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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, elegant phrase or slang to describe doing something merely to pass the criteria? [duplicate]

For example: He's been punished to clean the floor but he just quickly skimmed it with a broom, with no actual care to how much cleaner the floor would become, and said he's done. What did he do? - ...
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Word for a computer user without administrative access/privileges

I'm looking for a suitable word to describe a computer application user, who has no administrator privileges. To contextualize this, the application relates to the management of skills/abilities ...
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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 ...
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Word for someone who overly nurtures their online image

I have a friend who sometimes removes comments from his Facebook posts that are slightly off-topic or detracting from the point of his post where the post is intended to boost his reputation and kudos ...
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Someone who only believes the parts that they want to believe but not the whole [closed]

What is a word that you would call someone if they only believe the parts of the truth that they want to believe?
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What's the word for someone who doesn't appreciate what he has and wants more?

What's the word for someone who is ungrateful/ not appreciative of the things he has but wants more lavish things? For example, instead of appreciating the little things he has in his life, someone ...