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, 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 ...
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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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How to describe a person who cares only about beneficial things?

I am trying to describe the following kind of person/personality: He who cares only about doing beneficial (or useful) things. Before any decision is made, he asks a question like "Will it definitely ...
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What do you call a person who works on old home movies and paper photographs?

What do you call a person who works on old home movies and paper photographs? I'm not talking about someone who operates a camera. Simply just scans, edits, and creates from photographs and old video ...
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What do you call a person who always wants to make sure about things?

A person who stops themselves to do something because they're not sure yet, so they wait for patterns or for it to recur. Basically what do you call a person who wants to make sure about things before ...
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Describe a person who brags about difficulties

I am looking for a commonly used phrase, idiom, or simile that describes people who like to talk (brag?) about their difficulties, especially self inflicted or easily avoidable ones, as if having ...
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What do you call a person who doesn't feel guilty telling lies [closed]

There are some frequently used quotes people use on Facebook which go like: "Be what you are and you shouldn't change for anybody", "Do not change to impress somebody", etc. Those quotes sound good, ...
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A word to describe coming up with new/more paths to the same destination

I am seeking for a word to describe coming up with new paths to the same destination. I'm writing about engineers who, among other things, are trying to find new ways to build/create the same things ...
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Word/phrase that describes someone that doesn't do anything without something happening [closed]

I'm looking for a word or phrase that describes someone that doesn't take action until something adverse happens. For example, this person sees a leaking pipe, but doesn't get it fixed until it ...
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Word for someone who is too empathetic (possible antonym of narcissism)

I am looking for a word describing someone who has an "unhealthy" amount of empathy to the point where it may be detrimental to their well-being. For example, on the other side of the scale, one may ...
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What do you call someone who desperately needs (or better said craves) everyone to like them?

I have this friend who is in constant search for approval - and not only from his peers, but every single person he meets. He also needs to be the center of attention.
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What do you call a person who talks about their accomplishments only? [closed]

What do you call a person who goes on and on about how great their accomplishments are?
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Is there a word or phrase for someone who strongly disapproves of smoking, drinking and gambling?

It would be used in a sentence like this: Let's not invite your Uncle Peter. He is (a) ......, you know, and he would feel very uncomfortable among our friends. I'm not looking for lists. I'm ...
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Name a person who loves to do things manually [closed]

What will you call a person who loves to do things manually rather than using any technology tools.
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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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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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One word for someone who always does what he loves [closed]

I am looking for one word to describe someone who always does what he loves. Loving means enjoying something very much, free-spirited means not restrained by convention. Is there a hybrid word? I ...
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Phrase to describe friends you can't/don't talk about difficult topics with

How could I describe friends that I only talk about fluffy topics with? Fair-weather friends is not quite what I intend here, because it implies if times got difficult the friends would leave. I'm ...
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Word that is similar to “edgy”

I'm looking for a word which describes people who are annoying because they do something new, they think that this is so cool but actually the new thing and they are silly at all. The people I want to ...
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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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What do you call someone who acts “cool-headed”?

I mean someone who acts regardless of his/her feelings, according to what's the best option. I mean tough choices where your brain dictates something but your feelings might say something else. I'm ...
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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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What is the word for individuals who unwittingly post very similar questions asking for the same words, without doing any previous research?

Many newcomers on EL&U post very similar single-word-requests, all asking for more or less the same words. The two main categories appear to be asking about verbosity and thriftiness. What is ...
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Someone believes something is going to be a certain way so they think it is? [closed]

What is the word for when someone believes something is going to be a certain way so they think it is? For example, someone's food looks good so they think it tastes amazing even though it may not? ...
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Word or phrase used to describe a person concerned with self preservation

If possible, it should also be casting a negative light on the person described. For instance: This assassin is __________ first, and opportunistic second. He primarily seeks to catch his target ...
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what's a word for someone who accuses you of something just because they're doing it themselves? [duplicate]

What's it called when someone blames you or accuses you of doing something because they're doing it themselves? For example, when your boyfriend/girlfriend is cheating on you, so they assume you're ...
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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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What's the opposite of “newcomer? Is ”veteran" OK?

Someone who has just come to a new workplace may be called a "newcomer". What about someone who has been at a workplace for a while or a long time? Does veteran mean this? I looked it up in the ...
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Is there a word for someone dodgy with tasks or chores? [duplicate]

Someone evasive when it comes to tasks. Someone not around when there are chores to do.
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Describe someone who is a specific type of annoying

(sorry for bad title, will accept edit of better one) There's a specific type of person who my friends and I find annoying, but we don't know the word(s) to describe them. The closest I can get to: ...
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Word for someone who is extremely good at one thing vs someone who is modestly skilled at many different things

Is there a word for someone who is a master of one particular weapon or martial art vs. someone who is skilled with many different weapons or martial art styles? (Maybe this can apply to skillsets in ...
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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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Noun for people/employees/coworkers who tend to say “it's not my job” when asked to do something slightly beyond their norm?

Is there a general term that describes people/employees/coworkers who tend to say "it's not my job" when asked to do something slightly beyond the responsibilities of their role? Not necessarily those ...
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What is the best word to describe someone who always anticipates things?

What is the best word to describe a person who always anticipates or thinks of future or possible things (occurrences) according to previous events; i.e., who extrapolates to the consequences of ...
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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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What's a good word to describe someone who makes messes [closed]

Preferably a word that is not specific to the mess being one of disorganization. Someone who spills things, for example, should be included.
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What do you call a person who talks about nothing but himself? [duplicate]

How to describe a person in a word who keeps mentioning about his own life story or about himself for every topic that is being conversed? Be it interesting or boring, he has the ability to pick out ...
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What's a word or short phrase for someone who knows what's going on around them

I am looking for a word that quickly describes someone who knows everything that is going on in the in the city they live in. This person does not engage in gossip concerning other people's personal ...
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Word for a person who hates India

Anglophobe is the word for a person who hates England. Oxford Dictionaries defines it as noun A person having a strong dislike of England or Britain. Is there a similar word for a person who hates ...
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Description for a person who lives in their imagination

Specifically: is there a name or description for a person who actually believes they are doing something, performing a task, work, etc., whereas in reality they are not acting on these tasks etc. at ...
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Word for someone who is hungry for power and control

What do you call someone who's running after power and is hungry of controlling everything/everyone, all the time? Somehow like a moderator Darth Vader.
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What is the word used to descibe someone who grooms someone for future personal gain?

I have a "friend" who used to socialize with me a lot and we had a lot of fun. She'd invite me over for dinner and to parties she threw. I got really close to her, or so I thought. She has a second ...
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Another way to say “A weirdo who always solve math problem” [closed]

Just like the tittle, I want to ask you guys how to say the sentence in a different way. My full sentence is "Back then, I was often seen as a weirdo who always solved math problems". That's pretty ...