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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A word to describe not caring (socially and publically) about other people's feelings

What is the word to describe someone who does not care about other people socially and publicly, that is a word or phrase which could describe behaviors such as littering, cutting in a line, talking ...
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Words or phrases of teacher of teachers

Is there any specific word or phrases to describe teacher of teachers? If not, how do I express this idea? More precisely,someone who train people to be teachers on their fields. Thank you very ...
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What do you call someone who builds fences

What do you call someone who builds fences other than maybe "fence builder"? Is there a specialized name for that - maybe even archaic? Example: A smithy smith works with metal (Correction @Chris ...
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What do you call someone who

What would you call a person who gains a sense of godlikeness, but uses their knowledge and omnipotence for what they feel is the good of others? I ask because I'm wondering what to call myself. I ...
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Is there an idiom to describe someone who grew from less than average to influential?

Is there a idiom or common expression to describe someone who used to be shy, unsocial, unskilled, or even perceived to be useless, who somehow transformed himself or herself to be influential and ...
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Noun or Adjective for someone who is good in managing resources and/or money

I am looking to describe someone who is good at keeping track of hir resource use and goods usage behaviour. This can be either for monetary currencies, but also for food, material or other ...
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Someone who uses idioms excessively

Is there a term for someone who uses idioms (e.g. right off the bat, lowest hanging fruit, living under a rock) excessively (but correctly)? To clarify the confusion in the comments: I'm referring to ...
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What would someone who has seen too much of something be called? Or is there no word for this?

Like when someone discovers something about their government that was suppose to be hidden & they get eliminated because they found out about it.
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Describe someone who chooses the worst option for doing the work

How to describe someone who chooses the worst option (way) to do their work(s)and this puts he/she in trouble. Persian speakers have an idiom for such a situation that its literal translation is ...
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What do you call someone who has been in custody as a prisoner of war?

In Persian, someone who has once been a prisoner of war and now is free and not a prisoner anymore is called "Azadeh", literally meaning liberated, free(d). What is the English equivalent for this ...
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Name for a person who is always trying to beat the system?

Someone I know is always finding a way to beat the system, for example: Getting fake records to get his children into college, contacting people in the system to find him a way to bypass waiting for ...
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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 is a word for when someone likes bodily harm done to oneself.

What word would work for someone who likes to be hurt by other people? Physically, like it may even be a turn on.
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Is there a non-compound synonym for 'ever-improving'?

Trying to find out a simpler way to refer to someone who is actively looking to grow and excel at what she is doing.
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Word that describes a clown who weakens an argument by taking a side

When there is more than one side in a debate, an argument can be weakened by someone who is seen as stupid or a joker if they are vocal about it. This invalidates your beliefs because if crazy person ...
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Is it right, or better way, to say someone “denies themselves agency”

I'm trying to express the idea of someone who consistently underestimates his own contributions or his ability to impact a situation, despite having high self esteem. This is due to seeing themselves ...
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Expressions for someone who likes doing things alone and doesn't like help

What expressions are there for someone who likes to be alone and independent? "Lone runner" is what comes to my mind, but I don't think I've really heard it, to be honest. Could anyone help?
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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 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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Term for someone who leaves a relationship after the other person buys them a bunch of stuff

I'm looking for the proper term. So there's a female. Her name is Kaylee. Knows this guy that is madly in love with her and would give anything to be with her. Well, she is struggling and needs ...
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someone who just cares and follows where his own interests to?

What do you call someone who just cares about his own interests, doesn't look people up out of love or care or to check up on them. But just feigning to do while he panders mostly indirectly to end up ...
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Word for someone who plays witness or an unbiased perspective

I need a better way to describe a witness to an event. Here is the sentence that has stumped me: Terrance had been witness to the whole event, but since he did not feel like taking over as ...
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Is there a word or phrase for someone who works hard at night and does not sleep?

All the words or phrases I know for people who stay up at night merely describe the habit of not sleeping (e.g.: a night owl or insomniac) I am looking for a word or phrase with an emphasis on ...
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someone who talks in sleep

Someone who walks in sleep is called sleep walker or somnambulist. Is there a word in English meaning somebody who talks in sleep?
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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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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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Noun for someone fun and caring and compassionate

What is a noun for a person who is nice and caring and fun to be around (a noun to refer to the person, as in "Bob is a _____".
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BrEng expressions to describe a man who is becoming stupid

I'm searching for British English expressions describing a person who starts to be stupid, crazy or foolish. I mean something like the idiom to lose one's head and epithets like: You fool! Are there ...
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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 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 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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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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What is a word for a person who thinks they are going to fail? [closed]

I need a word for someone who thinks that they won't become successful or will fail?
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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 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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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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A stronger word than “snob”

I recently stayed at a charming boarding house and had the pleasure of meeting one of the most curious people I have ever come across in my life. He was polite, and yet standoffish. He reminded me of ...
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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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Single-word synonym for a “pedantic rule-follower”?

What do you call a person who always follows the rules, at the expense of everything else? I’m thinking there’s one word that can describe this, but I can’t place it.
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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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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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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..