Questions tagged [generic-term]

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How should I correctly write the term 'get well soon card'?

My instincts tell me that the examples below may be correct; however, I could not find in corroborating sources online. She received many 'Get Well Soon' cards. He opened the mail to find yet ...
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Working Culture vs Work Culture

I've seen both usages in articles published by reputable media like NYT and the Entrepreneurs. I've seen both being used to refer to what seems to me to be the same thing. It's so puzzling to me. An ...
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Generalization of words flats, commercial spaces, garages

There is a house. It has several flats, garages, commercial spaces and some rooms. Flats, spaces and rooms may be rented or they may be used by the owner of the house. Is there any general term that ...
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How can one include all people in one's written and spoken language irrespective of one's gender identity(s)? [closed]

I am totally in favour of including non-binary folks in my written and spoken speech, though I'm not sure exactly how I go about doing it competently without sounding like I am trying to avoid ...
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People that rejoice in others' suffering [duplicate]

I would like to know what terms can be used in English to refer to people that rejoice in other people's suffering (as opposed to empathizing with such people). What are some of the motivations that ...
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Is “Serious Node” correct? [closed]

I usually use the sentence "On a serious node". Is it correct?
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Name for the Study of Weapons, Guns, and Arms [closed]

What's the term to name the study (or science) of weapons, arms, and guns? I've come accross Ballistics, but it's limited and more mechanical term. And Military Science might be broader term. ...
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Generic term for Person or Corporation [closed]

In a financial sense, what would be a generic name for an entity that can be a single individual or a corporation that has an account such a bank or credit card account? I see the IRS calls it "person"...
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what's the complement to accessories? [closed]

The mouse and keyboard are the accessories of a computer, and the charger and headphone are the accessories of a phone. My question is: what is the generic term for a computer/phone that's the ...
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What was the ancestor of the phrase 'person X' and from where does it originate?

The phrase Person X - to mean a generic person - has been around for about 50 years: What term was used before it to denote a generic person? Was it all John Smith et al? From where does the phrase ...
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What is the opposite of “acquired taste”?

I've been breaking my head trying to find an opposite term for the phrase/expression "acquired taste". I vaguely know that "acquired taste" refers to something (a taste) that you start liking after ...
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What is a word to describe someone in another organization which you collaborate with?

So basically, if I were to say something like 'That guy working on behalf of organization x, has said that he would relay information within 3 working days', what would be a word or term for 'that guy ...
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Term for the smaller words to be ignored in a textual analysis

I am using a text analysis tool to analyse a number of academic texts. The tool provides a list of words used, and a count for each. When describing the results, I want to distinguish between the ...
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What is the opposite of generalization?

Via a quick check in the thesaurus, it returned the terms 'specific' and 'specificity'. What I have in mind is 'specificalization', but that word does not exist.
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A term for a concept formed through abstraction and from categorization?

For e.g, lets say you take the number 1, 2, 3, 4... etc. From these list of numbers, you can abstract from these ideas the concept of a number. You can't do this if you only know of the number 1, if ...
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What are people, male or female, working in a Brothel, called?

They sure are not called call girls or hookers (absolutely not!). I don't believe "call girls" because these are people working in an establishment, right there, not making calls, not that 'kind'. ...
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Is there a term to say yes to something without being committed to it?

I feel that this would be reeeally, really useful. A term that wraps up this sentence nicely would be swell: 'Yes, though as of during now till then if I think of a logically sound reason why the ...
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What term or phrase could be used to describe everything that is necessary for a successful product, except for the product itself?

I work for a company that manufactures and sells vehicles. When we talk about a product, we are talking about the vehicle itself; the physical object that the customer will own. In order to sell ...
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A town is to a county as a place is to a what? [closed]

I'm trying to find a generic term for the container of a place. E.G. a county contains a town or a country contains a state. So, what contains a place? EDIT: To add context to the question, I'm ...
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Is there a word/term for a distant acquaintance?

Let's say I know and have met a person about 2-3 times and we know each other only on first-name basis(a distant acquaintance if it is), and I am trying to contact a mutual friend(a close friend of my ...
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What is a better word than “track” for a piece of music?

"Track" came from serial media like LPs, 8-Tracks or the soundtrack of a motion picture film, or a Compact Disc. But an MP3 "file" in a player doesn't exist on a revolving disc (disk) or tape. What is ...
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“First aid kit” or “medicine box” for home use? [closed]

What term is more widespread and suitable when we speak about box with medicines you keep at home on a regular basis? Every family has such box, where you store necessary medicines, bandages, syringes ...
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If noun phrases can be genericised to ‘someone/something’, how are adjectives genericised?

Often when you look up words in a dictionary, certain sentence patterns and collocations are often given in a kind of ‘genericised’ way, where animate noun phrases are replaced by somebody and ...
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What is the generic name for a 'Yale lock'?

Yale is one of those brand names which has been around for ever. But that type of lock (not the same as a mortice lock) must have a generic name.
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Separating a Person's Profile to current and on birth

I am trying to separate a person's profile into 2 groups. 1st set is the person's on birth profile: First Name Last Name Middle Name Date of Birth Birth Place Gender 2nd set is the person's ...
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What's the proper term for “Organize by subject, with a heading”?

I've noticed that people usually organize things by Grouping things with the same subject/topic together, then Putting a short heading at the top. What's the proper English word for this kind of ...
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Generic term for a thing that is versioned [closed]

Lots of things can have versions, where a version is an updated iteration of the thing, and the more recent iteration is considered to be a replacement of the former iterations, such that at any time ...
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A generic term for both books and movies?

I need to know this for an essay I'm doing. I thinks media might work but I'm not really sure. Do you have any suggestions?
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Generic term for musical piece

Colloquially, people use "song", even though "song" has actual specific properties. What is a generic term for a musical piece? "Musical piece" is OK, but there really should be one that is a single ...
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A noun: the tool to fix neck in the neck sprain treatment

What is the tool to fix one's neck in a neck sprain treatment? It could be soft or hard, in plastic. I did a web search for neck fixture, but it turned out to be a component of a lamp.
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What is the common name/word for movies,games,songs,books etc? [closed]

English is not my main language, I am trying to find a word or a phrase (2 or 3(!) words maximum) to make a reference to these actions for an article. What is the common name for these kind of ...
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Second half of the day (4-6 p.m.)

Is there special word to describe second half of the day? For example I would like to make an appointment with a friend about 4-6 p.m. Is there general term for this or can just "afternoon" be used?
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What is the best term in (global) copywriting: “sticky tape”, “tape”, “scotch tape” or “sellotape”?

Perhaps "sticky tape" is childish? Sellotape is British? It should be general and indicate the transparent, adhesive tape. Thanks for your input.
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Generic term for someone who looks after children

I am looking for a generic term for someone who looks after children i.e. a term that would encompass: nanny baby-sitter au-pair etc. Can someone please advise?
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Another term for “Master Slave”

In technology, the "master" controls one or more devices known as the slave(s). For the novel I am writing, I prefer avoiding the connotation of Master/Slave. Is their a word, term or other phrase ...
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Company Name as Verb [duplicate]

I am looking for interesting classroom material. Google is both the name of a company and also a verb. Is there a name for this type of verb? Are there any other examples of this type of verb?
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A finger is a component of a hand, a hand is the X of a finger

I'm working with a set of relationships between things, relationships that need descriptors. John is a child of Susan, Susan is a parent of John; a parent-child relationship. Milk is a product ...
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Terms for generic forms of 3D motion on the 3 axes

Consider up & down, left & right, and back & forth. Up & down can be stated generically as "vertical". Side-to-side is "lateral". What about back & forth?
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Term for the category which contains Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, etc?

Is there a specific word or term for the group of mythical holiday characters such as Santa Claus, the Easter bunny, Cupid, etc?
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Is an automobile only a “car”?

If we go by the word, an "automobile" should be anything that can move (mobile) on its own.  The etymology section under Wikipedia suggests so.  But dictionaries, Wikipedia, etc., say that its meaning ...
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what is the name or term for someone with a faulty way of arguing?

What would be the term for some one. for example , who starts an argument by suggesting something absurd, or exaggerated - then as soon as i begin to speak OR begin to point out how obvious the ...
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Does this device to restrict access to roads have a generic name?

I'm sure we've all seen these devices which can "lock" and "unlock" vehicle entry and exit to an alley / road /etc. They consist of one or several hefty steel or concrete "pillars" less than a metre ...
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Time format “10 to 10”

Can someone tell what does this time format "10 to 10" mean? Is it 9:50 or 10:10?
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A generic term for both fast-forward and rewind modes?

I'd like to add an option to some program that would control the speed (or more exactly the delay between steps) in fast-forward or rewind modes. I don't know how to name it. If it wasn't for the ...
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General term for muggle-type terms?

Is there a general term to refer to "a semi-denigrating term used by a minority social group (not necessarily a racial group) to refer to the majority". Examples would be "muggle", "gentile", "...