Questions tagged [is-it-a-word]

Questions about the perceived legitimacy of would-be words.

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Is '“snapshotting” a correct word? [closed]

For example, as part of the information message of some computer script: Snapshotting the file... Can we write snapshotting instead of taking the snapshot? Is it still correct? I've found an ...
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Is 'interpretating' a word? [closed]

Is 'Interpretating' a misrepresentation? I wrote interpretating in my exam. 😭 I found some examples that using interpretating. Can I use interpretating?
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What does the word “doofosity” mean?

I have already tried to look up doofosity in many dictionaries but met with no success, so I’m asking here: what is the meaning of doofosity?
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Is “whichevereth” a word? [duplicate]

Whichevereth does not appear to be listed in dictionaries. With only a few Google hits, across a selection of informal texts and snippets, it is perhaps used to indicate that the speaker does not ...
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Is “narcotraffic” a real word?

I know the meaning but does this word actually exist in English? Should I use it in a formal paper?
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Is “impurposely” a word?

I want to express the meaning of doing something without an definite purpose: is there a word impurposely? If not, which word should I use?
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Why doesn’t autocorrect software like “unauthorises”? [closed]

I was writing some documentation and trying to write a sentence that ran like this: It then unauthorises the transaction. I soon realised this wasn't a word, and it kept correcting this to ...
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can cattleguard be spelled as one word

i'm unable to find cattleguard listed as a single word anywhere, but I think it ought to be an acceptable spelling
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Is “logicalising” a valid word? [closed]

Is logicalising a valid word, if the meaning was to make something supposedly 'illogical', logical?
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Is 'unassumingly' a real word? [closed]

So I'm trying to say 'in a way that doesn't draw attention from others'. Is 'unassumingly' right word for that or what kind of adverb should I use? Thanks in advance.
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Does the word “googling” exist? [closed]

I wonder if the usage of googling is proper in the following sentence. I've done a bit of googling and review walkthroughs about this product X available in the market. I have seen this word ...
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What is the pronunciation of “ttiwdty”?

ttiwdty Not an initialism AFAIK (as far as I know) but an acronym like LASER and NATO. It's apparently trending on Urban Dictionary, although the down-votes outnumber the up-votes. It stands for The ...
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Is 'promptus' a valid word? [closed]

I did a Google:define on Promptus and think it has Latin origin. But since I don't see it in the English dictionaries, I am not sure if I can use it at all in my conversation.
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'Et viola' misspelling or inside joke?

Question Is et viola [sic](spelled like this intentionally) just a misspelling of et voila or is it an actual word, or perhaps an inside joke (not just a one-off thing)? Background Based on this ...
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Meaning of sentence with “vercingetorism” [closed]

This remark was made on an online forum. Preliminary online search was of not much help. (D)id you intend to deal with all this vercingetorism? This is certainly not a word from one of those ...

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