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This tag is for questions about nouns. Nouns are words that refer to an entity, quality, state, action, or concept. Add this tag to single-word-requests if you are looking for a noun. Add the tag word-usage if you are asking about the usage of the noun.

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Word for someone who sleeps during the day

People are sometimes said to be a morning person or a night person. I also know that the term for something related to night is "nocturnal". Is there a specific word for a person who sleeps during ...
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Why did jazz musicians start referring to an engagement as a “gig”?

Why did jazz musicians start referring to an engagement as a "gig"? If any, could anyone provide a couple of quotations from eminent authors to show where a word was first used in this sense? gig ...
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Why is the genitive case necessary/unecessary in the examples below?

I speak English as a second language, and I ran into something this week that I couldn't explain, even though I could understand its meaning. While reading an artcle entitled "More people now ...
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Is “U.S.” in “U.S.-China trade” a noun or adjective?

In the work I am writing, I am using “United States” for noun and “U.S.” for adjective. I was a bit confused whether the U.S. in the phrase U.S.-China trade is a noun or adjective. I didn’t get ...
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Word/phrase to describe a behavioral condition where a little bit of effort kills motivation

There's a name of a psychological condition/behavior/phenomenon to describe the fact that a small increase in the difficulty of a task will prevent a person from doing the task at all. It stems from ...
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“Personal Use Program” or “Personal-Use Program”?

Help me settle a discussion on this topic. Everywhere I look, within my company's internal documents as well as documents from other companies, a "personal use" program is not hyphenated. A colleague ...
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name of colour (noun or adjective) [duplicate]

In the following statement, why don't we consider red as noun even though it is the name of a color. The apple is red.
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Is there a noun for “someone who has access”?

I'm building a data model for a computer program, and I'm in need a noun (a short compound noun is acceptable) for "someone who has access". The information will be provided as an answer to the ...
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What's a word used for someone who criticizes his country but doesn't let any foreigner criticize his country?

I noticed some people attack foreigners who say anything negative about their country, yet they themselves criticize their same country and are being negative. What's a word that describes them? ...
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Positive synonym for “skepticism”?

Hello to anyone who sees this! I'm looking for a word similar to "skepticism", but more positive. (Here, I define skepticism as the belief that we can never have certain knowledge.) Sorry if this ...
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Word for the thief's key that can unlock anything

Is there any specific word that describes or denotes a key, which helps thief to steal anything and anywhere, no matter what kind of lock there is. In a nut shell that key can unlock any locks e.g. of ...
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Is there an “-onym” for “group names of animals?”

Psuedonyms are false names. Synonyms are similar names Antonyms are opposite names. There are also aptronyms, homonymns, eponyms, demonyms, and retronyms. Is there an "-onym" that applies to ...
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Name for an electrical element to use multiple appliances on the same plug

Sorry, I don't know what is this element called in English. It is an electric power cord with multiple sockets to allow multiple appliances to be plugged into it. In Spanish it is said to be ...
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What is the term for moving an adjective from before to after the noun it describes?

I think this is a bit of an anachronism, but sometimes in nursery rhymes or songs you'll hear sentences in which an adjective describing a noun is moved to be after the noun it describes, and I was ...
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Two-word verbs described with One-word nouns

I've noticed that certain (compound?) verbs are combined into one word when the process is used as a noun. It seems to generally be processes with a preposition in them. If the noun isn't combined ...
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Using an adjective to describe something that is already intended

Is there a word that describes the case of using an adjective to describe a noun that already suggests as much? Examples the pretty model won all of the awards the smart genius answered every ...
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Use of 'advice' [duplicate]

As 'advice' is an uncountable noun, hence should not be used as plural, but I have a sentence here which has word 'advices' and marked as NO ERROR without any proper explanation. They are awaiting ...
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Name for our customer's customer?

Trying to address a business domain where we are making software that will be used by our customers to give access to their assets to their customers. What is a good name for these entities? Is ...
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What do you call that little area just inside the front door of some houses?

Some houses have a little rectangular area just inside the front door. You then walk through that little area to get into the main areas of the house. This little area is well defined with a wall on ...
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Is there a word for “people who are computer illiterate”?

Just as there is "computerate" to describe those who show familiarity with, and ability to use computers, is there a word to describe the opposite, those who are computer illiterate? The word I'm ...
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I found a reference to ‘naysmith’ in a work of science fiction. Is anybody familiar with the term?

I could not find any references to ‘naysmith’ as an actual historical term. Following is an excerpt from the book ‘Horus Rising.” ‘Then it occurs to me, Garviel, that only a weapon which questions ...
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Is there a word to describe someone who wakes up in predawn?

I'm trying to translate a poem from Persian. In the poem there is a noun that describes the person who has woken up before the dawn, way before others! It's used in a metaphorical way to describe the ...
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Why are place names in some old books a capital letter followed by dashes, and what is this phenomenon called?

This is something very odd I have noticed in some older books, most recently in "Crime and Punishment" by Dostoyevsky. Place names, when not specifically essential or well-known, are made up of one ...
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Never listens to me

What do you call it when others never listen to what I am saying or discredit my experiences and talk over me?
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One word for a curious child

What would you call (in a single word) a child that asks a lot of questions, leading you to admire that fact? (In Russian, for example, there is such a word. Is there in English?)
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What do you call a person who's not yet a customer?

I'm currently doing an Applied Business assignment based on Business Planning - we had to generate our own business idea, including creating aims and objectives for the business. I've decided for one ...
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Word for a person who wants to impose his rules everywhere or advise

My colleague has always something to advise, whatever you eat or play and he sometimes tries to dig out information from you and again advise on it. I just hate to get any feedback from him: if what I ...
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Verb used with “threshold”

I am wondering what verb collocates with threshold. I can think of verbs such as surpass, cross, pass, but I am not sure if they are correct to use here. The threshold I am referring to is not a ...
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Is “Soft Reshape” right in specific case? [closed]

I am a programmer and my native language is not English. And we have interesting question with naming. We have a command for our software that we call "reshape". This name is used widely in math and ...
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What's the difference between a proverb and an idiom? [closed]

I think I have a notion what is what but maybe you know a good definition what is what? For example "Hindsight is always 20:20" — is that a proverb or an idiom?
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“State” vs “country” as “nation”

I came across an article talking about the difference between state and country, when they mean nation, like United States of America, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and ...
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Should “index” be countable here?

I'm having trouble with the grammar of this sentence: In urban areas, the graduation index of general high school and higher education was greater than 1, while that of compulsory education and ...
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Food production techniques or technologies?

Please help me with the translation of the phrase in the title. The problem is, in Russian, which is the language I'm translating from, 'technique' and 'technology' is one and the same word. Also, I ...
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Dedicated to producing vs dedicated to the production - use of ing-form + object in place of noun

- A factory famous for the production of. . . - A factory famous for producing . . . - A farm dedicated to the cultivation of . . . - A farm dedicated to cultivating . . . - The firm focused on the ...
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What is a good epithet for someone who follows the rules regardless of good sense

'Vogon' is a good one but not if you don't have the right cultural background. "Robot" and "drone" work. Can anyone think of any more?
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What is the difference between “gender” and “sex”?

What is the difference between gender and sex? Wiktionary says that gender is The mental analog of sex but that's too high English for me. Basically, I'm developing a web-application that stores ...
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In the sentence: “<noun> count” (“count of <noun>”) should <noun> be plural or singular?

For instance, should I say: 1) "The book count is overwhelming" or 2) "(The?) Books count is overwhelming"? I am specifically interested in the version without "of" (as in brackets in the question).
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Turning 'free of charge' into a noun phrase

I am helping a PhD student who makes constant reference to an Internet application he is studying by using a string of noun phrases, specifically ...its ease of use, general applicability and free ...
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Is character a countable or an uncountable noun? [closed]

Is character a countable or uncountable noun? How to judge?
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Term or Title That Embraces the Juxtaposition of Work and Fun

I'm looking for a clever way to describe someone who likes to be positive and have fun but who is also serious about getting work done. The phrase "work hard, play hard" comes to mind, but I'm not ...
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What do you call the part of the basketball hoop that attaches the rim to the backboard?

I call it the neck. Is there a proper term?
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“View”, but for hearing

I know a lot of words, but it's driving me crazy that I can't think of one for this. I'm sure there must be one. I want to be able to say: I had not only a great view of the ocean from that room, ...
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what do you call the person who passes the trophies to the prize giver/presenter?

The person who gives out the trophies to the winners are called award presenters. So what do u call the person who passes the trophies to the presenter? Thanks!
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Should “office mate” be one word or two?

Should "office mate" be one word, in the same vein as "roommate"? I haven't been able to find any reference that addresses this.
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what do you call a place where someone thought of an idea? [closed]

I'm working on a project about structures and their historical value. I don't need this information, however, I would like to know and/or have it exposed to people that have wondered the same question....
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What are a stag's comrades called?

Before a man gets married he is referred to as the 'stag'; what are his comrades called?
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Can we call a person who loses things a “loser”?

Think > Thinker Draw > Drawer Can we call a person who loses thing a loser? Of course, I do not mean that they are not successful or failed but what should I call them?
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Rules of adding “-erlessness” to words? [closed]

I noticed some words that "er-less-ness" can be added to. like "prayerlessness" or "thinkerlessness". Is there a rule that regulate the usage?
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Correct position of adjective?

I'm confused with these 3 sentences for the adjective 'responsible' The police seem certain they will find the people responsible for the attack. The police seem certain they will find the ...
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Are river fish considered “seafood” [closed]

I am confused whether river fish can be categorised under "seafood".