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Co-Founder, Co-founder, or cofounder?

I've seen all three used and there doesn't seem to be a definitive one that I can find. I'm hedging towards Co-Founder as it's a title, but any clarity would be appreciated. Edit If it makes it any ...
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What is a shop called that sells music CDs?

What is a shop called that sells music CDs (American English)? Such shops also offer some classic or traditional music on other forms of media — vinyl or cassettes. However they do not sell music ...
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Understanding U.S. President capitalization

I was taught at an early age in the USA that when we write about our President, we are supposed to capitalize the title in order to signify that it's on the federal level. Is it correct to always do ...
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What is the name of the profession of car body repairing

I am getting stuck finding the English word for "The person whose profession is to repair a car's body", for example removing the rust and painting the car.
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What is the name for a person who raises turkeys?

Some agricultural professions have specific names assigned to them. For example, a person who raises sheep is a shepherd and a person who raises cattle is a rancher. What would a person who raises ...
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What's the word for a person who can read lines on a forehead?

Is there a word for a person who can read lines on a forehead? In India, some people can read forehead lines and claim to tell you your future.
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What do you call a woman who is crafty, employs ingenuity in a general range of things like sewing, baking, paper crafts, etc

I'm trying to find a noun that embodies a range of crafty skills. This word would ideally follow my adjective "craftiest" and would describe someone (typically a woman) who could be seen as someone ...
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What is the professional title of a messenger-bird-keeper?

I'm creating a history/fantasy story containing carrier pigeons or other messenger birds. Historically, as far as I understand it, certain people professionally trained and kept carrier pigeons or ...
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How old is the term “child minder”?

I was interested in finding out when the term child minder was first used.
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Interjection said to a fisherman/angler for good luck

In some other languages, there are interjections said to a fisherman (especially to an angler) for good luck, other than "good luck!" itself. Is there any in English too? I suppose, "good luck" is a ...
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Council, man, woman, or member? [closed]

If a board is called a Council, and those on it are now called Council Members rather than Councilmen and Councilwomen for the purpose of gender neutrality, please explain if there is a difference ...
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What's the word for someone who studies partial differential equations?

Mathematics has many words for the people who specialise in particular subdisciplines: geometers, who study geometry algebraists, who study algebra combinatorialists, who study combinatorics ...
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Whats the difference between “-ist” and “-er”

The suffixes -ist, and -er are added to a base word to name a person who does an action: pitch, pitcher. Some more examples: carpenter artist painter nationalist banker dentist ...
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What's a good way to describe the professional occupation of someone who is a street hustler, without using derogatory terms?

I am filling in a form for someone who basically does a variety of odd jobs to make a living, including reselling items, but "Sales" is not really an accurate way to describe their occupation. I am ...
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Is there a specific word for pen maker? [closed]

I have searched but all I can find is "pen maker" for someone who makes pens. Is there an alternative like "cobbler" for someone who makes shoes?
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Noun opposite of a theoretician?

What do you call someone who is concerned with / active in practice and application rather than theory? That is, what is the noun opposite of "theoretician"? I've looked on thesaurus.com, WordHippo....
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Is there a word for a group of software programmers?

We call a group of musicians an orchestra. In the same way, what would we call a group of programmers?
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What do you call someone who studies Russia?

This is my first post and I was wondering what do you call someone who studies Russia For a living like has an academic researcher or Scholar. A sentence would be I work has a -word-. Thanks in ...
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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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How does a “research scientist” differ from a “scientist”?

I have seen the term research scientist in several job descriptions. Does the qualifier research distinguish a special kind of scientific role, or is this actually a redundant phrase? How can you work ...
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Is there a difference between a maker and a builder?

I have a German degree "Cembalo- und Klavierbauer". This degree is given to persons that are capable of designing, drawing, constructing, building, repairing, restoring, regulating and tuning of a ...
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What's another way to say “problem area”?

Looking for some powerful, formal words with a slight negative connotation for a resume/performance assessment. The general context pertains to computer software development. These aren't my problem ...
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Do we have other professions other than astronauts who are named based on the country the work for?

The other day I was reading an article and came across the word: taikonaut, which Wiktionary defines as: Noun taikonaut (plural taikonauts) A person who travels in space for the Chinese ...
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Word for the thing on the picture

I cant find what that thing is called if at all there is a word for that. Does anyone know what it is? This is some sort of load lifting device. Slings go in between the plates and well, there is a ...
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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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Should “head teacher” be capitalized, when it's not really anyone's occupation

Basically I want to say from my head teacher, but his occupation is not really that; should it still be capitalized?
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How to politely decline to take someone's help? [closed]

So I was looking to take someone's professional service and he offered me a quote. It was too high. So I declined it. Then he offered to give me some unofficial service as a courtesy. All of this ...
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Word for a far-out archivist? [closed]

Jesus was a carpenter. According to some sources, when his dad couldn't fit a board for a bed, the young Jesus just stretched them to make them the same length. Still, he is called a carpenter. If ...
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Health inspector

Is there a term for the person who goes to restaurants and checks if anything is wrong? This person does not introduce himself at first. He eats food and sees the restaurant, and if the restaurant ...
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Job title spelling

I have a question regarding my job position and its spelling - I develop mobile apps, what would be the correct spelling of my job position to put on my LinkedIn page: Mobile Application Developer ...
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cake as countable noun [closed]

I’ve always had trouble with noncountable nouns. I understand that cake, bread, food can be either noncountable and noncountable depending on the context. I’m writing about different professions and ...
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As a nurse Jane Doe once said / As nurse Jane Doe once said? [closed]

I am having difficulties deciding whether to use an indefinite article when quoting a person with their job mentioned as per the title. As nurse Jane Doe once said: ... or As a nurse Jane Doe once ...
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Looking for a gender neutral equivalent for “dairyman”

What would be the gender-neutral version of the term "dairyman"?
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Term for calling a non-programmer who has an effective, important role in a project [closed]

What is the official term (within a (software) project organization) for calling someone who is not a programmer however (s)he plans the nuts and bolts of the system, it goals, challenges and ...
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What do you call somebody who has a profession of answering questions in an on-line question-answer site such as StackExchange?

How would you present your employment if you are working for a question and answer website like StackExchange (employer) and your job is to answer questions in a specific subject like Physics?
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What is the profession of adding special effects to a video called?

What is the profession of adding special effects to a video called? Using programs like Adobe After Effects, for example. I am looking for a name other than video editor since in my ...
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What to call a graduate in Engineering Physics? [closed]

What to call a graduate in Engineering Physics based on the academic background, and why is it called Engineering Physics and no Physical Engineer (like mechanical/electrical engineering)? https://...
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Who is entitled to call themself a 'futurist'?

I've read the term being described to many inventors. e.g. Ray Kurzweil . Is anyone who discusses futuristic technology or hypothesises the future, a futurist?
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Professional way to state the purpose of a letter [closed]

I'm writing a letter to a professor. It is my intention to state the purpose of the letter in the prescript, such as: This is about project FOO you assigned on date BAR. But I think this would ...
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Another term for “middle to upper management”?

I'm trying to express a vocational range of experience. Can anyone conceive of an alternative way of articulating the following: Middle to upper management. I conducted a browser search but this ...
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The equivalent of baccalauréat diploma for the Anglo-American educational system

In professional life, it is necessary to know the English way of expressing your level of education. As you know, the baccalauréat is the diploma awarded to those finishing their secondary education. ...
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What to call an “online illustrator”? [closed]

Is there a term to refer to an illustrator who mainly posts his or her works online? I mean, a lot of illustrators started out this way, so I am curious if there's a term that we can use to refer to ...
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Is this a proper use of “diagnostician”?

Just a touch of background, this is for a button label in a piece of software. A user presses the button in order to choose the type/specialty of the health care provider that diagnosed them with an ...
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Name of a programmer of a quantum computer? [closed]

What is the quantum computing specific term for a "computer programmer?"
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I'm writing an email to an investor. Please help me to improve my sentences [closed]

I am sending a detailed document about our idea, as requested by an investor. Are the sentences correct? Do they need any improvement? As per our conversation yesterday, I am sending you a detailed ...
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Word cluster for jobs where people perform the functions of

What are the words for jobs where people perform the following functions : Classifying things, cataloguing things, annotating things, organizing things. I thought of things like : natural historian,...
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Differences between servant, maid, page, and attendant [closed]

In an airplane, the lady attending you is known as the attendant, besides sometimes being called a stewardess or air hostess. What does she do? Just serve you. Then what is that my maid does? ...
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What does title “Cost Effective Web Design” signify in English? [closed]

When addressing on search engines or even writing an email about a business query for a cheap web designer does the statement pass on the message clearly "Cost Effective Web Design" or Should I use a ...
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When to capitalize a registered profession?

I understand the rule to capitalize a profession (i.e. job title) when it is precedes a name, as in President John Doe... but what if we are talking about titles in general. I am working on a ...
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Addressing women with “Sir” [duplicate]

In movies, mostly around military personnel, female officers are sometimes addressed as "Sir" (Sometimes also followed by a "Um, ma'am, sorry..."). What would be the correct usage here if not using ...