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Questions tagged [single-word-requests]

This tag is for questions seeking a single word that fits a meaning. To ensure that your question is not closed as off-topic, please be specific about the intended use of the word.  YOU MUST INCLUDE A SAMPLE SENTENCE demonstrating how the word would be used.  Click on "Info" or "View Tag" and "Learn more ..." for more information. Please use the "phrase-requests" tag instead if you seek more than just a single word.

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What's the word for “to say fondly”?

Is there as word that means "to say fondly"? I've searched far and wide, but I have not located an adequate word. I would really appreciate the help. Thanks so very much. -Kelsey
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Is there an adjective form of the word “personality”?

Is "personal" the right adjective for the noun "personality" in the context of "of a type of personality" ? If personal is not the right adjective, is there another word for it.
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A single word for expressing 'Feeling like I am no one'

What single word can be used for expressing 'I feel like I am no one'? Something which fits in the context of 'I feel so small in this vast universe'.
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What is a proper word for “manner of speech”?

In the same way as the word "gait" exists to describe someone's way of walking, what is a word that means someone's manner of speech? I have looked up the question myself before, but google does not ...
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Alternatives to in the “grand scheme of things”

I'm looking for alternatives - either phrases or words, but no full sentences; something I can embed at the end of another sentence, ie: ...it didn't really matter in the grand scheme of things. ...
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What is the generic term for a thing that is being 'replied to'?

When I 'reply' to something (a person, an email, etc.), the thing I produce through the action is a 'reply' (or a 'response'). Is there a generic term (noun) for the thing that the reply/response is ...
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Is there a word to describe the process of finding your own materials and tools to produce a work?

Is there an English word that describes the process or time spent finding your own materials and/or tools to produce a work? For example, what would you call all of the following similar processes? ...
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Is there an adjective for “double standard”

"double standard" is a noun-phrase that means a set of principles that applies differently and usually more rigorously to one group of people or circumstances than to another ... I see an ...
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Single word to replace “allowed to be missing”

I want to express my knowledge about the presence of absence of something. My knowledge is divided into three different cases: I know that the thing doesn't exist. I don't know whether the thing ...
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Is “extra-departmental” a real word?

I could only find a definition on Wiktionary, making it questionable. My team is looking to title something that refers to departments outside our own, but still internal to the company. As in, "...
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A word or phrase for valuing the metric over what's being measured

As an example, let's say a company does an employee satisfaction survey and the scores come back low. Instead of addressing the complaints, they send out a memo saying that they'll start basing ...
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Adjective for something that can continue to grow versus being terminal

I am looking for a single word that can describe something that is continuing to grow. The only term that comes to mind is viral but I am looking for something different. For an example, an ...
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What would be a word between 'opposite' and 'next to?'

If you had two people sitting at ninety degrees to each other (see the attached image), they wouldn't be opposite each other, but they wouldn't be next to each other either. Is there an English word ...
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What's the opposite of “cradle-snatcher”?

If a cradle-snatcher is someone middle-aged or older who has a romantic or sexual relationship with a much younger partner. What do we call the much younger person in that relationship? What do we ...
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Translation for “buksi” (Hungarian)

"buksi" in Hungarian is an affectionate form of "head" - usually it's applied to smaller people (typically kids) and creatures with cute features (for example, a puppy or a kitten). This word is in ...
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What is a word that means both silly and scary?

To find music, my friend and I were trying to think of a word that means both silly and scary. She says that she knows she's used it before but can't remember it. Any ideas?
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A transitional word/phrase for this context?

Goodman, Jackson, and Fricker are non-contextualist. _______, the mainstream epistemology is contextualist. What transitional word or phrase should be put in the blank? The best I could come with ...
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The word/phrase for the person who makes all the profit while others are suffering?

"I hate this war." "Me too. It's bad for everyone" "But you know who is profiting from this - the coffin seller." How do I define that coffin seller in one or more words?
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Word/phrase meaning fatal blow (in an argument)

I'm searching for a word, phrase or term that means the fatal blow, something along the lines of coup de grace. However, that term has implies a merciful killing. I'm looking for something that ...
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What do you call the amount of money that is added to your bill if you don't pay on time?

In Russia we have this system where if you don't pay your bills on time, the service providers will keep adding on 1/130th (or something like that) of your debt everyday, as a form of punishment. In ...
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What is the equivalent of “euphony” when applied to writing?

In the details below, I use something to stand in for the word I am looking for. Speech may have euphony; writing may have something. For example, when writing about the relative sizes of items, I ...
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What do you call a person who take down notes using their gadgets like laptops or Smart phones?

Curiosity question though my friends called me "nerd Gadgets" because i always take down notes in class using my phone rather than the traditional pen and paper, but i think there is a better word to ...
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What do you call the land area around a pond?

Usually "shore" and "beach" are used when talking about a large body of water. But what if we talk about a pond? Is the area around it still called a beach/shore?
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If eloquent speaking is 'oratory', then eloquent writing is

As it says in the headline, looking for a word that represents "the art of writing" in the same way that 'oratory' in some sense represents the "the art of speaking". Example: She had great ...
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Opposite of “verbose”

One definition of verbose states: characterized by the use of many or too many words; wordy: a verbose report. Some (including the above link) suggest that the opposite is concise or laconic, ...
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A word like “engooden”, for converting something from negative to positive

And I don't refer to the baseball player. I was asked today for a word which would indicate the changing of something considered bad into something good. But this isn't about "improvement." This is ...
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Is there a term for when the moisture on the inside of your nose freezes when breathing in on a very cold day?

On particularly cold days, the moisture inside of one's nose freezes instantly with every inhalation. It is a peculiar sensation as if all the hairs inside your nose have been glued together. I was ...
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Enjoying something more because I know it will end

Suddenly enjoying something more because I know it's about to end/be taken away. Is there a word for this feeling? Scenario: Getting to the bottom of a bag of M&Ms, and realizing a sudden greater ...
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A word meaning to remember emotionally or sadly?

What is the word used for remembering something when the memory makes one emotional or sad? Like thinking of a beloved who is not there anymore or something that happened in the past. I looked and ...
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Unambiguous word for last in chronological order

Here's the scenario, I want to list all of a customer's appointments, ending with the "last" one, regardless of whether that was in the past or scheduled for the future. I have come up with a few ...
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What is a word for future uncertainty that may cause serious consequences?

Is there a word to describe a future uncertainty that may cause serious consequences? For example, There is a lot of uncertainties in the progress of this project. But I would like to replace "...
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Is there a word for 'to watch something change'? Specifically, observing something that is in the process of changing

I was thinking 'observe' but that doesn't necessarily imply that the thing you are observing is changing. Is there a more specific word? Ex: "I will ___ this butterfly as it emerges from its cocoon." ...
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Is “diversified” really a suitable translation for what Germans call “abwechslungsreich”?

I need a word to describe a meeting or conference or other event which was the opposite of boring due to the variation of activities there.* German language has abwechslungsreich, literally rich-of-...
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Is there a word for a person who effectively manages multiple tasks over a long period of time? [on hold]

Is there a word for a person who effectively manages multiple tasks over a long period of time? For instance, when you manage your finances, your family, your goals, etc.
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Related to peripheral vision

I've read the post, "Is there a word to convey something that is barely in your sight lines?" but I am still not satisfied. Is there a word in any language to describe the phenomenon that occurs when ...
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What do you do to the throttle on a motorcycle?

To accelerate a car, you press or push on the gas pedal. To accelerate a motorcycle, you _____ the throttle. Thanks!
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Alternative for “found something accidentally even when it was lying really close the whole time”

Let me give you an example of the situation where I would like to use this "word/phrase/idiom/expression". A friend of mine who had a laptop for 3 months now accidentally discovers that it is screen-...
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How do you call a person who prevents other from enjoying what he cannot? [on hold]

On a lighter note → A simple alternative would be: Jealous person! Please help me out with an appropriate word/usage. Thanks in advance.
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Is there any word for someone who makes many enemies?

I want to describe a historical person as someone who makes lots of enemies. His name: Alexander Hamilton. I don't want to insult him, just state the facts. Is there any word for someone who makes ...
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Word for 'update progress'

I want to name a button, in an app, that opens a window where the user can update a book's progress (in terms of pages, like 10 or 20 pages). Can someone tell a more appropriate name for that button?
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Using label printer for scholarships [on hold]

Can I use labels on a scholarship form if it can't be filled in on computer?
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What Do You Call A Text Or Comment That Is 10 Or So Lines Long?

Like, If Someone Posted A Rant Comment On A Video That Was Really Long, Or A Pointlessly Long Comment Saying "Wiggle" Or Whatever For Example Derp Derp Derp Derp Derp Derp Derp Derp Derp Derp Derp ...
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Need a single term for this circumstance [on hold]

Question: XXX Answer: to be the same as the Question without specifying "XXX" or obviously "Question" Is there a term for this circumstance? Something along the line like meta (self-referential), ...
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A word between “soon” and “far”

I'm building some scheduling software and time is represented by summary words: "very soon" "soon" "far" "very far" as in, "your work is scheduled to begin soon (1-2 months)." I need a middle ...
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Is there a single word for inference of a past state?

In many fields of science, such as population genetics or climatology, we are uncertain of past conditions but have knowledge that makes some scenarios more likely than others. We can estimate the ...
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Word/phrase/idiom for something which is no longer under technical development

I am looking for a word which describes 'technically complete' in a single word. An example usage of such a word in a phrase is: 'This product is now X but not yet commercialized'
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Another way to say “to-do list” [on hold]

Is there any synonym for to-do list without the word 'list'?
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When a reader takes on the struggles and emotions of a character in a work of fiction, what is this called? [on hold]

I'm looking for a word that describes how a reader emotes with the characters. The reader doesn't empathize with a character, instead he feels the very same emotions as the character coursing through ...
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Alternatives to y'all?

I am trying to write one of my first stories right now and I keep getting stuck on one thing. I have lived in Texas my whole life and so I am used to saying "Y'all" to refer to a group small or large. ...