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Southern Dialect: Word for a time of day?

I remember reading a story somewhere that a Southerner wrote about one of his life experiences. He mentioned that in the region he lived there was a time of day that cooled off a large amount in less ...
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what you call a person living in a safe house

What would you call the person that lives in a safe house, to save them from a much worse situation, say a person seeking freedom, escaping violence. The text I am translating refers to the African ...
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Adjective that describes a person who urgently needs to to the toilet

We say hungry if someone wants to eat, thirsty if someone wants to drink and sleepy if someone wants to sleep. What's the adjective used to describe the person who has a desire to go urgently to the ...
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What to call a correction slip pasted onto a page of a book?

I have an old catalogue with new prices pasted in over the old prices. These correction slips are small, only covering the prices but leaving the rest of the page as originally published. What are ...
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Which verb is used to describe a person who is responsible and organising for doing something?

I want to use a verb to describe a person who is responsible for doing something, and the person is also the leader, organizer or initiator of doing a project or something. Checking the dictionary, ...
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Is there a word for when something's name completely fits the description or personality?

for example in a story i'm writing, there is a character named Revenge who's main goal is to get revenge. Is there a single word for that?
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How would one precisely use ‘Chinese’ without qualifiers and where ‘Sino’, ‘Cantonese’, ‘Mandarin’, etc. is not applicable?

I'm likely missing something, but I think whenever people say 'Chinese' without qualifiers, a more precise term is applicable such as 'Cantonese', 'Mandarin', 'Sino', 'Hong Kong Chinese', 'Mainland ...
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Is there a word for when you don't understand something?

Is there a word for when you don't understand something but you cannot exactly pinpoint or explain what you don't understand?
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Term for a piece of legacy software that is buggy but too much trouble to replace so you have to live with it?

I've always just called this "legacy" software, which by emphasizing that term implied (to me, at least) something that was more or less burdensome. Years ago I heard someone refer to it as &...
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What do you call it when someone exposes themselves by speaking first out of tension when addressing a group of people about a culprit?

Example: Someone in a group committed a crime or a wrong doing. No one saw them doing it it. Upon discovery of the wrong doing, everyone is brought together to bring the matter to light. The ...
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Word or phrase describing preference for written language over spoken language

What is a word or phrase describing the prioritization of or preference for written language over spoken language? Example 1: They have a [insert word/phrase here]. They continue to write their ...
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One word meaning “good wish” or “well wishing thought”?

Is there any one word in English that means a "good wish" or "well wishing thought"? For example, "It's a good wish/well wishing thought, and I hope it comes true."
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A word that includes plants and fungi, but not animals

I am working on a project which includes information about plants and fungi. It would be very helpful for me if there a word that means plants-and-fungi, but I'm not sure there is. "Flora" ...
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Word for a person that never looks back (to the past)

I'm looking for a word to describe someone that never looks to the past. Someone that never considers whether the choices they made were the right ones, someone that cares only about what is currently ...
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How do I call a word for audible equivalent of visualize?

I was looking for a word that would convey a similar meaning for "audio" as it is for "visualize." I ran into several suggestions, but as a former musician, I personally prefer the ...
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A collective word for finding community through sharing food

Looking for a word that would describe or better describe finding community amongst sharing food or finding community because of food shared.
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The opposite of bardcore

Bardcore are modern songs rewritten to sound medieval. Is there any word for the opposite, when old songs are rewritten to sound more modern?
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What to call someone who buys only certain products (e.g. vegetables) from a certain store?

I've thought of the term "selective", but this seems to suggest that he/she picks his/her products carefully. Instead, I'd like to place emphasis on the fact that he/she buys only a certain ...
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Looking for an ideological word (-ism) to say overgeneralize something

I am looking for a word, probably ending with -sm/ism but not necessarily that is to say because one attribute of someone or something is bad, then everything about this person or thing is bad. Is ...
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Is there a word for when something looks correct when wrong?

Is there a word for when something looks correct when wrong? For instance in art, drawing something that technically would be wrong in reality, but drawing it correctly actually looks wrong and ...
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Is there a word to describe names that have no meaning but take on meaning over time for example “Google”?

Sometimes we create names for things that are just meaningless identifiers, the only example that springs to mind is "Google". That "Google" originally had no meaning may be ...
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What is the word for theatre that takes multiple nights to perform the entire story?

Some plays are typically performed in installments over multiple nights for the same audience, because a single night is not adequate for the entire story to be told. What is the theatre terminology ...
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Is there a name for when you read two or more digits together rather than as a single number?

If I say 'one-one' when I mean 'eleven' or 'two-three-four' when I mean 'two hundred and thirty four,' is there an expression for reading in digits like this?
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Inverse of “Decimate” (not really a duplicate)

Historically, the word "decimate" means to "reduce/ destroy by one tenth"... i.e., a decimated army of 100 soldiers would have lost 10 soldiers. Is there a word that means the ...
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What is a noun for the level of how anthropomorphic an object is?

Consider a set of objects like the following: a cube a 3-fingered robot claw a robot hand in the general shape of a human hand a human hand Objects further down the list have more "human" ...
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What is the word for the feeling of loss that is experienced when you wake from a dream?

I seem to remember that there's a word for the feeling you get when you are having a dream thats vivid and happy, then you wake up and thats gone, its a sadness and its not necessarily fleeting. It ...
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word for value which is added or subtracted to total value of a sales invoice to round it i?

Consider I'm going to a shop and want to buy some stuff which costs 1.97$. Some shops round this value to 2.0$ for the sake of ease in payment by cash/coins. What is this 3 cents(0.03$) is called in ...
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What single word reflects the feelings/emotions behind “smh”?

What single word describes how one feels when another person says something that doesn’t make sense? I’ve often seen people use shaking my head or scratching my head (“smh”) online. I’m wondering ...
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Is there an adjective for “opportunistic” that lacks its connotation of amorality?

A real life example might be that when a flight attendant asks this type of person whether they want pretzels or crackers, they ask if they can have both. If they can't, it's no problem. They just ...
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Term for 'Do not worry about what you cannot control'

I am looking for a word or term [English or another language] that summarizes the concept: 'Do not worry about what you cannot control, only worry about what you can control' Thanks!
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Word for incredible sadness that almost overpowers the joy from the same event?

I had a dream about my oldet son's upcoming high school graduation. It devolved into me counting a large soda-cupfull of coins to pay for slices of cake and I woke up in tears for having wasted so ...
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Translation for German word “Kür” as in “Pflicht und Kür”

I am trying to find a crisp translation of the German phrase "Pflicht und Kür. deepl.com yields "Duty and freestyle" as translation for "Pflicht und Kür" which irritated me. In my (business) context "...
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Is there a term for when we're okay with criticism from “one of our own.”

If you think about within a family, for example, everyone might talk very negatively with a specific criticism about a certain family member and all is good. But then the moment that family member's ...
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What is another way to express something that is idempotent?

I understand the word "idempotent" to describe an action where the second time that action is applied, it has no additional effect. In other words, redundant operations have no effect. The first ...
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What is the word for students under the same advisor

I'd like to know what is the word to describe students under the same advisor in graduate program, e.g. PhD program. Normally, students in the same department who attend the same classes are called ...
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Is there a verb (or group of verbs) to describe someone saying “hmm”?

I'm looking for a verb to replace someone uttering "hmm" or "mmh" or any of its variations. I found this related question (The origin of 'hmm') that hints that "hum&...
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I am looking for a word to represent a mechanism for uniting similar, yet potentially disparate, operations

In my workplace, I am trying to align multiple teams toward a common goal. Today, we may be doing very similar functions, but with a tilt towards what each unit can directly control, as well as ...
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What do you call a fire panel with tools?

In Russia we have these "fire panels": So, they have tools like a bucket and a spade, so you can dig up some sand with the spade in the summer and extinguish the fire with it. Or in winter you can ...
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What is the word that means there is a difference in import of the same words when the exact same words are spoken by a different person

I have come across this word in a book; it gives the example: If a layman says “I now pronounce you man and wife,” it doesn't make the couple husband and wife. But when the same words are ...
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Is there a word for “unable to communicate with”?

As in if you learn a language, then you're now able to speak with someone that you otherwise wouldn't be able to communicate with. I'm writing a paper and that word as an adjective would be very ...
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Is there a term for a recipe inside a recipe?

Many recipes often have a "sub-recipe" inside of them. Such as a cake recipe having a separate section for the icing. Other recipes will have a sub-recipe for the sauce. Is there a formal cooking term ...
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Synonym for “follow-up” meaning the most experienced waiter as a noun

I used to work for a restaurant that had waiter teams. There were three roles: Aid, Lead, and Follow-up. The Aid was basically the busboy. The Lead greeted the customers, took the drink orders, got ...
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How can I counteract the meaning of “only” changing due to verb modifier?

How can I counteract the meaning of "only" changing due to verb modifier? "Only" has a different meaning if there is a modifier to the verb. I want to make "I only strive towards success," mean the ...
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Digital imitation of an analog aesthetic

There is a word that refers to the aesthetic of a digital representation, imitation, or emulation of an analog device or its components. Such as an analog clock displayed on a digital screen. Apple ...
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What nouns describe the relationship between tiers?

For example, in the majority of football (soccer) leagues, you'll have a number of tiers such as the first division, second division, third, etc. At the end of each season the few top teams in the ...
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A thing whose name is hard to track down

Is there a word/phrase for a thing whose name is hard to track down? Sometimes there is a concept which I believe must have a name, but I can't find that name; it's hard to track down ; I don't know ...
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Word meaning anthropomorphize, but specifically regarding sexual characteristics?

To anthropomorphize is "to attribute human personality or form to things not human." [Merriam-Webster] Is there a word that means "to attribute human sexual traits to things not human?" Think Bugs ...
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List of, or name for, words with distinct meanings?

Let me explain my question. The word "run" has quite a few meanings but a large number has to do with the main meaning, whether we talk of journey or water running or running into another person, etc....
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Is there a word for the fear that one might be a hypochondriac?

This seems like a fundamental thing that would have a word for it—oftentimes one worries about a health condition, but then one is afraid to get it looked into as one is afraid of being a ...
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Antonym for “infix” (“outfix”?)

infix: implant or insert firmly in something, as in the particles of mercury will infix themselves in the structure of the other metal How about the opposite? Is there something called outfix? I.e. ...

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