Questions tagged [single-word-requests]

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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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'Voluntary/Involuntary' forms of verbs expressing the 5 senses

Is there any verb to express the 'voluntary/involuntary' aspect of the sensations of Taste, Smell and Touch as there is for Sight (to look/to see) and for Hearing (to listen/to hear)? Is there a ...
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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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Is there a term for unconsciously using a wrong word when speaking because you were otherwise looking at, listening to, or thinking about that word?

As a contrived example, you might be looking at the book "1984" when someone ask you when you were born, so you answer "1984" by mistake. You do, of course, know when you were ...
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What is a very general word to describe a country exercising control over a territory?

Countries that are not independent states are often called dependencies or territories as in “French Polynesia is a devolved parliamentary dependency”. In the context in which I am using the word, it ...
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Neolog / prefix for use with bubble+ology

I want to coin a word that means the study of financial bubbles. After learning that Bubbleology is some kind of metropolitan tea beverage, my immediate hunch of "Bubbleology" lost a great ...
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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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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 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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Term for a television event that causes you to be awake during sleeping hours

Sometimes people are awake during hours that they'd normally be asleep because they're watching an event live on tv. For example, people in Australia watching the Tour de France live would be watching ...
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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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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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Word for someone who is constantly yet excessively stressed

What is a noun for someone who unduly stresses? For example, a worrywart is someone who constantly yet excessively worries. However, there is a vast difference between "stressing" and "...
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Cohorting, is it a word? if not what should I use instead

In this context, I'm trying to express that Seamus accidentally was frolicking with the enemy. I guess a better way to say it is unintentionally interacting. Domá turned to Seamus, “So let me get ...
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Fake an attack like a bully does

Sometimes after a fight when both parties have settled down, one of them will feint an attack trying to make the other flinch. I'm looking for word or phrase (a verb) that could describe that as ...
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What's a single word that means “group of branches”?

We have a system that allows users to group branches (stores/shops/outlets) of a company/franchise, but it has come to the attention of the team that not every English speaker may call them branches (...
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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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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 term can be used to express the detail at which one studies an event in history?

I am looking for a term used to describe how much in detail one is studying a historic event. For instance, if one studies a college course called "History of the World" in one semester, one ...
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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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What's a word that describes a person who reminds you of the good things they did for you

I don't know if such a word exists in the English language. In the Bisaya language of the Visayas region in the Philippines where I belong, there is a verb that describes exactly that. I can't find ...
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slang for black market food in WWII

In researching a story set in the U.S.A. during World War II, I came across a slang term for food procured through the black market (not rationing stamps). Now I can’t find where I read it. In the ...
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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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General word for the property of something that describes how full something is

I'm looking for a general word. A few examples to help illustrate: If a class has 10 spots and 4 people have registered, the class' ____ is 4. If you're filling up a container of unknown capacity ...
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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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How do you describe the feelings of being caught in an act you have previously pulled off many times?

Suppose you are planning a surprise party for someone. It was a thrilling adventure because you managed to do it under their nose, dodging their suspicious eyes many times. However, you were caught in ...
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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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Word describing the act of giving someone false confidence

I'm having trouble coming up with a word. I need to know what word describes the act of giving someone false confidence. An example would be... Someone made a batch of home brewed beer and gave it to ...
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How should I differentiate between the two meanings of “squint”?

"Squint" can mean either: partly close (one's eyes) in an attempt to see more clearly or as a reaction to strong light. or have eyes that look in different directions. Is there a way to ...
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Is it right to say “I've compensated that day that I didn't work”

What is the correct way to say that I've worked to cover some hours that I didn't work on a specific day of the week? Let's say that I work 8 hours every day, but on Monday I worked only 4, but on ...
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Is there a word “qualifiablity”, meaning measure of being qualified?

Usage: There must have been other factors beside qualifiablity that they considered?
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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 a single word for the action of causing a single small item to fall out from a sheaf of papers, as by shaking?

The single word would replace "pinching, fanning and shaking out", perhaps as: He ________ the pages, and the note or the stamp or the pen fell out. "Riffled" misses, imo, as it suggests the pages ...
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'Downwards' versus 'Downward'

I'm new here (this is my first question :D) I was memorizing a specific sentence in a passage about photography, and I accidently made a mistake of memorizing 'downward' as 'downwards'. I'm a non-...
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Phrase, idiom, expression suited for putting one's own requirement saying that it is instruction coming from someone else

Context My boss one day called me in his office and said that now i have to include tasks 3,5,6 to complete the entire assignment. Traditionally, the usual sequence of task was from 1 through 10, but ...
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Which adjective best describes a person who seeks complex ways of solving a simple problem?

What adjective would best describe someone who seeks complex solutions to simple problems? For example, one who would design the tree-swing in any other of the ways described below except the last one....
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Is there a single adjective equivalent to “oddly satisfying”?

I came across this typescale pictured below, and found the curve it makes to be quite satisfying in a way that reminded me of those "oddly satisfying" videos that go viral every now and then. It made ...

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