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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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same number date as month number

For example, my birthday is 9/9. My brothers' birthday is 12/12. Tomorrow will be 3/3. Is there a word that describes when it is the same date as the number we use to represent the month? Please note ...
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What is the word that best describes the transformation one goes through after having an epiphany?

What is the word that best describes the transformation one goes through after having an epiphany? My girlfriend swears there is a word for this besides epiphany, transformative, revelation, etc. Is ...
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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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Is there a word that means a day's "antipode" within a year?

I notice today is September 15th, which is about 6 months after (or before) March the 15th, famously known as the Ides of March (and not much loved by Caesar). In geography, an antipode is the ...
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Ad hominem for non persons

An ad hominem argument is typically, according to Wikipedia, "a rhetorical strategy where the speaker attacks the character, motive, or some other attribute of the person making an argument ...
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Is "Flippable" a valid word? If not, what is a better alternative?

I want a word that means "something that can be flipped". Eg. "I have designed a flippable card like animation for my website." I found the word in Wiktionary, however I did not find it in any ...
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Is there a word for feeling sad at the concept of a story coming to an end?

The tone of the ending itself doesn't matter, it could be the happiest ending ever written, but the knowledge that this universe has no more stories left to tell, that you don't get to follow these ...
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I need a word like "confound," or "confuse" but with an important nuance

The word needs to mean confound or confuse, but with ignorance on the part of the confused that they are indeed, confused. We as spectators can tell they are coming to wrong conclusions based on ...
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Is there a word for a digitally infused or altered analog/traditional painting other than "mixed media?"

I am an artist and sometimes take pictures of my manually painted (analog/traditional) artworks, digitally alter them and print them to display on gallery walls. For online displays of the same ...
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Shared experience in solidarity, describe mother's act, son can't eat before surgery, she decides to fast too, in solidarity and shared experience

I want to describe a mother's act for her child, who is not allowed to eat before surgery and she chooses not to eat also, so I have thought of solidarity or support, but I want to also describe ...
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Word for doing something after 'peak' activity (e.g. retirement)

We could say that a student learns or practices, then as an employee does the activity. While the student learns, this could be considered 'ramping up' an activity. What would a corresponding verb be ...
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Word for people who live outside the city

What word would one use that applies to all those living outside of cities - not just in the suburbs but also more isolated areas in the country? I feel that the word 'citizen' implies living in a ...
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Is there a name for when instead of saying 'you' you say the name of the person you're talking to?

Let's say you're talking to Sarah and you make her upset so you say to her "I would hate to make Sarah upset." Is there a term for using 'Sarah' instead of the usual 'you' here?
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Is there a single word meaning "a repulsive or loathsome person"?

Does the English language have any words in present use that would be synonymous with the figurative sense of the now obsolete mesel, 'a repulsive or loathsome person'? I am well aware of the tons of ...
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Is there a word for the object being cloned?

I was talking to a friend about various operations around cloning digital objects and we invented the word clonee for the object being cloned. Obviously we used the word clone / clones to refer to ...
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Is there a single word for "Parts of Speech"?

Is there a word that refers to the different forms of a word, or a word's following four parts of speech—verb, adverb, noun, adjective? For example: confuse verb confusedly adverb confusion noun ...
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What is the word for discrimination based on nationality?

Discrimination based on race is racism, discrimination based on sex is sexism. However, discrimination based on nationality is not nationalism because nationalism is pride for your country. Here are ...
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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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Is there a term for an intentional, pleasing juxtaposition of elements?

I made a paper plane out of airplane documents. There's something satisfying about combinations like this, but I've never been able to locate a word that captures the concept: It has the same feeling ...
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Word for an all seeing society/government type

I'm looking for a word to mean a society or government type where everything is visible or known to everyone, similar to omniscient. For example, if everyone (including government) can see everything ...
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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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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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How do you call a person who sees his work in everywhere

How do you call that person who's so crazy about their work that they see it in everything? For example, there's a girl who's a grammar teacher. And when she reads a novel, she always explains ...
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How would you describe the sound of flesh tearing?

How do you describe flesh-tearing? Example "I reel the fishing pole back and hear [word] as a dead squirrel comes back on the end of the line."
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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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Is "strategization" a word, or is there something more correct/appropriate?

Is strategization a word? As in: We noticed flaws in their accounting department so the project will include a QuickBooks strategization. [EDIT] As @tchrist points out, this isn't the best ...
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Is there a name for those iconic wild west single-street american towns?

Is there a term that describes these (see pictures below) Used in sentence: X now serve as great tourist attractions OR X are iconic symbols of the western american frontier
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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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Specific word for social app user?

I am looking for a specific word to describe people who are active on social media apps: FB, Whatsapp, etc. The nearest word that I found while searching online is netizen. Cambridge Dictionary ...
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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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'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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What is this white round plastic container called?

What can we call this round shaped plastic container?
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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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Is there a word/phrase to describe a person "who hates someone rather than hate their views"?

Let's say there is a person called X. X is a good person, in general. He has a problematic view about something, let's say, homophobia. So, here is the conversation between Y and Z. Y: X is ...
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Type of clause question ?

No matter what they say about him, it's false. introductory phrase followed by comma and it's false. So is the whole sentence acting as the main clause in these constructions ? It's false can't ...
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Term for competition where time difference of two rounds should be zero

There is a type of competition where you walk or run (or even cycle) two rounds in a predefined course, and the purpose is to use the exact same time in both rounds. You will get a penalty equal to ...
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What's the name of the style of 3-8 lowercase letters in programming?

If you go on GitHub, so many of the project names are 3-8 lowercase letters. So many directories of those projects are 3-8 lowercase letters. In the base level directory of most unix OS's, the ...
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is there a word or phrase meaning "to falsely believe one's opinion/feedback is being considered"?

Here is an example: In a conversation, one is asked their opinion regarding a decision, but the decision has already been made—so the individual being asked is led to believe (falsely) that their ...
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Word for something that is interpreted differently depending on the observer?

In particular, an event or situation that will be interpreted differently by people with different biases/experiences/etc.? "Clinton's election loss was a [???] for the Democrats; to some, it meant ...
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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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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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