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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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Word for the sensation of reading a word on a page without knowing where it is

I frequently experience the phenomenon of turning a page in a book or flipping a slide in a slideshow, and my eyes catching a single word on the page without me consciously knowing where the word is --...
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What is the equivalent word to oenology for the study of, knowledge of or expertise in alcoholic drinks and making them?

Apologies in advance, I am no linguist and don't know the proper terminology for things. I am looking for a collective word to describe someone who is interested in alcohol, makes cocktails, brews, ...
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Is there a "-nym" word for kinship terms?

... or do we just say "kinship terms" or "family relationship terms" or something like that? In English we have for example "aunt" and "uncle" meaning "...
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What is the term for belief that economic outcomes are entirely deserved?

What is the name of the ideology that posits everyone's individual financial position (and the societal distribution of economic inequality) is already entirely justified, that is, individually earned ...
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Antonyms and opposites

Is there an antonym for the verb besiege? asked for an “opposite” for the word besiege, with answers like occupy, barricade, where the person doing the barricading is inside the barrier, defending his ...
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What do you call a person who's limited to contemporary ideas and practices?

Someone who doesn't have any appreciation for the past and clings to modernity, or to the current, the way a bigot clings to the outdated. Trendites or hipsters wouldn't quite cut it any more than ...
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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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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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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 word to describe being the only one privy to the truth

Imagine that you are in a situation where you can tell that someone is putting on an act in a desperate attempt to win everyone's sympathy, but only you can see through the act. You observe your ...
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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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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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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 when you don't understand something?

Is there a word or idiom for when you don't understand something but you cannot exactly pinpoint or explain precisely what you don't understand? Not to understand a word just for usage but to ...
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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 "give good news about the future"?

Some languages I know have separate verbs for giving good news and giving bad news about the future. In English, we have a word that works fine for giving bad news of the future: warn. You warn about ...
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If gossip is always negative, what is the correct positive word?

With the concept in philosophy of shame in the negative, and positive, what would gossip in the positive be called? As an example: I just found out that they were dating. (A factual statement being ...
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What is a word or phrase for "feeling gleeful for myself but feeling pity for you?"

I see this most often with people who've owned houses for a long time, talking to young people who are seeking to buy. They have a sense of scarcely controlled glee for themselves as they describe how ...
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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 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 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 that's vivid and happy, then you wake up and that's gone, it's a sadness and it's not necessarily fleeting. ...
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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 is a good way to describe someone falling and feeling the strong wind pushing them down?

I screamed. My whole body was falling down in complete darkness. I could feel the strong wind pushing me down. I had my eyes opened for a while but closed them, feeling no use in having them opened ...
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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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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 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 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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Is there a word for the victim of a broken promise

Related question: Is there a word for a "promise breaker"? I want to refer to the victim of a broken promise. A quick search online led me to believe that promisee is an acceptable word but it sounds ...
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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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word for compliance/integrity

I'm trying to remember a word from a company name, it's about integrity/stringency/risk assessment and making sure that activities comply with regulations and health and safety. The company does risk ...
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Which word describes 'keeping one's hand on another's shoulder'

We know that friends generally walk by keeping one's hand on their friend's shoulders. Is there any single word that has the same meaning as 'keeping one's hand on another's shoulder?
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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 meaning 'playing politics' when the context isn't politics?

Here's what I'm trying to write: The single thing I would say would make the book better, would to make it a lot shorter. Shorten all the sentences, and eliminate the cruft. I think the book ...
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