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Is there a single word (or a short phrase) meaning "to be used both in the UK and in the US"

I'm looking for a word that is the 'opposite' of American/British English. Is there a word such that The word X is ???? = The word X is used both in the UK and in the US. One possibility is region-...
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How to refer to this nose trait?

Is there a term to refer to a ridge that runs across the bridge of the nose that some people have? E.g: Ideally it should be a more simple word rather than an anatomical term Example sentences: "...
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A word encompassing both extraploation and interpolation?

Interpolation is predicting values within a range of data. Extrapolation is predicting values outside a range of data. Is there a word that encompasses both meanings, such that I could use it to refer ...
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What is a term to describe "attempting to refute?"

Is there any way of describing the attempt of refute rather than just saying refuting? In conjunction, I would usually just further elaborate upon the verb with more descriptors and/or visualization, ...
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Is there a word or phrase for when people share a way of thinking?

I’m looking for a word of phrase that describes when two people have not only similar perspectives, but come to those perspectives the same ways. Where their value system and thought processes are so ...
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What do you call it when someone's really pushing it?

In Iraqi Arabic, when someone is bothering you or hassling you continuously and you reach that level where you can't handle it (like when they begin insulting you), you literally say to them (in ...
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A word for not just optional but usually not done

Is there a word for a sort of "Even more optional than optional" - i.e. If an action is optional, you can choose not to do it if you want. However, is there a word which emphasises that not ...
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What do you call the other class of the same year and its students?

In a school that has more than one class for each (or most) grade(s), for example, 5A and 5B for 5th grade, what do you call the other (not yours) class and its students? In Russian, it's literally a ...
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In Persian there is word for "A smile that taste bitter"; is there a word for it in English? [duplicate]

In Persian we have a word to describe this conflicting state: "facing a situation that makes one smile even though it's not a good situation, and it might even have negative effect on them." ...
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What is the word for opposite of action

What is the antonym of "action," with the connotation an action one decide not to take when he should have done, as in: You are responsible for your actions and inactions. Does the word &...
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Academic word that means "ghost lover" (one who loves ghosts)

I'm not aware of a commonly used word to mean, exactly, "one who loves ghosts." Then again, the situation doesn't often present itself, so perhaps we should remain open minded enough to ...
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What is a night equivalent for words referring to day parts?

I'm looking for exact equivalents for words like Morning, Afternoon, and Evening. I'm on a graveyard shift and I dislike specifying the actual hour, plus it makes greetings weird. Currently I just use ...
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Creation in a Biblical sense of producing material out of nothing

Is there a word, phrase or idiom that means creation, in a Biblical sense of producing material, out of nothing? Example; In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Is there no concise ...
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Is there a word other than "grave" for a burial place?

Is there a term which means specifically "hole in the ground in which one might expect to find a dead body"? I'm looking for a word parallel to "tomb" or "sarcophagous" ...
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Is there a single word that means "type of damage"?

If something burns, it might have "fire damage." If something has been immersed in water, it might have "water damage." If something is smashed or cut, it might have "physical ...
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Word for a path that already exists made by others of an archtype?

I'm looking for a word here; the word for what the user made path is... Let me tell you a story...a story about users... When I was in college; there was a well trampled bit of grass next to the ...
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Using a sequence of synonyms for emphasis – is there a special term for that in English?

I stumbled upon the Irish term carnadh comhchiallach recently, defined as ... A stylistic trick in which words with the same meaning, or almost the same meaning, are put together in a sequence, e.g. ...
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What do we call a person who never intentionally ignores others and always acknowledge other's actions or gestures and value them?

I am not getting a perfect word for this type of person. First I thought that 'Considerate' will be the right word but then I found that being considerate doesn't mean to acknowledge the other's ...
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What's a word for feeling or being invisible (maybe in person or socially) but obviously or physically there

I'm not good at describing stuff, so I'm sorry. But is there a word that means something like feeling socially invisible yet you're not really? Like being invisible to other people despite being ...
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Can I use "prone" in (1), if can't, why? [closed]

I'm wondering if I could use the word "prone" in this sentence. If not, is there any reasoning to back it up?
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Is there a word to describe words that sound similar. but which are to0 distinct to be homonyms?

Is there a word, phrase, or other descriptor, that describes two or more words that have a similar - but very specifically not identical - sound to each other, but which have different meanings? ...
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What is the associated verb for a civil partnership?

“My friends are getting married [at their wedding].” “My friends are getting _________ [at their civil partnership].” What is the correct verb? United? Partnered? Unionised? There doesn’t seem to be ...
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What is the word for (style of) answering a question/problem with a question to "deflect" answering the original question back?

See also: Is there a word for answering a question with a question? Looking specifically for the type of question, style or technique that shifts the responsibility for finding the solution for the ...
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what is a general region in the ocean called?

Is there a general term for a region in the ocean like the Bermuda Triangle? Like, on land, we call a stretch of land or strip of land. Is a stretch of water correct? Edit: Just to clarify: I am ...
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Is there an adjective that describes something that is characterized by being made of points? [closed]

I want to describe a simple diagram which is characterized by having nine points. I want to compare it with a more artistic representation of the same idea. Is there a word in English that describes ...
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What is the word for when somebody does not stop somebody else from doing something? [duplicate]

The action that the person is doing can be illegal. I was thinking of using the word "perpetrator" but I'm not sure as the definitions that i have seen online only use it as the act of doing ...
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What is this grid with diagonal lines called besides a "rule", "grid", "squares with 4 lines of symmetry"? [closed]

What is this grid with diagonal lines called? And not just 'rule', 'grid', or 'squares with 4 lines of symmetry'.
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What is the word for something being called something incorrectly, based on its appearance?

My example is a plate of food that looks like cookies, but are actually savory and tomato-basil flavored. Supposing that it's agreed that calling them "cookies" is incorrect (maybe debatable ...
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Is there a word or phrase for an 'unwanted favor'? [duplicate]

When I give advice to someone and s/he does not need it, is there a word to describe the advice? More generally, is there a word that refers to an act that is meant as a favor but is not received as ...
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Ways to Say "Forcibly Inducted"

As a combatant, your family's safety is threatened by your captors. "Return to your platoon as a spy for us, and your family's lives will be spared." You accept the terms with steadfast ...
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What's A Pejorative Term For A Man Whose Mother Was In A Harem? [closed]

It's for a fictional novel, but in modern reality. Like, "damn your parents didn't see each other equals?" But that intent for any existing word on the topic with a different etymology could ...
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Is there a generic term like people that would be inclusive of alien races without sounding exclusive to humans?

I am a science fiction writer and am working on a novel that contains both humans and aliens. I am finding it difficult to verbalize a container for a group that includes both aliens and humans, ...
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The word for text appearing word by word

What's the word to describe the fact that some text starts appearing gradually word by word e.g. in the response given by ChatGPT?
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What is a word for battery "longevity"?

I do NOT mean battery "life" which is how long a battery holds charge. Battery life is usually like 12-24 hours. The word I'm seeking refers to the time you can use the battery daily until ...
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Is there a word for a story that you can put into a different context with it retaining its original message/meaning?

An example is in the play Death and the Maiden by Ariel Dorfman, he states at the beginning that one could imagine the play taking place in Chile after the Pinochet dictatorship, but that you could ...
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People who frequently travel in planes are called…?

What do you call people who travel in a plane? I know "passenger" is appropriate but that is also true for travelling in taxis, trains, ships, and buses. Also, a passenger suggests someone ...
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What's the name of the room where you watch a movie inside the movie theater?

In Portuguese we call "Rooms" the places inside the movie theater where we actually watch the movie. What are they called in English? I searched, even in movie tickets, but only found "...
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What's a word that would describe "Technical Aptitude" as an "attribute"

I'm trying to define a list of attributes that are scorable, such as "Intelligence", "Charisma", etc. One of these attributes would represent "Technical Aptitude". That ...
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I need a word for the atmosphere between two people

I am looking for a word, preferably a noun, to describe the space created between two people depending on their relationship. Similar to the concept of multiplicity, where two or three people singing ...
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Any alternative to 'function' or 'functionality'? [closed]

Any device, tool, machine has a number of tasks they are designed to perform. Only term I have to fit aptly describe their ability to perform a task is 'function'. There is also 'feature' but except ...
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What is a word for an engraving-like marking that can arise on an object during manufacture?

There is a bow. It is designed with a special feature. And in the process of adding that special feature, it had gained a special pattern on its surface. What is a term that describes this pattern? It ...
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What is the person who collects money after a performance is called?

In any performance, whether it be a street performance, circus, cabaret etc., what do you call the person who goes around collecting money or tips from the audience? Do different type of performances ...
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What is a religious object used in pilgrimage called? [duplicate]

Character in the story has an object that he is supposed to take to a holy place. The object is central to his pilgrimage. Is there a term in English for such an object. Just to clarify, it is not a ...
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What verb and subjective fits for synaptic current? [closed]

From Wikipedia's entry for Synapse: In the nervous system, a synapse is a structure that permits a neuron (or nerve cell) to pass an electrical or chemical signal to another neuron or to the target ...
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A Ghost Town (but NOT)

I'm looking to describe (in one word/phrase) the concept of a town losing its economic popularity. Shops closing due to higher business rates. Traffic levels reducing due to lack of employment/poor ...
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Word for 'falsely harmful?'

While attempting to complete this quadrant contrasting/combining the meanings shown, I was unable to recognize a word that means, Falsely Harmful. There is no implied intentionality or morality here; ...
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What is the term for look that asks for thinking? And the question that incites thinking?

Imagine this scenario. Two people are having a conversation in which one is trying to explain something to the other. During the course of conversation, the exponent asks the other person a question ...
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What is an over the shoulder fanny pack called?

A fanny pack (a.k.a. a "bumbag") is a small pouch, usually sealed by a zipper, with an attached belt, meant to be worn around one's waist, an example of which appears below. A fanny pack ...
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Term for a single piece of jargon

I believe there’s a three-word phrase that means “a specific piece of jargon, used in a different sense than it’s normal meaning.” It’s something like word of practice or word of field. It feels more ...
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is there a term which recognizes the angst we experience between the values of knowing what happens next or enjoying the suspense in discovery?

Pleasurable suspense is defined as, the pleasurable emotion of anticipation and excitement regarding the outcome or climax of a book, film etc., but it also includes preferring to experiencing life ...
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