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A word for inefficient communicators [duplicate]

I work in an office where I routinely deal with clients. Some clients can tell you what you need to know about the issue that you are being asked to deal with for them in ten minutes with just a ...
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What do you call it when a person labels something as its opposite so that discussion becomes impossible?

For example, fake news. When I hear it, I don’t know if the person is identifying the news as false or if they are proclaiming allegiance to Trump by labeling anything that has ever been critical of ...
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What is a word like 'roadmap', but without the implied order?

I'm looking for a word for something that is like a 'roadmap' (like you might have for a product or for a project you are delivering), but without the implied order. We are currently organising how we ...
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Looking for a "thing" word [closed]

Looking for an all purpose word that can replace "thing" referring to a device or artifact. "I had a USB stick, a cable and other things in my bag."
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Identify proper label for a concept [closed]

I am a psychometrician working on a new project to measure people's beliefs about technology. Our way of measuring people's beliefs is through a set of questions that are supposed to collectively ...
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Is there a word meaning "not popular enough"? [closed]

We have a word "underrated", which essentially means "not liked enough". I was wondering if there was a single word meaning "not popular enough". When searching online, ...
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What is a word for people who constantly change their argument or reason to prove a point, even when their previous arguments were proven wrong

In my case, the people are not changing their opinion. Their opinion remains the same, just they are bringing new arguments everytime just to prove that their opinion is correct. For example, A ...
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What is a 'softer' word/phrase for take or grab?

I am looking for a way to say that someone took or grabbed something from someone while communicating that it was done delicately/gently or at least in a neutral or non-aggressive way. Not sure if it'...
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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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What is the overflow feature from a canal to a river called?

A weir is a low barrier across the width of a river to change its level. What is the overflow feature from a canal to a river called? View from the canal: View from the river:
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Word for generating ideas or hypothesising that's not too academic or corporate killspeaky [duplicate]

Looking to talk about the stage of a process where you generate ideas or potential solutions for testing later. You could say hypothesis formation or ideation. But the former is too academic for a ...
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Is there a word for "being able to write sentences" or someone that "can write better sentences"? [closed]

The only word that comes to my mind, is being literate, but that is just a person that can write altogether. Is there something for people that can write in a "better" way; someone that just ...
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What's a word for someone you know very well, but you're not friends? [duplicate]

You've known each other for years. You've talked for hours at a time before. You regularly interact in person and/or online. It's not that you don't like them. You're just neutral to them. You neither ...
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When is it appropriate to use the word "flavor" to describe different types of food/drink?

Recently my partner and I were gifted a variety box of Sees candies (one of those assorted boxes that contains individual chocolates of different types with different fillings and shapes). My partner ...
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Word that describes a person that works with paper and implements of writing

I'm looking for a noun which can generally refer to anyone that uses a writing implement as a primary part of them job, ideally something more specific than "writer". This could include ...
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A word for someone who goes too easy on him or herself [closed]

They don’t push themselves hard enough, and sometimes they do not have the same expectation for themselves as they do for others. They make excuses for themselves, saying stuff like: “ I’m still a ...
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What word could I use to describe singular defects of a surface?

My master's thesis topic is about automatically detecting defects on wood surfaces. Whereas most research in the field is concerned about "regular" defects created by processes (such as ...
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What's a word for marrying someone of similar status?

Hypergamy is an action of marrying someone of a higher socio-economic class while hypogamy is doing the same for a person of lower socio-economic class. What is it called, if you marry someone of a ...
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What's a word that means a brainteaser or puzzle so easy that you must be "inattentive" if you can't solve it and yet some normal people can't?

There's a type of question I've seen on YouTube (but can't find now) that is asked like a brainteaser, but is too easy to be really called a "brainteaser", but some (a small minority) people ...
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What word would you use for something that accidentally works?

I am trying to write some description of what I am currently fixing in my software tests (unit tests). Basically, I have a situation where those tests work but they were not properly set up in a way I ...
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What is the opposite of deaf (n)?

Could someone help me with the (or "a") correct opposite of the noun deaf (deaf as defined in this National Association of the Deaf article)? Non-deaf does not sound nice.
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Term for person in a coma

The word I'm looking for is just what the title says, a term for a "person in a coma". Or it could be a phrase, because I just need a little variety. It gets a little repetitive if I say &...
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A word for misplaced recognition

I'm writing a scene where my male protagonist turns to see someone he doesn't know, but who reminds him instantly of his wife. The wife's golden curls are used throughout as a theme and symbol, so the ...
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Is there a term for an experience that causes someone to change their beliefs? [duplicate]

I'm wondering if there is a term for an experience or event that causes someone to develop new beliefs or change existing beliefs. Some examples: After a person has negative or positive experiences ...
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I'm looking for the word that means opposition towards a specific nation or country [closed]

Essentially, I'm looking for a word that means the opposite of nationalism. Whereas nationalism means support for a nation's interests, the word I'm looking for means opposition to a certain nation's ...
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Is there a word to describe a person who is so interested in the detail of everything? Especially a word with a positive meaning [duplicate]

I am wondering if there is a word to describe a person who is so enthusiastic about the details of a particular subject. I know the word geek. But I am wondering if there are more words to describe a ...
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What is a word (adjective) for co-occurring but polar opposite views or feelings? [duplicate]

I’m at a loss for words but I am looking for a word, an adjective, to describe someone with co-occurring yet conflicting ideas. For example: a narrow minded liberal…😬
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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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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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What is a word/phrase that describes someone condemning another person for something that they also do, without realizing their hypocrisy?

I'm thinking of a phrase that describes someone with a holier-than-thou attitude while being unaware (or not addressing) that they are, in fact, no better. For example, a person who vapes criticizing ...
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looking for a word for "in the middle/close to the middle of a scale/spectrum"

What is the word of something that is in the middle of a scale, like something that is little or inclined to either of the extremes of a spectrum, because I was just taking an mbti test (the 16 ...
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What is the suspension of finer particles in the air called when a powdery substance is poured?

I am looking for a verb that describes the formation of the mist-kind of cloud of finer flour particulates when it is poured. Sample sentence: As soon as I poured the flour into the mixing bowl, it ...
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Word for "Unresearched/Untested and therefore potentially dangerous"?

Is there a word for this? E.g. The [unresearched/untested and therefore potentially dangerous] nature of brain implants may delay their becoming popular as people will be reluctant to use them. It ...
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What do you call someone who’s good, but has a bad reputation? [closed]

I’ve been trying to find this word for a long time. Essentially, because of the fact that the person I’m writing about is “scary”, they’re perceived to be evil and cruel. In reality, they’re a ...
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"Uncanny valley" but for inanimate objects

Uncanny valley is the unpleasant experience one feels when confronted with something resembling a human, that isn't one (e.g., creepy Chucky Doll). From Wikipedia The concept suggests that humanoid ...
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What is a word or phrase that describes something that looks grand from the outside but in actuality, it is very bad on the inside?

I'm looking for a word/idiom/phrase that describes a situation where the front side has been held up for a show/event to function but the back stage that is holding it is a complete chaos/mess and is ...
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Word to describe something only interesting to you [duplicate]

Say I have an obscure topic or hobby I'm really interested in but no one else wants to hear me talk about it. To describe that hobby/topic I think "esoteric" is close but seems to imply that ...
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Word for something that is likely significant?

Is there an English word out there that describes something that is likely (probably) significant or important? Meaning, there's a very good chance it's significant, remarkable, important, etc., but ...
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What is a vertical panorama called?

A mountain “viewpoint” is a great place to get a panoramic view of a region: you can generally take in a huge area [panorama] from left to right. I was wondering what term or phrase describes a ...
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Word to describe things used in a board game

I was writing about a board game earlier and I initially mistranslated the Spanish word material, which in this refers to everything needed to play the game (cards, the board, the counters, the die...)...
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Word for someone who abstains from eating mammal-derived foods (meat and milk)

Is there a single word that refers to someone who doesn't eat food derived from mammals? This person would eat fish and other seafood, poultry, eggs, but would not eat the meat of mammals, nor ...
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What's a word meaning to use one’s hands and feet equally?

Is there a word that means being able to use one’s feet and toes like hands and fingers such as ambidextrous is to use both left and right hands equally?
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Phrase or word for "Guarantee with expected verification"

I'm writing a set of instructions targeted towards a person. Each instruction has to be followed exactly as it is written, without any deviations. The order that the instructions are to be performed ...
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When a firecracker bursts, one gets shocked or stunned or what?

When a firecracker bursts, does one get shocked or stunned? Is there a word that better captures that jolt of a feeling? I want to convey that the bursting of a cracker made me, say, jump up in fright....
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If X is compatible with Y, what is Y in relation to X?

I have something X that is compatible with something else, Y. So it is correct to say that "X is compatible with Y". Is there a word <word> such that this statement is equivalent to &...
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Word for the relationship between you and the present-day descendants of one of your past-life incarnations

Although somewhat (maybe lots) fictitious, is there a word for the relationship between (a) you, and (b) the present-day descendants of one of your past-life incarnations? E d i t As per @Pam's ...
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What word is more suitable than regret to describe the feeling of lamenting the fact that you will never have a particular experience?

For example, if I were to say "As a man, my greatest regret is that I will never be able to experience pregnancy or birth". It isn't an actual regret, because nothing has happened or could ...
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What's the word for someone who consistently replies to positive statements in a contrarian manner? [duplicate]

An example of this would be, "I like [x]." And, unprompted, the other party replies, "I don't like [x], I think [y] about it and that's what makes it bad." They persist to find ...
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At some point it's pointless to buy very expensive jeans because the quality can only be so high: term for this? [duplicate]

There is a term for something being very expensive in a pointless or vain way since the quality can only reach a certain point so you're just paying for a reason besides that.
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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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