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Word for registering a domain name of a competitor (or known name) and redirect it to your own website

I'm in a niche hobby, and recently there's been a very disgusting trend happening: webshops registering the domain names of other shops with only minor, but very common typos; or register a domain ...
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Measure word for a war / long campaign?

I was trying to figure out if there is a suitable word for a sentence along the lines of the following: The Battle of ABC was one of the more ideologically complex ________ of the Crusades. In this ...
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Is there an adjective meaning ambitious and financially successful in contrast to thrifty/frugal?

Is there an adjective meaning ambitious and financially successful, in contrast to thrifty or frugal? Ambitious is close to what I'm looking for: someone who takes risks in order to improve their ...
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Word for arguing X is a problem, while simultaneously causing X

It feels like there should be a word to describe, for example, politicians who proclaim government doesn’t work, then act to ensure that’s true. I know there’s a political read in this example, that’s ...
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What is a word for something that isn't a word? [duplicate]

I have been looking for a word that means "something that isn't a word". I'm trying to say that most words refer to things that aren't words (ex. the word pencil refers to something that isn'...
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Is there a word to describe the act of portraying words from one language using just the looks of characters of another?

For example, "卄モㄥㄥ口" may look like "Hello" to English readers, but these Chinese letters do not mean anything relevant when translated. Is there a word to describe the way this is ...
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Farthest vs Furthest [duplicate]

I am trying to describe the distance from a root node in a programming context. The root node is abstract and not physical so I'm thinking the proper usage would be furthest, but what would be ...
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What to you call an advanced computer user? [closed]

When thinking of a person, who has advanced skills in using computers and any software, what would be the right word to name such users? Such users would be ahead of other users based on the way they ...
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Is there a word for "the colonised"?

I'm searching for words that encompass the group of people who were subjugated and/or colonised. Words like "slave" don't really fit what I'm searching for because they're not broad enough. ...
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What is the equivalent of a demonym, but for organizations?

For example, the demonym of 'Mexico' is 'Mexican'. What do you call the equivalent for people who are part of an organization? And do any rules apply in the formation of the name? E.g. Reddit -> ...
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What do you call a logo panel with many signs of many companies?

I can't find the word for this... Imagine you enter a coworking centre and there is a wall with little plaques where they display their customer's names and/or logos. How would you call that? In ...
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One word for covered area of a house (except the garden/lawn outside covered area but inside outer boundary) [duplicate]

In the area I live in, the houses are designed such that there is a covered area (with a front and back door) which contains rooms etc. and then there is a garden around it with grass and plants etc., ...
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A single word for instrument-playing?

For eg., Tiya secured first place in singing/dancing/drawing. How do we say it if Tiya secured first in playing an instrument? Is there any word for instrument-playing?
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What's the word that describes a state where you have to take a choice between two options but you end up somewhere in the middle? [duplicate]

I'm looking for a word that describes a situation where you have a possibility to be either A or B but you kind of don't really go after one or the other. Then you end up in an undesirable state that'...
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What do you call an unclear video or television image (in other words, a bad quality video)?

I want a single word to describe a video or TV image that is not very clear (not necessarily blurry or pixelated). Just a video footage or image that is bad quality. Sentence example: I cannot see ...
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What do you call a collection of user answers in a survey?

Imagine that you are answering the following survey: Q1: What is your name? A1: .................. Q2: What are you doing? A2: ................... After you fill in the gaps (as a user): Q1: What is ...
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Word used for replying to a person when they answer a question but focus on a detail in the question which has nothing to do with the actual question? [duplicate]

Example: Person A: If I needed to save $400 a week, what would be the best savings plan? Person B: That doesn't make sense, how are you able to save $400 a week if no one here makes more than $500 a ...
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Word for when you're so angry that your head starts hurting

Is there a word for the condition when you're so angry that your head starts hurting? E.g.: This story is so ______. The word should include that you're having a headache. We have it in our language,...
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Synonym for 'little bits'

I have recently been undertaking some document review and updated a sentence to the following which seemed correct to me at the time. The New Starter will be given a Training Record folder, a USB ...
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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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Word that means "to walk around a room" in the context of looking at things [duplicate]

Not with criminal intent (i.e. case, prowl), but curiosity, as in a museum or in a new friend's house. "Roam" and "stroll" seem more about the movement. Maybe there is no word that ...
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Term for activity or system when something is fed its own power

For example, if someone fed a cow its own milk what would that be? Maybe the term is related to the cow being content with this set up, almost thankful, even though they're the ones being exploited ...
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Word for discrimination based on familial background

In a household where someone lives with his step-parent and family, how would you describe discrimination based on that person coming from a different family and surname? Best I can describe it is ...
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What do you call someone who always makes the conversation about themselves? [duplicate]

For example, let's say I am starting a story about something that happened to me, and in the middle of the story, they start like "oh, the same thing happened to me when I was..." and start ...
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What's the word for when someone produces a piece of art solely for the profit of it? Or art without any kind of artistic merit? [closed]

I know there's a word for this that I just can't remember
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A word for a person in an employment role that is petty [duplicate]

I'm trying to think of a specific word and so far google isn't much help. It describes a type of employment role where the person has quite an impressive sounding title but in actuality the job role ...
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Does "paradoxical" acceptably describe this sentence, or is there a more suitable descriptor?

"We are all making assumptions, as none of us except ____ were present..." In such context wherein the italicized portion of the sentence has not actually been validated by the speaker, ...
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A Constraint <VERB> a Certain Value

In the context of software programming, I am looking for a verb which expresses a certain relation. Using Merriam Webster online, I have not been able to find what I am looking for, due to lack of a ...
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Elegant English term for performing a "fausse manoeuvre"

I'm looking for a descriptive, elegant English term or phrase for fausse manoeuvre, which is when a technical operator (a human) performs a "bad" operation or sequence of actions. For ...
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One word for Psychic phenomenon?

I want to say "My passion is psychic" but that doesn't make sense. Psychiness doesn't sound right either and I don't want to say Psychic phenomena or activity either, I want to say one word.
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Loan-word for a relaxed cultural attitude towards opening and closing times

"No customers, so I closed early. Xxxxx, right?" For example, a recent visitor to Hawaii described stores closing hours before the posted times on occasional days "just because" ...
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Word to describe being happy yet sad [duplicate]

What is a word that means both happy and a bit sad? As when you finish a really good book that you were totally immersed in and had the perfect ending. You are so pleased with the story yet sad that ...
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What's a word for being very blunt and literal? [closed]

I'm trying to find the word for being very blunt and literal for example, when you ask someone what they're up to when they are going somewhere and they reply with "walking" or when someone ...
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Does the word "variation" mean the changing cooking recipes according to one's favorite taste? [closed]

I have a question about everyday English expressions. Do you cook? When you cook, do you ever change the recipe according to your favorite flavor, such as "add milk according to your taste" ...
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Adjective for an item with an implied function that can't easily/readily be used for that function?

I watched somebody open a gift box with a custom made, massive pin badge, the sort that you would attach to clothing with a design on the front. They even said it looked like the sort of thing that ...
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Is there a word to describe words that lost their original context? [duplicate]

I know that designs that are mimicking aesthetics that were once necessary are called skeuomorphisms. But what about words that lost their context? For example "dialing" a phone number. ...
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What's the name of the "drawer" used at banks/forex counters?

I couldn't find any Google images, but you've probably encountered them at some point. It's a sliding "drawer" that allows you to exchange documents/money back and forth with the guy behind ...
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The feeling of having misinterpreted a large amount of experience

Is there a word for the sensation of suddenly feeling that you had the wrong idea about something you have believed for a long time. Note: I like a lot of the suggestions but find it hard to pick one ...
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Referent vs Inference vs Profer as options for use in comparison against Reference

“I use an audio trace as a reference to allow me to compare how my mixed track of [ ] background music resembles the reference.” My answer would be product for the blank space, where we compare ...
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Adjective for the major threat of an imminent cyber attack

I am making a presentation in which I wish to say that I am going to talk about the ______ of present-day cyber security threats. I want to fill the blank with an adjective which describe two ...
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Term for the situation in which two people use the same words or original ideas in their works, neither being aware of the other one's work

Plagiarism is the process of taking another person’s work, ideas, or words, and using them as if they were your own. But I wonder if there is any particular term for the situation in which two people ...
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Verb for tax cut? [closed]

My application will need to find a verb to fit: Regulator A and regulator B ________ a tax cut for XYZ products. I want it to sound academic/professional. Best I could do was: "orchestrated&...
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Word for "assuming others believe the same things you do" that isn't "projection"

I've often heard "projection" used for this colloquially but from what I can tell the somewhat formal definition of "projection" seems to require doing so as a defense mechanism ...
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The initialism 'TMI' gives too little information to the uninformed - is there a term for such occurrences? [duplicate]

Note: TMI stands for "Too Much Information" This shower thought came to me a few years ago, and just popped into my head again - I've searched on this site and Google and came up empty. ...
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What do you call a person who has basic knowledge or some basic experience in some programming language? [duplicate]

I am proficient in ReactJs (which is a Javascript framework for creating web applications). I want to mention that I have basic knowledge, and some experience, in other programming languages as well. ...
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Shorter terms for two question types

I am writing a program to scrape questions from a online Stanford-Binet Test website, specifically this series of urls: https://stanfordbinettest.com/quiz/full-quiz/question/#, where # stands for an ...
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What's a word for textbook-like writing?

I need a word that describes a detached style of writing, like a textbook or medical journal. I want one that's kind of like sterile but without the negative connotations. I feel like formal is too ...
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Is there a word for getting the same outcome from two opposite causes?

I was just writing a guide on how to do a portion of my work at work and noticed that I did not know of a word that would describe the same outcome originating from a set of opposite causes. The ...
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Is assistancy a word? If not, what's a better alternative?

Today, I wanted to discuss a role I had as a research assistant at a university. I had discussed it using language like "During my research assistancy, I did xyz" or "I had this ...
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Best single word to mean someone who builds, tests and reports on something? [closed]

I'm looking for a title for someone who builds things simply to test whether they are as good as they say they are expected to be. For example, say someone creates an article or video that claims &...
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