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Terminology is a system of terms belonging or peculiar to a science, art, or specialized subject, nomenclature.

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Annotation of a thesis on history [closed]

Could you help me, please? I am writing a thesis on a certain kind of church register books (schematisms) and I'm worried that my translation simply doesn't sound right. (There might be quite a lot of ...
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Various terminologies pertaining to measurements

I am trying to find appropriate names for various components related to measuring something. For instance, given the following sentence: 100 kg of flour I am able to come up with the following: 100 ...
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Why can the word “fusion” mean either “combining” or “breaking/melting” in different contexts?

The word "fusion" is at times confusing because in a way it has two opposite meanings: Combining things together, for example "nuclear fusion". Melting/breaking things, for ...
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“get along” er “git along” or “go along” (does vehicular usage matter?)?

Why is that individual (quote attached as screenshot for evidence, servant turned their back to face away before issuing the command, to/for the conductor to drive) saying "get along" and ...
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Gregorian and Julian dates given in MS [closed]

I'm working on a biography with many transcribed letters and diary entries. The author has put the dates as follows, for example, 28 January 1639-40. Meaning that the entry/letter was written in 1639 ...
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Can I use “superdivision” and “subdivision” in a corporate organization? [closed]

I know that the terms superdivision and subdivision are mostly used in biology. But can I use them also in corporate context to indicate divisions at higher and lower levels? For example: Public ...
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What’s going on with "hot -> heat”? [duplicate]

I am looking for a particular linguistic term for this process of turning words like hot into words like heat. English has a bunch of pairs like these: Hot -> heat Whole -> heal (Folk)lore ->...
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What is the body of a text preceding a postscript called?

A postscript may be added to the end of a letter or email (she explained knowing that people on english.stackexchange.com would be unfamiliar with the term). An afterword can be appended to the end ...
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What's the term for contradictory sentences or phrases?

"Don't include too much technical detail if it doesn't add value. " In the sentence above, you could remove the last clause "if it doesn't add value", and the remaining statement &...
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In the context of software analytics, is “analytic event” or “analytics event” correct?

I'm a software engineer and we refer to "analytics" as the process of capturing data about the user's behavior. For example, we might send an event to Google Analytics to help us determine ...
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Need word to capture both physical devices and software

Need a word as an umbrella term for both physical devices and software/downloads that we offer. Can't use "product," as that already means the physical devices. This is for a user interface, ...
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Why does the name “central nervous system” contain 'nervous' and not 'nerves'? [closed]

I was searching for something related the central nervous system, and then it hit me: why is it called "the central nervous system" and not "the central nerves system"? It is ...
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Does the term “in able to” exist

I came upon some texts where in able to is used where instead also either to be able to or in order to could have been used. In able to doesn't sound quite right to me. I also didn't hear it anywhere ...
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Mathematically correct expressions for basic operations

There are several similar questions out there, but there is no systematic approach to the problem. So I will try to put all four operations together: c = a + b c = a * b c = a - b c = a / b What are ...
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Not wanting to share a loved one

What is a word for someone who does not like to share their loved ones? For example if a guy doesn’t like his girlfriend to be around a guy that he know has a crush on her. He’s not jealous because ...
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Word for hiding “all other layers” in graphics design

In audio engineering, you use the solo function to listen to only one mixer channel, and mute to listen to everything expect the current channel. What is the corresponding terminology in graphics ...
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Are “parent”/“child” in hierarchies technical terms? What's a non-technical version?

I want to display some hierarchical data. In math and computer science we'd use "parent" and "children", but I'm unsure if they're considered technical terms. Are there similar ...
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Is “horizontal slits” an acceptable description?

Sometimes on tv or while seeing an old video, there are slits on the screen, interrupting the video. It is like static. Is it okay to say “horizontal slits on screen” to describe this type of error? ...
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What is the term for dystopic speculation as a debate tactic

I am trying to find out what the word(s) are to describe this. When 2 people are in a debate, and person A takes person B's argument and follows through what would happen if the group chose person B's ...
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Social Network Accounts Owned by the Same Person

Say, there's a person who has registered more than one account on the same social network and writes from these accounts pretending they belong to different people. How would you name such accounts? ...
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grammatically, rotate + er is it correct?

I try to name something as its usage is rotate+er. The main usage is doing a rotation on a reliable circle, so I pick rotation as the verb. My main lang is Indonesian, but I always try to give my best ...
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What is the term for saying something negative fishing for positive comments?

Help me! There is a term for when people say or post something negative or complaining but in reality they are fishing for positive (compliments). What is this term?!
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What does POC mean?

I'm mailing with someone to purchase a product. At the end of one of the emails that I received there's a word, "POC". I'm struggling to find the meaning of this word and the meaning of it ...
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Is there a term for word sets that are like a palindrome but for whole set of words? [duplicate]

I'm looking for a term that are like a palindrome but for whole set of words and not just letters Examples: Set 1 You do? Do you? Set 2 Venture Capital Capital Venture Set 3 List Item Item ...
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Is there a word for a question whose phrasing renders its answer essentially useless?

I am looking for a word similar to "uninformative" but not quite, since "uninformative" applies to the answer but I want the word for the corresponding question with an answer that is necessarily ...
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What is the term used to describe the behaviour of someone talking about something they want as if they already have it?

An example of this would be in Act I of An Inspector Calls, where Arthur Birling says "May we look forward to the time when Crofts and Birlings are no longer competing but working together" To me, ...
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The correct term for little pieces of rubbish of all sorts found on the floor

There are always little pieces of rubbish found on the floor, which means when you clean the floor, dust is not the only "rubbish" that you have to get rid of. What is the correct term for those ...
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Is there a terminology for “one word, multiple distinct etymologies”?

There's a (very small) number of words that have different etymologies, and consequently different meanings. For example, the word bass can refer to: Low sound (as in your music player), pronounced "...
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Virtual meeting vs teleconference

How did the word "virtual" come to mean "Operating by computer or in cyberspace; not physically present"? Virtual, to me, means "not real", but when we're working form home, having "virtual ...
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Different “states” of an event

I'm working on a system that has the concept of events. Events can be in three states: Active - e.g. a police chase has started, person entered store, car trip started Resolved - e.g. a police chase ...
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What does “belly up” means? [closed]

I just heard this following sentence: The company goes belly up? What does it mean? Thanks for the answer.
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Term for language status

I'm working on a project trying to define the relation between languages and countries. A detail on that is specifying the status of a language in a particular country. I defined four-level ...
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What figure of speech is this: “the arguing sixth floor window”

Sydney Barringer jumps from the ninth floor rooftop. His parents argue three stories below. Fay's accidental shotgun blast hits Sydney in the stomach as he passes the arguing sixth floor window. ...
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Precise terms for directionality in a writing system

The term directionality often refers to two distinct directions in a writing system. Most commonly directionality is used to refer to the direction in which individual characters are written in a line....
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Automotive: “Part-makers” or “Parts Makers”? [duplicate]

I see the term "parts maker" in use a lot in automotive industry news, and I'm wondering if the term is a correct construction (grammatically speaking). When this term is used in Japanese it is ...
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What is a term for crop/livestock, something raised for indirect value?

What is a term for crop/livestock, something raised for indirect value?
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Word meaning one “half” of a dyad

I'm searching for a word that identifies one of the two "halves" of a dyad. The word "half" seems inappropriate because it suggests a whole that has been sundered. I've also considered "element," "...
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Homonymous synonymic phrases

By the definition that: A homonym is a word or phrase that sounds the same as another A synonym is a word or phrase that means the same or similar to another A possible example of homonymous ...
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Never showing any symptoms

I am looking for the word for someone who never shows any symptoms of a disease. I am not looking for the word asymptomatic. Asymptomatic is often used for people who initially display no symptoms ...
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Adjective or noun for “uses rules that are commonly accepted even if not consistent”

I'm working on defining technical terms to explain three ways to calculate the length of time between two points in time despite the oddities of Daylight Saving Time (DST): Always use real-world ...
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Why Are Baseball Metaphors Popular for Corporate Jargon?

Why are sports metaphors (football, baseball) so popular in western corporate cultures? I find that sports metaphors are frequently used as popular jargon there. It seems like they're less used in ...
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Is there a specific term for passive aggressive questions?

My mother never asks a direct question. For example: Are you going downtown today? Yes, later this afternoon, why? Where will you be going? To the bank, why? So not to the grocery store or Walmart? ...
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What is it called when you use “I would do X” to show strength of feeling? [duplicate]

For instance, in The Proclaimers' hit song I'm Gonna Be they say I would walk five hundred miles, and I would walk five hundred more Just to be the man who walked a thousand miles to fall down ...
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Is there an alternative grammar term for 'auxiliary (verb)'?

The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language consistently uses the term "auxiliary (verb)" to refer to be, have, do, will/can/may/must, etc., but CGEL doesn't treat auxiliaries as mere assistants (i....
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What can I call a longer passage in an academic work (text equivalent to “Figure”)?

I want to number blocks of texts in my work (parts of a movie script or something the creators said) so that I can refer to them throughout the essay. Is there an equivalent to 'Figure' to label these ...
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Are probable and possible scenarios the same?

When someone says "If X happens then Y may/can happen" what does he mean? He means what are the possible scenarios or the probable scenarios? Should we use may or can interchangeable in such sentences?...
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Is “definacy” a word?

I came across this word "definacy" in an article by a grammarian who uses it to refer to the quality brought about by the definite article in English. Problem is I can't find this word in any ...
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What is the difference between a topic and a type of content?

I am an information Architect and UX Designer. I am in the process of classifying content for an internal knowledge base and find myself in a bit of a struggle separating topics that are primarily ...
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Past tense Implied subject

When describing an action preformed by myself, others, or others and myself, I often leave the subject out of the sentence. A: What did you do yesterday? B: Climbed a mountain. What is this called? ...
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“2020s” = 2020-2029 or 2021-2030?

When I define a decade, it contains 10 years, starting from '1 and ending on '0. Specifically, I mean by '1-'9 being 1st-9th and '0 being 10th. Since the current decade, namely the 2010s, ranging ...

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