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Questions tagged [terminology]

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

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The linguistic term for the slogan structure

Recently I've seen this slogan. Its spelling and pronunciation are a bit unusual: "Nice to meat you" means "it's nice to provide you with some meat dish", but it sounds like "It's nice to meet you"...
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Using label printer for scholarships [on hold]

Can I use labels on a scholarship form if it can't be filled in on computer?
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Term/idiom/phrase for braggart [on hold]

I am pretty sure I have heard of this term before but I do not remember it. What is a term for someone who brags about something that indirectly affects them (or is not related to them)? For example ...
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Term for extended alliteration - a specific form of assonance [duplicate]

In answering a recent question here I found myself in need of a term for alliteration but including the first vowel sound, as in "Costa Coffee". An ideal term would be more specific than assonance. I'...
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What to call a library of shared libraries in programming

There are (for example) three dynamic libraries that is files libxx.so, libyy.so, and libzz.so (or .dll files xx.dll, yy.dll, and zz.dll on Windows). What do you call the collection of all three ...
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A word to define “semi-transparent waving” effect?

I'm usually working with animations and also usually I find hard to define or put words on some things. What would be the correct term to define this (pretty used) effect which is kind of semi-...
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When should I be using sans, anyway?

People often use sans, the French word for ‘without’ in English. What I don’t get, is when should that switch be made. When should I say sans when I really want to say without. Are there any general ...
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Bikeshare vs bike-share vs bike share. What's the correct nomenclature?

I'm writing about bikesharing a lot, and I can't figure out the best way to spell "bikesharing". I've been spelling it without a space, but it seems arbitrary and now that "scooter sharing" is being ...
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Why are tax returns called tax returns, and is the term applicable outside the US?

I have a problem with the term tax returns regarding its genesis and use in international communication. 1) Genesis and logic I do not understand the logic behind it. As far as I see, "tax returns"...
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Is there a term defining a point in space from which the dimensions of celestial bodies seem to be the same?

For example, there is a point between the Earth and the Moon where both of them appear to have the same size, but I'm not aware of the proper term for it. Note that this is about dimensions which are ...
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Sentence Explanation - Seneca's On the Shortness of Life

I realized that your grief should not be intruded upon while it was fresh and agonizing, in case the consolations themselves should rouse and inflame it: for an illness too nothing is more harmful ...
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Single word for disturbance time

How do you express the disturbance time. Lets say in a project management setting when you have allotted one week for certain task but then realize that there can be 2 days float due to holiday or ...
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A double-D / A cap / A beanie / A bonnet

1- I'm writing a story and one of my characters wears a bonnet. I searched the internet for some examples but then, I found other names like: A double-D / A cap / A beanie / A bonnet. Now I’m confused ...
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What is the word that de­scribes the hu­man fe­male breast’s shape?

Phal­lic is fairly com­mon. Yonic, vul­vic, or labial were sug­gested as an­to­nyms. What is the word to de­scribe the breast’s shape? We cover up three ar­eas: the male groin, the fe­male groin, ...
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How do you say, I have something under writing? [migrated]

If you want to say/convey you are working on a book/paper, what is the correct way of saying so other than plainly saying I'm writing a book? I noticed 'under writing' has a specific meaning and ...
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What is the name for evoking an answer that's a trick on the responder?

Mister Mxyzptlk was a trickster who tormented Superman. Although the rules eventually changed, the only way that Superman could send Mister Mxyzptlk back to the fifth dimension was to trick him into ...
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What does “mansplaining” mean?

I am trying to prepare myself to going into the international social space. In doing so, I saw the video: Feminist "Mansplaining" Video Goes Wrong and I do not understand something: What is ...
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What is the word for a person who twists your words around into something negative…?

Here is some more info... This individual has a drug problem... people close to him have concluded that he is suffering from some form of personality disorder, thus, he is self medicating with ...
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The noun for when no individual in a community is doing wrong but the net result of those actions is evil?

I hope this question is legitimate under the strict rules of this forum? It is possible that the accumulated effect of a number of good people’s actions can be evil, not just in a discrete situation, ...
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What term is used for something you say in social situations but may or not actually be true?

For example, my son's birthday is Christmas Eve. When I tell people this I generally add how I have to tell family and friends not to go cheap and buy him a birthday present but say it's also for ...
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How is “iff” different from “if”

So I just discovered iff thinking it was a typo. But after looking it up and reading other answers on here it is a valid contraction of words if and only if. Much like XOR in a mathematical domain. ...
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What do you call someone who you show a game to and then they binge plays the game until they are better than you? [closed]

My so called "friend " likes to play video games a lot. We like to play Roblox (We aren't 5 yr olds). So one day I found this awesome game called RoBeats and I loved to play it. One day I got so good ...
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Does make-up with lab experiments work?

We used to say a make-up exam, how about the make-up lab experiment when we miss an experiment?
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Is there a name for a word which is a noun and also an unrelated verb?

There are many true homonym pairs where one of the words is a noun and the other is an verb. Example: Bear as a noun: The bear is a furry carnivorous mammal, different species of which can be ...
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A noun for the act of misinterpreting a word

When someone says a word that is superficially similar to, but means something different from, what they really mean, we call it a malapropism. I'm looking for the counterpart to this—a word for the ...
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What is the term when fixing one issue positively impacts other issues?

An example of what I am trying to ask is - The head of household for a family is undocumented, earning a little under minimum wage and renting a room. However, if he is able to get his green card he ...
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Non-jargon alternative to the term “content” when describing articles, videos, photos, etc

Web publishers often refer to articles, videos, photos, etc. as "content" or "online content", but I feel as if this term is hackneyed jargon and also fairly vague. What alternatives are there?
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What does “read chapter 18 onwards” mean? [closed]

What does "read chapter 18 onwards" mean? Read until chapter 18 or from 18 to end of the book? This is confusing.
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What word describes someone that hides in public? [closed]

For example a public figure, celebrity, authority, teacher that secretly conducts unlawful or unsavoury behaviour. Is there a specific word for this?
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What is a single-word adjective for relating /pertaining to physical addictiveness?

I need an adjective which means roughly 'of a tendency to cause physical dependence' that can be applied to drugs. 'Addictive' or the like won't work because it doesn't distinguish between physical ...
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Term for an unachievable goal which should be aimed for

Is there a term to describe a goal which it's unlikely will ever be fully achieved, but should be aimed for anyway? E.g. "All business processes should be fully documented" is a great goal to have. ...
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General word for “imaginary bad things”?

In some languages there's a categorical word for all things which are evil and imaginary. For example, Strašidlo in Czech describes ghosts, bogeymen, etc. Is there an equivalent word in English?
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Meaning of the term “instaciate”/“instatiate” in computer programming

What does this word mean? instaciate, otherwise instatiate It's not in any of my dictionaries, but there are a few too many occurrences of this word in programming communities and across the ...
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please let me know the nuance and teach me which is correct

This new sports complex is _________, so people can enjoy the games whatever the season is. (A) encased (B) enclosed (C) encircled (D) enveloped
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A word that means “lacking meaning/context because displaced” (besides “anachronistic”)

If something is out of place in time, we call it anachronistic. I want a word that means something lacks meaning or context because of geographic or conceptual displacement rather than chronological ...
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Term for a misspelled word, where the “misspelling” is a correctly spelled but out of context word?

You mistype a word. You make a "finger check". You accidentally transpose letters typing too fast, or from muscle memory. A spelling checker does not recognize your typo because your incorrect ...
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Are there grammatical terms that clearly distinguish between words that join clauses and those that join words in a list?

The grammatical term conjunction is used to identify words that join things together in some kind of relation, but joining clauses is very different than joining words in a list. Are there any terms ...
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What is the word that describes the fumes and oils carried in them that are given off naturally by certain trees [closed]

When one walks near certain evergreen trees, many times the scent of turpentine can be smelled --- likewise, the natural oils that are evaporating in to the vicinity.
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What do we call the combination of a number and a unit

As a Software Engineer I give my best to find descriptive names for specific concepts. That is a very important task to reduce software complexity. Naming concepts can be really hard and today I’d ...
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What is the exact technical word to describe the relationship between a verb and noun with the same root?

I'm editing a paper and the sentence I need to fix is, "Thus, the word and its_________ appear seven times in the chapter." The word in question is a Hebrew word meaning to "rejoice" but the noun ...
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A formal word between 'frequently' and 'rarely'

Rarely: X rarely goes to Y Frequently: X frequently goes to Y What would be a word in between the two? A formal word for 'sometimes' maybe? Context: Atheists sometimes appeal to Nietzsche'...
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Is it appropriate?

I'd like to know Is calling sb bookworm appreciative or deragatory?and why? Again how about saying you are grammar worm.
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Are there any more options for describing perspective than 1st, 2nd or 3rd?

I'm developing a website for classifying content more appropriately and insodoimg came across a question about perspective. I understand the three perspectives as described here: https://study.com/...
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Allegedly vs. apparently - Differences in connotation?

I am a non-native speaker trying to find the right expression for my sentence. There is a study that reports a 55% decline in the number of trades, however, I cannot examine the data or the study ...
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What's the term when you say something like “90% chance this is not true”, but you actually don't know the percentage?

What's the term when you say something like "90% chance this is not true". But you actually don't know the percentage? Is it "figure of speech"?
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Word for giving a conflicting response

What is the term given to a conflicted reply within the same response? For example, “Maybe I stole the money, but then again, maybe I didn’t.”
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What term is used to define the act of asking for an opinion

In a blog, we have "Topics" In stackoverflow, we have "Questions" What single term do we use if we want to ask for opinions? (I find the sentence "ask for opinions" to be too long, and I must find ...
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Term for “extent/proportion [into some population] of the condition”?

What is a technical term (perhaps from statistics) for the extent (or proportion) that a specified condition applies to some given population? For example: There is a communicable cancer currently ...
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Why are some initialisms sometimes spelled with a slash? E.g. O/S for Operating System [duplicate]

I've only ever seen this practice used to refer to "Operating System" with "O/S", but according to The Free Dictionary there are a few more. Why is the slash in the middle sometimes used? Isn't "OS" ...
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Does the term 'master' in git (the VC system) refer to slavery? [closed]

I think it's a good idea to replace slavery terms with alternatives when they refer to something else, like a database master and slave. Git is a software version control system with a branch concept....