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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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Is there a word or term to describe “persons, hazards, valuables, and/or features of interest” in the context of thievery/spycraft?

I'm writing a fiction piece where a thief (of sorts) is being "shown the ropes" by a more experienced peer. One of the instructor's primary goals is to instill an awareness of all the elements of a ...
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Is there a term to generalize the renowned, classic sentences

For example, sentences like "There is a first time for everything".
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Interpreting the phrase “lip faces down” in technical documentation

The data sheet for the solvent filtration apparatus includes the following illustration for the assembly procedure: I'm not sure how to orient the part in the middle, a stainless steel screen. ...
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In linguistics, what is called when you use a word to down-play something?

In any theories of semantics or pragmatics such as Grice’s Maxims and Speech Act Theory, is there a term when you use a word to “down-play”, “mitigate”, “soften-the-blow” of a word? I concoct a few ...
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“Blanking” one’s tracks

There’s a term for walking over your own footprints several times to confuse anyone who may be tracking you, and all of a sudden idk what it is! Please help. So I can finally move on w my edits If ...
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Is there a word to describe the desire to not have desires

Basically the title. I want a word to describe wanting to not want. For example, if I wanted use this word in a sentence to say I don’t want to be materialistic: I wish I could be more [insert word] ...
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What is a non-winter themed snow globe called?

Most people are familiar with snowglobes: fist-sized glass spheres that have 3D sculptures inside, and upon shaking the globe, the white flakes inside simulate snowfall. However, I imagine that there ...
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Translation for German word “Kür” as in “Pflicht und Kür”

I am trying to find a crisp translation of the German phrase "Pflicht und Kür. deepl.com yields "Duty and freestyle" as translation for "Pflicht und Kür" which irritated me. In my (business) context "...
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Word or phrase describing preference for written language over spoken language

What is a word or phrase describing the prioritization of or preference for written language over spoken language? Example 1: They have a [insert word/phrase here]. They continue to write their ...
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Terminology for using “the” instead of plural

I'm wondering about the following construction: The dog is a noble animal. This seems to have the same meaning as: Dogs are noble animals. I'm wondering if this sort of construction, referring ...
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Is there a term for the consecutive use of contractions in a sentence?

Just the other day I was writing a sentence and unintentionally used the phrase -that's what's - and I thought that it looked a bit unusual. To be honest I have only considered it as something that ...
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Have I finally got these newspaper/magazine terms right? Issue, edition, copy

Let's pretend that there is a "ABC News" newspaper. That's a newspaper. It is available in both Canada and the USA, so they make one "USA edition" and one "Canada edition", both sharing the "ABC News"...
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What do you call the different “versions” of a newspaper's specific issues?

Let's say there is a newspaper called "ACME News". When they make a new "number" of ACME News, that is called an "issue". As in, issue 1, issue 2, issue 3, etc. However, for a given day, they might ...
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A technical word to describe the correct contact between a wheel and a rail

I am translating an Italian technical manual, and I'm having problems translating one word in particular: "planaritá". The literal translation of the word is apparently "planarity" but I've never ...
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Simple term for someone undergoing rehabilitation

I'm due to write a pretty lengthy text about the rehabilitation process of a disabled person, and I'd like to avoid repeating complex constructions such as "person undergoing rehabilitation". If I ...
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Words/phrases like “kindred spirit” that refer to both the speaker and the subject of the sentence

The google definition of kindred spirit is "a person whose interests or attitudes are similar to one's own." That means that if I were to say to someone "You are a kindred spirit", I am describing ...
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What is it called when you juxtapose meaning in a familiar phrase?

What is it called when you juxtapose meaning in a familiar phrase, or twist its meaning? For example, "America has the best politicians that money can buy." or "A fool and his money are soon elected."...
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The traditional grammar term for 'nominals'

The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (Page 329) has a section titled 'Nominals': Intermediate between the noun and the NP we recognise a category of nominals: [3] a. the old man ...
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Is there a term for generally not wanting to be associated with established groups?

I usually stay away from considering myself to belong to groups1 because I don't have control over them and their reputation derived either from actions committed in the past, present or future by ...
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On the category “subject complement.”

A definition of "subject complement" found here Subject Complement Definition: A subject complement is a complement that is used to predicate a description of the subject of a clause. ...
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Is there a term for “non-words” like “ha”, “ugh”, “huh”, etc? [closed]

What would these words be called, and are there any related rules on how to use them and what they each mean?
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A more specific word for, “personal details,” i.e. identifying information for a person

I think, "biographical information," gets used often, but that isn't quite correct. "Personal information," also seems clumsy. The context is somewhat technical, e.g. "this user's ________ ...
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Is there any term representing new found enthusiasm about old or existing stuff?

Context for example: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are by no means new concepts. But, ever since big corporation like Amazon and Microsoft launches AI & ML as part of their ...
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Crosswalk (cross-walk) as a verb

I have seen the word crosswalk (cross-walk) used as a transitive verb in the sense of align, compare, connect, link, relate, etc. ("Crosswalk your labor categories to the tasks in the statement of ...
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Comparison with rarity

I'm trying to create a sentence that compares something common to something rare or comparing it something due to believes of it being just as rare as something else. Comparison of what the sentence ...
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Technical Term Needed

Is there a technical term for this? I've Been jogging my memory for something specific, but have only come up with general words like variations, modes (moods, maybe?), etc. Below are the different [...
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Is there a term for speaking to oneself in the second person?

A recent article in Aeon noted that "illeism" is a term for speaking about oneself in the third person. The article argues that adopting this rhetorical stance can aid in thinking through issues: .....
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What does this sentence mean : You are entitled to two vouchers every 12 months

Is the above sentence; you are entitled to two vouchers every 12 months can be interpreted by any way to : You have to use the two vouchers within 12 months each time and they will expire if not ...
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Is there a proper technical term for (physical) sections in a card file?

Imagine having a card-box that contains, for example, vocabulary. It's organized alphabetically and for every letter there's a larger card acting as a separator for words beginning with that letter. ...
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Is this bit of jargon a misuse of English?

In Architecture the word typology is used to describe a group or type of buildings. For example here it is being used: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-LjOZT8Nxw&t=1m05s I find overly ...
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What is the origin of “grapes” meaning the percent sign (%)?

While browsing through the Wikipedia article on the percent sign (%), I came across this interesting statement (emphasis mine): Names for the percent sign include percent sign (in ITU-T), mod, ...
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What is the term for the overlapping panel of this type of double-breasted uniform jacket?

I'm looking for the term of art in suit- and jacket-making for a specific design element that appears on some types of military, especially navy, uniform jackets, like these ones (left to right: a ...
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Thermal vs Thermic

Thermal vs Thermic Is there some notable difference of meaning or usage between these two terms ? Which one of this two terms is the most suited as an adjective meaning "relative to temperature" ? ...
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Term for Confusing Map for the Territory / Terrain

I’m looking for a simple word that describes the concept of “confusing the map for the territory (or terrain).” It seem to be a concept often used to explain how the brain function in neuroscience,...
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Why are coconuts called nuts? [closed]

Why are coconuts called that if they are not nuts? They are just seeds of the coconut tree. They don't even resemble nuts. I can understand that peanuts are called that because people did not know ...
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What is it called when you begin to exhibit similar personality traits as someone close to you?

Especially someone you live with, whether that be a partner, roommate, family, etc. I feel like there’s a psychological term for this. Like how we pick up little quirks in passing, or how the ...
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Name for homonymous words in one language and when translated are also homonyms

Is there a name for when there are two homonymous words in one language that, when translated, are also homonymous with the parallel meanings as the other language? Since I find it very difficult just ...
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Why does Shakespeare let two or more actors finish a pentameter?

To complete the number of syllables in a pentameter Shakespeare (and other contemporaries) let multiple actors say a verse, like shown in Macbeth Were two actors complete a pentameter: DUNCAN: ...
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Terminology used in subletting a parking lot

I'm setting up a small agreement document to sublet a parking lot and I am unsure what the proper terms are for: the person who gets the money the person who pays for it I came up with/googled ...
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Single choice and multiple choice questions helper sentences

I am trying to find the more appropriate helper sentences, e.g. for a single choice question: "check" only one of the options OR "check" only one of the answers Is there a better way to say this!...
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What do you call a bathroom with no toilet?

Might seem like a trick question at first, but I'm serious. When the toilet is in one room by itself (let's call this the "restroom"), and the place with the sink, washing machine, shower room and ...
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kitchen language

Although I can't find an example, I once heard a person refer to "kitchen language" in the sense that his language facility, in this case a foreign language, was limited and basic. Has anyone heard ...
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What is another way to express something that is idempotent?

I understand the word "idempotent" to describe an action where the second time that action is applied, it has no additional effect. In other words, redundant operations have no effect. The first ...
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What would be the correct term for a single instance of a multiverse?

I am trying to write (some fiction) about how the (singular) universe got shattered into a multiverse (collective noun?) I tripped up when I wanted to refer to one of the instances (or branches if ...
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what did Mr. Tester mean by saying to Dennis Muilenberg that you are 'pivoting' in the Congressional testimony of 737 Max?

I was looking at a video of Congressional testimony about the Boeing 737 MAX airplane, and if you jump to 1 hour 47 minutes in the Q&A with Mr. Muilenberg (the CEO of Boeing), Senator Tester ...
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Term for/etymology of the opposite of a nosism (using 'we' to mean 'you')

A nosism is the term for using 'we' to refer to oneself. I am looking for a term for/etymology of using 'we' to mean 'you'. EDIT: Another way of putting it is that I'm looking for the proper term ...
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Is there another more official theatrical term for “straight man”?

Thesauri provide “straight person”, “sidekick”, “second banana”, “feed” or “feeder”, “foil”, and “stooge”. We are curious if the theatrical community has a more formal or administrative term.
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Other word for 'scope' (in the programming sense) that is non-ambiguous to non-programmers

The title says it all, really. For a Philosophy essay, I would like to describe scope, in its programming sense of being: Nestable: you can have a scope within a scope Hierarchical: a child scope ...
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Is “strategization” a word, or is there something more correct/appropriate?

Is strategization a word? As in: We noticed flaws in their accounting department so the project will include a QuickBooks strategization. [EDIT] As @tchrist points out, this isn't the best ...
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What are stamps and letters called in the US?

I am writing an essay in which I need to refer to postal stamps and letters/"mail". Would an American audience understand what I mean when I say "stamps" and "letters"?

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