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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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What is a word for one-third? [closed]

Quarter denotes one-fourth. Is there a word like quarter but denoting one-third? I googled it but do not have answer for this question.
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What is the technical term for “green” in “green forest”? [closed]

What is the technical term for “green” in “green forest” meaning “forest filled with green trees and flowers”? I thought “green forest” is a figurative phrase for “forest filled with green trees and ...
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'off the stone' equivalent in AmE

I have been re-reading Jeffrey Archer's The Fourth Estate, and saw this sentence: ..he would cycle to the offices of the Courier and watch the first edition come off the stone, returning to school... ...
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“things are bad” - “issues are bad” - “stuff is bad”? [migrated]

I'm a designer and I want to design one tattoo when I want to express something like two parts: Things are just bad (or doomed) // but // they will get worse. And I want to represent it with Medusa (...
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What is the word for words that are 'two sides of the same coin'?

What is the word for words that are 'two sides of the same coin' as they are not always opposites... such as heads and tails. Complement? An example would be ball and strike in baseball. They are the ...
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What is a good word for scheduled activities which are ready to be performed, and also those that aren't yet ready?

Let's say there's a number of scheduled activities. Some are due to be performed tomorrow, some next week, and some were even due yesterday but haven't been done yet. Is there a good word to describe ...
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Is there a version of “equine/equestrian”, or any other horse-related word, for a pegasus/pegasi?

I’m a fantasy writer, and have encountered an issue. In regard to pegasi, I am unsure whether or not the words from the question title apply to pegasi, or if there are pegasus versions of those words. ...
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What is the term for the name tags before dialogue in a play?

I remember my professor from years ago providing a specific technical term for the abbreviated name tags in front of dialogue in a play, e.g. So: The Athenians don't just call it a suit, Euthyphro, ...
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Is there a term for not starting a sentence with the word “I”? [duplicate]

Is there a name for a statement (either written or spoken) that excludes the subject "I"? Some example statements are: "Happy to provide any additional information you might need."...
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What is the appropriate word for someone who passes an entrance exam?

I am trying to prepare a list of students who have taken an exam to be admitted to a course. In this list, there are 20 highly-placed people and 20 candidates who got lower marks. These people will be ...
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Does the word “chevronman” make sense?

I am looking for a good English equivalent of an obscure military term. It was in use by the Royal Hungarian Army between 1920 and 1945. No other army ever had a similar concept, and it's obsolete now....
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Adverbial adjectives [duplicate]

Continuing from this question about a cloze reading test, in the construction If a conversation starts angry, it will almost certainly continue angry. or the song lyrics Start angry... end mad... ...
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Is there a term used to signify one dialect retains more older words, or conversely, that one adopts more neologisms?

Sometimes English retains an old word and updates it meaning, like bottle which originally meant wineskin. Sometimes it creates a new word for a new innovation, like television. There appears to be a ...
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What scholarly term is used in archaeology to describe “assumptions” made about discoveries? [duplicate]

Archaeologists often come to conclusions without having a great deal of evidence, e.g.: They might find pottery with illustrations or cave paintings, try to guess what the picture is, and make an ...
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Failing to determine common ground due to excessive insight into some field/topic

Is there a term for the situation where a person knows so much about a topic or field, that she has a hard time talking about the topic with laymen because she fails to comprehend the limits of the ...
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What is “musset”?

I came across the word "musset" in Gregory Maguire's Wicked-- Her green traveling gown with its inset panels of ochre musset suggested wealth, while the black shawl draping just so about ...
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Meaning of “going north” idiom, in the context of poker

I'm wondering what is the meaning of "going north" ? Also really proud of shorting Vinny, he got caught 4 times going north... obnoxious, rude and wasn't thrown out and it was 25 dollars... ...
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Word to qualify a group of people in between a Junior and a Senior (not school or work related) [migrated]

I would like to know what is the word/term for those people that are currently between their 35s and 60s, they are not senior nor junior, what are they? Medior? I am not speaking about work related ...
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Term for when seemingly-random or loosely-related words form a unique, descriptive sentence or phrase?

Is there a term for when a series of words come together to form a unique, descriptive sentence or phrase? A few examples I can think of: XKCD comic about strong passwords: As an example of a strong ...
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What do we call the shift in the orthography of words like “cuppa, fella, attaboy and attagirl”? [duplicate]

I know that words like cuppa, fella, attaboy and attagirl are contractions of, respectively, cup of tea, fellow, that's the/a boy and that's the/a girl. I wonder if there is a term which would ...
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can chug be used with food, like chugging down my lunch

Everywhere I've looked, it seems chugging down has to be followed by a drink. But can I use it with food as well? Like "I was doing something (say, walking) while chugging down my lunch". Is ...
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Word for “something that looks man-made/ fabricated/ artificial”

I am writing about how the structure of a protein looks similar to previously lab-made proteins. But the subject of my work is of uncertain origin. So I am looking for a word that allows me to say ...
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Name for the “space between the sky and the earth” [closed]

What is the correct name for the space between heaven and earth? I thought of ether but it seems to have a prevailing chemistry meaning, whereas its second connotation is described by OxfordL as ...
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Is there a specific term for letters that have the same appearance in both lower and upper case?

There are letters that have the same "look" (excluding the size) in both lower and upper case. Cc Oo Pp Ss Vv Ww Xx Zz In English, is there a specific term for these?
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Why is the word “pockets” used when referring to certain sections of places in a large area?

Recently, I was reading about something related to geography. And then, I came across the word "pockets" which actually refer to some small areas in a larger area. But can anyone tell me, ...
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What is it called when someone does something irrational out of custom or habit? [duplicate]

What is it called when someone does something irrational out of custom or habit? For example, in the 1982 film, The Verdict, the case revolves around a medical document in which there is a discrepancy ...
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Is there a term in Journalism that means “words written as they will be printed”?

In charge of a workplace newsletter, I constantly receive E-mails with requests that I include notices in the next issue, but they will read like this: "Please post an announcement for Bob's ...
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More suitable word for 'reactionary' [closed]

I'm looking for a word to describe a group of people who reacts whenever something happens. They are sure to react and are so nearsighted that their reactions are predictable. I was going to use the ...
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Is there a term for when people group 2 unrelated things they dislike into one entity?

I have seen this fallacy a lot of times when I'm having conversations with people. For example - when someone assumes a person who leans towards the right on the political scale will definitely be ...
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if only usage: leave out the 'was'

When 'it' refers to a letter or a complex situation projected to be caused by a letter, is it okay to use 'if only' in the following way? Why or why not? "It'd all be appropriate if only written ...
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Just 'carry' for 'carry weapons' and just 'lift' instead of 'lift weights'. What linguistic phenomenon is it?

There are English verbs that can be used without an object while meaning a certain object. E.g. Carry = carry weapons Lift = lift weights Use = use drugs Possibly, ‘investigate’ (an incident, a crime,...
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What is morphological analysis of words to estimate their meaning called?

Is there a word for this? I'll use an example to show what I mean: Let's say you don't know what sepsis means, which is bacterial infection of blood. So, you start thinking. You break the word up into ...
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Statisticians vs. stochasticians?

A person who does statistics is a statistician. What is a person called who does stochastics (or stochastic modelling)? Searching for "stochastician" yields almost no results (< 1000) ...
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Collective term for nontechnical staff at a company?

I am looking for a term which would refer to all of the nontechnical staff at a technical company. For example, if it is a software firm, the term would refer to, say, all HR, education, travel and ...
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Is there a name for a non-ambiguous statement that contains unresolved ambiguous details?

Yearless dates can be ambiguous. "04/07" for instance is understood as "April 7" by Americans, but as "the 4th of July" by most other nationalities. This ambiguity is ...
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Is there a word for an explanation that is simple but wrong? [duplicate]

Here's an example: Child: "Why are trees so tall?" Mother: "So we can have a good shadow in summer". The answer is adequate in the specific context by being simple and [...
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Is there a term for nicknames which are inserted between first and last names?

Examples: Mike "no-stop" Granger Jimmy "the wrench" Parsons Is there a specific term that describes either of the following? the nickname that comes between the first and last ...
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“Minister for” and “Ministry of”

In some British Commonwealth countries, e.g. Singapore, government ministries are named "Ministry of", as in "Ministry of Defence". However, the title of the minister in charge is &...
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What is the name of such type of diagrams?

I want to know what is the name of such type of diagrams? Searching for text syntax diagrams yields only railroad diagrams, but that is different type, not what I look for.
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What is the proper term for the abbreviation of a team name?

I've been working with a group to make a custom website for displaying player and team information for an e-sports league, and in my table columns I've been using "Team Abbreviation" for the ...
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What is it when we work on something too much to see any new errors? [duplicate]

Whether I write a long paper or presentation, or am reviewing one, after looking it it many times, it seems impossible to notice any additional issues. For example, I am helping a client prepare a ...
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Synonym for un-scientific book by researcher

I am looking for a synonym for a kind of book/genre, that contains interesting information, but is not aimed at the scientific community, being polemical / political and not stringent enough to be ...
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When two things are so related it is situationally useful to think of them as one thing

My line of work is abstract - I could name some items, but it would not help. So, I have two nouns. They have a parent-child relationship. But lately I realize that it is sometimes unhelpful to treat ...
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Does an event happen 'then' in the past or 'there'

I have noticed people sometimes say eg "I nearly dropped my cup then". "Then" sounds wrong to me. I would say "there". Am I just making this up? I dont think of it as ...
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What's the grammatical or linguistic term for general, non-specific words? [closed]

What's the term for general, non-specific words, like: and, is, the, of, in, on, or, this, that... I mean the words which don't specify the content subject-matter of a sentence, but which rather ...
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Is there a term for “not wanting to do something because someone else has already done it”?

For example, person A does something that person B was planning on doing, but person B does not want to do it anymore for fear of being seen as "unoriginal" (even on something not creative) ...
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Rare when referred to meat not cooked for very long

According to the online Cambridge dictionary, rare when referred to meat means "not cooked for very long and still red". As a native speaker of a Romance language I clearly understand the ...
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Machine learning on or of some data?

If it's machine learning using some platform or technology, it makes sense to use "on" ("ML on AWS"), but if we are talking about applying ML to some data, should "on" or ...
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Term for “apparent brand loyalty”

I'm looking for a term or phrase to describe a customer whose apparent brand loyalty is actually due to the high costs (not just the financial ones) of switching to an alternative product. For example,...
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What could be one word for time off for family/personal work?

What could be a word/one word and slang for a time-off period, that someone took for his personal/family work? i.e. I took time-off from office to do some personal work, household chores. The word ...

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