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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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Political catchwords used to misguide?

I remember reading a Wikipedia article about a linguistic category of catchwords used in politics which refer to ill-defined ideas. They are left purposefully vague so their exact meaning is left ...
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Accounting Unit

I think the term "accounting unit" can have two different meanings: First: The unit which gets counted. This could be hours, dollar, pieces Second: The party which gets the bill. ... but I am not ...
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Is there a grammatical term to distinguish the different functions of the verb “married”?

Sense 1: The husband married the wife. Sense 2: The priest married the couple. Is there grammatical a term that characterizes the different ways the verb is used in these two senses? I'm ...
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Combined word for both films and videos

Is there a combined word for both films and videos? Some examples: Fellini's movies are films. Some cheap, amateur movie is a video. Expensive music video of some musician will be a video (still). (...
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“sink my jig” in nautical dialect

In a short story by Edward Page Mitchel entitled The Last Cruise of the Judas Iscariot, captain Cram, a sailor from Main, tells the story of him building a schooner with three masts, which was frowned ...
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Why is it called a literary cycle?

The word cycle itself is simple enough when used to mean something that returns to its beginning, something that loops. But how did it also gain the meaning of a literary cycle, defined as a ...
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Is there a term that describes the set of professional skills of a person?

This set of professional skills can be used to determine which work is best for someone. Example of use: The test yields that Marie has a good <term> for the project manager vacancy
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What is the lingustic term for a language's usage conventions?

Every language has usage conventions that cannot be deducted from a basic dictionary. For example, to describe highly concentrated tea, English speakers will usually use "strong tea". Is there a ...
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Correspondence of French “exercice” and English “year/period” in a specialized, economic sense

In French, we use the term exercice to refer to a period of time between two events. We say exercice fiscal for fiscal year, exercice comptable for accounting period, etc. One of the senses given by ...
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Term for the kind of tools that haven't significantly changed over history

I’m looking for a term for the kind of tools that haven’t significantly changed over history.  These kind of items first uses usually date from humanity's early days, haven't changed much in form or ...
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Origins of '[politician's last name] derangement syndrome' and of 'derangement' in the sense of 'insanity'

In recent months, Donald Trump has characterized critics of his administration as suffering from "Trump Derangement Syndrome"—presumably, an irrational hostility to anything Trump says or does. The ...
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What word is an adjective meaning “not first”?

In the following sentences, what single word can I use to summarize the ordinal numbers second, third, fourth, etc.? When you take your second, third, fourth, etc. flu shot, call me. If you ...
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Terminology for turning an idiom's meaning around

Just recently, I used the idiom comparing apples and oranges in an argument with someone when they compared two vastly different mathematical fields and claimed that, because deep learning neural ...
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What do you call the conjunction of two words?

The statement that I want to make is: "Impostor syndrome" ... why does this (conjunction of words) sneak into every text I read these days? What is the right or best expression for "conjunction of ...
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Is there a general term for small objects used in sewing/tailoring/knitting etc.? [closed]

Needles, thimbles, hooks and so on. I feel like there should be some all-encompassing word for that but I can't find it.
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What is the term for when a multitude of similes or metaphors are used in quick succession to describe something?

I am trying to find out the name of, or if there even is a widely accepted name for, the construction described in the title: when an author uses more than one simile or metaphor, in rapid succession, ...
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What do you call a contraption for holding newspapers?

In Austria, there is newspaper holder that looks like this: This allows you to hold newspapers in a more convenient way: Is there a better word for this device in American English than newspaper ...
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Word for a device that supplies energy in general

There is a class of devices that provide mechanical energy known as actuators. Examples include motors, hydraulics (like on construction equipment) and many others. I'm looking for a more general ...
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Specific type of abbreviation in textese

I would like to know if there is preexisting metalanguage or a term to describe the following types of abbreviations often present in textese or SMS language: see → c, you → u, are → r, your → ur, ...
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What is this thing in the picture called in English? [closed]

What is that thing that opens usually on top of the window called?
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Term for wall corner facing out?

I thought about posting this in woodworking, but everything there seems to be related to actual problems in carpentry. I'm trying to describe a kitten’s behaviour: Frisky's so desperate for an ...
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Term for transient container

In a coffee processing plant I dealt with they had a sequence of machinery. Large bins of coffee would be brought in from farms. The bins had doors at the bottom you could open. The bin would be ...
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What is the origin of “law of excluded middle”? [migrated]

Reading an article I have stumbled across the concept of law of excluded middle. Wikipedia mentions that original expression is principium tertii exclusi which literally translates to principle of ...
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Is there a technical or semi-technical expression for occasionally misreading words?

I occasionally misread words. I estimate the error rate is roughly one in 25,000 to 50,000 words (roughly 100 pages), or a misread word several times a week. Examples: undeserved: should be ...
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Term for new or inappropriate phrases that appear when you remove the spaces between words?

I'm looking for a term, if it exists at all, that describes a new word or phrase that appears when you remove the spaces from a phrase. Lots of websites have fallen into this trap, for example: Old ...
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How should I say phrases where measurements are involved?

I give you a few examples: This is the capacitor's capacitance OR This is the capacitance of the capacitor? This is the resistor's resistance OR This is the resistance of the resistor? This is the ...
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What do you mean by Communication Network? [closed]

In the following concept, what do you mean by Communication Network? There is an association (an inter-continental one) in which each member participates in building relation among its member through ...
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Term for 'branching into separate parts and then recombining' [duplicate]

For example, when a river bifurcates into two separate streams of water, and then these two streams rejoin further along to become a single river once more. Bifurcate itself is not generalized enough ...
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Word for: A river than splits into two, later rejoining into one? (fluvial terminology)

A tributary is river or stream that flows into a larger river. A distributary a stream branching off a river. Is there a word that combines both structures, the idea of a river that splits in two ...
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Is there a word (or shorter/clearer phrase) for “incorrect implication/suggestion”? [closed]

Example sentences: I don't drink bleach very often. Why does one plus one equal three? The first sentence seems to suggest that I do drink bleach occasionally, even though from a strictly logically ...
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Is there a term for thinking anything heard from an outside source about yourself or someone else is true?

This is most prominently seen with people who follow astrological signs. E.g. "Well Cancers are very sentimental people, so that totally explains me/my mom/my friend". Is there a phrase or specific ...
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What is a “stick-on dashboard bubble”?

In Stephen King's Salem's Lot, I read ...Parkin's Ford with a stick-on dashboard bubble... What is a stick-on dashboard bubble? Googling didn't yield any meaningful results (anything you could ...
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Term for “people paid to post bad reviews of a product”

There is a Chinese term 网路水军 (wǎnglù shuǐjūn) for people paid to attack a particular target on the Internet. I've seen "spammers" as the English for this expression, but to my mind a spammer usually ...
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What is the term for “‑ate” noun/verb pairs, and why can’t I find references to “hyphenate” used that way?

When you conjugate (verb, conjuGATE) things you get a conjugate (noun, conjuGIT). When you precipitate (verb, ...TATE) a solution you get a precipitate (noun, ...TIT). When you concentrate (verb, ......
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Where did the term “flame war”/“flaming” come from?

I found this term on the history of Tanenbaum and Torvalds debate, but I couldn't find the origin of the term. I've understood the meaning (from UrbanDictionary): A flame war is a heated argument ...
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Is there a word for the condition of being infested with ticks? [closed]

Is there a word or term for the state of a human or animal infested with ticks? Mainly just curious. Examples: He's suffering from ______. Don't get near him: he has _____.
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What do you call a phrase where one part is fixed and another part is free?

What do you call a phrase the where overall phrase structure (i.e. grammar) plus the use of a few fixed words makes it recognisable? E.g. "raining cats and dogs" could also be "pouring cats and dogs" ...
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Torsionally soft means?

Elastomer couplings are known to be “torsionally soft” Torque is “rotational force” Does this mean that elastomer couplings have less capacity for transmitting rotational energy ? Do they not ...
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Using “range” instead of “scope” [closed]

Can the word "range" be used interchangeably with the word "scope" such as in "Scope/range of application of the regulation"?
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What is the term for a sentence which reads same forwards and backwards?

Please note, I'm not asking for a palindrome. I mean to say that only the word order is rearranged, not the actual spelling of the word. An example might be as follows: First ladies rule the ...
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Word or phrase for “shooting an arrow with a bow”

What's the right way to refer to the act of using a bow and an arrow to shoot? Imagine a situation, in which Jack gave a bow and an arrow to John and asked him to shoot. John did, but since he had no ...
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Is there a term for not identifying with your current age?

"Transgender" refers to someone who doesn't identify with their birth gender. "Transracial" refers to someone who doesn't identify with their birth race. Is there a term for someone who doesn't ...
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Word for something that can be expressed in currencies

What may be a term (word, phrase or expression) to indicate that an object property (e.g. price, value) is expressed in a specific currency, something like "currenciable". Similar example can be "...
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Term for being responsible for previous customers after taking over a company

Slightly abstract question but i'm after a single word that describes this: Say your company buys another company that provides a service - is there a word that describes that you are still ...
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“Assumption of a guarantee for qualities” meaning unclear in warranty terms and conditions

I've been asked to translate the sentence, "The above is without prejudice to further claims in the event of the assumption of a guarantee for qualities." The phrase "assumption of a guarantee ...
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Negative phrase or term meaning “undue faith in the system”

I've always wanted a term to express people having an overly strong faith in the social system. What I mean by this is when people often seem to think that there is much more thought or study that ...
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A word for decorations added to letters

Is there a word for the artistic decorations that are often added to letters in some type-faces / fonts (e.g. caligraphy, etc.) I'm thinking like a serif, but as far as I know, (I'm open to ...
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Is there a term for a coined word that gives meaning by association?

Bear with me as this is hard to articulate. Is there a word or term that describes when a coined word has obvious or intended meaning by being similar to another word, or having a certain "feel" to it?...
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Is there a name for words rhyming from two different stanzas?

Im analyzing this poem, and I noticed that none of the words rhyme with each other in a stanza, but words rhyme with another word from tge next stanza. I understand rhyme scheme is supposed to be ...