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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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The term for caring more about problems that you see as directly affecting yourself

What is the term for the tendency to care more about problems that we perceive as directly affecting us? Or, relatedly, the tendency to show more empathy for people's problems when we perceive the ...
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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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“Paintings on walls and ceilings” and “painting of portraits, landscapes”

I am creating a portfolio of painter's works and I need to categorize them. There will be two global categories: Paintings on canvas Painting on walls and ceilings The paintings on canvas divide ...
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Does the term 'master' in git (the VC system) refer to slavery?

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....
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The relation of a person you share a half-sibling with

My parents, Bianca and Ivan, are currently married and have always been since I was born. Bianca had a previous relationship with Henry with whom she had a son named John, thus John and I are half-...
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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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“Pleonasm,” but for antonyms, not synonyms?

A pleonasm is a phrase whose component parts point to the same semantic meaning, but due to language-user's error or fixed idioms, exist: "most optimum," "semantic meaning," "...
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Misusing “which” as a conjunction

Does anybody have a name for this construction? To me it is non-grammatical. I hiked early this morning with my sister which I am not a morning person! I hear this kind of thing quite a bit. It ...
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What is a group of dragonflies?

As per title, what is the name of a group of dragonflies? Some friends say it is a mob, some say it is a hover. Anyone?
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It is correct the use of this word “electrophoretically”? [closed]

I wrote this sentence "The quality of obtained PCR-products was determined electrophoretically in 2% agarose gel." I'm a little afrain about the use of the word "electrophoretically&...
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What do we call a “manuscript expert”?

Someone (in most cases an academic) who is well-rounded in the field of ancient manuscripts, with solid training in history and/or literature, one or more ancient languages, paleography, and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What do you call the container that looks like a ‘Pringles bottle’?

I don't need to eat that Pringles. I need the name of the bottle that contains them, i.e. which is long, doesn't need to be round, empty inside and light-weight. What do you call such a thing in ...
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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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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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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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A word for 'independent episodes'

When we have a series of episodes where every single episode depends on and develops from the previous, we may call that a sequel, or maybe a continuum. Now let us say that we have a collection of ...
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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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Another term for “Master Slave”

In technology, the "master" controls one or more devices known as the slave(s). For the novel I am writing, I prefer avoiding the connotation of Master/Slave. Is their a word, term or other phrase ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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What is the word to describe someone whom you are gossiping about

I was writing another question on Workplace Interview when i realised that I did not know a term / word to describe someone whom you are gossiping about What is a word / term to describe someone whom ...
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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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Jogging or running?

I am telling someone that I am in for sports and spend quite some time outside at a stadium/park moving faster than walking. What is the common word for that? Am I running or jogging? Am I a runner or ...
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Is 'bug' a term or a slang word?

In my answer to the question about the opposite for bug in programming, I referred to 'bug' as a slang word. Shaun Wilson, in his comment insists on 'bug' being a term that derived from a historical ...
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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 name of the tactic that politicians use to bury people with torrent of words?

Some people write bloated books and long essays with skilful use of hooks, e.g. Jared Diamond; some others speak in long-drawn sentences with torrents of words, e.g. Noam Chomsky. It reminds me of a ...
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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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What is the merit of calling a verb phrase a clause?

Traditionally, a clause is defined as consisting of a subject and predicate. In Oxford Dictionary, it is defined as: A unit of grammatical organization next below the sentence in rank and in ...
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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 is the term for a shortened word that is pronounced based on phantom letters?

I'm only posting out of curiosity. But recently I've begun to wonder what you would call a shortening of a word that only sounds correct when spoken, and the pronunciation cannot be inferred from its ...
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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 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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Is there a descriptive word for someone who allows things to happen, no matter the consequences?

For example, the head of a country who believes in his people's right of free speech, including those of critics or activists who strongly denounce his leadership, but will not do anything to curtail ...
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What term would you use for a person who caused an incident

I am working on a procedure for my company and I am seeking a term to use for someone who causes an incident/accident. Example: Have "term" fill out an incident report as soon as they are able to.
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What is the difference between “pallet” and “skid”

I usually call this device a pallet, but I have heard it referred to as a skid: Is there a difference between the two words (such as one is the name of the actual wooden device, the other is the ...
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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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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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