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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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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's the term for contradictory sentences or phrases?

"Don't include too much technical detail if it doesn't add value. " In the sentence above, you could remove the last clause "if it doesn't add value", and the remaining statement &...
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Expression/term for space between door and floor/wall

Let's say smoke is escaping through a close door. It would be escaping through the space between the door and the floor or the wall, or perhaps between door and the jamb. Is there a term for that? Or ...
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Difference between “Registration” and “Enrollment”

I'm developing a scholar system which I have to support english(and others) language. This system haves an "Enrollment" proccess. I've called it as "Enrollment" after some research because I could not ...
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“Above” or “later” when referencing a range of versions of software

Which is correct when referencing an operating system version "OS X 10.6.x and later" or "OS X 10.6.x and above"? Bonus points for providing the why.
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Are there any pairs of English words that are cognate to each other yet have opposite meanings?

Alright, here's the best way I can explain this: if, hypothetically, the word pairs (love, loathe) and (friend, fiend) were cognates (i.e. they shared an etymological ancestor), they would be ...
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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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What is the word for the corner where ceiling and wall meet in a house?

In a square room in a house, what is the word for the corner where one of the walls meets the ceiling? I kept thinking it was a word like "eaves", but that turned out to be the overhang. I have ...
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What is the relationship between Juxtaposition, Oxymoron, and Paradox? [closed]

Explain the definition and relationship between "juxtaposition", "oxymoron", and "paradox". I'm supposed to apply this to Romeo and Juliet too, so any examples including them would be appreciated. ...
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What is the polite term for native islanders of the Caribbean?

What is the appropriate term to refer to the people native to the Caribbean islands? I need a general term, appropriate for use in schoolwork, similar to the term "Native American", that can ...
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Term to express a range of fluctuation

I am trying to make a term for a function equipped on an image sensor. The term is to express "the upper limit of fluctuation allowance in image size which is specified in %" The value of percentage ...
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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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Expression for “repeat placement in storage” or “conditioning for storage”

From a Russian National Standard for medical equipment: 8.1.5. Маркировка потребительской тары или футляров должна содержать: - год и месяц переконсервации при необходимости; i.e., "The ...
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Annotation of a thesis on history [closed]

Could you help me, please? I am writing a thesis on a certain kind of church register books (schematisms) and I'm worried that my translation simply doesn't sound right. (There might be quite a lot of ...
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Is there a word like “ambidextrous” to describe mixed hemisphere brain dominance?

In brain dominance theory, the terms left-/right-brained, left-/right-minded, and left/right hemisphere dominant are often used to describe a particular lateral dominance within the human brain. Many ...
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Henceforth, heretofore and notwithstanding thenceforward wherewithal

I love * these kind of words: Moreover, therefore, heretofore, hereto, however, notwithstanding, furthermore, henceforth, wherefore, nonetheless, nevertheless, although, withal, howbeit, albeit,...
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Why can the word “fusion” mean either “combining” or “breaking/melting” in different contexts?

The word "fusion" is at times confusing because in a way it has two opposite meanings: Combining things together, for example "nuclear fusion". Melting/breaking things, for ...
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Various terminologies pertaining to measurements

I am trying to find appropriate names for various components related to measuring something. For instance, given the following sentence: 100 kg of flour I am able to come up with the following: 100 ...
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What is the UK equivalent of 'murica and 'straya?

There is a pejorative phrase in the United States for country hicks that has recently arisen: 'murica Implying that that user of the phrase doesn't pronounce their words properly and doesn't ...
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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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Plastic silverware - What's that? (American English)

I was surprised to discover that what we Brits call cutlery is called silverware in the U.S. To me the term 'silverware' refers to items that are made of pure silver or, at the very least, are silver-...
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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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Why does the police use “K-9 Unit” instead of “dog”?

Throughout North America, I keep seeing police cars labeled "K-9 unit". I know "K-9" is a homophone of "canine", but why don't they just use "Police dog"?
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“get along” er “git along” or “go along” (does vehicular usage matter?)?

Why is that individual (quote attached as screenshot for evidence, servant turned their back to face away before issuing the command, to/for the conductor to drive) saying "get along" and ...
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Term of solid phase floating on surface of liquid phase

I am looking for what to call the solid or dust particles that reside at the surface of a liquid after density separation by flotation. I had the term supernatant in mind, but I looked it up and it ...
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Origin of “upmod”

What is the origin of the term "upmod" that is used by some people as a synonym of "upvote"? ("Downmod" also exists for the opposite action.) I found a Reddit thread that raises the question but doesn'...
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What’s going on with "hot -> heat”? [duplicate]

I am looking for a particular linguistic term for this process of turning words like hot into words like heat. English has a bunch of pairs like these: Hot -> heat Whole -> heal (Folk)lore ->...
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Precise terms for directionality in a writing system

The term directionality often refers to two distinct directions in a writing system. Most commonly directionality is used to refer to the direction in which individual characters are written in a line....
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Different types of whistling

Are there terms or succinct phrases that describe the different ways of whistling listed below? The standard put-your-lips-together-and-blow Tongue against bottom teeth Sticking two fingers (thumb ...
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The Difference Between “Cream” and “Creme” [closed]

I've always wondered whether to use cream or creme. I know, both are used, but when and how? From my understanding, I think of creme as a dessert. She pressed down on the lever to shoot out a mound ...
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What do you call the frequent conjunction {juxtaposition} 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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synonym for child-like [adult]

There is a specific term, and it keeps evading me, that refers to an adult who still embraces child-like wonder, curiosity, etc.... Not inferring a child-like or infantile adult, i.e. someone with a ...
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What is the body of a text preceding a postscript called?

A postscript may be added to the end of a letter or email (she explained knowing that people on english.stackexchange.com would be unfamiliar with the term). An afterword can be appended to the end ...
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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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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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A diptych is a pair of paintings. What is a single painting called?

A diptych (from the Greek di "two" and ptychē "fold") is a pair of paitings. You can also say triptych for a group of three paintings belonging together, septych for a group of seven and so on. ...
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First use of the expression “Spandau Ballet”

Am wondering about the known history of this term. I assume that Spandau refers to the German MG08. The term as a whole refers to the behaviour of massed troops being hit by machine gun fire. The ...
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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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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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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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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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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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