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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 are some colloquial expressions we can use with the word MORTGAGE? [closed]

The title says it all. I'm hunting for some everyday expressions with MORTGAGE which are totally fine for everyday English but wouldn't be normally used in legal context. Thanks a lot!
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What is the word for the problem of not knowing the terminology of something [duplicate]

What is the word used to represent the frustrating situation of wanting to find out about some topic, but not knowing the proper terminology related to said topic, and therefore being unable to search ...
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What is the name of the rhetorical device that describes an author's interruption into a narrative for literary effect?

I would like to know what the name of the rhetorical device is that describes a sudden authorial interruption, to achieve some literary effect, into a continuing narrative which s/he is providing. The ...
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Meaning of the phrase "frog-walker" in reference to a horse

The Marty Robbins song Strawberry Roan describes the story of a cowboy trying to break an old horse, the eponymous Strawberry Roan (I'm unsure of any connection to the various films of the same name). ...
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To describe something as a 'quarter' or 'half' of something do they need to be of a certain size?

If I split something into two unequally sized pieces can I say for example, this is 'my half', or I have the 'bigger half' of a cake? I hear this a lot with natural English speakers. If I split ...
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Common names for head-to-head single-elimination tournament rounds (knockout, sudden death, competition, bracket)

Head-to-head knockout tournaments are common across a number of areas (various sports, games, and best-of contests for music/art/flag types, for example). This has resulted in many tournaments having ...
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Does 'genocide' cover mass murder of a people by sex or gender? Is there a better word?

Genocide defined: In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical (sic), racial or religious group, ...
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In the sentence "I just saw her," is "just saw" or "saw" the simple predicate? (and a bonus question about predicates)

Based on my reading, the simple predicate only includes the verb or verb phrase, while the complete predicate includes the verb or verb phrase plus all of its modifiers. With that in mind, would "...
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What is the term for a electrical generator's present power-generation setting with respect to its nominal capacity?

Sometimes people refer to how much electrical power a power generator is currently generating, but not in units of power (such as Watts), but as a percentage of its maximum capability. The first ...
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What are "double negatives" in English, and are they ever correct?

This is a followup to a comment exchange and particularly this comment over on ELL. One user contends that a double negative is always wrong in standard English. This user also maintains that: First, ...
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"Agriculture" including only plants and excluding animals

In English, "agriculture" includes the cultivation of both plants and animals for food. In some languages, a cognate such as "agricultura" (in Spanish) may contemplate only plants ...
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If a written line of poetry ends ᴡɪᴛʜᴏᴜᴛ a punctuation mark and the next line starts with “and”, is this considered an enjambment?

In the poem “Planetarium” by Adrienne Rich, there are the following lines: of a woman trying to translate pulsations into images for the relief of the body and the reconstruction of the mind. The ...
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Describing multiple choices with two options in a particular order in one statement

Say I have three options (or choices if prefer) , A,B and C but one must decide on either A or later having the option of B and C (you cannot choose B or C straight away, only decide that you don't ...
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Commence from or Commence to? [closed]

How is "Commence" correctly placed in a sentence as below? The holiday will commence from Monday 2nd of May to Wednesday 4th of May (or) The holiday will commence on Monday 2nd of May to ...
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What term describes the relationship between tenth, hundredth, thousandth and the number ten? [migrated]

What term describes the relationship between tenth, hundredth, thousandth, et cetera (1/10, 1/100, 1/1000, ...) and the number ten? (Despite what some may say, I don't accept that "decimal" ...
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Is “whose” a true relative pronoun? (and request for the full list of relative pronouns)

The internet is indeed a tangled web, and since anyone can write anything, there is a lot of conflicting information about what is and isn’t a relative pronoun. We all agree that who, whom, that, and ...
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Describing Distance [closed]

What is the correct way to describe distances? Are two lines of 'two meters' the same 'distance' or twos separate 'equal' distances? If two points are in the same place do I have a 'distance of 0 ...
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What is the overflow feature from a canal to a river called?

A weir is a low barrier across the width of a river to change its level. What is the overflow feature from a canal to a river called? View from the canal: View from the river:
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Am I related to my friend [duplicate]

My great great great grandfather’s frist wife had one child and I am his descendant. My great great great grandfather remarried a woman who was the sister of a man that was the ancestor of my friend. ...
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What device is "lullabies and battle cries", phrases that show two opposite ends of a scale? [duplicate]

In lyrics to a poem, the author is commenting on a group of people and mentions their "lullabies and battle cries". My other half belives this is an oxymoron, however I don't think this is ...
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Term for getting "Depending on" the wrong way around

I have been trying for some time to figure out the correct term for a grammatical error that drives me up the wall. It is when people use the phrase "depending on" the 'wrong way around'. ...
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Goodly/godly, loose/lose - name of the rhetorical device? [closed]

What is the name of the following rhetorical device? loose - lose goodly - godly (not in the sense that both words are used in a text but that one is used while implicitly implying the other, e.g. ...
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Is there a term for an experience that causes someone to change their beliefs? [duplicate]

I'm wondering if there is a term for an experience or event that causes someone to develop new beliefs or change existing beliefs. Some examples: After a person has negative or positive experiences ...
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What is the equivalent word to oenology for the study of, knowledge of or expertise in alcoholic drinks and making them?

Apologies in advance, I am no linguist and don't know the proper terminology for things. I am looking for a collective word to describe someone who is interested in alcohol, makes cocktails, brews, ...
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Regular vs Irregular polysemy

I'm having trouble understanding the difference between regular and irregular polysemy. May someone give an example?
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Is there a term to describe words with opposites of the same form?

By "words with opposites of the same form", I mean word pairs such as: Input/Output Inhale/Exhale Import/Export and so forth. Is there a term to describe such pairs?
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What is a vertical panorama called?

A mountain “viewpoint” is a great place to get a panoramic view of a region: you can generally take in a huge area [panorama] from left to right. I was wondering what term or phrase describes a ...
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What is the correct term for all the forms and derivatives of a root word?

I want to make a comprehensive word list, and I want to refer to that list using the accurate terminology. In my list I want all the forms, extensions, derivatives, etc of each word. I am using the ...
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What's a word meaning to use one’s hands and feet equally?

Is there a word that means being able to use one’s feet and toes like hands and fingers such as ambidextrous is to use both left and right hands equally?
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Is there a term for the aspect of style where an author indicates who is speaking? [duplicate]

In a novel, for example, imagine the following sentence: "I like chowder", Helen said. What I'm looking for is the highlighted part. There are many different ways that particular sentence ...
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Single noun/phrase to denote transfer across levels of formality of language

Question: What is the name of the quality denoting the formality/colloquialism of and/or amount of jargon in language? Context: I am writing a review for a paper in which authors developed a model ...
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At some point it's pointless to buy very expensive jeans because the quality can only be so high: term for this? [duplicate]

There is a term for something being very expensive in a pointless or vain way since the quality can only reach a certain point so you're just paying for a reason besides that.
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What is the term for the 'bastardisation' of common phrases and idioms? [duplicate]

Recently, I have been analysing lyrics to songs. Frequently, the writer inverts and 'bastardises' common phrases and idioms to play off of the established meaning. I have been using the term '...
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Can the word "abstract" mean "to apply payment"?

I use a proprietary piece of software at work for entering AR payments and the user interface calls this process of applying payments to invoices "abstracting." This term is commonly used in ...
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Does "reclaiming" only apply to group-identity derogatory words (turned into terms of empowerment)?

I have a follow up to this question, Is there a term or word for the process of a group of people taking (or attempting to) an insulting word/phrase and making it their own? which received the ...
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Term to describe 'all the rest' of a collection of things?

Is there a term to refer to everything in a collection except some named thing(s); that is, to mean 'all the rest' in that collection? Examples Suppose you read: Ukraine downed 22 of Russia's fixed-...
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Antonyms and opposites

Is there an antonym for the verb besiege? asked for an “opposite” for the word besiege, with answers like occupy, barricade, where the person doing the barricading is inside the barrier, defending his ...
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Word for the action of flipping the pages of a book (such as when viewing flip book animation)?

Would like to know if there is any terminology for the action/activity/motion of flipping the pages of a book as one would do when viewing the animation of a flip book, scanning top corner of book to ...
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Is there a term for proper nouns with multiple capitalised letters?

I am looking for a way to classify proper nouns that have multiple capitalised letters within the same word. Most examples are company or product names such as SteamVR or LinkedIn. If there is a term ...
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Farthest vs Furthest [duplicate]

I am trying to describe the distance from a root node in a programming context. The root node is abstract and not physical so I'm thinking the proper usage would be furthest, but what would be ...
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Term for when something specific is used to represent something more general? [duplicate]

Is there a term for when something specific is used with the intention of representing something more general, for example a group or collective, or even something nebulous, like a period in time? ...
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Term for activity or system when something is fed its own power

For example, if someone fed a cow its own milk what would that be? Maybe the term is related to the cow being content with this set up, almost thankful, even though they're the ones being exploited ...
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What's a word that means "thing that is held or worn during battle to protect oneself from injury and/or to inflict injury on others"?

What's a word that means "thing that is held or worn during battle to protect oneself from injury and/or to inflict injury on others"? To better explain this question, allow me to give an ...
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Loan-word for a relaxed cultural attitude towards opening and closing times

"No customers, so I closed early. Xxxxx, right?" For example, a recent visitor to Hawaii described stores closing hours before the posted times on occasional days "just because" ...
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What is a word for something that can be made or left blank? [closed]

For example, an area on a paper or electronic form might be left blank. This could be because the information doesn't exist, or, because the person filling the form prefers not to provide it. It ...
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What are some words that can mean either pushing or dragging?

I'm making a game in which the player can either push or drag certain objects, like crates. In my code I usually refer to both of these actions as "moving" whenever I don't want to specify ...
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Referent vs Inference vs Profer as options for use in comparison against Reference

“I use an audio trace as a reference to allow me to compare how my mixed track of [ ] background music resembles the reference.” My answer would be product for the blank space, where we compare ...
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What is the meaning of these words? [closed]

group of six rough frame buildings was bisected by a narrow dirt street; there was a scattering of tents beyond the buildings on either side. The wagon passed first on its left a loosely erected tent ...
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Word order in the sentences with 'I wonder'

I do not know the correct terminology for phrases that contain the 'I wonder' bit. I do, however, realise that most of the time the word order in such sentences is supposed to be sort of 'reversed', e....
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Shorter terms for two question types

I am writing a program to scrape questions from a online Stanford-Binet Test website, specifically this series of urls: https://stanfordbinettest.com/quiz/full-quiz/question/#, where # stands for an ...
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