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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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Expression for straight male who prefers the company of gay men

We used to call women who preferred the company of gay men as "fag hags" What are straight men who prefer the company of gay men called? I found nothing on the internet, unless you count Urban.
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What are these pieces of cooking equipment called? [on hold]

I decided to write down all the recipes I know to my website in English. However, I realized that I do not know what many common items are called. To make things even more confusing, I do not know if ...
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Word or common short phrase for an intentionally hasty initial proposal to group?

Is there a preferred word or common short phrase (or multiple) for a proposal made to a second party or group that is merely a first draft, intentionally hasty and likely poor quality, in order to ...
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Subject with -ian suffix is a?

Is there a word which describes the relation of, when associating or committing, an added suffix such as “-ian” (or “-ic”, et al.) to its subject? For example: “Orwellian is the _____ of/for ...
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Two subjects that are inextricably linked/bonded together

I'm doing a piece where I am trying to state that a place is linked/bonded together with a river tightly. Just using "linked/bonded" as a term seems weak, is there any phrase to replace them that ...
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What is the opposite of 'TL;DR'? [on hold]

I'm wondering if there an opposite of the slang initialism "TL;DR". Note that my use case is for posts on my personal tech blog. I sometimes write a quick section at the top of the post titled "TL;DR"...
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What is “high-spec” term means [closed]

Can anybody explain what is "high-spec"? The text-"... to own the " budget flagship" space with it's high-spec, lower-priced offerings..."
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Term or reference for person who makes their problem everyone else's problem

For example, a roommate who puts fragile glassware in the middle of the common area. No one can move it, but everyone must tiptoe around it for free if breaking it. While this has an element of ...
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Word that implies “a lot of meaning”

I'm looking for a term which can be used to describe the phenomenon that some words impart more information than others. It is clear that some words are very specific while others may be more generic ...
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Is there a word for a message that is intended to be intercepted by an adversary?

There is a kind of message in espionage that is meant to be intercepted by an adversary for the purpose of spreading false information: For instance, by sending a letter stating that troops are moving ...
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How are relative pronouns pronouns?

Pronouns usually replace nouns or noun phrases. There are a few fuzzy examples where it's not as clear cut as that (e.g. "my" which refers to me but acts like a determiner, and "mine" which refers to ...
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What word describes people who consciously choose to accept what is natural and not alter it

Words that come to mind are: zen-like naturalist accepting but perhaps there is a more scholarly/accurate/electric word I can publish. These people are not ignorant or unable; they are reasonably ...
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What does it mean for RFC 3339 to be “a profile of” ISO 8601?

RFC 3339 says: This document defines a date and time format for use in Internet protocols that is a profile of the ISO 8601 standard for representation of dates and times using the Gregorian ...
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What does the term “cynical resignation” mean? And its prominence in the English language

I have already looked up the meaning of the words "cynical" and "resignation", however, the term "cynical resignation" does not make much sense to me. Q1: Could someone perhaps comment/explain? ...
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Word for an object involved in a collision?

I want a word that is used to mean an object involved in a collision, for example, say two tennis balls collide - ball 1 and ball 2 - what would be a word that could describe either ball, only in the ...
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One letter refers to two sounds — what is it called?

There are words where one letter refers to two different sounds, e.g. eighth, where T exists itself and also makes a /θ/ sound, or threshold, which is sometimes pronounced with a /h/ sound, especially ...
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Who knows about another word for “Pantisocracy” [on hold]

I'm looking for other words which approximate the meaning of "a social order which is defined as neither neither "patriarchy" or "matriarchy"" and retains the "-archy" form. I've found "pantisocracy." ...
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Is the affix/root/combining-form model necessary to understand medical terminology?

I am learning medical terminology. My medical terminology textbook has me confused about roots, prefixes, suffixes, and combining forms. As a neophyte to morphology, I am trying to understand why it ...
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What is “software-intensive industry” in software engineering and business?

In the broad area of developing/giving/selling software as-is or as hidden part of some other products (such as cars ot airplanes), what is meant by the term software-intensive industry? A. Is it ...
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What's the term for a phrase made of two words that have the same meaning?

Sometimes we place two words together that have the same meaning, thus making one of the words unnecessary. Examples: Body corporate ('corporate' comes from Latin 'corpus', which means 'body'), so it'...
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What does “snappy number” mean in Jazz?

First, I am not sure whether it would be ok to ask a question like this in this category. If it is inappropriate, I'll erase it. I bumped into Aaron Copland's saying, "... all American music could ...
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My worries turned to none/nothing

My worries turned to none. My worries turned to nothing. Are both these sentences stated correctly? I think the first one might be wrong due to the definitions of none, but it doesn't sound too ...
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What is the term for an expression such as, “Now we're cooking with gas.”

I have been looking for the term used for expressions such as "Now we're cooking with gas" for a while and even google couldn't answer it.
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Is there a term for words or expressions that have meaning in both directions?

I'm talking about words like 'comfortable' (the chair is comfortable, or, I am comfortable in the chair) and 'curious' (it is a curious painting, or, I am curious about that painting). So, is there an ...
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NORMINAL — normal or with nominal mistake?

At the very end of the live-stream for the nominal SpaceX STP-2 mission, the presenter places what appears to be a baseball cap onto the table. It reads "NORMINAL" (sic). My first thought was how ...
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What does “playground” mean in an informatics educational context?

What does “playground” mean when people use this word in articles or tutorials? For example, there is an article with this title: "Kotlin Playground" (Kotlin is a programming language and this is an ...
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Are US detention centers on the US-Mexico border “concentration camps”?

There is a hot "debate" on Twitter regarding whether the detention centers used by the US border patrol to detain/hold immigrants can be called "concentration camps" or not. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, ...
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Term for either the Earth's Moon or Sun?

Is there a term (compound word or phrase would be acceptable) one could use to refer to either the Moon or the Sun depending on the time of day? Other than the big shiny thing in the sky. I'd use it ...
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What is a secondary school graduate called?

I think graduate indicates only a university graduate in British English, but in American English can it perhaps also suggest a high-school graduate as well? Could anyone tell me something about ...
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“Sixty tray, all day” — what does that mean?

I've stumbled upon a very peculiar phrase in a comic I'm currently reading; here's the screenshot. As can be seen, just before exiting the train some gangsta guy quips "Sixty tray, all day" to a ...
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Term for “bending in multiple directions at the same time” - “mind bending”, actually

I want to extend the expression "mind bending" to mean "mind bending in multiple directions at the same time". My intuition to "mind bending" is an object becoming curved to roughly a quarter ...
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In grammar terminology, what sentence structure terminology is used to describe the infinitive-looking phrase after the verb “told”?

BACKGROUND INFORMATION: The sentences below prove that the infinitive form of verbs as well as the gerund form can be used in the object position of the sentence structure S-V-O. I like toys. (...
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Is there a word for the arrow/pointer of a speech bubble

A speech bubble points to the person articulating the speech. The bubble itself is a square, but what is the arrow that points to the speaker called?
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Is there a term for when fiction refers to fiction

In the movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, two characters are talking and one refers to something from Star Trek. Here is the lines from that dialogue (source IMDB), Elliott: He's a man from outer ...
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How to call the outcome of a cooking recipe, in quantitative terms [closed]

Talking about cooking recipes, how do you call "the amount of it that the recipe produces", the recipe outcome in quantitative terms? I'm looking for the more professional term, the one used by ...
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What is a term for someone who plays the fool and is secretly not one?

This is akin to the ‘Darth Jar Jar’ theory, where Jar Jar is theorised to be a powerful and clever sith lord who acts clumsy and stupid to hide in plain sight. Preferably the term conveys a fake ...
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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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How to refer in English to the Spanish “consonante” and “asonante” rhymes?

Verses in Spanish language can have two types of rhyme: Consonante rhyme, in which every sound from the stressed syllable to the end are the same. Asonante rhyme, in which every vowel sound from the ...
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A word for reporting observations without drawing conclusions [closed]

I recently read an article about Navy pilots seeing something they couldn't identify and thought they did a good job of reporting on the incident without making assumptions as to what they were seeing....
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Finding a better name for “context” or “variant” for describing a software object concept

Problem: In a software product, there is the possibility to define sets of parameters (key, value pairs). The functionality is encapsulated in an object in the code, to be reused by programmers ...
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The deliberate use of misleading terminology [duplicate]

Is there a word or phrase which describes "choice of misleading words", or the negation: "choice of non-misleading words"? The nearest phrases I can think of are linguistic deception, or controlled ...
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Is there a single word for unhealthy ego?

This article actually explains my question http://stonepsychology.com/is-your-ego-healthy-or-unhealthy-heres-how-to-tell/ very well. If we say some action is driven by 'ego' we often mean that the ...
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I need an assistance in finding new word driven out of “Neutralization” word [closed]

I need help in finding the most suitable words derived from the word neutralization. I am using the word neutralization to describe a particular mathematical situation where the problem can be ...
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Name for a business model where you get free 'basic' packages

I'm looking for a term for a business model that includes free base packages and charges you for the amount of service you require. Some examples: Unity, pay once you make 100'000 Google Drive, ...
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Term for a small number of bad incidents ruining something larger for everyone else?

I'm looking for a word or expression that describes the following types of events / patterns. Example 1: Until the late 1960s / early 1970s in the USA, airport security was minimal and you could ...
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What is the meaning of the term “town hottie”?

I know I heard this term several times before, but when I look it up, I can't find anything on it. Thanks in advance.
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Appointment scheduling nomenclature

My question is quite broad, thus I wasn't able to close it under a single title, so forgive me. Background: I can work between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. ...
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How far back does the distinction between “interpreter” and “translator” go in English?

I see it's stated in many websites that "interpreter" refers to someone who does oral translation (often bi-directionally) whereas "translator" refers to someone who translates written material. How ...
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Term or phrase that encompasses both top-down and bottom-up

When neither a top-down approach nor a bottom-up approach works, exclusively of each other, how might I succinctly label an approach that encompasses both top-down and bottom-up?
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Term or Title That Embraces the Juxtaposition of Work and Fun

I'm looking for a clever way to describe someone who likes to be positive and have fun but who is also serious about getting work done. The phrase "work hard, play hard" comes to mind, but I'm not ...