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Is there an expression to indicate the strategy of wearing someone down with numerous small irritations?

Lately a favorite of mine while describing the amount of small finishing work left on our house is Death of/by a thousand cuts (UsingEnglish.com) If something is suffering the death of a thousand ...
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Appropriate word for someone immune to embarrassment?

unflappable adjective not easily upset or confused, especially in a crisis; imperturbable. dictionary.com I like this word better than imperturbable for the idea of being cool and collected, even ...
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Noun for people/employees/coworkers who tend to say "it's not my job" when asked to do something slightly beyond their norm?

You could also consider jobsworth. Wikipedia's entry is illuminating: "Jobsworth" is a British colloquial word derived from the phrase "I can't do that, it's more than my job's worth", meaning ...
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A word for someone who gets scared easily

skittish (Webster) adjective 1. apt to start or shy: a skittish horse. 2. restlessly or excessively lively: a skittish mood. 3. fickle; uncertain. 4. shy; coy.
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Idiom for a person who is above any question

is considered beyond reproach beyond reproach Blameless, faultless, as in Jean's conduct at school is beyond reproach. The phrase employs the verb to reproach in the sense of "censure or rebuke," ...
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Appropriate word for someone immune to embarrassment?

I'd suggest: thick-skinned adjective insensitive or hardened to criticism, reproach, rebuff, etc dictionary.com It may be because I come from East Asia but this is the phrase I ...
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Noun for people/employees/coworkers who tend to say "it's not my job" when asked to do something slightly beyond their norm?

Shirker comes close. From Dictionary.com: a person who evades work, duty, responsibility, etc. The term doesn't necessarily specify a particular method of avoidance, though, so your not-my-jobber ...
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Word for a person who hates India

The combining form of ‘India’ is Indo-, so the obvious answer is Indophobe/Indophobia. This isn’t exactly a widely used word, but Googling it does bring up a few dictionary definitions (e.g., ...
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A word for someone who gets scared easily

Bob is a scaredy–cat. He gets scared so easily. scaredy–cat: an unduly fearful person. Credits: @bill
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A word for someone who gets scared easily

Bob is so jumpy. He gets scared so easily. jumpy: subject to sudden, involuntary starts, especially from nervousness, fear, excitement, etc.
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Is there a word that's the relational opposite of "Childless"? (Specifically for when trying to categorize an adult)

Nonparent = someone who is not a parent, i.e. without children Parent = someone who is a parent, i.e. with children. Nonparent NOUN • a person who is not a parent Collins Dictionary
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Is there an expression to indicate the strategy of wearing someone down with numerous small irritations?

Kill by inches — Fine Dictionary by gradual means, as by torture "When he says that it is killing him by inches, and that we must go away, I know he is speaking the truth." — "Lover or ...
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Derogatory term for people from places like San Francisco

City slicker informal, derogatory A person with the sophistication and values generally associated with urban dwellers. (Oxford Living Dictionaries) someone who lives in a city and does not ...
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Someone believes something is going to be a certain way so they think it is?

I believe the accepted term is confirmation bias: Confirmation bias, also called confirmatory bias or myside bias, is the tendency to search for, interpret, favor, and recall information in a ...
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Insult for someone who "doesn't know anything"

It is not the short word you are looking for, but ignoramus means “a stupid or ignorant person.” It’s a bit old-fashioned sounding and underused.
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Idiom for a person who is above any question

There's an idiom that involves religion and could apply to your case: Sacred cow from Wiki and Collins "someone or something that has been accepted or respected for a long time and that people ...
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Derogatory term for people from places like San Francisco

Recently in the United States, I've heard the term coastal elite growing in use. The term is referenced in Salon in an article titled '“Real Americans” vs. “coastal elites”: What right-wing sneers ...
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A word for "a message to myself"

“Note to Self” is used sometimes. There’s also a song with this title.
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A word for someone who gets scared easily

Bob is timid. Timid: Showing a lack of courage or confidence; easily frightened I was too timid to ask for what I wanted. (Oxford Languages)
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Appropriate word for someone immune to embarrassment?

I don’t fully understand the question and its constraints, so I’ll naïvely suggest the obvious shameless.  But, if you want something value-neutral, and you don’t like imperturbable (suggested by ...
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What do you call a person who mocks, ridicules makes fun of you but can't take a joke on themselves?

The phrase that immediately came to my mind was that such a person can dish it out but can't take it. Someone can dish it out but he or she can’t take it: Someone easily criticizes other people but ...
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A word for "a message to myself"

Memo is by no means specifically to self, but might be used if context made this clear. One way to clarify is "memo to self" which is at least just four syllables. The same applies to ...
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What's a good word to describe someone who makes messes

I would call them a klutz: a person who often drops things, falls down, etc. : a clumsy person (From Merriam-Webster.)
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Derogatory term for people from places like San Francisco

Currently, it's libtard. If they were young, possibly hipster. See for example Google or Urbandictionary (the place to go for derogatory terms).
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Person who suffers from unrequited love

Collins gives the meaning : miserable because of unrequited love or unhappiness in love for the word 'lovelorn'. Also, Cambridge sad because the person you love does not love you But note ...
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What is the word for individuals who unwittingly post very similar questions asking for the same words, without doing any previous research?

On StackOverflow, and later on several others StackExchange, they have sometimes been referred to as "Help Vampires". Quoting from Amy Hoy's A Spotter’s Guide: Does he ask the same, tired ...
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Someone whose aspirations exceed abilities or means

“His reach exceeds his grasp.” This comes from Robert Browning's poem 'Andrea del Sarto' which contains the lines: Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, Or what's a heaven for?
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Is there an expression to indicate the strategy of wearing someone down with numerous small irritations?

You could say this person whittled down the recipient: to reduce the amount of, as if by whittling; pare down; take away by degrees (usually followed by down, away, etc.) to whittle down the company'...
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