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What is the inverse of "guardian"?
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A traditional word for this would be "ward" (for example, in Dicken's Bleak House).

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A single word to describe someone who is both old and wise
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The closest word I can think of is "sage", which seems to connote someone who is both old and wise. In certain contexts, it might also be possible to use "patriarch" or "elder", which both imply ...

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Analogue of "most recent" for events in the future
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The phrase "most imminent" might work. The word "imminent" is defined as "likely to occur at any moment, impending" at dictionary.com. Another possibility is "least distant."

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Origin and meaning of "from out of left field"
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This phrase comes from baseball. Wikipedia has a thorough description of the etymology: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Left_fielder#Out_of_left_field Among other theories listed there: "During this ...

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How to say "generating errors" in one word?
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The files aren't producing errors--the program is. A few word suggestions: "mishandled files," "test cases," "bug reproducers," or "minimal examples" (if the files are edited down).

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Testing software by giving the output back as input
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I don't think this type of test is common enough to have its own name. My best suggestion is to call it a "fixed point test." This is not a well-known type of test, but "fixed point" is a term from ...

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How should you read proper nouns aloud in English?
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Even native speakers make plenty of mistakes when reading aloud, and not just for proper nouns. Sometimes people exchange a word for another that looks similar. Other times they encounter a word they ...

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"commit suicide" In A Literary Way
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If you want the writing to be more vivid, add more details. Explain how and why they did it. If this is fiction, then add details about the location, what they were wearing, how it sounded, smelled, ...

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Word request: Well-known and generally accepted
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A "best practice" is the standard way of doing things in a field. Wikipedia defines it as "a method or technique that has consistently shown results superior to those achieved with ...

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