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What is the opposite of transliteration?
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http://intranet.library.arizona.edu/users/brewerm/sil/lib/transcription.html Definitions: Transliteration - The spelling of the words of one language with characters from the alphabet of another. ...

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What does "Flowers masking kke women and men" mean?
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Churchman Company, 1899 - Church history Notes “Missions and Politics in Asia,” by Robert E. Speer (F.H. Revell Co. $1), that we comment it heartily to all. Its general conclusions are so entirely ...

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Is there a word or phrase for one mistaken belief leading to a web of false ones?
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belief_perseverance Belief perseverance (also known as conceptual conservatism[1]) is maintaining a belief despite new information that firmly contradicts it.[2] Such ...

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What is the word for things that work even when they aren't working (e.g. escalators)?
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David M already mentioned 'fail-safe', but I found an explanation that is closely aligned with OP's description: https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/FailsafeFailure Contrary to popular ...

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Is there a word that describes repeating the same word but changing the prefix?
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http://www.literarydevices.com/polyptoton/ Polyptoton is a device in which there is a repetition of words with the same root for rhetorical effect. This short excerpt from Polonius in William ...

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What term describes a situation where conventional rules of grammar are unable to produce an idiomatically formed word for a particular context?
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https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/alt.usage.english/qoIklspnMN8 What's the adverb that goes along with the adjective "ugly"? Believe it or not, it's 'uglily'. Ain't that ugly? ...

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What is another word or phrase for someone who is unconsciously inconsiderate?
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https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/selfish Definition of selfish 1: concerned excessively or exclusively with oneself : seeking or concentrating on one's own advantage, pleasure, or ...

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Word or phrase to describe something that previously had a use, but now has a negative impact
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legacy_system Legacy - In computing, a legacy system is an old method, technology, computer system, or application program, "of, relating to, or being a previous or ...

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Single word to denote both request and receipt
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Procured - implicit that something was requisitioned, ordered and received. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/procure Definition of procure 1transitive : to get possession of (something) : to ...

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Is there a word to describe an appearance between pretty and ugly?
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https://forum.wordreference.com/threads/plain-person.2722815/ "If you call a woman "plain", you're saying that she's not pretty - though you're not saying that she's ugly." That being said, I ...

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Is there a word for when suffixes are overly co-opted into new words?
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hybrid_word Common hybrids The most common form of hybrid word in English combines Latin and Greek parts. Since many prefixes and suffixes in English are of Latin or ...

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What is a short phrase that means "how long it takes something to sell"?
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Days_on_market Days on market (DOM, alternatively active days on market, market time, or time on market) is a measurement of the age of a real estate listing. The ...

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Meaning of a joke
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"Can't get there from here." The place where one is lost is remote, and the route out to a place that would naturally connect to desired destination is hard to describe. the problem cannot be solved. ...

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What does "drop" mean in this context?
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Recently, it was announced that the "Hot on Meta" questions would no longer show up on the SO sidebar. Sara Chipps elaborated a drop on why: From context, the meaning appears to be akin to an '...

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A formal word for someone who is being or has been persuaded
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Target audience, focus....also found the snippet below: https://law.marquette.edu/facultyblog/2015/06/persuading-people-who-dont-want-to-be-persuaded/ PERSUADING PEOPLE WHO DON’T WANT TO BE PERSUADED ...

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A recurring but elusive observation, felt over a long period of time
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"They've always been there, those fleeting moments of synchronicity/pause-worthy coincidence/subtle moments of perfect/uncanny coincidence, but ..." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

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Finding Unstressed Schwa
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There are dictionaries online that allow input of an English word and it will show the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). IPA — Speech Active What is /ə/ in the dictionary? The symbol /ə/ (an ...

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Word for eyes "pleading for approval"
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https://www.collinsdictionary.com/us/dictionary/english/imploring imploring (ɪmplɔrɪŋ ) ADJECTIVE [ADJ n] An imploring look, cry, or letter shows that you want someone to do something very much and ...

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What do you call faking to speak a foreign language?
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double-talk Double-talk is a form of speech in which inappropriate, invented, or nonsense words are used to give the appearance of knowledge and so confuse or amuse the ...

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Effective Set up for a counterargument
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https://www.is34.org/pdfs/Examples_of_Argumentative_Language.PDF Useful Argumentative Essay Words and Phrases https://writingcenter.fas.harvard.edu/pages/counter-argument The Turn Against ...

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The meaning of "paid their address"
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https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/nietzsche/1886/beyond-good-evil/preface.htm OP quotes is from the Preface of: Beyond Good and Evil - Friedrich Nietzsche, written 1886. "... importunity ...

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word for when you let something bad happen just to prove a point
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https://bulletproofmusician.com/productive-failure-how-strategic-failure-in-the-short-term-can-lead-to-greater-success-and-learning-down-the-road/ “Productive Failure”: A Teaching Method Which Leads ...

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Need a word similar to two-faced, for when a person or group does something Patriotic, but not for love of country, rather for personal gain?
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showy patriotism/ showy displays of patriotism - is popular on Google false-faced patriotism hypocritical phony or (my new favorite find): pecksniffian/pecksniffery. Noun. (uncountable) unctuous, ...

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Is a "product" necessarily sellable?
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"We have implemented several "products" to offer on-premises cloud services to internal customers." In the sample sentence, 'implemented' seems out of place because it is being offered, not done. ...

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Looking for a word that shows connection, perhaps medically
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sequela sequelae (consequences) - It is different from, but is a consequence of, the first condition. The phrase status post, abbreviated in writing as s/p, is used to ...

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What is a word or phrase that describes two ideas that historically were at odds now being in harmony with one another?
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https://www.dictionary.com/browse/coalesce coalesce verb (used without object), co·a·lesced, co·a·lesc·ing. --to grow together or into one body: The two lakes coalesced into one. --to unite so as ...

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Name of Phenomenon? I worry that once I STOP doing an action “just to be safe,” the thing I'm being safe from will occur
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https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/fulfillment-any-age/201410/why-were-so-superstitious A superstitious behavior can include rituals you engage in to produce a specific outcome. We learn ...

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What's the meaning of tricks of the nerves in this sentence?
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https://archive.org/stream/homeloverslibrar02mard/homeloverslibrar02mard_djvu.txt Full text of "The home lovers' library (Vol. 2) by Marden, Orison Swett, 1848-1924, ed Some women put themselves ...

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One verb, 5 senses
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OP sentence: He relished the delicious smell of dinner & the cheerful conversation of his family members. https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/relish ...The verb relish means to enjoy ...

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Literary term for when the author purposely doesn't describe something so that the audience is left to imagine it
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https://literaryterms.net/aposiopesis/ Aposiopesis is when a sentence is purposefully left incomplete or cut off. It’s caused by an inability or unwillingness to continue speaking. This allows ...

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