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What is the name for the process which turned "iced cream" into "ice cream"?
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I do not know if there is more specific term (probably there is), but for now I can offer morphological clipping, shortening or truncation specifically it is back clipping or apocope in hope that it ...

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What do you call someone who works on requests?
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In use case analysis a general term for "someone who does something in a process" is the actor.

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How to express a chronological dependency?
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Follow, postdate and succeed are antonyms of precede. The meaning of postdate is different from what you seek, so you are left with Event A must follow Event B Event A must succeed Event B Though ...

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Why does ‘you’re on’ mean ‘I agree’?
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"On" is one of those words that have quite a lot of meanings, plus it is used in lots of phrases with various meanings. The meaning of on, in the term used is this (from yourdictionary): adjective ...

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What does "bordered on narcoleptic" mean?
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But if an explanation is where the mind comes to rest, the mind that ... bordered on narcoleptic. This part says - if an explanation is where mind rests, the mind that ... reached no rest, i.e. did ...

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The history of "softcore"
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I have only a few references, but I do want to point out that nominal meaning of the words can adequately explain the genesis: hard core: if at the core, or the inside (or fig. essence), something (...

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What do you call an object that goes in a "slot"?
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Insert is a noun that might fit you (as for example in: shoe insert)

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Is there a word for accidentally stealing something?
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It is not only a question of harshness, but of meaning. Even though you can find dictionary entries that will say (CALD) steal to take something without the permission or knowledge of the owner ...

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What does "canonical" mean?
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This is an interesting word within and out of programming context. A nice mix of explanations from both perspectives can be found in good old jargon file - see canonical. The usual or standard ...

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What's a generic noun for referring to the bulk material of pure chemical elements?
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from wikipedia Chemical element is a pure chemical substance consisting of one type of atom. In the above sentence the term is used for the bulk material, not only for the type of atom.

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“Practise the piano” vs. “practise medicine”
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There might have been more to it, but if you take etymonline: practice early 15c., "to perform repeatedly to acquire skill;" mid-15c., "to perform, to work at, exercise," from O.Fr. practiser "to ...

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Why is it "sheet music" and not "musical sheet"?
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Actually you offer half of the answer already: Isn't it a sheet (an object) that has an adjective of being related to music? Now, imagining for a second that you don't know which term is an ...

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Antonym of 'to request'
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There are several antonyms depending on the context. Antonym of the v. to request to retract, to revoke: request|retract the question to provide, to give: request|provide the money to cancel the ...

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Why is the unit of measure placed before the value for currencies? Are there other measures where the unit precedes value?
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I think that the reason comes from paper days. Normally you would write $1,200.00 in the ledger, because it makes it harder to modify the entry. If it was written as 1,200.00$ it would be easier ...

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Where did "There, there" (in consoling) come from?
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I have no references for the following opinion. We do use the fragment There! to signify not only location, but also more importantly that it is a right location. This is an example when someone ...

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Where did the expression "every last one" come from?
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In the expression Every last one the meaning of "every" is an anomaly, but only if we deal with pure logic and if we talk about some set whose elements do not change over time or anymore. ...

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Contrapositive and Contranegative
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From contraposition Contraposition is a logical relationship between two propositions, or statements. For example, take the following (true) proposition: "All bats are mammals." We can restate that ...

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What's the most accurate term for phrases such as "storm in a teacup" and "making mountains out of molehills"?
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Such, assuming I understand the examples, phrases match the following terms that you suggest saying; saying is a quite wide term, "a well-known statement about what often happens in life", this might ...

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Meaning of a quote in movie Casino Royale (2006)
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There are answers and then there are answers. This is, in wider sense, a ploce : The repetition of a single word for rhetorical emphasis. The term is from Gk. plekein, "to plait". Also sp. ploche, ...

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"A whole nother" way of looking at things
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In addition to JSBangs' metanalysis reference I found the following in classical rhetoric (as one often does): Tmesis, Gk. "a cutting", Also sp. timesis, dissectio Interjecting a word or ...

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What is the opposite of "abstain"?
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I voted up drm65's answer of contextual solution, to simply say vote. However if you are looking for a term you might consider participate in voting | abstain from voting vote | abstain from voting ...

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What is an expression for something you particularly like?
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I wanted to find out what it exactly means in Italian and what I found out is that it really seems that google translate does an excellent job: ho un debole per le ragazze svedesi gives I have ...

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Where did the expression "my two cents" come from?
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Wikipedia has only speculations that it is related to either or both of these sayings: I said a penny for your thoughts, but I got two pennies' worth If you don't put your two cents in, how can you ...

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Difference between "chance" and "opportunity"
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Opportune has a very nice etymology: opportune c.1400, from L. opportunus "favorable," from the phrase ob portum veniens "coming toward a port," in reference to the wind, from ob "to, toward" + ...

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"Melted" vs "molten"
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Marcin's answer is, I believe, very good, from the perspective of every day usage. However both terms relate to concepts in physics, so let me give some more perspective. If you look in wikipedia ...

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It's raining today or it's rainy today?
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The meanings are as expected It is raining today can mean that it is raining now and it implies that you expect more of it and it can imply that it had been raining previously in the day - expresses ...

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The meaning of "Even if I should"
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Answer edited after discussion There are two interpretation DUTY Even if I should... Here should takes the meaning of should used for talking about what is right, sensible, or ...

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Hex, curse, spell, jinx, charm
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Here are the etymologies from most recent words to older (from etymonline.com). I recommend reading them as these words these days might have lost much of their delineation - today we label them under ...

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Does this ‘be going to’ have an emotional meaning?
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The example you provide is ok, but it is not an example that shows all possible uses, so you should not think that to be going to is used only when something is planned. Normally the form of to be ...

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What is the origin of "tall tale"?
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Ngrams show usage since around the right time and the term definitively has its place in American short story, which was one of Mark Twain's playgrounds. However searching through Mark Twain's ...

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