Questions tagged [word-request]

This tag is for questions seeking a word that fits a meaning. Please demonstrate why you expect the word to exist in English. For example you could tell us a word that means the same in another language. Please use a bilingual dictionary and include the result of your research. Please include a sample sentence demonstrating how the word would be used. If you actually seek a phrase, or don't care, see the "phrase-request" tag.

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Terminology for words whose “spelling” rhyme but they don't

Some words do rhyme like mate and hate or boot and shoot. But there are other words whose spelling suggests that they should rhyme, but they don't. Examples include: hull & pull, blood and brood, ...
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Is it correct to say “My bunny's ears are weird. One stands up and the other hangs down at once”?

If a bunny is happy, its ears stand up, and if it is not happy, its ears hang down. Is it correct to say: -"My bunny's ears are weird. One stands up and the other hangs down at once" -"...
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Is it correct to say “you have been being stoned” to mean you are criticized very hard by many people?

You say or write something that make others upset and they start to criticize you very hard. This particularly often happens on a social network. Say, you posted on Facebook saying that "women ...
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Is it correct to say “I have new hair” or “I have a new haircut”?

You often wear your hair short. But now your hair has grown longer. You have just had your hair cut short (similar to the style that you wore before). Is it correct to say "I have new hair" ...
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A word that means “how well it is written”?

A word that means "how well it is written"? I am trying to think of a word that means that, but the closest thing I can think of is "form", which doesn't mean the same thing. ...
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What is the name for this sarcasm-like form of words?

Is there a technical name for the common form of words whereby we refer to a thing -- often a person -- having a low level of some property, by saying that it does not have an especially high level of ...
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What do you call the soil that are used to plant other large plants and surrounded by grass in a garden

Is there a specific term for this or do we just use the word soil?
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Is it correct to say “he lay on the bed rolling himself up because of cold”?

Look at the above picture, is it correct to say "he lay on the bed rolling himself up because of cold"? Or Do we have a common word to express that lying position?
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Word for not close friendship [duplicate]

According to the Oxford dictionary: Friend - a person who you know well and who you like a lot, but who is usually not a member of your family. What noun you can use for a person whos you know not ...
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Is it correct to say “would you like to play Snow White and 7 Dwarfs?”?

Say you have just read your child "Snow White and 7 Dwarfs". Now, you want to perform a play about "Snow White and 7 Dwarfs". Is it correct to say? -Would you like to play "...
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When a politician stresses a particular issue (corruption, poverty, illegal immigration, and so forth), what do you call it?

When a politician stresses a particular issue (corruption, poverty, illegal immigration, and so forth), what do you call it? I considered 'talking point', 'selling point', 'agenda', but none of them ...
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What do you call these flowering vaults, gates?

Is there a particular word used to refer to them?
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What is the handle of a gift bag called in everyday conversations?

What is the handle of a gift bag called in everyday conversations? For example, "The strap/strip/string of the gift bag"
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Word for “increasing someone's doubts about something”

Yesterday I was trying to say that something increased my doubts about ABC, but couldn't really come up with any verb other than "increase", so I dropped what I was saying. I know that "...
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Is there an idiom, word or phrase that means one or the other?

Is there an idiom, word or phrase that means one or the other? By that, I mean, you can only choose between one or the other. You have two choices, not three or more. Just one or the other. I think ...
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Word Choice/Phrase: Alternate Term for “Little Opportunity”

I'm looking to use another word in place of "little opportunity," but can't seem to think of one. Any suggestions? They left the country to escape the little opportunity.
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can “take” be used in the continuous tenses?

Kid A and B are fighting over the toy. Both hands of A and B are on the toys. Is it correct for the kid A to say "Mom, he is taking my toy" But that situation is rare, normally, it will ...
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looking for an adverb for “without concealing a truth”

he told me about it without concealing the truth is there any adverb I can replace the prepositional phrase with? I think frankly and honestly would work in the context but favoring the intention, I'...
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Which is the better choice – “electoral roll”, “electoral register” or “voting list”?

I'm writing about the election of board members, and need to refer to the list of people who may cast a vote. In this context, which would be the better choice – "electoral roll", "...
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Which is the better choice – “election counting” or “vote counting”?

I need the technical term for the counting of votes after an election. I've found "election counting" and "vote counting", which both seem to be used to quite some extent – but ...
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Do we have a phrase to express “to form arms in a shape of a cup”?

We have the structure "cup your hands" meaning "to make a shape like a cup with your hands". It seems like we don't have the structure "cup your arms" to mean "to ...
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Choosing correct connecting words for drawing a parallel between two actions

I am trying to draw a parallel between two actions in one sentence, but am having trouble in choosing suitable connecting words. What choice of words would sound natural here? Just like Jack 3 years ...
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Which is better – “election panel” or “nominating committee”?

Which is the better choice when I want to talk about a group of people whose task it is to nominate members for a board or the like – nominating committee or election panel? I've found both, but I ...
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Is it correct to say “the mattress is bulging, get it flat”?

You put your mattress on the bed but it is not flat or level Is it correct to say "the mattress is bulging, get it flat"?
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Is there a word referring to something that motivates you?

One of my pupils wanted to express that there is a song that gives him motivation to create things. He referred to the song as a "kicker". I looked the word kicker up and the OED says it ...
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When can we use “light”as a countable noun?

I don't know why some native speakers say that "I shone light on his face" is wrong. They said I had to say "I shone a light on his face" or "I shone the light on his face&...
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Is “right of presence” the correct phrase in this context?

I'm looking for the correct term in English for the right that for instance an alternate board member may have to attend a board meeting even if they haven't been summoned to that particular meeting. ...
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What do you call the act of mapping a 2d space into a 3d space and vice versa?

What do you call the act of mapping a 2d space into a 3d space and vice versa? Is there a word for this? I am trying to think of a word, but I don't know any word that refers to this.
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What do you call an oozing light you see from a distance in the landscape?

I can't think of a specific term or even a phrase to describe it correctly. I would describe it as a oozing light, but an oozing light is too non-specific.
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What’s the word (synonymous to “pour”) for describing the pouring of a solid substance?

We pour “liquid” into a container. But what’s the word that should be used in place of “pour” when we are referring to the pouring of a solid substance such as a sugar cube, and not liquid (I am ...
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What are the prefixes for sextuple, septuple, octuple, etc. called?

It's a simple question, really, but I have never known who to ask or what to Google.
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Police officials/personnel/people

Outside the bank, the Chief of police and some other police officials/personnel/people were conferring. What would you call it if we don't talk normal police officers but someone of a higher rank?
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Is it correct to say “circle your temples with your fingers/knuckles”?

When people have a headache, they put their fingers or knuckles on 2 spots on their temples each. Then, they move the 2 spots around with their fingers / knuckles around without lifting the fingers / ...
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When you hectically visit multiple places in a short span of time (when you need to buy something, for example), what do you call it?

When you hectically visit multiple places in a short span of time (when you need to buy something, for example), what do you call it? Is it called "running around [places]"? Like She was [...
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Word for 'getting removed from Hot Network Question'

When a question becomes a Hot Network Question, it attracts so many views. I have noticed that after few days of becoming hot, the question loses its effect and slowly "......"es from Hot ...
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Verb: Cover the cost or get a higher return?

I wonder if there exists a verb that indicates covering the costs or getting a higher return. It would be either a transitive verb preceding "investment" or "cost", or simply an ...
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Is there a word for a person who doesnt share much information?

Is there a word (adjective) to describe a man who is very sparing in his words and often unclear. He leaves few words to describe a requirement. Often he misses to put references and/or examples in ...
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Is it correct to say “the hem of your T-shirt is folded up. Let it down”?

Look at the hem of my T-shirt above. Is it natural to say "the hem of your T-shirt is folded up (not nice). Let/put it down" in everyday English?
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What does ‘just’ mean in this context?

“The heart is such that doesn’t just obey.” I want to say that the heart is odd; it continues to demand what it wants. I am trying to entice it, but dosen’t obey me. Does ‘just’ implies here ...
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What do you call a short fence made of metal inside a garden used to protect flowers?

What do you call a short fence made of metal inside a garden used to protect flowers? Is there a specific word for it, or is it just called a short iron fence?
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Is there a single word to describe what one does on a treadmill?

I'm a native speaker but I often have trouble communicating my ideas efficiently. On a treadmill, I may walk, run, or use the 'intervals' program, which switches back and forth between walking and ...
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What do you call a dug up cageless pit where animals live in a zoo?

What do you call a dug up cageless pit where animals live in a zoo? Is there a specific words for it? You see this often in Zoo and it's often made for dangerous wild animals such as large primates.
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Is it correct to say “let's have a jumping/spinning race” to see who jumps the highest or spins the fastest?

We say "let's have a running race" to see who runs the fastest. Now, we want to see who jumps the highest or spins the fastest. Is it correct to say "let's have a jumping/spinning race&...
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Do we say “the fire monster is lit / on fire / burning” to express its current state?

I lit the candle and now the candle is lit. "Lit" implies that it is useful because it produces light. I set fire to the curtain and now the curtain is on fire. "On fire" implies ...
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Is “dangling” the word I'm looking for?

The police officer heard a sound and turned to see a lamp dangling from a desk. (The lamp, a small desk lamp, has been pushed off the edge of the desk so that it is hanging in its wire just above the ...
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What do you call government inspectors who inspect food establishments?

What do you call government inspectors who inspect food establishments (like cafes, food courts etc.) on whether they follow legally mandatory food safety guidelines (it's clean, chefs wear gloves, no ...
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Can “motivate” mean 'explain'; 'justify'?

In my native language, the word corresponding to the English verb motivate can be used to mean something like 'explain' or 'justify'. We could for instance ask someone to 'motivate' a particular point ...
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“Begin with the end in mind” alternatives?

Is there an alternative word/phrase (preferably shorter) to describe "begin with the end in mind"? I am looking for a term for that approach or style of doing something. Let's ignore that it ...
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Is it correct to say “Her belly button sticks in/out” in everyday English?

In some cultures, if you have a belly button that looks like a hole, your belly button is thought to be beautiful, but if it protrudes, it is not beautiful. Is it correct to say "Her belly button ...
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greased/smeared/smudged in/into/with mustard

He opened the door with his elbow as his hands were greased/smeared/smudged in/into/with mustard. Could you please help me with what is possible here? Also, are there better options than "greased&...

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