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Can “Tirade” be used for a *non-angry* lengthy, boring speech/text?

When looking for a word for a lengthy, tedious, boring, text*, I had the feeling that tirade could be the right one. However I looked it up in on-line dictionaries and all of the the ones I consulted ...
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Did you give the ACC exam last year? Words that could replace 'give'

Did you give the ACC exam last year? Here, the word "give" sounds absurd. Is there some word(s) for replacement for give or maybe some word which is specially meant to be used for exam ? Can you ...
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Is there an antonym for the adjective “edifying”?

Is there an antonym for the adjective “edifying”? The reason being, I've been trying to find a suitable translation for the Italian word "diseducativo", but so far have found none. Dictionaries give ...
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Does “fastener” include “screw”?

The American Heritage Dictionary defines "fastener" as follows: 1. A device, such as a clip, pin, or clasp, that attaches something firmly to something else. 2. A device, such as a seat belt, ...
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How to express “my name used online”?

I've come up with these ideas: My name online My online name My web name "My name used online" is too long for me and I think there must be a shorter alternative. But I cannot decide on one. Is ...
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What are idiomatic terms for “out-of-class knowledge”?

I am trying to say that I used knowledge beyond what has been taught in the classroom, things I have learned from extra readings or research on my own. I can think of a couple possible terms but they ...
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Is there a way to say that “you weren't somewhere for some time that wasn't enough to do sth”

Somebody asks you A) Could you do you homework last night/on the weekend? B) No. I wasn't home enough (which means I needed 2 hours to do them but I was home only for 30 minutes) I'm ...
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A word for “all the great attributes or achievements of you and/or your family”

When Arabs talk about how great a person is, relative to others, they talk about the person's family (birth or descent, or nasab) and the person's or his family's achievements or attributes (hasab). ...
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What is a word or phrase to describe when score is the most important part of testing and it does not reflect the real ability of the students?

This is an issue in some fields, especially education. Because teachers are usually evaluated by the grades their students get in examinations and the number of excellent students in their class, ...
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a verb for when you go through a camera footage

The police said the CCTV cameras will be [verb here] to identify the murderer. I'm looking for the formal (or even technical) way of saying review, inspect or go through the camera footage.
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What do you call the table/counter surrounding a sushi conveyor belt?

I'm referring to these kind of structures (the part where customers put their plates and eat). At first, I thought about "group tables," but now that I think of it, they could also be called bars? Or ...
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What is the grammar term that means using pronouns to reduce repetition of nouns?

For instance: Normally we say "Winston is a victim of the totalitarian regime and I sympathize with him" instead of "Winston is a victim of the totalitarian regime and I sympathize with Winston". ...
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Someone/thing that a responder responds to is called?

I know a Responder is a person or something that responds to a specific thing. But what do we call a person or thing that a responder responds to? I think it's something with "respond" or "response" ...
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A word for someone who pathologically snoops through people's things

Not necessarily stealing anything but would compulsively snoop through someone's things if left alone. e.g cleptomaniac is someone who would compulsively steal things. Really bugging me, I'm sure ...
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Word for “an amount of money you pay to be exempted from a service”

Here, military service is obligatory up to the age of 30. Once an individual reaches 30, he can't enlist and must instead pay an exemption fee (Sometimes, the individual, if found to have no valid ...
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What is the name of the profession that makes mattresses?

A mattress maker is called what? I'm looking for an older description, the oldest the better. Is there a name for this profession?
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How is pimple in a mouth is called?

As far as I know, acne is a pimple on a face. But how is a pimple inside a mouth (on a palate or on the inner wall of a lip or cheek) is called?
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Is there a word that sounds similar to “titbit”?

I’m sure that I’ve came across the word that sounds or spells similar to titbit or tipbit, and has the meaning of “key point” or “focus” or “essential part”. For example: The titbit of his idea is ...
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collect/charge/receive money

First of all, I think it is worthwhile to mention that "What is nanny state?" Well, nanny state is a conservative term that conveys a view that a government or its policies are overprotective. The ...
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Is there a good word for a response/joke that makes better sense without context?

eg: Person A: "I love this credit card. 2% isn't that bad." Person B: "Yeah...I love 2% milk"
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Is there a word in the dictionary for the Urban Dictionary word “diputs”?

Yesterday, I got a special new word. It is "diputs". Urban Dictionary says diputs describes someone who knows one thing but doesn't know something else that is much more obvious; reverse stupid ...
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Does using the word “heavy” after weight sound ok?

I wonder what is the equivalence of saying “7 feet tall” or “1 inch thick” for weight. Is it “55 pounds heavy”?
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Word for saying something in a superior tone

What is the word for "say something in a tone that shows superiority over the other"?
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A word that fits in three sentences [closed]

I have an exercise in which I am asked to fill one word to three different sentences. And I am completely helpless with the following three sentences: I swear I'll never let you get away with it. You ...
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Is the word “project” the only such stress-depending word in English?

Is the word "project" the only word in English that has two different meanings depending on where the stress falls? I like your prOject. We need to projEct this idea on his program.
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A fan that idolizes someone because he is hot at that momment and many people idolize him

I want a single word to describe a person who became a fan of somebody just because that one is very famous at that time and many people admire him, but not because she loves him.
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What is the word for “Meant to be understood by someone special”?

What is the word for "meant to be understood by only someone"? Like, "Everyone could see his WhatsApp status, but only she could understand" I want to know if there's a word for the thingamajig "...
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What is the word for a kid's bedroom?

I want to know a word for a kid's bedroom just like a women's bedroom is called a boudoir.
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Naming a bonus in a betting game creator

What can I name the bonus that a betting game creator extra adds to the total stakes from his/her credits? On this gaming website, a member can create a game with options for other members to place ...
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How to describe a leak from a pipe

How to describe a leak from a pipe as is in the photo below at home or outside in more detailed way Which words can be used besides leak? https://acpfoto.com/photo/do-you-have-a-broken-water-line-...
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A person working at a job for the longest period of time

How can I refer to a person who is working at a job for the longest period of time. For example, imagine there are 10 people who work at the same office and one of them, let's say Amanda, has been ...
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What dirtied your clothes?

If I wanted to ask about the thing or things that made my son's clothes dirty, what would I say? I know dirty works as a verb, but when I said: What dirtied your clothes? It didn't strike me as a ...
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What do we call glasses with thick lenses

What do we call glasses with thick lenses that people use when they are very near-sighted? Here is a picture of what I mean:
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What verb can I add before information retrieval?

I thought "do information retrieval" and "perform information retrieval" may be OK but seems informal. Could anyone recommend a verb which can lead information retrieval in a formal way, for instance ...
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Is there a word or phrase to describe children becoming better versions of their parents?

Is there a word in any language that describes the thought of a child becoming better than their parents in what they do. For example a child who is eventually going to take over the family business ...
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Does a phrase “to support needs” sound natural?

Please, help me to put a proper word collocation into a sentence. I need to describe in an office announcement that a new printer is set for satisfy any employee (printing) need. I found the ...
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What word do we use for necessary but unspecified stuff?

Here's the question where did you go on the holiday? Nowhere. I stayed home and did some overdue job/task/work/.... Overdue is not necessary here, other words may fit. I want to talk about ...
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If there is a tab in an application for teacher to be able to input test score for his students, what would the tab called?

So I'm developing an app for teachers. One of the tab in the app is allowing teachers to browse as well as input students test and homework scores. I don't know what the term for this activity should ...
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A formal word for “to go wrong”

I would like to use a verb or an adjective similar to " to go wrong" as in the following example but I could not find. A myriad of scientists endeavored and even some of them sacrificed their ...
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A verb for “high standard of living” or “ high quality of life”

I would like to write a sentence similar as follows but after a Google search, I noticed using the verb to reach could make the sentence sound unnatural. So which verbs can I use instead of the verb ...
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What is the term for activity when a teacher is account for students presence in his class?

What is the term for activity when a teacher is account for students presence in his class? In my native language, this is called "Absency" (absensi). I believe this was a term (incorrectly) absorbed ...
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Equine sound effects

Subtitled movies sometimes have that nice feature, where important sounds and background noise are written out in words, something which you could not learn from just the audio. In this way I ...
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Adjective to describe things that don't have any potential in them for initiating any kind of activity

There are living things in this world: humans, animals, trees. One their prominent characteristic is that they all can move in some way on their own. There are lifeless things that yet can still show ...
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Name for a person who is awareness about an issue/subject

For example there is "observer" for somebody who professionaly follows a subject. What about awareness? (I mean a word in the meaning of imaginary word "awareness+er")
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A word/phrase for “voice change”

Suppose you are going to give a lecture or simply you are going to explain something to a group of people. On the other hand, you have got a cold and your voice has changed, so you want to apologize ...
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Does “resume from standby” phrase sound natural?

I need to describe a mode of a machine or a device when it is ready for work but it is in kind of a sleeping mode. Also I need to put it in a context of "awakening" from such mode. The rough example ...
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What's the correct frequently-used word/phrase to describe the whole 'bullet'?

Though the word "bullet" is often used incorrectly in colloquial language to refer to a cartridge round, a bullet is not a cartridge but rather a component of one.[5] A round of ammunition cartridge ...
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What is the “mood” you are in when you shake your head called?

You see that somebody just cannot figure out how to open a new tab (something you find easy) and you shake your head. What is this mood or feeling called?
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Word or phrase for this personality trait/attitude/situation “if I can't have it no one can”?

So I don't know if there's a word or short phrase for this scenario or personality trait but examples to help narrow it down. The central premise is sort of "if I can't have it no one can" or "if I ...
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Difference between “display” and “screen”

What would we call the device that is used to deliver the computer's image on the bigger electronic screen (like a PC monitor)? It is about the actual device that provides a visual output of every ...