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Questions tagged [word-request]

This tag is for questions seeking a word that fits a meaning. If you actually seek a phrase, or don't care, see the "phrase-request" tag.

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How should I refer to a friend who is a girl but not a girlfriend?

When I'm talking about my friend, who is a girl, but not a girlfriend, what word or phrase should I use? If the gender was unimportant, it would not be a problem. But if I want to note that the friend ...
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When you don't understand a joke right away

In my native language we have lots of ways (some of them very funny) of saying that you, or someone else didn't understand a joke right away. That is, he/she needed some time to figure it out. I ...
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Are there other names for students according to their year - except of “sophomore”?

Today, I've heard my lecturer who turned to us by the word: "sophomores". This the is the first time that I was exposed to this word in the meaning of "student of 2nd year". My question if there are ...
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Is there a word in English meaning “see something incorrectly”?

For example, I saw someone just now. I thought he was Jack, but turned out he was not. Or, I saw something and recognized it as something else incorrectly. Is there a word for such situations? I ...
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Single clear word for 'hot food'

The question In my native language we have two ways of saying the food is hot. One meaning spicy and one meaning too/very warm. I am now looking for a way to use this sentence: The food is ...{...
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How to concisely express 'at many place' similar to somewhere, nowhere and everywhere?

I searched on the Internet and found the opposite of 'somewhere' is 'nowhere.' This confuses me, because I see it like this: The opposite of "everywhere" (at all places) is "nowhere" (at no places). ...
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Instruction while drinking milk - Don't spill the milk; what about solid food?

I instruct my daughter when she's drinking milk Take care; don't spill it. How do we do the same for food i.e. solid food? Take care; don't _______ it. To my mind comes the only option - drop. ...
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How to tell animals to go away?

In my language we have separate words to chase off each (common) animal, like "tchibe" for dogs, "sheetz" for cats, and "ish" for birds. I can think of only one corresponding word in English: one time ...
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What is this type of road called in English?

I’m looking for a word or a phrase for describing this kind of road which usually is constructed in the mountain areas, but not only: image a representative sample from Google images, query = ...
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How do you say “enchufado” in English?

"Enchufado" or "enchufe" is a colloquial way of saying that a person got a job because a friend or relative gave it to him, instead of earning it themselves. I thought about the word "appointed" but ...
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Word to describe a person who spends extremely little money

What do you call a person who spends extremely little money, and is careful in spending each and every dollar? Note, I'm not saying he has little money. He spends very, very little money, but he has ...
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Isn't the word “experience” wrongly used in this context?

Friend: Have you ever flirted with a female cop? Me: Nope. Friend: I have done that experience. I think experience is the wrong word here. What else should he have said?
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What do we call the entire project which is based on arranged kinetic actions?

I love that concept whenever any company comes up with it as a part of their marketing campaign but not sure what do we call such action. The action starts with one tiny thing (say striking a small ...
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I'm looking for one word which describes what a student who missed classes needs to do

I'm looking for one word which describes what a student who missed classes needs to do in order to complete his missing. For example if he missed biology class he needs to seat with the teacher and ...
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An appropriate term for an overly by-the-rules person

In Swedish, we've got a term that loosely translates as paragraph jockey. It refers to a person, often a clerk or a referee, who is following all the rules, prescriptions and agreements ad absurdum. ...
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What are these flying things called in English?

I saw something flying today. What should I call it in English?
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A word for something that is too visible?

How to call something/someone that is too visible, more that it/she should or deserves, or more than it is natural and accepted? The word I have in mind is "over-visible". Are over-visible and over-...
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Plastic part on the tip of a shoelace

What is the common English name for that "plastic part on the tip of a shoelace" which helps to easily insert the lace into the shoelace holes? (I'm not sure that's the correct name). Edit: There are ...
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When you tell a joke and nobody laughs

I'm looking for an expression or a verb describing the feeling you get or the situation when you tell a joke and nobody laughs. Oh man, last night I cracked a joke and noone even smiled at it. I [...
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What is the basic unit of a chain called in English?

Chains are made of a lot of oval shaped units. What is each one of them called in English? I don't know the name in my native language either.
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How do native speakers say 'the light bulb has stopped working'

Lets say, I want to tell my roommate that one of the lightbulbs has stopped working, I usually say The light bulb is gone or broken down. I did some search related to these expression and it ...
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What is the term for 'a…a…a…' in speech?

Most Indians have this habit while speaking in English. It's not stammering that I'm aware of. It's not stuttering or bumbling either. I'm not sure what is it called. The speech goes like this... ...
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Term for someone who cannot keep something to themselves

We have them everywhere. And I'm looking for the term to refer to them. These are the people who cannot keep any matter to themselves. Irrespective of the degree of seriousness of the matter, they'...
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English word for “repetitive, boring work”?

Is there an English word for "work which is repetitive (and often boring), but which must be done"?
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Using the hypothetical and non standard word “manywhere”

I have frequently used "manywhere" to describe "many places" instead of "everywhere". In increasing order: nowhere < somewhere < manywhere < everywhere It seems to be an elegant and logical ...
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What do we call 'ketchup', 'cheesy dip' , 'oregano' and things like that collectively, as they aren't side dishes?

With most of the Indian dishes, we are served with something other than side dishes i.e. salads. Since most of the users here come from different countries, I come up with stuff that is ...
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Does “unbuild” in “Unbuild your Legos before putting them back into the box” sound natural?

How could I change this sentence in order for it to sound more natural and easier to be understood by a toddler? I've been using 'unassailable' or 'take them apart' but both sound strange.
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What do you call an action that is less serious than a “crime” (that is not illegal, just against rules)?

Example sentence: Dying your hair pink is a __ in secondary school. I thought of words like "offense" and "misdeed," but they don't ring quite right.
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Do digits after the decimal point have a specific name?

I would like to know if there's a name for "digits after the decimal point" (in only one or two words). For instance in french these digits are called "décimales". I've found "decimal places", but I ...
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Is there a word or slang word to call a girl who loves brand products?

Is there a word or slang expression for girls who are preoccupied with materialistic things, such as bags, rings, necklaces and so on, and with showing such things off to others? Girls for whom ...
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The US/UK word for Turkish sandwich filled with meat, salad and sauce

One of the users on the page created by me asked this. Since the page is for non-native speakers, I don't think she'll get the answer. So, I'm asking it here. In her words... What is your word for ...
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What do you call it when someone searches through your stuff?

This is one of the things that I don't really know the proper name for, because I've never heard anyone say it, but I know how to explain it. Let's say a toddler is searching through your backpack, ...
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What is the English word for a “map indicator"?

See this: What is the English word for the red markers with a letter on them? Google itself seem to use, well, marker, but I wonder if that’s too technology-related (like, say, pointer?). I need a ...
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Antonym of “crowded” that is not “uncrowded”

I want to describe two types of cities: one city is crowded, i.e., has a lot of population in a small area, while the other city is the opposite - it is uncrowded. For reasons of style, I want to use ...
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What do we call the gesture of hitting each other's fists gently?

We all know shaking hands or a handshake. There, we 'shake hands'. There's one more gesture I do. I gently punch other's fist. Something like this - What do we call this gesture as a noun? ...
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What is a not-cut-in/printed index called?

There are thumb indexes, also called a cut-in indexes (see also the images at Daumenregister). In contrast to this, there are also not-cut-in-indexes (that is, they are only printed, and leave a mark ...
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What's the term for a person who can/will do anything for money?

Is there any term that describes a person who can/will do anything for money? Help me filling the blank. Do you know what did Tom do? He sold secret information of his own country Yeah, possible! ...
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What's the word for roads on top of roads?

Suppose you are driving on the freeway and there is a road that is built on top of the road that you are currently driving on. For example, a transit that takes cars up to their exit or maybe it's ...
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How might a native speaker refer to an object when they can't recall its real name?

Is there a short word in English for some small device or part, which the speaker has no idea what it is really called? I mean something more sophisticated and humorous word or phrase that saying '...
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Is there a term for how young children talk? (Say, 3-year-olds to 7-year-olds?)

Is there a word or short phrase for the distinctive way(s) that young children speak English? Native speakers of English between the ages of 3 and 7 tend to have limited vocabularies. When talking ...
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What are words that can distinguish these two business types?

I'm looking for words that can distinguish two business types. Take, for example, McDonalds and Takara. McDonalds is a business that, while it is a "restaurant", does not behave like a restaurant, in ...
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How can I say that I'm doing something without a valid reason?

How to say that I'm not doing something out of a valid reason? For example: When I elected a course because my friends did. OR When I invested in a stock because its symbol sounded like my name. ...
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Looking for a word to describe someone who always 'agrees' to their bosses

In India, there are many grannies' tales that describe a bunch of people around the King who always say, 'yes, your highness, yes'. No matter how worst that idea or opinion of the King is. Let's build ...
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The action of getting bite-sized pieces of bread

Imagine you have a piece of loaf of bread or a pita bread, and you have a bowl of thick lumpy soup. You don't have a spoon, so you hold the bread in one hand, and you pinch the bread with your thumb ...
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Usage of “attach” for human

I know this term is used for tags, labels, emotional connections, etc., but I am not sure I can use it for a sarcastic purpose to express my negative idea about a person who follows me everywhere and ...
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How do I instruct my daughter to drink water from a bottle from 'up'!

In our region, we see this as manners. Suppose there is only one bottle of water and we are four people including my daughter. And she has a habit of drinking it by touching the bottle with her lips....
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A word which means something boring that you can not avoid but have to do it on some time intervals

For example, some car owners have to wash their cars every weekend. I have to sweep the floor every night. These are the things that can be boring but we can not avoid but have to do it. Are there ...
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“Don't take my water, it is …” after touching the bottle with my mouth when I'm ill

When I drink water, there are two ways to drink. Either I can touch my mouth to the bottle or keep the bottle away from my mouth. Suppose my friend comes and asks me for water. As I am suffering ...
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is 'playing on mini basketball hoop alone' playing basketball?

I saw my friend's six-year-old son playing on this door mini basketball hoop alone at home. It came to me, "Is it right to call this playing basketball in English?" at the same time I thought of some ...
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A verb to describe a “Power Cut”

In each of the following sentences, what are the natural English verbs/phrases you would use? You are using your computer and then a power cut "happens?". You were beside your computer doing nothing, ...