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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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What do you call the act of doing something to win political points for the next election rather than useful things like enacting policies?

Politicians do this often, they smear people over and over again instead of discussing politics. In parliament, instead of discussing about policies, they sometimes waste time by making personal ...
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What do you call a thesaurus that also feature related words and not just synonyms and antonyms?

Whenever I search the word thesaurus on Google I only get results from pages that only feature the synonyms and antonyms of a word, but I want to look for a thesaurus that also feature related words. ...
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Is there a word for inserting a random line from a different language during a conversation?

I think there might not be a word specifically for this, but there may be a more general word that covers all case where you switch from one language to another during a conversation or in writing. I ...
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Name of a game / activity where one communicates with gestures

In the 3rd round of the game Celebrities, one has to communicate a celebrity to his partner by acting/gesturing without words. Is there a name of that activity? Is it maybe possible to use play mime ...
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A word for “Of or pertaining to lunchtime”?

As far as I understand, "jentacular" means "of or pertaining to breakfast" and "crepuscular" means "active during the twilight hours" which could be stretched to mean "of or pertaining to supper". Is ...
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What is the word for “leaving something running, but not changing/touching it”

Like some system or software, if you decide to make no more changes to it and just leave it alone, but still operationing, what is that called?
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What do you call a pronoun without an antecedent?

Let's say someone says "It started." out of nowhere. "It" doesn't have an antecedent. How would you qualify such a pronoun? I am thinking "dangling pronoun", but the term is rarely ever used, so I am ...
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What do you call an argument that doesn't address the point?

When someone says something like "Corruption cannot be solved if we don't measure the level of corruption." and a person respond to it by not addressing the point made and says "Corruption tend to ...
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Word for: the act of translating binary into text

What do you call the act of translating binary into text? Is it just called encoding, and the process of translating text into binary called decoding? I think encoding and decoding are too general, ...
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Is there a word, phrase or coined expression that refers to the x-contains-y relationship?

I am not sure if there's a specific word, I can think of the word metonym, but it doesn't work for all x-contains-y relationship. For example, dish can refer to the food it contains (metonym), but ...
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What do you call the series of digits “010101010” used by computers?

I don't think it's a programming language. I don't think it's a language either, is it just called a binary sprawl? I am curious what it may be called. It may be called a low-level language, because ...
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Is the word “crud” considered a euphemism for sh*t?

Some people have been saying the word "crud" since it has a same meaning for shit or sometimes crap (depending on if it's a swear word or not). So, I'm wondering if the word "crud" is considered a ...
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Menacing or teasing people or… - What is such a person called in English?

Please have a look on the following video and let me know what do you call such a person in everyday speech and which verb can be used to describe his actions: https://youtu.be/AsTo14yf8BQ Based on ...
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Is this food a bread or a loaf?

What do we call the food seen in the picture? Is it bread, loaf, or dough?
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Asian appearance, look or face?

I want to express the meaning that I look like a typical East Asian. Can I say that: 1) I have a (typical) Asian (physical) appearance? 2) I have an Asian look? 3) I have an Asian face? Or any ...
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To read a book without actually reading the text

I'm looking for a word describing the activity of going through a book page by page, looking at each page but not necessarily actually reading the text. Like what small children do with books. As they ...
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Words invented or redefined by one person

What do you call a word that was invented or redefined by someone, but only used by that one person? I think "neologism" is the general case, but I am not sure if there's a word for a neologism that'...
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What do you call something that goes against the spirit of the law, but is legal when interpreting the law to the letter?

Sometimes, the wording of a law or contract is vague and imprecise, and it allows people to abuse it, but doing so goes against the spirit of the law or the contract when it was written, or in other ...
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Is there a word, slang that means “something that stops conversation”?

Looking for something with a negative connotation. The only thing I can think of is "conversation-killer", but that's not idiomatic, and I've never heard someone use it. I am pretty sure there must be ...
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The opposite of “being able to be split” or “semi-paritinable”

I'm looking for a suitable term (preferably single worded describing the ability of being partitioned but not quite. A partition is split into a number of parts satisfying two conditions: no share ...
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What do you call the frozen air that comes out of your mouth?

What do you call this water vapour coming out of your mouth during winter times?
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What do you call a Matrix-like slowdown and camera movement effect?

I think there's a scene in The Matrix where Neo does a bullet dodge in slow-motion and you also see the camera rotate around Neo, what do you call this effect? For example: The ____ when Neo ...
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What are list of the words describing pecuilar characteristic of animals and birds in English language? [migrated]

I am looking for the list of the words which describes various peculiarity of animals or birds. E.g. A wise Owl. We say this because we always associate Owl in stories, cartoon, movies etc. as wise. ...
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What are some words that are more all-encompassing than universe?

I thought universe was all encompassing, but then I thought about multiverses, and then I thought about parallel universes, so what's a word that's more all-encompassing than an universe, and what's ...
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Is there an adjective that means “fly, floats and travels in the air”?

I am thinking about how the seeds of plants often floats and travel by air, and I am pretty sure there's an adjective just for that, but I don't remember it. Dandelion seeds is an example of a thing ...
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Is there a word that means “help someone with X”, but without the implication that you're also helping with X?

When you use the phrase "help him with X" or any other similar phrase, you also imply that you're also doing the same thing and you're receiving help from another person, but what if you're not? What ...
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Is there a word that means “join bodies”?

I am not sure if there's a word for it, but it would make a lot of sense if there was, sometimes in the "acrobatic arts" people do this, so there might be a specific terminology for it, I suspect ...
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Part of the throne room where people bow

What do you call the part of the throne room before the throne where people bow before the king during an audience with the king? Is there even a name for it? I would call it center of the throne ...
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Is there a word for a crime against God himself?

I am curious to know if there's any such word. You have ordinary crimes, and then divine crimes like trying to stab God, spitting on God, etc. Is there a name for it? I am thinking blasphemy, but ...
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Word for a video of a musical performance?

Is there a word for a video of a musical performance? For example: There were a lot of _____ videos on his YouTube channel. I would honestly call such videos "musical performance videos", but it ...
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What's the onomatopoeia of a champagne bottle being popped out?

Just a reminder that an onomatopoeia is basically a word which imitates the natural sounds of a thing. I am not sure what are the possible onomatopoeia associated with the popping out of a champagne ...
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Is there a pejorative word to say “things relating to latin”?

In French, the word "latineries" relates to the latin language in a pejorative way. Is there an English equivalent to this word?
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Is there a word that means you are doing things pragmatically and as efficiently as possible as opposed to doing it the traditional way?

This man is * because he doesn't waste his time doing things the traditional way. I think the adjective "efficient", "pragmatic" are too general, at least in my opinion. Are there any other ...
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Is there a word that means “creates a lot of discussion”?

I think there was a word or expression that meant that, but the ones I remember aren't nearly similar in meaning, I can't only think of phrase like "has been a hot topic", but it's only vaguely ...
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A word for something judges do before issuing a final verdict?

I am not sure what it is, but I vaguely remember that judges tend to do something before issuing a final verdict. They do it to maybe buy some time or something, I don't really know, but I feel like I'...
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How do concern and issue differ?

This system is good, but one issue/concern with this is the cost. I would like to know which of "issue" and "concern" is better for the above sentence I created. That is, I am searching for a word ...
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Is there a word that means including more than those named?

I was at first thinking inclusive or, but then I realized it's only useful in computer science and set theory and is doesn't mean at all "including more than those named", rather it means "including ...
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Is there a word you can use to mean “changing something to fit another purpose”?

I am thinking repurposing, but that's not really a word, and it doesn't seem to be appropriate when talking about a company, so is there a way to say it a little better? For example: Disney wanted ...
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Is there an adjective that means “does not emit CO2 or cause pollution”?

I am not sure if there's an adjective for it. I know people use the word "green", but "green" doesn't necessarily mean that it doesn't emit CO2 or cause pollution. For example: The green electric ...
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Doing something right before you need it - expression for this?

Is there an expression that means doing something right before you will need it rather than doing it in case you might need it? I am not sure if there's such an expression. Sometimes, people do a lot ...
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What's the word for qualifying something that conforms to one or several musical conventions?

I am thinking "melodic" might be one of them, but there are probably many words, because melody is only one aspect of musical conventions, so please tell me if you know one, and also I think there's a ...
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Family dependence [closed]

Suppose a young person is going to separate from his family and live alone! He is talking to an elderly who is familiar with he and his family regarding this matter; the person is going make sure if ...
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A verb like molded, but for things that don't maintain their shapes

Mold usually mean form something into a particular shape, but it also implies that the shape won't lose its form for a while, but in some instances it's not the case, so the verb mold doesn't seem to ...
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Open cloze exercise question

Is the word in bold correct? If it is not, which word fits better? Today, English is used by at least 750 million people. Some estimates have put the total at 1 billion. Despite the total, ...
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What do you call the container where you extract cow milk into?

I am not sure why, but I forgot the word. I know there's a general word for it, more specific than container, but I would also like to know is there's an even more specific word for it too. For ...
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Is there an adjective that means “far-deviating”?

There are adjectives that are synonymous with deviating, but I'm wondering if there are synonyms for the compound adjective "far-deviating", which can be useful to express certain ideas. It's not ...
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Is there a word to refer to the result of worldbuilding?

Worldbuilding means putting details into a fictional world. The result, which is a bunch of details of the said fictional world, don't seem to have a specific word for it, or does it? How would you ...
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'to spoil s.b.' - is there a noun for it?

Is there a noun for 'to spoil'? The classical EN dictionaries OED, OALD, CALD, ... seem not to have one listed. EXAMPLE: In the beginning it was a spoil of the most ecstatic and euphoric experiences.....
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Is there a word that's used to qualify a different world that has a shared space with ours?

The spirit world is * to our physical world. When we use parallel world, it usually means that the world doesn't share the same worldspace and that exist independently to ours, but what about the ...
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What do you call a show that last 2 seasons?

Instead of lasting only 1 season, they should have made the show into a two-season show. Let's say the year is divided into 4 seasons: fall, winter, spring, summer. What would you call a TV show ...