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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's the name of the characteristic of being “open hearted”?

I can not think of any another good phrase to describe the sense, "Open Hearted". This characteristic is like one who does not posses the nature of being stubborn, who has the ability to listen and in ...
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What is a better equivalent for “a prejudiced follower”?

Is there any specific term to describe a person who is a follower inherently because of his/her weak personality and in any discussion, debate or disagreement tries to find a leader or a majority to ...
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What do you call a person who usually talks about a matter he/she doesn't know much about?

I thought to terms below and found them inappropriate: Ignorant = A person who doesn't know generally = incorrect Talkative = A person who may know a lot too! = incorrect Awkward = A person who may ...
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Is there a word expressing a contrast in two parallels statements, the second of which reverses the order of items in the first? [closed]

Martyrs create faith, faith does not create martyrs. (LINK) Is there a word expressing a contrast in two parallels statements, the second of which reverses the order of items in the first?
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What is the word for describing a thing right at the edge?

Let's say I have something like a laptop or a mobile phone which has got comparable positive features and negative features and it is very difficult for me to decide whether it is overall good or bad. ...
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What do you call a squeezed up fruit?

Let's say I buy a bunch of fruits like bananas or something soft and put them in a bag. By the time I take them out of the bag they have been spoiled because I pressed my back against the bag when I ...
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What is this stuffed pastry called in English?

I'm currently making these: It's a puff pastry stuffed with meat, mushrooms and spices, a roll cut into such small pieces. I wanted to brag about these on a forum except I realized I have no clue ...
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What is the word for something that is little in substance?

What is the word for a movie or some product like a phone which is released/launched with a lot of promotion, or hype, but turns out to be very disappointing?
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Are sliding external doors “French windows”?

I was trying to translate portafinestra in English, and I think I found the correct term (French window) whose definition seems to match with what I would define portafinestra: "each of a pair of ...
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Food is “tasty”. What about odor?

My language has a special word for "smells good". This word is equivalent to tasty, used for both foods and odors. In addition, there's a Latin cliché, equivalent of aromatic. Is there an equivalent ...
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Can “look up” mean “look straight”?

What word should I use to tell someone to look straight when they are looking down while driving or while walking around? Would "look up" be okay? What would it be if they are looking right or left?
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A word like “footing” for healthy activity on foot

In Italian, we use a word that should be a loanword to mean "an activity such as race or march, practiced for training or healthy activity": footing. An American friend of mine has never understood ...
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What similar expression can I use for 'to find out' in the given context?

Is that store open today? I don't know, you should call X to find out. Is the expression to find out correct? What similar expression can I use in place of to find out?
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What do you call a table that is unstable?

Let's say there is a table or a chair for that matter, which has one of its legs broken a bit at bottom, because of that it is unstable and every time you lean on it wobbles due to lack of balance. ...
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What is the type of movement of hot-air balloons called in English?

The question about hot-air balloons* got me thinking: What do you call their type of movement in English? In German it is not "fliegen" (flying) but "fahren" (shipping, possibly driving). What is it ...
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phrase “enter into”

Regards to the phrase "enter into" being used in the two sentences, does it express the meanings accurately? Many contemporary undergraduates who just enter into society are still lack of necessary ...
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What is the word or expression for 'criticize someone strongly'?

What is a term for the kind of criticism you will get from your unreasonable manager for screwing something up or failing to meet a deadline—or that a movie director will get from some religious group ...
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Is there any expression/word for “almost inaccessible”?

Inaccessible means, with respect to a place -"unable to be reached". But I want a word or expression that signifies that a place is "almost inaccessible but can be reached ultimately with great effort"...
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Terms to refer uniquely to each of the grandparents

In Swedish, there are different words to refer to grandparents which explain whether they are on your mother's side or your father's side. The words are (and literally translate to) Mormor - ...
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What is the feminine equivalent of “guy”?

Is there a word that is the feminine equivalent of guy? I thought of gal, but I think it is used for a girl, or a young woman. I am looking for a word that can be used to generally mean woman, and ...
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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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What's the word meaning “normal-temperature” water?

When I intend to buy a non-cold bottled water in a grocery, the seller often gives me a chilled one. I have to express myself again by saying something like "I need a non-cold normal temperature one", ...
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What do I call this food?

Should I call what is depicted in the image "stir fried mixed vegetables", "stir fried vegetables" or "fried vegetables combination"? For stir fry, I'm not sure how to write "stir fry" in past tense ...
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Expression for “running/getting out of somewhere really fast”

I am looking for a word or expression to mean running out of somewhere very fast because of being terrified of something, or to avoid meeting someone.
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What do I call these things in English?

I use them quite often but I'm not sure what to call them. Their pictures appear in these links. http://www.123rf.com/photo_11282557_plastic-water-spray-bottle-isolated-on-white.html http://...
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Expression similar to “I went past some point”

Consider these sentences: I was traveling by bus the other day, and I was a little distracted at the time, so I failed to notice when my stop came. I realized it 20 minutes later and by then bus ...
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Help clearing confusion in a dangling modifier

Today, several users on a Facebook group were requesting me to send some materials to them via email. So I thought to assure them and I commented using the following sentence: I will send the ...
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Alternatives to 'I have got it'

Let's say I am carrying a couple of bags or something like that and some random stranger offers to carry one of them. Do you want me to hold one of these? I have seen in movies that if you don't ...
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Is there a word for superstitions which are meant for good?

In the Bengali language there are two types of superstitions: The good one is called Sanskar and the other one is called Kusanskar. Ideally, Kusanskar is what we would call superstition in English, i....
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What is the word for a guy who is from a village and ignorant because of it?

How should I describe a guy who moves to a city or urban area, but does not know much about how things work in those cities, and make an ass of themselves? The closest word I came up with is ...
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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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What expression is used instead of a name, when somebody doesn't remember a person's name?

Is there another expression, apart from what's-his-name (or similar), which is used when somebody is speaking of a person, but doesn't remember the person's name? I thought Vattelapesca was used in ...
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Is there another word for “deported person”?

I am looking for another word for deported person, or a short form of saying it.
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Terms regarding “travel allowance”

You made a journey by train, where the ticket cost $100 and no additional costs arose. Afterwards somebody (who is in no way liable to give you a cent for the journey) is so kind as to give you some ...
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Two people who are allied or friends, yet are against each other

I need as many words as possible, if any exist, for: Two people who are allied or friends, yet are against each other. I apologise if this sounds stupid but I couldn't find anything similar ...
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What is the word for “doing something in various steps”?

The expression I am looking for is something like this: Rather than putting the whole mixture of spices at one while cooking something, put a part of it in various steps/rounds separated by a ...
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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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Phrase for states having a common border

In Italian, the word for two states which share part of their border is confinante (its plural is confinanti). For example, I could use that word for Italy and France, Spain and Portugal, or France ...
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Noun for people not yet confirmed as alive, or dead

In Italian, disperso (whose plural is dispersi) is a noun used for every person that is not yet confirmed as alive, or dead. The closer English word I can think is missing which is an adjective, and ...
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Word meaning “harmful to learning”?

Something that damages productivity is counterproductive. What would be the word for something harmful to your learning process? For example, teaching you wrong, so that later you must first unlearn ...
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“government by two persons” is to “diarchy” as “government by simple majority” is to what? [closed]

As far as I know, the government by two persons is called "diarchy," three persons is called "triarchy," many persons is called "polyarchy." So, my question is, is there a word to define the ...
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What is the word for the words which are not spoken, but should be understood?

I want to know the word which means any word which is not spoken/written explicitly but should be understood. Example: Person A has misbehaved with his parents. So somebody close to person A, say his ...
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Is there a special word for the numbers 11 to 19?

In my language (Ukrainian), there are special words describing amounts between 11 and 19. They are constructed in a similar way as the numerals, but do not specify the numeral itself: Це коштує ...
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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 single word for “native English speaker”?

Is there a single word for someone who is a "native English speaker" (or more generally, for native speaker of language X)? There are single words for people having given nationality (like Englishman)...
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Is there any other neutral word for homosexual male than gay?

Is there any other neutral word for a homosexual male? The word gay is, I think, quite neutral, but it sounds very funny to me because in German it's the imperative from 'go'. So, you say 'geh' (...
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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 ...