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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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a word/phrase for something that is very obvious

What do we call it when something is so obvious (about someone) that there is no point in stating it? Is there a phrase or an idiom? For example: It is very obvious that he is a drug addict.
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I want a word like “Assure” but on the other way around

When someone says: Prepare (by wearing nice clothes) for tonight's date. Over and over again, whenever that person sees you, he tells you that, not to annoy, harras, or bully you, but to make sure ...
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What is the word for “able to recognize something through limitations placed on you”

For example, you see a small part of a curtain picture, but from this small part you are able to recognize that this is a "curtain". Or if your sight is hazy, and you can recognize an object because ...
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What is the word that means “not saying anything bad in any way about someone”?

I have this sentence where I used the word infringement, and I think I'm exaggerating things a bit by choosing it. Moreover, I want it to mean: not saying anything bad in any way about someone, not ...
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Is there a word in English that describes being homesick towards a time that you haven't lived in?

As the title says. Looking for a word that would explain a person yearning to a time that person hasn't lived in? For example somebody born in the 90's saying he wishes he was born during the ...
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Does the English language have a word explaining a song in your head that you can't stop singing?

Sometimes after listening to a popular song you can't stop repeating it in your head. Is there any term for this in English? You can't say the same in Russian using one word.
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How is called the color which is the combination of yellow and orange in English?

In my language (spanish) this color is called amarillo huevo ("egg yellow") which is a clear contrast to amarillo patito ("little duck yellow"). How is called the color which is the combination of ...
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“a half-baked *consternation*”?

I faintly recall coming across something along the lines of a half-baked consternation of [...] a couple of times on the web. My hunch is that I probably encountered this sort of phrasing in ...
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What do we call “three people who united on a person to destroy something he\she has”?

Let's say that X is a girl who has a deal with Y, she would absolutely get many benefits of that deal after it comes to its deadline. However, there's A, B, and C who are three people that hate X and ...
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What's the word to specify a certain longitudinal position in a long street or park?

When I tried to invite people to the park in the image I wanted to meet around the area where Babelsberger Strasse ends, anywhere within the red ellipse. As you can see, the park is a West-East band ...
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What do we call a wife who “cheats” on her husband (without having sex with the other person)?

Is "cheater" the suitable word for calling a wife who cheats on her husband in a secret romantic relationship with another man (no sex included)? I found that "cheater" is a slang word, and I don't ...
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What do we call “a person who blames others for things they didn't do”?

What do we call "a person who blames others for things they didn't do"? I searched on the web, and found the word "blamer". I know what it means, and I don't find it fits the definition I wrote. ...
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Sensitive, cranky, irritable, touchy

I get angry very easily by other people. I'm a very sensitive person. How do I describe this kind of personality ? Sensitive, cranky, irritable, touchy, mean. I got these words from the dictionary,...
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Word for Overriding Auto-Correct

I was having an email conversation with friends about glyphosate. One friend consistently misspelled the word as glyphosphate*. In order to bring this to his attention, I replied, "It's spelled ...
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Word request: Means that has physical form

Speaking in general terms, how would you call things (assets) that need to be bought or created in order to be able to complete a task (tools, materials, devices, etc.), when you want to ephasize that ...
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The mainstream media are _____ in/about reporting gossips of celebrities

I want to fill in the blank of the following sentence with an adjective with a meaning similar to "interested/fascinated/passionate..." but I hope the word sounds negative or ironic: The mainstream ...
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How do I say in one word “going further”?

I am actually writing a computer program. I think that practically everyone knows how programs work at the very high level: they have conditions and if conditions are met then a program goes further. ...
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What's the adjective for a person who cares much?

For example, I want to say to my mum: "Oh, I could cook something myself. It's better for you just go in the room and rest after this crazy day you had. Mum... thank you for all, you're so ____." (...
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What do you call the act of drinking a whole bottle of, say, water in one go?

What do you call the act of drinking a whole bottle of, say, water in one go? It doesn't have to be water.
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Like a necromancer, but not evil [closed]

I'm trying to figure out if there is a name for a person (male or female) who is a necromancer, but isn't evil. Maybe some old religious or ancient name. The person is a made-up character to a book. ...
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What does a “finish line” mean in English?

What does a "finish line" mean in English? Is it the line that the runner must be the first one to cross in order to win the competition? If yes, then how is the last straight leg of the racing route ...
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(“In … terms” structure) What should be in the blank space? A noun or an adjective or something else?

(In _____ terms, ...) What should be in the blank space? A noun or an adjective or something else? If we can use both of them, what is the difference, if any? He's really tight-fisted, I ...
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Adjective to describe that a date is now in the past

I'm trying to formulate to a website user that he can't modify a date anymore because this date is now in the past. So for I'm at "You can't modify a campaign start date after it's exceeded" (...
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What do you call the hanging sections on the sides of someone with long hair?

I'm referring to this: At first, I thought they could be called bangs. But according to Google it's only the head above the forehead: a fringe of hair cut straight across the forehead. So ...
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Specific financial term for a type of amount [closed]

Let's say I take someone to court and I require him to pay me 20k in damages. But the court/judge/insurance company decides that the real value was 14k and that's they'll pay me. What are the ...
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Name for using verb with different meanings for parts of its compound object

Is there a name for a construction where a verb has different meanings for different parts of its compound object? For example: "John likes to make friends, and paper airplanes." I'm not sure this ...
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A word reminiscent of “matriculate”

I'm looking for a word that means "to move slowly though a process or system." I was writing an email and I used the word "matriculate", but it clearly is not the word for which I'm looking (football ...
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Synonym for 'shorthand'

I'm practicing something and I came to the word shorthand. I know it's useful for fast writing and all that, but what is the other way to say that? Is there any synonym or phrase? I need the other ...
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A less extreme version of paranoia

What are some words which can describe the feeling that everyone just dislikes you and doesn't want to talk to you. I think that it would be something similar to paranoia but a less extreme version of ...
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The act of declaring and revoking a structure a church

What is it called when a building is announced to be a church, like, effective now, tada, this is a church? And conversely, what is it called when a church is revoked the rights of such, as in it ...
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Existential meaning in given sentences

Although in dictionaries like oxford the definition is said to be : (formal) connected with human existence (philosophy) connected with the theory of existentialism But I've hardly found any ...
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Equivalent of above and below for the words right and left

I am writing some computer code and I want to find the equivalent of the words above and below for the right and left, so I want a precise word rather than a whole sentence / expression. Something ...
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How to 'form' a term for the citizens of a city?

If it's New York, then it's New Yorker If it's London, then it's Londoner, and so on... In India, it's Mumbaikar for Mumbai but Delhiite for Delhi. In short, difficult to guess! Some times such ...
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What is the term for “the act of cutting a word in the middle, add a hyphen, and put the rest in the next line because it's too long”?

So it's some- thing like this. This probably something trivia, but I don't know the keyword to search for the term in english.
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A word to describe something that we've done so much that it's become a part of who we are

For example, when someone who doesn't normally lie starts lying and soon it's something that comes naturally to them. Like when you lie so much that lying just becomes what you do and you can't ...
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Looking for a singular word or term to denote a question that is non accusatory

Can anyone suggest a singular word or term, if one even exits, for a question that is non accusatory in nature. I know it’s a strange question so I’ll give very simple examples Mom WHY DID YOU DO IT?...
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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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What is an adjective or term you use to describe someone obsessed with petty or trivial gains?

Say a person is willing to spend hours standing in line just for some useless freebie, or spend hours negotiating a one dollar discount on a 100-dollar product, or things like that, and be very happy ...
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How to call the chairs whose back will bend backwards when you rest against it?

I am sorry if my description is not clear enough. You know there are certain office chairs (unless the wooden chairs or steel folded chair) whose back can bend backwards when you lean against them. Is ...
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What are days and nights called?

I'm teaching my students how to tell time in New York. We live in India. It's easy! Add two and a half hours to our time (IST), and change the _________ Here, what should we fill in the blank? ...
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Is there a word for “negative/declining trend”?

Is there a word for that? Example sentence: The sales declined to 10 in November, and to 5 in December. This __ repeated the following year. Note: I checked the synonyms for trend. But none of ...
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What is a person who gets pranked called?

Someone who pranks someone else is called a prankster. What is a person who gets pranked called? Is the term "prank victim"?
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Word for “not crowded”?

In my mother tongue there is a very common word to use when you're in a place that is "Not crowded". (Not crowded means few people, cars etc., but not deserted) In English, I am having a hard time ...
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more informal synonym for “compose one's thoughts?”

Is there a more informal and idiomatic synonym for compose/collect/organize one's thoughts? I was thinking of "get my thoughts/ it/ my head together" or "get my thoughts in order"- are these ...
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What explains the feeling of 'yuck…'?

I'm searching for a word that explains 'yuck' expression of mine. I mean it's not that there is fear. Nor do I dislike...but it's something like 'yuck!' For example, if I see a worm, I get irritated. ...
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build the culture of something/ culture building

In my native language when we want to mean educating people to do/think the right thing and persuading them to do so in different ways such as advertising, punishment, encouragement, rewards, shaming ...
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What's the countable word for “the act of having sex”? [closed]

I can only think of the vulgar version. I wonder if there is a formal/non-vulgar one. Example: They had sex at night, in the wee hours, and then they had one last __ in the morning.
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What English common word or phrase used to describe Passing of humorous complimentary remarks while eating a good food that one is unaccustomed to?

What English common word or phrase used to describe Passing of humorous complimentary remarks on food one is eating (the remarks are considered silly or funny and as showing that the speaker is ...
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How to describe a sample of one person?

Statistically, how to describe a theory making from one's own experience and haven't been tested by others? A sample of one? A one-person sample? Googling both phrases doesn't yield any meaningful ...
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Replace the word “dent”

If you touch a balloon there is a dent created at your finger tip. Now this word dent seems so rough. Like one has to use a lot of pressure to create a dent. Is there any proper word to replace it so ...