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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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If potato chips come in contact with humid air, they become what?

In my mother-tongue, there's a word for it. I'm wondering what the English word is. If potato chips come in contact with humid air (as in rainy days), they lose their crispiness, and become ...
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Is there any more 'respectful word' than 'beggars' for these wonderful guys?

In India, beggars don't do anything and ask for money. But here, I see this specific practice to ask for money (in foreign countries). Check this guy he works harder, shows his skills and asks for ...
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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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“Once, twice, thrice,…”, what comes next?

How would you complete the following sequence, until point 10? Once Twice Thrice (...) Any help would be appreciated.
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“Ice cold” vs. “___ hot” in a professional context?

Suppose I just had Iced Coffee with hot chocolate cake and I want to describe it to others. I can use "I had an ice cold coffee" but then I'm stuck with the second part. None of the things I can ...
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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 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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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 is the brown cardboard covering coffee cups called in English?

I recently got into an awkward situation when I wasn't able to ask for a 'warmth protector thingy' in Starbucks, and wasn't accurately able to describe it, so could someone tell me what you would call ...
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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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What do you call this way of stacking rectangular objects on each other?

Sometimes we stack rectangular object like books, paper slips, bricks, video cassettes, etc in a way that one is put in a landscape orientation and the other in a portrait orientation. What is ...
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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 do we call the half closing of eyes?

It's not under any influence of alcohol! It's just a gesture. Eyes are half closed with creases on the forehead and some tension in the muscles around the eyes. Such expressions are made when you ...
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What is the cover of the head of a pen called in English?

What is the cover of the head of a pen called in English? In my native language it is simply called a cover.
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Is there a word for the “unutterable” feeling when listening to a beautiful song?

When I listen to a beautiful piece of music, for instance Quizas by Andrea Bocelli, I am feeling something is under my skin, moving. I don't know if there exists a word to express such a feeling.
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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 the word for the metal things on boots where the laces go?

What are the metal parts of a boot where the laces are meant to go called? There are the circle parts and the hook parts. Do these have a different name each, or do they have the same name?
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What do you call the things inside a fruit?

I am having trouble finding the right word. What do you call the hard, uneatable parts inside a fruit? For example, an avocado has one big dark one. Grapes have small ones. Watermelons have a lot of ...
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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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Do native speakers use “ultima” and “proxima” frequently in spoken English?

I have noticed that the words ultima and proxima are rarely used. How do native speakers use these?
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Word for someone who says yes, then no, then yes

Facing a situation that needs a decision, a person says yes then in a minute later changes it to no, but he/she does it several times and does not have a real decision eventually. What is the single ...
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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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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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A pro and a con at the same time

Is there a word for anything that is a con and a pro at the same time. I mean it is both good and bad, has both a minus and a plus, is an advantage and a disadvantage at the same time. A second ...
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What would you call someone who sneaks into and stays in places where they have to be signed up, e.g. classes/country clubs

At my school I used to be in athletics class even though I didn’t sign up or paid to be there, I just simply started acting as if I was part of the team. How would you call a person like that?
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What is the document called that parents have to sign so their underage children can take part in something?

When you're a kid and you want to go to some event or a school excursion you have to bring a document signed by your parents saying that they've given their permission. What is this document usually ...
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What do we call English with dots and dashes?

In our native languages, pronunciations of the words are different if we write it in normal English. For that reason, we have a different set of alphabet. Such writing helps us speak correct ...
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Verb for “just opening a bit” a window or door

Is there a single verb that conveys the idea of "just opening X a bit", "slightly opening" or "opening a gap"? Examples He ____ the window just so that a light breeze could come in. The door was not ...
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Is there a verb for listening stealthily?

I am wondering if there's a verb that means "listening stealthily" or "listening to someone or a group of people without having him/them know". I am highly confident that there's a verb, but I can't ...
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What's the name for non-bribe payments taken forcefully and illegally?

In my national language Hindi, there's a term for it. Let me describe it. Corruption is a nuisance in India. However, corruption is of many types here. For example, if you give some money to a ...
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What is the word for a property no more necessary but still present in a object?

As an example the small ring in the maple syrup bottles: now too small to be usefull but still present
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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 the filling of the stapler called in English? (picture attached)

What is the filling of the stapler called in English? (you can see it in red circle in the attached picture). I looked for this word in my native dictionary but I didn't find this word.
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Is there a word for losing something in order to gain some other thing?

For example I want increase the speed of a memory system in a computer but this will cost more money or decreasing the capacity will also gain more speed. So I have to lose capacity and money in ...
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What is the sports hall in schools called in English?

What is the sports hall in schools called in English? I've translated from my language and the translation is "sport venue", but the according to the picture on Wikipedia I suspect that it is not what ...
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The antonym of “diss”

I learn that 'diss' is a shortened version of "disrespect" Urban Dictionary: diss For example, try to diss me, man. What's the opposite of it? I searched 'spect' as shorthand for 'respect'. ...
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Call yourself God

Is there a word for calling or considering yourself a deity? There was a king of Shinar called Nimrod, who called himself a deity according to certain Islamic scholars and made people worship ...
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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 a non-vulgar synonym for this swear word meaning “an enormous amount”?

How do I say "shitload" or "shit-ton" without cursing? Ideally, I'm looking for a term for casual conversation but without any cursing, the word you can use with kids and teens, or just adults you ...
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When people brag about their abilities and belittle their opponents before a battle, competition, etc

I'm writing an article about a myth in which two epic heroes facing each other before a single combat. The part I'm at now is when the two heroes start bragging about their abilities and things they'...
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An adjective for a woman showing lots of skin?

Islam requires Muslim women to cover their bodies from head to toe, sparing only the face and hands. There is a special word in Arabic that describes a woman who deviates by showing more skin than ...
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What is the opposite of 'picky'?

What adjective would be used to describe an attitude where one is not too demanding about something (like the food they eat, the clothes they wear, etc.). I'm looking for a word that sounds fairly ...
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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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What do you call the imprinted pattern left behind a car in mud?

What's the name for this ... chase? stria? groove? In Czech, we call it "stopa" - which literally translates as "footprint" but has a lot of other meanings as well so I can't really work out which of ...
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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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What are these holes in sinks and tubs called?

What are the holes in the pictures called? They are usually found in sinks and tubs and their function is to prevent water from overflowing.
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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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Term for bed sheet that embraces and partially encapsulates the mattress

I went to IKEA and got me a new sheet. It's awesome on the bed because instead of being "sheety", it's got those rubber parts so one doesn't fold it under the mattress to keep it in place but rather ...
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Can I use “Dress” for men's wear?

My friends laughed at me when I said "nice dress man" because "dress" is used for only females. Is this correct? I was always thinking dress is just synonym of costumes and clothes. Is there any ...