Questions tagged [word-request]

This tag is for questions seeking a word that fits a meaning. Please demonstrate why you expect the word to exist in English. For example you could tell us a word that means the same in another language. Please use a bilingual dictionary and include the result of your research. Please include a sample sentence demonstrating how the word would be used. If you actually seek a phrase, or don't care, see the "phrase-request" tag.

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Is it correct to say “So, you want to jump down from up here/there”?

Is it correct to say "So, you want to jump down from up here/there" as shown in the picture?
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How to express “to raise your left shoulder up while lowering your right shoulder down and do the other way round repeatedly”?

When people dance, sometimes they raise their left shoulders up while lowering their right shoulders down and do the other way round repeatedly as shown in the picture. What is the common term to ...
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Is it natural or idiomatic to say “I can't eat dinner with just only rice/ bread. I want to eat with savory food”?

Normally, when you eat rice or bread, you often eat it with some food that is salty such as meat or food that is sweet such as sugar. Now, a person just eats rice or bread for dinner, do we have a ...
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Words that mean “walked in an annoyed manner”

I want to express that my character was walking away after her friend teased her a bit but she's trying to be serious. I don't want it to come off as she's angry, but just annoyed. So I don't know ...
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Is it correct to say “Climb the other way!” or “Climb the other way round!” or “Go to the other side and climb!”?

There is a climbing structure for children to play as shown in the picture. There are 2 flights of stairs and children can climb either side. The boy is standing on one side and you want him to go to ...
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A derogatory synonym for a politician

I'm looking for a word/phrase that would describe a dishonest politician. Example: "He is a ___ ." Maybe something idiomatic or colloquial.
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Can the word “genocide” be used as a verb? If it can't, what are the alternative verbs?

Here, on Wiktionary, it says we can use "genocide" as a transitive verb to mean "To commit genocide (against); to eliminate (a group of people) completely." In other dictionaries ...
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Describing someone who is slightly overweight: “He is slightly on the _____ side”

He is slightly on the _______ side. If I want to say that he is slightly overweight, what would be the most common word to insert here? Thank you.
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Preterm baby which was born with (?x?) nails and hair - word request

I'm looking for a word for the next context. This is a preterm baby which was born with (?x?) nails and hair. The word should imply that the nails and hair weren't ready yet, as in normal mature ...
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Are these phrases and use of words in this paragraph grammatically correct?

COVID-19 pandemic will end someday, but how much it might affect the world depends on protective (or preventative?) measures we take like wearing mask(s?), washing hands frequently, social distancing ...
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Is this called “a checkpoint” in English? Picture included!

Could someone tell me what this is exactly called in English? I tried going with a "checkpoint" but I couldn't find further information and I need it for work urgently.
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A girl tied her hair with a rubber band. Is it correct to say “she is the girl with a rubber band on/in her hair”?

A girl tied her hair with a rubber band as shown in the picture. Is it correct to say "she is the girl with a rubber band on/in her hair"? Some native speakers says "in", others ...
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Word used to denote a glass of drunk water

Say there is a glass of water, and someone drank it (dipping their lips, i.e. not from a distance pouring water into their mouth). Now the glass of water is (somewhat) impure, containing the saliva of ...
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Can we say “I rub clothes with washing powder to wash them”?

rub [transitive, intransitive] to press two surfaces against each other and move them backwards and forwards; to be pressed together and move in this way rub something She rubbed her hands in delight. ...
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Acute and chronic are sub-classification of what?

We can classify a disease for example according to the severity (mild, intermediate, and severe) or according to the stability (stable and non-stable) and so on. According to what we determine acute ...
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How do I call a person working in a higher position than me in company?

In a company, there are various ranks of positions. And some people are working in a higher position than me. Is there any word indicating anyone working in a higher position than me? He/she can work ...
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Is there a word describing the feeling when cold water is drank, similar to “spiciness”?

Weird question, but you see how spicy food can be described by the word “spiciness”? How can one describe the feeling when cold water is drank? Do you know any adjective which describes this best?
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What would be the word for a thing which happens to be the third generation of something?

Like in this sentence: “Canon 70D is the _____(the word here) of Canon 90D.” Note that, there was a model called 80D before 90D. 70D is the grandfather of the 90D. What would be the word here?
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When do we say “move it” and When do we say “move out of the way”?

This was the context I saw. A kid has been attending in an English speaking school in Vietnam (a non-English country) since the 1st grade. I am pretty sure that he can speak Vietnamese very well. His ...
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Coworkers, employees

If I was the head of a department in a company, what would I then call the people in that department (who work under me)? If I was the boss of a company, would the people in the company be my ...
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Word for someone who doesn't know any latest trends?

Is there a word for someone who doesn't know any new trends? The things that everyone talks about. For example, someone who doesn't know the new popular movie star or TV show that everyone is crazy ...
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What do you call the act of answering a question in a unsatisfactory way so that the we're compelled to ask another question?

What do you call the act of answering a question in a unsatisfactory way so that the we're compelled to ask another question? Is there an idiom or word associated with the action?
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I can't stress enough how this position/job is appropriate for me

I wrote the following sentence but am not sure enough if it is appropriate to use it in a job interview and if the word "appropriate" is good choice for the sentence to show your willingness ...
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English word for an art to convey as much information as possible using few words

While giving speeches one may be concise or not. I think there was a word for being very concise while conveying a lot of information. That's it - information condensed is as few words as possible. Is ...
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A word to describe a person who can’t voice their ideas

I need a word to describe a person who is reluctant to express what they’re thinking. For example, I suggest a plan and ask for that person’s opinion. He or she will say it’s ok, although they’re not ...
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What does an airport do with flights? “Receives”/“sends”?

What does an airport do with flights? "Receives"/"sends"? Maybe, instead of the first word, "accept" should be used, shouldn't it?
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Term For Someone Who Makes Another Aggrieved

If someone is aggrieved, is the correct term for the party who made them so "aggriever"? If not, then what term should be used?
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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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What is the word/phrase for killing someone for their color or race?

What is the word/phrase for killing someone for their color or race? Like: “George Floyd’s murder is called ________(the word/phrase here).”
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How to describe a 90-degree down instead of up side down?

In a scenario of a box, up side down is a 180 degree down. But, how to describe a 90 degree down? Such as fall down? Thank you!
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Can you say “take a bite” to your son when you give a spoon of soup or pancake to him?

You spoon-fed your son by spooning some soup or a piece of pancake into his mouth. When while holding the spoon in front of him, is it correct to say "Yum! Yum! Take a bite"? I don't ...
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A word to describe someone who expects you to act one way but does not act in the same way

What is it called when someone expects you to act or do something a certain way, that they consider "right" or "acceptable", but does not act or do what they expect from you, to you in return? Is ...
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What is the antonym for 'a deep wound'?

What is the antonym for 'a deep wound'? 'A shallow wound'? Google offers only several hundred matches (whether singular or plural) which suggests it's not a common collocation.
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Is it not ambiguous to say “the child is crying for Mom”?

I remember that people often say "don't cry for me" when "I" have some problem or I hurt and people feel sorry for "me" so they "cry for me". Let's say a child ...
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Word that only includes my father, mother, brother, and sister

Is there any word or term for explaining a group of people including only my father, mother, brother, and sister (excluding my cousin, uncle, and aunty)?
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What is it called when someone acts one way then acts another way in front of someone else and gets you in trouble?

My sister has made me mad so many times by not saying or doing something alone with me but then goes and says it to me in front of my parents, and I have been getting in trouble for it.
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Is it correct to say “You're sitting sideways in the stroller. Please turn to face forwards / Please turn to face straight ahead”?

Look at the picture. Is it correct to say: You're sitting sideways in the stroller. Please turn to face forwards / Please turn to face straight ahead!
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How to describe someone who strongly believes in caste system?

How do I describe a person who strongly believes in caste system? Does even a word exist to describe the same?
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What would you call an API that helps you retrieve images and other related information?

https://unsplash.com/developers I would call it an image upload API, but it doesn't sound right. Is there a proper way to call these APIs?
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My child stands with her feet on my feet, I hold her hands to balance, I walk and move her. Is it ok to say “She's walking on my feet”?

My child stands with her feet on my feet, I hold her hands with my hands to keep balance, then I walk and thus move her along as shown in the picture. Is it correct to say "She's walking on my ...
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“He leaned into the window to kiss her” and “to climb out of / into the window to get “out of” or “into" the house?

There is a man inside a room on the 2nd floor. Is it idiomatic to say the following? "Don't lean out of the window. You may fall out." Now, there is a man standing outside a house at the ...
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What is the word to express “to raise your both arms up and rotate them several rounds from back to front or the other way round”?

This is a very common warm-up exercise that most people do but I don't know how to say it. You raise your both arms up and rotate them from back to front or the other way round as shown in the picture....
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Is it idiomatic to say “I cut myself and blood came out” or “I cut myself and the / my blood came out”?

In this English exercise, they say The girl had cut herself with a knife and blood was coming out of her thumb. Why not "her blood was coming out"? "I cut myself and blood came out&...
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What do you call this nearby position?

Let's say you are in a classroom. You are the red square. What to call the position of the yellow seats in relation to you? I thought of using "next," but I think that doesn't apply to the ...
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Are “to splint his broken legs” and “to set his broken legs” the same and can they be used interchangeably? [closed]

The dictionary has the noun "splint" but doesn't have the verb "to splint". However some technical medical sites say "he splinted his broken legs". splint noun /splɪnt/ ...
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What is the umbrella term for credit cards and debit cards?

What is the umbrella term for credit cards and debit cards? "Payment cards" or something? "Cash cards"?
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How to say that something is intuitively right?

Here the 'something' means a theory or a principle. My sentence is While this principle can only be appropriately understood in terms of rigorous theorems (see below for some), it is in ...
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Do we call the tiny part running from the knot to the open-end of a balloon “the stem of the balloon”?

After blowing up a balloon, in order to prevent the air coming out you have to tie its open-end as shown in the picture. Do we call the tiny part running from the knot to the open-end of the balloon &...
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Is it natural to say “don't step on that empty carton box as you might get your leg caught/trapped in it”?

Your child is standing on an empty carton box. Because the box is not strong enough to support the child's body so his leg might get in the box. Is it natural to say "don't step on that empty ...
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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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