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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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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Could you vs would you

Could you write your name? Would you write your name? When you are asked to do this, are there any situation in which you hear weird if either is used (but the other sounds pretty natural .)
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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 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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How do you say “enchufado” in English?

"Enchufado" or "enchufe" is a colloquial way of saying that a person got a job because a friend or relative gave it to him, instead of earning it themselves. I thought about the word "appointed" but ...
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Are there other names for students according to their year - except of “sophomore”?

Today, I've heard my lecturer who turned to us by the word: "sophomores". This the is the first time that I was exposed to this word in the meaning of "student of 2nd year". My question if there are ...
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Is there a word in English meaning “see something incorrectly”?

For example, I saw someone just now. I thought he was Jack, but turned out he was not. Or, I saw something and recognized it as something else incorrectly. Is there a word for such situations? I ...
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Single clear word for 'hot food'

The question In my native language we have two ways of saying the food is hot. One meaning spicy and one meaning too/very warm. I am now looking for a way to use this sentence: The food is ...{...
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I'm looking for one word which describes what a student who missed classes needs to do

I'm looking for one word which describes what a student who missed classes needs to do in order to complete his missing. For example if he missed biology class he needs to seat with the teacher and ...
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An appropriate term for an overly by-the-rules person

In Swedish, we've got a term that loosely translates as paragraph jockey. It refers to a person, often a clerk or a referee, who is following all the rules, prescriptions and agreements ad absurdum. ...
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How to concisely express 'at many place' similar to somewhere, nowhere and everywhere?

I searched on the Internet and found the opposite of 'somewhere' is 'nowhere.' This confuses me, because I see it like this: The opposite of "everywhere" (at all places) is "nowhere" (at no places). ...
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Instruction while drinking milk - Don't spill the milk; what about solid food?

I instruct my daughter when she's drinking milk Take care; don't spill it. How do we do the same for food i.e. solid food? Take care; don't _______ it. To my mind comes the only option - drop. ...
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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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How to tell animals to go away?

In my language we have separate words to chase off each (common) animal, like "tchibe" for dogs, "sheetz" for cats, and "ish" for birds. I can think of only one corresponding word in English: one time ...
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How do you say “which each” or “who each”?

I speak in Persian, sometimes as I translate a sentence from my native language to English, I doubt if its structure is correct. I want to say (for example) "I have some children who each have a ...
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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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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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Word to describe a person who spends extremely little money

What do you call a person who spends extremely little money, and is careful in spending each and every dollar? Note, I'm not saying he has little money. He spends very, very little money, but he has ...
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Isn't the word “experience” wrongly used in this context?

Friend: Have you ever flirted with a female cop? Me: Nope. Friend: I have done that experience. I think experience is the wrong word here. What else should he have said?
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What do we call the entire project which is based on arranged kinetic actions?

I love that concept whenever any company comes up with it as a part of their marketing campaign but not sure what do we call such action. The action starts with one tiny thing (say striking a small ...
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What's the opposite of “vegetarian”?

If someone hates salad, and mostly eats meat, they basically are the opposite of vegetarians. What do you call those people in English? I guess there is no such a thing as meatarian.
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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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Drive out a fly

I am looking for a word that means similar to driving out (a fly), so you 've got a fly or a bird flown into your home and you want to chase it out. It sounds like swish or woosh something. Does ...
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What do you call a name that reflects the person's characteristics?

How to translate the Russian phrase 'говорящая фамилия'? It's literally translated as "speaking surname" and refers to last names that reflect the person's quality. For example, if a short ...
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A word for something that is too visible?

How to call something/someone that is too visible, more that it/she should or deserves, or more than it is natural and accepted? The word I have in mind is "over-visible". Are over-visible and over-...
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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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“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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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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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 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 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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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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What is the term for 'a…a…a…' in speech?

Most Indians have this habit while speaking in English. It's not stammering that I'm aware of. It's not stuttering or bumbling either. I'm not sure what is it called. The speech goes like this... ...
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Term for someone who cannot keep something to themselves

We have them everywhere. And I'm looking for the term to refer to them. These are the people who cannot keep any matter to themselves. Irrespective of the degree of seriousness of the matter, they'...
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English word for “repetitive, boring work”?

Is there an English word for "work which is repetitive (and often boring), but which must be done"?
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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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Using the hypothetical and non standard word “manywhere”

I have frequently used "manywhere" to describe "many places" instead of "everywhere". In increasing order: nowhere < somewhere < manywhere < everywhere It seems to be an elegant and logical ...
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A loud crash sounded

Imagine a shed crammed with junk. Suddenly a chair leg breaks maybe and everything comes crashing down. Can I describe the sound of that as a crash or is there a better word? From a dictionary - a ...
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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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The US/UK word for Turkish sandwich filled with meat, salad and sauce

One of the users on the page created by me asked this. Since the page is for non-native speakers, I don't think she'll get the answer. So, I'm asking it here. In her words... What is your word for ...
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What do you call it when someone searches through your stuff?

This is one of the things that I don't really know the proper name for, because I've never heard anyone say it, but I know how to explain it. Let's say a toddler is searching through your backpack, ...
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What is the English word for a “map indicator"?

See this: What is the English word for the red markers with a letter on them? Google itself seem to use, well, marker, but I wonder if that’s too technology-related (like, say, pointer?). I need a ...
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Antonym of “crowded” that is not “uncrowded”

I want to describe two types of cities: one city is crowded, i.e., has a lot of population in a small area, while the other city is the opposite - it is uncrowded. For reasons of style, I want to use ...
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What do we call lips squeezing back?

To my mind, to pout means to push one's lips forward, as an expression of petulant annoyance or sexual attraction. To pucker one's lips has a similar meaning. I am wondering what the opposite ...
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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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In cartography, what do you call the line that separates land from water?

I am discussing cartographic conventions. For instance, "rivers should be blue" and "country borders should be black". In such a discussion, how should I refer to a line that separates land from a ...
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What's the word for roads on top of roads?

Suppose you are driving on the freeway and there is a road that is built on top of the road that you are currently driving on. For example, a transit that takes cars up to their exit or maybe it's ...
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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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What's the term for a person who can/will do anything for money?

Is there any term that describes a person who can/will do anything for money? Help me filling the blank. Do you know what did Tom do? He sold secret information of his own country Yeah, possible! ...
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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 '...