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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What do you call a flexible diving platform?

What do you call a flexible diving platform? I just realized this, but in international competition the diving platform isn't always elastic and flexible, but I doubt they are called a diving platform ...
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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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What's the name of the game of throwing stones to the surface of water?

There's a game in which a flat stone is thrown to the surface of a pond, river, etc. so that it starts bouncing across the water. How do native English speakers call this game? Are there any rules ...
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Things you have (eat or drink) while drinking alcohol

Is there a word to describe things you eat or drink while consuming alcohol? We usually eat something like chips, cucumbers, olives etc while drinking especially with strong types of drinks like vodka ...
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Gender-neutral honorifics

Can we use any other titles or honorifics other than Mr, Ms or Mrs before a person's name if we don't want to express their gender?
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Another word for “private”

I am writing about poker tournaments. I need to express the idea that there are two types of tournaments - open (everyone can participate) and the tournament where there are certain terms for ...
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Sea creatures (not fish) that have the suffix 'fish'?

I think of two sea creatures of which their names end with the suffix 'fish': Cuttlefish, shell-fish, although by definition they aren't real fish. Are there more names of sea creatures (which aren't ...
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How to express “naked” in different situations?

In the dictionary, naked [more naked; most naked] : not wearing any clothes : not covered by clothing a naked [=nude] man the naked human body her naked [=(more commonly) bare] ...
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What is this thing that you put a sword in called?

I have played Ocarina of Time and Majora's Mask and I am always asking: "What is this thing on Link's back?" It's for putting the sword, I know that, but what it's called? I have searched for "sword ...
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An idiomatic word for “very little” in this context?

The country has produced less than 1 percent of the global output. The country's share of the global output is (very) _____ . Small, little, tiny, few, low are in my mind. But I don't know what is ...
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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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Someone who can't abide a joke against themselves

A direct excerpt from a book: 'They can laugh at jokes; they read every book by P.G. Wodehouse and love his quiet humour; they can enjoy a joke against you. What they cannot abide is a joke against ...
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British “Packet” = American “X?”

Longman Dictionary says: packet [countable]: 1 (British English) a container made of paper, plastic, or cardboard that something is sold in 2 (especially British English) a small flat package ...
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How would I describe a room with no ventilation?

Let's say I have a room in my house with no windows, no flow of air in or out, isolated from the rest of the house, which makes it impossible to sit there. How do I describe it? Can I uses the ...
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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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How to say your English/language is wrong, strange, artificial, wooden, direct copy of your language?

How will native speakers say about strange English? If you English is artificial (When I am using valid words but anyone is not use such words). If you English is wooden (When I am using very ...
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What do you call the holes in a flute?

I am wondering if the holes in flutes have a particular name. I am assuming that all wind instruments share the same name for their holes, but I am not sure what it might be.
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Is there an antonym for the adjective “edifying”?

Is there an antonym for the adjective “edifying”? The reason being, I've been trying to find a suitable translation for the Italian word "diseducativo", but so far have found none. Dictionaries give ...
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Do we have a phrase to express “to form arms in a shape of a cup”?

We have the structure "cup your hands" meaning "to make a shape like a cup with your hands". It seems like we don't have the structure "cup your arms" to mean "to ...
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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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Word for “lunch” + “dinner” eaten late?

A late breakfast/early lunch combination meal is called "brunch". Is there a parallel term for the afternoon? What do I call "lunch" joined with "dinner"? Note that I don't mean a meal eaten ...
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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 should I call a person sharing knowledge in school that is not a teacher?

Some time ago I was asked by a school institution to conduct a lesson for children about filmmaking. I'm not a teacher, I never attended any pedagogical university and I don't have qualifications to ...
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A word to describe “a shy smile after stupid mistakes”

Which word can I use to describe a smile which someone gives after making a stupid mistake? I want to describe the smile of a TV news anchor, when the camera catches her combing her hair.
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I am asking …you know… but what is it if it is not 'dysfluency'?

I did not know what dysfluency is before I asked this question and got an answer. Well, now I want a term for a special phrase or words that people keep on repeating when they speak. The most common ...
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Antonym of permission

What noun describes the act of forbidding something? Just as 'permission' means allowing certain activity, is there a noun that states the opposite? In particular, I'm looking for one that states '...
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What is the term that describes someone who is not interested in sex?

He or she is not infertile. They have normal sex hormones but just they don't find it interesting. To clarify, For instance, compared to a man (who is not this) who'd stare at a blonde in a ...
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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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Is there a word for “that’s not my fault”?

Is there a word for “that’s not my fault”? Sometimes it’s easy to be associated with something negative, but it is not your fault but the wrongly association. Would the word innocent describe it ...
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Location vs position

Assume, we have teacup (with handle) on the table. Then we rotate the cup so that its handle is now pointing to other direction, but the cup itself remains in the same place. Can we say in this case ...
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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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The feeling you get when you suddenly go down a very steep surface

You've probably got this feeling while riding a roller coaster, that moment you suddenly fall to the bottom of a curve. It's like your heart and your stomach are being pulled down. I get this every ...
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Word for the noise caused by sea waves striking at beach?

Which word can I use to describe the high noise made by ocean waves striking at beach? When there are winds blowing, they make a high noise.
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Generic term for “lowercase”, “uppercase” and “camelcase”

I want to write something like this: In choosing his variable names, the applicant did not show a clear pattern or convention. Not only does the casing seem to be chosen randomly, ... But I did ...
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How to point out that something is written as intended and not an error?

I'm typing out some information on patients that I've examined for research purposes, e.g. John Doe. Height: 192,3 cm. Weight: 89,2 kg. Now, imagine I came across a particularly rotund John Doe ...
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alternative word/phrase means sort of/kind of in formal language

Newspapers and magazines are printed media. These sorts of/kinds of media usually have a long publication cycle. Sort of/kind of are both used in informal occasions according to the dictionary. So ...
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What is the word for “dividing into two unequal parts”?

Halving is the action of dividing something to two halves, i.e., they are assumed to be of equal sizes. What is the word for the action of dividing something into two parts, that are not necessarily ...
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Which word to describe a person who agrees with anything?

Like, in an old joke: Joe and Jack sue each other. Joe: Sir, Jack let his cows destroy my field. He has to pay me! Judge: You're right! Jack: Yes, but I have no other way since the only ...
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What's the adverb for Half-Assed?

What's the adverb for the word half-assed? I thought it was Half-assedly but it seems like it might not be a real word...
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Word for mood or (facial) expression if awaiting laughs on a commentary / rhetoric question?

Imagine the following (chat) conversation: John: Can you name all the presidents? Marry: I thought they already had names ^_^ The text smiley ^_^ - or alternatively ;) - indicates irony. There ...
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Inverted word order in question like sub-sentence

What is the name of a structure that usually contains "how" or "what" and inverted word order but is not a question? Example: "Our goal is to investigate until we know how it was done".
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what do you call it when you suddenly remember something?

Suppose, you and your friends are hanging out. One of your friends brings up a topic. Suddenly, a funny thing that has happened in the past, comes to your mind. what do you say? Do you say: "I just ...
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“A halved Pinang”; What is the equivalent expression in English?

"Like a halved Pinang" is an expression in my native language to compare the appearance of two persons who are alike/very similar/like a twin. Note: Pinang (lat. Area catechu) is a species of palm ...
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“You can't learn a musical instrument ______________ you practise every day”

I was trying to do a PET sample test, and I found the following sentence reconstruction exercise, they were easy; but there's a sentence that I couldn't complete, this is the sentence: "If you ...
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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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Fruit is cut into smaller pieces like a chip and then boiled dried in sugar. Are they called “papaya/banana…chips” or “papaya/banana…jams”?

We cut fruit such as papayas, bananas, mangoes, etc into thin pieces which has the same size as a potato chip and we boil them dried in sugar (Note: I am not sure if "boil something dried" ...
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What are words that can distinguish these two business types?

I'm looking for words that can distinguish two business types. Take, for example, McDonalds and Takara. McDonalds is a business that, while it is a "restaurant", does not behave like a restaurant, in ...
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What do you call that side of a plank that you create if you cut it in two?

In Russian, there is a special word for the side of a plank that you see after cutting it in two. The word is "торец", if it's of any help. This part is shown in the picture I am linking to. ...
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Word for unused in a while?

I'm looking for a word which can fit the gap in the sentence: "My french is a little bit ______ since I haven't used it in a while" I came up with poor but hopefully there's a more appropriate word.
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What do you call bracelets you wear around the legs?

This is a bracelet, and it's jewelry worn around the arm, but what about jewelry worn around the legs? What do you call it? Is there a particular name for it, or do you just have to call it leg-...

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