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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Do we have another expression that is similar to "Speaking of Which" which is very confusing?

I heard many American people say "Speaking of Which..." According Urban Dictionary "speaking of which" means "by the way" Do we have another expression that is similar to ...
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What is the expression to say that you have started to think about a topic extensively?

What is the term when you start to think about something extensively e.g. you think about the answer to a question or you think like where to go for your next trip? I want to emphasize the importance ...
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Is this a correct way to say that I do not care much about money?

Is it correct to say "I don't weigh much about money" to mean that I do not care much about money? Is it awkward?
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What do you call a place where certain ideas are prevalent?

What noun could I use? "Hotbed"? "Hotspot"? Please don't mention the expression "safe state". The city was hardly a liberal __________: the conservatives have won five ...
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How do I describe people who don't have enough time?

How do I describe people who don't have enough time? Would "time-constrained" do? Is it even a word to begin with? Unfortunately, she was time-constrained and let things slide.
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What word would refer to "fluent in reading"?

What word would you use to refer to "fluency" in reading? The manner which is characterized by your highly infrequent use of dictionaries when reading texts and a good speed. You could say ...
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Word for actual run of a test as opposed to trial run of a test?

Let's say there is a test (or an exam). There will be a series of official trial/mock tests only for practice purpose, before taking the actual/real test that counts. In this case, what word should I ...
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Is it "finger clicking" or "finger snapping"?

Is it "finger clicking"? What verb should I use if not "click"? "Snap"? Are both ok? It's just that if I say "finger snapping", one may imagine something ...
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What word should I use to describe the "ending/end" of a committee, work group etc?

When a body in an organisation is no longer useful it is... Abolished? Discontinued? Terminated? Ended? Closed down..? And what's the corresponding noun? That is, what words could I use for the verb/...
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What does "let's pretend we had this conversation" really means? [closed]

I was in a conversation with a lady and I told her to let's pretend we had this conversation and before I know it, she was angry and doing malice with me. So please help explicate it
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Is "beauty king" or "handsome king" the counterpart of "beauty queen"?

"beauty queen" is a woman who won a beauty contest. What is the general term for a man who wins a male "handsome" contest? Is "beauty king" or "handsome king" ...
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What do you call someone who does not drink alcoholic beverages at all?

Could anyone please let me know, what do we usually call an individual who never drinks alcohol? It can be either for health issue, or health care or even some personal barriers like religious beliefs....
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Correct form for frontend, backend and fullstack

I'm wondering what is the correct form for 'frontend', 'backend', and 'fullstack' developer. Grammarly provides some suggestions but I require expert advice on how to use them correctly. I've read ...
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What is the word for the dirty substance on the skin of a person who hasn't been showered for days?

If we don't shower for several day, we have some dirty things on our skin. And when we rub the skin, we can roll this thing into a tiny ball which is dirty and as small as a grain of rice. Is that ...
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What do you call the pointy parts of a text bubble that's not the tail?

What do you call the pointy parts of a text bubble that's not the tail? Here, in the image, we see three pointy things protruding out of the text bubble on the four "sides" of some of the ...
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Is there a better synonym to "non-intrusive"?

If you are a photographer, you may want to take your pictures in a way that doesn't influence the surroundings and the people around you. As a result, you stay merely an observer, not an off-camera ...
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How do I convey that I am bad at remembering things?

I want to express the idea that I'm really bad at recollecting something from my memory, but "I have a bad memory" sounds a lot like I remember (maybe fairly well) something bad that ...
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What is the concise word or phrase of getting caught in an embarrassing situation?

I got caught in an embarrasing situation last night! I was singing until I realise I'd been being watched by my neighbour. In my view, I won't consider it natural to say that since it's too wordy. I ...
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Word for a person who demands in "supply & demand" context

In economics and similar subjects, we have the term "supply & demand". The word for the person (or company) who supplies is "supplier". What's the word for the person who ...
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What do you call the person who goes through the minutes after a meeting and checks that everything is correct?

At any formal meeting, you appoint a secretary to takes the minutes, and another person to go through the minutes after the meeting and check that everything is correct, right? Now I'm wondering what ...
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Does "bare-assed" refer to being completely naked or just naked from the waist down?

According to my research, "bare-assed" is both adjective and adverbs. And some say it means "completely naked" others say "just naked from the waist down". In some ...
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What are the beginning and closing template of a video?

I often see a beginning and a closing attached to a video, especially videos produced by some big brands, and such beginning and closing are the same for the same brand. It's like a template: the main ...
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Is there a name for the sound Peter Griffin does in this video?

Is there a name (either a noun or verb) for the sound Peter Griffin does in this video? It starts at 0:52, and he does it many times. It is the rather common sound that one does through their teeth ...
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What verb can I use to indicate the process of putting together boards, work groups, etc?

What verb can I use to indicate the process of putting together boards, work groups etc? That is, what verb goes in the slot in the following examples? Bodies that are _____ through election shall... ...
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Is it idiomatic to say "you need a subject in your sentence when talking to grown-ups"?

In some countries, it's very rude if a child talks to an adult without a subject, even when there's a word like "please" in the sentence. For example, it's very rude if a child says to a ...
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What is the opposite of "plain housing/plain residential buildings"?

Consider the expression, The government housing is very homogeneous. All houses are very unremarkable plain-looking houses. What would be the opposite of plain looking houses? Some words, I have ...
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What do you call these geometric features? (jut, protrusion, ledge,...)

What do you call these geometric features? If I have it figured out correctly: A and B have a protrusion or jut B has a nose or a lug C has a ledge Is that correct? Are there any terms I'm missing? ...
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Alternate construction for the phrase "soda consumption"?

Consider the phrase, We need to watch our soda(Coco Cola) consumption, high soda consumption leads to health problems and obesity. Consumption sounds like corporate jargon to me. Could somebody ...
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Which verb that describes financial loss better in the given context?

I'm struggling to find a word (verb) that fits in this context: Billy bought a book for 7 dollars and he sold it for 5 dollars. It ___ him since he should've sold the book more than 7 dollars to ...
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Do we call it "a lounge" in a cinema?

We have a waiting area in a cinema. As showed in the picture, when you go into a cinema, you see a waiting area facing the counter where people buy movie tickets, or popcorn and drinks. You can sit ...
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Is this place called a barn?

This is a barn: a large farm building for storing grain or keeping animals in. In some other countries, we have an area surrounded by simple wooden fences. It may or may not have a simple roof like ...
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What do you call this open food vessel?

I am thinking of an open food vessel, conical shaped, made to create chocolate, but I don't know if there's a proper name for it.
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What do you call a person who eats products to test their quality?

Is there a word for it? There's the term food taster, but it seems it's used for people who test food for poison. I am talking more about people who taste food for big food companies, like a candy ...
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What are some words that mean "Something is off"?

Are there any singular words that mean that something feels off? Not about a person, but about something in general. E.g. The abandoned building made me feel _____.
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A specific case of sexual harassment

How can we refer to the action where a lady is a subject to the sexual harassment with a man when the man touches the lady's private organs with hand at a public area? She came to me with tearful ...
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Is "assumation" a valid abstract noun of 'assume'? [closed]

Is 'assumation' a valid abstract noun of "assume" as: "You have to make an assuming that x is a real number" sounds incorrect? How formal is 'assumation'?
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How would a native english speak say "if you look at someone's point of view"?

Consider the hypothetical scenario, John thinks he is trying to help his friends. But, if thinks from Jane's point of view, he is insulting all of this friends. Is there a verb just would convey ...
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Looking for the proper word in a sentence about exams

I'm trying to find the proper word, but there are a lot of options and I don't know which one fits best. I studied this material last night and it ___ on the exam. I'm thinking of the below words, ...
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Idiomatic alternative to the "putting yourself in one's shoe"?

Consider the expression, If the government puts itself in the shoes of the public, it will notice that its policies are damaging to society. The construction "in one's shoe" sounds very ...
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A single-word for “creating public disorder”

What is the noun for creating a serious public disturbance such as being in a gang of thugs who fight among themselves or for acts of abusive and/or violent behaviour in public spaces? The word ...
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Alternative expression/phrase to the expression "mushroom growth"?

In Indian English, the expression mushroom growth is quite common, some sample constructions There has been a mushroom growth in organic fruits shops in this area. Advancements in the ...
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What words can I use in place of "background" in my sentence

I have held multiple jobs in multiple fields in my life, such as teaching, tech jobs, philanthropy etc. I have a sentence construction, which goes like this I am grateful to have known people of ...
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What is opposite of the phrase "in one sitting" in the context of a book?

Consider the expression, The book was so engaging that I could not put it down, and read it one sitting. I am looking for a phrase, just opposite of this. The book was so boring that it took me ...
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Are there priority lines in America or Europe?

In Brazil, we have a line in places like banks and supermarket specifically for old people, pregnant women and disabled people which is usually faster than a regular line. We call that a preferential ...
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Idiomatic word for someone who is an expert in multiple fields/subject?

Cricket is a very popular sport in India. It has three components, batting (offense in baseball), bowling (pitching in baseball), and fielding (defense in baseball). Generally, players are good at ...
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What verb can I use when someone tries to speak while being throttled?

What verb can I use when someone speaks while being throttled? Let's say Peter is throttling Mark, who says something through a constricted throat. I was thinking of "grate". An ngram search ...
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casual alternative for the word "emit" in the context of energy

Consider this hypothetical expression, My relative is personification of bad vibes. He is always emitting negative energy. I am looking for a casual idiomatic alternative for the word "emission&...
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What is the technical term for seeing things from someone else's perspective?

I'm looking for this fancy word you can use to describe the act of putting yourself into the shoes of another person and trying to see things from their perspective. Only things I can come up with is '...
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Words to express that my friend pretended like she was me in class

Today I asked a friend of mine to attend the online class as I had to leave home. She changed her name on Zoom, closed his camera and muted the microphone so she pretended like she was me. There must ...
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What is a common adjective that expresses a child who excessively tells on his friends to his parents for trivial things?

Bob got pushed by his friends, not a big push. Maybe, his friends were just teasing him. Bob, then, told on his friends to his parents. In another situation, Bob's friends then kidded him in a funny ...
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