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Where can I find a very thorough, comprehensive, expansive list of personality traits?

Where can I find a very thorough, comprehensive, expansive list of personality traits? [more inside]
posted by lovableiago on Feb 29, 2012 - 1 answer

I do not think it means what you think it means.

What is some bizarre and amusing industry-specific jargon? [more inside]
posted by holterbarbour on Feb 16, 2012 - 53 answers

Synonym for satisfying?

Is there a single word for finding pleasure in well done formulaic stories not because they are doing something new or even being particularly clever, but because they hit the notes well, manage the tropes, and deliver what they promise? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Jan 22, 2012 - 34 answers

Is "roommate" really the only word for this?

There are three adults in my household -- my husband, myself, and our very close male friend. We think of ourselves as a family and it feels weird and a little cold to introduce each other as "roommates." So what word should we use? [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities on Jan 6, 2012 - 65 answers

ipso facto, girlfriend! (vocab word help!)

is there a word for 'a word that fits its own definition'? for example, sesquipedalian is a big word that by definition means "prone to using big words." is there a formal term for this type of thing?
posted by carlypennylane on Nov 29, 2011 - 5 answers

Help me find a word for "quick to perceive"

What are some words that mean "quick to perceive/discern," "sound judgment," or "keen-minded?" [more inside]
posted by melancholyplay on Nov 11, 2011 - 27 answers

Disqualified from an award for winning it too often?

What is it called when you're disqualified from an award for winning it too often? [more inside]
posted by Lorc on Aug 31, 2011 - 11 answers

Music for the voracious infovore?

I really like music that inspires me to jump up and...go read Wikipedia (or a dictionary, for that matter)! Bands that have produced the sort of thing I'm talking about here include Rasputina, Phideaux, and (to some extent) They Might Be Giants. Help me find more of this particular brand of awesome in the musical realm! Special bonus points if they can actually play their instruments well. [more inside]
posted by aecorwin on Aug 22, 2011 - 32 answers

The feds in a unitary state

In recent coverage of the Mark Duggan shooting and subsequent riots, I've seen a few instances of people referring to the police as "feds". Obviously in Britain there are no actual feds since there's no federal government, so what's the story here? [more inside]
posted by strangely stunted trees on Aug 7, 2011 - 7 answers

Old words with new meanings?

What are some words whose definitions have changed significantly in the last few centuries? [more inside]
posted by Shelf on Aug 7, 2011 - 58 answers

She's not my "ladyfriend".

Isn't it odd to call someone your "girlfriend" who you wouldn't call a "girl"? [more inside]
posted by ThisIsNotMe on Jul 15, 2011 - 110 answers

Baltimore to English dictionary?

What is Casualty Section as repeatedly referenced in the Wire? [more inside]
posted by Mitheral on Apr 11, 2011 - 7 answers

Movies and books to expand vocabulary

In what English movies or books would I most likely be exposed to new words? Any genre and time-period.
posted by keith0718 on Feb 3, 2011 - 34 answers

How do you say...

If you wanted to learn 100 words in a foreign (i.e. non-english) language, which words would you choose? [more inside]
posted by mnemonic on Dec 13, 2010 - 26 answers

English vocabulary words for a French speaker

I'm a native French speaker, and I'd like to to learn some new English words. However, many advanced English vocabulary books contain a lot of words which are exactly the same in French. Of course, some of them are false friends, and there's always something to learn. However, I'd like to know if there exists a vocabulary book specifically dedicated for French speakers. [more inside]
posted by Fillus on Dec 10, 2010 - 13 answers

Where can I find some colorful vocabulary?

Where can I find some colorful vocabulary words/phrases for my college essays? [more inside]
posted by ptsampras14 on Nov 2, 2010 - 29 answers

I know this word, but my brain thinks otherwise.

TipOfMyTongueFilter: What's the term (or terms) for the gap between intention (or perception) and action? [more inside]
posted by stuck on an island on Oct 19, 2010 - 9 answers


Fontagraphers: I know what a serif is - the little "tail" at the ends of character strokes. Mid-stroke, however, is what? [more inside]
posted by panmunjom on Oct 19, 2010 - 4 answers

A word for someone who is influenced

Word Choice Filter: Is there a word that describes someone who is influenced by an influencer? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide on Oct 14, 2010 - 30 answers

Once Bitten, Twice Shy

Once bitten, twice shy: Is there a single word which conveys the sentiment of this idiom? I have thought of "gun-shy," but no others. Or another phrase or idiom having roughly the same meaning?
posted by frobozz on Oct 10, 2010 - 17 answers

I think too fast, therefore what am I?

What is it called when you make a mistake because you are thinking faster than you can speak/type/etc.? [more inside]
posted by caminovereda on Sep 30, 2010 - 10 answers

Lookin' for a weighty word....

I am looking for an adjective that means something like 'sufficiently ambiguous (but encouraging enough) such that one can project their desires into [it] and find validation.' anyone got a fit? [more inside]
posted by armheadarmlegleg on Sep 30, 2010 - 24 answers

What to call a speakeasy-door-slit-hatch-peephole-thing?

You know that vertical slit in the doors of speakeasies, mafia hideouts and other places where you need to be sized up before entering? With the little metal hatch that slides to one side? Is there a word for it other than "peephole?" [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities on Aug 23, 2010 - 13 answers

If it were dun...

How common is the usage of the expression "To dun" in the context of chasing payment? [more inside]
posted by rongorongo on Jul 19, 2010 - 16 answers

What's a good way to expand one's vocabulary?

What's a good way to expand one's vocabulary? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on Jul 16, 2010 - 23 answers

It's very ... uhhh weathery?

WordsmithFilter: Give me an adjective for something along the lines of: "having varied or constantly changing (but not necessarily extreme) weather"?
posted by Scientifik on Jul 15, 2010 - 39 answers

A Pocket Oxford to take to Oxford?

Is there an English dictionary that excludes the most common words? [more inside]
posted by bardophile on Jun 12, 2010 - 10 answers

Word of the day!

Is there a good book word of the day list with nice usable words? [more inside]
posted by lakerk on Jun 2, 2010 - 5 answers

Can word choice unconsciously reveal your state of mind?

Outside of Freudian slips, is there any scientific evidence that people's word choices unconsciously reveal states of mind that they are trying to conceal? [more inside]
posted by tel3path on May 26, 2010 - 10 answers

Interactive vocabulary software for a teenaged ESL student?

Interactive vocabulary software for a teenaged ESL student who wants to prepare for the SAT but still needs to learn pre-SAT level vocabulary? [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline on Apr 1, 2010 - 2 answers

Where can I find Japanese books (fiction or not) with furigana online?

Where can I find Japanese books (fiction or not) with furigana online? [more inside]
posted by carnival of animals on Mar 13, 2010 - 4 answers

A word that means 'flash little party gimmicks'?

There's a word that means something like 'useless party skills' -- little tricks like bouncing ice off your elbow into a glass, rolling coins across your knuckles, flicking cards into a hat. I think it sounds a little like 'caltraps'. It's driving me crazy trying to remember it. Anyone know this word?
posted by Cantdosleepy on Feb 5, 2010 - 20 answers

Billions and billions

Given that Federal bailout monies are being tossed around to banks like sacks of rice from an aid truck, are there any emergent slang terms for one billion dollars? [more inside]
posted by Burhanistan on Jan 15, 2010 - 14 answers

Defining dating parameters

What's the difference between casual dating, being friends and being in a relationship? [more inside]
posted by youcancallmeal on Jan 2, 2010 - 19 answers

In a word "jealous anger"

Looking for a word that expresses "jealous anger" [more inside]
posted by ptm on Dec 14, 2009 - 20 answers

How do I set up a simple database for vocabulary terms?

How do I make a database of vocabulary terms and definitions to use for teaching? What software, settings, etc. should I use? [more inside]
posted by washburn on Dec 10, 2009 - 6 answers

Is there a word for this situation?

Is there a word that describes a situation where you *technically* have free will, but don't REALLY have the option to choose otherwise? [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon on Nov 18, 2009 - 27 answers

Help me find a word

Is there a term which people use to explain why people behave badly/differently in unfamiliar surroundings? For example, tourists behaving badly on vacations.
posted by arcticwoman on Nov 5, 2009 - 20 answers

Jesus was ______ by two thieves while being crucified.

HelpMeThinkOfThisWordFilter: Jesus was ______ by two thieves while being crucified. [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski on Oct 21, 2009 - 27 answers

Help figure out this modifier of the word "mentality", which may be phonetically similar to "sinded".

Help figure out this modifier of the word "mentality", which may be phonetically similar to "sinded". [more inside]
posted by Roach on Oct 18, 2009 - 21 answers

Controlled vocabularies for photos

I'm looking for controlled vocabularies to describe photographic images. [more inside]
posted by pahool on Oct 6, 2009 - 6 answers

Is there an adverbial form of the word 'smellable'?

Is there a good adverbial form of the word 'smellable'? [more inside]
posted by voronoi on Sep 29, 2009 - 25 answers

Less Than Total RecallFilter: What's the Word I'm Thinking Of?

Holy vocabulary crisis, Batman! My thirty-something brain has gone soft and I forgot a word I used to know. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by foxy_hedgehog on Sep 27, 2009 - 17 answers

Looking for an obscure word

What is the name for the little notch at the bottom of one's neck between the clavicles? That is, the area directly under the 12 in this picture?
posted by ubiquity on Sep 4, 2009 - 15 answers

talk dirty to me.

lexiconFilter: what are some words that sound really gross even as you are saying them? [more inside]
posted by violetk on Aug 14, 2009 - 111 answers

What do you call the sun shining through clouds?

What is the term for the depiction in art of the sun's rays shining through or behind clouds? This phenomenon. Sometimes believed to be a form of theophany. Wikipedia has an article about it, but I can't remember the name to look it up. Thank you.
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese on Jul 30, 2009 - 14 answers

Term to describe those people who ruin it for the rest.

vocab-filter: Is there a vocabulary word or term to describe a service or an act of generosity that is ceased by its maintainers because a small, select group broke the rules ? [more inside]
posted by fizzix on Jul 5, 2009 - 28 answers

What word have I forgotten?

Help me remember an adjective meaning extremely gifted, normally applied to a child. It's not anything obvious. :( [more inside]
posted by mllrstvn on Jun 16, 2009 - 12 answers

What are the most common 20% of words in any language?

What are the most common 20% of words in any language? [more inside]
posted by jinatrix on Jun 14, 2009 - 12 answers

Dummy = Duddy?

For some reason, I have always thought that one common name for a "pacifier" or "dummy" was "duddy" (I am not a native English speaker). Is this word used anywhere? Is the spelling correct? I can't find really any reference to it on the web.
posted by rom1 on May 25, 2009 - 24 answers

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