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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

Non-sans-serif

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

My grandmother had a stroke and I'm looking for lists of practical words to put on flashcards for her.

My grandmother had a stroke and I'm looking for lists of practical words to put on flashcards for her. [more inside]
posted by hypervenom on May 16, 2009 - 13 answers

Where's my jetpack?!

Is there a better word for this notion than "futurism?" [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Apr 28, 2009 - 18 answers

ESL Textbook Recommendations

ESL Textbook Recommendations, anyone? [more inside]
posted by sdis on Apr 4, 2009 - 3 answers

Jumpman? Who the F@&% is Jumpman!?!

If you're old enough to remember NES and SEGA, What words do you think of when you reflect on your youthful gaming? [more inside]
posted by SinisterPurpose on Apr 3, 2009 - 112 answers

What'd this Brit just say?

Having trouble making out a word in this narration: "An odious (?) collection of moves?" MP3 link (@ 0:10) [more inside]
posted by hobbes on Mar 31, 2009 - 13 answers

Good examples of intercultural communications based on ideograms or common concepts?

Good examples of intercultural communications based on ideograms or common concepts? [more inside]
posted by Bio11 on Feb 22, 2009 - 13 answers

A word for Greek voyeurism?

There is a Greek word which describes a preference for voyeurism over participation in sexual activities. What is it? (It may involve small boys.)
posted by Tufa on Feb 18, 2009 - 3 answers

Describe 'legalese' in a word.

Describe 'legalese' in a word. [more inside]
posted by xanthippe on Jan 25, 2009 - 37 answers

Better synonyms needed

Vocabularyfilter: I am looking for some near-synonyms for "binary" and "analog" but without the techie sheen those both have. [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit on Jan 8, 2009 - 23 answers

Excuse me, you've just bigoted on my shoes.

What is the proper way of dealing with people who habitually use homophobic language (i.e. "that's so gay/queer," "Romo the homo," "faggoty") etc. but aren't really bigots? [more inside]
posted by AlbatrossJones on Dec 22, 2008 - 45 answers

What are the five impressive words?

What are the five impressive words? Does anybody know the other two impressive words? My mum caught the end of a radio show, yesterday, where they mentioned five words that, when included in your active vocabulary, make a huge difference to how learned you sound. She only heard the last three... [more inside]
posted by surenoproblem on Sep 16, 2008 - 22 answers

JapaneseFilter: How is 'fureai' pronounced?

How is fureai pronounced?
posted by coizero on Sep 10, 2008 - 11 answers

GRE prep

What's your favorite "word of the day" site? I'd like to sign up for some as part of my GRE prep.
posted by anonymous78 on Aug 7, 2008 - 13 answers

What do you call a long, thin sandwich?

What do you call a long, thin sandwich, and where do you live? [more inside]
posted by ChasFile on Jul 8, 2008 - 140 answers

Please help me sort my vocabulary list in Excel!

Complicated Excel formula question involving text-search and Japanese characters. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on May 27, 2008 - 2 answers

Great words... that you actually use

What are some interesting, uncommon "vocabulary" words that you use regularly or semi-regularly? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Apr 22, 2008 - 91 answers

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