Is there a word for this?

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Is there a word for this?

Postby Asthanius » Fri Jun 14, 2013 2:19 pm UTC

I'm not sure if this is the right place for this thread, but it seems appropriate.

Anyway, I wanted to make a thread for people who have a certain phrase or idea in their head but don't know how to phrase it or if there's a word for it, hence the thread title. For example, if somebody needed a word for "shark-like" because it doesn't sound scientific enough, a person could answer them with "squaloid" or something to that effect. In addition, I'd like for languages other than english to be allowed, as long as the rules are followed, where the English meaning is approximated. To that end, "schadenfreude" could be given as an answer in this thread if also defined in English.

To start off, I'd like to ask for something I've been wondering about for a while: Is there a word for wanting to see somebody happy/the desire to see happiness?
Does anybody have any idea of what the hell energy is? It's the thing that, when applied to something, gives itself to the thing so that the thing can expend it, applying it to other things in multiple forms of it. What the hell is it?

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Re: Is there a word for this?

Postby JBJ » Fri Jun 14, 2013 2:28 pm UTC

Asthanius wrote:To start off, I'd like to ask for something I've been wondering about for a while: Is there a word for wanting to see somebody happy/the desire to see happiness?

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Re: Is there a word for this?

Postby Red Hal » Fri Jun 14, 2013 2:35 pm UTC

Mudita? That's the best I can come up with. It is significant that the word schadenfreude was directly imported.
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Re: Is there a word for this?

Postby Asthanius » Fri Jun 14, 2013 2:39 pm UTC

Red Hal wrote:Mudita? That's the best I can come up with. It is significant that the word schadenfreude was directly imported.

That definitely works.
Does anybody have any idea of what the hell energy is? It's the thing that, when applied to something, gives itself to the thing so that the thing can expend it, applying it to other things in multiple forms of it. What the hell is it?

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Re: Is there a word for this?

Postby The Mighty Thesaurus » Fri Jun 21, 2013 8:17 pm UTC

I think the phrase you're looking for is "reverse dictionary"
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Re: Is there a word for this?

Postby sparkyb » Sat Jun 22, 2013 12:12 am UTC

Asthanius wrote:Is there a word for wanting to see somebody happy/the desire to see happiness?


The first word that I thought of was "compersion". I'm not sure if that's exactly right. It is the feeling of being happy when you see someone else's happiness, not the desire for their happiness, but maybe it is close enough?

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Re: Is there a word for this?

Postby Ended » Tue Jul 16, 2013 7:12 pm UTC

Is there a more formal way of saying 'from scratch'? As in:

"I wrote this piece of software from scratch."
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Re: Is there a word for this?

Postby JBJ » Tue Jul 16, 2013 7:22 pm UTC

You could go Latin: "ex nihilo" out of nothing
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Re: Is there a word for this?

Postby Deva » Tue Jul 16, 2013 7:55 pm UTC

Depends. Might say "from base components/materials" or "from the beginning". Prefers the latter for your example.
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Re: Is there a word for this?

Postby alessandro95 » Wed Jul 17, 2013 6:14 am UTC

JBJ wrote:You could go Latin: "ex nihilo" out of nothing


I didn't study any latin but in italian we still use "ex novo" in this situations, which should translate to newly/from new/from the beginning, but I would still use one of the english solutions posted by Deva
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Re: Is there a word for this?

Postby eSOANEM » Wed Jul 17, 2013 6:39 pm UTC

My university offers certain languages "ab initio" (from the start) which probably works a little better than "ex nihilo".
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