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How do you respond when someone knocks on the toilet door?

I think the most common phrase is... [入]{はい}ってます。 ^.^
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Is there a term for Japanese characters as a whole?

Unfortunately no word exactly represents only the union of kanji, hiragana and katakana. 漢字: kanji 仮名: kana; hiragana & katakana 字/文字: kanji, kana, punctuation, other written symbols 和字/和文: (...
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What's the original Japanese word for door, other than the loanword ドア?

Your suspicion is leading you down the right path. ドア is in fact a loanword from English. According to Jisho.org, ドア is used in reference to a Western-style door. This is a door that opens on ...
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What is the proper term for a bug fix with respect to Software Development

You can use バグ修正{しゅうせい} to refer to a bug fix, and a release which specifically fixes bugs is a バグ修正{しゅうせい}リリース. There's also 脆弱性{ぜいじゃくせい} which refers to a vulnerability, which would also be ...
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What is the opposite of 初心者?

I think it's [熟練者]{じゅくれんしゃ}... Source
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How would you translate "more" for use as an interface button?

Possible options are: 詳細 (literally "detail") その他 (literally "others") もっと見る / さらに見る (literally "see more") もっと読む / さらに読む (literally "read more") もっと/さらに + 見る/読む may be the most literal, and it is ...
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Doubled and tripled kanji

Yes, the term for this type of kanji is 理義字. 理義字 理義字(りぎじ)は、同じ漢字を2つ、ないし、3つ組み合わせて構成される漢字のこと。また、広く、形態が奇妙な漢字や、面白い形をした漢字のことを指す。 Although it's on Wikipedia, 理義字 is a very rare word, and the ...
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What is the opposite of 初心者?

The word I hear most common for this is: ベテラン. The second one: 経験者{けいけんしゃ}.
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Difference between ずっと and いつも

Quick answer: ずっと - sustained over long period of time いつも - every time, all the time, etc. Examples: ずっと東京に住んでいます。 (I've lived in Tokyo for a long time.) 東京に出張するときは、いつも「帝国ホテル」に泊まっています。 ...
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What are paper humans called?

I think you might be looking for the word teru teru bōzu. From English Wikipedia: A teru teru bōzu (Japanese: てるてる坊主, lit. "shine shine monk") is a small traditional handmade doll made of white ...
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What would the Japanese equivalent of "Order!" be when gaveling?

静粛に【せいしゅくに】!  or "Be silent!" is the most appropriate answer, I think. (Although it's from a game, 逆転裁判 【ぎゃくてんさいばん】, I don't believe it's far off from the real thing.)
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What would the Japanese equivalent of "Order!" be when gaveling?

This video is a live broadcast of the Diet in Japan. The next line was told by the Speaker of the House to have the members be quiet. (Siikamiika tells us a more clear sound source here.) ご静粛{せいしゅく}...
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What is the opposite of 初心者?

This depends on context. At this point I would say macraf's answer (particularly 経験者) is the best (at least in my findings), but if we are indeed talking about skill involved (IE, you can rank ...
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japanese verb for "to surf the internet"

"To surf the internet" is literally ネットサーフィンする. And I think this is sort of informal. "To browse" is 見る. So ネットを見る is the answer. "Being on the internet" - either one above should be fine. We ...
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How can I say "I insist on paying" (for a free item) to a shopkeeper?

The other answers I feel are OK, but I wanted to point out that I think your attempt "お支払いたい" is not grammatically correct. As far as I know the honorific お is attached to nouns (or well, する-verbs) ...
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Issues translating "get an ultrasound."

I think 超音波を受ける is casually used, but 超音波検査を受ける might be better. You can also use エコー検査. So how about saying... 「{明日、/明日の}{超音波検査/エコー検査}で、赤ちゃんの性別がわかる。」 「明日、{超音波/エコー}で赤ちゃんの性別がわかる。」 「明日{超音波検査/...
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How to say "weeaboo" in Japanese?

There is no one-size-fits-all solution. It depends on how you want to use this word. ウィアブー or ウィーアブー is not something an average Japanese speaker would understand, and that's why it's not on jisho....
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How to express the phrase "overrated" or "over-..."

If you just want to say "overrated," 「過大評価」 is the word for it. この役者は過大評価されている。 The antonym is 「過小評価」. 「高評価すぎる」 sounds a bit strange but would be fine it it were 「高く評価されすぎる」. I think 高評価 is used ...
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What would be the most apt word in kanji, for "Animal world"?

人間界 is very commonly used for this purpose, and I recommend you accept this term unless you really have a good reason. 人間界 just means "the world where humans exist", and everyone understands that ...
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What is the Japanese word (noun) that means “the bittersweetness of a brief, fading moment of transcendent beauty.”?

The word the writer meant was 哀れ If he succeeds, we may stroll through these waning days of spring more aware of aware In English, foreign words are often typeset in italics, and this article ...
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Is there a word for “using a wrong kanji”?

You can simply use [誤字]{ご・じ} to mean the wrong letter. I believe it's applicable to both kanji and kana. If you ever take the [漢検]{かん・けん}, starting in level 4 there is a section called [誤字訂正]{ご・じ・てい・...
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What is the Japanese word for video views on the Internet?

How about 「[視聴]{しちょう}[回数]{かいすう}」? I think [再生]{さいせい}回数 would also work.
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How do you say "canon" as in "official for a story universe"?

Official as opposed to fanfiction/dojin is simply 公式. But do you want to refer to the canonical story line as opposed to that of a spin-off based on an alternative/what-if story? Like "main" Attack ...
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"One time wonder"

She probably said [三日坊主]{みっかぼうず}. 三日坊主 literally means "three-day monk". It's a proverb/saying used to describe someone who can't stick to anything for a long time, or the act/situation of giving up ...
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Is there a term for Japanese characters as a whole?

What is a native word or phrase for the union of kanji, katakana and hiragana? 表記{ひょうき}文字{もじ} is a close word for your request. I said "close" not "exact", because 表記{ひょうき}文字{もじ} includes not only ...
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What's the Japanese equivalent of having a "F**k Buddy"?

You can use the word セフレ, which comes from a portmanteau of the English loanwords セックス (sex) and フレンド (friend). The concept definitely exists in Japan. When I broke up with my ex-girlfriend she ...

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