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I live in France, so I lack vocabulary.

I heard the word moocher in the debate between O'Reilly and Stewart. I wanted to know the difference to smoocher.

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I doubt that living in France causes you to lack vocabulary. You only lack English vocabulary. Talk to L'Académie française to rectify that situation. –  Robusto Oct 24 '12 at 20:23
Please check a dictionary first, for example: thefreedictionary.com/moocher thefreedictionary.com/smoocher –  Hugo Oct 24 '12 at 20:36
Jokoon, like Hugo said: when you have a question like this, about the meanings of words, your first reaction should be to look in the place that words are defined, namely a dictionary. Once you've done that, if you're still puzzled, go ahead an ask your question, but show your work: tell us what you found in the dictionary, and why that isn't sufficient to resolve your question. –  Marthaª Oct 24 '12 at 20:39
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Well, they are really completely different words with completely different meanings.

To "mooch" is to beg or borrow what you need from someone else rather than acquiring and using your own.

A "smooch" is a kiss.

I don't think they are related, and the fact that they are only one letter apart is just a coincidence.

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They have about as much relation as "lose" and "close", or "rag" and "crag", or "Java" and "Javascript". –  Jay Oct 24 '12 at 20:39
@Jay: Or "jay" and "Jay" and j'ai. –  Robusto Oct 24 '12 at 20:44
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