Nouns are words that refer to an entity, quality, state, action, or concept.

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Word for someone who can't keep up with the times?

Is there a word that means roughly 'someone who refuses to accept change and insists that things should be done in the old established way'? I'm looking for something like behind the times or has ...
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What is a person living in a hostel called?

I have heard some people say the word hostelite or hostelide but just not sure if they are proper words. P.S. I couldn't find it in any dictionary when I googled. Hosteler might be the closest. But I ...
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Is there a term for adjectives that don't, at face value, seem to apply to the noun modified?

There's a verse in Bob Seger's song Mainstreet that has this wonderful little seemingly-nonsensical word pairing: There was this long, lovely dancer in a little club downtown; I loved to watch ...
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Is “Zionist” an offensive term? [closed]

Is asking someone if they are a Zionist considered offensive? Is it equivalent to asking someone about their religious or political affiliations?
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What's an idiom or word or name for an initial tester?

What would be an idiom or word or name for someone that is an initial tester (like a beta tester). I am writing a speech for my younger brother's engagement and want to say how I have always been the ...
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Is there a single word to describe a solution that hasn't been optimized?

I am working with some code, and I would like to describe the difference in its performance when it is optimized versus when it is not optimized. Unfortunately, I can't find a word to describe the ...
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Is there a synonym for “schadenfreude” that sounds more colloquial?

Is there a more colloquial synonym for "schadenfreude"? I'm specifically looking for a noun that denotes a pleasure derived from other people's misfortunes or sufferings. Sadly, I couldn't find any ...
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Why “be king”, not “be a king”? [duplicate]

I've heard people say "be king" (as in "I can't wait to be king") in movies and TV. Why don't they say "be a king"? Which is correct?
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What is the correct possessive form of “Drs. Smith”

I want to address two Doctor Smiths via the abbreviation Drs. Smith; what is correct the possessive form of that (plural) noun phrase? Is it Drs. Smith's? An example sentence: Drs. Smith's house is ...
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What is the difference between “tithe” and “tenth”? [closed]

Is it correct to use the term tenth with the sense of tithe (payments to the church)? What are the differences between the two terms? Is the first one more generally while the second one is specific ...
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Plurality of the people of a nation [duplicate]

I am currently writing papers on the immigration pattern in the US throughout history. I came across a problem that I have never been taught before (I am a ESL speaker) about the plurality of the ...
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Single word for a “like brothers” relationship

I'm looking for a single word that describes the younger man in this relationship: A cop in his thirties befriends a seventeen-year-old kid he picked up on the street. He sees a younger version of ...
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There is not evidence vs. There is not any evidence vs. There is no evidence vs. There isn't evidence

A Washington Post article titled "Justice Dept. concludes that no, Michael Brown’s hands probably were not up" has this: According to the report, here is what investigators believe most likely ...
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Use of noun vs. adjective in store signs [closed]

I saw the following on a store sign in a foreign country. EXCELLENCE IN HAND DRIP COFFEE Isn't it better to use adjective as in EXCELLENT HAND DRIP COFFEE ?
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How to treat a certain saying as a noun? i.e. ' “Do you see it”s '

I'm writing a story and in it, everyone sees this mysterious box. So, this crowd of people are: "Exchanging looks and _____________" I want to say they are exchanging "Do you see it?"s Like multiple ...
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how is / are - collective noun

Which one of the below is correct? I think the first but many people use second as well. How are Mike & Chris? How is Mike & Chris?
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Is “troop” unique among English words in meaning both a group and an individual member of that kind of group?

The term "troop" can mean a group of soldiers, or it can mean an individual soldier (perhaps in this usage it was originally short for "trooper"). In fact, in modern usage, the plural "troops" almost ...
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A term for making an object behave like an animal

I'm writing a fanfiction and I can't seem to find the word for making an inanimate object act like an animal. I'm writing from the object's point of view, it supposed to act like a fledgling bird. ...
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Modifying noun after noun?

At first I wrote When executing a read(v) operation, the state machines exchange optimistic state. I know that is correct, but I wonder if the following would also be acceptable in a technical ...
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Gerund usage: when can verbs be used as -ing nouns? [duplicate]

I have a question regarding the correct usage of verbs as nouns ending in -ing (I understand that these are referred to as gerunds). Under what circumstance may a gerund be used in place of the verb ...
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On nouns as modifiers

I know that nouns behaving as modifiers should take the singular form. However, I sometimes have problems telling if certain exceptions are possible. In the example below: "I feel trapped in a cycle ...
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Translation of the Russian term “распорядок дня” [closed]

Russian has the term "Распорядок дня." It means a to-do list of things that you do every day or your "order of life" (routine). For example: Get up at 7:00 Work from 9:00 to 15:00 Go to sleep ...
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Is “He has/owns many businesses” correct? [closed]

Business is an uncountable noun,so shouldn't much be used in place of many? Is this correct or not "He has/owns many businesses"?
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What do you call an object inserted between two pieces (of bone)

Imagine someone has a broken bone and after removing any slivers there is a void between the two bone fragments. In order to assure that the bone grows back correctly, a piece is inserted between the ...
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Fictional vs. Fiction

I apologize in advance if my question has been asked before: there's this club I know called the "Fiction Film Club", and while I know it's used here to specify what kind of film and that sometimes ...
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Is the phrase “horizon road” grammatically correct? [closed]

Is the phrase "horizon road" grammatically correct, and if so, is it equal to "road to horizon"?
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Is it grammatically incorrect to split two separate items as adj1, or adj2, noun? For example: adj1, or adj2, n = adj1 n and adj2 n

I'm writing some content and a coworker stated that the following was incorrect: You have the option to use the red, or green, ball. or should I be saying: You have the option to use the red ball ...
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What is the difference between “poverty” and “poorness”?

What's the subtle difference? I'm not very good with grammar...
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Is there a single word noun describing contact details - email, phone, sms, etc

I am looking for a (preferably) single plural word that describes one ore more pieces of contact information of various types (email, phone, sms, etc.) that belong to an individual. The term ...
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Hypernym for different time sections of a day [duplicate]

In a day, we have different names for different times of it. For example, morning, afternoon, night, evening, noon. I need a hypernym for them all. What word should I use?
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Is headcanon a legitimate word?

I've seen this in use in multiple locations across the interwebs. For instance: My headcanon has always been that physical aging in a Time Lord is a direct product of stress. The definition from ...
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What do you call a provider who works on a offshore outsourced project?

I just started working online and I want to know the proper term (noun) for that kind of worker. I work for a foreign company from home. They pay me monthly as a full time employee and we have a long ...
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Why is Lord Alfred Tennyson often written as Alfred Lord Tennyson?

Why is Lord Alfred Tennyson often written as Alfred Lord Tennyson? This occurs with and without a comma after Alfred: Alfred, Lord Tennyson and Alfred Lord Tennyson. Should Lord precede the entire ...
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Is “soliciting” in the example sentence an adjective or a noun? [closed]

In the following sentence, I would like to understand if the word "soliciting" is a noun or an adjective. "Is my reluctance that soliciting?" Here, the word "soliciting" appears to be a kind of ...
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What is the word for a group holding back one of its members trying to rise above the group?

I know that there is a word which specifically describes the following pattern: When a group will censor, cast bad votes, shout down, keep down or hold back one of its members trying to rise above ...
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Why “thanks” Can Never Be Singular as a Noun?

While looking at the part of speech of the noun "thanks" in an online dictionary I noticed that it was a plural noun and wondered if it could be used in singular form. Glancing at the origin it ...
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Can you say “a lot of variety”?

I just want to know whether this sentence is correct: "method A introduces a lot of variety in the structure of X"
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Is there a form and/or synonym of the gerund “spelling” that can be put into an adverb position such as that of “grammatically”?

That is, how would I go about converting the word "spelling" (as in the spelling of a word) to an adverb that actually sounds right in the blank of "_____-inept"? I'm pretty sure "spellingly" isn't a ...
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What does “the must of dried leaves” mean? [closed]

Can I say "must" here, means smell? . . . the smell of the air that day: piñon burning somewhere in the distance, the must of dried leaves, the lingering smoke of a campfire clinging to his ...
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Noun for someone with a childlike heart (positive)

What noun could be used to describe someone ingenuous, innocent, with a child like heart?
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Better names for single component and composite component

We are developing an equipment system which basically tracks every single component used in bigger structures for a certain industry. We are distinguishing between single components and composite ...
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Hypernym for “for sale”, “for rent”, etc

What do you call the category whose members include "For Sale," "For Rent," "For Lease," etc.? To put it another way, how would you fill in the blank: When we see a signage for an apartment for ...
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Is “myriad” not prevalent in “day to day speech”? [duplicate]

I have noticed people using "myriad" when they mean "uncountable" or simply many. Is "Myriad" not prevalent in "day to day speech Can it be used for definite but large amount of anything.
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Adjectival noun - singular or plural or both?

If I intend to use a noun as an adjective, can I use the noun both in plural and singular form? e.g. "noun modifier", "Bacon Batch", "A news reporter", "Sports center", "email address" My feeling is ...
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Something that has dependencies is a

As is often the case, I got stuck while programming because I couldnt' find the right name for a variable. I want to write an interface for a class that has dependencies, but I'm unsure about how to ...
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Could the “pseudo” adverbial phrases modify the real adverbial phrases?

1)A woman fell 50 feet down a cliff. 2)The project was finished 10 days ahead of the schedule. 3)Emma is 10 years older than Sophie. 4)I finished the project 10 days ago. 1)50 feet/10 days/10 ...
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What's a word for a statement that's not quite factual?

What's a word for a statement that's not quite factual? Not quite a myth, but not quite a fact either. Like "truthy" but not an adjective? For example, "scientists are still looking for the missing ...
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devote herself to caring for poor people vs. devote herself to care for poor people [duplicate]

I came across the following multiple-choice question: She devoted herself to ( ) for poor people. The choices are: caring care be caring have cared As the preposition "to" can be ...
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Criteria is plural, of course, but

I know that criteria is plural, but I am trying to explain a situation in which possibly the set of criterion should be considered singular. In this situation, the set of criterion, called Criteria ...
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what word describes a word/concept for which no negative connotations exist [closed]

what word describes a word/concept for which no negative connotations exist (like community or capital)?... words for which a benign goodness is assumed and no pernicious alternative exists