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

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Word for “the little chores” in life

I'm looking for a noun which roughly means "the little chores" in life, something similar to mundane tasks (such as fetching groceries, doing the laundry, etc), but a bit more generic than "errand". ...
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Why are the “hands” of a clock called “hands”?

Why are the hands of a clock called hands? To me, this makes little sense; they do not resemble hands in any way, and if anything body-part related, they should be arms. So why are they called hands?
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Why do some adjectives follow the nouns they modify?

Right now I can only think of one instance in which this regularly occurs. The adjective proper is sometimes placed after the noun it modifies, e.g: Reptilia: A class of cold-blooded oviparous or ...
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A coffee to go…( for syntax experts)

Could the infinitive phrase "to go" be a complement of the noun phrase "a coffee"?
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Etymology of “history” and why the “hi-” prefix?

According to Etymonline, history comes from the same root as story. If they are from the same word, where does hi- come from? Is it just because of the English habit of taking names from other ...
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“A nounfull” of something

When I want to describe the amount of water one can hold in a cup, I might describe it as a "cupfull of water." Is is grammatically valid to extend this to other kinds of containers, like for example ...
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The state of being a vagabond

I'm looking for an English word that describes the state of being a vagabond, and can be used in a sentence like this: "My only goal is vagabond-age" (to coin a word). More details: I'm trying ...
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What is a “trooferism”?

What is a trooferism? Personally, I found it in context: Comic tropes that everyone else needs to get over: [...] Hysterical moral cause from 6 months ago that everyone already ...
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Difference between “measurement” and “measuring”

What is the difference between the nouns measurement and measuring? Can I say the measurement has stopped the same way I can say the measuring has stopped?
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What are the treads on the side of the highway called?

On the sides of most highways (in the U.S. at least), there are rough treads just outside the travel lanes to snap a driver to attention if the vehicle is drifting off the road. Is there a name for ...
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Is there a word for “types of nouns”?

I know "parts of speech" is used to mean nouns, adjectives, verbs, etc., but is there a word or phrase for "types of nouns" that would include subject, direct object, indirect object, etc.?
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Plural adjective not followed by noun [on hold]

Here is my sentence Hughes writes in a style in which phonetics and stress are not fully working in tandem Can I be understood here, and is it grammatically correct? phonetic fəˈnɛtɪk ...
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What is the difference between 'try' and 'attempt' when used as nouns?

Why is it possible to say The speech is an attempt to pacify all parties concerned. but not *"The speech is a try to ...." Although they are interchangeable in I will give it another ...
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“Foxen” versus “oxes”

What is the difference between fox and box versus ox, that the first two are pluralized as foxes and boxes, whereas the last one is pluralized oxen? Note: I know how to pluralize them. What I want ...
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What is an Anglepoise lamp called in America?

What word do Americans use to refer an Anglepoise lamp?
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What is a verb for “illusion”?

What is a verb for illusion? I want to use it in a sentence like the following: The optical effect [illudes] my perception of its real shape. But illude does not exist. But I cannot find illude ...
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Dedicated to producing vs dedicated to the production - use of gerund in place of noun

- A factory famous for the production of. . . - A factory famous for producing . . . - A farm dedicated to the cultivation of . . . - A farm dedicated to cultivating . . . - The firm focused on the ...
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What is the noun in the second sentence?

This is a continuation of the question at A significant amount of zombies were detected in your city which raised further questions in my attempted answer. There were purchases. A significant ...
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What's the best word that can be used to describe level of activeness?

I'm looking for a word that can be used in a question like "how is his * right now?", where a possible answer is 'calm'. Another example is: Person 1: Calm down! Person 2: My * is none of your ...
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What is the noun for “marks you make on your book”?

I want a noun for "notes you take and marks you make on your book while reading"? Should it be "markups" ? or something better?
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Is there a name for words like Terror in “The Tomb of Terror”?

I know that Terror is a noun, but is there a name for a noun that's used to describe another noun like this?
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A name for hat collectors?

The Stack Exchange Winter Bash 2013 has me thinking about hats, as my collection is growing. I know that the terms for people who collect specific things are generally obscure, but they do exist. ...
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Non-use of Determiners

I have reviewed several related posts here but am still quite confused with the use of determiners. Say, in this sentence - "They reviewed the forms again to ensure completeness and accuracy." What ...
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Expression for two people whose similar personalities makes it difficult for them to get along?

I am aware of the concept of "personality clash", when two people can't get along because their natures are too different, but what is it called when two people can't get along because their ...
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Clause and noun as subject in a sentence

Can I use both a clause and a noun as the subject of a sentence? For example: How the factors interact and their compound impact are not well understood. I find the meaning is clear but the ...
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Order of “noun + describing noun”

Which one is correct or preferred? The command /reload is... < some description > The /reload command is... < some description >
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Word for grieving parents?

Is there a word that describes a parent whose child has died? Along the lines of "orphan", "widow", and "widower", is there a single word for a parent who has lost a child (of any age)?
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How did the “erogation” word end up on displays of coffee machines?

According to many dictionaries, erogation comes from the Latin for "the art of giving out or bestowing", but currently seems to be heavily linked to the coffee business. I'd like to know how this ...
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What is the netting dressing for a deep cut called?

When there is a deep cut we use some sort of netting dressing to pull the sides of the skin together so the healing process is shorter and leaves no or smaller scars. What do we call it? Is it just ...
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Is there a better word than “helpee” to describe a person who receives help?

When I help someone, I am the helper, and he is the helpee. But surely there is a better word than this? I guess you could say "recipient of help" or "beneficiary", but I don't really like either of ...
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Plural of “Index” - “Indexes” or “indices”?

A table can have one index, or it has two or more [.....]? Is it indexes or indices? I'm just asking since I've noticed that they're both used quite often. Even Wikipedia seems to support both ...
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What word describes someone who offers unsolicited advice?

What word describes someone who offers unsolicited advice? For example I might write: "At the risk of being called a [..........], I will offer you some unsolicited advice."
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Term for organization being sponsored — “sponsee”? [duplicate]

I have seen a few sponsorship agreements and in one of them the term "sponsee" was used to define the organization being sponsored. The context was a company who sponsors a local team. The agreement ...
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When a school is registering kids for college, what is that called?

During last years registration enrollment, we had 1,457 children register. Is "registration enrollment" the best choice here? The reason I don't just use the word "registration" is that a ...
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Hypernym for “individual” and “company”

Could anyone let me know any good umbrella term for individual and company? I'm trying to create a form as below. And I need a word or phrase to fill the blank: _____: individual/company name: ...
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What is a “roll-off”?

Studies show a substantial profitability roll-off. What does "roll-off" mean? Is it another word for "decrease"?
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Name for something that can “Target” [closed]

So I am trying to name some interfaces in my code, and I can't seem to find an appropriate name for one of them. I have Target for the Enemy, what would the thing "Targeting" it. It is not shooting ...
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How do I use “The screaming abdabs”?

I have recently come across the phrase "the screaming abdabs". It is used in sentences such as "it gave me the screaming abdabs", abdabs being and old-fashioned word meaning 'a case of extreme ...
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Word for “to wrong by treating the same?”

I was wondering if there is a word for treating a group the same as another, even though they have different needs. It would be a bit like an antonym of discrimination, but most antonyms of ...
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Is “webdesigner” a word?

I am a uh, designer of websites, and I would like to use the phrase for my profession correctly. Unfortunately, webdesigner is flagged by Google Chrome's spellchecker as a misspelling, and web ...
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“Birthday” vs. “anniversary”

Are there general guidelines for using "anniversary" vs. "birthday"? E.g., birthdays are generally for... well, birthdays. It's also used for some notable historical dates regarding countries ("Our ...
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What are the “double-door lock mechanisms” on many vending machines and postboxes called?

Many of the newer stock vending machines (see photo) have a "double-door lock" mechanism in their dispensary. Postboxes and book returns also employ this mechanism. ...
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Why is “wavelength” one word when “wave height” isn't?

Why is “wavelength” one word when “wave height” isn't? As another example, wave speed is two words. But wavelength is only one word. What is the reason for this? In Swedish and other contructs, ...
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usage of to.. in the form of “noun+to+verb”

I have some problems understanding the accurate and precise meaning of the expressions following : "water to drink.." Here We understand that water is for drinking by someone.The action "drink" is ...
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Is “nerdiosity” a real word?

I originally saw this question here, and it made me wonder.
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Word for “something that is required but cannot be achieved”?

Alternative definition: "something that is needed but cannot be done" Impossible is the best I could find, but it doesn't imply that the subject is required; only that it can't be done.
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Is there any expression like “minor fun”?

"Minor fun" or "trivial fun", which I think means that tiny, little, minor, trivial things or actions that is funny or interesting.
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Part of speech of “that”?

In this sentence: Its shape resembles that of a kangaroo’s hind foot. What part of speech would that be?
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