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

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Is the place for the king/queen's feet on a throne called the 'threshold' of the throne?

Is the place for the king/queen's feet on a throne called the 'threshold' of the throne? The place for the feet can be seen in this picture:
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Single word for someone who is being impersonated (“impersonatee”?)

I'm writing about impersonators and people being impersonated in general terms and having 'the impersonator' and 'the person being impersonated' is cumbersome at best. 'Impersonatee' sort of works, ...
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To work under the advisory of?

I want to describe my current research-assistant position saying that "I work under the advisory of John Green". Is this the correct way of saying that my advisor is John Green? If not, what is the ...
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How do you refer to the fictional author of a poem?

If a poem is written in the first person, how do you refer to the first person character in the poem? e.g. Underneath the fallen blossom In my bosom, Is a letter I have hid. It was ...
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Question about dual possesive nouns [duplicate]

I am writing a technical letter for my (and my lab partner’s) senior design project (we are engineering majors) and I would like some help on properly phrasing part of the letter. The project belongs ...
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when a noun is used as an adjective is it always singular, eg Event Request or Events request? [duplicate]

when a noun is used as an adjective is it always singular, eg Event Request or Events request? Service Request or Services REquest?
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What to call a collection of planets?

I'm developing a small space game where players can colonise and own multiple planets. How would I refer to something that represents a group/collection of planets?
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Can an affirmation be negative?

I'm angry. I'm not angry. Are both (1) and (2) affirmations? I ask because Merriam-Webster defines affirmation as 'a positive assertion', so this make me confused as to whether (2), ...
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What is the meaning of “backslash”

I have seen several people use the word backslash, it sounds like something similar to disaster, bad result, etc. But I am not quite sure what it means and when I should use it. Examples: But ...
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Hypernym for “movie” and “TV series”

What is the hypernym for movie and TV series? I read that medium might be possible, but it doesn't sound that good.
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Single word for “hospital woman worker”

I have been looking for a single word for "hospital woman worker". She will not do any medical related work. She will be doing cleaning, newborn care, and she will also support all the work of ...
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If I drive a car and ride a motorcycle, what do I do with a boat?

Once we have specific verbs to refer to the action of operating a vehicle, my question is: What verb should I use to "drive" a boat/ship?
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Consecutive Nouns

She wanted pure cow milk. In this sentence, is cow qualifying milk? If so, should there be a comma after pure to write two adjectives one after the other? Or is cow also a noun here? If so, is ...
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Difference between “architecture” and “structure” in the context of software

In the software industry, we call a step to building a software "architecture". I always take "architecture" as "structure". So for me, software architecture = software structure. Is that right?
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Word for “invisible god-like voice”

I am Asian and in Asian mythology like epics like Mahabharatha, when some person is going to do something bad then a voice from nowhere comes from background, after a thunder or something, to stop him ...
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Where did the word “buckle” come from?

Buckle is used mostly for the thing that's on belts. Where did the word come from?
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“A friend of my father” vs. “a friend of my father's” — which one is right? Why? [duplicate]

I have seen them both in my reference book, which is written by a native speaker. I wonder why there are two different phrases to describe the same meaning and am looking forward to some reasonable ...
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How can I refer to a period of day when people are awake/active?

The context is comparing air travel vs overnight train travel. In this case, air travel takes 1 hour, plus time required to travel from city to airport, arrive early for check-in & security, then ...
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One word for someone who doesn't care about anything

A pessimist is someone who always considers negative outcomes of a situation, whereas an optimist always considers the positive outcomes. Is there a word for someone who, in any given situation, ...
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An old fashioned word or phrase that describes a meditative walk

An old fashioned word or phrase that describes a meditative walk. It's not a constitutional but it's something that Ben Franklin, or Thomas Edison would do to clear their mind, rejuvenate, reconnect, ...
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“Treatment” vs. “therapy” [duplicate]

We are going to establish a company in order to commercialize a stuttering treatment/therapy program. The treatment/therapy is really effective and backed by a lot of scientific research. In our ...
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“Rules” vs. “principles” [duplicate]

What's the difference between rules and principles? For example, which one is the better fit in the following context? Strict __ govern the clothes we wear.
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Is “close helmet” correct? Why/why not?

I've been debating this for a while now with a comrade of mine. Wikipedia (and others) give "close helmet" as a type of medieval helmet. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Close_helmet ...
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What do you call the plastic/rubber protector on electrical connectors like headphone jacks?

In the image below, between the connector and the cable is a bit of stiff plastic that covers and protects the joint. The entire covering, from where the metal ends (visually) to where uniform cable ...
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What is the difference in meaning between “photo” , “image” and “picture”? [duplicate]

I checked some other questions, and found that "a photo is an image taken by a camera". But what is an image? What is the difference between image and picture?
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Is “swimming” a gerund in “I went swimming”?

What is the function of swimming in the following sentence? I went swimming with some friends yesterday. Is swimming a gerund here? If it is, what is the grammatical function?
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Is there an English dictionary that distinguishes words as either abstract or concrete? [closed]

The words that express the tangible and visible things of our experience, such as sand or sea, are all nouns, as are those expressing intangibles such as love or idealism. Also, some nouns, like ...
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Proof of concept or proof-of-concept, noun or adjective

From the Oxford English Dictionary at OED: proof of concept n. evidence (usually deriving from an experiment or pilot project) demonstrating that a design concept, business idea, etc., is ...
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English equivalent of the French custom “l'apéro”

In France, when gathered with friends, it is customary to drink beers or other light alcohol around 7pm, and this time is called apéritif (or apéro). Does this custom have an English (UK and/or US) ...
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What do you call someone who lives for himself?

What do you call someone who lives for himself? If someone lives his life solely to achieve his own life goals and not want to associate his life with others', what would you call him? I know some of ...
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Is 'Mochup' the same as 'Mock-up'?

I recently came across the word 'mochup'. I am unsure if this is simply a spelling mistake of the term 'mock-up', or if it is a technical neologism with a slightly different meaning. Searching on ...
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Is there a noun-form of the word 'intrinsic'?

Is there a noun-form of the word 'intrinsic'? If so, what is it? Intrinsicity? I suppose I could say 'the intrinsic nature of...', but it makes grammar awkward when there are multiple subjects to ...
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Opposite of “client”?

Is there an antonym of client for the following context? The [?] performs services for his clients. Usually one would just specify the profession or job title: The contractor does home ...
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Hypernym for “trimester” and “quarter” [closed]

I am looking for a hypernym for trimester and quarter.
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Difference between “form” and “shape” [closed]

What's the difference between form and shape? I'm reading a philosophy book and these are used to denote different "things". I considered these words as almost synonyms.
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Word for a social partner without romantic connotations?

Is there a good way to describe a social partner without romantic connotations? Especially when referring to dining. I know date and partner (on its own) generally both generally imply some sort of ...
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“Useless like tits on a log” vs. “tits on a bull” vs. “tits on a turtle” and so forth

I was reading an online book and there was the expression "useless like tits on a log". I googled to find more about this expression and I found a similar one: "useless like tits on a bull". Which ...
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One's or ones possesive noun or not? [duplicate]

It is my first question on any stackoverflow site, so sorry if I have not researched the current available questions and answers enough (I tried), but I have thoroughly searched both the internet and ...
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Noun for “act of striving”

Is there a noun for the act of striving? Many English verbs use the same word for the infinitive (e.g. to fall) and for the act of performing that action (e.g. a fall), but I haven't found whether ...
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Why is soldier ˈsōljər? Where did the “j” come from?

Just a pronunciation question. Is it a vestige of the spelling battle between i and j, where in English the j lost out to the i, but with soldier we retained the sound?
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Stack of Paper vs. Stack of Papers [closed]

I question the usage of "stack of paper" vs. "stack of papers". I purchase a ream of paper, and set it on a desk. In that process, does it change from a ream of paper to a stack of papers - changing ...
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Is there a word that means pants and/or shorts, or dresses and/or skirts?

In Chinese apparently there is an extra character added for long/short pants and half/full dress. And footwear applies to sandals, boots, sneakers, etc. Is there an English word that means pants ...
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Where to use the word “tumbleweed”

What is the correct place to use the word tumbleweed? Can we use it as a metaphor for a person who always irritates us?
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Can “Apple” be an adjective? [duplicate]

What role is the word "apple" playing in the sentence "I ate the apple pie." Is apple an adjective? Or are apple and pie treated together as one noun. Is this true of all words used like this? Can ...
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“occur” vs “occurs” with a singular collective noun

I wrote: The ability to guarantee that a batch of writes occurs together. One reviewer wanted to change that to occur. I'm not sure if this is my idiom (Australian of U.K. origin) vs American ...
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sham + adjective / noun

I've come across he shams sick Can I say he shams an idiot or he shams pain in his back ? Do I have to use a person or a thing after sham? I know it's a rare word but nevertheless
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Song: when to use remix, cover and tribute to

If there is original song and same song performed by another artist, when to use term 'remix', 'cover', 'tribute to'? Is 'remix' more suitable for electronic version of song? What is the ...
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by + the + noun

He's well off. He can spend £ 1000 by (to?) the minute You can buy cheese by (to?) the kilogramme. Do these sound correct? Meaning every minute / kilogramme.
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Noun+ infinitive + verb structure [closed]

In my grammar book I've got a sentence The woman to talk to is over there and this is the only example. That makes me believe I can say things like: -The packages to deal with will arrive tomorrow ...
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What are some examples of “zombie nouns and verbs”?

This is one of the New York Times writing rules.I don't know exactly what “zombie nouns” and verbs mean here. Can someone give some examples? Rule 6: Write With Non-Zombie Nouns and Verbs ...