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

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Word for the opposite of “hypochondria”

Is there a word for the opposite condition of hypochondria, i.e. someone who denies being sick when they clearly are? I would just say that they are "in denial". Is there any other adequate word? I ...
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Category hierarchies or tiers?

Considering the following lists, what would be a good generic word or phrase describing the individual bullet point items? It seems "category hierarchy item" is too wordy/difficult, is there a ...
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Hypernym for “compassion”, “malice”, “hatred”, “love”, “inspiration”, etc

It's not specifically an emotion, a feeling, or a state of mind—it's something else. Anyone have an idea what is is I'm looking for? Maybe if someone could complete this sentence: Anger, rage, ...
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When was “ladyparts” first used to describe the genitalia of a woman?

When was the word ladyparts first used to describe the genitalia of a woman? I tried to look it up in the British National Corpus but it returned no results.
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Pronunciation of “Celt”: /kɛlt/ vs. /sɛlt/

Both /kɛlt/ and /sɛlt/ are considered acceptable pronunciations of the noun Celt and similarly of the adjective Celtic. Is there a reason for the different pronunciations? Which is the more common? Is ...
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“Clod” vs. “chunk” vs. “lump”

Are there usage differences between clod, chunk, and lump? Are they interchangeable? For example, is it better to use lump or clod for wood?
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What does “creep” mean in the song “Creep” by Radiohead?

If someone knows English and Portuguese, I'd like help with a translation of the lyrics of the song Creep by Radiohead. The translations we have here translate creep to Portuguese as verme, esquisito ...
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The dog is (a) half wolf

Which of the following is correct? (1) The dog is half wolf. (2) The dog is a half wolf. If (1) is correct, is "wolf" an uncountable noun or an adjective?
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“Censorship” as a countable noun [closed]

Is censorships a legitimate word? Obviously it could be used to mean multiple censorships for something.
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I'm 25 (years old)

When you say "I'm 25" to mean that you're 25 years old, would you consider "25" a noun or an adjective?
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“Gain/acquire/gather/get experience”

According to my Longman dictionary, gain experience and get experience seem to mean the same: gain/get experience: The programme enables pupils to gain some experience of the world of work. But ...
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Difference between “mark” and “marker”

In a diagram, I added small visual elements to identify specific objects. Should I call these things (visual) marks or (visual) markers? What is the difference? Is there a better term? According to ...
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Hypernym for webstore features? [closed]

Behold the following list: Special Offers Free Products New Arrivals Restocked Items Limited Stock These are all... what? Offers? Categories? Filters? Marketing Ploys?
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What is the name of the place trophies go?

My best guess is trophy case but I'm assuming I'm wrong.
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“Any information” or “some information” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Any” or “some” in various questions? I'm trying to figure out which is correct, or if both are correct. From what I understand (and I may be wrong, so please correct ...
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Sound changes of “wild” and “wilderness”

I'm having a heated a discussion with a friend and we cannot really get on the same level. In the original pronunciation of the word wild, the "i" was the short sound that we have in the word ...
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“Era”, “age”, and “epoch”

What are the differences and relations between era, age, and epoch? For example, should I say one of these? We are now in the digital era. We are now in the digital age. We are now in the digital ...
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Why is “delight” spelt and pronounced the way it is?

This as everything probably has something to do with the GVS, but how?
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Is it appropriate to use “sport”, “champ”, or “kiddo” to call a child (e.g. your son)?

I'm Spanish, just in case some of you think this question is kind of silly. I watch TV series in English very frequently to practise my listening skills. The words I've heard in relation to children ...
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Can “zealot” have a positive connotation?

A zealot is a person who is fanatical and uncompromising in pursuit of their religious, political, or other ideals. I have never seen this word used with positive connotation, but could it (without ...
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Shared root to “bobech”, “bobbin” and “bobby”?

Is there a shared etymological root to the following words? Bobech (glass collar on a candle) Bobbin (in a sewing machine) Bobby [pin] (woman's hair pin) I just learned the word bobech last ...
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Usage of “matter” and “substance”

What is the difference between matter and substance? For example, are ice and water "the same matter" or "the same substance"? Dictionaries seem vague about the difference. For example, the Oxford ...
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“You're too clever a man”

You're too clever a man to imagine this. The above sentence was said by George Galloway, a man of excellent rhetorical skills. Since he said it, I doubt it's wrong, grammatically. But, I wonder ...
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“I am angry to die” or “I am angry to death”

I want to say that I may die because I am angry. Can I say "I am angry to die" or "I am angry to death" to express the above?
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Is it “thousands of postmen and women” or “thousands of postmen and -women”?

Is it "thousands of postmen and women" or "thousands of postmen and -women"? Is the use of a hyphen correct in the latter case?
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meaning of “grunt” when it comes to towing

The title of the humorous story is "The Sun got stuck" “I don't suppose you could give us a tow, could you, sister?” Luna's eyebrows shot up, “How? With what? The sun's 400 times larger than ...
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“Learning” as a noun

This question came to my mind after seeing this tweet from an online acquaintance: The use of learning as a noun makes me ill. Maybe someone gained their learnings about language from corporate ...
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Is there a hypernym for persons and companies as entities?

I have to describe owners of certain properties and those can be persons or companies. I was thinking of naming them entities, but that seems too broad.
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Plural vs singular noun [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: [Singular] Is/Are [Plural]? Is the following sentence correct? This report’s intended audience is the students of the University of Canada. Can I use the verb "is" ...
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When to hyphenate open-form compound nouns [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I hyphenate an open-form compound word with another that should be hyphenated? I am taking an editing course, and the instructor said that the following phrase ...
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What is the term for those cylindrical metal or plastic protrusions?

What is the term for those cylindrical metal or plastic protrusions that are inserted into mounting holes to mount a thing onto another thing? At first I thought of tab, but to me that makes it sound ...
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Hypernym for “pens”, “pencils” & “erasers”? [closed]

I'm looking for a term (ideally a single word) that could be used to describe tools used to draw/write/erase. I'm trying to avoid single words like "tool" or "implement", which don't conjure up the ...
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Is there a word similar to “racism” when referring to an ethnic group rather than a race?

I called out someone's comments as racist when someone decided to correct me and say that the term was incorrect. According to this person, the word racism only seems to apply when referring to ...
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“Archetype” vs. “stereotype”

In terms of usage, is it fair to say that an archetype is a broader description of a class than a stereotype? Here’s a reference to the usage of archetype becoming blurry in my mind. Mindy Kaling, ...
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A noun for “someone who pays/compensates a part of a bill”? [closed]

I'm developing a web application that will be used by medical clinics. Clients get an invoice for the treatment(s) they got. However, sometimes a part of the costs will be paid by a third party, like ...
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Hypernym for “restaurant”, “cafe” and other food places

I am looking for a hypernym for all places that provide food, beverages, or both, of any quality or price — such as restaurant, cafe, fast-food and so on.
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Acceptation of “acceptation”

What may be the meaning of the word acceptation for general English usage? The Merriam-Webster lists primary definition as "1: acceptance; especially : favorable reception or approval" and follows ...
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Beer vs Beers : Units vs Purchasing

I have run into a conundrum. When I go to get some friends cans of beer I say: You guys want a beer? When I am referring to going to a bar and drinking some I say: Let's go get some beers! ...
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What is the correct spelling and definition of a word (sp.) “enditement” [closed]

Whilst watching The Big Bang Theory (S04E11, ~06:45 in, where Howard and Stuart are talking in the Comic Book Store about Zack), I heard the following exchange: — Is that sarcasm? — No, it's an ...
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What is a “crypto-portrait”?

I have frequently seen the word crypto-portrait popping up in articles on Wikipedia and elsewhere, but I was not able to find a definition for it. Apparently there used to be an article on Wikipedia ...
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Accomplishment vs. Achievement (implicit superiority)

I elsewhere saw the difference between the two explained thusly: accomplished denoted "completed for someone else's benefit", achieved "completed by oneself". I consider it a one off, but can anyone ...
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Is this ellipsis or can 'guilty' be used as a noun?

Can guilty be used as a noun? For example, as in the title of Chase's novel: The guilty are afraid. Is it that people or folks is understood after guilty and in effect an ellipsis? I do not find ...
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How to avoid ambiguity when referring to a 24-hour period?

Suppose I want to refer to a 24-hour period (from midnight till midnight). The word "day" can in fact mean "24 hours" (as in here), however it's somewhat ambiguous. I believe that if I say something ...
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What does “bite” and “quarter-backing” mean in this context?

It's from the first few lines of the foreword to Karl Llewellyn's "The Bramble Bush": These lectures grew out of an attempt in 1929 and 1930 to introduce the students at Columbia Law School to ...
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When to put a verb ahead of its doer?

I have read this at the Science.com, and it's in the second line of the last paragraph. A bow and arrow or an atlatl allows users to attack prey—and enemies—from a safer distance than does an ...
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Plural possessive of category? [closed]

Example Sentence: The children of the category. What does category become in this format: The categor(ies|ies'|y's) children?
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“Bury” — noun meaning?

I would swear that years back I saw a definition of the word bury and it contained a noun, not only a verb. If my memory serves me well, the noun meaning was associated with church. Today I cannot ...
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Uses of the word “lyrics”

I don’t understand how to use of the word lyrics. I would like to know how it is used by a native English speaker. The Concise Oxford English Dictionary says: lyric noun (also lyrics) the words of a ...
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“Advertising” vs. “Advertisement” in US political commercials

This is the first year I noticed the verbal boilerplate at the end of US political commercials states: Group X is responsible for the content of this advertising. compared to what I recall (and ...
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“Blackness” vs “darkness”

I have been told that darkness is better to use than blackness; that blackness is not correct. But what about this intellectual giant Carl Sagan here (0:52): http://youtu.be/dj_MZ6i5Dr0?t=52s He ...