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

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Is there any noun in English which changes the first letter in the plural?

Plenty of nouns change the second letter to become plural (man->men, goose->geese) but does anything change its first letter. I've hunted high and low over the internet, and spent ages browsing the ...
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Noun describing the act of controlling one's own mind

There's mind control, but it refers to controlling someone else's mind. Is there a noun describing "mind control" or "thought control" in the sense of controlling one's own mind or thoughts? Is ...
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Terms for “natural gender” and “grammatical gender”

This post is partly inspired by previous posts, such as this one, on non-existence of grammatical gender in English. My question is mainly about what "natural gender" and "grammatical gender" are to ...
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What do I call the person that redeems a certificate?

What do I call the person that redeems a certificate? Could it be a "redeemer"? EDIT 1 For example, a gift certificate for a spa, like a voucher...
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What do you call a person placing bets? [closed]

I'm trying to figure out the proper word for a person who is placing bets on various matches at a betting company. I've found only these: bettor / better , punter, but I have literally no idea about ...
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When should I write “some stratagems” and when “some stratagem”?

Instances of "some stratagems": 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 Instances of "some stratagem": 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 Is "stratagem" plural noun itself? (like phenomena) If so, is it possible to use "s" to make it plural ...
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Word for very limited communication between races/religions/cultures

There is a country in which there are many different religions, races and cultures. In that country, people are cold and they only care about themselves or their community. There is little or very ...
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Adjectival form of “library”

I can only think of librarily and librarish. Can I use those? Are there other better alternatives? Example: The topic of this book isn't very "[...]". I don't think you should donate it.
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Proper usage of “From abc to xyz” with multiple nouns

Here is an example sentence: "All of my interactions with the community, from the movie that I watched with Joe in his office, to Robert's engaging recitation about songwriting, to my hallway ...
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What is another word for “dessert lover”? [closed]

I just want to know a term for a dessert lover.
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How many kinds are one? [duplicate]

Is "kind", as a noun, singular, or plural? People nearly always say "these/those kind of (things)" rather than "this/that kind of (things)" makes more sense.
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Grammar question: firm or firms?

I came across this while checking on some sports news: The team will be officially on the market next week, according to a league source. The Hawks have retained investment banking firm Goldman Sachs ...
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Which came first, “Inception” or “inception” [closed]

Most people will know about the film Inception, about planting an idea into a mans head so that he thinks that it is his own. Possibly fewer people will know that inception is actually a real word. ...
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Pluralizing Noun Phrase?

Question regarding plurals: Let's say I own a restaurant, and each day I feature two new soups. Are these soups called soups of the day? or soup of the days? Then, let us say my restaurant only ...
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Equivalent of words appropriate to damage for healing [closed]

I'm creating a game and in it, it is possible to damage or heal living things, as you would expect. I've decided that different kinds of things can have one of three reactions to certain types of ...
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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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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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Plural adjective not followed by noun [closed]

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 an Anglepoise lamp called in America?

What word do Americans use to refer an Anglepoise lamp?
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Is there a general rule for which types of nouns end in -archy vs. -cracy?

Why do we use democracy vs. demarchy and anarchy vs. anocracy?
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Definition of a person who “knows not he knows not.”

Is there a word for someone who wants to appear learned or knowledgeable but has no clue he isn't?
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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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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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Adjectives and nouns position: before or after?

What's the difference between Rain of Fire and Firerain? Is there a rule for that? For me, the first is literal, you are describing what is raining. The second case would be used to name something, ...
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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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“Tickle Monster” vs. “Tickling Monster”

My small kids like tickling - we play a "Tickle Monster" game. I am wondering, is there any difference between word pairs like tickle monster vs. tickling monster tickle machine vs. tickling machine ...
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Should it be for example “product prices” or “products prices” [duplicate]

I don't know what are the correct terms for this question. Which form is correct for cases of multiple plural nouns, both should be plural or only the second one, for example: product prices or ...
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Why is “ailer” not a word?

I was playing Scrabble recently and the word ail was on the table. I tried to add an -er to the word to make the word "ailer." My reasoning was that since ail is a verb, one could add a suffix to the ...
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If a chicken crosses the road, is it still a pedestrian? [closed]

A pedestrian is one who travels on foot, ped being the Latin root for foot. But even though many people refer to chicken's feet as feet, are they actually feet scientifically speaking, such that they ...
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A general term for standards, legislation, handbooks, etc.?

What is a general word or phrase that could encompass the class of documents called standards (i.e. ISO, ANSI, BS, etc.), legislation, laws, handbooks, style guides, manuals, etc.? Basically, all ...
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Usage of article while separated from noun

Folks, being non-native speaker, came across a phrase, and trying to figure out correctness: An Options Regulations Records Request has been issued by our company for your Firm. Should or should not ...
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What would you call someone who has an issue with nouns?

My wife: Can you get me some more coffee? Me: Sure, where is your cup? Wife: It's on the thing. Me: Where? Wife: the thing...err...end table. Or: Wife: Can you pick up the pictures on ...
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Hypernym for “scientist” and “engineer”

I'm writing a paper about the practice of programming by scientists and engineers, but I find it increasingly tedious to always refer to my subject as "scientists and engineers". Is there a single ...
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“Physical” part of safety measures

I want to know what the "physical" counterpart to safety measures is called. An example: we take safety measures, such as securing our home from illegal entrance. This may take form of installing ...
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Is literature as in 'the literature' singular or plural

When referring to literature in the sense of academic literature or philosophical literature I have sometimes heard people use the noun as if it were similar to the word 'people.' For example: 'The ...
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word describing name and birthday collectively

i'm looking for a word that would exclusively denote the person's name and birth data it should be analogous with words such as contacts denoting entities such as email, phone number, address ...