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

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

1
vote
1answer
68 views

Is it correct to say “source to” instead of “source of”?

Is it correct use to as preposition in the following sentence? Books are the best source to knowledge. I have mostly seen of as being used with source, for example "source of knowledge". But I ...
0
votes
2answers
303 views

Is Working a noun or a verb in this sentence?

"Working for the man". Does "Working" act as a noun, verb or something else in this case and why? If I said, "I am working for the man." Then clearly working is a verb. However, I'm confused by the ...
0
votes
1answer
61 views

What's a single word to name a person/entity that determines?

I am looking for a single word (noun) describing a person or any other entity that determines something. For example: John determines next year goals for his employees. John is a ... of employee ...
0
votes
1answer
90 views

Referring to a person, should I use the capital letter for “Fascist”?

As I understand, the word Fascism must be capitalised, while the adjective fascist should not. But what if "Fascist" is used as a noun? Eg: "The headmaster was enlisted in the National Fascist Party ...
4
votes
1answer
175 views

“Motherland” vs. “fatherland”

What are the different connotations of motherland and fatherland? NOAD defines both as "a person's native country," though it adds "esp. when referred to in patriotic terms" for fatherland. The words, ...
2
votes
2answers
291 views

Why is “feminism” good but “racism” and other “-isms” bad? [closed]

Feminism is generally seen as a good thing. It means something or other about achieving equality of the sexes; of treating people of different sexes the same or as well as each other. Racism is ...
0
votes
4answers
101 views

How can this sentence be correct?

I read the following sentence in a book and could not in any way justify the correctness of the sentence. Please help: Most states impose limitations on the authority of the legislature to borrow ...
1
vote
5answers
138 views

What word or phrase describes the quality of an assertion to be inbetween a fact and an opinion?

I'm looking for a word or phrase that describes a statement that is neither a scientific fact nor an opinion. Google defines opinion as "a view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily ...
1
vote
4answers
861 views

What is the difference between “responsibility” and “obligation”?

I must admit that I am confused with these two words. For so long a time, I have been using them interchangeably. I have consulted the dictionary (of course) but I can't seem to pinpoint the glaring ...
0
votes
2answers
163 views

Was the verb “bring” once used as a noun?

In the book of Amos (KJV, Amos 4:1), we find the verb bring is capitalized in the middle of a sentence. This is in sharp contrast to the same verb written in v. 4 in lower case letters. Finding a ...
20
votes
3answers
405 views

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. ...
1
vote
2answers
85 views

Correct English words for trade 'source item' and 'destination item'

First of all, I hope I'm on the correct site asking a question, usually I'm around on Stack Overflow itself. So here's the story: I am designing a database table involving trading and I'd like to use ...
0
votes
1answer
238 views

What does the word “trip” exactly mean in English? [closed]

My question is whether “trip” means experiences on the way to one’s destination or experiences after arriving at the destination? Or can it mean both?
1
vote
1answer
55 views

Looking for the land cargo equivalent of a “stevedore”

A stevedore is someone who loads/discharges cargo from the docks. I'm looking for equivalent of this occupation for inland cargo "dischargers/unloaders".
0
votes
2answers
173 views

Word for “collecting money for a special event from a group of people”

What is the English word for "collecting money for a special event from a group of people"? For example, say some friends are planing a party. Each one has to contribute some amount of money to the ...
2
votes
1answer
61 views

Jewish American word for stuffed cabbage

The word used by non-American and many American Jews for stuffed cabbage is 'holishkes'. There are a few variations. But I heard someone use a word that sounds like 'hole-up-tious'. I cheched ...
5
votes
4answers
187 views

What does “trollpoking” mean?

The edit summary here says: cleaned up a bit, removed the trollpoking. I'm certain removing trollpoking is referring to the removal of: This answer is going to be deleted as off-topic, isn't ...
0
votes
0answers
48 views

Difference between “idiom” and “proverb”? [duplicate]

What are the differences between idioms and proverbs?
1
vote
4answers
189 views

Word for “obsession with reliving past mistakes”

I am looking for a word that is close in meaning to nostalgia, but not so passive. Something that is compulsive. It should also be unambiguously negative. A bonus would be a connotation of anxiety. ...
2
votes
2answers
173 views

Is there a better term than “technology”?

I already started quite a fruitful discussion about the term methodology over here, but today's topic is the term technology. Whenever words end in -logy, my brain links them to the field of ...
-2
votes
2answers
67 views

Why used 'occurrence' in the sentence? [closed]

The sentence is Removes the first occurrence of a specific object from list. I don't understand why 'occurrence' is used. Is its meaning like 'encounter', so the sentence could be rephrased as ...
0
votes
1answer
121 views

“Created” is to “creator”, and “updated” to “editor”, as “deleted” is to what agent noun?

I'm modeling a database and I have these three fields (among others): created_by, updated_by, and deleted_by. I'm using author as an alias for "created_by", and editor as an alias for ...
1
vote
2answers
109 views

Is it grammatically incorrect to say that someone desires ambiguous brevity?

Brevity is a noun, is it not? So, ambiguous, being an adjective, should be able to modify it, correct? That was the first thought I had regarding the subject, but for some reason it just doesn't sound ...
1
vote
1answer
113 views

Plural of composite noun?

I'm trying to say that each message can take some time to arrive (a delay), and that each such delay can have any value. So, which one of the following is the most appropriate? There is no bound ...
1
vote
1answer
78 views

How common is the word “nostalgia”? [closed]

I have spent most of my life not knowing the meaning of the word nostalgia. I have looked it up. But as I was talking to someone about the experiences he had, he used the word as if it were a common ...
-3
votes
2answers
64 views

Word for people who clean out supermarkets during crisis scares [closed]

What do you call the people who clean out the grocery stores when they hear the word snow?
2
votes
2answers
69 views

Usage of myriad as a noun

Can the word myriad be used in a stand-alone fashion, without a subsequent of prepositional? He rose to address the myriad, and wept. The word is a noun, and this usage sounds poetic to me, and I ...
4
votes
3answers
358 views

Word for “someone who doesn't want you to succeed”

I'm looking for a word for someone who doesn't want you to succeed or threatened by your success. Particular for fear that your success will overshadow their own. Not so much for malicious reasons, ...
17
votes
6answers
1k views

American 'cup' measurement — for cheese

One recipe states "one cup of cheese, shredded". Now, does this mean you need a "cup" of cheese (i.e. 8oz.) and then grate it (I am English), or do you grate it first and then measure your "cup" of ...
0
votes
2answers
90 views

“She doesn't like fruit” vs. “she doesn't like fruits” [duplicate]

In the following context, which do you use and why? Helen doesn't eat apples or bananas. She doesn't like [fruit/fruits]. I think it is fruit but I'm having a hard time explaining to myself why ...
0
votes
1answer
131 views

Clarify the difference between “program” and “programme” [duplicate]

What is the difference between The Noun: Program and Programme ?? What should i use?
13
votes
28answers
2k views

What do you call a person who keeps on going despite setbacks? (in one word, a noun)

I'm looking for a word (a noun) to describe a person who faces the challenges of life (small and large) courageously despite the risk of failure. It would be nice if this noun does not necessarily ...
1
vote
2answers
105 views

strong will or strong wills? [closed]

Idiomatically we do say "a strong will". But can we say "strong wills"? The context is The optimism and (the) strong will(s) of the handicapped children touched me deeply. Also, do I need a "the" ...
-2
votes
2answers
1k views

Is it “congrats” or “congrads”? [closed]

Is it appropriate to abbreviate "congratulations" as "congrats" or "congrads", or are both acceptable? I have seen the latter used very often which is why I'm asking.
1
vote
4answers
138 views

Single word for “something that is entertaining” [closed]

I feel there is a word for an object that is interesting or entertaining. For example, I find that song or magic trick entertaining, and because I find it entertaining it is a _. I'm positive ...
2
votes
1answer
155 views

Is “teen-ager” correct? Still used? Etymology?

I was reading an article in The New York Times published in 1990 and came across the spelling of teenager as 'teen-ager'; is this American spelling? Archaic? The young man, who often said he only ...
3
votes
1answer
123 views

On a North American bus or subway, what do you call the long horizontal ads on the tops of the “walls”?

Is there an official term for the ads that you see on public transit inside the vehicle or car, above the windows/doors, long horizontal panels, usually about 24" x /12"?
9
votes
16answers
6k views

Difference between “game” and “sport”

Can any one tell me for meaning about the difference between game and sport in the broadest context possible? I mean, Magic: The Gathering tournament play is still a game, while hunting is ...
1
vote
1answer
498 views

“The day before yesterday” [duplicate]

I was wondering, what single word could I use to describe the day before yesterday? E.g. My birthday was the day before yesterday.
0
votes
2answers
88 views

“Want to relieve from” vs. “want relief from”

Want to relieve from academic pressure. Want relief from academic pressure. I think the former one is more proper but my teacher said the latter one is correct.
2
votes
3answers
277 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
123 views

Single name to cover “drawing”, “painting”, “sketching” etc

Is there a single name (word or short phrase) to cover the art of creation of images — drawing, painting, sketching etc. — and specifically excluding sculpture, crafting and other arts that ...
-2
votes
2answers
114 views

Difference between “illusion” and “delusion” [closed]

Can somebody please elaborate on the difference between illusion and delusion? Especially in medical terms.
2
votes
1answer
158 views

Meaning of “top” in “to sleep as sound as a top”

From "The Early Bird", by George MacDonald. A little bird sat on the edge of her nest; Her yellow-beaks slept as sound as tops; Day-long she had worked almost without rest, And had ...
1
vote
2answers
190 views

Humans or people?

This is the sentence I've read: Freedom is something humans in all times have fought for. I am under the impression that the use of humans is not adequate here. Thus, my question is: when to ...
-1
votes
2answers
56 views

Word that covers the following: A single episode of a series, a single movie (in a series of movies or not), an audio track (on an album or not)

As described in the title, I'm searching for a word that covers all this different meanings. All of these meanings are in the field media but that didn't help me finding a word. One first guess of a ...
0
votes
1answer
42 views

“Arguments to the topic” or “arguments for the topic”?

I'm not sure whether it is possible to say "arguments for the topic" or "arguments to the topic" when I want to express opinions that would relate to the given topic.
0
votes
3answers
59 views

“Available” is to “availability” as “required” is to what noun?

If I want to know if an item is available, I can check for its availability. What do I check for if I want to know if an item is required?
2
votes
1answer
227 views

Can “some” be a noun and a subject?

What is the noun in this sentence: Some of our greatest innovations were launched during tough times. I know that of our greatest innovations is a prepositional phrase and as such cannot contain ...
4
votes
2answers
234 views

What is a “mock euphemism?”

I have to make flashcards for my AP Lang class, but I can't find what a "mock euphemism" is anywhere. Can anyone help?