A vocabulary is the body of words used in a particular language.

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bottom dropped out

I heard this expression and I don't know what it means. I googled it and it was mostly financial meanings. But mine is not. I'm writing the context exactly. The bottom kind of dropped out when I ...
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Is there a single word for money making avenue

Please suggest a single word that means "money making avenue" or "money making work" or "money making business."
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To “opt-out” or to “withdraw”?

Which is more formal in register, opt-out of something or withdraw from something? Are there any more formal ways to phrase the idea?
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“choice words” meaning

I am translating one document and I came across this sentence: One of the fans of your work is a cute girl – this time I’m assuming you’re a man, I’m sure over the past four years you’ve learned some ...
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How to describe a waiter's action? [on hold]

What verb do you use to talk about the job a waiter is doing? For Example- The waiter who _________ at our table was extremely rude. (waited for, waited on, waited by, waited in on)
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Is there a word for the value that you compare against a threshold value?

I am writing some software where I count some values and compare it to a threshold. Then if it is below the threshold the value will be highlighted. Is there a specific word for the value that gets ...
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If I feel that an answer isn't relevant, how do I express that? [duplicate]

If I feel that an answer isn't relevant to the given question, how can I express it more clearly? I am not able to come up with an appropriate word to describe what I wish to describe, a few ...
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What's the best word for one ride on a train?

According to its schedule, a train leaves A and arrives at B. It does it everyday just like, well, trains should. We've all been there. Now - what's the most natural word for this scheduled journey? ...
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What's the difference between respected and respectable? [on hold]

He is highly [respected/respectable] owing to his good manners and gratefulness. I know the difference but I can't decide which one to choose, either he is respected (the passive form)or he is ...
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Is it “the city” or “the City” when colloquially referring to NYC?

People will refer to New York City as "the city" fairly often, but in writing should that be capitalized?
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What do you call someone who builds fences

What do you call someone who builds fences other than maybe "fence builder"? Is there a specialized name for that - maybe even archaic? Example: A smithy smith works with metal (Correction @Chris ...
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What word is used to describe a huge flank of bacon, before it is cut?

I used to think "rasher" implied a large portion of (possibly un-cut) bacon. I recently had my mind blown, when it turned out to really describe only a small portion - possibly even a single strip - ...
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In my cover letter: Express win-win situation for both sides [on hold]

I am applying for a job. At the end of my cover letter I write: The positiona at [...] allows me to apply and expand my theoretical and technical knowledge in the area of [xxx] and [xy] ...
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What is the word for when someone is describing something as completely normal when it is not?

In the short fiction story "The Lottery", author Shirley Jackson has a 3rd person point of view narrator who tells the story of a town event that is on the verge of happening. This "lottery" does not ...
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A word that has the same meaning as its negation [duplicate]

Is there a pair of words in English, where one is a grammatical negation of the other, but they are synonyms? For the negation I'm thinking about a negative prefix or suffix, like de-, dis- or -less, ...
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Ambiguous expressions: “very concerning” and “come away” [closed]

What do the following sentences mean? Physician conflict and issues are very concerning for me I mean does it imply physical injuries during work due to other colleagues? Then I think it is very ...
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Adjective which means both “Specific” and “General” simultaneously [closed]

I need an adjective which means both "Specific" and "General" simultaneously! As the explanation, the "adjective" is supposed to be used in scientific domain. The adjective would describes a ...
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A word or a substitute word for a casanova type of guy [duplicate]

What do you call a guy who is dating many girls at the same time?
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Where does mercurial get its meaning? [closed]

I'm curious where the word "mercurial" derives its meaning? Two guesses I have are the Roman god Mercury, and the chemical element mercury. I'm leaning towards the latter... because the word ...
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Meaning of “mind is full of red”

What does it mean (from famous song Somebody to love of Jefferson Airplane): When the garden flowers, baby, are dead yes And your mind, your mind is so full of red Especially "mind full of ...
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Looking for a word that means “not requiring permission”

I was thinking maybe, free to use but I'm not sure. Is there any one-word alternative? Preferably an adjective. For example, some user information is confidential and you need permission to access ...
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Word for someone who is typing and then erases what they've written?

I remember reading about this word once and can no longer find it. The word is for a person who is repeatedly typing something to you in a chat service (that shows when they are typing) but then ...
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correct word for an object being worked on [closed]

If an object is being worked on, changed, corrected, ect. in some way, what would you call that object? Someone asked if I'm looking for a noun or adjective ... great question ... looking for a noun! ...
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A different word for “dumbly”

Something that refers to a breathless, quiet speech, not absolute silence like most synonyms for "dumb". Such as when someone is in shock or disbelief. "I... I just saw her last week," he said ...
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Difference between logs, timber, and lumber

I'm interested in the distinctions between these three terms. Here's what I already know: timber is wood that is still attached to the ground, and still has its bark on. Lumber is already felled, and ...
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Is there any word have the meaning of “overwhelming” but in a positive nature? [closed]

If I want to say I was a brand representative and attracted surprisingly high volume of students' awareness by organising different activities. Below is my whole sentence. "As a brand representative ...
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Uncommon word describing India [closed]

I am looking for an uncommon word describing India. So far I came up with "diversity", but I fear this is too common. Just to give a bit background to my question I am a grammarian at a Toastmasters ...
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what's the meaning of “spare”

there, I got a sentence when I watched the televison "Lost". The sentence is "Please respect me enough to spare me the pretense that you are actually offended." I am confused with "spare me the ...
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Opposite of “mutually exclusive”

The best I can think of is "necessarily accompanying", but it sounds awkward. Most answers I looked up give words like "concordant" and "accompanying", but these words have more passive definitions ...
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What does “a riff on Shakespeare” mean?

I have a pretty good idea of what this means already. For example, Beckett's riff on Hamlet in Waiting for Godot: What are we doing here, that is the question. But I'd like to be a little more ...
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Should I say “American grounds” or “American territory”?

Which one sounds more natural to you? If this message still catches you on American territory, I wish you a safe flight! or If this message still catches you on American grounds, I wish ...
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Seemed or seems? [duplicate]

I'm new to this forum but have used other StackExchange sites, so go easy on me if I make a mistake :P I have a question, and that question is "Can you use seemed correctly in this sentence?". ...
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Propertied Interest

I'm reading the book Paris, Capital of Modernity by David Harvey, in which there is a chapter called "Rent and the Propertied Interest". Many times, the author uses the term propertied interest as if ...
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Difference between highly and extremely? [closed]

Some where i read that , 'This container contains highly flammable petrol ', this particular instruction is written in my native as well as in english language.The confusion arise when i was going to ...
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A single word meaning “Better results”

Does anybody know of a single word which describes a method or mechanism which is more reliable in getting the best answer (to a question which has no "correct" answers) or provides better results ...
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An adjective or noun for one who cracks lame jokes

Can someone please suggest an adjective or a noun to describe someone who always cracks 'lame jokes'? All I could think is 'Lame Joker' :/ I am specifically looking for a word/adjective that has ...
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Is there a word for the towel on a waiter's arm?

"Napkin" or "towel" seem so...ordinary. Is there a better word for it?
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Correct word for something less believed in society

What is an appropriate word to describe something, a section of society wants or looks forward to it or believes in, but rest of the society/majority will not accept it at all or gives importance to ...
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Some vocabulary related questions

everyone! I need some help with the following: He didn't tell me his secret and I was curious to know that I made up my mind to find it out with him. >>> Why is with used here? Is it possible to ...
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The best way to say that a certain fee is over the price?

We have a certain CAP fee e.g. $1000. What is the best way to say that if you add e.g. $100 to this fee that it will be over the price. "If you add this billing the CAP fee will be surmounted with ...
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Exhortation to “be successful”? [closed]

I just bought a smoothie and the barista wrote the Spanish phrase "Éxitos" on my cup. My Spanish-speaking colleagues tell me this is wishing me success. I'm trying to think of an analogous English ...
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Uniqueness vs. Unicity

Uniqueness and unicity can be synonyms when they are used to describe something that is “unique”, meaning something that is distinct from all other things. Are these terms interchangeable, or do they ...
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Imparted vs Imputed

so I am a bit confused by the meaning of the two words: imparted and imputed. I know impart means to give or to communicate something. Impute means to ascribe. However, I dont know how can i ...
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Person who pretends to not understand unless one speaks in exactly the words they expect [duplicate]

I just realized there are some people around my workplace who always try to correct me when using a certain word, saying that that's not how I should speak, and I should use other words (the ones ...
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You can only do so many of them

I heard this one in a documentary about foot fetish. The woman who produces fetish videos says: A lot men like feet. But you can only do so many of them. What does this mean? I googled but ...
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Need help to understand job ad eligibility criteria

I want to apply for a researcher position. This is the homepage I am refering to. Now I have serious trouble to understand this part of the eligibility criteria: Early-Stage Researchers will, at ...
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What is “Current Post” in a form?

I have a form which I have to fill in. Therer are the fields name, address, email and current post. I know what to fill in in name, address and email. But what is current post?
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Are the words 'empirical' and 'experimental' interchangeable? [closed]

Are the two words interchangeable in the academia, specifically in the field of physics and engineering? I am currently reviewing an engineering paper, and the author has used the word ...
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What is the word or idiom equivalent to henpecked?

This is the meaning of hen-pecked from urban dictionary: When a male complies to ever single demand of his girlfriend or wife, and the female is in complete control of her man. A hen-pecked male will ...
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Can the word 'sumptuous' be replaced by 'luxurious'? [closed]

Can the word 'sumptuous' be replaced by 'luxurious' in the following sentence: Kevin's classmates were invited to his birthday party where a sumptuous meal awaited them. Thanks!