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

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Is there a useful set of mass-produced flash cards for learning uncommon concrete nouns?

The number of things that have English words that denote them surprises me. I'd like to learn some of those words. However, the lexicons of most English vocabulary-builders comprise few concrete ...
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How to improve my English? [on hold]

To improve my vocabulary, I read a lot of novels and learned more than few new words. Though I am able to comprehend the word when I see them, I am unable to use (or recall) them when needed. What ...
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Role of a person in charge of the casting of a film

Let's say this is the information related to a film: Written by: John Doe Produced by: Mary James Casting by: Peter Smith, Sarah Jones ... Then: John Doe is a writer. Mary James is a ...
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What do you call it when the current generation thinks the previous is better/more poetic?

It's referred to as the "allure of nostalgia" in the wiki entry for Midnight in Paris.
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What does the phrase by Sloterdijk mean? [closed]

"A session of a carnival club" - what's that? What kind of club is it? Any synonyms? Descroptions? Examples? Anything?
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Fitting word for “subject to physics” or possibly “subject to laws”

Is there a fitting word that means "subject to physics" or possibly "subject to laws"? It seems to me that I must have read such a word somewhere but I simply can't dredge one up. Ex: Any passengers ...
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Why are foreign words used in modern vernacular?

Why are seemingly foreign words such as hors d’œuvres, maître d’, garçon, and Gesundheit used in American vernacular?
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Is there a word to name being unable to think of “proper terminology” for something?

In regards to only being able to say something like "hand ankle" when meaning "wrist", but the person is absolutely unable to remember the word "wrist". (Or "unsweet doughnut", when someone can't ...
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Which is correct: I chose not to discuss my concerns, or I chose to not discuss my concerns? [duplicate]

Which is correct: I chose not to discuss my concerns, or I chose to not discuss my concerns? chose not to or chose to not
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“A feeling of content” or “A feeling of contentment”?

I'm a native English user. I am used to using "content" as a noun, adjective and verb but when I use it as a noun, I usually use content rather than contentment. I checked the dictionaries and both ...
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Desk name plate for a PhD holder

I have read the full article in wikipedia and this question, but I am still unclear about this, as I am not a native speaker. A quick Google search did not help either. My brother recently received a ...
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What category includes “news”, “articles”, and “stories”

I have created a dropdown menu for my website. In this dropdown menu I have put a tab for audio, a tab for video, but I don't know what to call the category that include (News, articles, and stories ...
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Can we use “likewise” instead of “also” in formal writing?

When we write academic paper, can we use "also"? If it is a bit informal, is it ok to use "likewise" instead of "also"? Or, are there any possible expression in such situation?
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How to emphasize “I would rather”

I would like to emphasize the expression "I would rather... than ...". My native language is French, and in French we would say something like "I would rather 1000 times.... than", so I'm looking for ...
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Common terminology for “blessing” and “curse”?

I'm doing a certain something that requires identifying a property of some certain (fictional) thing as either "Blessed", "Cursed", or "Neither". What's the common term for "Blessing" or "Cursed", if ...
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“corollarily” or equivalent?

A corollary in mathematics is a useful side-effect (with other related meanings, but as it pertains to this question, that's the relevant definition to keep in mind). I want to use the word ...
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An active verb “to find peace in” something

I'm looking for an active verb which means something along the lines of "to take or find peace in" something. Something like soothe is the opposite of what I want, in the sense that the something is ...
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A word that means 'most important'?

I tried to find a single word that means "most important", but I couldn't. I want it to be able to express what's missing below: If you get hurt, the _ thing to do is to stay calm. It would ...
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Another way of saying “easily deceived”?

What's another way of saying easily deceived? I want to have a better vocabulary. Easily deceived sounds a bit basic to me. Is there a better word for that phrase?
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“Waiting on” and “waiting for” [duplicate]

While purchasing in Walmart, after sliding my card the card machine was saying "Waiting on cashier". What does "waiting on" mean in this case and how it differs from "waiting for"? Would that be ...
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What's an adjective that means “has high expectations”

If you were to describe a person as someone who has high expectations or standards (of their work, peers, or subordinates), what word would you use? "Demanding" is the closest I have come but that's ...
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A word for “taking some foods from pot and putting it in to the plate”

What word you should use to tell someone to "take some foods from the pot and put it into the plate"? You can say stuff like "take some food" but it does not exactly mean the act of "taking food ...
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What would be a word for describing a tendency to take the literal meaning of words above the accepted meaning?

For example someone accused of homophobia would answer that isn't correct as he is not afraid of homosexuals. The accepted meaning of homophobia is, of course, a much wider range of negative ...
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A word for someone who occupies a position

Is there a lexicalization for someone who holds a position, for example, in a company, in the army, in an organization, etc? All of the relevant __ should be promptly contacted and updated. ...
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If not only to… - meaning

"He had to make war, he had to make conquests, if not only to subsist". Does if not only to equal so that he could?
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What is/is there a word for singing through your nose?

I recall there being a word for nasal singing, I might be imagining things, but haven't had any luck finding that word on Google. Does any one have any suggestions?
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Meaning of “Gambler at heart” [closed]

I want to know what does the expression gambler at heart mean and in which context we can use it?
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Adjectival “Anglican” for “English”, and “Anglicanism” for “Anglomania” in AmE

Harrap's New Shorter French and English Dictionary, Ed. 1985 [Harrap's Shorter French Dictionary], points up adjectival "Anglican" as an Americanism for "English", and "Anglicanism" as an AmE ...
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“To take in” and “to catch” in the sense "to attend and visit (or see) [the sights of (a city, etc.)] in AmE

Do these terms share the same degree of informality in the sense "to attend and visit (or see)" as of someone taking in/catching the sights of a place, or taking in/catching a show or a movie? E.g. ...
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“To charge (that…)” for “to claim/to assert” in AmE

While browsing my bilingual dictionary, Ed. 1985, I stumbled upon the verb "to charge" in a meaning defined as an Americanism [3(b) U.S.: to charge that... alléguer que...(to assert that)] without any ...
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“To tame” for “to cultivate [vegetables, a land, etc.]” and “to domesticate (or farm) [poultry, fish, etc.]” in AmE

The Harrap's New Shorter French and English dictionary Ed. 1985, defines both verbal and adjectival "tame" as Americanisms for respectively "to cultivate" and "cultivated", as of a plant or a land ...
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What do you call someone who's involved in a project (non-leading role)

We currently have two roles for our project, namely: project manager `someone who is involved', ie. regular worker/employee but I'm not really satisfied with worker. What do you usually call ...
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Idiomatic AmE term for “B&B”/“bed & breakfast”/“chambre d'hôte” and “table d'hôte”

Is there an idiomatic term or expression in modern day AmE for what in the UK is designated by the shared "B&B"/"bed & breakfast", and seemingly by the originally FrF expression "chambre ...
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Bigot and Hypocrite - What's the difference? [closed]

What's the difference between the two.
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Specific AmE term for chiefly BrE “workmate” other than “fellow worker”, “coworker”, and “colleague”

Is there a close synonym in modern day AmE for what is referred to in BrE as a workmate? Aside from being current, I wish I could get a term that is idiomatic with no space or hyphen, that would sit ...
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What is the differences between these three words? [closed]

tell apart say apart speak apart please tell me about differences between these words. And also what do they mean? Are they expressions?
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“Knob” vs. “knoll” in AmE

The Harrap's New Shorter French and English Dictionary Ed. 1985, defines one of the senses of "knob" as an AmE equivalent for "knoll", i.e. a small, rounded hill or eminence; hillock. Sadly enough, ...
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What is the proper English term for polycopié (de cours)?

In French, several universities use polycopiés instead of course books for teaching. The term polycopié can be translated as handout. Is it correct to use it in this case, in which a polycopié ...
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Cyclists, cyclers, bikers, and bike riders in modern day AmE

Almost by analogy with my previous OP, how do the terms "bike rider", cycler", and "cyclist" differ in current AmE usage to describe someone that rides or travels by bicycle? My impression is that ...
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“quantifying” business problems the right word?

I am searching for the correct word which describes the process of measuring a problem and trying to express it with numbers. So from text to numbers. I thought "quantifying" should be the right word, ...
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Word for answering the question you wish had been asked not the one asked?

This is really common with politicians where they answer a potentially probing question as if they had been asked an entirely other question. Hypothetical example: Interviewer: "Is it true that ...
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What is a “canary-trainer”?

In Arthur Conan Doyle's The adventure of Black Peter, Watson casually refers to a previous exploit of Holmes:- In the memorable year '95 a curious and incongruous succession of cases had engaged ...
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Motorcycles, bikes, motorbikes, mopeds, motorcyclists, bikers, and motorbikers in AE

As far as I know, "motorcycle" is the formal term -- and "bike" the informal one -- for a powered two (and occasionally three) wheeled vehicle resembling a bike but larger, heavier, and a heap more ...
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A finger is a component of a hand, a hand is the X of a finger

I'm working with a set of relationships between things, relationships that need descriptors. John is a child of Susan, Susan is a parent of John; a parent-child relationship. Milk is a ...
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How to describe an individual who always speaks in a “matter of fact” manner

I have a friend who always speaks in a very matter-of-fact manner. On numerous occasions, he has mentioned how it was "the best BLANK" he has ever had, or "the best BLANK in the city." Everything ...
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What is a “snow window”?

Friends of mine were travelling in the UK by bus once, when suddenly the bus stopped and all passengers had to get out. The driver told them that there were "snow windows" and so they couldn't proceed ...
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Salary comes from salt, but where does salt come from?

OK, this was a trick question. :-) The first part of the question is about etymology but my real question is about vocabulary. I would like to know the name of the place where sea salt is harvested. ...
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What is the equivalent of sub/super sonic for the speed of light?

We have subsonic and supersonic for speeds below or above the speed of sound. What is the equivalent for the speed of light?
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Usage of ostensible in this sentence [closed]

An obscure term ostensibly referring to a lung disease caused by silica dust. ostensible: stated or appearing to be true, but not necessarily so. Does ostensible in this sentence mean that there is ...
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Word for energyless-ness

What's a single word that can connote the concept of (or something similar to) "energyless-ness" (which, as far as I can tell, is not a word). This is meant to be used in the context of burnout. When ...