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

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Looking for words to create an interesting sed line

Sed is a command line program that can, among other things, replace text using regular expression patterns. As an example: sed s/one/two/ This replaces the word "one" with the word "two". The ...
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How well does the “A” fit in the “B”?

I'm trying to find two words that describe how well a single person/object/thing would fit in with some kind of situation/grouping/place/things. A few examples: "How well does the 'Student' fit in ...
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Yearning without Hope

I was reading Poe and thinking about his work. Then I thought his dark-romantic style seems like a huge yearning without any hope but I was not sure if this is possible. Does the word yearning contain ...
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Dynamic Society [on hold]

Is there a single word that describes Dynamic Society? Something like 'Dynasociety'? That's a self created word, but I was thinking, if the word itself does not exist, are there any rules in creating ...
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Date as a synonym for anus

In the Song "Ten Foot Cock And A Few Hundred Virgins" Tim Minchin uses the phrase "it's a sin to take it up the date, even if it's great, even with your cowboy mate". I'm not a native English speaker ...
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What do you call that annoying toddler that whines about everything?

You know that kid you see in a supermarket with his/her mom, and the kid is all like: "I don't like that", and starts to scream? What is a good word or slang term for that?
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Filling registration form attached to mail [closed]

I have received a mail having the attachment of registration form a seminar. I have to attend that seminar so I have to fill that form. Help me fill that form because everytime I opened it there was ...
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The difference between “lead” and “plug” [closed]

What is the difference between "lead" and "plug". In this case, we ignore the definition of lead as a chemical element
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What does 'project-plugging' mean here? Also can any other constructions be formed using '~plugging'?

Guy Branum Awarding points for name-dropping, project-plugging and flirting with the host, the former Chelsea Lately writer's monthly Talk Show: The Game Show competition elevates self-promotion ...
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Is it “visit at the doctor” or “visit at the doctor's”? What's the difference? [duplicate]

Are both expressions OK? Why/ why not? Why do we say "at the doctor's"?
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What's the one word for a person who generalizes everything? [closed]

I am searching for a word which qualifies a person as someone who makes sweeping generalizations on almost everything and tends to stereotype people. He picks up one trait of a person(something which ...
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Few good places on Internet to improve English (Learning by doing) [closed]

I spend a lot of my time on Internet (mostly social networking & programming). My accent is fine because I have to listen to so many tech conferences and tutorials online. I don't have that ...
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Another word for “hot”(as in feelings)?

When you feel something hot in your mouth like pepper: are there any other words for it? Pepperish, perhaps? Is "pepperish" appropriate? Not only in the mouth and any other parts of the body
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A word for all groups in university of the same specialty graduating in the same year?

Basically what I wanna to say is that one of the students was the best among all others of his specialty in the year he graduated, not like the best graduate, but the best in his specialty. Right ...
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Can't Understand Sentence Containing Word “Keep The Difference” [closed]

I work for a client at the rate of X USD (United State Dollars) per hour. Recently, he accidentally paid me at the rate of Y USD per hour. Y is greater than X. I notified him of his mistake and he ...
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Repudiability, Deniability or what?

What is the correct way to say that a certain assertion, claim or declaration cannot be denied? In Computer Science, sometime people say "non-deniable/deniability" and somewere I even ...
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An adjective for a film or book with very long dialogues

Is there a word to describe a film (or book) that features very long dialogues and most of its scenes or passages revolve around dialogues? I came up with the word "dialogue-y" but that obviously ...
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what is the meaning of the word “MUST”

This question is in relation with my other question in this site (please have time to look at it) The Resistance Operatives must select the Mission Success card; Spies may select either the ...
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The usage of word “assignment” in technical communication

I was wondering if the word assignment is offensive to title the jobs expected from someone which has been delegated to do some tasks or not? I would like to know it in University-based ...
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What is it called when someone attacks a person and the offender gets an even worse reputation?

What is it called when you defame someone and you happen to lose respect for doing that. For example, "George is verbally attacking John, by doing that George is losing people's respect" Thus: ...
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what is the difference between charlatan and chicanery? [closed]

I am skeptical abut the difference between the above two words. When I googled it shows charlatan is "a person falsely claiming to have a special knowledge or skill." and chicanary is "trickery, ...
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What is the difference between employee and personnel?

I have been searching on how to use the following nouns personnel and employee in their proper meanings. I always find that personnel refers to people employed in an organization , and employees are ...
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How to distingiush adaptable from adaptive? [closed]

I really wonder what is the subtle difference between these two terms, and if they could be used interchangably somewhere? Adaptable Adaptive
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Looking for a word similar to “issue” - “issiation”? [closed]

I have recently heard a word that sounded similar to "issue" but I could not find it when I searched in the internet - probably because I didn't spell it correctly. It sounded like "issiation", the ...
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Questions about vocabulary related to publishing and writing - proper words

Updating my resume and converting it to English, I encountered the following issues: I have written a few technical books. In the resume summary, what should I refer to myself as? Writer, author..? ...
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Is there any difference between “Anyone” and “Any one”?

Always when I read books in English I see sometimes there is a space between "Any and One" and sometimes there is not any space . So, I will be thankful if you please tell me the difference.
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How can one decide whether to use the compound form of a word when the one- or two-word versions are acceptable? [duplicate]

This question is an attempt to find an abstract answer to every "one word or two?" discussion. My problem is exemplified by this scenario: My text editor's spellchecker recently corrected me on my ...
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What does “like a [expletive] wazoo” mean? [closed]

I was video-documenting on my cellphone like a goddamn wazoo. What does wazoo mean in that sentence? I googled it, and the results seemed to indicate wazoo means ass. Is that what it means in the ...
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how to read numbers of 6 digit in formal english

How to say these two numbers: 112177 eleven hundrends thousands and twenty one hundren and seventy seven one hundred and twelve thousands and one hundred seventy seven the same for this number ...
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Term for when a negative word is used positively?

Many years ago I heard a linguistics professor use a term to describe when negative words evolve to express positive opinions. For example, African Americans began in the 1970s to say "bad" when ...
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What are someone's 'last words' called?

What are someone's last words, spoken on their deathbed, called? What about those that are perhaps left written or scribed on paper?
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'Move to a new place' - different way of saying it

I want to find a way of saying something like... [...] I am willing to fund my move to [insert country's name here] myself to make up for [...] ... in a natural way. I am pretty positive a ...
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appropriate phrase for expressing close distances toward a person

Imagine this scenario: You are having a conversation with someone about a tropical fruit which you have seen the picture of it(on the internet or something) and you do know the name of it, but you ...
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Proper term for “surity..??” [closed]

What's the proper word for "surity or sure-ness". E.g. "It's a surity that it will happen". I know "assurance" can be used. But is there an even closer term for this..?
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Informal usage of the word “deliver”

I am accompanying some of my friend to somewhere and I want to talk about it with someone else. For example, "I delivered him/her to the airport." But I'm not sure whether that's common in ...
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What word means something close to “related by happenstance”

A program runs on a specific computer. The program and the computer are individually important. However, it is not important that the program run on this particular computer. We have several ...
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The meaning of the word “decanter”?

I have looked up the word decanter in several dictionaries to find a meaning that matches its use in the sentence below, but I failed. In a problem-based learning setting, teachers need to ...
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Meaning of unknown word “Steeldust” [closed]

There is a strange usage of a strange word steeldust. It is used in the following extract from a Warhammer novel: ...shown in white marble numerals on their battleplates and the steeldust rims ...
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“Hover a link” vs “hover over a link” [closed]

Which is correct: "hover a link" or "hover over a link"? (context: hovering a mouse over a computer hyperlink) I'd especially appreciate a reference (like a dictionary citation) so that I learn how ...
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Is there a word for a vocabulary associated with a particular work of fiction?

In his Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien coins the word "glitter" to be a collective noun for elves. In his books about Wonderland, Louis Carol invents an absolute mountain of words, words like ...
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What are two people from the same town called? [duplicate]

We usually use the word 'countryman' or 'countrywoman' for the people who live in the same country. What word do we use for the people living in the same city or town?
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Adjective for family-friendly jokes?

Kind of sincere, earnest, like you might find in a kids' movie; homely, a little banal, or... it's on the tip of my tongue!
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Specific terms for the tray and the bus-like cart used by vendors in theaters, stadiums, trains, etc

Is there a specific word in English for the bus-like (sense 2; sense 3 on AHD) cart and the tray used by vendors to carry their products through the aisles of trains, theaters, stadiums, etc.?
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Need some help in writing an essay about education as the main goal in life [closed]

Good afternoon everyone! Can you kindly help me with these sentences (I really don't know if natives do write this way about the priority in life (which for me is education). For some people money is ...
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Why are objects no longer injured?

Reading old books I have found sentences like this:- The reply of the Austrian batteries did no damage, and two submarines that came out were accounted for at the cost of injury to one of the ...
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Is there a name for a neologism that is close to an already existing word?

I was listening to "How Soon Is Now" by The Smiths, and he ostensibly says the word criminarily. "I am the son, and the heir, of a shyness that is criminarily vulgar..." It's usually transcribed ...
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What's the word for a gifted service (or intangible good)?

Yesterday, my employer took me and 50 other team members to see the new Star Wars movie! During office hours! All paid for by the company! They just sent us a letter saying: "thanks for coming". I ...
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What is the difference between “cadaver” and “corpse”? [duplicate]

What is the exact difference between cadaver and corpse?
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Enquiry about Dimensions [closed]

I wanna describe dimensions; would you please let me know which of these below sentences are correct? It is 3cm in length and 1cm in width. It has 3cm of length and 1cm of width. It is 3cm long and ...
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Looking for unusual words that I can use in ordinary conversation [closed]

How can I improve my vocabulary and impress my friends by learning some very, very unusual words, but words that I can sprinkle into ordinary conversation?