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

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Is “banana” the shortest overlap word?

Banana, alfalfa, entente: these are words containing an overlap, that is, the pattern XYXYX where X and Y are replaced by letters or sequences of letters. The idea is that the two occurrences of XYX ...
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What is subrogation? [on hold]

"A person that discharges the debt of another will be subrogated by operation of law to the claims of the creditor whose debt is discharged. These rights can be, and typically are, waived by the ...
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What is the word for a man who keeps returning for other people to abuse him?

I'm looking for a word describing a man who keeps returning to a place although people there always abuse him and say bad things to him. He keeps going back because maybe he likes to experience this ...
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Can parents “educate” their children? Or only teachers? [on hold]

Many of my Asian students who are learning English say that parents can "educate" their children. However I'm not sure if this is a correct collocation in English. My understanding of "education" is ...
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Are children considered part of “society”? [on hold]

According to the English definition of society, are children considered a part of it? In many Asian cultures it is believed that one only "enters society" once one becomes an adult and finishes ...
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Word for foundation patches

Sometimes when you put powder on your face after applying a foundation it leaves white patches due to heavy sweating.What are such patches called?
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A word for “hard and diligent work under sleepy-eyed conditions”?

How would you describe one who works hard with full interest and consciousness, including spending sleepless nights. In such a scenario, sleep is deprived deliberately by the person. What is such hard ...
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atemporal means not relate to specific time; is there a word for “not related to specific place”?

I can write "the story is atemporal" as a specific "time" (as in setting) can not be established from the context; there must be a word that means 'not specific location" -as in setting also but ...
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Is it correct to ask “can talk?”

Whenever I hear my boss asking a colleague through the phone whether he or she is available to talk, his question is " Can talk?" I feel it's quite annoying and something not correct, but please ...
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A critical situation in which no trick works?

How could one describe a situation in which no trick, no approach, no magic, nothing at all works to change the outcome? One where you have no choice but to accept it. For example, I can't use the ...
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What's the word for a sportsperson who always makes his team win?

For many years I have tried to describe the great cricketer Ian Botham ("Beefy" Botham) to other people in my international language school. I try to think of a word to describe someone who always ...
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A word for one who loves only one girl throughout his life

Just like one wife man is called : monogamous. Is there any word for one who loves just one girl throughout his life time. For him one life, one girl matters. History has seen such people. Are such ...
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“Bearer of good news” & “bearer of bad news” are called?

The person who brings a good(good news messenger) news is called ? similarly the person who brings the bad news(bad news messenger) is called ? In this generation that may be same person. But ...
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Word for “quietly accumulating shares of stock by traders when the stock is at a lower price”?

I'm looking for a word or expression that means "the act of quietly accumulating shares of stock by traders when the stock is at a lower price"?
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What do you call a person who dies an honourable death?

What do you call someone who dies for a good cause or an honourable reason? An example would be a soldier who dies while saving his country.
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What do you call someone who's fascinated by machines?

See people who are fascinated by machines like computers, cars, bikes, robots. They adore engines, hardware the visual looks for them the smell of it, everything about it. Such people are hardware ...
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What do you call money earned through unethical sources?

Money/Assets/Property that is earned through unethical sources is called ? Money that is earned through bad sources like corrupted politics, corrupted business, ransom money, stolen or theft ...
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What word means someone who’s satisfied with superficial knowledge?

I used to know this word but cannot remember it. Basically it’s someone who likes the prospect of being knowledgeable about many things, or at least wants the appearance of erudition, but who is ...
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What are the machines at the grocery store entrance called?

What are the machines at the grocery store entrance called? I'm talking about the 'CoinStar' machines specifically, but what is the general name for them? I'm planning on creating one, but to do ...
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Which vocabulary to choose for this sentence? [closed]

When the animal control officer cornered the stray dog in an attempt to catch it, the dog bristled and whined in a low _ tone. A) tremulous B) Confident C) Unexpected D) Erratic E) Passive
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One single word for honour killing [on hold]

honour killing is a word that carries sentiments. But its Google synonym don't. Like assassination - is a more of a war machine word. butchery - is not right either. Do we have a single word for ...
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Is there a word for people who emit positive vibes and negative vibes? [on hold]

It's happened to me tons of times. See some people on Tv, live in office or anywhere, meet them and without their saying much you feel some positive energy oozing out of them. Although sometimes it is ...
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What does “running a gauntlet of fire” mean?

From the Wikipedia page for "Battle of Melle": Now Moltke broke off with the entire force and headed for Ghent running a gauntlet of fire from the various French posts along the roads and ways ...
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What is the word for “All Being” (similar to omnipotent for all powerful)

I'm looking for a word for "All Being" to describe deity existing, always existing, and existing for eternity. Other words often used to describe deity include: omnipotent—all powerful ...
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Difference between “lady” and “woman”? [migrated]

Are there differences between "lady" and "woman" ? Google say lady is a polite social woman. But we don't use them just as this. Do we? English isn't my native language so I am better clarifying ...
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Is “dominant in microsoft office” correct? [closed]

I'm filling a resume and i want to say that I am good in word,excel and powerpoint. is saying "dominant in microsoft office" or " dominant in microsoft word and excel" correct?
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What is the opposite of interorganization?

What is the opposite of interorganization? Is it even a correct word? Interorganization means the things that happen inside the organization (I think). What about the things that happen outside of ...
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What do you call someone who doesn't believe in “ghost”? [closed]

What do you call someone who doesn't believe in "ghost" neither in ghost stories ? web has it's answer as skeptics but that's not a dictionary answer. It is more or less conventional.
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Use of the word “panic-stricken” for self

which would be the correct use of the word "panic-stricken" in the two sentences below: I was panic-stricken at the thought of missing my trip to usa OR I got panic-stricken at the thought ...
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Is it appropriate to use “it's my bread and butter” in formal english?

I am preparing for an English language test. That is why I am working on strengthening my English vocabulary. My question is regarding the speaking section of the test. If the examiner asks me about ...
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Looking for a word that describes when you say both possible outcomes

Sometimes someone will say "if we don't win, we lose" or "we will make it, or we won't" or another example is, "if i don't pass, I fail" It is when someone needlessly states the obvious alternative. ...
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what do you call a person who repeats the same mistakes over and over again? [duplicate]

A single word for the person who repeats same mistake again and again.
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“Visible strap of the bra on shoulder”?

Is there any word for the strap of the bra that is visible on shoulder.? Mostly it is addressed as strap which is obviously a common word not specific to bra or any inner-wear.
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A word for “mercy killing”

"Mercy killing" is an act of killing someone who is already dying and in terrible pain, in order to reduce his or her suffering. Is there any single word for "mercy killing"?
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What do you call someone who believes in ghosts?

What do you call someone who believes in ghosts and ghost stories?
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What is the term for a child that's in between toddler and adolescent?

I'm trying to come up with terms to describe the various age ranges for children up through teenager and I'm stuck trying to describe someone who's in the age range of about 6 through 10. In other ...
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What's a better way of saying “rarely used”

I'm writing an article about using rarely used English words and how to learn and use them. As an example I'd like to find an alternate way of saying "rarely used" I believe there should be one word ...
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A word or expression for someone who had a very important influence in your life?

How to say that someone had a very important influence in your life? I know the word "milestone" which is mostly used for events.. Is there any similar word that can be used for people? Thanks!
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The right word for saying goodbye to someone on the street corner, and then both of you walking in the same direction? [closed]

This happens occasionally to me in New York. I will part ways with someone after chatting, and then it will turn out we're both walking in the same direction. What word captures this phenomenon?
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from the 16th century downward?

I'd like to know what the difference is between "from the 16th century downward", "from the 16th century onwards", and "since the 16th century". Many polyglot collections of the prayer have been ...
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What is the opposite of “down-home cooking”? [closed]

What is the opposite of down-home cooking? Somehow uptown gastronomy doesn’t sound right.
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Is there any difference between a 'Web slide Show' and a 'Carousel'? [closed]

Are Web slideshows and carousels the same thing? If not, what is the difference? For Web slideshow, I mean HTML image galleries like: Flexslider by WooThemes Nivo Slider™ Juicebox
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One word for act of anchoring an event/seminar

I feel it's pronounced "camp-our-ing"(not correct) I tried searching a lot but couldn't find the exact word. Could someone please help me
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When do we use “sports arena” and when “sports hall”?

What is the difference between "sports arena" and "sports hall"? It seems that both are sometimes used interchangeably.
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What's the word for paper “decaying”?

Imagine an old map, a map with a path to a treasure, like the ones you remember from cartoons. The map's partially destroyed, because it's so old, and it has been exposed to air, and heat, and water, ...
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“ignorance” can also mean a “willful disregard of something”?

I try to use the 2nd or 3rd definition of words (to slow down speed readers). However, I am not sure if "ignorance" has a 2nd definition. (common meaning) is "a lack of knowledge". With this ...
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Someone who just thinks they know what they're talking about

What is a word or phrase that means a speaker (or writer) is talking about something they know very little about, but they think they know more than they do? An example: If you read diet message ...
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Single word for “this is why”

Consider: Where = here When = now What = this How = thus Why = (this is why)?? With the above, you could answer a question with the word on the left with just the single word on the right as an ...
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What is the correct term for “rubbing statues' parts for luck”?

What is the correct term for the habit or action of rubbing statues' parts (noses, fingers, feet etc.) for luck or other superstitious reasons? I mean a learned word, like 'philately' for 'collecting ...