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

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mom-husband-wife thing

I heard this one on TV, too. Here is the quote: Narrator: Sara is isolated geographically and emotionally from her family and friends. A friend: Five years had gone by where we were doing ...
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hit the road (meaning in context)

I was watching a show on TV (I escaped my killer) and Lisa Noland is dropped off after being raped several times by her attacker and to her surprise he doesn't kill her, drops her off at her ...
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What does “a media splash” mean?

What does the expression "a media splash" mean? Is it something like a reference or mention appearing in the media?
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What to call the large containers of bottled water?

The water drawn from those 2.5 gallon containers having a spigot (and air hole) is called ‘bottled water’, but what should we call those large containers of water? It seems like “tank” or “tankard” ...
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Describing People as from (or belonging to) a Country [duplicate]

People from India are Indians People from Rwanda are Rwandans People from Japan are Japanese People from China are Chinese What are these words (indicating citizenship of some country) known as ? ...
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What does “facility” mean in the context of fitness certification? [on hold]

I want to host a fitness certification. So, i have to fill this form. But i didn't understand what facility means in this context therefore i can't find the best word to put in that field. What does ...
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Using the word “eyesight”

I was wondering whether the usage of the word "eyesight" is wrong or not in the sentence below. "The purpose of data visualization is to aid people in comprehending complex data by stimulating ...
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What would you call a laugh that sounded like a mix between wheezing and a hiccup

A friend of mine suggested that one of her co-workers laughed in such a fashion, and I was curious if there was a single word or phrase that might closely resemble that. I asked her if it sounded ...
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Common term or single word for someone who is embarrassingly over-complimentary

Does English have a word for someone who compliments another person in a way which is awkward or even embarrassing? Someone who uses compliments which are overly-familiar and all but inappropriate, ...
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Word for opposite parallel vectors

Given two points, A and B, there are two vectors: A-->B and A<--B which are parallel but pointing in opposite directions. I remember learning as a kid a word which simply defines the line upon ...
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What is the word that means to accuse someone of a crime, to divert attention from the guilt of the accuser

I know there is a word for this, eg when someone is stealing from their employer, they tell their employer that they have noticed xyz and they think so-and-so is doing it. Help me out? Edit ...
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Is there a word or phrase that expresses the action of “a person thinking about what another person is doing when the other person is not around”

Is there a word or phrase that expresses the action of "a person thinking about what another person is doing when the other person is not around". for example, John is sitting in his room in Kentucky, ...
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peripheral equipment - only for computers?

If I say "peripheral equipment", does this always refer to equipment attached to computers (such as printers, mice, keyboards, etc), or can it also be used for other things? For example, can I talk ...
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Meaning of word “nicy” [closed]

Can you explain me the meaning of word "nicy"? I'm newbie in english, and I've already tried google translate, but I'm not sure. Maybe there is some informal forms, or other ways of using this word.
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Burn a hole in the road?

my question is: In Marry The Night's lyrics, Lady Gaga sings "I'm gonna burn a hole in the road". Why is that? I've heard the expression "on the road" but not "in the road". I don't speak English ...
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What is the specific word for a lost child whose guardians/parents are required to be located? [closed]

Let's say a child is lost and is in desperate need to find his/her parents. What should be the specific word for this child to describe his state and situation?
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Word for “referring to common but not universal attributes of a group of people”?

I was recently out with friends and also with someone I didn't know too well. At some point during the night, I was imitating English spoken with a Mandarin speaker's accent for humorous effect, and ...
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Word for “studying a research article to get the most out of it”? [duplicate]

From the Word web dictionary: Study: Consider in detail and subject to an analysis in order to discover essential features or meaning Particularly, I am looking for a word (synonym of 'study') ...
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Like “sexist” or “racist,” but in reference to being gay?

Is there a term that is similar to sexist or racist but refers to gay people? "Homophobic" comes to mind, but that's more a fear or disgust of homosexuals versus discrimination based solely on sexual ...
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the switch went on (definition)

I heard this in a documentary. The speaker is some serial killer who claims he started his rampage after watching a video. He goes like this: "I put one of the videos in and what came on the ...
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what is the difference between need and necessitate?

both are verb and necessitate is formal. two are all related with the adjective necessary. Mostly people use need in daily life. what is the difference?
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Meaning of “The whole of eastern North America makes do with but one species”

Makes do with means accepting something less satisfactory because there is no alternative. In this case, it makes less sense for me why we use this phrase, and by using but I think it accentuates the ...
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Difference between “infinite” and “indefinite”

I have found that infinite means "very great in amount of degree" while indefinite refers to "a period of time that has no defined end." Is there a subtle, nuanced difference between these terms, or ...
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What's a word for someone who puts others down for having different views on a topic?

I'm trying to think of a word for someone who thinks their views are better than other views and talks down to others who don't have the same views.
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develop depression?

why this phrase such as "Broca's aphasics also develop depression late on" is used by using "DEVELOP"? what I can guess is depression has several numbers of processes, so that's why?
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What's the difference between 'every time' and 'everytime'? [closed]

What's the difference between everytime and every time? I'm a little confused about them, they both seem to have same meaning. Excluding their spelling, are there any other differences b/w them?
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pharmaceutical Affair act. Why someone put Affair in the middle of two words? [closed]

I don't get it why pharmaceutical affair act used AFFAIR in the middle of phrase. Because without affair, it does make perfect sense. maybe there will be some reasons????????
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What's the subtle difference between competitiveness and competition [closed]

What's the subtle difference between competitiveness and competition. is there any differences? I couldn't find any information on google. competitiveness: an aggressive willingness to compete ...
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Should I use the word “raise” or “grow” for animals?

I always use the word "raise" for animals. But all of a sudden, I encountered a passage that says "grow fish." So do these mean the same: "raise fish" and "grow fish"? Is one of them better than the ...
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candid candor, splendid splendor, squalid squalor, rigid rigor — finding examples

The etymological fallacy is exposed by examples as humid/humor, liquid/liquor, and, I think, some others. This pattern, at least as applied to the examples in the subject line, is familiar to ...
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What do you call a razor knife when the blade is removed?

The definition of a knife is a blade attached to a handle or something like that. I argue that when the blade is removed from a razor knife with a removable blade, then it isn't a knife anymore until ...
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“pumphead” - why?

Can anybody tell me where the expression "pumphead" comes from? Why do doctors use it? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postperfusion_syndrome Thanks!
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The use of the word “disjunction” in a sentence

I am not a native English speaker. I have been given the task of reviewing a text written in English. I wonder if I by the following use of the word "disjunction", make myself guilty of the very same ...
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One word for older/younger brothers and sisters

In Japanese, Chinese and Korean etc, they all have specific "term" to address the older/younger brothers and sisters. In Korean, there are even separate terms called by female and male, like Hyung by ...
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Question about phone conversation

What should I say on the phone? Is it, Where are you calling from? or From where are you calling? If there is any alternative, please do share.Thanks
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someone who talks in sleep

Someone who walks in sleep is called sleep walker or somnambulist. Is there a word in English meaning somebody who talks in sleep?
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Words that mean 'future consequences'? [closed]

I am wondering if someone can help me find a single word that means something along the lines of "future consequences" or "the intentional result of our present actions", mostly in a beneficial tone. ...
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Expression for “a place where you could settle and live without having to ask for permission, pay taxes, …” [closed]

On the History Stack Exchange they were talking about “white spots”. Is there a proper expression, a single word, or a phrase for such a place? By "white spot" I mean a place where you (if you ...
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What is a word meaning “an oft used cliché or line used to defend oneself from negative criticism”?

For example, when someone is being told that they're being a prick, they might trot out the old, "I'm just saying it like it is. You all can't handle this real talk!", as if that excuses their bad ...
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Despise the rich [closed]

I remember seeing a word that means the movement or the people that resent/despise the rich and wealthy. I've tried googling but not one word came even close. Anyone? Thanks
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What is a “lemus”? [closed]

Here's a fragment from "The Complete Fursey" by Mervyn Wall: Other religious settlements were sadly plagued by disembodied spirits, demons, lemuses and fauns snorting and snuffling most fiendishly ...
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What is a noun that means “the skill of being able to use technology efficiently?”

What is a noun that means "the skill of being able to use technology efficiently or easily?" Thanks
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The right way to describe “having proven credentials” in a resume

I need to write in short form in a resume that the person is a highly skilled and valued psychologist with proven "credentials" (in the form of recognition awards from his workplace, excellent ...
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Colloquial American term for “miliaria”

Often during summers in the tropics, especially under intense heat conditions, we get a skin condition medically referred to as "miliaria." It comprises of reddish rashes with several tiny boil-like ...
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What do you call this segment of road between the lane and an exit?

Circled in red. Is there an official name for the portion of road between the road and an exit is called?
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Translation for 'la douleur exquise'?

I'm looking for a term for 'la douleur exquise'. What I want to capture is the frustration of wanting to be something that everyone loves but knowing you can never be that, where frustration means a ...
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What do you call the segment of track between two train stops?

Is there a dedicated word or expression for a segment of track between two train stops? Can "train station" also refer to the track between two stations? The context is an article about computer ...
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Is there a word for a person who's obsessed with lights?

I need to know if there exists a word for a person who's obsessed with lights. The formation lights make etc.
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Is the word “palaver” in common use anywhere in the English-speaking world?

In a sci-fi movie from 1957, an astronaut says he's "going to palaver" with the cave-dwelling natives. I'd never heard the word before, but my husband—a history buff—knew it by its ...
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A word that means a bad copy of lots of other things

Used in this context... I don't like The Cleveland show because it is **** It's a term we use in animation to say that we don't like this programme or idea because it is too similar to other ones ...