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

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a sceptical customer [closed]

Is there something like a sceptical customer? Meaning a customer who questions everything. Is it correct to use this word in this way?
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Short form to indicate coordinate phrases [closed]

As I am not a native speaker of English, I often get stuck in terms of "phraseology" (indeed). So I'll try to make it clear using example. People with high rate of A often tend to memorize a lot, ...
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does otherwise fit in this sentence

I am writing a mathematical report and i wrote this: In the following sections, the value of x is always 1 unless it is stated the otherwise. Did I use otherwise correctly here please ? Thanks ...
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is simple a filler in this sentence

Things just simply don't work is simply a filler in that sentence ? by filler i mean that the meaning of the sentence is the same with or without it (i know this is not formal english, but i need ...
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whites and other color words as clothing of particular colors

The dictionary lists one sense of 'whites' as white clothing. But no parallel sense is listed for 'reds' and other color words. I am wondering whether this sense of 'whites' can be generalized to ...
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Meaning of “Black Swan” [closed]

Is "Black Swan" considered as an insult depend on the context it has been used ? For a instance, using "Black Swan" as a name for a company name ?
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what does “Emperor lives on” mean? [closed]

Simply, I couldn't understand that sentence. I found that sentence on an image on twitter . could you help ?
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vocabulary about returning ones favor

You're asking someone to postpone something, or do something on behalf of you and at the end you want to say to him I will try to recoup it later. I will try to work on your behalf later. I'll return ...
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He who gives Information?

What is the person who gives you information called? Basically I have read a play in which there are two characters that provide you information of the happenings in the play like the information that ...
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I need a word to convey the meaning of getting a course approved w/o ever going to class

I've recently started working at the International Office at my University and I've found myself in need of an English word for succeeding in a test and getting a course approved without going to ...
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English translation of the Russian idiom “проникновенный фильм”

In Russian, when we want to describe a film or book that really gets its message across and gets you thinking very well, most usually in a beautiful way and one that makes you feel tragically out of ...
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Noun opposite of complex, intricate

So something that is like "straightforwardness". I remember using it in essays years ago but now it's completely out of my mind and it's driving me crazy! The sentence I want to use it in is as ...
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How is the word “self-conceited” different from “narcissistic”?

According to vocabulary.com, the word "Conceited" is defined as: A conceited person has an inflated self-image and perceives himself as incredibly entertaining and wonderful. Talk incessantly ...
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What is the stick, dug with young plants for support, called?

I am looking for the word/name that describes a stick dug along with young plants to support/direct the plant growth.
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why come ing with verb after preposition

why we use "ing" with verb that comes after preposition? For example: he is accused for breaking a new vase. here breaking is being used after for
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What is the wrap on a coffee mug or a thermos called?

When I buy a cup of coffee for taking away, the seller usually wraps the cup with tissue for reducing the heat or coldness when I hold the cup in my hand. There are also thick wraps that are made of ...
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What is the term for a language that is a second language for most people?

What is the term for a language that is a second language for most of the people that use it? For example, when the Portuguese traded with East African countries in the 1700's, none of them spoke ...
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What is the difference between a cable and a cord? [closed]

As far as I know, a cable and a cord are both constructed from wires and some kind of housing, and the words are used interchangeably by most people (in my experience). Are they interchangeable, do ...
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What kind of instruments are “danglaphone” and “BB bowl”

I'm totally at a loss here. I found the names in a book with songs for kids ("Danceland"). It's not a big deal, but I'd like to show my boy what the heck the thing the man plays is. The Internet's ...
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a word for functionalism as decoration

a word for an element of a design, or an object, that appears overtly functional but is decorative. ie, 4x4 rugged styling that is not functional; plastic bull bars. Lots of buckles or oversized, ...
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expressions like “muscle in on…”

I am looking for a phrase of the same structure and meaning as 'muscle in on'. It is used to describe the action of using your influence to intervene in something so as to gain an advantage for ...
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The extent to which one is, or the state of being, of or pertaining to turtles/tortoises

I'm having trouble finding a word which fits. I did a google search for testudineousness and testudinateness, but sadly had no hits.
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What's Old English for “petal”?

What was the Old English word for petal? (As in "rose petal".) I've done research. And it seems the word petal is a relatively recent addition in the English language.
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How to chose the meaning of a word from many meanings [closed]

To increase my vocabulary, I collect words from my daily study and then find them in the Cambridge dictionary. But one word has many meanings. It is sometimes hard to memorize all of them, and it is ...
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Is the word “stool” an informal word or a formal word?

Is the word "stool" an informal word or a formal word? I think it is a kind of formal word, especially a medical word. It is used in several academic papers and articles, and also doctors like using ...
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What do you call a 'view' for music?

I'm building a platform where people can store and manage their physical music collection, like vinyl records, cd's and so on (it's called www.melodystack.com for whoever might be interested, it's not ...
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Problems visualizing a description [closed]

I am currently learning Japanese and for the Chinese characters, there is a really nice book that combines stories or images to each character. The problem is that sometimes the description is a bit ...
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Can “unbiased” be called as one of the synonyms of “apathy”?

Consider the sentence: "He is apathetic of whoever wins the elections", can't we say that he is not biased towards any of the election parties?
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What is a “biological-only” father called?

To simplify things, I'll put it as if it were my father: My mother conceived me without being married, and my father never acknowledged me. I don't remember ever having met my father. What is ...
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Term for someone receiving pastoral care

I'm currently writing a manual on pastoral care in a Church community. In our cultural context, we use the term "pastor" not only for the traditional role of a community leader but also for anyone ...
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Single word meaning one who searches

I'm looking for a single word in English that means something akin to "one who searches" or "one who searches for meaning." I am hoping for a rustic/obscure word (not a commonly used word), but not ...
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Is there a word for an road/path that splits specifically into three directions?

According to Wiktionary.org and Dictionary.com, one of the definitions of a fork is the something that divides into two or more branches. Wiktionary.org provides an alternative definition that is ...
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Asleep is to awake; as sleep is to _____?

Is there no word that fills this precise role? I can say someone gets 10 hours of sleep. But can I say someone gets 10 hours of wake? That doesn't sound right to me but maybe it is. Does anyone know ...
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Are “gadfly” and “gadabout” related? [closed]

A recent question prompted the answer of "gadabout" - which made me think of "gadfly". Are the two related? If so, which gave rise to the other; or, did they occur contemporaneously? What's a "gad"?
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Word for bringing supply chain into a business

For example, a company that makes telephones might develop expertise in chip making thereby avoiding reliance on a 3rd party supplier. What is the word or term for this business practise?
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What is the meaning of the phrase: 'down the memory hole'?

I have heard the phrase 'down the memory hole' used before, and I believe it to have originated in the novel 1984 by George Orwell, but I'm not 100% sure the definition I've found is right: memory ...
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Opposite of Hoarder

Hoarder, who has a condition as described by wikipedia: Compulsive hoarding, also known as hoarding disorder, is a pattern of behavior that is characterized by excessive acquisition and an ...
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Word for the cost of duplication?

I know there is a word or two-word phrase (i.e. xxx-cost) that can be used in a business context to describe the cost of duplicating an item, but I can't remember it. For example; for software this ...
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Correct term for “primary” and “secondary” hand

I'm looking for the correct term for a right-handed person's right hand, and a left-handed person's left hand, and same for their other hand, where one term signifies one's "primary" hand, and the ...
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Old English word for “lonely”

What Old English (and by Old English I mean the language of Anglo-Saxons, recorded in written works from VII to X century A.D.) adjective is the most appropriate to describe the feeling of loneliness ...
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What is a person being shown something called?

Let's say I am demonstrating to a person "how to flip a chair" by flipping a chair for him. What is the person who is being demonstrated to called?
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Prefixes for Perishable

Unperishable, non-perishable and imperishable. I'm quite confused with which prefix is used. Searching online did not really give me any answers. I hope someone here can.
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The Difference Between the Words Woman and Wife [closed]

In my mother tongue, Persian, the words 'wife' and 'woman' mean the same, that is, somebody that is married to a man (of course I mean their literal translation in the Persian language). However, ...
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Why ''ich'' was changed for ''I''?

How can You explain in a simplified way that instead of the old English ''ic'' ,''ich'' in Middle English ,[ik], there appeared ''I'',[ai]? I ask because the basic words are very difficult to be ...
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What's the name of this phobia?

What word * refers to the fear that ceilings will fall on you? Example: John's * made him decide to live in a bungalow, because he thinks one ceiling falling on him would not be sufficient to kill ...
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Term for the depressions left by a pen tip on an underlying paper sheet

Is there a specific term for the depressions / indentations left on an underlying sheet of paper caused by the pressure applied from the tip of a pen or pencil writing on a sheet of paper above it? (...
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Real parents vs biological parents [closed]

I've heard that the phrase 'real parent(s)' doesn't mean 'biological parent(s)', because (according to what I've heard) it is used for those parents who have adopted a child. However, people usually ...
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'to forget' (usage) [duplicate]

I've always thought 'forget something somewhere', i.e. with an adverbial of place is wrong usage but recently came across a sentence in a PET book which says. 'I forgot my jacket at Tom's place' and ...
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Is 'keep in secret' correct?

Are both correct? Information was kept in secret. Information was kept a secret.
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Rhyme That Both Changes and Keeps Meaning Partially

What do you call a rhyme that alters the meaning of a phrase to a related, but partially different meaning? i.e: polar bears to Solar Bears (an ice hockey team in Florida) Is there a name for such ...