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

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What does “Per [person's name]” mean?

What does "Per John:" mean? From the context of the article I'm reading (article unlinked), it seems to mean "From John:" or "John (said):" What exactly does the word "per" mean when used as such?
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What's the difference between a jumper, a pullover, and a sweater?

Following on from a recent question, in Australia we have the word jumper for a knitted long-sleeved garment, typically woollen and long-sleeved. When cosuming foreign media I always assumed the ...
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Meaning of “throw some work your way”

I think probably the expression means to find job for someone, Is it a common expression or a word made inside the movie? I talked to him. He said he can "throw some work my way".
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what does “fancy-ass” mean?

What does fancy-ass mean in the following sentence: And after that, getting hired by some "fancy-ass".
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What does “run down a ball” mean?

What does "run down a ball" mean? Here's a past tense example, in this comment heard after a tennis match: I can't believe you ran down the last ball.
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What does “low-growing” mean?

What does low-growing mean in the following sentence? She planted some "low-growing" stuff.
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What is a word for a man who has a lot of sexual relationships?

What do you call a man who loves and tries to have many sexual relationships with girls and usually doesn't fall in love with any of them? To clear what I'm looking for, Suppose a guy at work/...
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Meaning of some sentences from sports pages of newspapers

I was studying some vocabulary about sports pages of the newspapers from a book. The book mentions that the sportswriters are masters of English language and states how well they attract readers to ...
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What is “outheroding”?

I have been reading Scott's Ivanhoe recently and have come across a word I cannot find a meaning for: outheroding. In the novel it appears in a discussion of footwear: Fur and gold were not spared ...
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What is the correct term for diagnosis in automobiles?

I have to provide an English translation of my bachelor thesis' title and I couldn't find a term in the dictionary. At the moment I call it "Development of a car diagnosis application", but I am ...
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What is the difference between “misapprehension” and “apprehension”?

I can't quite get my head around the difference between misapprehension and its opposite apprehension. I understand the latter, but the former still eludes me.
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What do you call the additional paper used during exam and homework?

When doing exams or homework, one might need some extra paper to make a rough sketch, before writing his solution into another paper that must be turned in. The extra paper does not need to be turned ...
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Is “unseductive” an established English word, or just coined?

In the article of Time magazine (May 17) dealing with the arrest of IMF Chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahn on alleged charges of assaulting a hotel housekeeper, under the title of “The Seduction myth: What ...
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What is “hership”?

I've been reading Scott's Ivanhoe, and in it Cedric has been complaining of the general lawlessness of England at the time, when an alarm sounds... "To the gate, knaves!" said the Saxon, hastily, ...
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Is it supposed to be a HTML or an HTML [duplicate]

I've seen many people who say: This is a HTML page. Yet I've also seen many people who say: This is an HTML page. Are both usages equally correct? Or, which is the grammatically correct ...
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What is a fork's single point called?

A fork usually has three points, what are the individual points called? Trident points?
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Origin of term “letting on”

I understand what the phrase "letting on" means. It basically means to pretend, as in He continued letting on that he had a lame leg. It can also mean to disclose or reveal the true meaning of ...
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Term for “avoiding reality”

Is there a single word which describes someone who is trying to hide from the truth? For example, when my acquaintance's father died, she went on living and believing that her father was still alive ...
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What does “hunting” mean in the following sentence?

I was reading a review for a camera lens. I found the sentence there. Slow focus on my 300D, noticeably better on a 400D... Shallow focus field, with lots of hunting.
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Suggestions for a word meaning both testimony and reminder?

What is a word that means both testimony and at the same time reminder?
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Word to describe “everyday things”

Is there any one word which can describe everyday things? By this, I mean things we commonly regard as things most people do every day, like taking a shower, brushing your teeth, getting dressed, ...
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Obscure/archaic/unusual English word-of-the-day RSS feed? [closed]

I seek to embiggen my lexicon. Does anyone know of an obscure/archaic/unusual English word-of-the-day (with authoritative (preferably OED) definition) RSS feed? I've found the OED WotD feed, but a ...
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A word for the meaning of “abuse of the authoritative/political power” [closed]

I need a single-word for the meaning of "abuse of the authoritative/political power".
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Word with meaning of “taking advantage of somebody”

I need one word with the meaning of "take advantage of somebody for personal benefit", is there any one?
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Is there a word for answering a question with a question?

I am aware that answering student questions with further, leading questions is sometimes dubbed “Socratic,” but I am asking more broadly about all occasions where someone asks a question and, instead ...
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Should I use 10 cent words or $2 words?

In school, I learned to use 10 cent words, so instead of saying: (updated: from a paper that says a scientist doing experiment with fish would make it complicated to say:) All biota exhibited 100% ...
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Looking for the longest “non-variant” word

I'm looking for the longest English word that has no variants, where a variant might be A singular or plural form A conjugated form A form in another part of speech For example, mouse would fail ...
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What's a good word to describe adults who are not yet parents?

Just read this in Emma Donoghue's book "Room". Is there a word for adults who are not parents?
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Can sound be “blurry?”

Can sound be considered "blurry?" I have heard of visual things being "blurry." Examples of this include blurry photographs or blurred vision. Is the word "blurry" restricted only to vision? I ...
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Is the computer-related term “character” understood by the general population?

The following kind message is common in programming: Your password must be at least six characters long and include at least one letter and one number Would an average person understand what ...
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Apart from place names, are there any Native American words used in English?

Apart from place names, are there any Native American words used in English?
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A single word meaning to abide in a place for a long time

Can anybody give me a single word meaning to abide in a place for long time? I'm thinking in the context of "to remain in prison" (or elsewhere, against one's will).
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Is there a proper term to describe 1/3 of a year (4 months)

I am looking for a proper single work term to describe one third of a calendar year. Trimester does not seem correct as it seems to refer to a period of three months (one third of a pregnancy or one ...
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What does “a drifty car” mean?

What does "a drifty car" mean? Does it refer to capability of instant change in the speed of car?
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Is [Its'] a word? (Note the apostrophe at the end.)

I just had a strange flashback to a conversation I had when I was in high school, with a man who was regarded by many members of a particular online community as having an impressive degree of ...
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What does “fringe meeting” mean exactly?

I'm aware of that 'Fringe' means 'not major', 'not mainstream'. I hardly understand how 'fringe' and 'meeting' meet as one vocabulary.
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Can a result be “open”?

I'm not a native speaker. Is it good English to say the result is (still) open meaning that for whatever reason the result (e.g., of a study, of an examination) is not available yet, but will be ...
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Linking word for two different ideas

Sometimes I found myself in the situation that I don't know how to link two different ideas in the same message. For example, writing an e-mail: Hello. I can start working on the project, just ...
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Does America have its Versions of U- and Non-U English?

In Britain and most of Europe, some form of U-speak exists: old-money language has certain features that distinguish it from other language. In Dutch, it doesn't really have a name, but it is still ...
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Words with different meanings in American and British English

This is similar to this question, but not quite the same. There are quite a few words which have totally different meanings in American and British English and which are likely to cause confusion ...
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Origin of “jack sh*t”

Why do we say "Jack Shit" to mean "nothing at all"?
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Term for “over stimulation”

I'm looking for a certain word, usually being said about the current generation, something like attention deficit caused by over stimulation (like people don't want to wait for more than 30 seconds ...
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Alternatives to leading a sentence with the conjunctive adverb “However”

The word "however" is used to lead off a sentence that counters a previous thought. Are there any alternative words or phrases that can substitute? I'm even looking for old English and obsolete words ...
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When you have 5 instead of 4, what's the word instead of “quadrant”?

...or, to phrase it differently, like one of those silly SAT questions... please help me fill in this blank: 4 is to 5 as "quadrant" is to ???? (Does that make sense?)
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Is there a single word for “one who speaks/boasts a lot about everything”?

I'm looking for a single word to most aptly describe a person possessing the following "qualities": Appears to be superior in every technology/skill under the sun, which he deems worthy of knowing ...
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Are 'consecutively' and 'successively' the same? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What's the difference between “successive” and “consecutive”? Are 'consecutively' and 'successively' the same? Can they be used in place of each ...
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What are common word sets for describing ranks in a profession? [closed]

What are some sets of words used to describe rank in different professions (music, engineering, science)? I'm thinking about words similar to novice, amateur, and professional. In the European guild ...
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Expression for the connection between RNA strands

I'm searching for proper expressions that mean connection of RNA strands. Up to this time I came with strands connection, strands conjunction, and strands ligation. Are my expressions proper, or do ...
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Can “latter” be used to refer to the last of a list of names that is more than 2? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Equivalent of “former” and “latter” for more than 2 items Can I use "the latter" to refer to the last name from a list of names that is more than 2? ...
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What is it called when the word “sorry” is not used for apologizing?

When I use the word "sorry" for something I did wrong I'm sorry I bumped into you. I would be apologizing. However, when I used the word "sorry" to express pity for something that is not ...