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

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A word or a substitute word for a casanova type of guy [duplicate]

What do you call a guy who is dating many girls at the same time?
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Where does mercurial get its meaning? [closed]

I'm curious where the word "mercurial" derives its meaning? Two guesses I have are the Roman god Mercury, and the chemical element mercury. I'm leaning towards the latter... because the word ...
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Meaning of “mind is full of red”

What does it mean (from famous song Somebody to love of Jefferson Airplane): When the garden flowers, baby, are dead yes And your mind, your mind is so full of red Especially "mind full of ...
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Looking for a word that means “not requiring permission”

I was thinking maybe, free to use but I'm not sure. Is there any one-word alternative? Preferably an adjective. For example, some user information is confidential and you need permission to access ...
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Word for someone who is typing and then erases what they've written?

I remember reading about this word once and can no longer find it. The word is for a person who is repeatedly typing something to you in a chat service (that shows when they are typing) but then ...
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correct word for an object being worked on [closed]

If an object is being worked on, changed, corrected, ect. in some way, what would you call that object? Someone asked if I'm looking for a noun or adjective ... great question ... looking for a noun! ...
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A different word for “dumbly”

Something that refers to a breathless, quiet speech, not absolute silence like most synonyms for "dumb". Such as when someone is in shock or disbelief. "I... I just saw her last week," he said ...
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Difference between logs, timber, and lumber

I'm interested in the distinctions between these three terms. Here's what I already know: timber is wood that is still attached to the ground, and still has its bark on. Lumber is already felled, and ...
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does any word have the meaning of “overwhelming” but in a positive nature? [closed]

I want to say I was a brand representative and attracted a surprisingly high volume of students' awareness by organising different activities. Below is my whole sentence. "As a brand ...
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Uncommon word describing India [closed]

I am looking for an uncommon word describing India. So far I came up with "diversity", but I fear this is too common. Just to give a bit background to my question I am a grammarian at a Toastmasters ...
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what's the meaning of “spare”

there, I got a sentence when I watched the televison "Lost". The sentence is "Please respect me enough to spare me the pretense that you are actually offended." I am confused with "spare me the ...
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Opposite of “mutually exclusive”

The best I can think of is "necessarily accompanying", but it sounds awkward. Most answers I looked up give words like "concordant" and "accompanying", but these words have more passive definitions ...
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What does “a riff on Shakespeare” mean?

I have a pretty good idea of what this means already. For example, Beckett's riff on Hamlet in Waiting for Godot: What are we doing here, that is the question. But I'd like to be a little more ...
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Should I say “American grounds” or “American territory”?

Which one sounds more natural to you? If this message still catches you on American territory, I wish you a safe flight! or If this message still catches you on American grounds, I wish ...
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Seemed or seems? [duplicate]

I'm new to this forum but have used other StackExchange sites, so go easy on me if I make a mistake :P I have a question, and that question is "Can you use seemed correctly in this sentence?". ...
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Propertied Interest

I'm reading the book Paris, Capital of Modernity by David Harvey, in which there is a chapter called "Rent and the Propertied Interest". Many times, the author uses the term propertied interest as if ...
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Difference between highly and extremely? [closed]

Some where i read that , 'This container contains highly flammable petrol ', this particular instruction is written in my native as well as in english language.The confusion arise when i was going to ...
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A single word meaning “Better results”

Does anybody know of a single word which describes a method or mechanism which is more reliable in getting the best answer (to a question which has no "correct" answers) or provides better results ...
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An adjective or noun for one who cracks lame jokes

Can someone please suggest an adjective or a noun to describe someone who always cracks 'lame jokes'? All I could think is 'Lame Joker' :/ I am specifically looking for a word/adjective that has ...
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Is there a word for the towel on a waiter's arm?

"Napkin" or "towel" seem so...ordinary. Is there a better word for it?
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Correct word for something less believed in society

What is an appropriate word to describe something, a section of society wants or looks forward to it or believes in, but rest of the society/majority will not accept it at all or gives importance to ...
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Some vocabulary related questions

everyone! I need some help with the following: He didn't tell me his secret and I was curious to know that I made up my mind to find it out with him. >>> Why is with used here? Is it possible to ...
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The best way to say that a certain fee is over the price?

We have a certain CAP fee e.g. $1000. What is the best way to say that if you add e.g. $100 to this fee that it will be over the price. "If you add this billing the CAP fee will be surmounted with ...
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Exhortation to “be successful”? [closed]

I just bought a smoothie and the barista wrote the Spanish phrase "Éxitos" on my cup. My Spanish-speaking colleagues tell me this is wishing me success. I'm trying to think of an analogous English ...
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Uniqueness vs. Unicity

Uniqueness and unicity can be synonyms when they are used to describe something that is “unique”, meaning something that is distinct from all other things. Are these terms interchangeable, or do they ...
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Imparted vs Imputed

so I am a bit confused by the meaning of the two words: imparted and imputed. I know impart means to give or to communicate something. Impute means to ascribe. However, I dont know how can i ...
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Person who pretends to not understand unless one speaks in exactly the words they expect [duplicate]

I just realized there are some people around my workplace who always try to correct me when using a certain word, saying that that's not how I should speak, and I should use other words (the ones ...
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You can only do so many of them

I heard this one in a documentary about foot fetish. The woman who produces fetish videos says: A lot men like feet. But you can only do so many of them. What does this mean? I googled but ...
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Need help to understand job ad eligibility criteria

I want to apply for a researcher position. This is the homepage I am refering to. Now I have serious trouble to understand this part of the eligibility criteria: Early-Stage Researchers will, at ...
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What is “Current Post” in a form?

I have a form which I have to fill in. Therer are the fields name, address, email and current post. I know what to fill in in name, address and email. But what is current post?
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Are the words 'empirical' and 'experimental' interchangeable? [closed]

Are the two words interchangeable in the academia, specifically in the field of physics and engineering? I am currently reviewing an engineering paper, and the author has used the word ...
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What is the word or idiom equivalent to henpecked?

This is the meaning of hen-pecked from urban dictionary: When a male complies to ever single demand of his girlfriend or wife, and the female is in complete control of her man. A hen-pecked male will ...
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Can the word 'sumptuous' be replaced by 'luxurious'? [closed]

Can the word 'sumptuous' be replaced by 'luxurious' in the following sentence: Kevin's classmates were invited to his birthday party where a sumptuous meal awaited them. Thanks!
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Is there a word for a person who loves to build his vocabulary?

What is the English word for a person who loves building his vocabulary?
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“Programatically” v.s. “Pragmatically” [closed]

Whenever I need to express the fact that I need to express some process in terms of code, I generally use the word pragmatic. For example: How can I extract the markdown tags that a website uses ...
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What does 'pivot' mean in the given context? [closed]

The intention is possibly to counter the U.S. pivot towards Asia, but the Russia-China axis will have an impact elsewhere as well, including in west Asia. What does 'pivot' mean in this context?
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A word for “groups of populations”

I'm trying to describe an event that has affected large numbers out of separate populations. For example: "In the past, oil spills have affected [large numbers out of populations] of birds". The word ...
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“run the wickets of”

I was watching a documentary recently and I couldn't understand something: "At this point, we were running the wickets of the investigation." What does "to run the wickets of" mean? Thank you.
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“critical” nominalization [closed]

I'm looking for the nominalization of the adjective "critical". Basically, a noun synonymous with the following: The extent to which a particular issue or item is critical or vital Any ideas? ...
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Word for letters from a foreign or unknown language

I used to describe these characters as Cyrillic ("I don't understand the cyrillic text on this poster"), but I learned today that Cyrillic is an actual type of script/alphabet! Is there an English ...
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Is there any noun in English which changes the first letter in the plural?

Plenty of nouns change the second letter to become plural (man->men, goose->geese) but does anything change its first letter. I've hunted high and low over the internet, and spent ages browsing the ...
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Word that encompasses a person's mood, activity, company, etc [closed]

I'm looking for a preferably short word that encompasses how a person is feeling, what they're doing, and who they're with. The list of things I want to represent will probably grow over time, so a ...
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An adjective to describe a question with an ostensibly simple answer

In other words, the correct answer to the question is actually NOT the simple answer that first comes to mind. I remember coming across the word a few years back but have forgotten it since. If ...
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Difference between arguable and debatable?

I have noticed that people use 'debatable' a lot, while 'arguable' is used quite less. What's the difference and when should one use one or the other?
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Term for using Google or other search engines to cheat at trivia?

In a most meta act, I've been trying to search for such a term, but as you may have guessed, it's extremely difficult to get meaningful results when including the words in my question. Lots of noise, ...
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Difference between “turns out” and “turns out to be”

I'm not a native English speaker, hence I'm a little confused here. I want to know the difference between the two and also correct me if I'm saying it wrong here "It's turns out to be a conspiracy ...
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Word, expression for copying someone who inspires you

All of us have a person; our elder siblings or friends or any one who we are inspired by. For example my elder sister, I love the way she carries herself, her personality, her poise, that I try my ...
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Things saved in the memory of the gone people — are called?

We all love to save things, collect items, items/things those remind us of the departed souls or gone people, gone from life may or may not be dead. What are those things called ? They might not be ...
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Difference between 'voting' and 'casting a vote'

What's the difference between them? A man was talking to another person while the elections were being held. I overheard them. But I'm confused here. English is not my mother language and I have ...
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Have any amount of a road under them

I'm reading Kevin Barry's short story "Fjord of Killary". He's Irish and I can't understand the context of this sentence: “You’d make good time coming out of Sligo, normally,” Bill Knott said. ...