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

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Accuracy of the term “mother-in-law” in two cases

Case 1: The wife of a child's father, but not the child's mother (i.e. second >marriage, or bastard child) Case 2: The mother of one's spouse Based on what I've found online, "mother-in-law" ...
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Word to describe learning or understanding something earlier then most

I remember reading of a word that was used to describe it when a person or thing is able to adopt or learn a concept earlier then most people. I also remember hearing this word in the Imitation Game, ...
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Antonym of expired

Is there an antonym of expired ? In the context of whether e.g. blood products have gone off.
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A word or phrase for phone service working only one-way

I have a monthly phone subscription, and I need to recharge it. Since I have not yet paid for it, the service is only working one-way. Meaning that I can only receive calls, but I cannot make any ...
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Bookkeeping in the Roman Empire [closed]

There were no books in the modern sense: there were scrolls. Roman economy was a pretty complicated thing, though, which means some form of bookkeeping had to exist. If you were to write a novel or ...
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Is there a term for something whose name pretty much repeats what it is--as in University College or Avenue Road?

Is there a term for something whose name just re-states what it is, as in University College (London) or Avenue Road (Toronto)?
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They're neither hugging nor embracing. What are they doing? [closed]

Here's a fairly famous painting by Gerome. It depicts Pygmalion and his creation who hasn't yet fully morphed (she's still part-marble): They're neither hugging nor embracing, at least not yet. ...
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Words like “defenestrate” for throwing things from a moving car, and from a rooftop

When someone throws something or someone out of a window, we have a word for it: Defenestrate The meaning of defenestrate given by Oxford Dictionary: formal or ,humorous The action of throwing ...
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Definition of Female Empowerment [closed]

Does anyone have a good definition of female empowerment? It'd be extremely helpful if this came as a quote. Please link if possible!
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Person who repeatedly fails

I would like to describe a person who invests in the stock market, but repeatedly fails each time. Is there a proper English term to describe this kind of person? Thanks.
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Looking for another word to fit into this sentence!

I dyed my hair green to _____ the coming Halloween. The tone in this sentence I want to express is passive like "cope". So instead of saying I dyed my hair green because of the coming Halloween, I ...
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Word to describe the setting for a particular time?

I'm creating an ad of sorts for an upcoming event without a set date. What's a word to describe the setting including weather/time of year/occasion for a particular time? I'd use it in a sentence ...
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How to express the idea that a person feels “anxious” because someone said something that is somehow relating / touching to his/her bad intention?

In Vietnamese, "the face turns pale or green or blue" means "anxiety"? I remember, in English, "red" means "(of the face) bright red or pink, especially because you are angry, embarrassed or ...
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Eat your dinner

I am used to saying 'have/take your dinner' and 'eat your food'. Is it correct to say 'eat your dinner'? Is it just a matter of style and preference?
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Can 'operation' be accepted?

This is a comprehension cloze question for 11 year olds: "His only hope for cure was a bone marrow transplant. His brother was chosen to donate some of his bone marrow. The ________ would take place ...
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Term similar to nomenclature, but applying more broadly to systems of representation in general not just naming?

What's an appropriate term to use when discussing conventions for representing concepts in an academic field (whether that be STEM e.g. formatting equations. English e.g. breaking down grammar or, ...
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More formal alternative of “good” for describing some work [closed]

What is a more formal alternative of saying "good" for describing a work? e.g. "The work looks good." I don't want an adjective with more intensity than "good" such as "remarkable", "outstadning", ...
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Is there a word or two that can replace 'greater than or equal to'?

... alternately, 'less than or equal to'? If nothing exists, can you suggest something new to be widely adopted?
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Is there an umbrella term for syntax elements that open and close, like parentheses?

I think we're all familiar with the concept of syntactic elements that are opened and closed, and can be nested in some cases. Examples: (), [], {}, <> et. al. Parenthetic clauses, such as this ...
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Is there such a word as 'untabulated'?

In writing my dissertation, I want to describe that I have repeated the analysis using slightly different measures as a robustness check, but i did not report the results in text and hence what is the ...
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Some phrases to express couples who match with each other [closed]

In order to say two people as a couple, are perfect for each other, what phrases would you recommend to use as a complement? Something to express they are perfect match to each other.
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Is there a synonym / analogue to “he said, she said” that allows a neutral or positive connotation and denotation?

"He said, she said" has a sense that not only does an interaction look different from the two sides, but of an imbroglio. There are a couple of moments I can think of that are "he said, she said" in ...
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“Reasonably good” vs “Unusually good” [closed]

I asked this question as a guest and now I have another question as a registered user because I can not comment there! What is the difference between these two sentences' meaning? 1.She writes ...
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“reasonably good” or “unusually good” [duplicate]

Is the second sentence correct? Why? Why not? She writes reasonably good children's ​books. She writes unusually good children's ​books. Or is there any differences between "reasonably good" and ...
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English phrase which a native speaker can't understand

In the office here in Germany, everyone is telling others of a simple German phrase - which native German speakers can't understand! (see this Reddit) Mähen Äbte Heu? Äbte mähen nie Heu, Mägde ...
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Can we say that the words whose spelling is much contrary to the spelling rules get gradually expelled from English?

Can it be said that the words which are spelled too weird get gradually eliminated from English or their spelling changes to more phonetic? For instance I was thinking about the word "through" which ...
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If cow = beef, pig = pork, and deer = venison, then where is the word for human = [flesh as food source]?

Maybe it's the season of Halloween, because it's kind of a grim question, but I have seriously wondered from a language point of view - is there a word for human as 'food-meat', or has there ever ...
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What is the word for a 'hint' that might help give the solution at the end of movies

For example, in The DaVinci Code (movie), there's an upside-down pyramid shown at the beginning of the movie. When the movie comes to an end, the whole story kind of "gathers" around this pyramid. I ...
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Word describing the feeling of being lazy about doing something

In my language we can express the feeling of not willing to do something because we feel lazy about it. Is there any word in english that allows us to express this feeling?
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How do you use ressentiment in a sentence?

I'm talking about the philosophical term, developed by Nietzsche and other philosophers. I think this is an important word, because it describes a particular form or hatred or ill will that we ...
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Verb to describe what merchants do in country-side fairs

I am looking for a verb that would describe what merchants do in Fairs. Like this one : I find "trade" too formal considering what I need. I am looking for something in the idea of showcasing ...
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I am looking for a word that means “to use whatever is available as a resource”

The word would mean "to use whatever is available as a resource". For example, If I do not have a ruler, I will just ______ to anything that is straight. What is this word?
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Which is correct title for my blog: “Professor Message” or “Professor's Message”? [closed]

I have asked a question related to this. But now, I need final clarification to remove the confusion to name my site's title.
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What type of lock is this? (image included)

Yesterday, my wife was surfing the internet and caught this image with a "snipping tool". So it looked like this:______ After locking, it looked like this:
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Can anyone think of a metaphor describing something good that's always present? [closed]

I'm writing an essay and looking for something to compare to music. Thanks :)
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Particularly interesting is [closed]

Is it grammatically correct to begin a sentence with: Particularly interesting is... Thanks in advance
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A word for the condition of being blasé

Is there a word in English that encapsulates the condition of being blasé, sort of in the same vein as "weariness" encapsulates the condition of being weary? blasé: having or showing a lack of ...
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Familiar 'you know' or 'you think you know'

When you say "This place is familar", Do you mean 'you know this place' or 'you think you know this place but aren't sure' ? What about the noun phrase "a familiar place"? You say "That girl looks ...
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Hello everyone! I'm looking for a PC program to help me learn particular words [closed]

So, I see such a program this way: in the first field I input some words in English, in the second one I input their translations. Then the program RANDOMLY shows me words in English I inputed ...
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Helping someone cheat

When someone, for example, uses a note on an exam to answer the questions, we say they cheat on the exam. What if someone else helps them to answer the questions, for example passing a note to them, ...
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Is “disconfirm” a word?

I see that disconfirm is not in the dictionary but I was wondering if concatenating the prefix dis- to a proper verb can be used to properly denote a meaning opposite from that verb. E.g. in The Big ...
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What is an adjective for something that is both offensive and funny?

At work we were discussing a topic that ended up being offensive and funny at the same time. As a result of this discussion, we decided we need to know if there is an adjective that would mean the ...
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What is the word to refer to customers who are no longer visiting?

For customers who still visit frequently, we call them "existing customers". But what do we call those who used to visit, but are no longer coming back? I'm thinking of terms like "left customers", ...
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Word for seeing small differences between groups, when you're a member

I remember reading a term for the phenomenon of being more aware of the differences between groups when you're a member of such a group. Here's an example to illustrate it - if you grew up in the ...
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Formal way of saying “blah blah blah” or “…” to indicate generic filler or omissions in a document when providing examples

In my specific case, I'm writing a tutorial on how to format a list of items. Now I would usually say etc. , but in my mind you can only use etc. following a statement, rather than proceeding it. So ...
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Categorize English words based on difficulty to learn by foreigner [closed]

I have a list of 8000 English words used in my application to training vocabularies for new learners. I need to categorize these words into three categories (easy,medium,hard). Are there any known ...
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What's the word that means consecutively when listing items?

Sorry if my question is a bit unclear, but I used to know this word, and now it totally escapes me. Here's an example: There are two potions that cause you to fall in love or to fall out of love. ...
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Too much of belief in god and religion [closed]

Which word best describes too much belief in god and religion ?
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Difference between “make a decision” and “take a decision”? [duplicate]

which one is more correct and are they interchangeable?
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Is there a word for a person with many creative ideas but little action?

Is there a word in the English language that describes a personality type that has a creative mind and many ideas but for some reason (procrastinating, lack of energy or confidence, etc.) is not able ...