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

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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 ...
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Short form for the phrase “organizational matters”

Does a short form of the phrase "organizational matters" exist in English? At the beginning of my classes, I tend to write today's agenda on the board. Mostly, I start with the item "organizational ...
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What do you call someone who reacts impulsively in distressing situations? [closed]

What do you call someone who reacts impulsively when faced with distressing circumstances? I would prefer a formal word that would be appropriate for essays.
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Is there a word to describe someone/something that is given a title prematurely?

For example a coal refered to as a diamond when it hasn't been transformed into one.
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Word for something that can be obsolete in the future, obsolete-able

Done → Doable Destroyed → Destructible Consumed → Consumable Obsolete → ??? The word "Obsoletable" is listed some ~ 34,000 times in Google; however, I can't find it in ...
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Is there a word for knowing the definition, but not the pronunciation of a word?

The word chimera for example. When encountered for the first time in a book, it comes with a description of the beast. There is however no help on its pronunciation. So in your mind, you may ...
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correct language usage [closed]

Those clerics, who often have views on life which are in stark contrast to the Belgian lifestyle, have been provoking identity crises in many immigrant youths, making them vulnerable for ...
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What is the difference between prospective, contingent and tentative offer?

What is the difference between prospective, contingent and tentative offer? Can you make some sentences using the word prospective for better understanding?
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What does “eat” mean (not so easy) [closed]

Easy isn't it? everyone knows what "eat" means. Except I'm not sure there is agreement. We probably all agree that to eat, one puts food in the mouth, masticate (chew) and swallow. But is even ...
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What is the way to grow vocabulary? [closed]

What is the best way to increase your vocabulary? I feel that vocabulary books, tests, or quizlets take too long. I know reading is definitely a good option, but is there any other ways to increase ...
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Relationship Questions

What is it called when you're living with your boyfriend/girlfriend but you are not married yet? What is it called when a couple decides they don't want to get married but plays the role of a married ...
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What is the opposite of a “crown” (in the topographical sense)?

Streets are “crowned” (meaning slightly convex) to drain rainwater away from the center of the road and into the gutter. What would you call a surface that is slightly concave?
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monged on Dylan Thomas

Tolkien, C S Lewis, there amongst the dreaming spires in Oxford with their over-mapped and over-textured mythopoeic inklings of an underlying landscape, a default Arcadia. Henry Treece, Nicholas Moore,...
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What do you call a place which is temporarily closed because it's a holiday?

When it's holiday and some company/firm/business place is temporarily closed, How do you express that? For example: Bob: I'm going to the Apple Store on Queens Road tomorrow, care to join me? ...
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Is peppermint tea autological [closed]

Basically as the question says. Is peppermint tea autological because it tastes pepperminty. I know they are different words but phonetically they are identical. If not, is there another word which ...
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“Aesthetically pleasing” for the other senses?

'Aesthetically pleasing' most commonly refers to something that looks good. But is there a term that describes something that sounds good? I've seen the term euphonious when I looked it up, is this ...
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Holy holy=Holy s###?

I thought I heard the store manager (a native English speaker, mid-20's) muttered to himself like "Holy holy." That was when the store was newly opened and was so crowded with lots of customers. He ...
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Comparisons between “Comments,” “ complaints,” and “criticism” [closed]

The definitions of the three words came under discussion, with no real outcome. M/W dictionary was interrogated: I thought the answers were not helpful because each word is taken singularly and not in ...
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how you call the action of take a number instead of waiting in line or queue?

Is there a word describing this action? What is the name of the machine that provides you a ticket with your number or priority turn? you don't wait in line/queue in order, just take a seat and wait ...
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What is a word for “to make explicit”?

The definition of explicit that I wish to use: stated clearly and in detail, leaving no room for confusion or doubt. E.g. the speaker's intentions were not made explicit. My motivation: I'...
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Reach out to me at 12345(phone number) or Reach me at 12345

In an email for a colleague in overseas department to tell him my available time slots and my contact phone number, which is appropriate ; "You can reach me at 12345" or "You can reach out to me at ...
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Reach out to me/Reach me at 00###(phone number) [duplicate]

In a business email to a colleague in overseas department, which is correct; "You can reach out to me at 1234500" or "You can reach me at 1234500"? I often use the phrases in verbal like "I tried to ...
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If I were to personify death is there a better statement than “delay death”

If I were to personify death is their a better statement then "delay death". I have considered saying "negotiate with death" but that does not sound formal enough for the tone of my essay. I am ...
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Is there a verb that is the antonym of the verb “to listen”?

I've been looking for a single word that exactly means "to stop listening", but I haven't found anything. Is there such a word?
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Synonym for “done to stall time” [closed]

While procrastinating during the tedious process of typing random stuff, I wondered if there was any activity referring to what I was doing. What I mean is: is there any single word used to refer to ...
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Equivalent expressions for 'I will reply in the near future' or 'before too long'

I'm looking for equivalent expressions for 'In the near future' & 'before too long'. I'd use these terms in the following way 'I will reply to you in the near future (or before too long)'. I ...
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What is the verb form of “Enjambment”?

I wish to say in a poetry commentary something like: These two enjambing lines demonstrate... I know enjambing is not a real word, but I wish for something to substitute.
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Alternatives to the term “about me” [closed]

I'm looking for an alternative to the term "about me". It's for a navigation entry on a website and I'm tired to see "about me" everywhere on the web. As I'm not native speaking english (german) it ...
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Word for heat haze illusion

There is a word for the optical shimmering effect that is caused by heat. It is particularly noticible when you are lying on the ground looking into the distance (the effect, not the word). It is a ...
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the meaning of Sun-speak

Lindsay, with A Voyage to Arcturus, tests the same visionary and linguistic envelopes. In the Orwellian view of language, the reduction of vocabulary to a functional and brutal Sun-speak is seen as a ...
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'Year Obtained from education' on CV meaning

So I am filling out a CV and answering about my education, when it comes up 'year obtained' I have never come across this on a CV before and if I have it hasn't been worded this way. Could someone ...
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Revising a Sentence for Brevity while Maintaining Eloquence

I am working on an article / story about legal cannabis in Colorado, and I have written this sentence regarding the smell upon entering a large, industrial grow room: The only way I know how to ...
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How does the word “enjoin” come to have two opposite meanings?

By the Cambridge Dictionary To ​legally ​forbid or ​stop something by ​order of a ​court Enjoin also ​means to ​order or ​strongly ​encourage someone to do something By the Oxford ...
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'Functional [something]': using an object intended for one purpose in a nontraditional or unforeseen way [closed]

Many years ago someone used the term "functional _______" (the blank being a placeholder for the second word of the term, which I can't remember) to denote the skill of being able to envision using an ...
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Connotation vs. Subtext

Can these two words ever be used interchangeably? My intuition as a writer tells me that I can either say (for example) The word denotes (x), but its connotation is (y). or The definition of the ...
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“Tense” Equivalent Neutral Term for Singular / Plural Form?

Here's one for the English professors: I originally came across this problem when answering a question here. We all know that tense refers to the temporal form of a verb. "Act, acted, will act, has ...
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What do you call this button-shaped thing?

I was changing the back light bulb on my car ,and I was struggling to unbutton this button-shaped thing . what do you call this button-shaped thing in English? It looks like a tack or a fastener. ...
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A word or expression to describe someone who don't think for themselves [closed]

People who don't have a critical mind. They repeat what they heard without questioning or analyzing the subject matter. What would you call these kind of individuals?? Thank you .
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You say something but you don't really mean it: an adjdctive to describe that offer or a phrase

What adjective do you use to describe something that you say, but you do not really mean it. For example when you make an offer to someone, but you don't really mean it and kind of hope they say no! ...
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Where can we find a list of English words classified by frequency of use? [closed]

I need at least the first 10 000 most commonly used words, but more would be better. It’s not a problem if the list is a little imprecise.
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Specific vocabulary question: quotidian and tenebrous

I wondered, do most native English speakers use the words "quotidian" and "tenebrous"? I use these words in my writing, but also speak fluent French, so for that reason, I know instantly what they ...
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What is wrong with the expression 'most perfect', and the adjective-forms 'rounder' and 'squarer'?

Here is an excerpt from the textbook High School English Grammar & Composition, by Wren & Martin (2005 edition by S. Chand, New Delhi): Certain adjectives do not really admit of comparison ...
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What is “pishantosh”?

I found the word in Heinlein's "Friday": I apologized, saying that there was no excuse for me to be sleepy since it was still early evening by the zone where I had started the day. Janet said ...
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A word for an incident from history which becomes the basis of a law, rule or custom practiced today?

Many rulings and even laws in today's societies have a basis/root in the past. For example, let's say that there is a community which holds a king from the 18th century, let's call them A, in a very ...