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

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Should I use the word “raise” or “grow” for animals?

I always use the word "raise" for animals. But all of a sudden, I encountered a passage that says "grow fish." So do these mean the same: "raise fish" and "grow fish"? Is one of them better than the ...
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candid candor, splendid splendor, squalid squalor, rigid rigor — finding examples

The etymological fallacy is exposed by examples as humid/humor, liquid/liquor, and, I think, some others. This pattern, at least as applied to the examples in the subject line, is familiar to ...
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What do you call a razor knife when the blade is removed?

The definition of a knife is a blade attached to a handle or something like that. I argue that when the blade is removed from a razor knife with a removable blade, then it isn't a knife anymore until ...
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“pumphead” - why?

Can anybody tell me where the expression "pumphead" comes from? Why do doctors use it? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postperfusion_syndrome Thanks!
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The use of the word “disjunction” in a sentence

I am not a native English speaker. I have been given the task of reviewing a text written in English. I wonder if I by the following use of the word "disjunction", make myself guilty of the very same ...
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One word for older/younger brothers and sisters

In Japanese, Chinese and Korean etc, they all have specific "term" to address the older/younger brothers and sisters. In Korean, there are even separate terms called by female and male, like Hyung by ...
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Question about phone conversation

What should I say on the phone? Is it, Where are you calling from? or From where are you calling? If there is any alternative, please do share.Thanks
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someone who talks in sleep

Someone who walks in sleep is called sleep walker or somnambulist. Is there a word in English meaning somebody who talks in sleep?
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Words that mean 'future consequences'? [closed]

I am wondering if someone can help me find a single word that means something along the lines of "future consequences" or "the intentional result of our present actions", mostly in a beneficial tone. ...
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Expression for “a place where you could settle and live without having to ask for permission, pay taxes, …” [closed]

On the History Stack Exchange they were talking about “white spots”. Is there a proper expression, a single word, or a phrase for such a place? By "white spot" I mean a place where you (if you ...
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What is a word meaning “an oft used cliché or line used to defend oneself from negative criticism”?

For example, when someone is being told that they're being a prick, they might trot out the old, "I'm just saying it like it is. You all can't handle this real talk!", as if that excuses their bad ...
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Despise the rich [closed]

I remember seeing a word that means the movement or the people that resent/despise the rich and wealthy. I've tried googling but not one word came even close. Anyone? Thanks
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What is a “lemus”? [closed]

Here's a fragment from "The Complete Fursey" by Mervyn Wall: Other religious settlements were sadly plagued by disembodied spirits, demons, lemuses and fauns snorting and snuffling most fiendishly ...
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What is a noun that means “the skill of being able to use technology efficiently?”

What is a noun that means "the skill of being able to use technology efficiently or easily?" Thanks
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The right way to describe “having proven credentials” in a resume

I need to write in short form in a resume that the person is a highly skilled and valued psychologist with proven "credentials" (in the form of recognition awards from his workplace, excellent ...
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Colloquial American term for “miliaria”

Often during summers in the tropics, especially under intense heat conditions, we get a skin condition medically referred to as "miliaria." It comprises of reddish rashes with several tiny boil-like ...
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What do you call this segment of road between the lane and an exit?

Circled in red. Is there an official name for the portion of road between the road and an exit is called?
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Translation for 'la douleur exquise'?

I'm looking for a term for 'la douleur exquise'. What I want to capture is the frustration of wanting to be something that everyone loves but knowing you can never be that, where frustration means a ...
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What do you call the segment of track between two train stops?

Is there a dedicated word or expression for a segment of track between two train stops? Can "train station" also refer to the track between two stations? The context is an article about computer ...
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Is there a word for a person who's obsessed with lights?

I need to know if there exists a word for a person who's obsessed with lights. The formation lights make etc.
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Is the word “palaver” in common use anywhere in the English-speaking world?

In a sci-fi movie from 1957, an astronaut says he's "going to palaver" with the cave-dwelling natives. I'd never heard the word before, but my husband—a history buff—knew it by its ...
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A word that means a bad copy of lots of other things

Used in this context... I don't like The Cleveland show because it is **** It's a term we use in animation to say that we don't like this programme or idea because it is too similar to other ones ...
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Word for someone who “backseat-games”, but in real life [duplicate]

I'm looking for a term that describes a person commenting everything you do in a manner that puts (or tries to put) this person in a position superior to you, often mocking whatever you do and telling ...
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Motive, Motivative, or Motivating?

What is the most fitting adjective to describe '(something) that motivates' among motive, motivative, and motivating? EDIT: Reading from the answers that 'motive' is not an adjective, actually I put ...
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What word means “explicitly forbidden by the most fundamental laws”?

I am working with engineering equations in a vacuum system and want to emphasize that a certain set of parameters will not work. Usually, this is due to real world effects (friction, pump efficiency ...
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Annual school events

How would you call these kind of events organized by schools at the end of the year generally in June where children (6 to 12 years old) sing, dance or act? In French we say : "Fête annuelle de ...
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Opposite of a requiem [closed]

The definition of a requiem is a song which plays on one's funeral. I was wondering, is there a word which means the opposite - a song which is used as a celebration of one's birth? Thank you!
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Infinitive in complex sentence: 'we will do your best in order to ensure the debate be vivid and fruitful.'

Is 'We will do your best in order to ensure the debate be vivid and fruitful.' a grammatically correct sentence? I am not sure if I used the infinitive correctly, is it better to place simply 'is' ...
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Word for a non-subscript symbol

Is there a word in English that refers to the symbol that has another symbol associated with it as a subscript, superscript, leftscript or rightscript? For example (lacking Latex here), if I have the ...
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Looking for a correct word / idiom

Here is a scenario: Suppose X, Y, Z lives together. X and Z had a fight and X decided not to live with Z any more. Seeing this, Y decided to help X to fight Z out. But then X and Z becomes friends ...
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''My cousins learned korean there''?

Can I say ''my cousins learned Korean there''? I am referring to a language center. Is it correct to say that?
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Word for a person at a company who is in charge of my data

I looking for the exact translation for the German word "Sachbearbeiter". When I enter this German word into a certain online translation tool, I get a long list of words, but I am not sure, what to ...
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“To separate” in time context

I've just had a discussion about using "to separate" when relating to events in time. A colleague of mine used the word to describe that an event occurred between two other events while the events ...
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Is there a good term for “a person or people who have made a statement”?

I am currently writing an essay in response to a lengthy quotation by the authors of a book, and struggling for a concise way to refer to the authors. The book title does not feature in the question ...
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Word for a large facility that produces and distributes baked goods

I am translating a document into English, and I need to find the word for a large facility that produces and distributes baked goods (wholesale, to distributors). Can I use the word "bakery"? To me, ...
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Usage of “scared,” “fear of,” “afraid of/to,” and “concerned to” [closed]

Could anybody please explain me when can I use 'afraid', 'fear of', 'scared', 'concern', 'worried' to express a situation that i can't handle or out of my reach? Explain also please which one of the ...
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What is the difference between “toward” and “towards”? [duplicate]

I only know "towards" and always use it before today: "move towards", etc. But today, I come across toward, after referring the dictionary, I find I can't differentiate them clearly. What is the ...
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What's a correct expression for professions in which you do a lot of sitting?

I'm a native Dutch speaker writing a short English piece on sitting professions, sitting positions and whether these positions are back friendly. In Dutch we would just write these words together, but ...
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A term for making an object behave like an animal

I'm writing a fanfiction and I can't seem to find the word for making an inanimate object act like an animal. I'm writing from the object's point of view, it supposed to act like a fledgling bird. ...
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What to call statues that flank entryways?

What's the term for statuary, usually paired, that flank entrances? Ex: The Lion pedestals at the NYC Public library, Assyrian Ox-God statues built into gates of ancient cities. My placeholder term ...
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Books similar to “The Road” [closed]

I always thought I had a good vocabulary. After I read the book "The Road", I realized how much I needed to improve in regards to my vocabulary. While I was reading this book I atleast found 2 words ...
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How to say “My biggest (Something I am attracted to)”?

So if I want to say "Red hair is one of my biggest [insert word here]", meaning that it is one of the things I am most attracted to, is there a word I could use to complete the sentence?
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When are 'tion', 'sion', and 'cion' used [closed]

I am confused when the spellings tion, sion, and cion are used in words that contain the shun sound. Are there any rules to help me understand when to use the correct spelling in a word?
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A word for the relatives of a deceased?

Is there a word in English that refers to the closest relatives (usually the ones who lived with the dead person under one roof) of a recently (approximately no more than 1 month) dead person? Other ...
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A word that simultaneously means caring and not caring?

I'm trying to write an essay about teenagers and modern society (I'll spare the details), and I am looking for a word that describes the attitude of both caring about everything (eg. Marks, Social ...
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Does the word “buttress,” which is both a noun & verb, follow the rules about where to put emphasis based on its part of speech? [closed]

buttress (n.) any prop or support buttress (v.) to support by a buttress; prop up Words like combat, abstract, project, and convict change the syllable that's stressed based on whether ...
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How to increase my vocabulary the right way? [closed]

I have bought many books about vocabulary. Most of them by Cambridge Press. However, I don't know if it is the right way to learn vocabulary from a book like those or is it better to pick new words ...
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Usage of 'plethorically'

My question is: Can the word plethorically be used in situations in which it would describe characteristics or qualities one would apply to biotic entities (humans)? Is it acceptable to use ...
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Word for the feeling of dread/complacency that comes when starting something new

Is there a word for the feeling of that comes when faced with something new and you really have to push yourself hard to actually start and get into the flow of said task or situation? It seems to be ...
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A more elegant way of writing “attempt to replicate them” for Teaching Statement

I'm writing up my Teaching Statement for an Assistant Professor position in the sciences. Because all I do is read and write science, I have no elegance in my writing at all! I'm trying to make the ...