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

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Is there a name for the relationship between two unconnected hypothetical arguments?

I was watching the Sound of Music and the song "How do you solve a problem like Maria" was playing and then they say "How do you keep a wave upon the sand" and "How do you catch a moonbeam in your ...
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Use of “parley” meaning to convert?

I sometimes use the word "parley" as a verb effectively meaning "to convert from one language or system to another". Such as Stargate parleys the Egyptian deities into villainous star-faring ...
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What is “soft skill”?

Please elaborate what does it mean by soft skill in term of English language.
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“crenelated” writing?

What would it mean for writing to be "crenelated"? From this review: Lisa Zeidner of The New York Times Book Review elaborated: As usual, Gibson's prose is ... corpuscular, crenelated. I ...
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Words pertaining to the senses and the corresponding disabilities

I need help on finding words relating to the senses/perception. I mean this in a neuronic/biological or philosophy-of-mind kind of way. A word for... pertaining to the senses (Is it sensory?) ...
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What is a word processor and a type setter? (and a “powerpoint” type program)

What would you call: latex (a type setter) MS Word (a word processor) iWork Pages (a word processor) What about: latex MS Word iWork Pages Powerpoint Excel Is there a term for these ...
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What's the difference between 'subway', 'metro' and 'tube'?

When I watched the "American Album" program, Susan and Henry talked about New York, and she used the word 'subway'. When I listened to BBC's '6 minutes English', I heard 'tube' used in the ...
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Official/legal address

In Russia and the former Soviet Union there is such thing as propiska/registration - an official address of a person where he is entitled to live. It may be a place owned by that person or the place ...
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When would one use “burnt” and when would “burned” be more appropriate?

More out of curiosity than anything, when would one use "burnt" and when would "burned" be appropriate? For example, This coffee tastes burnt. This coffee tastes burned. or They burnt ...
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“The program is functional, fast, and finds a solution…”

This triple appears wrong to me: The demonstrations show that program A is functional, fast, and finds a solution that program B misses. Because functional and fast are adjectives and both ...
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The place where the railroad crosses the road

What do you call those places where a railroad crosses an automobile road?: Of course, I've heard what they are called in English, but I suspect that they are referred to differently depending on ...
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What's the opposite for “steep learning curve”?

[Inspired by the Steep learning curve question] Is there a phrase similar to steep learning curve (i.e. [some-word] learning curve) describing something that is easy to learn?
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Is “alien” offensive?

I understand that alien is used as a synonym of foreigner, as well as a synonym of extraterrestrial. I suspect that people from other planets wouldn't mind being called aliens. But is it wrong ...
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“Abandoned” as an antonym of “Abstemious” (adj) ?

Can we use "Abandoned" as an antonym of "Abstemious" (adj)? Please explain your answer.
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When would you say “woods”, and when would you say “forest”?

Is there any difference here at all?
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Emend and Amend- What's the difference? They both have the same definition

What's the difference between the words emend and amend? They both have the same definition.
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What's the difference between “successive” and “consecutive”?

What's the difference between "successive" and "consecutive"?
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What's the difference between “to confirm” and “to verify”?

What's the difference between "to confirm" and "to verify"?
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What's the difference between “to herald” and “to announce”?

What's the difference between "to herald" and "to announce"?
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What's the difference between “drivel” and “nonsense”?

What's the difference between "drivel" and "nonsense"?
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What's the difference between “shrouded with” and “covered with”?

What's the difference between "shrouded with" and "covered with"? Any different hues of meaning here?
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What is an “anecdote” as opposed to a “joke”?

I've always thought that an anecdote was a short funny story that had actually never happened, but was rather created by common people in order to satirize, ridicule or to laugh at someone. But ...
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What's the difference between “to frighten” and “to scare”?

What's the difference between "to frighten" and "to scare"? I've heard both, but have never been able to figure out the difference.
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Amnesty — meaning

Which of the following is the most accurate meaning for the word amnesty? a general pardon to prisoners of war a general pardon of political offenders I am aware that maybe neither is accurate, ...
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What's the difference between “irritated” and “vexed”? [closed]

What's the difference between "irritated" and "vexed", or between "to irritate" and "to vex"?
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“Balky”, “restive” and “stubborn” - what are the differences here?

Please, share your understanding of the hues in meanings of these three words. American English is preferred, but British input would also be appreciated.
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What's the difference between “truculent” and “aggressive”?

If you don't mind, please compare them also to "belligerent" and "bellicose".
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What is the difference between “ostensibly” and “probably”?

Most of the time ostensibly and probably are used interchangeably. What is the difference between these two words?
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What does *countenance* mean, and why do I have hard time remembering it? [closed]

I keep seeing this word every couple of months in NYT or Wall Street Journal (and once again, I stumbled upon the word in the article America's True History of Religious Tolerance). Every time I see ...
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Deuce and trey - do any other kinds of pip cards have special names?

I was playing cards this evening and found myself referring to the deuce and the trey. I was wondering, do any of the other pip card ranks have special names?
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What's the difference between “fluctuate” and “teeter”?

What's the difference between "fluctuate" and "teeter"?
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What's the difference between “harrowing” and “poignant”?

What's the difference between "harrowing" and "poignant"?
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What's the difference between “cabinet” and “cupboard”?

What's the difference between "cabinet" and "cupboard"?
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What is the opposite of “interesting” in “This person is interesting”?

During a conversation yesterday, I couldn't come up with the opposite of interesting. "Initially she was very interesting, and I enjoyed her company. However, a few months later, she became ...
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Word to describe “compliance with unspoken resistance”

What I'm looking for is a word to describe "compliance with unspoken resistance" or something of the like. In other words, one complies, unwillingly. However, the unwillingness, is not stated ...
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Idiot vs stupid

What is the difference between the subject words?
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Can “drive someone home” be used when the vehicle is a motorbike?

Can "drive someone home" be used when the vehicle is a motorbike? Can I use "ride someone home" with the same meaning as "drive someone home"?
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Using or arguing a biased opinion as fact

I'm fairly sure there is a word or phrase to describe arguing emotively from an extreme, or biased, point of view as if your view is fact, but I can't remember what it may be. (I am wanting to use ...
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What is the difference between “condescending” and “patronizing”?

When would you use each? I understand "condescend" has another meaning of "voluntarily lower oneself" (Babylon definition). But in the "look upon other" meaning, which would you prefer in which ...
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What Does 'Share and Share Alike' Mean?

What Does 'Share and Share Alike' Mean?
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Visceral English words

I often hear that other languages like Russian, Romanian, French, etc, have words that are more "powerful" or evoke more feelings than English ones. Example: "war" doesn't sound that bad, really, but ...
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Large company: Made up of organizations or departments?

Say you have a large 20,000+ company with many different sections, or areas. Say for example Apple would have a section for iOS development, one for Mac, one for HR, one for support, etc. What is the ...
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What does “capacity” mean in this question?

How long have you known this referee and in what capacity I'm filling my university application I met this question which befuddled me. Does it mean "are you familiar with the referee"?
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Is kickassiness an accepted word?

I have been looking for a word that means kickassiness, but haven't come across one. Is this an accepted word? If not, what word can be used in its place?
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Interjection “et voilà”

I know et voilà is a French interjection and means there it is. It is very much used in the US. Why is the use of et voilà so popular in the US? Which historical fact has made it so popular?
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How would you use rationale in a sentence?

How is rationale used in a sentence? Can it be used in place of logic?
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Need a proper English expression to reflect a concept [closed]

I am working on translating software and its documentation to English. This software basically organizes and stores technical documents. A document may consist of a set of various files, stored on a ...
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Which is correct: 'Drafty' or 'draughty'?

I have been changing 'drafty' for 'draughty', or because of my confusion, removing the word altogether while subbing online articles. I'd appreciate guidance on which term is correct for UK English. ...
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Could the word “artist” be used to refer to a writer?

According to the dictionary, artist could be a painter, singer, dancer, or actor. But I think maybe writers could be considered artists as well. What's your opinion? I'm writing a composition about ...
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Should the term “salutary” be used only in reference to physical health?

I'm considering using the term "salutary" in a technical document I'm writing to refer to something beneficial. Here's the context: Salutary side effects of our model are to harness idle ...