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

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Poor chap vs. poor woman [closed]

is there a similar expression for a woman who we want to express sympathy? Thank you.
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single word for extensive computer user, not geek nor nerd

I am looking for a word describing person who uses computer a lot, it might be a programmer, a gamer but also an accountant or any other person who works in the office and spends most of the day in ...
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Name of place where there are many buildings?

In some countries, in a closed area, more than one building (mostly apartment buildings) is constructed, and that place is given a name. Then buildings are named like A, B, C. How would I call that ...
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How to say “I have an extra phone” using the word “spare”? [closed]

One of my friend was in need of emergency phone as he lost his, though i told him that "I have an extra phone and he can use it if he want" but later I was trying to figure out what are the different ...
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What is an appropriate word for doing something to [ undo ] your deficiency in something?

For example, a person who has an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering, and wants to apply for a Master's in Computer Science, has not studied some of the pre-required courses for an ...
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Repute vs. Impute?

In our vocabulary book, the definition for impute is: tr. v.: To attribute or ascribe a quality, especially a fault, to a person The definition of repute is: tr. v.: To assign a reputation ...
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Words that define spectrums of quantity and consensus

I need to fill a 4x4 grid with words, as seen here: I'm not quite sure how to fill in each blank box. They should be a spectrum of controversy to consensus, and minority to majority. This grid of ...
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How did Spanish “Sevilla” become English “Seville”?

In Spanish, the name of this city is spelled Sevilla and pronounced /seˈβiʎa/, but in English it is spelled Seville and pronounced /sɛˈvɪl/. Having never heard of Sevilla/Seville until I went to ...
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What kind of vocabulary can be used when the person doesn't like thing that he/she has to have?

What kind of vocabulary can be used when the person doesn't like thing that he/she has to have? For example, I have crutches and I have to use them, but I really don't want to.
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“Take a break of unknown duration” in formal language

I would like to express the following idea in a more fashionable and eloquent manner: leave on a break of unknown duration / take a break... / leave on hiatus... Use of the highest linguistic ...
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Another expression for 'being' [closed]

I don't want to use the word 'being'. How would you rephrase the following sentences? Instead of being a run down, derelict building, Coral Tower is positively vibrant. Far from being a sedentary ...
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Is there a name for “fear of olives” in English?

I know people with an actual fear of olives. Is there a name in English for this phobia? I have not been able to find anything in the usual websites.
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What's the meaning of “un-PC”? [closed]

Yesterday, I came across the word "un-PC" while reading a book, and I couldn't find it in a dictionary. Can anybody explain it, please?
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Word for a discussion-ending comment

I'm looking for a word that defines something that is said that ends discussions because it can't be argued with. It's very annoying and I must find the word. My brother does it. He will say, "it's ...
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What is the word for “knowledge of words?” [duplicate]

I remember that there was a word that meant being knowledgeable about many words, but I've forgotten what the word was.
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How to avoid redundancy here?

When I finally caught him, he was bleeding and was too weak to swim. The sentence seems awkward to me and I don't know how to rephrase it. I think "was" is kinda redundant but just omitting it ...
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How do I incorporate Vocabulary in my writing that I already know a little?

I seem to have this problem where I know a lot of words but can't always seem to think them up when I write an article or a story. I know the meaning of most of these words, but when I write, some ...
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crossed the lower half like a gash of fire

"Her face was not beautiful. It was long, and palely lighted, while the mouth crossed the lower half like a gash of fire. The lips were as voluptuous as before. Her brows were heavy..." In this scene ...
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Can we use “depart” in the following sentence?

Can we use "depart" in the following sentence? I departed from Jared, heading to the north as he went to the opposite direction. I guess "depart" is mostly used for places. I wonder if it can be ...
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Meaning of the word 'apprehension' in following context [closed]

Sentence: As she had never been in such a situation before, her apprehension was understandable. Options: eagerness fear hesitation excitement
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When do I say “front-left” vs “left-front”, or how do you differentiate between sides?

Suppose I have a box in front of me. I have labeled the front, rear, left and right sides of the box (overhead view). Each side has two handles, labeled A through H. A B ...
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English word for when avoiding being seen by people?

When I want to go outside, there are times I wish to avoid running into certain people such as friends or colleagues in order to have some private moments. In such cases, I frequently find myself ...
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Meaning of “look as far off now as they did them”

"Well, Tormance is a big place. But I have an infallible rule, Corpang. As I come from the south, I always go due north." "That will take us to Lichstorm." Maskull gazed at the ...
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Difference between “irascible”, “fractious”, “irritable” and “atrabilious”?

It seems that they can all mean "easily provoked to anger" irascible:Easily provoked to outbursts of anger; irritable. fractious:Irritable; argumentative; quarrelsome. irritable:1.Capable of being ...
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what is the best adjective for an uncalm sea? [closed]

What are the best adjectives describing a chaotic and uncalm sea? I mean, when there are horrifyingly tall waves.
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Nouns denoting a state and the point of its initiation

The word incarnation, according to Webster, has two meanings: 1) the act of incarnating 2) the state of being incarnate So, this word can denote a state, as well as the moment of initiation of that ...
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Name for a person who is always trying to beat the system?

Someone I know is always finding a way to beat the system, for example: Getting fake records to get his children into college, contacting people in the system to find him a way to bypass waiting for ...
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What is the word for something that is pronounceable when reversed?

A palindrome is a word or phrase that's read the same way forwards and backwards (eg. race car). Is there a word for something that is pronounceable both forwards and backwards, but not necessarily ...
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Is it acceptable to use a rare root word of a common inflected form?

I have two questions. The word "reprehensible" is very common, but for some reason the root form "reprehend" is almost nonexistent. What is the reason behind this phenomenon? And, if one understand ...
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Expression for an abrupt change in height

Is there an expression for an abrupt change in height? I’m looking for a word for the edge of the change, like in the German word Geländekante.
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What is the correct way to say that the electricity has come back after a power outage?

English is a second language for me. If I translate literally from my native language, I'll say, "The electricity has gone." and "The electricity has come". For the first sentence, we say things like ...
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What's a word for someone who wants to voice opinions but not have them challenged?

I'm trying to find the right word to describe someone who wants to voice their opinion about subjects (especially controversial ones or ones where the speaker is going against easily-provided facts) ...
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Word for traffic running slower due to road impediments

What is the word for when traffic or trains run slower and with multiplie unscheduled stops because of not really being congested but because of (rail)road works or change of pattern?
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double drift of stars

I read the following sentence "They seemed like a double drift of stars, streaming through space." In this passage: "...Then this blood began to change too. Instead of a continuous liquid ...
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question about away from

Whats meaning of “ away from ” in the sentence : a move away from traditional industries such as coal mining .please ? can you explain meaning the sentence , please . Thank you so much
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Did I hear “indiscreet or in discreet vs indiscrete or in discrete”? [closed]

I was watching "Miss Marple" on pbs and there is one conversation between inspector and a lady as one of house member. A lady was showing specific room to an inspector who is looking for some pictures ...
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Please explain the correct usage of the words according to the situation

Please explain the meaning and usage of the following words: Bereft of Denuded of Deprived of I searched some sentences and concluded that in some sentences they all can be used alternatively. ...
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how to say “friends who love to quarrel”

I am translating a story with a word (kenka-tomodachi) meaning "quarrel-friends" or old friends who love to fight constantly about things as their basic way of interacting. Can anyone think of an ...
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Does English contain any “abbreviated” words as a core part of its corpus? [closed]

In other words, are any of the core words in English from the pre-digital era a derivation of other words, abbreviated? Online I find myself using "wrt" a lot, short for "with respect to". But "wrt" ...
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Looking for a word that fits for a young grown woodland

I'm looking for a word for a young wood of forest. In German you would say "junger Bestand". What ist the english expression - young stand, young stock?
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What is the difference between “part” and “component”?

Can a part mean something that (along with other things) makes up a whole, apart from meaning a piece of something? Can then part always substitute component?
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What's the difference between “to validate” and “to confirm”? [closed]

What's the difference between “to validate” and “to confirm”? What is more natural to use in day to day situations. Can you confirm this for me? Can you validate this for me? For example, if there is ...
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Suitable words to describe 'the act of defining parameters' and 'set of parameters' in a software

Let's say you have a software that does follow up of payments. You define after x days send a reminder email, after y days alert a manager to call that person, after z days alert another department to ...
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Vocabulary words [closed]

I wonder if anyone can explain me the difference between "word" and "vocabulary word". Does "vocabulary word" mean words of a particular language? When do we use "word" or "vocabulary word"?
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Difference between Travel and Commute

So I am taking some english lessons on grammar and vocabulary and the teacher said that there was a difference between the meaning of travelling and commuting. He did explain it but I can't seem to ...
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Word describing something as “useful, handy, worth it” in reference to receiving a gift for it

How do you say something (like a hobby) was "useful" or "handy" when you've received a gift for it? I feel like those words imply I deserved a gift, which is not true.
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Word for “the capacity of habituating to new environment”

I am in search of a word that has the meaning of 'capacity of a person to habituate to a new environment'. I can use adaptability. Like he is more adaptable than others. But 'adaptable' may not ...
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Qualifying traffic in English

I am interested in qualifiers for traffic ordered by fluidity. Here is what I would personally use: Fluid Traffic Heavy traffic Congested However, the last one would qualify the transportation ...
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how comes this horrible world to exist?

In the quote below, what does the first line mean? "How comes this horrible world to exist?" Catice did not answer. "Who is Surtur?" source: A Voyage to Arcturus What I understand is: How ...
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“Soul Food” as describing non-African-American Food

What is meant by “soul food” in the following text from the NYT? I thought “soul food” referred to a type African-American cuisine (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soul_food). Is the NYT article ...