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

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Starts with N ends in O… means Yes [closed]

Just wondering if there is a word (or pair of words) that starts with N and ends with O and actually means Yes (or roughly yes... some sort of synonym). I thought this might have some humorous ...
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What to call someone who gives as much as he demands? [closed]

What to call someone who (can) give (in return) as much as he demands? Speaking in terms of life and personality. For example, I ask my future partner to be tidy, glamorous, rich, caring, pretty ...
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What is the verb to use?

I am looking for the verb or expression to use to describe when you type quickly and nervously on your computer keyboard to find something (on a search engine for instance).
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it's nearly or about 3 o'clock [closed]

What are the ways to say it's nearly or about 3 o'clock? I can think of the following. What else do you know? It's getting on 3 o'clock. Its going on 3 o'clock. It's almost 3.
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What is that loop you hold on to when you ride a bus/subway?

What is that loop you hold on to when you ride a bus/subway? Is it called a loop of some sort? Or handle? In the picture below, an invisible... ?
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Is it correct to say semi-promise?

I want to say, someone sort of promised to do something, yet it was not a full promise: She had a semi-promise from his employer to get a raise this year. Is semi-promise correct in this sense? ...
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What measures the Byte unit? [duplicate]

Well, meters measures distances or lengthes, volt measures tension or voltage, , kelvin measures temperature, second measures time, ampere measures electric current, kilogram measures mass, But ...
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Is it “I won't repeat it again” or just “I won't repeat it”? [duplicate]

I just want to confirm that whether I should use repeat again or just repeat, as repeat already means something done again and again. 1) "I won't repeat the mistake again." 2) "I won't repeat ...
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Analog vs Digital: Describing modes of note-taking

With regard to note-taking is it correct to call handwriting on paper the "analog" counterpart to digital "typing" on a computer?
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Suspect and doubt + negative sentence

Could you tell me the difference in meaning between I suspect he did not do it and I doubt he did not do it ?
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Long word meaning “to purify the text in a literary work”

What is the long word that means "to purify (remove vulgarity) in the text of a literary work"? I have been thinking on it for a while - I used to know it - but forgot. There is only one word that ...
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fitting something large inside something small

In a document I am writing I want to use some imagery to attack the logic of inverting a particular technical procedure. The procedure makes sense in its original sense because it injects a set of ...
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Have I correctly use the word RATHER?

what is the difference between the following? I'd rather you went home now. I'd rather you go home .
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What is the “-ine” word that pertains to sheep? [closed]

If porcine means pertaining to pigs, bovine pertaining to cows, and caprine pertaining to goats, what is the -ine word that denotes pertaining to sheep?
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The jean button was dropdowned, I have to go to tailor shop to replace the jean button

In the sentence: The jean button was dropdowned, I have to go to tailor shop to replace the jean button. Do we use replace or fix that jean button?
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“What did you eat?” vs “What have you ate?” [closed]

What did you eat? What have you ate? Are those the same? Can we use "What have you ate"?
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I am getting a drink from refrigerator [closed]

I am getting a drink from refrigerator. I take a drink out from refrigerator. Which is more accurates? Can I just simply say I take out the drink?
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Did anyone see you or Did anyone saw you? [duplicate]

Did anyone see you or Did anyone saw you? I see this in a movie, it use Did anyone see you. I wonder why see is present tense not past tense. Can someone tells me?
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Tom had already eaten when his friend arrived [closed]

Tom had already eaten when his friend arrived. Tom had eaten when his friend arrived. Do I need to add "already" in sentences above?
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I set a campfire on fire?

How would I describe lighting a campfire before it becomes a campfire? Saying "I set a campfire on fire" just sounds very odd, and I've been trying to reword that to make sense. I've tried "I set a ...
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Does the word 'melao' have any special meaning when it is used as a name?

Yesterday, I told an Indian my English name is 'Melao', he smiled and asked me if there's any special meaning. In fact, I get this name from a song with Latin style -- 'Corazon De Melao', I think it's ...
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Which is correct “is” or “are” [duplicate]

Whilst watching the football last night I ended up starting a small debate and now I would like to know which sentence is correct, would it be: Chelsea are losing 2-0 or Chelsea is losing 2-0 Many ...
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What is a digital trainspotter [closed]

What does that mean when someone is described as a "digital trainspotter"? Does that mean he is a digital enthusiast? Thanks for response.
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Word for ability to understand, analyse and judge things

Is there one specific word in English to describe one's ability to understand, analyse and judge things? I'm trying to find an equivalence for 悟性 in English. Thanks.
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Paramount, tantamount and …?

Paramount: more important than anything else; supreme. Tantamount: equivalent in seriousness to; virtually the same as. ??mount: less important than anything else What is the word ...
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tailings of macroeconomic statistics

From Smart Cities by Anthony M. Townsend: Instead of sifting through the tailings of macroeconomic statistics for clues about recent events, they can plug into a sensory infrastructure that shows what ...
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What is Ethical Witnessing?

What exactly is "Ethical Witnessing"? What does it mean? Some Context We're reading a poetry book in school - about the Holocaust. So these Jews, and other people being abused and tortured played a ...
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What is difference between “faulty” and “broken”?

I was working as an intern in Malaysia. Once day, my advisor asked me to check some electronic device. He said: "Can you check them for me if which one is faulty please separate it to another ...
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Word for a company that doesn't generate any profit on its own, but that generates customers for its parent company

Word for a company that doesn't generate any profit on its own, but that generate, customers for its parent company. Someone told me there is a word for that but I have since forgotten it. For ...
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How to improve my English? [closed]

To improve my vocabulary, I read a lot of novels and learned more than few new words. Though I am able to comprehend the word when I see them, I am unable to use (or recall) them when needed. What ...
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Role of a person in charge of the casting of a film

Let's say this is the information related to a film: Written by: John Doe Produced by: Mary James Casting by: Peter Smith, Sarah Jones ... Then: John Doe is a writer. Mary James is a ...
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What do you call it when the current generation thinks the previous is better/more poetic?

It's referred to as the "allure of nostalgia" in the wiki entry for Midnight in Paris.
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What does the phrase by Sloterdijk mean? [closed]

"A session of a carnival club" - what's that? What kind of club is it? Any synonyms? Descroptions? Examples? Anything?
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Fitting word for “subject to physics” or possibly “subject to laws”

Is there a fitting word that means "subject to physics" or possibly "subject to laws"? It seems to me that I must have read such a word somewhere but I simply can't dredge one up. Ex: Any passengers ...
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Why are foreign words used in modern vernacular?

Why are seemingly foreign words such as hors d’œuvres, maître d’, garçon, and Gesundheit used in American vernacular?
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Is there a word to name being unable to think of “proper terminology” for something?

In regards to only being able to say something like "hand ankle" when meaning "wrist", but the person is absolutely unable to remember the word "wrist". (Or "unsweet doughnut", when someone can't ...
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“A feeling of content” or “A feeling of contentment”?

I'm a native English user. I am used to using "content" as a noun, adjective and verb but when I use it as a noun, I usually use content rather than contentment. I checked the dictionaries and both ...
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Desk name plate for a PhD holder

I have read the full article in wikipedia and this question, but I am still unclear about this, as I am not a native speaker. A quick Google search did not help either. My brother recently received a ...
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What category includes “news”, “articles”, and “stories”

I have created a dropdown menu for my website. In this dropdown menu I have put a tab for audio, a tab for video, but I don't know what to call the category that include (News, articles, and stories ...
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Can we use “likewise” instead of “also” in formal writing?

When we write academic paper, can we use "also"? If it is a bit informal, is it ok to use "likewise" instead of "also"? Or, are there any possible expression in such situation?
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How to emphasize “I would rather”

I would like to emphasize the expression "I would rather... than ...". My native language is French, and in French we would say something like "I would rather 1000 times.... than", so I'm looking for ...
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Common terminology for “blessing” and “curse”?

I'm doing a certain something that requires identifying a property of some certain (fictional) thing as either "Blessed", "Cursed", or "Neither". What's the common term for "Blessing" or "Cursed", if ...
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“corollarily” or equivalent?

A corollary in mathematics is a useful side-effect (with other related meanings, but as it pertains to this question, that's the relevant definition to keep in mind). I want to use the word ...
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An active verb “to find peace in” something

I'm looking for an active verb which means something along the lines of "to take or find peace in" something. Something like soothe is the opposite of what I want, in the sense that the something is ...
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A word that means 'most important'?

I tried to find a single word that means "most important", but I couldn't. I want it to be able to express what's missing below: If you get hurt, the _ thing to do is to stay calm. It would ...
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Another way of saying “easily deceived”?

What's another way of saying easily deceived? I want to have a better vocabulary. Easily deceived sounds a bit basic to me. Is there a better word for that phrase?
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“Waiting on” and “waiting for” [duplicate]

While purchasing in Walmart, after sliding my card the card machine was saying "Waiting on cashier". What does "waiting on" mean in this case and how it differs from "waiting for"? Would that be ...
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What's an adjective that means “has high expectations”

If you were to describe a person as someone who has high expectations or standards (of their work, peers, or subordinates), what word would you use? "Demanding" is the closest I have come but that's ...
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A word for “taking some foods from pot and putting it in to the plate”

What word you should use to tell someone to "take some foods from the pot and put it into the plate"? You can say stuff like "take some food" but it does not exactly mean the act of "taking food ...
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What would be a word for describing a tendency to take the literal meaning of words above the accepted meaning?

For example someone accused of homophobia would answer that isn't correct as he is not afraid of homosexuals. The accepted meaning of homophobia is, of course, a much wider range of negative ...