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

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Proper usage for the word “obverse”

I believe "obverse" has several meanings, with one being "the flip side of something (coin)." I'm trying to cleverly contrast opposite approaches of a person's management duties. "From a wide ...
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“Sitting room”, “lounge”, “lounge room”, and “front room”

Each of these terms seem to be used to designate a room, in a private house or in the front of a public facility, where one can sit and relax and talk. But, are there any differences to them -- or do ...
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“Alligator pear” and “sparrow grass” for “avocado” and “asparagus”

Do "sparrow grass" and "alligator pear" have any currency in spoken AE, or are these terms chiefly dialectal?
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Difference between “Upscale”, “high-toned/tony”, “fancy”, “high-end”, “select”, and “exclusive”

Can these terms denoting something expensive, elegant and/or fashionable be used just about interchangeably, or are there any subtle differences to them? E.g. Alone in a tony restaurant...source ...
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Meaning of “… is king”

The word king alone is not an adjective. And since it is countable it should be either a king or the king. So the expressions like "money is king" or "the Lord is king" are ungrammatical. How would ...
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“Sport”, “sports”, and “sporting” as modifiers

Is there a difference between a "sports jacket", a "sport jacket", and a "sporting jacket"? Or are these merely dialectal differences? For instance, why do various outerwear and sportswear brands ...
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“Smart casual” vs. “casual chic”

As far as apparel code goes, is "casual chic" just about the same as "smart casual", or is there a nuance I am missing?
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Would you possibly elaborate your explanations? [closed]

Mary doesn’t play the piano well and nor does Alex. Mary doesn’t play the piano well. Nor does Alex. Are they the same? and which one do you use? ......................................... Now, ...
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“Cheer” for a team?

Here I am again to ask a question about a vocabulary item. What word is used to describe yourself as the fan of a team, that you support it, cheer for it and want it to win ? If I say, "I am ...
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Systematic version of “rummage”

What is an "antonym" of "rummage?" I cannot seem to figure out a word which means "searching systematically and tidily through a mass or receptacle."
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Is `composability` a proper word in English?

Is composability a proper word in English ? Suppose I have a set of elements and can compose them to create different structures. May I call this property of the set "composability" ?
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Looking for a better word in the sentence

"We encourage our employees to keep flexible hours and don't require them to track their time." I think that the word 'require' is misplaced here. It can probably be replaced by 'ask'. Can I add ...
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What is the term used to describe when two items (maybe numbers) have been mixed up?

What is the term used to describe when two items have been mixed up (i.e.the month and day of a date of birth)?
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Difference between “ten years old” and “ten-year-olds” [duplicate]

They are all 10 years old. They are all ten-year-olds What is the difference between these? And, what is the reason why we must add s to the following?" They are all ten-year-olds
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Can “somethings” be used as a plural?

I heard the soft thumps of somethings heavy on cloth. This looks wrong, but changing it to singular makes it work. I heard the soft thump of something heavy on cloth. I want to keep the ...
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What is the English term whose meaning covers both that of *Word* and *Title*? [closed]

I am developing an App for which I have need to find a word or term whose meaning would encompass both the words Word and Title. Examples of a Word, are "car", "mobile phone". Examples of a Title ...
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Difference between “at date” and “to date” [closed]

Two Examples: It is the social networking giant's biggest acquisition to date. The deal to buy it includes $4bn in cash... plus an additional $3 billion in stock to WhatsApp's founders and ...
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What is a term for someone who is just asking to be put in jail?

My friends and I are trying to think of a term that refers to someone who is just asking to be put in jail. The closest I can think of is hooligan. Is there anything closer?
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Geopolitics *and* economics?

What word or concise phrase in English covers international politics and economics? My Merriam-Webster defines geopolitics as "politics, esp. international relations, as influenced by geographical ...
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Addressing women with “Sir” [duplicate]

In movies, mostly around military personnel, female officers are sometimes addressed as "Sir" (Sometimes also followed by a "Um, ma'am, sorry..."). What would be the correct usage here if not using ...
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Is there a way to measure how “emotive” a verb is?

I've read that "People buy on emotion and justify with logic" and that, when writing sales copy, one should use "emotive" words. Now understand my background is intensely technical and, while I can ...
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What is a clyse?

I've been reading about the recent flooding in Somerset, and came across this:- Floodwater is removed from many of the moors of the Somerset Levels by pumping stations, which were originally ...
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Noun for an individual that formulates a question and also for an individual that addresses an answer

Given a person who formulates a question, may he or she be called the questioner or enquirer? Likewise, may a person that addresses or responds an answer be called answerer or responder? Which are ...
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What does 'Ibid' mean in this context?

Someone I know got a interview call letter part of which read as this: .. you are requested to appear for the ibid interview .. What does ibid mean in this context?
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Terms for generic forms of 3D motion on the 3 axes

Consider up & down, left & right, and back & forth. Up & down can be stated generically as "vertical". Side-to-side is "lateral". What about back & forth?
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The word “afterclap”

Merriam-Webster defines "afterclap" as "an unexpected damaging or unsettling event following a supposedly closed affair." However, a pastor from Oregon, John Mark Comer, wrote an article about ...
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Term for a quote's 'author' or 'creator'

I am looking for the correct term to describe a quote's author or creator. For example, the quote is: If you are going to go through hell, keep going. The quotee/quoter/author(?) is: ...
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Term for something similar to vetting, but when a decision is not necessarily involved

Whats the term for profiling someone or doing background research on somebody before you meet them. A reference to the behavior is Gary Walsh in the TV show VEEP where he whispers seemingly random ...
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“Call off” somebody from his post?

I am looking for a term that I could use to say that the new Minister of Health removed the present holder of the given post from his position. My first idea was call off, but then I looked up the ...
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Do “Shipping Tracking Code”, “Consignment Number”, “Shipping Code”, “Shipping Number” share the same meaning?

do "Shipping Tracking Code", "Consignment Number", "Shipping Code", "Shipping Number" share the same meaning? I want to use a very short term to express "Shipping Tracking Code" (is kind of unique ...
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Is there a term for an “obvious” but not “accepted” compound?

This question is inspired by the question of whether there is a single term for the sports surfing, skateboarding, and snowboarding. I think many native speakers would read this question and think ...
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Term for emotion-eater

What is a term for a (fantastical) creature that consumes feelings and emotions for nourishment? (Google searches amusingly turn up only discussions about "emotional eating" in the sense of people ...
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What is a wheal?

Indulging some idle curiosity about Cornish mining I noticed that many of the mines are named wheal: Wheal Kitty, Wheal Jane and East Wheal Rose, among others. But the only dictionary definition I ...
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When to use “fate” and when to use “destiny”? Are they interchangeable?

In Wordnet Dictionary, if you search for fate you will see that it has 3 meanings and all these meanings have synonym destiny. 1- destiny, fate - an event (or a course of events) that will ...
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A word for something similar to persistence [closed]

For example, sometimes if I am working on something and it doesn't seem to be working out as it is supposed to I will just keep at it just because it annoys me so much. Another example can be assume ...
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meaning of parochial [closed]

As far as I know "parochial" means of or relating to a church/parish. My dictionary (and Google, or that matters, also says so.) But recently, I've heard it also means "narrow-minded" (or something ...
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How do native English speakers distinguish Hobo and Homeless person?

In dictionary, Hobo:One who wanders from place to place without a permanent home or a means of livelihood. Homeless person: one who has no home or haven. I think hobo is a kind of very dirty ...
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Do dietitians 'teach'? And confusion between present perfect vs past simple [closed]

Is the given sentence correct grammatically and semantically? A consulting dietitian by profession, Tina has enjoyed teaching young children about healthy eating habits for over a decade. I ...
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Is the term “local unit shipping fee” correct?

We have "unit price" is the price of 1 item only. And this price does not include shipping fee. I am using the term "local unit shipping fee" to express that is the shipping fee of 1 item only and ...
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Use of “up” in actions

I'm a brazilian native and I'm curious about the use of up in sentences. For instance: set up; grow up; get up; What's the real meaning/role of up in these phrases? I don't know if my perspective ...
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a word for water after it falls

Is there a word ( noun ) that refers to the condition/ place at the base of a waterfall where the water that has fallen over upsurges upon hitting the bottom and rolls back on itself before continuing ...
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word for something like blessing [closed]

Consider these occasions where I don't know what word should I use : Keep on giving part of your income to charities. It will give your money ... and causes your wealth to increase. and ...
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meaning of 'cinema'

The word 'cinema' is defined as a movie theater, films collectively, or the film-making industry. But I saw it in 'New Line Cinema'. Obviously, it means a film production company here. But why isn't ...
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Slightly different meanings of “National” and usage

I'm a programmer and I have to name some columns in a database. It's about sports competitions. I have to classify the leagues and competitions in two properties. One of them is if they are national ...
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meaning of 'put down'

I looked up 'ley' in my Concise Oxford Dictionary and found the following definition. a piece of land temporarily put down to grass, clover, etc., in contrast to permanent pasture. Can anyone tell ...
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What does “Logitem” mean on many freightliners?

What does Logitem mean that I see on the sides of many passing freightliners? I wonder wether it’s a kind of clipping combining logistic with item. I'm not a native speaker but I love English.
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An 'S' after dates [duplicate]

In 1980s, the letter 's' refers to a decade_ 1980-1989_ and in 1900s, the letter 's' refers to a century_ 1900-1999. If we want to specify 10 years from 1900 to 1909, how can we show this? Thank you.
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What do you call the green slippery thing formed, due to standing in water?

I can only think of "algae" or preferably "green algae", these are in the context of science. But is there any other general word in English used for this green slippery thing? In Hindi we say, ...
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“Ma'am” or “Miss” in American English?

Is it common to address a female sales clerk as Miss in the US? What about ma'am? If neither is proper, what would you suggest?
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buy a kitchen? How could this be possible? [closed]

My Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary has the following example sentence: You can buy the kitchen as a flat-pack for self-assembly. How could one buy a kitchen? It doesn't make much sense to ...