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

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Specific vocabulary for making someone laugh by rubbing their underarm with finger

To make someone laugh, we sometime rub his underarm with our fingers in a way that makes him feel restless and then he starts laughing. My question is: What is the specific vocabulary in the English ...
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A word similar to handicap/slack

I'll start off with an example for context. Two race car drivers race for the fastest lap time on track X in identical cars. Racer A finishes before Racer B, however it was discovered afterwards ...
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What’s the difference between “shrimp” and “prawn”? [closed]

What is the difference between shrimp and prawn? Does it refer to different species of creature, to usage (for example, one as the animal itself versus the other as the meat of that same animal), to ...
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Where does the word “trivial” come from?

I have read many dictionary definitions and there seems to be two possible sources of the word trivial. Online dictionaries say it's from latin tri and via, "three ways" or "crossroad", basically ...
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“In case of cancel”… lation? [closed]

I see this phrase written very often, and in legal documents, which are at least in theory more often correct than the "average" text: in case of cancel, ... It sounds incorrect, and I suppose ...
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When you open the windows in the house in order for fresh air to come in?

I just cannot find this in any dictionary. How is it called in English when someone opens the windows (and/or the door) of a house in order to let the fresh air come in? Please note that I'm ...
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A word that refers to a “half-smile”?

I need a word to describe something like this: Disclaimer: I'm not a Smallville fan. A half-smile or a sappy smile. Any suggestions?
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“Mastery Guidance” meaning

What does Mastery Guidance mean in this context? "Replace a vague idea of 'purpose' with a manageable and measurable objective that is made ahead of practice and gives mastery guidance" – Practice ...
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– at scale – definition?

Whats does the expression at scale mean? Does it mean "on a larger scale" or it means "at a level appropriate to the what's available"? I came up with these two definitions by looking the ...
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Name(s) for the top and bottom of an apple

Not sure if this is a right place to ask this question, but I'll have a go. What do you call the ends of an apple, as in, the branch side, and its opposite side where it's caved in?
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The opposite of “magnum opus”?

According to the online Oxford English dictionary, a magnum opus is a work of art, music, or literature that is regarded as the most important or best work that an artist, composer, or writer ...
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Opposite of misnomer [closed]

Is there a word that means the opposite of 'misnomer'? I've done a Google search with no success. I found this site and am hoping that someone here can assist me.
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What is the meaning of “within next two days”? [duplicate]

Is it, within today and tomorrow or within tomorrow and day after?
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The Condition Holds vs is Satisfied vs Obtains

In mathematical/scientific texts, conditions that are true (within context) are said to hold be satisfied obtain (the last one was news for me) My question is whether there is nuance in meaning ...
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What does one call the twisting of a proper name into a pejorative? [duplicate]

For example, in politics one sees Obummer, John Boner, Mittens R-money
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What are some examples of adjectives expressing varying levels of intensity using the same root or unit word [closed]

What adjectives express varying levels of intensity using the same root or unit?
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One word for limited or piecemeal benefit

I'm writing a paper on data strategy for large corporates. In this paper I define 4 levels of maturity on the path to a Google-like nirvana state where corporate, client, user, and other data is ...
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Do you use both my home and our home to your friends?

I want to hear about your first week. Send us an answer back with Hedwig [Harry's owl]. (A note from Hagrid to Harry, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) Oxford(British English, ...
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Reverse deadline?

Is there a term or word for a "reverse deadline"? Deadline is normally the date or time before which something must occur. I'm seeking a term for the date or time after which something may occur. I ...
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What noun means “the state of being intrigued/amazed by something”?

What noun means "the state of being intrigued/amazed by something"? For example, the state of being poor is poverty. Is there such a word for being intrigued/amazed?
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Word for secret or in-joke

There is a word, somewhere in my dictionary, that means a joke that only a particular group understands i.e., in-joke. I can't remember it and have failed to find it with an online thesaurus, but it ...
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What are different kinds of shops based on the size, structure and location?

In my native language there are so many words to mean different kinds of shops based on the size, structure and location. I'm not talking about the types like grocery shop, barber shop, meat shop, ...
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Someone vs Somebody [duplicate]

Can anyone please explain the difference between "someone" and "somebody"? Or they are same?
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Opposite of “prequel” when it isn't a “sequel”, or an “original”

How do you refer to an item that was released earlier, but takes place after a "prequel"? "Sequel" gives the clear implication that it was released after, this is not what I want. In some cases ...
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“Analogous” vs. “analogical”

What is the difference in meaning between analogous and analogical?
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It's 2013, where's my flying car?

It's the 21st century, why don't we have world peace? It's 2013, where's my flying car? Is there a name for this kind of bad argument?
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word for false nostalgia

Is there a word to describe nostalgia for things that never existed? For example, a 1950s-style diner is supposed to reconstruct a cultural archetype, but there never existed such a diner. John Wayne ...
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A word for milk that has not “gone off”

I'm looking for a word to describe milk that has not "gone off". Does "on" or "viable" work?
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Assume or Imply? [closed]

There is one sense in which these two words have a similar meaning. What is the difference in this meaning, rather the difference in grammatical usage? A assumes B Smoke assumes fire. This ...
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What are the antonyms of “append” and “prepend”?

I need the antonyms for "append" (that is, I need a word that means "to remove at the end", since "append" means "to add at the end") and "prepend" (that is, I need a word that means "to remove at the ...
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Correct translatation of the German word “Folgeverhalten” in the technical domain of control feedback systems

I have asked various online dictionaries about the translation of the German word Folgeverhalten. At these dictionaries it is translated as "subsequent behaviour" or "following behavior". I am in ...
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Is there a word for start and end of a time period? [closed]

Is there a word used to describe the extremities of an arbitrary time period? The word "weekend" refers to the end of a week, but it's limited to the week and it only describes the end, but not the ...
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Is there a word like cardinal or ordinal but for the “single, double, triple” series?

The words one, two, three, and so on are the cardinal numbers. Similarly, first, second, third, and so on are the ordinal numbers. Is there a similar term for the words single, double, triple, ...
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Is there a term for a married couple who have the same christian and surname?

My wife and I share the abbreviated form of our name - Alex derived from Alexandra and Alexander respectively. As we are married, we have the same christian and surname when used in the short form. ...
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What image do you recall when hearing 'Fluffy'? [closed]

In Harry Potter’s story, Fluffy is a monstrous looking dog with three heads. But if I look up dictionaries the word might have the meaning of ‘very cute fluffy dog’, I thought. So I like to call him ...
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site with word used in sentences and expressions [duplicate]

I am looking for a site or tool which would show a word used in actual sentences and expressions, in everyday life, business, scientific books, spiritual books and any other contexts. Looking a word ...
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Adverse or averse? [closed]

I have been thinking about these two words for quite a while. I have looked up the dictionary on these two words and it seemed as if the two words are not identical. However, there are claims of the ...
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Which is correct? “I do not feel good” or “I do not feel well” [closed]

I was reading through a few short stories when I realised that one of the stories had these two sentences:" I do not feel good" and "I do not feel well" I was quite puzzled and I would like to know if ...
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Word for inexplicable physical discomfort?

A while ago I saw a photo of a lotus seed that scarred me for life. Now whenever I see the picture of a lotus seed or something that even has a similar pattern I feel uneasy, shudder and get goose ...
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Term for one brother–sister pair marrying another?

While translating a book on the aboriginal people of northwest India, I came across a tradition of marriages, where one brother–sister pair were married to another brother–sister pair, as well as many ...
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Word describing 'not content with small achievement, but working hard to achieve higher level'

I am looking for a single English word which describes the mental quality of being not content with small achievement, but working hard to achieve higher level. For example, an artist who is not ...
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What is the word for someone who has been recommended?

Does the word recommendee exist? If so, is it spelled as such? What would be the opposite, or the person who is doing the recommending?
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Word for “parents with children who have moved out”?

How do you call someone, or someone's point in life when their children moved out and they have more time, or are willing to make riskier career choices?
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A (highfalutin) word for a highfalutin word? [duplicate]

To illustrate the question, badroit used the word "meretricious" meretriciously. Is there an English word that describes highfalutin words like "meretricious" that are (gratuitously) used in ...
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Humble and boasting addresses in English [closed]

In Chinese, there are rich vocabularies for humble and boasting addresses for oneself, by 'address' I mean way to call oneself with an elevated or devalued status, kind of like 'your humble servant' ...
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Looking for an English word to explain a certain business situation

I am looking for an English word to explain the following business situation. A new product or service is offered to the market. There are many small companies that start to provide this service or ...
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Am I using the word 'arbitrarily' correctly?

For example, if I were to say: "What? Just because I was arbitrarily born as an Asian, that means I have to stick with my own kind?" If that is wrong, how would I change it so it makes sense? Is ...
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Vestigialities: A word? [closed]

Is this an appropriate word to use? I did a quick google, and I'm only getting vague references. Does the word 'Vestigialities' exist?
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What's the action of banging two beers together called?

When beers in cans or bottles are banged together in rejoice of the company you're with, what is the action called?
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Noun version of 'Compel'? [closed]

I want to say a word 'compellance' or 'compelation', but I don't know what the correct word is.