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

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Diplomatic Status of a territory? [closed]

What would you call the status of a territory? The territory can be a country, a region, a state, what is the expression that qualifies its status, is it a diplomatic status ?
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What's the adjective of “conspectus”?

This is a well-written conspectus for a project. Since it's very well written, it makes the project ?conspectible. Apparently, conspectible is not recognized by the dictionaries I've checked. ...
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What is “beer money”?

What is the meaning of the term beer money in the sentence: People often ask me to describe in detail how I’ve got to be where I am today, thinking that I’ve spent years earning beer money in ...
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What word describes the form of address in which someone is called “Dad” or “Mum”?

I'm writing about what people might call God when praying, things like "Lord" or "Father" etc. With respect to using "Dad" or "Mum", would you call them names? (not exactly - not like "Brian" for ...
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Smaller vs. less vs. lesser

I am confused as to some of the vocabulary that can be used to compare numbers and quantities, and would very much appreciate some clarification. I suppose it is safe to say that 1 is smaller than ...
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A word that defines shy, but in a positive context

I'm looking for a word that describes shy and reserved, but not to portray weakness or one that has a negative connotation. Being shy and reserved as an executive doesn't fit well for career ...
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Use of “elide” --common or esoteric? [closed]

Is the word "elide" a word commonly used by English speakers, or is it a more esoteric word used in law or crossword puzzles?
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What does “Can it!” mean, as used by Alex Chadwick?

On livejournal.com there is a transcript which seems unclear. (fish) me! remember the fish came home in a baggy loved me for 2 weeks and then nothing (girl) the fish is talking! (cat) well sure ...
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“You'll feel better 'by and by'”

As an instance, in "On Land and Sea With Caesar" by R. F. Wells it is written: "Go to sleep again. You'll feel better by and by and then I'll tell you all about it." " No, tell me now," insisted ...
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What are the differences between “dudes,” “guys,” and “friends”? [closed]

What are the differences between dudes, guys, and friends?
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paste = mashed potatoes? [closed]

Is paste a correct term to refer to mashed potatoes? I heard it today from a non-native speaker from India and I was a bit surprised.
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apply a preoperative checklist [closed]

"We're going to practice applying our preoperative checklist with a full team, identifying and fixing small errors" what does "apply a preoperative checklist" mean exactly?
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What is a “blow-off answer”?

In "The Mark: A Real Sales Guy Approach to Selling Corporate Accounts" by Bryan J. Seck it is written: I know this is a blow-off answer, and now I ask this in my first meeting so I don't have to ...
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Is it proper English to say “allocate [someone] among [something]”

Searching on the Internet one can find plenty of sentences where "allocate [something] among [someone]" appears, for instance (Google Books): The Congress amended the law to require OPOs "to ...
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What does “kerbside appeal” mean?

I've found it in an article promoting a new car: In terms of kerbside appeal, it’s in the similar territory to... [another car] I've googled it and in most results the context is houses, ...
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Difference between “coat” and “topcoat”, etc [closed]

What is the difference between a coat and a topcoat (overcoat, etc)? I want to use a word which mean a part of clothes which I may dress up when I go to a street in the autumn. But as far as I know ...
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an exercise in ≠of?

Does the word "exercise" in this sentence means something different because it is followed by the preposition "in" instead of "of". I've looked the word up on merriam-webster but i could only find ...
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Theatrologue: what are peoples' opinions on the use of this word in English? [closed]

I often edit texts that have been translated from Slovenian language and it is common that the Slovenian word teatrolog gets translated into English as "theatrologist", a word to which I find I am ...
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What's the difference between “you guys” and “you folks”? [closed]

You guys and you folks seem to have similar meanings. Do they have any differences? Thanks a lot
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A stronger word than “snob”

I recently stayed at a charming boarding house and had the pleasure of meeting one of the most curious people I have ever come across in my life. He was polite, and yet standoffish. He reminded me of ...
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“put down” ≠ make a down payment?

A Peace Corps volunteer started a credit union requiring people receiving a new home to put down community references in lieu of collateral. These references were friends, family members, or ...
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Is there a single word that means “cause(s) of death”?

It seems like this word exists, but maybe it's because I know it in another language (non-Romance) that I thinking it exists. I'm drawing a blank on it. I'd like to write a sentence that says "He ...
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Is there a term for a question and answer pair?

Is there a single word that encapsulates the idea of a question and answer pairing or grouping? So far, google has turned up nothing helpful on the topic. Naturally, reviewing the options for both ...
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“conduct intakes”

What does conduct intakes mean when one says “a doctor is trained to conduct intakes”? Is it something related to the amount of medication the patient will take? Or is it something related to ...
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Idioms and Formal Usage

Certain websites devoted to idioms claim that they--idioms-- are not used in formal conversations or writing; that is, they claim that these creatures are always used in only informal situations. As ...
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Tri-Parts Phrasal Verbs and Categories [closed]

There seem to be three categories for tri-part phrasal verbs: genuine non-separable (come up with); flexible in that the final particle can be omitted (brush up (on); mandatory separable (talk (.) ...
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What are some alternative words for “people”? [closed]

In the context of "people who learn a foreign language". For example: Most of the time, people learn a foreign language for professional reasons. Which words can replace the word "people" here?
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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?