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

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Term that means making humans look inanimate

Keeping personification as a related (yet opposite) concept, is there a term that means "to give humans lifeless or inanimate appearance"? For example, in a recent photo shoot, the photographer ...
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Looking for two terms from law vocabulary

I'm looking for two technical words used in law: Someone who accepts the law, they will try to do the best things in any situation. The opposite of number one, they reject any law and at every ...
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word to describe a quote often attributed to but not verified to a person

I have seen this word many times but can't for the life of me able to remember. The word refers to a quote which is often attributed to someone but no one can verify whether the person actually said ...
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How to make sure “you” is interpreted as plural? [closed]

It strikes me as unfortunate that in English the word "you" stands both for a single person and a group of people. This is different than other languages I have had contact with so far --- there, you ...
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What is proper word for “His words vibrated in my ears”

What is the proper way of saying His words vibrated in my ears The context is a man calls some one for the last time.He is about to die.What ever the other person says he cannot hear clearly but ...
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Occasion and Opportunity [closed]

At the same time, large companies may take ___ of smaller suppliers by delaying payment. The offer continues, so why not take ___ ? The attacker was ideally placed to take ___ of this. Please, I ...
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What's the opposite of “extending the deadline”?

Extending or pushing a deadline means giving more time to work on a project. But what if you want to say you are changing it so that the task is due earlier? What are the words or expressions I could ...
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“A lot of nature ” …can I say it this way?

How can I use the word nature when I want to describe different places with different nature?.Can I say I like living in a place with A LOT OF NATURE.
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Calque pairs like 'praeternatural/metaphysical'

There are words (not paired normally) which are, say, close relatives with (sometimes) totally different lives. For example, praeternatural = (Lat. praeter [beyond] + natura [nature]) and metaphysical ...
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Term for changing a word to fit another word inside it

Ska does this all the time. The Skatalites Eskanol (spanish ska) Skatastrophic I can't seem to think of a single other example, but I know I've seen it other places.
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How did 'oyster' come to mean 'an extremely taciturn person'?

Merriam-Webster definition #4 of 'oyster': 'an extremely taciturn person'. Since Online Etymology Dictionary says nothing about, can anybody say when and how 'oyster' assumed that meaning?
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Using 'planet-struck' in context [closed]

I'm writing a novel narrating an imperfect man's attempts at resolving his doubts under the influence of a planet, Uranus. So I needed an adjective to describe this man and I thought of ...
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“housing” and “hosting”. Differences

what's the difference between the words "housing" and "hosting" or between for example "I will host a friend at my home" and "I will house a friend at my home"?
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Can I use 'macaronic' to descibe light verses involving three languages?

Possible macaronic confusion: 'Of or involving a mixture of two or more languages.' (American Heritage) 'characterized by a mixture of two languages' (Merriam-Webster) Since in an essay ...
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What's the difference between a half-truth and a half-falsehood?

According to Merriam-Webster, a half-truth is 'a statement that mingles truth and falsehood with deliberate intent to deceive', yes, but a bit of searching shows that on-line dictionaries don't have ...
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Derivative/relative of “introspection” but for external phenomena

Is there a derivative of the word introspection that does not relate to "spect"-ing oneself but external phenomena yet still contains the spection part? Like for example extraspection (which, I ...
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What do you call an event that happens without a cause?

I used to think those are random events but someone over at physics.stackexchange.com insists that randomness means something else so I am at a loss here. Can someone help me out? What do you call an ...
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What is a word for implying someone else is wrong?

For instance, if someone says to you, "I like cake," and you reply, "I like to take care of my body," your response is a passive-aggressive way of implying that they don't like to take care of their ...
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How to semi-formally address a senior academic? [closed]

What is a proper way to address a person with the title of a Professor in a way which is less formal than "Dear Professor", but still conveys some respect? For example, suppose I am talking to ...
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Word for an Origin and Destination without regard for route [closed]

I'm looking for a word that describes an origin and destination, regardless of the route taken. The words I've come up with so far, route, trip, travel, etc. all imply a specific set of directions. ...
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What does “much to his chagrin” mean? [closed]

What does much to his chagrin mean? If chagrin means feeling of embarrassment, then can we write “I felt chagrin” or the like? What about “I was chagrined by”? Then what does much to chagrin mean ...
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Me or Myself? Reflexive pronoun?

This is to confirm the number of people for an event I am hosting with someone else; which of the following is correct: A. Until then, if you all could confirm your attendance [either] with John ...
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Capo = Cheerleader?

I noticed that the demi-official USA national (soccer) team supporter's group has a name for the folks who lead their section of the stands in chants/cheers; a word I'd never seen used for that ...
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Word that means “to make look like a bad thing/force”

There is a word (I think in ends in -ize) that means “to make seem like an an evil thing or force.” For instance: The author __ the axe to foreshadow its usage in the coming tragedy. What is ...
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What's a good name for different salary types?

In the model I'm creating, we've got four different kinds of salary. I'd like a confirmation on the correct taxonomy of these. The normal amount one gets every month. Should it be called fix salary ...
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Rule vs. Principle - What are each of them [not]? [closed]

I'm quite confused about these two concepts and I often interchange them. I was recently told that it's only a principle if it universally holds true or right, and that nobody gets to make up ...
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Usage of the word “antiquarian”

This question concerns the word "antiquarian". Is it a legitimate adjective from the word "antiquity"? I want to say something along the lines of "antiquarian context", to mean context from ...
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Is there a name for this kind of phrases? [duplicate]

I often times heard phrases like itty-bitty, nitty-gritty etc, the latter word followed part of the previous word's syllable(mostly ends with -y), I want to know the names for this kinds of phrases.
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Where can the Longman communication 3000 (most common spoken and written words) just starting on 2000?

I want to review my vocabulary by checking the longman list of most spoken and written words from 2000 to 3000 (from 1 to 2000 I assume I know). Here I found the complete list: ...
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How to make proper use of my vocabulary [closed]

English is my second language. I would like to believe that I have a good knowledge of english words (My GRE verbal percentile is 90%). I learn words in very systematic ways i.e. by reading their ...
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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 ...