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

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Meaning of “Black Swan”

Is "Black Swan" considered as an insult depend on the context it has been used ? For a instance, using "Black Swan" as a name for a company name ?
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what does “Emperor lives on” mean? [on hold]

Simply, I couldn't understand that sentence. I found that sentence on an image on twitter . could you help ?
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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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vocabulary about returning ones favor

You're asking someone to postpone something, or do something on behalf of you and at the end you want to say to him I will try to recoup it later. I will try to work on your behalf later. I'll return ...
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Why ''ich'' was changed for ''I''?

How can You explain in a simplified way that instead of the old English ''ic'' ,''ich'' in Middle English ,[ik], there appeared ''I'',[ai]? I ask because the basic words are very difficult to be ...
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Old English word for “lonely”

What Old English (and by Old English I mean the language of Anglo-Saxons, recorded in written works from VII to X century A.D.) adjective is the most appropriate to describe the feeling of loneliness ...
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He who gives Information?

What is the person who gives you information called? Basically I have read a play in which there are two characters that provide you information of the happenings in the play like the information that ...
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About using article [migrated]

I have known that article "the" is not used with "a large number of". I wonder if it can be used with "a lot of" . Thanks for answering.
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How is the word “self-conceited” different from “narcissistic”?

According to vocabulary.com, the word "Conceited" is defined as: A conceited person has an inflated self-image and perceives himself as incredibly entertaining and wonderful. Talk incessantly ...
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I need a word to convey the meaning of getting a course approved w/o ever going to class

I've recently started working at the International Office at my University and I've found myself in need of an English word for succeeding in a test and getting a course approved without going to ...
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English translation of the Russian idiom “проникновенный фильм”

In Russian, when we want to describe a film or book that really gets its message across and gets you thinking very well, most usually in a beautiful way and one that makes you feel tragically out of ...
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Word for reduction of open positions/jobs

When we say "reduction of positions", in the context of a company's efficiency plan, are we talking about laying off current employees, or eliminating available positions at a company (e.g. in the ...
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Noun opposite of complex, intricate

So something that is like "straightforwardness". I remember using it in essays years ago but now it's completely out of my mind and it's driving me crazy! The sentence I want to use it in is as ...
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Is the word “stool” an informal word or a formal word?

Is the word "stool" an informal word or a formal word? I think it is a kind of formal word, especially a medical word. It is used in several academic papers and articles, and also doctors like using ...
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Futurecast or Forecast

I saw the word "futurecast" in a TV weather report. What is the difference between "futurecast" and "forecast"?
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What is the stick, dug with young plants for support, called?

I am looking for the word/name that describes a stick dug along with young plants to support/direct the plant growth.
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Should I use the word “raise” or “grow” for animals?

I always use the word "raise" for animals. But all of a sudden, I encountered a passage that says "grow fish." So do these mean the same: "raise fish" and "grow fish"? Is one of them better than the ...
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why come ing with verb after preposition

why we use "ing" with verb that comes after preposition? For example: he is accused for breaking a new vase. here breaking is being used after for
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What is the wrap on a coffee mug or a thermos called?

When I buy a cup of coffee for taking away, the seller usually wraps the cup with tissue for reducing the heat or coldness when I hold the cup in my hand. There are also thick wraps that are made of ...
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Differences between “vulgar” and “coarse”, “crass”, “crude”, “rough”, “rude”, “unrefined” as applied to language

This question specifically covers how these terms are used to describe language, it is a followup to What's the difference between "informal", "colloquial", "slang", ...
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What is the term for a language that is a second language for most people?

What is the term for a language that is a second language for most of the people that use it? For example, when the Portuguese traded with East African countries in the 1700's, none of them spoke ...
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What is the act of self-referencing?

Ok, so something can be self-referencing. "This sentence contains thirty-eight letters." or "This is not a pipe." But what is "doing that" called? Along the lines of how self-deprecating is ...
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a word for functionalism as decoration

a word for an element of a design, or an object, that appears overtly functional but is decorative. ie, 4x4 rugged styling that is not functional; plastic bull bars. Lots of buckles or oversized, ...
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What is the difference between a cable and a cord? [closed]

As far as I know, a cable and a cord are both constructed from wires and some kind of housing, and the words are used interchangeably by most people (in my experience). Are they interchangeable, do ...
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What kind of instruments are “danglaphone” and “BB bowl”

I'm totally at a loss here. I found the names in a book with songs for kids ("Danceland"). It's not a big deal, but I'd like to show my boy what the heck the thing the man plays is. The Internet's ...
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expressions like “muscle in on…”

I am looking for a phrase of the same structure and meaning as 'muscle in on'. It is used to describe the action of using your influence to intervene in something so as to gain an advantage for ...
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The extent to which one is, or the state of being, of or pertaining to turtles/tortoises

I'm having trouble finding a word which fits. I did a google search for testudineousness and testudinateness, but sadly had no hits.
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What's Old English for “petal”?

What was the Old English word for petal? (As in "rose petal".) I've done research. And it seems the word petal is a relatively recent addition in the English language.
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How to chose the meaning of a word from many meanings [closed]

To increase my vocabulary, I collect words from my daily study and then find them in the Cambridge dictionary. But one word has many meanings. It is sometimes hard to memorize all of them, and it is ...
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Problems visualizing a description [closed]

I am currently learning Japanese and for the Chinese characters, there is a really nice book that combines stories or images to each character. The problem is that sometimes the description is a bit ...
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What do you call a 'view' for music?

I'm building a platform where people can store and manage their physical music collection, like vinyl records, cd's and so on (it's called www.melodystack.com for whoever might be interested, it's not ...
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Barkeeper, or bartender? How to address them?

I dunno if I'm right about the meaning of these words. What do you call the person who owns a bar, or a pub? And the person who serves you with drinks at the counter? [As the two may not be ...
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Connotation vs. Subtext

Can these two words ever be used interchangeably? My intuition as a writer tells me that I can either say (for example) The word denotes (x), but its connotation is (y). or The definition of the ...
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Word for a person who likes to argue

I recently read somewhere a single word that described a person who enjoyed an argument - in the sense of a lively debate. It may have been a word implying a positive or neutral context but I don't ...
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Interjection “et voilà”

I know et voilà is a French interjection and means there it is. It is very much used in the US. Why is the use of et voilà so popular in the US? Which historical fact has made it so popular?
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Single word meaning one who searches

I'm looking for a single word in English that means something akin to "one who searches" or "one who searches for meaning." I am hoping for a rustic/obscure word (not a commonly used word), but not ...
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What is a “biological-only” father called?

To simplify things, I'll put it as if it were my father: My mother conceived me without being married, and my father never acknowledged me. I don't remember ever having met my father. What is ...
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Can “unbiased” be called as one of the synonyms of “apathy”?

Consider the sentence: "He is apathetic of whoever wins the elections", can't we say that he is not biased towards any of the election parties?
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What is generic name for devices like this?

Well, problem is programming-related, but main problem is a naming, so I guess it's a correct place to ask. I have various type of devices designed to affect environment conditions. Typical examples ...
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Single word for “positive impact”

What single word can I use to denote positive contribution or positive impact? E.g.: He was let go because his burden outweighed his [positive impact] I thought of using benefit but that word ...
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Term for someone receiving pastoral care

I'm currently writing a manual on pastoral care in a Church community. In our cultural context, we use the term "pastor" not only for the traditional role of a community leader but also for anyone ...
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Is there a word for an road/path that splits specifically into three directions?

According to Wiktionary.org and Dictionary.com, one of the definitions of a fork is the something that divides into two or more branches. Wiktionary.org provides an alternative definition that is ...
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Term for “avoiding reality”

Is there a single word which describes someone who is trying to hide from the truth? For example, when my acquaintance's father died, she went on living and believing that her father was still alive ...
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Are “gadfly” and “gadabout” related? [closed]

A recent question prompted the answer of "gadabout" - which made me think of "gadfly". Are the two related? If so, which gave rise to the other; or, did they occur contemporaneously? What's a "gad"? ...
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Asleep is to awake; as sleep is to _____?

Is there no word that fills this precise role? I can say someone gets 10 hours of sleep. But can I say someone gets 10 hours of wake? That doesn't sound right to me but maybe it is. Does anyone know ...
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Holy holy=Holy s###?

I thought I heard the store manager (a native English speaker, mid-20's) muttered to himself like "Holy holy." That was when the store was newly opened and was so crowded with lots of customers. He ...
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What does it mean when someone calls himself “non sequitur”? [closed]

Coming from my answer to question Is there a better noun form of “unreasonable” than “unreasonableness?” What does it mean when someone calls himself "non sequitur"? Examples: "I AM NON ...
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What words can I use to describe trends in graphs for the IELTS exam (e.g. “increase”, “growth”)? [closed]

What is the difference between increase, growth, go up and rise? And what is the difference between decline, fall, go down and drop? I really don't know which is the best to describe parts of a graph. ...
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Word for bringing supply chain into a business

For example, a company that makes telephones might develop expertise in chip making thereby avoiding reliance on a 3rd party supplier. What is the word or term for this business practise?
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What is the meaning of the phrase: 'down the memory hole'?

I have heard the phrase 'down the memory hole' used before, and I believe it to have originated in the novel 1984 by George Orwell, but I'm not 100% sure the definition I've found is right: memory ...