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

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To forcefully do something you're not supposed to do

What's the correct verb to say to forcefully do something you are not supposed to do or to attempt acts in the attitude of 'just go for it'? Here, "forcefully" does not necessarily mean physical ...
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Is my name English?

I have a question regarding my name and English language. My family's last name is Maiorana and were from Yorkshire (or so I thought). The other day my new girlfriend asked where my name was from and ...
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Is there a simpler or better way of saying “promises that hold no meaning”?

Is there a simpler or better way of saying "promises that hold no meaning" or "promises without meaning"?
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One word for “Unseen but felt” or maybe a better expression to denote the exact meaning?

Romantic relationships and sexual activeness are also sensitive areas where competition among men is unseen but felt.
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birthday cake times twelve

I heard this in a documentary about the Peoples Temple. The quote goes exactly: These people would be on time, they’d be polite and nice. They were a span of ages, a span of races. They were ...
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A phrase for a tip or trick passed down from one generation to the next

Many use the phrase life hack to describe a novel or clever solution to an everyday problem. Before this expression became popular I remember seeing another phrase in the English language to describe ...
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More than an acquaintance, less than a friend?

Is there currently, in English, a word which describes the following kind of relationship: A person who you know you could be close friends with (this feeling maybe even being mutual and/or ...
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Umbrella term for organizations that help people?

Is there a word besides humanitarian which we could use to describe any organization (non-profit, charity, volunteer, or otherwise) whose explicit purpose is to help people? Is that precisely what ...
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What does word “jibi” means?

I guess it's a slang word, so I can not find it in a dictionary.
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Term for using Google or other search engines to cheat at trivia?

In a most meta act, I've been trying to search for such a term, but as you may have guessed, it's extremely difficult to get meaningful results when including the words in my question. Lots of noise, ...
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Word to describe “everyday things”

Is there any one word which can describe everyday things? By this, I mean things we commonly regard as things most people do every day, like taking a shower, brushing your teeth, getting dressed, ...
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“stress” vs. “distress”

From Cambridge dictionary, stress - great worry caused by a difficult situation. distress - extreme worry, sadness, pain. I'm not sure if the words 'distress' and 'stress' have the same ...
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What is the opposite of a sunk cost? (A sunk gain?) [migrated]

Here's an example of the sunk cost fallacy: You decided to buy a solar panel because you heard that you can make money from them over time. Unfortunately, you didn't do enough research and bought an ...
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Stele on the road while approaching a town

How would you call a stele on the road at the city entry like this?
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can the adjective “sexist” be replaced by “chauvinistic” in this context?

"the nature of these rituals generates a sexist mentality among the new members" can "chauvinistic" denote the same meaning as "sexist" in this phrase?
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On the duplicity of “peruse”

The following are the two main definitions of the verb peruse that the editors at Merriam-Webster.com have put forward; : to look at or read (something) in an informal or relaxed way : to ...
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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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Is there a word meaning “easy to misidentify”?

It seems like there is a word for this, and the sense is not exactly "hard to identify" but specifically "easy to misidentify". If no such word exists, a word for "hard to identify" could suffice.
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Why does the word 'calculative' not exist in the Oxford dictionary?

My friends and I have been using 'calculative' and not 'calculating' to describe a person given to doing or planning things only for their benefits; but it seems like we have been wrong for so long. ...
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Is “non-vegetarian” a correct word?

I've heard that the words "non-veg" and "non-vegetarian" are not legal English words (i.e aren't in the dictionary). Is this true? If so, what is the right way to say that something contains ...
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Correct Use of Prima facie [closed]

Can anyone tell me the correct use of "Prima facie" . I read this word in news paper but I don't know the meaning of this word.
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Word for belief or prejudice that is held, but it is not conscious

I remember reading about an idea of a belief or prejudice that is subconscious. It had a prefix, and it was something like: belief -> alief or prejudice -> ajudice But I can't remember the ...
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What is a “good stop gap”? [closed]

Sentence: A is a good stop gap before I find a better place to get help. Does it mean that A is good but temporary?
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What single word means “uncritique-able”?

I'm looking for a single word be for unable to be critiqued - "uncritique-able" - as in - "some people would say that the bible is "uncritique-able." I want the word to convey that one should not ...
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What's the best word that can be used to describe level of activeness?

I'm looking for a word that can be used in a question like "how is his * right now?", where a possible answer is 'calm'. Another example is: Person 1: Calm down! Person 2: My * is none of your ...
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A parent who has more than one child with one or more partners: “Poly-what?”

A polyglot is someone who can speak many languages; something that is polychromatic has many colours, and polysemy is a word or phrase with multiple meanings If polygamy is having more than one ...
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Word or phrase for fearing arrest/detainment/blame having done nothing wrong

I believe I'm not alone in this, but I get a sensation when I encounter someone who is in a position of power (relative to me) that the person will find me guilty of an infraction of some sort, ...
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rather gorgeous?

One dictionary marks 'rather gorgeous' as a British usage. I was wondering whether Americans also say that phrase. If not, what do you think is unnatural about it? I'd appreciate your help.
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Noun similar to Nostalgic or Sentimental

Funny Example: My older brothers used to love "Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone" when they were young. Now they're older and it's clear that they enjoy the modern Harry Potter movies (Deathly ...
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Less derogatory term for dump

I’m making a (multiple-)photo editing web-app, and there is a certain feature which allows users to sort of “hibernate” their accounts and log out, allowing them to pick up exactly where they left off ...
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Vocabulary advice for non native English speaker [closed]

I am not native speaker & aiming to work as Software Engineer by the end of this year. To work as engineer in addition to other skills one needs communication skills. I do have problem with this ...
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Name for presenting two arguments and letting the reader make their own decision?

As the title says, is there word for presenting two arguments and letting the reader draw their own conclusions from that? For example, let's say that someone has asked for my thoughts on restaurants ...
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What are some alternative words for an item that casts magic spells? [closed]

I am designing a video game set in a medieval fantasy world, and in the game, there is a chance of receiving a random weapon. For melee weapons, I currently have around 20 different weapons, such as ...
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differentiating between all that and what

Original-- extracted from the book Scarlet Letter: Like all that pertains to crime, it seemed never to have known a youthful era. My own rephrased sentences: Like whatever that pertains to crime, ...
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Where is the “pere” in “ammeter”?

The instrument to measure current in amperes is called ammeter, while the instrument to measure charge in coulombs is called coulombmeter. What happened to the -pere? Is there a historical reason for ...
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A different word for “dumbly”

Something that refers to a breathless, quiet speech, not absolute silence like most synonyms for "dumb". Such as when someone is in shock or disbelief. "I... I just saw her last week," he said ...
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Word/Phrase List to Describe Different Types of Relationships

The Swedish language has a big list of the words which describe the various types of the relationships. Many of those words just were coined recently. There is even the word which describes the people ...
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Difference between logs, timber, and lumber

I'm interested in the distinctions between these three terms. Here's what I already know: timber is wood that is still attached to the ground, and still has its bark on. Lumber is already felled, and ...
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Another word for “designated”

I am in need for a word to mean "designated" but with a stronger undertone of dictated task that one is obliged to perform reluctantly. Thanks. :)
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A verb like “delegate,” but it moves in the opposite direction

In short, I was thinking about how much of the time someone will come to me with a task that I just don't have the industry knowledge to perform, so I have to bring it to my boss. I was thinking it ...
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What's more than a girlfriend but less than a wife? [duplicate]

Let's say I am in a committed relationship with a woman, but we are not married; talking about her as "my girlfriend" seems a bit silly, as it conveys the idea of something juvenile, and 1) our ...
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Is there a word that means “multiply by ten”?

I'm wondering if there is a word that means to 'multiply by ten'. I'm curious based on my interest in the word decimate, which used to mean to remove a tenth of something.
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Is there any word that could be used as an alternative to “of utmost importance” [duplicate]

Is there any word that could be used as an alternative to "of utmost importance". Looking for synonyms.
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An adjective or noun for one who cracks lame jokes

Can someone please suggest an adjective or a noun to describe someone who always cracks 'lame jokes'? All I could think is 'Lame Joker' :/ I am specifically looking for a word/adjective that has ...
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Is “manually talented” a thing, linguistically-speaking?

Came across "[these people are] manually talented" in an English language test.The context was a group of people who were good at karate or ballgames, but also origami, pottery, sculpting, etc. To ...
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“Cousined to them” expression [closed]

What is the expression that sounds like "cousined to them" meaning accepted or gotten used to? For example, The city councilors passed the building code but the planning department was set in ...
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What verb describes the action of pricing just below a round number, eg $9.99 [duplicate]

We see it all the time: "New Brand X Sedan: $9,999 drive away". Personally, when I see this my brain registers this as $10K, but many people must filter out all but the first digit and their brains ...
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What is a good alternative for 'Yours truly' while quoting yourself? [migrated]

I wish to use a phrase/word after a quote, to indicate that it was me who came up with it (i.e. a phrase to quote myself) This is for a blog post. Is there any way to do so without telling ' "......" ...
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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 ...