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

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Given, particular, specific, any

I'm not sure which of the words from the title would be the best choice to indicate that I'm referring to a random consequence in general, in the context of the following sentence: Most often, a ...
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Someone who just thinks they know what they're talking about

What is a word or phrase that means a speaker (or writer) is talking about something they know very little about, but they think they know more than they do? An example: If you read diet message ...
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A noun for the act of brushing one's teeth?

I can't think of a proper word to use here... for example, in a hypothetical schedule there might be this: Shower - 9:30 Teeth brushing - 9:40 But Teeth brushing seems very strange/unnatural. Is ...
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What do you call someone who builds fences

What do you call someone who builds fences other than maybe "fence builder"? Is there a specialized name for that - maybe even archaic? Example: A smithy smith works with metal (Correction @Chris ...
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Name for a person who is always trying to beat the system?

Someone I know is always finding a way to beat the system, for example: Getting fake records to get his children into college, contacting people in the system to find him a way to bypass waiting for ...
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Word for someone who is extremely good at one thing vs someone who is modestly skilled at many different things

Is there a word for someone who is a master of one particular weapon or martial art vs. someone who is skilled with many different weapons or martial art styles? (Maybe this can apply to skillsets in ...
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someone who talks in sleep

Someone who walks in sleep is called sleep walker or somnambulist. Is there a word in English meaning somebody who talks in sleep?
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Word for someone who always corrects misspellings

Is there a specific word for the type of person who always corrects misspellings? Something exact, not something like perfectionist, grammar nazi or anal. Something that describes the person, like ...
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Noun for someone fun and caring and compassionate

What is a noun for a person who is nice and caring and fun to be around (a noun to refer to the person, as in "Bob is a _____".
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A person who twists facts to appear infallible?

What is the correct term for a person who twists facts and provides misinterpretations in an effort to appear infallible? The kind of person who is given a simple logic puzzle, fails to solve it ...
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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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What does she mean when she says shyly to me : “Hmm, Mmm and Aww !”

I have seen some women make some remarks when they like something said in their appreciation- of their beauty or of their intellect- may be. Like Hmm, Mmm and Aww. I guess they say," Thank you so ...
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I am looking for a word that means “to use whatever is available as a resource”

The word would mean "to use whatever is available as a resource". For example, If I do not have a ruler, I will just ______ to anything that is straight. What is this word?
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A word for counting the prisoners

Is there a word or a phrase for counting the prisoners in a jail to see if anyone is missing. Is prisoner count a valid term?
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What is a word for “to state facts as opinion”?

Stating opinions as facts is called dogmatism. Then what is stating facts as opinions called? example sentence: They __________ on the statistics so that the statistics fit their own agenda.
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Is there a word for “ someone who hates people from their own country”? [duplicate]

A xenophobe is someone who holds a strong dislike toward people from other countries. My question is: is there a word for someone who holds a strong dislike toward people from their own country? I ...
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Need word for a pathway or trail formed by frequent use by people, not through landscape or town planning [duplicate]

The paved pathway across the grassy knoll became unused in favor of a .... [NEED WORD FOR TRAIL FORMED BY FREQUENT USE AS A SHORTCUT].
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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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What do you call this particular sitting position?

Have a look at the following picture Is there a word for the sitting position of the boy with recorder ?
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Looking for a word - thing that wastes a lot of time [duplicate]

I am looking for a words for a thing in which you invest a lot of time but don't gain anything. For example using whatsapp.
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What is the correct way to say that the electricity has come back after a power outage?

English is a second language for me. If I translate literally from my native language, I'll say, "The electricity has gone." and "The electricity has come". For the first sentence, we say things like ...
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What do you call the additional money you pay when you buy a store or restaurant in return for many cutomers and nice facilities?

In Korea, it is customary for prospective buyers to pay the extra money to the owner of any business establishment when they want to buy it. The more customers and nicer facilities any store or shop ...
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I Need To transcribe [closed]

I need to have transcribe for this clip please just write script I don't need to time I just need transcribe. Now I think my question is relevant and specific and is so clear. https://www.youtube....
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What is the word to describe an advanced vocabulary?

Instead of using a common word like "sad", one can use "morose" to make a more vivid image. Or in professional fields words like "pedagogy" are used instead of a more common word like "education". We ...
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What does “disciplinary” mean in this sentence from the NY Times? [closed]

The claim is not simply that disciplinary expertise confers moral and political superiority, but that historians, because of their training, are uniquely objective observers: “As historians, we ...
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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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Long word meaning “to purify the text in a literary work”

What is the long word that means "to purify (remove vulgarity) in the text of a literary work"? I have been thinking on it for a while - I used to know it - but forgot. There is only one word that ...
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What do you call someone who is good at their job? [closed]

What do you call someone who is good at their job? For example: how would you describe an optometrist/ophthalmologist who is really good at what they do?
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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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A sentence for a person who is greatly tired

Occasionally, I meet someone who is working hard. He looks so tired and needs to hear some kind words and I don't know what to say. Some time ago, I asked this question of a native speaker and she ...
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Word for an opinion on a subject which, by definition, divides a group of people [closed]

"Polarizes" is not the right word for this. If you can imagine a group of people being strictly divided in opinion, the ideological line which divided them would be the thing I am trying to ...
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English Courses [closed]

Any One knows free websites for English course but please by level by level by level please thank you
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Super Duper -usage and nuance

I'd like to know how to use the idiom: Super Duper. It seems to be a slang which means great or marvelous. http://www.thefreedictionary.com/superduper But, one of my colleagues sometimes says "I'm ...
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Can I define our company's business as sell furnishings if we do not sell furniture?

Our company produces and sells rugs, throw pillows, decorative objects, cushions, lamps, wall decor products, curtains, candle holders and generally everything else which is decorative for the house, ...
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Railway switch change direction verb

I'm looking for the verb which could be used to indicate that someone changed the direction of a railway switch. Is it: to turn a railway switch to toggle a railway switch to change a railway ...
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National is to Nation as <what> is to State?

State-wide is the best I can come up with, but I think National has more significance that simply nation-wide, e.g. a National Treasure. Planning restrictions were eased for the new building as it ...
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what is the meaning of “strange pub”?

"You cannot order it in a strange pub..." I found this when I was solving a crossword.. I'm wondering what dose the "strange pub" mean? According to the dictionary.com the "pub" is a British slang ...
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What's a word for an instance in which one has an opinion about something without having tried it?

What do you call it when someone has a strong opinion about something without having any experience with that thing? For example, if someone writes an entire newspaper article about how disgusting pie ...
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Did English ever have a formal version of “you”?

From the top of my head, Danish "De" (practically never used), German "Sie", Chinese "您", French "vous", Spanish "usted" are a formal way of addressing someone, especially if one isn't familiar with ...
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'of the dates you suggest, X is the most suitable for me…'

I'm trying to reply to a formal email, but I can't seem to decide on the best option to say that, out of a number of dates provided as possible choices, a particular one is the one that suits me best. ...
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Words based on the names of gods [closed]

While the word christen means "to baptise" or "to make Christian", in another sense, it has shed its religious connotations to simply mean "to name" or even "use for the first time". Is there any ...
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I need a word to describe the quality of a rectangle that is “upright”

I would like a more formal word that describes the rectangle on the left as opposed to the slanted one on the right. For some reason, I can't seem to think of a description without being wordy...
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Does alma mater only refer to universities and colleges? [closed]

I was wondering if the term 'alma mater' can be be used to refer to one's place of work, where one has learnt a lot or is it strictly for universities and colleges?
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The suffix -teen [closed]

Is there a relationship between the suffix "-teen", which is added to cardinal numbers from 13 to 19, and the number "ten"?
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“bigger question” vs. “larger question” [closed]

Would you say “a bigger” OR “a larger question”? I am not sure which one is grammatically correct.
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A word for “mercy killing”

"Mercy killing" is an act of killing someone who is already dying and in terrible pain, in order to reduce his or her suffering. Is there any single word for "mercy killing"?
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How to memorise new words? [closed]

I usually spend a lot of time learning new words. It is very difficult to keep them in my brain. I prefer watching cartoons and CNN news (sometimes with subtitles). But, anyway, my listening and ...
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does otherwise fit in this sentence

I am writing a mathematical report and i wrote this: In the following sections, the value of x is always 1 unless it is stated the otherwise. Did I use otherwise correctly here please ? Thanks ...
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Which verb describes the movement of a flag or clothes on clothes line?

Which verb describes the movement of a flag or clothes on clothes line? The wind moves a flag or clothes,but what is the proper word for this movement?
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A synonym for the word “fanner”

In the old days, kings and wealthy people used to hire fanners to make them feel cooler. My question is: is there an English synonym for the word "fanner"?