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

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Yearning without Hope

I was reading Poe and thinking about his work. Then I thought his dark-romantic style seems like a huge yearning without any hope but I was not sure if this is possible. Does the word yearning contain ...
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Another word for “hot”(as in feelings)?

When you feel something hot in your mouth like pepper: are there any other words for it? Pepperish, perhaps? Is "pepperish" appropriate? Not only in the mouth and any other parts of the body
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Dynamic Society [on hold]

Is there a single word that describes Dynamic Society? Something like 'Dynasociety'? That's a self created word, but I was thinking, if the word itself does not exist, are there any rules in creating ...
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Date as a synonym for anus

In the Song "Ten Foot Cock And A Few Hundred Virgins" Tim Minchin uses the phrase "it's a sin to take it up the date, even if it's great, even with your cowboy mate". I'm not a native English speaker ...
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What do you call that annoying toddler that whines about everything?

You know that kid you see in a supermarket with his/her mom, and the kid is all like: "I don't like that", and starts to scream? What is a good word or slang term for that?
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Filling registration form attached to mail [closed]

I have received a mail having the attachment of registration form a seminar. I have to attend that seminar so I have to fill that form. Help me fill that form because everytime I opened it there was ...
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The difference between “lead” and “plug” [closed]

What is the difference between "lead" and "plug". In this case, we ignore the definition of lead as a chemical element
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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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Finding out the proper word out of book-learned vocabulary

I've been learning English for many years now by using many resources available to me. It is mostly reading, as I have very few opportunities to use English to communicate. Due to this fact, my ...
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Words or expressions for Scribbles and Erasure

I've been curious about a word to express those 'marks' that we have, mostly, on pen written texts, usually when you write and make a mistake and you can't erase you have to cross out the word, then ...
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What does 'project-plugging' mean here? Also can any other constructions be formed using '~plugging'?

Guy Branum Awarding points for name-dropping, project-plugging and flirting with the host, the former Chelsea Lately writer's monthly Talk Show: The Game Show competition elevates self-promotion ...
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What's the one word for a person who generalizes everything? [on hold]

I am searching for a word which qualifies a person as someone who makes sweeping generalizations on almost everything and tends to stereotype people. He picks up one trait of a person(something which ...
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Few good places on Internet to improve English (Learning by doing) [closed]

I spend a lot of my time on Internet (mostly social networking & programming). My accent is fine because I have to listen to so many tech conferences and tutorials online. I don't have that ...
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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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A word for all groups in university of the same specialty graduating in the same year?

Basically what I wanna to say is that one of the students was the best among all others of his specialty in the year he graduated, not like the best graduate, but the best in his specialty. Right ...
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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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Can't Understand Sentence Containing Word “Keep The Difference” [on hold]

I work for a client at the rate of X USD (United State Dollars) per hour. Recently, he accidentally paid me at the rate of Y USD per hour. Y is greater than X. I notified him of his mistake and he ...
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Repudiability, Deniability or what?

What is the correct way to say that a certain assertion, claim or declaration cannot be denied? In Computer Science, sometime people say "non-deniable/deniability" and somewere I even ...
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“To tame” for “to cultivate [vegetables, a land, etc.]” and “to domesticate (or farm) [poultry, fish, etc.]” in AmE

The Harrap's New Shorter French and English dictionary Ed. 1985, defines both verbal and adjectival "tame" as Americanisms for respectively "to cultivate" and "cultivated", as of a plant or a land ...
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“Snub out a cigarette” for “stub out a cigarette” in AmEng

My bilingual dictionary marks "snub out” as an Americanism for “stub out” as in, “He snubbed out his cigarette.” Is this phrasal verb common enough in present-day spoken AmEng that it can be used ...
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An adjective for a film or book with very long dialogues

Is there a word to describe a film (or book) that features very long dialogues and most of its scenes or passages revolve around dialogues? I came up with the word "dialogue-y" but that obviously ...
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Name of castle part

What do you call these? Please provide a reliable source with your answer.
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Use of “parley” meaning to convert?

I sometimes use the word "parley" as a verb effectively meaning "to convert from one language or system to another". Such as Stargate parleys the Egyptian deities into villainous star-faring ...
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Difference between “Discriminant”, “Discriminative” and “Discriminating”

Let us assume I am writing some technical CS stuff, and I want to talk about "features" of something that discriminate something else. Translating from my native language (French), I would use the ...
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“Consist in” vs. “consist of”

I would like to clarify this once and for all: What is the correct use of "consist in" vs. "consist of"? "Meditation consists in/of attentive watchfulness." "The body consists in/of cells." ...
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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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what is the meaning of the word “MUST”

This question is in relation with my other question in this site (please have time to look at it) The Resistance Operatives must select the Mission Success card; Spies may select either the ...
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The usage of word “assignment” in technical communication

I was wondering if the word assignment is offensive to title the jobs expected from someone which has been delegated to do some tasks or not? I would like to know it in University-based ...
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What is it called when someone attacks a person and the offender gets an even worse reputation?

What is it called when you defame someone and you happen to lose respect for doing that. For example, "George is verbally attacking John, by doing that George is losing people's respect" Thus: ...
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what is the difference between charlatan and chicanery? [closed]

I am skeptical abut the difference between the above two words. When I googled it shows charlatan is "a person falsely claiming to have a special knowledge or skill." and chicanary is "trickery, ...
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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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What is the difference between employee and personnel?

I have been searching on how to use the following nouns personnel and employee in their proper meanings. I always find that personnel refers to people employed in an organization , and employees are ...
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How to distingiush adaptable from adaptive? [closed]

I really wonder what is the subtle difference between these two terms, and if they could be used interchangably somewhere? Adaptable Adaptive
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Questions about vocabulary related to publishing and writing - proper words

Updating my resume and converting it to English, I encountered the following issues: I have written a few technical books. In the resume summary, what should I refer to myself as? Writer, author..? ...
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Looking for a word similar to “issue” - “issiation”? [closed]

I have recently heard a word that sounded similar to "issue" but I could not find it when I searched in the internet - probably because I didn't spell it correctly. It sounded like "issiation", the ...
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Is there any difference between “Anyone” and “Any one”?

Always when I read books in English I see sometimes there is a space between "Any and One" and sometimes there is not any space . So, I will be thankful if you please tell me the difference.
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How can one decide whether to use the compound form of a word when the one- or two-word versions are acceptable? [duplicate]

This question is an attempt to find an abstract answer to every "one word or two?" discussion. My problem is exemplified by this scenario: My text editor's spellchecker recently corrected me on my ...
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What does “like a [expletive] wazoo” mean? [closed]

I was video-documenting on my cellphone like a goddamn wazoo. What does wazoo mean in that sentence? I googled it, and the results seemed to indicate wazoo means ass. Is that what it means in the ...
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how to read numbers of 6 digit in formal english

How to say these two numbers: 112177 eleven hundrends thousands and twenty one hundren and seventy seven one hundred and twelve thousands and one hundred seventy seven the same for this number ...
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What are someone's 'last words' called?

What are someone's last words, spoken on their deathbed, called? What about those that are perhaps left written or scribed on paper?
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Term for when a negative word is used positively?

Many years ago I heard a linguistics professor use a term to describe when negative words evolve to express positive opinions. For example, African Americans began in the 1970s to say "bad" when ...
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'Move to a new place' - different way of saying it

I want to find a way of saying something like... [...] I am willing to fund my move to [insert country's name here] myself to make up for [...] ... in a natural way. I am pretty positive a ...
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Proper term for “surity..??” [closed]

What's the proper word for "surity or sure-ness". E.g. "It's a surity that it will happen". I know "assurance" can be used. But is there an even closer term for this..?
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appropriate phrase for expressing close distances toward a person

Imagine this scenario: You are having a conversation with someone about a tropical fruit which you have seen the picture of it(on the internet or something) and you do know the name of it, but you ...
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Informal usage of the word “deliver”

I am accompanying some of my friend to somewhere and I want to talk about it with someone else. For example, "I delivered him/her to the airport." But I'm not sure whether that's common in ...
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What word means something close to “related by happenstance”

A program runs on a specific computer. The program and the computer are individually important. However, it is not important that the program run on this particular computer. We have several ...
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The meaning of the word “decanter”?

I have looked up the word decanter in several dictionaries to find a meaning that matches its use in the sentence below, but I failed. In a problem-based learning setting, teachers need to ...
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Meaning of unknown word “Steeldust” [closed]

There is a strange usage of a strange word steeldust. It is used in the following extract from a Warhammer novel: ...shown in white marble numerals on their battleplates and the steeldust rims ...