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

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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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Person who pretends to not understand unless one speaks in exactly the words they expect

I just realized there are some people around my workplace who always try to correct me when using a certain word, saying that that's not how I should speak, and I should use other words (the ones ...
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Imparted vs Imputed

so I am a bit confused by the meaning of the two words: imparted and imputed. I know impart means to give or to communicate something. Impute means to ascribe. However, I dont know how can i ...
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You can only do so many of them

I heard this one in a documentary about foot fetish. The woman who produces fetish videos says: A lot men like feet. But you can only do so many of them. What does this mean? I googled but ...
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Is “I am not about this week” correct

We had an English test today and the correct answer to one question was "I am not about this week. I work in Romania" Is this correct and if yes what does it mean?
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Need help to understand job ad eligibility criteria

I want to apply for a researcher position. This is the homepage I am refering to. Now I have serious trouble to understand this part of the eligibility criteria: Early-Stage Researchers will, at ...
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What is “Current Post” in a form?

I have a form which I have to fill in. Therer are the fields name, address, email and current post. I know what to fill in in name, address and email. But what is current post?
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What is a word called that has more than one syllable?

You can say e.g.: The word "on" is a monosyllable. but it seems that the word "multisyllable" has been outdated since 1913. What is the correct term for a word that has two or more syllables, ...
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Name for the stick running through the small and narrow leaf of a big coconut leaf

Is there any specific term in English for the stick running through the small and narrow leaf of a big coconut leaf? In coconut tree, there is a stick(resembling a spinal cord) running through ...
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Are the words 'empirical' and 'experimental' interchangeable? [on hold]

Are the two words interchangeable in the academia, specifically in the field of physics and engineering? I am currently reviewing an engineering paper, and the author has used the word ...
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Culinary language: “closhe” [on hold]

In an episode of the TV show Chopped the dish-cover shown here was called a "closhe" but by definition a closhe (French for bell) is a "bell-shaped" cover (a simple Google image search will provide ...
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What is the word or idiom equivalent to henpecked?

This is the meaning of hen-pecked from urban dictionary: When a male complies to ever single demand of his girlfriend or wife, and the female is in complete control of her man. A hen-pecked male will ...
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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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increasing vocabulary in history of civilization, philosophy and ancient history [on hold]

Would you please guide me and show me the shortest way for increasing my vocabulary for history of civilization, philosophy and ancient history. I need to learn because I want to read books and essays ...
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Can the word 'sumptuous' be replaced by 'luxurious'? [on hold]

Can the word 'sumptuous' be replaced by 'luxurious' in the following sentence: Kevin's classmates were invited to his birthday party where a sumptuous meal awaited them. Thanks!
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What the right expression for “pursue a requirement”?

I have the following sentence in my essay. "We pursue a unique requirement, that is, how to optimally utilize the space for.......". I feel like "pursue a requirement" is a little odd. Any ...
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Is there a word for a person who loves to build his vocabulary?

What is the English word for a person who loves building his vocabulary?
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“Programatically” v.s. “Pragmatically” [closed]

Whenever I need to express the fact that I need to express some process in terms of code, I generally use the word pragmatic. For example: How can I extract the markdown tags that a website uses ...
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Are there measures of language complexity? [migrated]

I can find measures of "readability" but not language complexity (there might be another word for this, I give an example below) online. If anyone knows of any, would you list them? By complexity I ...
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What does 'pivot' mean in the given context? [closed]

The intention is possibly to counter the U.S. pivot towards Asia, but the Russia-China axis will have an impact elsewhere as well, including in west Asia. What does 'pivot' mean in this context?
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A word for “groups of populations”

I'm trying to describe an event that has affected large numbers out of separate populations. For example: "In the past, oil spills have affected [large numbers out of populations] of birds". The word ...
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Forming adjectives via suffixes, exhaustive approach [migrated]

My word is for postfixes (they call them suffixes) forming adjectives, very often I face missing English counterparts speaking of rich in adjectives (they are formed easily with almost no snobbish ...
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“run the wickets of”

I was watching a documentary recently and I couldn't understand something: "At this point, we were running the wickets of the investigation." What does "to run the wickets of" mean? Thank you.
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Response when your boss thanks you

What should be your response when your boss thanks you for using his own resource allotted to you and you respect your boss and cannot respond him like It's ok or you're welcome.
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Words with opposite meanings in different regions

I can't recall it, but there is a word in American English which now means the opposite of itself in British English. What words are there that have opposite (not just different) meanings in different ...
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herstory/herstorical [closed]

There's this newly-coined word "herstory" (as opposed to "history"). I'm wondering if a group of researchers concerned with the subject should be called "herstory group" or "herstorical group"?
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“critical” nominalization [closed]

I'm looking for the nominalization of the adjective "critical". Basically, a noun synonymous with the following: The extent to which a particular issue or item is critical or vital Any ideas? ...
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Word for letters from a foreign or unknown language

I used to describe these characters as Cyrillic ("I don't understand the cyrillic text on this poster"), but I learned today that Cyrillic is an actual type of script/alphabet! Is there an English ...
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What's the difference between “irritated” and “vexed”? [closed]

What's the difference between "irritated" and "vexed", or between "to irritate" and "to vex"?
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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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Is there any noun in English which changes the first letter in the plural?

Plenty of nouns change the second letter to become plural (man->men, goose->geese) but does anything change its first letter. I've hunted high and low over the internet, and spent ages browsing the ...
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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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Terms for collections of animals

As I watched the murder of crows sitting on the line above my house this evening, I got wondering where all of the collective nouns for animals (pod of whales, gaggle of geese, pride of lions) came ...
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Word that encompasses a person's mood, activity, company, etc [closed]

I'm looking for a preferably short word that encompasses how a person is feeling, what they're doing, and who they're with. The list of things I want to represent will probably grow over time, so a ...
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An adjective to describe a question with an ostensibly simple answer

In other words, the correct answer to the question is actually NOT the simple answer that first comes to mind. I remember coming across the word a few years back but have forgotten it since. If ...
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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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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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Difference between arguable and debatable?

I have noticed that people use 'debatable' a lot, while 'arguable' is used quite less. What's the difference and when should one use one or the other?
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Is “so-so” correct usage for “more or less”?

I took a trip down to Mexico last week and I heard "so-so" in response to "Do you speak English?" Now, I'm used to hearing "so-so" more in the context of "all right" or "OK", but not as in "more or ...
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Word, expression for copying someone who inspires you

All of us have a person; our elder siblings or friends or any one who we are inspired by. For example my elder sister, I love the way she carries herself, her personality, her poise, that I try my ...
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Difference between “turns out” and “turns out to be”

I'm not a native English speaker, hence I'm a little confused here. I want to know the difference between the two and also correct me if I'm saying it wrong here "It's turns out to be a conspiracy ...
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Meaning of “sugar-cloud kisser”

I am reading a renowned novel these days in which there is a sentence which goes like: "Well, well, well, guess who's back? Nick Dunne, Brooklyn party boy, sugar-cloud kisser, disappearing act." My ...
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synonymous expression for bide one's time

Can anyone think of a synonymous expression for 'bide one's time'? E.g., he has been biding his time. I'd appreciate your help.
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What word describes the amount an object is filled to, regarding its capacity?

Given an object that can hold a capacity of something, is there a word which describes the current amount it holds towards that capacity? For example, if an elevator has a capacity of 20 persons, and ...
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What do you call money earned through unethical sources?

Money/Assets/Property that is earned through unethical sources is called ? Money that is earned through bad sources like corrupted politics, corrupted business, ransom money, stolen or theft ...
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Things saved in the memory of the gone people — are called?

We all love to save things, collect items, items/things those remind us of the departed souls or gone people, gone from life may or may not be dead. What are those things called ? They might not be ...
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Difference between 'voting' and 'casting a vote'

What's the difference between them? A man was talking to another person while the elections were being held. I overheard them. But I'm confused here. English is not my mother language and I have ...
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Related to Wordnet

I want to find all words that occur commonly with a given word. For example the words light, sunshine, breakfast, alarm commonly occur with the word "morning". Where can I find such information? I ...
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Meaning of 'reciprocate' [closed]

I want to know its meaning in the context glitter reciprocated in my bag what does it mean here? Since in the mathematical terms , it meand the inverse. But here, it sounds a bit weird to me. Can't ...