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

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Term for: People acting normally while others disbelieve

Is there a name for the literary technique in which some people act normally about a topic or situation, while others (possibly including the reader) are incredulous? For example, at the end of To ...
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Word for a statement that embodies its own 'theme'?

eg, "People over-generalize." Sort of, 'autological', for sentences.
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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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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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Nouns denoting a state and the point of its initiation

The word incarnation, according to Webster, has two meanings: 1) the act of incarnating 2) the state of being incarnate So, this word can denote a state, as well as the moment of initiation of that ...
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Is there a word for “near in time” (both past & future) that doesn't also imply geographical proximity?

I'm currently writing a program that finds the "nearest sensible job", in terms of time. The only problem is that that phrase could also mean that the program is finding the nearest geographical job. ...
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University research or Academic research

What do you call researches that are carried out in the universities as thesis or...? academic researches university researches researches in university
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How well does the “A” fit in the “B”?

I'm trying to find two words that describe how well a single person/object/thing would fit in with some kind of situation/grouping/place/things. A few examples: "How well does the 'Student' fit in ...
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Meaning of Inappropriately appropriative

Could someone please elaborate on its usage with examples. Where can I use it ?
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double drift of stars

I read the following sentence "They seemed like a double drift of stars, streaming through space." In this passage: "...Then this blood began to change too. Instead of a continuous liquid ...
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To “opt-out” or to “withdraw”?

Which is more formal in register, opt-out of something or withdraw from something? Are there any more formal ways to phrase the idea?
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What's a better way of saying “rarely used”

I'm writing an article about using rarely used English words and how to learn and use them. As an example I'd like to find an alternate way of saying "rarely used" I believe there should be one word ...
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What does “can be said to do / to be” something mean?

The various modern revolutions in physics, in psychology, in politics, even in literary style, have not escaped his intelligent notice, but they can scarcely be said to have influenced him deeply. (...
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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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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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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"?
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unit as an adjective usage

the science dealing with the areal differentiation of the earth's surface, as shown in the character, arrangement, and interrelations over the world of such elements as climate, elevation, soil, ...
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Colloquial definitions of 'nice', possible alternatives?

I (and my family) use the word 'nice' in a very particular way which I seem to have trouble conveying to other people; so I've come here to see if there is anything remotely analogous. I describe ...
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The antonym of Schadenfreude is “fribbly” - the joy in other people's joy. What is the origin of this new meaning?

For many years the word fribbly has been used, in various communities as the antonym of Schadenfreude. Rather than harm-joy or "pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others". Fribbly is "Joy-Joy" ...
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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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Is it normal to use the word “rivalize” for describing, e.g., competing activity?

I would like to edit a phrase in an article describing some mathematical simulation of concurrent struggle on markets. It would be something like: ...if metallurgical enterprises would adhere ...
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Struggling writing a sentence

I am filling up my CV and I decided to put in a brief description of a company where I am currently working. I wrote the following sentence: The service helps finding spare parts throughout ...
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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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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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Rhyme That Both Changes and Keeps Meaning Partially

What do you call a rhyme that alters the meaning of a phrase to a related, but partially different meaning? i.e: polar bears to Solar Bears (an ice hockey team in Florida) Is there a name for such ...
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Is there a word to describe someone/something that is given a title prematurely?

For example a coal refered to as a diamond when it hasn't been transformed into one.
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“Tense” Equivalent Neutral Term for Singular / Plural Form?

Here's one for the English professors: I originally came across this problem when answering a question here. We all know that tense refers to the temporal form of a verb. "Act, acted, will act, has ...
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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 read"non-...
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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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Finding a word. Seeking vocabulary that means “afraid to read a block of words”

You know there are some individuals do not like reading, and when they see a chunk of words, they tend to avoid reading it. Is there a word for such behavior? Thank you
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I want to ask about vocabularies related to 'street children'

a child who leaves home and becomes a street children should be called specifically as a 'wandering' or 'roaming' child?
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What is a formal way to say fine by me?

The heading pretty much explains it. How would you say it's alright with me formally if somebody tells you he would come later?
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How to refer to the loudest point in a musical composition

Is there a single word to describe the loudest point in a musical composition? Crescendo is often used inaccurately to refer to this, but this is colloquial. Climax might be used, but a musical climax ...
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Is the right word here “generalized”?

I am looking for a word that would naturally fit in the blank. The context: Wirth did not specify a certain age as the only target for this problem; rather, he noted that whoever is older than ...
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Familiar 'you know' or 'you think you know'

When you say "This place is familar", Do you mean 'you know this place' or 'you think you know this place but aren't sure' ? What about the noun phrase "a familiar place"? You say "That girl looks ...
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Words that define spectrums of quantity and consensus

I need to fill a 4x4 grid with words, as seen here: I'm not quite sure how to fill in each blank box. They should be a spectrum of controversy to consensus, and minority to majority. This grid of ...
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Word for a discussion-ending comment

I'm looking for a word that defines something that is said that ends discussions because it can't be argued with. It's very annoying and I must find the word. My brother does it. He will say, "it's ...
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How to avoid redundancy here?

When I finally caught him, he was bleeding and was too weak to swim. The sentence seems awkward to me and I don't know how to rephrase it. I think "was" is kinda redundant but just omitting it doesn'...
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question about away from

Whats meaning of “ away from ” in the sentence : a move away from traditional industries such as coal mining .please ? can you explain meaning the sentence , please . Thank you so much
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Word describing something as “useful, handy, worth it” in reference to receiving a gift for it

How do you say something (like a hobby) was "useful" or "handy" when you've received a gift for it? I feel like those words imply I deserved a gift, which is not true.
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word for Father's responsibilities / duties?

I'm in the process of writing out my family constitution for our marriage, basically it's a book about family goals, family member rights and duties, financial and academic expectations etc. It is a ...
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what is the difference between need and necessitate?

both are verb and necessitate is formal. two are all related with the adjective necessary. Mostly people use need in daily life. what is the difference?
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What do you call a razor knife when the blade is removed?

The definition of a knife is a blade attached to a handle or something like that. I argue that when the blade is removed from a razor knife with a removable blade, then it isn't a knife anymore until ...
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Question about phone conversation

What should I say on the phone? Is it, Where are you calling from? or From where are you calling? If there is any alternative, please do share.Thanks
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Can the adjective “sexist” be replaced by “chauvinistic” in this context?

Can chauvinistic denote the same meaning as sexist in this sentence? The nature of these rituals generates a sexist mentality among the new members.
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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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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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Word for someone who is typing and then erases what they've written?

I remember reading about this word once and can no longer find it. The word is for a person who is repeatedly typing something to you in a chat service (that shows when they are typing) but then ...
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“Leave” doing sth meaning stop / give up

Is it correct to say "leave a course" (stop doing it, give it up)? e.g. I took an English course but after some time I left if .
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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 ...