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answered What is the military term for fighting the enemy without permission?
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comment Etymology of “embarrass”?
Interestingly, in Spanish it instead came to mean "pregnant".
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answered Is there a term for words that have a single meaning or are only used in a single context?
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comment Is there a term for words that have a single meaning or are only used in a single context?
A good fraction of that list's examples are bogus, though: they're just common collocations. Just because the cerebral cortex is the only cortex the author is aware of doesn't mean that all cortices are cerebral. I'm not sure why he thinks "parlance" is an example, since it is reasonably common by itself. Nothing's special about "Maginot"; it's just a noun adjunct referring to the French politician.
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comment What do you call two words that contradict each other in a sentence?
I think there might be a more specific rhetorical term for using an oxymoron in this way, but I couldn't find it.
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