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This tag is for questions about nouns. Nouns are words that refer to an entity, quality, state, action, or concept. Add this tag to single-word-requests if you are looking for a noun. Add the tag word-usage if you are asking about the usage of the noun.

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What is the word for someone who is willing to do anything for a fee

My character Laila is a sort of allrounder, jack of all trades and will do anything, from being your lawyer or temporary girlfriend to going undercover in the government, assassinating someone or even ...
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Is there a grammatically need to hyphenate the compound words “dumb f*ck” within a novel?

Would I leave the space, hyphenate it, or combine the two works like its similar, less aggressive counterpart: "dumbass" The quote from my novel is from dialogue "It's been six years, you dumb ...
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Is the Canadian in 'That's the Canadian in you' an adjective or a noun?

That's the Canadian in you. Is this Canadian a noun or an adjective? To clarify the fog, I asked 92 to 96 native speakers residing in the U.S. for the acceptability of the following three sentences. ...
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What are the spoon bit of a spoon, and fork bit of a fork, called? [closed]

A knife has a handle and a blade. A spoon has a handle and a... Bowl? A fork has a handle and... Spikes? Prongs? I guess this can be extended to more esoteric cutlery such as sporks.
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Question on attributive nouns/noun adjuncts

I am writing a review in English and I need to use the structure ‘eye movement changes’, ‘eye movement abnormalities’ with ‘eye movements’ in the form of a noun adjunct. Even in the title I would need ...
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Is pagan related to propaganda? [closed]

A pagan is someone who holds religious beliefs other than the main world religions. Propaganda is misleading information. Pagans could be ostracized for holding different beliefs and being labelled ...
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Can the phrase “once more” be a noun in American English?

Can the phrase "once more" be a noun in American English? I'm wondering if it can, as the two Japanese online dictionaries I'm using for my translation of 今一度 both say that the entry, -which only ...
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Is there a word to describe a piece of land surrounded by river(s)?

I was wondering if there is a word that describes a piece of land that is being surrounded by river(s)? Is "island" appropriate for this? I always thought the word Island means a piece of land ...
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A code or some code?

When talking about the source code of a program, my Computer Science teacher sometimes refers to single pieces of code as 'a code'. For example: For today's task, you need to write a code which ...
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Word for pleasing someone sexually because you care about them even though you don't like it?

Closest words that come to mind are: pleasing or pleasuring, but somehow these don't catch the meaning. Do you guys know any other words? Context: "I often thought about what I felt. If I were to ...
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Abolition vs. Abolishment

At times I have caught myself writing the noun form of abolish as "abolishment" and then pausing before realizing it should really be "abolition". Even as I type my spellchecker tells me that "...
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Can “contemporary” be used for objects

I don't want to use the word competitors in a business context, can I use the word "contemporaries". For example, Our business stands out from its contemporaries.
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Is it appropriate to use “sport”, “champ”, or “kiddo” to call a child (e.g. your son)?

I'm Spanish, just in case some of you think this question is kind of silly. I watch TV series in English very frequently to practise my listening skills. The words I've heard in relation to children ...
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Single word for profit or loss

I need a single word or short phrase (2 or 3 words at most) that describes revenue minus expenses, that is the net financial gain or loss. It is unknown when applying this term whether the amount is a ...
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What is the word for the corner where ceiling and wall meet in a house?

In a square room in a house, what is the word for the corner where one of the walls meets the ceiling? I kept thinking it was a word like "eaves", but that turned out to be the overhang. I have ...
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“Making music” and “music making” as a noun

I have always been wondering if one of these forms is more correct in formal writing: The verb-ing + noun form and the noun + verb-ing form. For example: Making music is a skill anyone can learn. ...
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Illness and plants

Can I use the word "illness" when it comes to plants? I've never heard of a plant having an "illness" only a "disease" but another editor doubts this. I can't find a credible source to prove which one ...
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Is there a name for the phobia of not having access to the internet?

Nomophobia is the fear of being out of mobile phone contact. Is there a name for the fear or phobia of being away from / not being able to reach the internet?
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Single word for someone who is being impersonated (“impersonatee”?)

I'm writing about impersonators and people being impersonated in general terms and having 'the impersonator' and 'the person being impersonated' is cumbersome at best. 'Impersonatee' sort of works, ...
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A word's different meanings in a sentence

The image of God is one thing, and that which is contemplated in the image is another. I'm not sure but it seems the two "image" in the sentence have different meanings from each other. in my opinion ...
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How do I use “The screaming abdabs”?

I have recently come across the phrase "the screaming abdabs". It is used in sentences such as "it gave me the screaming abdabs", abdabs being and old-fashioned word meaning 'a case of extreme anxiety'...
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Word for an elderly person with diminishing mental faculties

What do you call an old person suffering from the loss of mental faculties? According to the Oxford dictionary, dotard is an old person, especially one who has become weak or senile. But a weak or ...
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Type of noun from the sentence [closed]

"Seeing the baby the mother rose in her." Is the word 'mother' in the above sentence a: (a) Common Noun (b) Abstract Noun (c) Proper Noun (d) Collective Noun
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Evening and night in English

How does the division into evening and day in English? Is there a certain time when evening and night begin?
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Is there a name of the flying bionic bird?

I have seen this flying robotic bird on youtube few days ago. Unlike other flying machines/robots, it flaps its wing to fly. Doing google, I came to know that they are called bionic bird. But, ...
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(Edited) What is the noun for ''the way of thinking about what could have happened in the past all the time'' [closed]

in short the noun defines 'thinking and talking about what ifs a lot' Edit: Unfortunately none of the answers came with the word i'm looking for and I'm sorry I was not fully prepared when I first ...
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Is there a technique used when someone splits a compound noun into two parts?

My student has asked whether the splitting of the compound word keyhole into key hole is a particular literary technique. I didn't know! It's relevant to the text, as it is about disconnection and ...
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What would you call a group of people who don't mind their own business?

Scenario: You're building a model in your room. You've been building something incredibly intrinsic and you don't want to stop until it's finished. Your father comes in and begins to scold you for ...
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Name for a singular noun that is used like a plural? [duplicate]

Is there a word for a noun that is singular but can be used like it is plural? For example... Q: How is your team doing? A: They are doing great. Or Manchester United are at the top of ...
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Is virus a countable or non-countable noun?

I have read that virus is both a countable and non-countable noun. I am therefore unsure which of the following is grammatically correct. There are six types of computer virus available. There are ...
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Can you use the word “Concomitant” as a synonym for “Coworker”? [closed]

I am writing a novel and I recently discovered this word. From my understanding, the definition sounds broad enough to be able to use this word loosely in place of co-workers. For Example: With ...
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Usual combinations of nouns/verbs and prepositions

Following Macmillan Dictionary, we can find out that word list can be used together with the preposition of (example sentence: A list of the world’s richest people). We are looking for a collection ...
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Glasses - countable or uncountable noun?

Is word glasses countable or uncountable? Are these sentences correct? These glasses (referring to one pair of glasses) are my favourite! I have quite a few glasses in my drawer, however, my favourite ...
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Are there nouns that are always plural — have no plural counterpart?

Are there words that have no plural counterpart, because they are, in fact plural? Words like rice or scissors come to mind.
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What are names for a gold digger's man?

A gold digger is an informal term for: A woman who associates with or marries a man chiefly for material gain What would the gold digger's man be called? A mark? A sugar daddy? Edit: I'm editing ...
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Is 'Seamster' a gender-specific noun?

At first, I thought seamster is a word used to address a male person who sews clothes and seamstress is used to address a female sewer. But there are different explanations online. FineDictionary and ...
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Can adjectives get plural s?

Are the following sentences correct grammatically? 1- The war had two hundred woundeds. (And not wounded soldiers) 2- There are two modals in that sentence. (And not modal verbs) That is, can we ...
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What are the rules for what “they” refers to when there are two plural nouns in a sentence?

Some examples: The Wilsons are angry at the Smiths for the way they parked their car. The Wilsons haven't hated this Smiths this much since they moved. The South hasn't hated the North this much ...
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What is the word for a person who counts? [closed]

What is the single word for a person who counts?
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What is the word to describe “annoying but commonly accepted”? [closed]

For example: You're searching for your wedding location. You google, called, email - go through all the process of finding the perfect location. It's super annoying but at the same time you accept ...
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What is the difference between “section” and “part”?

What is the difference between "section" and "part"? The Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English says for "section": one of the parts that something such as an object or place is divided ...
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What is this called: British oven pot holders connected by towel

I'm a Yank, and I often see on British TV a pot holder or oven mitt like this: two square mitts (terry cloth?) connected by a dish towel or tea towel, so it's all one piece. What are they called? The ...
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Is it “No band practice” or “No band practise” in British English? [duplicate]

I understand that one is a noun and one is a verb. But is it correct to say "There is no band practice today" or "There is no band practise today" UPDATE: I am not asking for the correct spelling of ...
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Grocery or Goods

Grocery - items of food sold in a grocery store (Google). But suppose I bought a few cleaning items along with the food stuff can the collection still be called grocery? Or maybe goods ?
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The noun acting as adjective

Sometimes a noun can describe another noun (ex. mountain bike), usually adjectives are used to describe a noun. But there is also a possibility to create an adjective from the noun. What makes that ...
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Is there a linguistic term for using a common noun as a proper noun?

In some situations, a common noun in a specific scenario is treated as a proper noun because it refers to a specific entity that satisfies the common noun. Is there a special term for this ...
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word for false nostalgia

Is there a word to describe nostalgia for things that never existed? For example, a 1950s-style diner is supposed to reconstruct a cultural archetype, but there never existed such a diner. John Wayne ...
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A place that is away from your normal life?

How do you describe, using a noun, a place you can escape from your old life but only temporarily. It kinda feels like a summer house, but bears no relevance to the seasons. I have thought about the ...
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“names of countries” “name of country” “names of country” and “name of countries” what are the differences?

"Names of countries" - meaning names of many countries ? i.e. To list the names of countries, Brazil, Singapore, Africa, and America (is the usage correct?) "name of country" - meaning name of one ...
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What's a word for a statement that is either true or false?

"The Earth is big." is an opinion. "Earth is 10 miles in diameter" is something that can be proven either true or false. It's not a fact, because facts are true. Is there a word for a statement that ...