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Questions tagged [rare-words]

Rare words are words that are not frequently used. Note: there is no generally agreed-upon definition of "rare" as used in the phrase "rare words".

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A word for something that is impossible to be sure of? [closed]

A noun for something that you cannot prove; something you can never be sure of actually happening/being real?
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Status of 'hypophora' as a word

I participate in other SE forums where it's common practice for experienced or knowledgeable participants to simultaneously submit both a question and an answer. This can be very helpful in technical ...
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Meaning/Origin of word “Nixie”

In the area of which I live, there is a certain word we use to describe somebody that is naughty, or bad, in a joking/lighthearted manner. I do not know how to spell the word, and every attempt to ...
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A Word for a Person who believes only things which are globally believed/accepted?

Eg. In religious belief, I only believe that marriage is only a physical bond. There is nothing to do with rituals. Because Globally, that is the ONLY common thing in a wedding. Rituals are totally ...
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'Whosever': Why is this word going out of usage?

Whosever foot fits into the slipper, that woman will be my wife. Though English is not my native language, due to years of reading, 'whosever' as a possessive came naturally to me in the above ...
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Has the word “manal” (instead of “manual”) ever actually been used? If so, how?

Recently, I've been going through checking how many Latin words ending in -alis have corresponding English words ending in -al. It seems there was a Latin word mānālis meaning "flowing" (as well as a ...
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Word for a small space/dwelling that is much larger on the inside than it appears from the exterior

I'm searching for a rare word that means a small space/dwelling that is much larger on the inside than it appears from the exterior. It has been in 2 stories I know of: shown as a magical tent: Ali ...
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What's the meaning of “You verminate the sheet of your birth”?

What's the meaning of "You verminate the sheet of your birth"? Does it have a figurative meaning? What is "the sheet of your birth" referring to? Any guess? I really hate the way everyone thinks it ...
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“whoever” vs “whosoever” - when should I use which?

What's the rule for choosing between "whoever" and "whosoever" as a subject for a sentence? Even if they have the same semantics (of which I'm not sure), I'm assuming there some contextual or ...
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A person who can speak on any topic [duplicate]

This is a person who can talk about any topic related to any field; for example, medical, politics, history, engineering, etc. and not just in a boasting way, this person actually posses knowledge in ...
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Words meaning long-term success [closed]

I am looking for a word that means success, especially in the long-term. i.e: Doing something today that will give you a competitive advantage in the future. Bonus points for words that are not ...
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Is there an English verb that comes from the Greek ἀσθενέω (astheneó: to be weak or feeble)?

From Wiktionary: 3. (with infinitive) to be too weak to do a thing, to be unable Sample using this definition: This friction <astheneo-s> to resist the force. An answer in the negative counts.
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A word for “doing the dishes”

I am bilingual and, from time to time, I realize certain words are missing in English. I just wanted to check whether there was a word for "doing the dishes." (If anyone is curious, the word in ...
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Verb [will] — “rare” ? ----> 1. (rare, transitive) To wish, desire (something)

(Bold emphasis mine) https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/will Verb (rare, transitive) To wish, desire (something). [9th-18th c.] "Do what you will."‎ (rare, intransitive) To wish or ...
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Term for when someone falsely accuses you of doing to them what they are actually doing to you

UPDATE: (2018-02-08) Pot-Calling-The-Kettle-Black (PCKB) reconsideration and another example: The Wikipedia article on PCKB indicates something interesting. It says that originally, the term was ...
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What does it mean “to ride a number”?

This excerpt is from an article in the New York Times: Grown men ride hot-pink numbers, ringing tinny bells to clear their paths, to jobs in the sprawling souk or doing grunt work for aid groups ...
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What's the word for “running with your arms outstretched as though flying”?

I caught this on an 'odd words' sort of program on public radio, but didn't hear the full word pronounced, just that it started with an 'f'. I studied the unabridged OED for a bit, but couldn't find ...
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“Thinking you recognize everyone”

Is there a word for "thinking that you recognize everyone that you see"? I recently just transferred schools, and the first couple of weeks or so I thought that every stranger I saw was someone that I ...
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Words that describe food and eating [closed]

I'm writing a piece that relates to food and eating and am looking for adjectives that describe both. I just picked up the word prandial and that piqued my interest. Are there any similar words out ...