Questions tagged [register]

'Register' is the degree of formality called for in a particular written or spoken context. Very broadly, we distinguish 'formal', 'informal' and 'vulgar' usage in both writing and speech, but finer distinctions may be needed.

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Excrement, faeces or poop?

In daily conversation, when we discuss/say about the baby excrement/faeces. Which word should we used? Excrement, faeces or poop?
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What is the register of “to be shamed”? [closed]

I was wondering in what conditions is it considered as correct to use "to be shamed" ? What is the register of this verb ?
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Is “Bunch of people” a valid phrase?

Some time ago I was told that use of the expression bunch of people is incorrect. Apparently, bunch should not be used along with people meaning group of people. But the problem is that I can hear ...
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How to concisely express 'at many place' similar to somewhere, nowhere and everywhere?

I searched on the Internet and found the opposite of 'somewhere' is 'nowhere.' This confuses me, because I see it like this: The opposite of "everywhere" (at all places) is "nowhere" (at no places). ...
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How sophisticated does the word 'occidental' sound for the average native speaker?

The word oriental is quite widely used. But its counterpart, occidental is not so popular, at least I don't hear it so often. What's more, my contact with English is mostly by technical documentation,...
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Under what circumstances does an adverb not get -ly?

I learned in school that it's correct to say really good. On the internet I've also seen real good. Is this grammatically incorrect, or are there particular circumstances under which this is correct? ...
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Lite instead of Light

I commonly see lite version, lite cream, etc. When is it acceptable to replace light with lite? Is Lite already accepted as correct English or is it just an informal/incorrect spelling? Are there any ...
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Are British words jarring in US English? [closed]

In particular, I don't mean mere alternate spellings like colour, honour, but words that are entirely different: using lift instead of elevator, fridge instead of refrigerator etc. What is the common ...
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Meaning and usage of ain't

Sometimes I encounter ain't, but I really don't know how to translate it properly. What does ain't stand for? If I really wanted to use it, in which contexts would you say it's acceptable using it?