Questions tagged [vocabulary]

This tag is for questions about a body of words. It should not be used to inquire about the definition of a specific word.

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Meaning of 'earth'

It is in vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquillity: they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it. Millions are condemned to a stiller doom than mine, and ...
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Can I “fix” clothes?

Can I use fix for talking about clothes? For example : My mother fixed the hole in my jeans. Or is there a better verb I should use?
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A different concept of difficult English words

I’m interested in building up my English vocabulary, but whenever I look for “difficult English words” or “advanced vocabulary” I’m presented with a list of polysyllabic words such as: aberration, ...
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How many vocabulary words should I learn every day? [closed]

I am trying to learn new words but pronunciation is difficult. I try to learn new words, but by the next morning I have forgotten what they were and I have to start over again. How many new words ...
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Is “stove element” a common name for this object?

I read in a book it's called a oven stove element, and I used this word. But it might sound formal, is there another more common name for it? If not, what else is it called?
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Is “has the idea” used appropriately in this sentence?

"Unto" usually has the idea of something being presented or given to someone/something. When I read the sentence above I noticed that the writer, a native of English language, used has in a way that ...
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Meaning of “bombastic” nowadays

Wiktionary's defintions of "bombastic" are: adj. of a person, their language or writing Pompous or overly wordy. adj. High-sounding but with little meaning. adj. archaic Inflated, overfilled. "They ...
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Using the plural of “antenna” in figurative sense

PBS Scrutiny Raises Political Antennas http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A8067-2005Apr21.html Yes, this is a headline, so may be that it is not entirely representative of "standard" ...
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When a door is widely open, what words do we use?

When a door is opened partly it seems correct to choose the word "ajar". If the door is widely open, which words are correct to use? For example, can "broad" be used?
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How many words do I know

People are sometimes asked how many English words they know, and I'm also curious about the size of my own vocabulary. One way perhaps is to look at a list of the most frequently used 5000 or 8000 ...
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How to memorize 5500 English words within the shortest time?

I am considering to appear for GRE. For this purpose, I have bought a vocabulary book containing 5500 words. It must be mentioned that I work 12 hours per day and thus I have limited free time. My ...
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What are these flying things called in English?

I saw something flying today. What should I call it in English?
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What do I call these things in English?

I use them quite often but I'm not sure what to call them. Their pictures appear in these links. http://www.123rf.com/photo_11282557_plastic-water-spray-bottle-isolated-on-white.html http://...
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Card game vocabulary [closed]

I am building an online version of the game of Set, and I want to get my vocabulary straight. So far, the words I have are "card", "deck", "(card) feature", "set", "player" and "dealer". I am missing ...