In recent coverage of the Mark Duggan shooting and subsequent riots, I've seen a few instances of people referring to the police as "feds". Obviously in Britain there are no actual feds since there's no federal government, so what's the story here? [more inside]
What are some words whose definitions have changed significantly in the last few centuries? [more inside]
Isn't it odd to call someone your "girlfriend" who you wouldn't call a "girl"? [more inside]
What is Casualty Section as repeatedly referenced in the Wire? [more inside]
In what English movies or books would I most likely be exposed to new words? Any genre and time-period.
If you wanted to learn 100 words in a foreign (i.e. non-english) language, which words would you choose? [more inside]
I'm a native French speaker, and I'd like to to learn some new English words. However, many advanced English vocabulary books contain a lot of words which are exactly the same in French. Of course, some of them are false friends, and there's always something to learn. However, I'd like to know if there exists a vocabulary book specifically dedicated for French speakers. [more inside]
Where can I find some colorful vocabulary words/phrases for my college essays? [more inside]
TipOfMyTongueFilter: What's the term (or terms) for the gap between intention (or perception) and action? [more inside]
Fontagraphers: I know what a serif is - the little "tail" at the ends of character strokes. Mid-stroke, however, is what? [more inside]
Word Choice Filter: Is there a word that describes someone who is influenced by an influencer? [more inside]
Once bitten, twice shy: Is there a single word which conveys the sentiment of this idiom? I have thought of "gun-shy," but no others. Or another phrase or idiom having roughly the same meaning?
What is it called when you make a mistake because you are thinking faster than you can speak/type/etc.? [more inside]
I am looking for an adjective that means something like 'sufficiently ambiguous (but encouraging enough) such that one can project their desires into [it] and find validation.' anyone got a fit? [more inside]
You know that vertical slit in the doors of speakeasies, mafia hideouts and other places where you need to be sized up before entering? With the little metal hatch that slides to one side? Is there a word for it other than "peephole?" [more inside]
How common is the usage of the expression "To dun" in the context of chasing payment? [more inside]
What's a good way to expand one's vocabulary? [more inside]
WordsmithFilter: Give me an adjective for something along the lines of: "having varied or constantly changing (but not necessarily extreme) weather"?
Is there an English dictionary that excludes the most common words? [more inside]
Is there a good book word of the day list with nice usable words? [more inside]
Outside of Freudian slips, is there any scientific evidence that people's word choices unconsciously reveal states of mind that they are trying to conceal? [more inside]
Interactive vocabulary software for a teenaged ESL student who wants to prepare for the SAT but still needs to learn pre-SAT level vocabulary? [more inside]
Where can I find Japanese books (fiction or not) with furigana online? [more inside]
There's a word that means something like 'useless party skills' -- little tricks like bouncing ice off your elbow into a glass, rolling coins across your knuckles, flicking cards into a hat. I think it sounds a little like 'caltraps'. It's driving me crazy trying to remember it. Anyone know this word?
Given that Federal bailout monies are being tossed around to banks like sacks of rice from an aid truck, are there any emergent slang terms for one billion dollars? [more inside]
What's the difference between casual dating, being friends and being in a relationship? [more inside]
Looking for a word that expresses "jealous anger" [more inside]
How do I make a database of vocabulary terms and definitions to use for teaching? What software, settings, etc. should I use? [more inside]
Is there a word that describes a situation where you *technically* have free will, but don't REALLY have the option to choose otherwise? [more inside]
Is there a term which people use to explain why people behave badly/differently in unfamiliar surroundings? For example, tourists behaving badly on vacations.
HelpMeThinkOfThisWordFilter: Jesus was ______ by two thieves while being crucified. [more inside]
Help figure out this modifier of the word "mentality", which may be phonetically similar to "sinded".
Help figure out this modifier of the word "mentality", which may be phonetically similar to "sinded". [more inside]
I'm looking for controlled vocabularies to describe photographic images. [more inside]
Is there a good adverbial form of the word 'smellable'? [more inside]
Holy vocabulary crisis, Batman! My thirty-something brain has gone soft and I forgot a word I used to know. Can you help? [more inside]
What is the name for the little notch at the bottom of one's neck between the clavicles? That is, the area directly under the 12 in this picture?
lexiconFilter: what are some words that sound really gross even as you are saying them? [more inside]
What is the term for the depiction in art of the sun's rays shining through or behind clouds? This phenomenon. Sometimes believed to be a form of theophany. Wikipedia has an article about it, but I can't remember the name to look it up. Thank you.
vocab-filter: Is there a vocabulary word or term to describe a service or an act of generosity that is ceased by its maintainers because a small, select group broke the rules ? [more inside]
Help me remember an adjective meaning extremely gifted, normally applied to a child. It's not anything obvious. :( [more inside]
What are the most common 20% of words in any language? [more inside]
For some reason, I have always thought that one common name for a "pacifier" or "dummy" was "duddy" (I am not a native English speaker). Is this word used anywhere? Is the spelling correct? I can't find really any reference to it on the web.
My grandmother had a stroke and I'm looking for lists of practical words to put on flashcards for her.
My grandmother had a stroke and I'm looking for lists of practical words to put on flashcards for her. [more inside]
Is there a better word for this notion than "futurism?" [more inside]
ESL Textbook Recommendations, anyone? [more inside]
If you're old enough to remember NES and SEGA, What words do you think of when you reflect on your youthful gaming? [more inside]
Having trouble making out a word in this narration: "An odious (?) collection of moves?" MP3 link (@ 0:10) [more inside]
Good examples of intercultural communications based on ideograms or common concepts? [more inside]
There is a Greek word which describes a preference for voyeurism over participation in sexual activities. What is it? (It may involve small boys.)
Describe 'legalese' in a word. [more inside]