Looking for the word

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Re: Looking for the word

Postby Woods » 2020-08-29, 6:40

linguoboy wrote:
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Woods wrote:I don't like the "redundancy" of saying "slightly ajar" that linguoboy mentioned. But I really want the person reading to imagine that the door is very slightly opened - so if we have to use the extra words, maybe I could add "whether it's fully opened or very slightly ajar"?

You asked what sounded good to native speakers. This is what sounds best to me.

Does the very add anything there or is it too much?

Honestly I hadn’t noticed that you’d added it. That should give you an idea how little difference it makes.

Okay, but if you don't mind it, I'm leaving it there :)

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Re: Looking for the word

Postby languagepotato » 2020-09-03, 8:48

Also looking for a word (if it exists)

Is there a word for someone who doesn't eat land animals, but eats fowl and fish (basically what I'm looking for is a word like pollo-pescetarian but including more fowl than just chicken)?
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Re: Looking for the word

Postby linguoboy » 2020-09-03, 9:52

languagepotato wrote:Also looking for a word (if it exists)

Is there a word for someone who doesn't eat land animals, but eats fowl and fish (basically what I'm looking for is a word like pollo-pescetarian but including more fowl than just chicken)?

“I don’t eat red meat.”
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Re: Looking for the word

Postby Woods » 2020-09-03, 10:57

linguoboy wrote:
languagepotato wrote:Also looking for a word (if it exists)

Is there a word for someone who doesn't eat land animals, but eats fowl and fish (basically what I'm looking for is a word like pollo-pescetarian but including more fowl than just chicken)?

“I don’t eat red meat.”

What a change of topic! :shock:

What about rabbits?

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Re: Looking for the word

Postby Linguaphile » 2020-09-03, 13:47

languagepotato wrote:Also looking for a word (if it exists)

Is there a word for someone who doesn't eat land animals, but eats fowl and fish (basically what I'm looking for is a word like pollo-pescetarian but including more fowl than just chicken)?

Actually pollo-pescetarian is often understood exactly that way. Some pollo-pescetarians don't eat any meat besides fish and chicken, but many will eat other poultry. Likewise pollotarian or pollo-vegetarian generally means a person who can eat poultry in general, not exclusively chicken.
A person who says "I don't eat red meat" might eat pork.

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Re: Looking for the word

Postby Woods » 2021-01-28, 12:05

Turning the volume knob up and down, is there a one-word verb that can be used?

Like there is to tune, but that is slightly different. To adjust, but it will require adding the substantive. To pitch, but that is more about the quality and character of the thing being modified and not about its level and strength (which is what I'm looking for). I need to use it metaphorically with a noun that is not the volume or sound itself, so I was wondering if there's a one-word verb that would express the whole thing - turning volume up and down, or some similar physical phenomenon?

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Re: Looking for the word

Postby linguoboy » 2021-01-28, 15:47

Woods wrote:Turning the volume knob up and down, is there a one-word verb that can be used?

Like there is to tune, but that is slightly different. To adjust, but it will require adding the substantive.

Not necessarily. In context, it can be used with an understood object. The problem is more that it's too general.

There isn't really a one-word equivalent, but depending on the actual sentence you might be able to utilise "modulate". It's also broader than just volume, but I've heard "modulate your voice" to mean "speak softly", so given the right context I think it might be possible for it to mean "adjust the volume". Like adjust, the object could be understood, e.g. "I still can't hear it." "You have to modulate."

Since this is an extended usage, I'd really have to see the sentence though.
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Re: Looking for the word

Postby Woods » 2021-01-29, 9:05

linguoboy wrote:
Woods wrote:Turning the volume knob up and down, is there a one-word verb that can be used?

Like there is to tune, but that is slightly different. To adjust, but it will require adding the substantive.

Not necessarily. In context, it can be used with an understood object. The problem is more that it's too general.

There isn't really a one-word equivalent, but depending on the actual sentence you might be able to utilise "modulate". It's also broader than just volume, but I've heard "modulate your voice" to mean "speak softly", so given the right context I think it might be possible for it to mean "adjust the volume". Like adjust, the object could be understood, e.g. "I still can't hear it." "You have to modulate."

Since this is an extended usage, I'd really have to see the sentence though.

Could you say that something "modulates one's beliefs" - in the sense of making them weaker or stronger without clarifying which? I came up with "regulate" but it didn't sound good.

Adjust, modify, tune, pitch won't work cause it'll sound more like they're changing the actual belief, while it's more about its strength.

Modulate sounds fine to me, so good that you're here :)


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