Can you define the subtle difference between “What kind of person …” and “What kind of a person”? [duplicate]

This question already has answers here: “What kind of a person” vs. “what kind of person” (4 answers) Closed 3 years ago. The indefinite article certainly adds something, creating a slightly different shade of meaning, but is there a clearly defined rule or principle for this? What kind of freak show is this? What kind … Read more

Does the word “extravagance” only have negative connotations?

Case in point: In his opera Rigoletto, Giuseppe Verdi really goes to town showing off his prodigious melodic gift. Themes, lines, full-fledged melodies: he does not economize. He just throws them right and left, all original, all unique, never repeating. The brief intro to Act Two is a melodic jewel, and yet all it does … Read more

Word for: Making stronger together

I’m looking for a word that implies a group of things (which are not good by themselves and somehow incomplete) become strong and somehow complete together. Something like flocking or swarming but each of those do not have the “completing/improving/positive” connotation I’m looking for. Any ideas? Answer I’d suggest synergetic: Involving the interaction or cooperation … Read more

Does the term “Methodical” have a negative connotation associated with it? [closed]

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Why does the *dirty* in *dirty mind* refer to sex instead of any type of immoral thought?

Why does the dirty in dirty mind refer to sexual-related thoughts instead of any type of immoral thought (including ill will or malice against another)? Answer Dirty has meant, in the OED’s definition, ‘morally unclean or impure; “smutty”’ for over 400 years. It is perhaps not too hard to see a progression of meaning from … Read more

Connotatively neutral alternatives to “ignorant”?

The word “ignorant” has a denotative meaning along the lines of “to lack knowledge” or “to not know”, but its connotative meaning, by my understanding, is negative. Are there any synonyms of this word that have a more neutral connotation? The stack exchange question here suggests that “uninformed” might be suitable for this purpose, but … Read more

Alternative word for jealous (without the negative connotations)

I was wondering whether there is a word similar to jealousy but without the negative connotations? For example, if I really admired someone for their memory and wished mine could be as good – however, I didn’t feel begrudging of their good memory, or wished I could have good memory and they didn’t. Basically, a … Read more