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    Default For want of a better word

    They were worried about, for want of a better word, competition from other charities.


    Does it mean that 'competition' is the best possible word to describe the situation, or does it mean 'competition' is not a very good word but the speaker cannot think of a better word because of his limited vocabulary?

    Thank you:)

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    Default Re: For want of a better word

    Quote Originally Posted by peteryoung
    They were worried about, for want of a better word, competition from other charities.


    Does it mean that 'competition' is the best possible word to describe the situation, or does it mean 'competition' is not a very good word but the speaker cannot think of a better word because of his limited vocabulary?

    Thank you:)
    That's right, it means you can't think of a better word right now. You might know other words but you seem to be stuck for a better word.

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    Default Re: For want of a better word

    Thanks, Marilyn
    :)

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