One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a plain buff envelope’
beige, straw-coloured, yellowish, yellowish-brown, brownish-yellow, light brown, pale brown, tan, fawn, sand, sandy, oatmeal, wheaten, biscuit, coffee, coffee-coloured, camel, caramel
1‘Victor buffed the glass until it gleamed’
polish, burnish, rub up, rub, smooth, shine, wipe, clean
1‘an opera buff’
enthusiast, fan, fanatic, devotee, addict, lover, admirer
expert, connoisseur, aficionado, authority, pundit, cognoscente, one of the cognoscenti, savant
freak, nut, fiend, maniac, ham, ninja
North American maven, geek, nerd
South African fundi
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