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Positive alternative to “ominous”

The word ominous has a negative connotation attached to it, but is there a word with the same kind of meaning that is positive?
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Equivalent for “née” in spoken English

Née is a word borrowed from French that means "born as" and is used to denote someone's former name, such as the maiden name of a married woman. It is usually seen as a parenthetical aside: "Jane ...
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Is there an adjective for someone who can withstand ridicule?

I've been searching both my mind and several thesauruses attempting to find the adjective that best describes this type of person. The term "thick-skinned" is the closest to what I am trying to ...
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Is there an un-informed version of “etc.”?

I'm updating my resume, and I'm explaining what fields of mathematics I have experience teaching. I list a few, but I want to add something like "etc." to clarify that the list is "including, but not ...
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Alternative to “a bunch”?

About two years ago I watched some old Monty Python interviews. In one of them, Graham Chapman, a Brit, makes fun of Terry Gilliam (the only American) for his lack of vocabulary. He specifically cited ...
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Is there a gender-neutral pronoun? [duplicate]

I've noticed a tendency in recent technical literature to use feminine pronouns, instead of the more traditional masculine. For example one might write she [the user] enters her password. It's not ...
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Word meaning “convalescing” their mental health

Is there an alternative to the verb convalescing for someone recuperating from a mental breakdown, as opposed to convalescing after a physical illness?
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Is it correct to say semi-promise?

I want to say, someone sort of promised to do something, yet it was not a full promise: She had a semi-promise from his employer to get a raise this year. Is semi-promise correct in this sense? ...
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I want to break the habit of “here's the thing” [closed]

What are some alternatives to this overused phrase? Examples of use: Person A: What's going on? Why did Person B do that? Person C: Ummm... can we go somewhere more private? A & C go to the ...
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Alternate wording for 'verification and validation'

In technical contexts the idea of 'verification and validation' is often used. However novices to the terminology (or so I claim) on more occasions display a hard time grabbing and remembering which ...
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Alternative wording for “Falling into pitfalls”

Context: Are you fully knowledgeable of the subject, or are you falling into the common pitfalls? I don't like having falling and pitfall together. I also think "experiencing the common pitfalls" is ...
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Word that describes being “patriotic” for something that is not a country?

I'm looking for a word that is similar to patriotic but does not relate to one's country (or state). For what it's worth, I'm specifically referring to "overly patriotic" in a negative sense, to ...
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What is a succinct positive name for a busybody ( non impacted stakeholder )?

I am looking for a word that does not have a negative connotation and is a succinct general term for a: non user, but vocal, stakeholder. Arbitrary example: Say a new road was going to be built ...
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what's another way to say, “highly sought out”

what is another way to say " highly sought out"? I am looking for an alternative phrase for this current phrase.
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Alternative to the phrase “not to mention”?

Despite knowing how the phrase "not to mention ..." is often used, it still grates on me to use it because I am in the act of "mentioning" even as I use it. I found it helpful to read the origins of ...
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Alternatives for “similar to other studies”

When you want to compare the results of a research to other studies, you can use Similar to other studies, the current study indicates that ... What are other alternatives for 'Similar to ...
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So if I don't see you till then

Often I hear the follow said (or similar variations): So if I don't see you till then, have a nice vacation. Now I suppose that the intent is that if I don't see you until you leave, then I'll ...
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Any alternatives for the word “deservability”?

The word "deservability" officially doesn't exist in dictionary. But, we might come across few situations where you need to make sentences like this one. You deserve that job. But sometimes, ...
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Alternative expression for “bang for your buck”

I have been hearing the expression "bang for you buck" many times a day and I find myself distracted when I or others use it. In an effort to be an attentive listener, what is a good alternative ...
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What's the difference in being extemporaneous,being spontaneous and being impulsive?

What's the difference in being extemporaneous, being spontaneous and being impulsive? Or, when, where, - in which situation - would you rather use them?
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'in appreciation' vs. 'appreciatively' [closed]

Is using the adverbial prepositional phrase in appreciation in place of the adverb appreciatively convey exactly the same meaning? I'm attempting to avoid the use of the adverb "appreciatively" in ...
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What's an alternative idiom to “rob Peter to pay Paul?”

I'm looking for an alternative to the phrase, but I can't seem to figure any out. What's an alternative to "rob Peter to pay Paul?"
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Is there any difference between “clear conscience” and “clean conscience”?

I want to have a clear conscience so that I know to judge clearly what is right or wrong. vs. I want to have a clean conscience, therefore I will not do such an ugly thing. The ...
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Between '(s)he' & 'he/she' — which is recommended/ preferable?

When talking about or referring to someone who could either be a male or a female, I usually write it as (s)he but I have also seen usage like he/she, which also seems correct to me. I use (s)he ...
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“Accepted” not correct for legal document [closed]

Could someone suggest a good word to use in the sentence given below? It is for use in a legal operational protocol manual and should fit within context. I'm currently using "accepted", due to a lack ...
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Correspond to vs. Correspond with

Is there any significant difference between Correspond to and Correspond with? I only mean in the sense of "matching", here, rather than "communication". I've looked at a few sources, but I can't ...
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'Went missing' / 'was missing'

In the following two paragraphs the phrase went missing was originally supposed to be was missing. Can I still use it as is? We went to the cinema yesterday. When we were about to leave, I saw ...
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Put on a very impressive display

I found this phrase in a translation studies textbook, Veeraphol Nakonluang-Promotion put on a very impressive display to knock out defending champion Joichiro Tatsuyoshi of Japan to become the ...
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Alternatives for “layperson”

We are developing a website and we have different personas (to connect with certain user types). We think layperson is probably not the best and i was wondering if the community here might be able to ...
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What are other alternative ways of saying “how are you?” in business email [closed]

I'm looking for an alternative ways to ask my email recipients about themselves before we go into more serious discussion. I think "how are you" does not sound professional when you are emailing to ...
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Can I use the term “ageographical” to refer to multinational corporations?

I came across the following sentence and checked it in the Corpus of Contemporary American English: Ideologues, be they left or right politically, are fundamentally ageographical. I know that ...
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What term has suddenly replaced the term “physically challenged” from 1996?

Why has the term "physically challenged" been used less and less since 1996-97 (ngram), while the term "mentally challenged" continues to have a positive trend? What term has gradually replaced the ...
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Is it OK to use “after a moment,” “not long after,” and “before long” interchangeably?

I write stories, and I often find myself writing "after a moment," in too many parts. On their table was a smoked salmon, grilled meat, a plate of sushi, mussels, some salad, a basket with ...
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Alternative for “not popular” [closed]

On a similar website to Ebay we have "popular items" (items that have many views) and "not popular" for items that don't have many views yet. Can you provide some alternative for "not popular" or for ...
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Secular alternative to “preaching to the choir”?

Is there a secular alternative to the phrase "preaching to the choir"?
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heavy or strong taste in doing things [closed]

Is there a phrase or word to express "have a heavy/strong taste in doing things or about sex" can I use "hardcore" ijn this situation?
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One-word alternative for “double-check”? [closed]

From the given paragraph: I frequently forget to lock the main door. But, I know I double-checked if the door was locked today. (more texts...) I realized I became very anxious about my ...
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Another word/phrase for precipitation?

Is there some word that I could use in place of precipitation when I don't know if it's raining, snowing, or hailing outside? Saying "there is probably precipitation right now" (in place of something ...
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What do you use as an alternative for “In light of”?

What do you use as an alternative for "In light of" in this context? In light of the recent evidence, the police arrested John Smith.
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How to differentiate between checked and selected items in a list [closed]

In computer terms, sometimes there is a need to distinguish between items in a list that are checked (e.g. lists that have a checkbox next to them) and items that are selected (e.g. user clicks on one ...
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Alternatives to 'respectively'

Is there any other word I can use instead of respectively? This word provides me a way to describe a list of items conveniently in a single sentence and hence save space. I've used this many times ...
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“Of which I am unaware of” & “I don't know”, semantic difference

While reading first few chapters of fascinating book "On Writing Well", this doubt struck my mind: "There are many great English writings of which I am unaware of" OR "There are many great ...
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“The above technique is a double-edged sword” [duplicate]

In our native language, we say this "The above technique is a double-edged sword". Is it appropriate to say it in English? If not, what is the nice way to express the same meaning?
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“sophisticated” is not appropriate in a research paper because it is an opinion? [closed]

Someone suggested me do not use "sophisticated" in research papers, as it shows an opinion, which is not objective. Is that correct? If so, what are good alternatives?
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What is the meaning of “greasing the pan”?

In a tutorial, the instructor says: We've greased the pan, now it's time to pour in the batter. The tutorial is technical (IT), and has nothing to do with cooking, so what is the meaning of the ...
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How can you distinguish between different meanings of the verb “to know” in English?

I work in an industrial setting. Today I had a conversation with my coworkers in which we discussed that another group knew that our group has requirements that they were not going to meet based on ...
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Are there any alternative words that can be used to refer to a particular thing?

I usually write new words I learned or found on a website to help me remember them better. For example, I learned the word "holster" and I wrote "A holster is a thing used to cover a gun." This is ...
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Alternatives to the noun 'dump' (as in “a data dump”)

What are alternatives to the noun 'dump' (as in "a data dump")? The word dump here refers to the data that gets dumped, in other words, to the mass of what is being dumped. Another not-so-common ...
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Alternative to “as-well-as” for an academic paper

Is there some better alternative to phrase as well as for an academic writing? It sounds to me too informal. The whole sentence is: Improvements of both parts are possible as well as joining ...
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What is a friendly way to say ' Now processing'? [closed]

I'm developing software something like iPhone's 'Siri'. If I call its name, it will answer, What can I help you with? If I say "Turn on the TV", it will answer, Now Processing ... But, I ...