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Meaning of the slang Boo

The following paragraph is from the story of Billy, Sally, and Joe: Billy and Sally were inside a dark room. - Billy yelled "Boo" and scared Sally. Then, Joe came in. - Hey, boo, come over ...
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Technique of pronouncing the rhotic “r”

I, as a German native speaker, have two "techniques" of pronouncing the rhotic "r." I describe them as follows: I move my tongue upward, so it touches the upper row of my teeth and then just make a ...
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Must “Eldest” Always Apply To People?

If you have a collection of things that are related to one another, can you use "eldest" to denote the oldest, or should that term only be used with respect to people? Another question on this site: ...
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How do some people develop the tendency to overuse particular words?

My ninth-grade history teacher said ultimately so much that a classmate and I started keeping tally each day. He once said ultimately 26 times in a 48-minute period. A co-worker's response to most ...
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How can I say a job which completes 70-80%? [closed]

In English, if a job completed 100%, then I will say it is Completely done If it is done about 50 %, we will say partially complete How about case if it done about 60% to 70% or 70 to ...
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Does anyone use both “whinge” and “whine?”

The words "whinge" and "whine" have separate (albeit very similar) definitions in the OED, and they have distinct pronunciations. "Whinge" seems completely restricted to BritE; I have never heard it ...
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I haven't seen her “for”/“in” two days

What's the difference between using either for or in in the following examples? Bill hasn't taken a vacation for/in two years. Jack hasn't been to school for/in four days. I hadn't seen ...
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“When will you be leaving”, Why? when the subject is Person! [duplicate]

My confusion about The correct sentence is when will you be leaving. but i don't know why they use "will be leaving" instead of "will leave"? Many thanks.
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I am having difficulty structuring the following sentence based on the following words

I want to ensure that the following words are conveyed in the sentence: Competency Cultural-fit Inclusion (inside of culture) My attempt has been the following, but I feel it could be ...
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“Turkey Day” 100 years ago

I've perceived an uptick in the use of "Turkey Day" to refer to Thanksgiving, and I ran a basic sanity Check against Google Ngrams. It seems to be on the rise since about 1970, but I also noticed a ...
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Is the idiom “as neat as a pin” an American phrase?

I'm editing a novel set in 1930s England, written by an American author, and have been editing out any Americanisms I come across. I just read a line of dialogue containing the idiom "as neat as a ...
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What does this phrase mean: “they just can't keep their hands off the cookie jar”?

What does the following sentence mean? They just can’t keep their hands off the cookie jar (or outta the cookie jar) I came across this sentence in a movie. The context is racism and the social ...
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A is B that is C, C refers to A or B?

He works in our company that is nice. In the above sentence, "nice" refers to company? or it can also refer to company? How about a general A is B that is C sentence?
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Rephrase the Sentence [closed]

I have a picture that I am trying to give a caption to. Following is what I have come up with, but it just not sounding right. It's picture of San Francisco downtown in the background and bay in the ...
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Is this grammatical? [closed]

Could you tell us what's your favorite Google Chrome extensions? , The ones that you are using regularly and the ones that are cool no matter how much you use it or how popular it is.
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Why is the past tense of text, as used by some people, pronounced “text-ted” and not just “tested”?

Why is the past tense of text, as used by some people, pronounced text-Ted and not just tested? One wouldn't say risk-ked for risked, or ask-ked for asked?
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What is the meaning of ground truth?

I am reading the paper : http://mi-lab.org/files/2014/10/FlexSense_web.pdf . I have problems understanding use of ground truth the following : Main Pipeline Reconstructing the full 3D surface ...
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“Carbine” rifle | is there pronunciation demographic data?

Let me count the ways: Car-bine (like: dine, refine, canine.) Car-bean (like: green bean, ravine, serpentine.) CAR-buhn (like: ..like the right and proper way to pronounce the scotch 'Oban'.) ...
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Earlier in the day meaning? [closed]

Today ,while reading news paper I came across the sentence "she had gone shopping earlier in the day " ....what does it mean ......? My conjecture "yesterday ?
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Out or out of which is it? [duplicate]

Which is correct 1 Get out the house. Or 2 Get out of the house? I've heard that the American English standard is the first one and the British English standard is the second one. Is that true? The ...
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How can I rewrite the sentence in professional way?

I have a sentence. Could you help me to rewrite it more professional way? Thanks The advantage of these methods is that guarantee to achieve a good optimal solution, and thus these methods are ...
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What is British biscuit called in America? Cookie?! Cracker?

You find in dictionaries (OED for example) that what the British call biscuit, is called cookie or cracker in America. But, British biscuits are like these: while American cookies are like ...
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How should I capitalize “on which” using headline-style capitalization?

How should I capitalize on which in the headline The Construction of Those Terms on which the Parties Agree?
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How can I describe the intersection between a circle and a curve?

I have a curve C and a point x in the curve. At the point x, I draw a circle B with radius r and centered at point x. That circle B will cut/intersection (with) the curve C as red sub-curve line. I ...
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bigotry, with or without prejudice

Is prejudice required to be bigotry? big·ot·ry ˈbiɡətrē/ noun intolerance toward those who hold different opinions from oneself So, if you like having sex with little kids and in your ...
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I remember taking a lot of pictures for my wedding

This is Anna studying English by myself in Korea. I've faced some expressions written in one of my English learning books. Actually there is a controversial issue that most of people think these are ...
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American money specifics in writing a check

why can you write a check for twenty-nine hundred or thirty-one hundred but not one for thirty hundred? it seems strange that the numbers before and after are accepted but not thirty hundred must be ...
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Is “FOIL”, used as a verb, understandable outside New York State?

FOIA = Freedom of Information Act (federal U.S. law) FOIL = Freedom of Information Law (New York State) From this, I have frequently heard and read FOIL used as a verb, by journalists and ...
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A few questions about American-English vocabulary [closed]

There are a few terms I would like to use and am not sure if they are acceptable in American English. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! "the gormless expression on his face". My US English ...
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How do i communicate this sentence clearly, and concisely? [closed]

I am trying to see if this sentence alone is grammatically correct and makes sense, or if i need to further elaborate with supplementary sentences in order to provide more clarity. All of the ...
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What's the different between “kind of” and “sort of” in English [duplicate]

What's the different between "kind of" and "sort of" in American informal English?
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Is there a word to decsribe what appears to be social ignorance?

I am trying to come up with a way to describe a person that denies they have a problem due to the large number of people in society that follow the same beliefs. Very confusing.. stay with me here. ...
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Meaningless “Do” And the supposed relationship between English and the Celtic languages [duplicate]

The verb "do" often serves a meaningless purpose in questions. John McWhorter argues in his book "Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue" that this is a direct influence of the Celtic languages. In all of my ...
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I'm a Non-English man [closed]

Can anyone help me learn English properly? I'm a programmer from Bangladesh. I suffer a lot due to my bad English. Can anyone help me to start learning English?
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How do I ask a waitress to “wrap the rest of the food up” to bring home?

I went to a restaurant for a meal and didn't manage to finish it, so there was some food leftover. How do you politely ask a server/waiter/waitress to wrap the food up? And is the expression "wrap ...
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Watch what's happening or see what's happening?

Which one is correct? If neither, what should the verb be?
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The difference between “pressured” and “pressurised”

I often hear people talk of being pressurised into doing something, but I'm almost certain this is incorrect. A can of deodorant is pressurised, or a tin of beer, since in both cases the release of ...
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What is American English for “cross-party”?

I came across the word 'cross-party' while reading the newspaper. I didn't know this word so I looked it up in a dictionary. (Denoting interaction between two or more political parties). I noticed ...
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Is there an American English equivalent for the British “moggie” for a non-purebred cat?

I'm an American (and fond of cats). I'm familiar with the British term "moggie" for a non-purebred cat--basically the equivalent of "mutt" for a dog. I've never heard any American English equivalent ...
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Has the phrase “holiday season” been around for a long while?

In American English, has the phrase "holiday season", to refer to the Christmas season, been around for a long while? I assumed it was a recent politically correct invention to avoid mentioning the ...
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Grammaticality of “I was not alive”

I have been corrected twice in the sentence I was not alive, at that point in time. We were having a discussion involving life in the 1980s, and at some point I said I was not alive so I would ...
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Do Americans have their own unique way of referring to 'the summer'?

Across the world summer is a season of the year and we all talk about 'the summer' - do you have plans for the summer ? etc. But In America it is often taken to refer to the period of college ...
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Why do some words exist in British English but not American English? [closed]

Thinking about the word "rubbish" which is widely used in the UK while non-existent in the USA, how do such words surface in Britain but not America? I read somewhere that American English is closer ...
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T- and D-elision: I hateTHem OR I hated'em

I would appreciate your help with these two questions: 1) I hated them. Will the speaker omit the D or TH sound? Will he say: I hateD'em OR I hateTHem. Are both variatons ...
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Why do we say that our nose “runs”? [duplicate]

I find it odd that we say our "nose runs". Even stranger is that our feet "smell". Why is this?
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Can I use “consistent with” in this way? If not, what can I use instead?

I want to write a sentence like Consistent with my previous experience, I am interested in pursuing research ~ blah blah. Here, I know that this sentence is grammatically incorrect and I cannot ...
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Can the word “vector” be used in the context of non-infectious diseases?

According to one dictionary, vector (outside of physics, mathematics and computing) means "any agent that carries out and transmits a disease." Does this mean the word is limited to infectious ...
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“I have been Jessica” shouldn't it be “My name is Jessica”

We went to an electronics showroom, where we chatted with a sales girl. She explained some technical stuff about the things we were interested in. When she had finished explaining, she said "By ...
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What does “iron-ass” mean?

In New York Times’ (November 7) article under the title, “Poppy Bush finally gives junior a spanking,” Maureen Dowd introduced the following statement of Jon Meacham’s new biography, “Destiny and ...
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Why did the pronunciation of Orleans change in New Orleans, while those of French borrowed words were retained?

Words like rendezvous, faux pas, a la carte are still pronounced the same way as they are pronounced in the French language. Why was New Orleans an exception to this?