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Describing an advantage gained via a common background

I recently used the word 'nepotism' to describe an advantage attained due to sharing a common background. The person I said this to thought that that was too liberal an extension of the word. I agree, ...
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Author's Diction

I thought that these sentences would be considered informal, but my friend argued that they are semi‑formal. Can anybody help us decide? I live in western South Dakota [. . . .] For several ...
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Direction-most or Farthest / Furthest for cardinal points on a map?

I am creating an app which will allow the user to designate the bounds of the map. I will let them set the points most north, south, east, and west (latitude and longitude). I am wondering about the ...
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Word for someone who is “pretentious”, but without negative connotation?

Pretentious is defined as "attempting to impress by affecting greater importance, talent, culture, etc., than is actually possessed." What if someone does impress others because they actually do have ...
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Notice vs. pay attention

I want to ask you, the English native speakers, regarding to a post in my blog which was commented by a visitor: Before applying for a job, please notice the following requirements: write down ...
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Is “analeptical” correct? Form of “analepses”

My teacher was editing my essay and change analepses (plural of analepsis) to analeptical. I'm trying to use the definition of a flashback. Here is the context: Original sentence: Analepses in ...
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Writing a research paper, and can't figure out the best way to say sentence [closed]

Can I say Receiving an insufficient amount of sleep is an obstacle that may alter the performance of an individual.
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Proofreading / Grammar question [closed]

I would like to know what the correct answer to this question is, which has me stumped despite doing some research: The only thing I can think of is to go with b. and use 'extreme nut allergy' ...
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Is there a difference between the words “zig”, “zag”, and “zigzag”?

In the book "The Green Mile" by Stephen King, a mouse is described to zig and then zag. What's the difference between the words "zigzag", "zig" and "zag"? The mouse barley avoid Percy's last two ...
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What word or phrase describes the quality of an assertion to be inbetween a fact and an opinion?

I'm looking for a word or phrase that describes a statement that is neither a scientific fact nor an opinion. Google defines opinion as "a view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily ...
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What is the top of a pearl pendant called?

For example the top of the pendant in the link below: top of a pearl pendant
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Earliness: the quality of being early

Which words help convey the concept of being early? Prompt is not exactly what I want, as it means "on time" in the context I am considering. If spring (the season) was a spirit and arrived two ...
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Is “conservativism” a word?

I know that "conservatism" is the more commonly used term, but is "conservativism" a less preferred, but legitimate word, or just a misspelling? www.dictionary.com has "conservativism", but I'm not ...