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History of “asylum seeker” versus “refugee”

What is the history of the term "asylum seeker" as a slightly pejorative replacement for the word "refugee"? The first reference to asylum seeker I can find is 1959 Amer. Polit. Sci. Rev. 53 ...
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any differences between fund and funding when used as a noun?

Are there any differences between fund and funding when used as a noun? They seem both to have a meaning of "money made available for a particular purpose", and I was wondering why we need "funding" ...
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To friend vs. to befriend

I overheard a mother correct her child who said something to the effect of There was a new kid in my class today and I friended him. The mother said befriended and I was inclined to mentally ...
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Difference between nouns “strip” and “stripe”

Is there a specific difference between the nouns "strip" and "stripe", especially in the context of "a strip(e) of paper"? Are both equivalent or do they carry specific meanings?
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Difference between “whereby” and “in which”?

Are there any differences between them? For example, Conversion is the process whereby a value of one type is transformed into a value of another type.
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Is there any difference between “endure + gerund” and “endure + infinitive”?

Many if not all sources state that to endure is followed by a gerund. In OALD, however, there's an example for both: endure doing something He can't endure being defeated. endure to do ...
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difference between “to summarize” and “to recap”

recap: state again as a summary; recapitulate: a way of recapping the story so far | [ no obj. ] : to recap, it’s been a year full of ups and downs. Is there any difference among "to sum up", "to ...
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Cipher vs. Cypher

I recently came across a (not very well written) piece of writing in which "cipher" and "cypher" were used interchangeably. Is there any difference between them, or are they two spellings of the exact ...
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is there any difference between 'it' and 'this' to these sentences?

Do they have same meaning? Is there any difference by intuition? What does it signify? What does this signify?
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What is the difference between Road, Avenue, Street?

As shown in the question What is the difference between Road, Avenue, Street?
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What is the difference between “cosmos”, “world”, “universe”?

Are these words different: cosmos, world, universe? Does world mean just the Earth and not other planets?
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Mob/Riot/Protest?

There are three words that I know that refer to groups of people in the public: mob, riot and protest. What is the difference between these words? Are there other words with similar meanings? Also, ...
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“Artificial” vs. “faux” vs. “fake”

Do these words have a different meaning? Should we say artificial sugar or sweetener? Should we say artificial fur or faux fur? Is there a rule that defines the border for artificial/faux/fake? ...
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What’s the difference between “kerfuffle”, “commotion”, and “fuss”?

What’s the difference between kerfuffle, commotion, and fuss? For example: What’s all this kerfuffle about? What’s all this commotion about? What’s all this fuss about?
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Should I use “arrived” or “reached”

Sometimes when I come back from my brother's house he asks me to let him know when I am at home. Now, in that situation which one of the following is correct : I've reached home now. OR I've ...
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“Comportment” vs. “deportment”

What is the difference between comportment and deportment? I have tried looking up a comparison, but with very little results. The few discussions I found were contradictory. I also tried looking ...
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what is the difference between employee and staff and worker [closed]

I am reading Human Resource(HR) book, and I can not understand employee, staff and worker. Please explain in detail, thank!
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Difference between 'lie' and 'lie down'

What is difference between lie and lie down? Please explain with some examples.
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“What a shame!” versus “Such a shame!” [closed]

I would like to know the difference between "What a shame!" and "Such a shame!"". When do I use one or the other? I am Brazilian, so I don't know exactly how to use them.
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Do we ask a waiter if we could have or get?

I have noticed a tendency among the younger generation, when ordering in a pub or restaurant, to say 'Please could I get beer-battered cod and chips', whereas I would and do say 'Please could I have ...
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House keeping or house cleaning?

I'm a web professional, recently we wanted to make major changes into our web app and one of our colleagues used the word house cleaning. What phrase do you use to say major changes need to be done. ...
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Difference between chastise and lambaste?

Is there a difference between chastise and lambaste? When should one use chastise and when should one use lambaste?
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What is difference between process and progress? [closed]

What is difference between process and progress. Does progress mean how many percent completed of process ? Best regards.
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is there any difference between “you'd” and “you would” in the meaning?

As in the title, is there any difference between the following sentences. You'd better put your results to another place. You would better put your results to another place. And, When I use any of ...
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Distinction between “belief” and “beliefs”?

Under what circumstances does “belief ” use the plural form “beliefs” ? Does “beliefs” have any unique sense distinguished from “belief” ?
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Why do we say and write “read” instead of “readed” for the past? [closed]

Why do we write read unchanged for present and past, while study changes; we have studied. The present form of read is read, pronounced as "reed". The past form of read is also read but it is ...
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What is the difference between “leading” and “winning” in a game?

Is it correct to use 'winning' or 'leading' when referring to the current state of a match/game? e.g. for a game between Patriots and Broncos in progress, if Patriots have scored higher points than ...
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Meaning of “induce of” in letters by Thomas Jefferson

March 24th 1789 In Europe I doubt whether you can; because our government gives it’s offices on it’s own knowledge of persons, and not on the recommendations of others. They give their ...
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Difference between “take a taxi” and “get a taxi”

Which of the following is correct? If both are correct, do they have different meanings or usage? Take a taxi/bus/train OR Get a taxi/bus/train
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Which is correct: I'll be moving next month or I'll be shifting next month?

For changing one's home from one place to another, I've heard people in western part of the world using the sentence: I'll be moving next month. In India, even in the English news channels, ...
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order of magnitude of words describing the size of a group [closed]

Are there any definitive, or even generally accepted guides which indicate the order of magnitude of: pack party throng rabble horde drove swarm plague There is some agreement that "couple" is 2, ...
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some time vs sometime

Is there a rule for "some time" vs "sometime"? For example: Don’t trust your memory to recall noteworthy situations and events some time (sometime) later.
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to be p.p. or being p.p.?AND WHY? [closed]

Would you kindly tell me the difference between the following? She likes to be looked at. She likes being looked at.
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Difference between “I reached home” and “I have reached home” [duplicate]

I often confuse these two things: "I reached home" and "I have reached home". Once my friend asked me, "Where are you? " I messaged him: "I have reached home". He told me not to use "have reached ...
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something is capable of to be p.p. or being p.p.?

Manual: small, helpful book capable of being carried in the hand. What is the difference between to be carried and being carried in this sentence?
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Difference between “Labyrinth” and “Maze”

I know the two are pretty much synonymous: labyrinth a complicated irregular network of passages or paths in which it is difficult to find one’s way; a maze maze a network of paths and ...
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Difference between “creed” and “credo”

What is the difference between creed and credo? They seem to have the same definition in online dictionaries. Do they have different connotations?
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Windbag vs. demagogue

I was told that a person who delivers long speeches but no information is called a windbag. A demagogue is a political leader who represents popular tendencies (it has a negative color likewise we do ...
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“a capacity limit for each warehouse” or “capacity limits for every warehouse”

I am not really sure whether I understand these phrases correctly. "a capacity limit for each warehouse" means that each warehouse has its own limit, which may be different from other warehouses' ...
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“Before it was too late” vs. “before it would be too late”

What is the difference between the sentences below? Mary decided to get pregnant before it was too late. Mary decided to get pregnant before it would be too late.
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“At someone's place” vs. “at someone's house” vs. “at someone's”

Do the three phrases convey the same meaning when we're referring to the place where one lives?
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Difference between the adjectives and participles [closed]

What is the difference between an adjective and a participle
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“Down for” something vs. “Up for” something? [duplicate]

Is there any difference between someone saying they're "down for" something as opposed to being "up for" something? For example: I'm totally up for ice cream tonight! vs. I'm totally down ...
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What is the difference between “scream” and “shriek”?

I’m now curious because while I was updating the Wikipedia page for Onomatopoeias, I saw two different sets of sounds for scream and shriek. The sounds listed under these two sections seem to overlap. ...
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“On the first of every month” vs. “every first of the month”

What is the difference between the following two? On the first of every month... Every first of the month...
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Difference between “fun” and “interesting”

In Japanese, there is no difference in definition between fun and interesting in their adjective forms. I know that fun also has a noun and verb form in English, but I am wondering is there any ...
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What's the difference between “when” and “while”? [closed]

What's the difference between when and while? Could anyone advise?
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What's the difference between “made from” and “made of” [duplicate]

What's the difference between "made from" and "made of"? Could anyone give me some examples?
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“to not get” vs “not to get”

I came across this sentence in an article, "As she speaks of her family, friends and life, it's difficult to not get that 'feel good' mood." I'm wondering if the following sentence could also mean ...
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The difference between “anyway” and “any way”

When to use anyway and when to use any way? Anyway I can do it. Any way I can do it. Are these the same?