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“Fillet” or “filet”

My significant other asked me today whether or not she should use a fillet or filet of steak in a recipe. What is the difference between fillet and filet, and the history behind these words? Is there ...
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“Demonstratable” — a dictionary word, or just a well known hack?

Someone has just pointed out a mis-spelling on my site - demonstratable, as in "demonstratable experience of...". I can't see it in the New Oxford American Dictionary or the Oxford Dictionary of ...
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Difference between “Coming weekend” and “This weekend”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Next Friday” vs. “This Friday” Consider the following statements: I'll meet you coming wednesday I'll meet you next wednesday I'll ...
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Difference between “persistence” and “perseverance” [closed]

Persistence and perseverance seem to have very similar definitions. Googling shows persistence: Firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition. ...
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“Back up data” or “back data up”?

Which is correct? To back up data. To back data up. The context is the following: He was careful enough to perform tests and [back up data | back data up] to avoid any problems.
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“Consumable” and “non-consumable” in reference to electronic items

How do you describe the difference between consumable and non-consumable electronic items?
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“Optimal” vs. “ideal”

I was wondering when to use which because both optimal and ideal convey the same meaning to me. For e.g., comparing these two usages: This is the optimal temperature for the machine to work ...
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“Integrity” vs. “honesty”—what's the difference?

In what situations would you say that someone "has integrity" as opposed to "behaves with honesty"? For instance, if an employee is meticulous about reporting his hours, does he have integrity or is ...
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Differences among point, grade and mark

I do not know how they are different when they are used as a grading system ? Can I say a pointing system or a marking system?
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Difference between “scheme” and “schema” [closed]

What is the difference between scheme and schema? Where do you use one and not the other? schema a diagram, plan, or scheme. Synonyms: outline, framework, model. an underlying organizational ...
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Differences between “pig” and “hog”

What are the differences between pig and hog? The writer of this article wrote them consecutively, separated by only a comma. Searching Google images result in the same type of animal. The differences ...
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Difference between “public relations” and “human relations” [closed]

The other day I was looking at the various job positions in the newspaper just for my knowledge and found that a few companies had public relations officer post and some had human relations officer ...
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Difference between “spirit” and “soul”

What is the difference between spirit and soul? Is the word soul used for only human beings? For instance, He [Descartes] thought the brain worked as a center for the spirits of the soul.
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“Certify” vs. “certificate” [closed]

As verbs, what are the differences and relation between certify and certificate? For example, in human resources, why is it effort certify not effort certificate?
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Mix and Mixture

What is considered the correct usage of mix versus mixture? As an example, is either of these two sentences considered to be more correct grammatically than the other? 1) The trip was a mix of ...
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“Firehouse” vs. “fire station”

In the United States, is firehouse used specifically to refer to the fire station in small town?
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What is the difference between “peasant” and “villager”?

Can anyone explain to me the difference between peasant and villager? I can see that peasant refers to a social class, and villager refers to a physical location, but are these words interchangeable? ...
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“I'm just like anyone else” or “I am not like other people”?

I am translating a Russian phrase, original meaning of which was: I am the same as all other people. A suggested translation is: I'm just like anyone else. I think it should be: I ...
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supplant : replace :: snatch : take

The title is an analogy which appeared in the GRE verbal test, and I yet can't find the analogy in it. "Snatch" means to "take" hastily or eagerly, but I don't see if "supplant" is a more hasty ...
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Allegedly/Presumably/Supposedly - what's the difference?

I am not a native speaker, and I'm having a hard time consciously understanding the difference between "allegedly", "presumably" and "supposedly" (There are many others!). From what I've heard: ...
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“Chalice” vs. “goblet”

Is there a difference between chalice and goblet, other than (maybe) religious connotations on the word chalice?
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“Heat up” or “heat”

It seems they have same meaning but why are we using the phrasal verb? Or they have same meaning?
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Is there a difference between “leading edge” and “bleeding edge”?

It seems to me that "leading edge" is the more established phrase, while "bleeding edge" is basically the same thing but the user has adapted the phrase for extra (rather meaningless) emphasis. Or is ...
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phonetics vs. phonology [closed]

I'm reading an article about phonetics and phonology, and it clamis that they are different. But I can't locate where the difference is located. Referring to my dictionary, I can see: Phonetics: ...
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Difference between “without” and “with no”

What is the difference between the usage of without and with no? For example, without sound and with no sound.
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“Rank” and “ranking” [closed]

What is the difference in meaning between rank and ranking, as in "an officer with high rankings" and "a high-rank officer"? I know perhaps there might be a difference in usage, but my question is ...
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What's the difference between “false”, “counterfeit”, and “forged” when describing a document?

I'm reading Schengen Borders Code (2006R0562—EN) and in the Annex V Part B there's a list of reasons for refusing entry that includes (B) has a false/counterfeit/forged travel document As far as ...
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Difference between “size” and “magnitude”

Following the comments to this answer to another question, what is the difference between size and magnitude? I know there's a difference, but can someone put it in a nutshell for me?
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Difference between “field of inquiry” and “field of endeavor” [closed]

These two kinds of phrase frequently pop out in the topics of GRE analytical writing. Is there any substantial difference in meaning? EDIT: I know the difference between the word "endeavor" and ...
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Difference between “unto” and “to”

What are the differences between "unto" and "to"? It seems that in many contexts where the word "unto" is used, "to" could be substituted and would be perfectly correct. It reminds me of ...
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“In 15 minutes” or “15 minutes later”?

Several years ago, when I was watching a show, it was 15:45 and the show started at 16:00. A foreigner asked me: "When will this show start?" My English is not good, and I never talked to foreigners. ...
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What is the difference between “daemon” and “demon” in a religious context?

Is there a difference between demon and daemon in a religious context?
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“Faster, not sooner”

Over the weekend, I watched a talking head on TV saying the following sentence. An economic recovery will come faster, not sooner. I can't make proper sense of this as both are synonymous to me. ...
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Difference between “theorem” and “theory”

What is the difference between a theorem and a theory? The two words seem to be used to describe very similar things, but yet do not seem to be interchangeable. For example, we have Pythagoras' ...
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As a color name, would “chili” or “chile” be the same as “chilli”?

The South African flag Wikipedia article consistently refers to the reddish color in the SA flag as chilli, both outside of and within quotes from SA's official interim heraldic description and the SA ...
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Different forms of the possessive [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Apostrophe "s" vs "Of" I want to know what's the different between the ownership usage: "He's her mother's son" "He is the son of her ...
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Difference in usage between “ostensive” and “ostensible” [closed]

I know that ostensive and ostensible are both adjectives, but can someone give me proper usage of each in their adjective forms? In their adverb forms, they almost sound identical.
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Where did the “&” character come from, and why is it here? [closed]

I’m sorry if this was asked a million times before, but neither Google nor the ELU site has helped me out. I’m wondering: What’s the reason behind introducing this character? What’s the difference ...
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Difference between “close” and “near”

What is the difference between the adjectives close and near? Are they totally synonymous? Is there some nuance that I'm missing? As a native speaker of Spanish, I can't see any difference, since ...
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How to use “know” and “realize” correctly

Are they just actually the same? Especially as in the following examples: I realize then whom I love. I know then whom I love.
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What's the difference between “persuade” and “convince”?

When should "persuade" be preferred over "convince", and vice versa?
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“tailored towards” or “tailored to”?

Which one would you prefer, in particular in combination with "the needs"? Google finds a lot more for "tailored to" (30 millions) than for "tailored towards" (only 600 thousands).
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How do the terms “fanboy” and “fangirl” differ from the generic term “fan?”

Prompted by the question: " How did kool-aid come to be the drink of fanboys? " Wikipedia's explanation on "Fanboy (disambiguation)" provides: A fanboy is a person considered to belong to one or ...
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“Maximum” vs. “maximal”

What is the difference in usage between maximum and maximal? When would you use one or the other? Maximum can be a noun or an adjective: This is the maximum it can be set to. This is the ...
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What is the difference between “dissoluble” and “soluble”?

I noticed that there are words "dissoluble", "dissolute", and "soluble", "solute". In one word, the terms with "dis-" and without "dis-". What is the difference between them?
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“Interfere in” vs. “interfere with”

I was taught that when interfere is followed by in, it means to get involved in something that doesn't concern you; when followed by with, it means to prevent something from being done. And this is ...
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Difference between “tournament”, “competition” and “match”

I was just reading the article about TopCoder. Before this article I thought a tournament and a competition is the same. What is the difference between tournament, competition and match?
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Difference between “artifact” and “artefact”

Is there any usage preference between artifact and artefact? My understanding was that an artifact was properly applied to physical, historical objects, while an artefact was more correct for more ...
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“Decision” vs. “resolution”

I read the following sentence: We can defer a resolution, but not a decision. ...and I would like to know what the differences are between "decision" and "resolution" in that context.
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“Purge” vs. “expunge”

Whats the difference between purge and expunge, if any? For example: All the duplicate pages were expunged from the book. All the duplicate pages were purged from the book. Do these ...