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Difference between 'crow's feet' and 'worry lines'

I came across the phrases 'crow's feet' and 'worry lines' several times. Please enlighten me about the origin of these two phrases and the difference between them.
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How to identify the words with same pronunciation?

How to identify or differentiate the words with same pronunciation. As saying with example, speak with mic. speak with mike. So my question is when you hear these two words, How you can identify ...
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“come/spring to mind” or “come/spring to your mind”?

Which one is proper English: Come/spring to mind Or Come/spring to your mind? Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English clearly states that possessive adjectives should not be used.
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Difference between article, tutorial, how-to, course, track

I find these words(keywords) article, tutorial, how-to, course, track...etc some what same but CS people always use them (even my tutor) in different ways.. Don't assume this is about the programming ...
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What's the difference between “general” and “generic”?

What is the difference between them? Do they have different meanings? When should I use "general" or "generic"?
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What's the difference between “attendee” and “participant”?

Attendee: Someone who is at an event such as a meeting or a course. Participant: Someone who is taking part in an activity or event. Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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Is there a difference between “at the example of” and “using the example of”?

"This is illustrated at the example of Foobar." versus "This is illustrated using the example of Foobar." Are they interchangeable? If not, what is the difference?
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Is there any difference between “invite to” and “invite for”?

Is there any difference between invite to and invite for in terms of usage and meaning? For example: invite someone to lunch, dinner, a party, or a meeting but invite them for a drink or a meal
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“Conventional” vs. “traditional” [closed]

What is the difference between conventional and traditional? E.g.: My grandfather used to live a conventional/traditional life.
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What is differences between “Dear and Darling”? [closed]

What is differences between them? Are they similar or not? Dear Mrs. Smith. John, darling, could you pass me the sugar, please? Johnny dear, please listen up. May I introduce my dear ...
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two uncountable nouns with and

If we had two uncountable nouns with and , would we use a singular or plural form? How much flour and butter is/are needed to make a pizza ?
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“Criticism” vs. “critique”

What is the difference in meaning between criticism and critique?
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Is there a difference between “keep on doing” and “go on doing”?

Keep on: "to continue doing something, or to do something many times." Go on: "a) to continue doing something or being in a situation. b) to continue without stopping". From Longman Dictionary of ...
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Difference between “glass” and “shot”

I heard this line in a song: It wasn't a shot of cognac, it was a glass of cognac. Then the crowd listening to the singer started laughing. What is the difference in meaning between these two ...
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what's the difference between “Indispensable Amino Acid” and “Essential Amino Acid”?

As I have seen several times of the using of those two words in even the same book. But I don't know what's the difference meaning between those two words.
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Can you use obverse/reverse when referring to a sheet of paper?

Is it acceptable to use 'obverse and reverse' when referring to the sides of a loose-leaf sheet of paper? The wikipedia article on, "Obverse and Reverse" stated that: "Obverse and its opposite, ...
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Other academic field distinctions like math vs maths

Growing up in the US, I was taught to say "math" and the British "maths" sounded very awkward to me until I noticed mathematics had an 's' at the end, and it occurred to me that it could be considered ...
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“Kafkaesque” vs. “Kafkan”

Is there any difference in meaning between the adjectives Kafkaesque and Kafkan, or are they synonyms?
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Terminology vs jargon vs lexicon

Though this subject is somewhat discussed here; what are the differences? From Merriam-Webster online: Jargon: The technical terminology or characteristic idiom of a special activity or group. ...
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Difference between a “self-serving individual” and “self-centered individual” [closed]

Is being "self-serving" the same as being "self-centered"? While looking for an answer to this question, I saw this previous question on the difference between "selfish" and "self-centered". I ...
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labour v.s. labourer [closed]

What's the difference between them when I mean "worker"? In other word, which one below is right? Companies can barely find young labours in an ageing society. Companies can barely find young ...
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What's the difference between “dissatisfied” and “unsatisfied”?

Is there a clear-cut difference between dissatisfied and unsatisfied?
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Limp and Hobble

I have a problem with the word "limp" and "hobble". I do not know which word is appropriately used when it comes to context because I do not know how the words differ from each other. Can we use them ...
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How do you address people at the beginning of a conversation?

I will have a visa interview (for the US) in a few days and I would like to know how I address people in a conversation. Especially, I would like to know the differences between the following: Sir ...
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custom cutting lumber or custom cut lumber or custom lumber cutting

I know custom picking strawberry, to a certain extent, as I think ,is right. I have confirmed it in google. But here comes the problem: when I try to apply the same structure to "customers can cut the ...
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Is there any difference between “student” or “pupil”? [duplicate]

I am a little bit confused, when somebody told me that a student is the same as a pupil. Would it be correct, if I said "He is a pupil of MBA."? Which of the following expressions is the most ...
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What are the characteristics of slang, dialect and colloquial speech? [closed]

**What are the different aspects of slang, dialect and colloquial speech?
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Difference between “Pitiful” and “Pitiable”?

Would you be kind enough to explain the nuance between "pitiful" and "pitiable"? My Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary shows two similar meanings for the aforementioned words. deserving pity or ...
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Sun 'goes down' or 'comes down'?

A couple months ago I read a book with the statement When the sun goes down and today in a movie I saw the man said Let's wait for the sun to come down. I believe both are refering to the sunset. ...
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What's the difference between “cheat” and “deceive”?

Is there any nuance that exists between the two words? I would like to hear from linguistics if there is any subtle difference.
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What's the difference between do and make? [closed]

Don't answer that you make a cake and you do your homework hahaha
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Two terms showing perceptible difference in comparison owing to triangle in the sentence

Do the following two sentences have the same or different meaning? I love you more than Tom. I love you more than Tom loves you. (Or, I love you more than Tom does you.) My concern is ...
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What exactly is the difference between “misinformation” and “disinformation”?

I have checked OALD. I looked up "disinformation" which according to dictionary means "false information that is given deliberately, especially by government organizations" and "Misinform" as a verb ...
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Difference between “Generally, I am…” and “I am generally…”?

Revisiting my CV, I have stumbled over a small question. I originally wrote: “I am generally willing and able to relocate worldwide.” Today, I noticed I could also write: “Generally, I am ...
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“get well soon” OR “feel better”

When to use “Get Well Soon” and “Feel Better”, I mean in what situations? Should “Get Well Soon” be used only when person is unwell for many days? And should I use “Feel Better”, if colleague message ...
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“Fast” vs “Quickly” vs “Speedy” vs “Rapidly”

A similar question has been asked. However, is it possible to give (general) differences in usage of fast, quickly, speedy and rapidly? And with respect to the top answer: Are quick and fast ...
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The difference between company and enterprise [closed]

When i go to one company, i always encounter with Company term(ABC company, JSC). But when i work with solutions, i always encounter with Enterprise term(ERP, solution for enterprise,...). Are there ...
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Why “being” is incorrect in the sentence below

When Charles Lindbergh was attempting his solo transatlantic flight, being very reluctant to have any extra weight on his plane, he refused to carry even a pound of mail, despite being offered $1,000 ...
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What's the difference between notorious and infamous?

Are these two words synonymous or is there any nuance between these two words? Though they are used synonymously in sentences and also followed by the same preposition "for". I want to be expertly ...
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Speak of the Devil [closed]

In native English people say "Speak of the devil and he doth appear" when someone walks in unexpectedly when they are speaking about him oblivion to his appearance in a short while. But the same ...
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What's the difference between Author or Writer? [duplicate]

What's the difference, if any, between the noun author and writer
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Initial “See, …” or “Look, …” usage

Which is correct to say 1. "Look , The situation was like that..." or "See, The situation was like that ....". 2. "Look , I am not involved in it..." or "See, I am not involved in ...
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Wages and Salaries [closed]

What is the difference between Wages and Salaries? Is it a question of manual vs intellectual jobs or more a question of how frequently payments are made, weekly or monthly?
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“Dream of” vs. “dream about”

What is the difference between the usage of dream of and dream about? For example, I dream of becoming a doctor. I dream about becoming a doctor. I dream of going to places. I dream about ...
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What is the difference between “being in” and “being down”

I've come across both sentences and was wondering if there is any difference in their meaning. Here are the sentences where I met them: To be down: Give me a call if you're down To be in: ...
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In the context of cooking, what is the difference between “flipper” and “spatula”?

I'm genuinely confused about this because at first I thought a spatula was a cooking tool resembling a flat pallet attached at an angle to the handle that could be used for activities such as flipping ...
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what is the difference between 'same', 'typical' and 'similar'?

What is the difference between 'same', 'typical' and 'similar', as all conveys the same meaning.
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Can 'I would say' always replace 'I think'?

There is a question about 'I guess' and one answer is comparing 'I guess', and 'I would say'. I would say characterizes what follows as a personal opinion or judgment: From what I know of him I ...
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Analyst vs analyzer/analyser?

What are the scenarios where the meanings of these differ? What is the difference between their meanings and if any, why? I have observed that the term 'analyst' is specifically used in cases of ...
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Two kinds of “borrow”

In Hebrew there is a difference, although often overlooked in spoken Hebrew, between the word "to borrow" for something that is intended to be returned "as is" such as a tool or a vehicle, and the ...