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What is the difference between Backronym and Acronym?

Are Backronym and Acronym same? I don't understand the difference between these two terms.
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“that which” vs. “what”

What's the difference between "that which" and "what"? Which of the following sentences is correct, and how (if at all) do they differ? We only want to free technology from that which makes it ...
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“Inter-”, “multi-”, “cross-”, “trans-” in relation to disciplines

In academia the words inter-discipline, multi-discipline, trans-discipline, or cross-discipline are used to describe a type of combination between different disciplines or the uniqueness of a field. ...
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Difference between “validation” and “verification”

What is the difference between validation and verification? When looking them up on Wiktionary they seem to mean mostly the same thing, but is there a difference? For example, would I be correct 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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Agile, nimble and deft [on hold]

Again, they seem to be very similar, according to The Free Dictionary definitions. Is there any difference between then?
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“Most important” vs “most importantly”

I was always under impression that "most important" is correct usage when going through the list of things. We need to pack socks, toothbrushes for the trip, but most important is to pack ...
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Difference between terminology and nomenclature?

What is the difference between terminology and nomenclature? If I want to say that I use the same words with the exact same meaning as author X, what would you say? "We use the same terminology as ...
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What's the difference between “egotism” and “egoism”?

I am interested in the difference between these two seemingly synonymous terms.
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What's the difference between a “fen” and a “dale”?

What's the difference between a fen and a dale? Are these words used precisely at all? My question comes from Kipling’s poem The Spirit of England; if you'll notice, each couplet, plain and hill, ...
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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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“I'm migrating to Australia” or “I'm immigrating to Australia”? [duplicate]

I am confused as to which is the correct way of saying I am migrating to Australia OR I am immigrating to Australia Which one is appropriate?
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Difference between “inspiring” and “inspirational”

What is the difference between the words inspiring and inspirational? In which context should one choose one over the other?
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I like “the” music or I like music? [duplicate]

I like music. I like the music. I know the difference between the previous two sentences is that 'the music' is specifically talking about a music. Is there any more difference in meaning? Can you ...
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“Economic” vs. “Economical”

What is the difference between "economic" and "economical"?
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What's the difference between “diary” and “journal”?

What's the difference between diary and journal? They seem like they could mean the same thing, but I'm probably wrong.
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Difference between “résumé” and “CV”

What's the difference between résumé and CV? When is résumé used? And when is CV used? Are they equivalent?
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What is the difference between “group” and “band”?

What is the difference between group and band when applied to assemblages of musicians who play music together?
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“Ontology” vs. “ontography”

I have yet to find a good description of the difference between ontology and ontography. Can anyone help clarify?
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What’s the difference between a software “developer” and a software “maker”? [on hold]

We usually call someone who makes software a software developer. Why don’t we call them a software maker instead? What’s the different between software developer and software maker?
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“in a word” vs “in a sentence”

In a word, you are wrong! In a sentence, you are wrong! Which is more natural? I feel "in a word" is more common than "in a sentence", but "you are wrong!" consists of three words rather ...
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Difference between these two sentences?

"How do I suppose to have a garden at home?" "How am I supposed to have a garden at home?" Is there any differences?
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“Decide on” vs. “decide for”

What's the difference between "decide on something" and "decide for something"? For example, which preposition would you use in the following passage? After more than a decade of disagreement, ...
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Difference between “safe” and “secure”

The birds' nests are high up, safe/secure from predators. These elephants are relatively secure/safe from poachers. Make sure you keep these documents safe/secure. Keep your credit cards ...
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What's the difference between “to brag” and “to boast”

Sometimes this words are used interchanged in just two consecutive sentences, therefore I don't expect there to be a big and obvious difference. Nevertheless, since people use the English language, ...
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Monochrome vs. Monochromatic

What is the usage difference for the words monochrome (as an adjective) and monochromatic? Various dictionaries seem to have nearly identical definitions for the two words.
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The difference between 'gonna have to' and 'will have to'

Can anyone explain the difference between 'will have to' and 'gonna have to', please? I'm not native speaker and these statements seem exactly the same to me.
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What's the difference between “any way” and “any which way”?

Why should I use "any which way" (like in "any which way you can") instead of simply "any way"? I've been studying English as a foreign language for some time, and never came across this particular ...
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What's the difference between 'cutlery', 'silverware' and 'crockery'?

What's the difference between 'cutlery', 'silverware' and 'crockery'? Are there any differences between them?
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What is the difference between supposed to and meant to

It is because it was always meant to be so. It is because it was always supposed to be so. What is the difference between meant and supposed? There must be more but all I can deconstruct ...
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Distress vs anguish

Is there any difference between the words (nouns) distress and anguish? They seem to be quite similar.
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What's the difference between “Mediary” and “Intermediary”?

I can't find a definition for Mediary, I thought they kind of mean the same thing. But how they each precisely defined? And can someone use a good example of both? Thanks
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Do these sentences mean the same thing?

Do these sentences all mean the same thing? You are not great because you know many things. You are great not because you know many things. You are great for another reason. As another example, ...
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What determines whether a sporting event is a game, match, contest, or something else?

There are many sports and other events that are contested, but why are some contests called matches, like tennis match, golf match, and soccer match, and some contests called a game, like baseball ...
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“Cut into halves” vs. “cut in half”

It’s easy to cut a rectangle into halves. This will cut both rectangles in half. What is the difference between halves and half? There are two answers, and it’s best to get both. "It’s ...
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Why does “puce” mean two different colors depending on where you live?

I always thought puce was green, then saw on Wikipedia that it is purplish-brown. Further research tells me that it's generally regarded as purplish-brown in the United States, whereas Europeans think ...
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Yellow versus orange

I have observed several people over the years refer to something that is orange in color as "yellow". Is that some linguistic difference or a difference in perception?
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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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Is it right say Invest on? [closed]

Is it correct idiomatically to say "invest on?" For example, "Invest on Peter " [a person].
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Is there a difference between “scaffold” and “scaffolding”?

Apparently scaffolding is always a substantive while scaffold can be used both as substantive and as verb (to scaffold). I'm interested in the substantive meaning of both words. Google image ...
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Is there any difference between “word-for-word translation” and “word-by-word translation” and is the latter actually valid?

First off, some data: According to COCA word-for-word has 60 usages, 3 of them are "word-for-word translation". Word-by-word has 26 usages, none of them are "word-by-word translation" (but some with ...
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Break up vs breakup vs break down

I needed to break up the tasks of an estimate. I needed to breakup the tasks of an estimate. I needed to break down the tasks of an estimate. Which one of the above is correct and Why? When to use ...
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Which is the proper spelling: “Adapter” or “adaptor”?

In my current project we are writing a program to convert a newer protocol to an older one. These conversion programs are being referred to as adapters, but the team cannot agree which spelling to ...
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Fill out and Filling out [duplicate]

What is the difference between the sentences/the correct phrase?: "I need help to fill out the form" and "I need help filling out the form" "He helped them fill out their form" and "He helped them ...
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“Unexplainable” vs “Inexplicable”

What is the difference between unexplainable and inexplicable? Are they exact synonyms or are there situations where one is preferred over the other? Is unexplainable a clumsy modern variant ...
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What is the difference between “deployment” and “release”?

In work environment, we frequently encounter the words "deployment" and "release" in technical context. I often hear them used interchangeably also. It is mainly related to "Release and Deployment ...
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What is the difference between “unfeasible” and “infeasible”?

Both "unfeasible" and "infeasible" are words according to spell-check, and they appear have similar dictionary definitions. But what is the difference between the two words? Is one more acceptable to ...
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Would anybody please tell me what is the difference between object and goal? [closed]

Would anybody please tell me what is the difference between object and goal? I have long been facing with these words, most often being used together, especially in introductions. I am wondering ...