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What is the best term in (global) copywriting: “sticky tape”, “tape”, “scotch tape” or “sellotape”?

Perhaps "sticky tape" is childish? Sellotape is British? It should be general and indicate the transparent, adhesive tape. Thanks for your input.
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Recommended pronunciation of international English for foreigners

There are some differences in the pronunciation of English in USA and in UK. Furthermore, there are differences in the pronunciation in different areas of the same country. Examples: "go" is ...
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“Named for” vs. “named after”

As a Brit, I'm used to the phrase named after being used to say how something got its name. For example, in Wikipedia's List of eponymous roads in London, we read that Addison Road is named after the ...
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What is the easiest language to learn for someone whose first language is English? [closed]

My first language is Spanish which makes quite easy to learn languages such us Portuguese or Italian. French is a bit more difficult but not as difficult as English. I have always wondered which ...
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Looking for a list of “english words” that exist in other languages, but with different meanings

I had a terrible misunderstanding with a semi-conservative Turkish woman who was offended when I said "Let's have brunch, and I'll bring some platonic female friends" I'm told that in Turkey, ...
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What is Mongolian Trait ? when referring to medical scores of a newborn child in USA [closed]

What is Mongolian Trait? I have been unable to find the meaning to this My Niece was classified as having Mongolian Trait ..
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Why should “Hello” and “Health” be similar?

I have noticed that "Hello" and "Health" look(and sound) quite similar in English. The situation gets more interesting when you look into some other languages as well. For instance: In ...
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1answer
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How to write in English for international readers? [closed]

How to write in English for international readers? I'm not a native English speaker but I've been learning the language for many years in many fields (Mathematics, Physics, Mechanical Engineering and ...
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Is English considered a trade language/lingua franca?

English is used in commerce around the world. Is it officially considered a "lingua franca/trade language? If yes, is there a way to find out what percentage of non-English populations that have ...
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Languages understandable to English-speakers without learning

There are groups of languages that are mutually intelligible. For example, as a Russian, I can partially understand what is said to me in Ukrainian, Belorussian, Bulgarian, Czech, and some other ...
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Reversing name order [closed]

My current task is to create a (programming) algorithm which reverts a name's order. This since my country's formal name-listing order is different from international ones. The standard is often: ...
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What's the correct way to write the general location of someone in the USA? [closed]

I'd like to write where someone is from, on a website with an international context. The objective is to balance style, brevity and correctness. I only need country-level resolution, so if someone is ...
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How is “World English” difficult for native speakers of English? [closed]

There is a newly used term, World English (WE). It is nobody's mother tongue. It is spoken across the world, for example, at check-in desks, airports, international trade fairs, world cup football ...