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Is “willfully disingenuous” a tautologism?

It seems to me that definitions of disingenuous such as the following might imply willfulness: adjective lacking in frankness, candour, or sincerity; falsely or hypocritically ingenuous; ...
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Injective / injectional: mode of operation of a pump

What is the best matching word for the mode of operation of a pump doing injections into a pipe system? By "injections", individual short feedings with no (temporal or other) relation to each other ...
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I’ve an Italian degree in “engineering informatics”, so I am a what?

I studied Engineering Informatics in Italy, and I always have troubles when trying to define my title (in several context, e.g. In my researchgate account, as well as in the subscription form to some ...
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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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“With regard to” vs. “with regards to” vs. “in regards to” [on hold]

I found the following usage notes in the Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary (emphasis mine): The phrases as regards, in regard to, and with regard to are standard and occur in all ...
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What is a proper word for time slowing down

I've been trying to figure our a proper single word for the phenomenon of time slowing down . Is there any such word ?
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what does over-ridden means?

I got a email from my lecturer saying You have over-ridden the design document with a progress report. What does this mean?? Cheers for your help.
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What does “bupke” mean?

There was the following passage in the New Yorker's (August 27) article titled, “A scandal at the C.I.A. May be.” : In January I (David Shafer, novelist) filed a Freedom of Information Act request ...
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“Syndicate something to boot” Definition [on hold]

What is the meaning of the bolded part? Fewer people seek critical opinion, especially when they’ve been bludgeoned by aggressive (and effective, as it turns out) viral marketing campaigns that ...
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“Short of” meaning in “means of finding an audience short of landing a job as a critic.”

what does the bolded part means? An established New York critic admitted to me a certain amount of bitter envy, for when he was coming up in the ranks, there were no outlets in which to express ...
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What does “to be of service” means?

I recently saw the following sentence: One is glad to be of service Could anyone please describe what does that means?
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Meaning of “niche” in “he knows the niches of this or that genre”

He knows the niches of this or that genre. Which meaning is intended here? He is a master at every genre and knows everything about them. He has a shallow knowledge about every genre.
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Hype-driven Definition

What does "hype-driven" means in this paragraph? There have been a few examples of Internet criticism making an impact on American film culture. It’s aided the rise of South Korean cinema and ...
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Is the phrase “awaiting customer” bad English?

In customer support software, issue tracking systems and the like, I frequently see a state titled awaiting customer to signify no action is required until the person (customer) who raised the issue ...
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What's a “political landscape”? [on hold]

What were some of the distinguishing features of the Congresses and political landscapes in the 1965, 1981, 1993, and 2009 time periods? In what context is the phrase "Political landscapes" used ...
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“I won't stay longer than I can help” or “longer than I can't help”?

I'm a non-native speaker of English and the following sentence makes me wonder: "I won't stay longer than I can help." I've heard similar uses of "can help" in other contexts and they all ...
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How do you call a thing that raises something (e.g. an event)?

Let's say I want to describe event model in some software. Conceptually there are two sides: the one which raises an event and another which receives it. While I do know the difference between to ...
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Rephrasing “the Lord's our Banner”

How to rephrase "the Lord's our Banner" for kids to understand referring to the story of Moses praying for Joshua to win the battle in Exodus 17:10-15. I am thinking of "God gives us victory" or "He ...
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What does a patient and doctor “got off” to a rough start mean?

To a non-native English learner like me, understanding of, and familiarizing with the wide scope of usages of idioms associated with basic verbs such as “do, get, go, let, make, and have” are always a ...
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Present perfect vs present perfect continuous for past unfinished actions relevant to the present

John has stood there for 5 hours. vs John has been standing there for 5 hours. Is there any difference in meaning between the two sentences? Both actions are unfinished. Both are relevant to the ...
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Nexus vs. Network? [on hold]

What is the semantic distinction between the words nexus and network? Are they generally interchangeable?
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How to say that event is happening now? [on hold]

Imagine if I sit in the classroom and I want to say that some lecture is going in another classroom. I what to express that meaning using active voice, like Lecture is happening now But for me, ...
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others,the others,the other and another? [migrated]

I have difficulty telling the diffirence among them.I wonder if there is the best way to know exactly when you use "others","the other","the others" or "another".
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“Unavailable” vs. “not available”

What is the difference between unavailable and not available? In my opinion, unavailable is something that will never be available, while not available is something that is not available right now ...
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Is Modificator a word? [on hold]

Is the word "Modificator" valid - I've never see it before and it's not one I'm familiar with.
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As the final vote on Medicare was being tallied and the outcome became clear [on hold]

As the final vote on Medicare was being tallied and the outcome became clear, one member of the Republican leadership stormed out of the House center-aisle doors, in exasperation turned to the ...
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industry problems or industrial problems

Should we say industry problems or industrial problems? Which is incorrect? or maybe each of them has specific meaning, then what is that meaning? I myself think the "industry problems" means the ...
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Difference between “exercise” and “workout”

We can say: I will do exercise today or I will do workout today. Is there any difference between them?
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You don't have to be crazy to live here, but it helps [migrated]

The furniture of the den, a cement-floored room that ran the length of the house, consisted almost entirely of his carpentry (shelves, tables, stools, a ping-pong table) and Nacy's needlework ...
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What is the correct way to interpret the sentence “You can't have too many”?

It's like chef's in a kitchen for that part of a game's engine. You can't have too many. - Quoted from a conversation with a friend. When said in this context, my friend interpreted as "You ...
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meaning of beaucoup d’estime [on hold]

I was reading War and Peace and I encountered this phrase. I tried to search on Google but no meaning found. I just found meaning of beaucoup that is a lot and meaning of another phrase succès ...
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Can something be efficient but not effective? [on hold]

The definitions for both terms are as follows Effective (adj.): Adequate to accomplish a purpose; producing the intended or expected result. Efficient (adj.) Performing or functioning in the best ...
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“Birthday” vs. “anniversary”

Are there general guidelines for using "anniversary" vs. "birthday"? E.g., birthdays are generally for... well, birthdays. It's also used for some notable historical dates regarding countries ("Our ...
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What is the answer to most of (blank) are or is? [on hold]

So, how to answer most of (blank) is it (is or are)
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The meaning of “muted kinetics”

An excerpt from a book I'm reading: The doctrine of Israeli nuclear exclusivity was carried out in muted kinetics. What is the meaning of "muted kinetics"? Fortress Israel By Patrick Tyler
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What do mahjong tiles and menopause have in common?

In the 11th episode of the 3rd season of House called Words and Deeds, the main character, Dr. Gregory House says the following: Male menopause: high estrogen, low testosterone, explains ...
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What does 'measurable life' mean?

what does 'measurable life' mean? I found this usage in the end of a sentence that criticized the youth of today. Update I saw its usage in this comment: Insensibility is wide spread today. Market ...
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“While standing” vs. “stood”

Original: I didn't react to her pessimism ,and tolerated her pessimism. I didn't react to and tolerated her pessimism I didn't react to while I was tolerating her pessimism. Would you tell me if ...
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“Could not have been” vs. “must not have been”

What's the difference between "could not have been" and "must not have been"? For example, That could not have been an easy task. That must not have been an easy task. I've seen both ...
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What kind of figurative language is this phrase?

What figurative language is this phrase? Is it an idiom or personification? Or something else? I have tried to figure it out but I can't. "to drive the idea out of my mind"
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How are multiple, alternative direct objects governed by multiple, alternative verbs?

Title 18 USC Sec. 1519 begins: Whoever knowingly alters, destroys, mutilates, conceals, covers up, falsifies, or makes a false entry in any record, document, or tangible object . . . Question: ...
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Difference between elucidate and explicate

I read the definitions of these two terms rendered by various dictionaries and concluded that elucidate denotes 'to make perspicuous or intelligible (especially by explanation)'; whereas, explicate ...
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Has the word productivity (as used in linguistics) different senses that can be confusingly conflated? [on hold]

In a recent discussion about the legitimacy of coining new words, a comment was made along the lines of any noun may have -ize/-ise added as a suffix, to convert it into a verb; Wikipedia says that ...
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Meaning of ‘draw out’

I’m translating an English novel into Italian but I’m stuck on the meaning of one sentence and I was wondering if you could help me: Why—his voice seemed to draw out soft and subtle, it penetrated ...
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what does “line ministries” mean?

Could someone explain it for me. I googled it but couldn't find any useful information. I would appreciate it if you could tell me what it means. Example usage... The antimonopoly committee has ...
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When did a mother giving birth become the deliverer instead of the deliveree?

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition (2003), gives meaning 3 of deliver as follows: 3 a (1) : to assist in giving birth (2) : to aid in the birth of b : to give birth to c : ...
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Using the word 'option' meaning 'a variable', not 'an alternative'

There are two meanings of the word 'option', that I have encountered: A variable that takes one of the multiple possible values. (e.g. "You should set the resolution option to 'default'") An ...
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The words “objective” and “subjective”

We say subjective to indicate that something is based on feelings and opinions, and objective to indicate the opposite. Why are these the same words as objective and subjective referring, in grammar, ...
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Does ‘close’ sometimes now mean ‘in close contact’? [closed]

Does ‘close’ sometimes now mean ‘in close contact’, rather than ‘on affectionate and intimate terms’ in expressions like these: We are close. I thought the two of you were close.
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Definition of 'Eucharist' [closed]

From varied dictionaries dating from Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of 1755 to Webster's International Dictionary of 1947 the definition of Eucharist is either thanksgiving or emblems of the sacrament ...