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Which of these is the correct word? IT Jargon

In computer security there is a concept known as: non-repudiation "Non-repudiation refers to a state of affairs where the purported maker of a statement will not be able to successfully challenge the ...
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Clarification on sarcasm/type of personality-stumped

I am hoping to get some help. I have always been told that I am the most sarcastic person people have ever met. After 20 years, I decided to dive a little deeper to see if I fit the definition. It ...
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Is this usage of “account for” correct?

Can "account for" mean "take into consideration", such as in the sentence "I forgot to account for the time it would take to drive here, so I'm late"? Oddly, I couldn't find such usage in any ...
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A “cold opening” like by Saturday Night Live

I could not find it on my favorite translator dict.leo.org, so I ask the resident AI, what is a cold opening, as found in many titles of Saturday Night Live episodes on your favorite video clip ...
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How would you label someone that generates ruses?

Someone who constantly tells lies can be labeled as a liar. Is there a word that describes someone as a person that constantly uses ruses(sp?)? I found that in the definition, if you go to the old ...
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Is “I cannot best you” valid sentence? [on hold]

In video game "Skyrim" enemy warriors some times cry I cannot best you! and run away. Is "I cannot best you" valid sentence? Does it mean: "I cannot defeat you"? Can I ask question: "Can you ...
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What does “sunset” mean when used as a verb? [duplicate]

There was the following quote from Adam B. Schiff, Democrat Representative on President Obama’s request for a formal authorization of Congress to fight the Islamic State in New York Times article ...
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“Nothing but” + adjective?

Can "nothing but" be used before an adjective? E.g.: I'm nothing but certain we will win.
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What does “All round him the long scar smashed into the jungle was a bath of heat” mean? [duplicate]

I don't understand this sentence: All round him the long scar smashed into the jungle was a bath of heat. What does it mean? Can a scar be a bath of heat?
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Does name + “boss” mean something?

One of my colleagues in Britain keeps addressing me as "Armen boss" in mails and skype. Like, Hi, Armen boss. Can you please verify...? I am in no conceivable way his boss and our relationship ...
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What is the difference between “mincing” and “grinding”?

What, if any, are essential differences between mincing and grinding? I tend to associate mincing with soft foods (other materials?) such as meat. In particular, Merriam Webster has the following ...
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does the slogan “furniture made by makers” make sense? [on hold]

I am working on a slogan for a new furniture website that will feature furniture made by different individual makers and English isn't my first language, so I was wondering if this slogan made sense: ...
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“I don't agree totally” vs. “I don't totally agree” vs. “I totally don't agree”

What is the difference between the following? I don't agree with him totally. I don't totally agree with him. I totally don't agree with him. I'm puzzled at the meaning of negative ...
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Difference between destroyed, terminated and suspended [on hold]

I'm a mobile app developer. I have experience in android and iOS app development. In android,there is a state called destroyed and in iOS,there is a state called suspended. Both states have same ...
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Is there any negative connotation to the word SpoonTalk or Spoon [on hold]

This is my first question here. It is not exactly related to English usage. -- Providing more details as suggested by John-- I am currently building a Software product and have named it SpoonTalk. ...
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 Is that sentence formation is correct? [on hold]

I wonder that following sentence is correct way to use? Suresh asks to hold PPC Executive hiring from today.
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Need help understanding sentence with term “over constraining”

"We do not believe in over constraining the team beyond its capacity." I'm having trouble understanding the above. What does "over constraining" mean? I found this but I don't see how those ...
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What does “hype job” mean?

There was the following passage in February 25 Washington Post Style section article that came under the headline, “The heights of Hype”: “Mr. (Neely) Tucker uses historical documents and ...
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Difference in meaning verb vs verb+up in specific examples [on hold]

What is the difference in meaning between these(I am not sure if they are all gramatically correct): "He slides to me" vs "He slides up to me" "He builds something" vs "He builds up something" "He ...
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'Say what you want' in one word or meaning? [on hold]

How can you say.. 'Say what you want' in either one word or meaning? Thank you very much
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What is the meaning of tidy soul?

It is said [10] that whilst distilling nitric and sulfuric acids in his kitchen, Christian Friedrich Schönbein spilt his reaction mixture and mopped it up with a cotton apron... Clearly, a ...
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The meaning of phrase “Approach Synopsis” [on hold]

When I read some book, I saw the phrase: "Approach Synopsis". This phrase used in headlines, always. For example: 6.1 Approach Synopsis 6.2 Approach Synopsis etc. What does this phrase? Could ...
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How to reply a question like this: “We are not doing this, correct?” [duplicate]

My first reply to my boss for this question was " Yes, you are correct. We are not doing this" . Can I also reply this way, "No, we are not doing this." ? Are these two replies both correct? If so, ...
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When do we use 'enterprise' to mean 'company'

What is the difference between a company and an enterprise? The cambridge dictionary defines an enterprise as 'a business', and gives an example, 'a commercial enterprise', Oxford defines it, among ...
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Meaning of “make cupcake” [on hold]

Could you please explain the meaning when someone says "He/She makes cupcakes"? It is definitely not about small cupcakes. I think it could be some kind of slang phrase. Thank you! Upd: UD says that ...
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Can “paraxial” mean “axis-parallel”?

The Wiktionary lists under the meanings of paraxial: (mathematics) Parallel to one or more axes of the coordinate system paraxial rectangle The respective information was added ...
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What does “yet for” mean in following sentence? [on hold]

These facilities will have the lowest environmental impact yet for an Apple data centre.
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What is difference between sadness and sorrow?

What is the difference between sadness and sorrow? I researched a lot on internet but the results literally show the same meaning. If both sadness and sorrow are different, what are their usage?
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meaning of 'greasy dangers'

"....and I'm hungry, and I don't like to eat alone, and I'd be glad to have you face the greasy dangers of a meal at the Finn's with me.” It's a part of 'Nightmare Town' by Dashiell Hammett (1924). I ...
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Meaning of 'sunlines'

He was a man of perhaps forty five, and his face was thick featured, phlegmatic, with sunlines around small light eyes — the face of a deliberate man. Nightmare Town Stories By Dashiell ...
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When to use “we are meant to be”?

I am Korean living in Seoul. I wanted to look up an expression which I can interpret 인연, Korean word describes the relationship meant to be. This expression is often used by men for pick up lines even ...
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Is there a (possible archaic) definition of “permitted” that does not imply “permission”?

I recently came across this question, about an oddity from Lord of the Rings. The question is asking about this passage: “I would ask one thing before we go,” said Frodo, “a thing which I often ...
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examples of words whose original etymology has been lost [on hold]

Can someone give me examples of English words whose original etymology has been lost? In his book on sin, Gary Johnson argue that in the Hebrew Bible, "missing the mark" is an accurate etymology but ...
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Is “throw guns into a hot stove” a common phrase or just one-off figurative expression?

Today, Scott Simon, the host of NPR’s Weekend Edition news program, interviews former NATO Ambassador Ivo Daalder about the cease-fire between the Ukrainian government and Russian separatists, and ...
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What does “ceremonial” mean in this context?

What does "ceremonial" mean in this context? Thus, it was for freedom (legitimate moral and ceremonial freedom) that Christ set us free. Definitions of "ceremonial": 1. relating to or used for ...
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taken under advisement [on hold]

Our HOA receives reports from the treasurer and committees that are routinely read and then entered in the minutes that they will be "taken under advisement". My question is does that term imply that ...
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Akon lyrics-smack that [closed]

What does Akon mean when he sings this line. smack that all on the floor.
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What does “unsexy skills” mean?

What does "unsexy skills" mean in following sentence? Tackle the unsexy skills that are rarely addressed but highly important for transitioning into a professional setting.
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I hope I don't regret this vs I hope I won't regret this [duplicate]

What is the difference between these two? From my understanding: "I hope I will not regret this" - this means he has hope that in the future he will not regret something he has done(or will do) "I ...
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What does “what you're in for” means [closed]

What does what you're in for mean in following sentence? The journey seems intense and, frankly, it often is. It's important that you understand what you're in for, particularly if you go it ...
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What does it mean to be 'debonair'?

Debonair seems to me to have disappeared from current English, and perhaps belongs in an age when they made films like Gone With the Wind. Is it that the word has ceased to exist, and if so what is ...
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Just how is the the adjective “sanguine” used in current English?

According to various dictionaries, sanguine means "(eagerly) optimistic, confident, cheerful, hopeful". Yet I always get the impression that modern writers intend a somewhat weaker meaning: more like ...
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Do you ever use the phrase 'good for you' with a completely positive connotation? [duplicate]

I feel the phrase 'good for you' shows a sense of detachment or lack of interest and sounds so rude while the phrase 'I feel happy for you' shows a sense of interest and friendship. I wonder why would ...
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Sum on interest [closed]

What is the meaning of this statement? She shall receive 5% interest for each year on the sum of $100,000 for 10 years. Does it mean that she has to get $100,000 (it say ON the SUM) plus ...
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Pretentious vs Superficial [closed]

From what I Understand , both these words in a day to day vocabulary describing a Person Pretentious means Someone who is trying to get more importance by pretending something or Exaggerating ...
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“The Internet” vs “Internet” [duplicate]

I've read about Articles: THE is called a definite article. "Definite" means "specific". A and AN are called indefinite articles. "Indefinite" means "not specific". Use A (AN) when you are ...
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Consider that to mean 'believe that' [closed]

The European audit authority "the Court" systematically presents its findings/opinions with sentences that begin: 'the Court considers that....' This sounds like a gallicism to me. Can we use ...
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Does the word God in English implies the concept of Trinity [closed]

I must say I am asking this question for the sake of knowledge not anything else, being myself a student of world religions.I must also say I have Christian friends in my country and abroad ...
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What is difference between “be” and “being”, and how do you use them? [closed]

Please tell me about the use of "BE" and "BEING" in English. I am bit baffled over these two verbs. Please explain with some examples.
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Why is “decimate” still linked to its number-specific definition when other similar words are not? [closed]

As any pedant will tell you, decimate means “to destroy a tenth of something.” Of course, its modern usage has been expanded to this: to destroy a large number of (plants, animals, people, ...