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How should I call “summer prepared” for a car?

When a car has been made ready for summer, there is a word for it, at least in Dutch: the car is "zomerklaar". In case of winter it is called "winterklaar". Is there a word for it in English? A word ...
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Any and some don´t have rules

Good afternoon. In my university, in English Grammar, i learned i can use any for negative and interrogation sentences and some in positive sentences, but when i watch English movies, any is used in ...
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How will you call group of Software Programmer

We call group of Musicians as Orchestra. Likewise how would anyone call a group of programmers? Another Question, For Dance : they say choreography For Picture : they say cinematography Likewise ...
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Is there a difference between “heir” and “legatee”?

Merriam-Webster defines heir as "one who inherits or is entitled to inherit property" and legatee as "someone who receives money or property from a person who has died." Is there any difference ...
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In Gary Bernhardt's talk about Ruby and JavaScript surprises, what does “wat” mean?

There's a video of a conference presentation by Gary Bernhardt about surprising behavior in the Ruby and JavaScript computer programming languages. At the beginning of the video, Seth asks the ...
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What does “wound for sound” mean and where did it come from?

This is a figure of speech that's been in my lexicon virtually forever. I used it in something that's being translated to another language and the translator is asking me what it means. I wanted to ...
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I’m trying to please to the calling

Van Morrison’s song Moondance has these lines “And I'm trying to please to the calling / Of your heart-strings that play soft and low.” What are we to make of “please to the calling” -- an ...
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Word/phrase for a feature that could be both good and bad for something

Take this scenario: a tool has a specific feature that could be regarded as an invaluable benefit for. However, this feature, if used in opposite direction may be counterproductive. In other ...
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What does “something x something” means? [on hold]

In English, I see a lot of: book titles and movie names that has "something x something", I searched about it and I found nothing... I think it means and but I'm not sure...
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What does “pass it” mean?

I love the show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, but I can't understand the meaning of this sentence: We eat a bag of dirt, pass it in a kiddie pool, and move on... What does pass it mean? Is it to ...
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Is 'artisks' a word? (I met this word in 'The Invisible Man')

In 'The Invisible Man' by H.G.Wells, there is a sentence;"Wait till the summer," said Mrs. Hall sagely, "when the artisks are beginning to come. ..." Mrs.Hall is the wife of Mr.Hall, who is the ...
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Racialization definition

I am completing a PhD. It is imperative that I find a reasonable definition of the term racialization. I am not using it as a verb for racism. Rather I am attempting to use the term to describe hoe ...
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What is an “American style shopping mall”?

Consider the phrase: "American style shopping mall?" Implicit here is a large multi-story enclosed gallery with lots of shops on a passageway that connects the "Generators" (large department stores ...
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What's a word (in any language) for “a setting for adventure/an epic”?

For an rpg worldbuilding blog I'd like to make.
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What does salt and slug mean in IT?

salt: For web developers, exposing your .git folder to the world is a novice mistake. It allows anyone to download your entire source code repository, which often includes database passwords, ...
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Is there any other way of the expression on this phrase? His breathing was becoming less labored

Or, "Eventually, the old guinea pig was unable to move and her breathing was labored." I am looking for other way of saying in an exactly same meaning.
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Screp - definition

I encountered the following sentence, which is supposed to be related to how managers of a company can improve quality, I am especially unsure about the word "screp"... Screp of cross-dock totes. ...
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Difference between Paper and Article for scientific writings

As I know, in most of situations (in scientific context) these two terms are used to point to same thing and even they are used interchangeably. For example, Theory of value with public goods: A ...
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What is a state pair?

In the beginning of the first chapter of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain I read: The old lady pulled her spectacles down and looked over them about the room; then she put them up and ...
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What does bimonthly really mean? [duplicate]

Does the bi prefix mean that it is every second month or twice a month?
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Word for “Writing phrase on something”

Is there a word that represents the act of writing a phrase on something? In this case, I'm trying to advertise a club by "engraving" or "inking" ping pong balls with a phrase such as "Join this ...
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the fairest to be Patakied

Bea was attractive, though by no means the fairest to be Patakied. This is the sentence that comes from the novel by Tibor Fischer Under the Frog. The official translation of this clause to my native ...
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“Code of Alabama” usage in this sentence

From Harper Lee’s 1960 novel, To Kill a Mockingbird: Atticus’s office in the courthouse contained little more than a hat rack, a spittoon, a checkerboard and an unsullied Code of Alabama. Isn’t ...
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What does mean “snap right back to your book”

I need help to know what this sentence means? I have trouble understanding phrase "just snap right back to your book" Sometimes it feels as though your attention has wandered for just an instant. ...
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When should hyphens be used to make text clearer

In an earlier post - Phonetic understanding of tongue twisters - a comment was made that "hyphens ...(are) ...not needed in speech, so they must be extraneous". The phrase prompting this assertion ...
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Which one is correct “delivered to” or “delivered at”?

Should I say Food delivered to your doorsteps or Food delivered at your doorsteps?
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Are these two meanings of “phenomenal” related?

I had seen the word phenomenal translated into Chinese words with an equivalent meaning "of phenomenon" in more and more text especially regarding sports. For example, LeBron James had a ...
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What does “lift their skirts … and grab the eyeglasses right off someone's face” mean?

From Gavin De Becker, The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals that Protect Us from Violence (1998): "That's true," she said. "Every day I have to predict what the kids will do, and I succeed for ...
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What is a good word I can use for the talking I do with myself in my mind?

'Monologue' seems like a close fit, but I think more people associate it with one-sided conversation. Correct me if I'm wrong. 'Soliloquy' seems to be only concerned with plays and dramas. Can I use ...
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Is there a single word (or expression) used to describe a person who only does their job when the boss/manager is watching?

"Quick the boss is coming, we need to look busy" Is there a single word (or expression) to describe a person who only does their job while someone (the boss/manager) is watching, but who does ...
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GRE Sentence Completion -2

It comes as no surprise that societies have codes of behavior; the character of the codes, on the other hand, can often be _________ . A) predictable B) unexpected C) admirable D) explicit E) ...
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the meaning of “they should not look nearly as different as they do”

The three species (Man, the chimpanzee and the gorilla) share almost 99 percent of their DNA, and on that basis, surely, they should not look nearly as different as they do. Am I right in ...
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Is there any difference between 'artfully' and 'artistically'? [on hold]

Is there any difference between 'artfully' and 'artistically'? e.g., are there any subtle differences between an 'artfully plated' dish and an 'artistically plated' one?
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What does “over-formal” means? [on hold]

An ideal article should have the following: • Appropriate and Correct English Professional, but not over-formal, U.S. English.
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what is a cross signature?

I am told to get the cross signature done on the envelope containing my recomendation letter by principal but i have no idea of what a cross sign is? and how it is to be done on the envelope?
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“Premise” as a location

Can the word "premise" ever refer to a location or building? I have noticed that "premise" is being used in the computer industry to refer to a computer system that is located at a customer's place ...
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What's the difference between “in the room” and “in room”? [on hold]

I usually tend to tell i'm in the room. But i get confused when i get doubts with respect to what to use between "in the room" and "in room" for the formation of error free sentence.
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GRE Sentence Completion Question

Select the two answer choices that, when used to complete the sentence, fit the meaning of the sentence as a whole and produce completed sentences that are alike in meaning. As my eyesight began ...
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Is there a term for ascribing acts of the human mind to non-human objects, and when is it appropriate to do this?

Nota bene: English isn't my native language, so when I say acts of the human mind, I attempt to generalize things such as making assumptions, drawing conclusions and (to some extent) to reject. To me ...
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Comparing laws, regulations, and rules

As I understand it, laws are made to protect property, regulations are made to control our behavior (both are made by governments), but rules are made by individuals or organizations. Please explain ...
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“piecemeal” (about a theatre prop)

I'm translating an American article on a theatre production that is really challenging for a non-native speaker. Here's a passage describing one of the props, a car: Indeed, the set, by Maria ...
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What does this sentence mean? [on hold]

An old theory says that fear of things like snakes and fire is built into our brain, because animals that are afraid of dangerous things live longer and have more babies.
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Why is the word 'narrow' an antonym to the word 'emphatic'?

I have been doing some antonym and synonym exercises as part of my preparation for a verbal reasoning test, and I was asked to pick an antonym for the word emphatic. There were four choices given to ...
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Kudos to you and its usage [on hold]

What does Kudos to you exactly mean? Can I use it instead of"Bravo"? I hear it a lot in "Californication".
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“empirically ubiquitous”: what does “empirically” mean here?

I am translating an American article about a theatre production, and there's a phrase I can't understand. It uses the word "empirically" but if I'm not mistaken has nothing to do with ...
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“augmented by the way that” means…?

I'm new here, and I would like to ask for your help. I'm translating an American article about a certain theatre piece, and there's a phrase that I can't understand properly. "Music, song, dance, ...
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‘Went for a run’ vs. ‘went on a run’

I would like to know what's the difference between: I went for a run today I went on a run today. And when it's correct to apply each of those. Thanks a ton. Pablo.
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How to understand “cat's evening wear”?

I really had a difficult time to understand this. It comes from a book I am reading, and it is used to describe a concept the author speaks highly of. Does it mean that something is very special? Or ...
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“which is no more”

Beyond its farther edge the Alppain glow burned blue just over the horizon. “But that terrible blue glare on the opposite side is exactly like the eye of fate. It accuses us, and demands what ...
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what does “cool with a k” mean? [closed]

"silicon valley" season 2 episode 8, about 7-8 minute, Ehrlich says to Monica: cool with a k. what does this mean?