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Difference between discourses and worldviews

I wondered if any one could help me to differentiate between worldviews (see the Cultural Theory of Risk for further information) and discourses (and their interrelation, if applicable). Thanks in ...
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What does “wouldn't be exaggerating to say” mean?

Example: "It is very potent, which is surprising, actually," said Pandey. "I wouldn’t be exaggerating to say it's a little bit better than dandelion root extract." Why not just say "It is very ...
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What does “Thanks for having me” mean?

It seems to be used like "Thanks for inviting me". But it sounds like "Thank me, cause I was there". Looking for a better explanation and situations it should be used in.
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Meaning of “I'll hardly have time for a rubber”?

I encountered this expression in the book Sea Glass by Anita Shreve and can't figure out what it means. (Actually, I have a few ideas but want to know the correct meaning.) "I'll hardly have time ...
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What does “treaty boom” mean in this sentence?

"Our products [fishing equipment] are treaty boom." (It's a slogan.)
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Is there a word for a name that has multiple words that means more than the words imply?

This is a bit hard to explain, so let's try an example. There is something called "rock art", which means human-made markings placed on natural stone. Those two words when put together have a ...
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“Tommyknockers”: why the “tommy” prefix in AmE?

From The Tommyknockers by Stephen King: Late last night and the night before, Tommyknockers, Tommyknockers, knocking at the door. I want to run, don't know if I can, 'cause I'm so afraid of ...
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Spanglish, Yinglish Vs Chinglish

Do the terms Spanglish and Yinglish have pejorative connotations as Chinglish does? Chinglish: Chinglish refers to spoken or written English language that is influenced by the Chinese language.[1] ...
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Is the meaning of “to grant the freedom to” closer to “to permit”/“to allow” or closer to “to facilitate”?

What is meant by saying that you grant X the freedom to do Y? that X can do Y and you are free to present obstacles other than outright forbidding X to do Y that X can do Y and you must not ...
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What does “No choice, no problem” mean?

Recently, I watched an interview where the interviewee said "No choice, no problem". I tried googling but didn't come across anything useful. I suspect it means that if you have no choice then there ...
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what does “wonder” mean in this sentence?

He would remember his expression, remember the tears starting to well up in dark green eyes, and wonder. Is the "wonder" here a noun or a verb? What does it exactly mean?
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Fever Dream Out of Something Meaning

What is the exact meaning of the second part of the sentence below? This underground bomb shelter, built by Tito, seemed as large and as crazy as a small country, not to mention a fever dream ...
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Difference between “Registration” and “Enrollment”

I'm developing a scholar system which I have to support english(and others) language. This system haves an "Enrollment" proccess. I've called it as "Enrollment" after some research because I could not ...
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Is “wannabe” strictly negative?

Let's say I want to become social good entrepreneur but I am not there yet. I don't want it to sound up nose and say I am an entrepreneur when I am not so I used this in my social media profile (for ...
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Is it more correct to say what and all, than what all things? [on hold]

I have heard people saying "what and all things are there?" instead of " what all things are there?" which one is correct?
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If I'm “dictating” am I recording what you say or telling you what to do?

In a document that I'm writing, I am trying to state that, in the course of conducting a user interview, I am "not simply dictating the desires of the user." My intention is to indicate that I am not ...
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Does “No screenshots any more from your phone” sound rude? [on hold]

Could native speakers tell the first expression of meaning "No screenshots any more from your phone" Does it sound rude?
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To outstay vs. overstay one's welcome

I came across the expression "outstayed my welcome" in the following excerpt of a novel I glance around and see that the café has filled up with people ordering lunch and that a couple is queuing ...
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Word for: feeling of relief in realizing you don't have a responsibility you thought you had

For example, waking up from a dream where you had an assignment due you didn't do but in waking you realize it was only a dream and you didn't actually have an assignment due, and feeling relief. ...
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What does “bit-bearing” mean?

Firstly, sorry if this is a very specific question. I am trying to translate A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace and I stuck at this phrase "bit-bearing": In China, Germany, France, ...
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Safer alternative to “opaque”?

As a child I was taught that opaque means doesn't let any light through at all, as opposed to translucent (lets some light through, but diffused/frosted) or transparent (completely clear, lets you see ...
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Does anyone know what these words mean? [on hold]

And where it come from? Nomeus Leasd
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Is 'arrogant' a masculine word? [on hold]

I was trying to think of a word to describe a female acquaintance and came up with arrogant, but immediately wanted to discard this as the word itself felt masculine to me. I later settled on ...
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What does fuzzy means in this context?

I am working a narrative which is told by a five year old girl, and somewhere she says "Momma will pluck me out of bed and feed me bacon. I want to ask out loud but my teeth are too fuzzy." I could ...
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For statements using the following words/phrases [on hold]

1. to music/ Marlin/ is listening/ now 2. did/ I/ my homework/ in my room/ not I choose. 1. Now Marlin is listening to music. (but i think is not correct that phrase.. my opinion is to add ...
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Is it correct to use the phrase - “he / she fights on”?

Is it correct to use the phrase "he / she fights on" to say that a person is fighting / struggling for a cause?
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I love you for like ever [on hold]

Can I say: "I love you for like ever" or I should say "I will love you for like ever" or both forms are correct? Thank you very much!
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What's the difference between Earthed Line and the Earth Line?

What's the difference between Earthed Line and the Earth Line? Are they same meaning?
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Sift and Sieve definition

Recently, while reading a novel, I stumbled upon the word 'sifted'. This immediately got me questioning the difference between the verb 'sift' and the verb 'sieve'. Some dictionaries say 'sieve' is ...
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Overcast and forecast [closed]

Talking about the weather, I have always been confused with these two words: overcast and forecast. I wonder to know why they are so similar and in that time they have completely different meaning. ...
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What is an “aglet-baby” exactly?

This is a line from the Taming of the Shrew by Shakespeare Grumio [to Hortensio]: Marry him to a puppet or an aglet-baby . . . Although 'aglet' is an extremely uncommon word, its meaning can ...
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“Here's looking at you, kid” meaning?

I'm sure many will know Rick's famous line from the film Casablanca: Here's looking at you, kid. While I can guess at it, I was never fully confident about the meaning of this phrase. I am not ...
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Parsing lyrics from “Blank Space” [on hold]

I find myself getting mentally stuck on one particular line from Taylor Swift's "Blank Space": Don't say I didn't say I didn't warn ya Normally, I don't have a problem with song lyrics, even ...
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It's my nerves vs. It's getting on my nerves

What is the difference between: It is my nerves and: It is getting on my nerves Are they alike? In what situation do we use the first one and second one? Can I use one instead of the ...
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Is “know it all” positive or negative [closed]

If someone is described as a know it all, who has an opinion on everything, what type of person is this a description of?
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Can “anachronism” refer to things that have not been done in the proper order?

I've looked in a few online dictionaries, and I don't see any definitions of "anachronism" that seem to encompass this situation. However, I feel like, etymologically, this term could be used in the ...
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A new use for the word Alibi [closed]

At recent teleconference meetings, I've notice that the meeting leader will sometimes end the call with a phrase like, "So does anyone have any alibi's?" The context (and people's response) suggests ...
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Correct translation for the light switch for a website

I'm looking for the correct translation for a website (http://www.configurator.simonurmet.com/). I'd like to refer to the whole object, I don't need the name of each part for now. The "whole ...
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Question regarding English in an old maths book

I'm currently working through an old British maths book, released around 1910, on the whole the language is quite manageable however I've reached a part of the text where there's talk of circles and ...
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What's the meaning of “figurative meaning”? [closed]

What does figurative meaning mean? What is the difference compared to literal meaning?
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What does intergeneric writing mean?

What is intergeneric writing? I have did a google search to no avail. I am interested in this type of 'genre', or something that I could search to draw more knowledge for.
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What does ' My stomach turned to water mean '?

I found this in to kill a mockingbird, but I am not sure in what light it means. I understand it is a metaphor. But what is he trying to say here?
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semantic difference for the forms: “x of y” vs. “x of the y” vs. “y x”

As a non-native speaker, I have a problem understanding the difference in meaning of the following forms: "… of …" "… of the …" "… …" To be more specific, let me give some instances: "theory of ...
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Meaning of 'subject to spells'?

The noise had ceased, and everything was quiet. Then she sat down on the side of her bed, and, feeling faint--she was subject to spells--("I told you that when I came, didn't I, Rosie?" "Yes'm, ...
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Word for politicians truth, really a lie

What is the word for something that is said but isnt true, but because it is said it is believed (by the masses) to be true and is never then undone easily? Often used by point scoring, or wriggling, ...
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multiplicands:factors::addends:______?

When two multiplicands are multiplied, we get a product. But when we factorize the product, we split it into factors. Similarly, when we add two addends, we get a sum. What do we call the resulting ...
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What does “Towards Reference” phrase mean? [closed]

I wrote a conference paper about technical requirements of mesh networks in smart grids. Originally I named it "Engineering Requirements for Mesh Networks in Smart Grids", but a reviewer changed its ...
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A word for the feeling that only last a few moments [closed]

I'm searching for a word if you guys can help me find it.. It is the moment when for ex: you are just about to jump out of an airplane (with parachute x) ) or when the song hits THAT great note.. Or ...
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Idiom or phrase meaning

I can not find the meaning of this phrase: perished of fits. What does it mean? It is an idiom? Thanks for help and understanding.
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for the greater good [closed]

In a sentence: "We arrive after a fraught journey, which I undertake begrudgingly, for the greater good, since I am clearly not the maddest person in the bus," what does "for the greater good" mean in ...