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Is it inflammable or flammable?

You sometimes see on tank trucks or petrol tankers carrying gas or oil or other liquids that catch fire quickly the word inflammable painted in bold red on them.Should not the correct word be ...
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using word “Responsive” correctly?

I wrote this sentence for my report, but I am not fully comfortable in using "responsive". Can any one check and point out the mistakes? Various constraints relating RGB cameras were found to be ...
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Word for development or improvement in art

In human race you call evolution to upgrade mankind, in technology innovation , how about the art work? how u call it? from painting to graphic design
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To be stoked on/about/ to do something

What's the difference, if any, between these: I'm stoked on going there I'm stoked about going there I'm stoked to go there What's the most common?
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How to punctuate the following sentence?

The sentence: Set in Italy and England, the story is both a romance and a critique of English society at the beginning of the 20th century. It is from ...
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Levelized in“ levelized cost of energy”

I have read the one report with title of Lazard's levelized cost of energy analysys. Is there any one to tell what is the meaning of "levelized" in "levelized cost of energy"? Tnx
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Harry Potter strange question [on hold]

In Harry Potter 6 when Dumbledore went to visit Tom Riddle for the first time he said: "How do you do, Tom?" and Tom answered "Don't" What does this "Don't" mean? I can't understand.
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What does “you happen to be on” mean in the context? [on hold]

Here is a sentence from the Rework book written by Jason Fred: "When you're really tired, it always seems easier to plow down whatever bad path you happen to be on instead of reconsidering the ...
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Non-repudiable vs non-refutable vs non-reputable in computer security

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 [on hold]

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? [on hold]

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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Does “avail” make sense here?

My colleagues in India frequently use "avail" to mean "use" or "take advantage of" as in the following example: Avail our special offer for this event. I have never seen "avail" used in the manner; ...
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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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Is the use of “conversely” to mean “on the other hand” correct?

I've previously used "conversely" to mean "on the other hand". For example. I always thought this the correct usage. Conversely, I might be wrong. However, the OED defines it as: In the ...
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What does “f***ing pay” mean? [closed]

I have never seen "fucking pay" before. what does it mean. I have read this in this sentences " Let's hope you're right. that's all I have to say. Because otherwise... you know? soneone, somewhere is ...
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What does this quote mean?

What does this quote mean: Oh, beauty is a beguiling call to death and I'm addicted to the sweet pitch of its siren." The quote is attributed to Johnny Quid in the movie RocknRolla.
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How offensive is the expression “I am sick of you”?

Question 1: What is the meaning of "I am sick of you" exactly? Question 2: Does the meaning of this expression change depending on the context? Question 3: How offensive is this expression in ...
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What are the uses of “totality”?

Often I find myself wanting to use 'totality' in a sentence that would otherwise work with 'total'. What are the correct usages of 'totality' given that both nouns describing the sum or completeness ...
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How is “per se” used? [closed]

per se These are the meanings I have found for per se; by itself, by himself, by herself, basically ... Does that mean the following sentences are correct? you should not have let him go per ...
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Nerd vs. Geek vs. Dork [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which term correctly identifies those who enjoy programming/technology: “geek” or “nerd”? I'm somewhat perplexed on the usages of these terms. Most references appear an ...
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“Can’t help but” vs. “can help but”

Is "can’t help but" considered to be a confused mix of the expressions "can but" and "can’t help"? If not, what is the difference between "can help but" and "can’t help but"?
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Why is “the ball of the foot” called as it is?

I understand the ball of a foot is where the toes join with the rest of the foot. But I don't think it looks like a ball. Why is it called a "ball"?
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Difference between “think of” and “think about”

Is there a difference between "think of something" and "think about something"? I've also met "have heard of/about something".
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Readable vs legible

Could you explain what is a difference between readable vs legible? Which should I use when I want to say "This diagram is easily readable/legible" while meaning - "It is very easy to read and ...
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What does “let's go with that” mean here?

What does Howard from The Big Bang Theory mean when he says "let's go with that"? I think the meaning was "let's just keep thinking it's true." Am I right?
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What does a single letter “J” mean in emailing?

Today is Halloween. After a successful party, many conversations have been going on in my company's email box. The end of one email said "Till next time J". I had no idea what "J" meant in this ...
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Why the “meat” in “sweetmeat”?

This has always confused me. Dictionary.com doesn't help at all. Candy and meat just don't go together that well.
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“Unregister” vs “Deregister”

The concept of "undoing a registration" is widely used in my line of work. While most dictionaries define unregister as the proper verb for it, several widely used and highly considered sources also ...
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Difference between “inflammable” and “flammable” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why are not infamous and inflammable the opposite of famous and flammable like incomplete, inactivity, inappropriate and so on? I'm very confused by the existence of ...
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Is “New and Improved” an oxymoron?

It irritates me that advertisers often claim a product is "New and Improved". Surely, if something is new (ie, has not existed previously), it can't be improved! And vice versa!
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“Oath” vs “pledge” vs “vow”

Oath, pledge, and vow: What is the difference between these words and where should I use each word? A simple example would help me to understand.
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What is the correct name for posts made on twitter?

Well, I honestly tried to search for this but I drowned in twit* and tweet* results. Should I write: "my tweet" or "my twit"? "I am tweetting" or "I am twitting" ("to twit" vs. "to tweet")? ...
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What is the difference between “noun”, “proper noun”, and “name”?

Do noun and name carry a different meaning? If there are any differences, are those differences specific to a context?
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Does “freak somebody out” has the meaning of “make somebody angry”?

This is an excerpt from the LDOCE. freak out phrasal verb informal to become very anxious, upset, or afraid, or make someone very anxious, upset, or afraid : People just freaked out when they ...