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All but - what does it mean?

I actually have a very naive doubt. When someone says "All but five people have left the town ".what does it actually mean? Have 5 people left the town or everyone else left only 5 are remaining.
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“Would you like some coffee?” “Thank you!” - In this context, does “thank you” mean “yes, please” or “no, thank you”?

The OED defines "thank you" as a polite expression used when acknowledging a gift, service, or compliment, or accepting or refusing an offer. ...
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On the tray - what does that mean?

What does "on the tray" mean in the Sandra song, "On The Tray"? Sandra - On The Tray Lyrics Once in a year I'm looking back counting my rounds Time after time it's been so hard holding my ...
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Is there a way to say “It Starts With You”? [on hold]

I'm looking to try to find a phrase or a much more simpler way to say "It Starts With You". Is there any other way? Even if it's in another language!
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Life as these little kids know it [on hold]

I have taken some photographs of some poor innocent kids, and want to create an album. Can I title it as "Life as these little kids know it"... any suggestions please.
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isolate vs. isolated

I'm doing research paper and I want to write a sentence like We wanted to compare two groups isolated. A colleague told me to write isolate, without d. I just checked, this is an actual ...
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Contentious Vs. Controversial

Are the words contentious and controversial synonymous AND interchangeable? or is there some difference in some contexts or in emphasis? For example, take this sentence I found in an excerpt from a ...
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“Preliminary Considerations”

In my thesis I have a part where I provide all the algorithms which I have developed. I want to introduce this part with a chapter containing the literature review regarding these algorithms, ...
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What's the difference in meaning between “evidence” and “proof”?

What's the difference between "evidence" and "proof"? I've noticed that the word "evidence" is often used in English as if it meant proof. For example, ...there is evidence of human existence in ...
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What is it called, when a situation is described in a complicated way instead of a simple one?

How to say in English, when one describes the matter in a more complicated manner than it is. For instance, one has two options, A and B; and either of them has to be accepted. One want to say the ...
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Meaning of “I'm going to have to let you go now”

I got a call from my company and I heard as follows: Sorry, we are going to have to let you go now. Can anyone tell me what does this means.
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Why 'aye aye sir' instead of 'yes sir' in naval response?

From Wikipedia, I know Aye aye sir is used in a naval response. I want know the origin of why Aye aye sir is used here? Another question: when I saw TV series A Song of Ice and Fire, I found Aye is ...
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On the Existence of the Word 'Grousily'

Is 'grousily' a word? I would like to use it in a sentence to mean 'grumpily, as if in imitation of a rumpled grouse' but don't think it's okay because of how I couldn't find it in either OS X's ...
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Founder or co founder? [duplicate]

I created a website one year ago and a friend joined me on the project seven months later. So i worked one year on it and he worked four months. I searched on many website to understand the ...
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Movable Type vs. WordPress [on hold]

Is the name of the blogging platform 'WordPress' word play? Does it have any additional meaning for a native English speaker? For example, the name of the blogging platform 'Movable Type' refers to ...
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Subject of investigation vs. Object of investigation? [duplicate]

which of the following is better: "He is the subject of our current investigation." "He is the object of our current investigation."
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“I'm dry” meaning “Would you buy me a drink?” What semantic or rhetorical term describes such usage?

Instead of saying "Could I have some water, please?" a visitor says "I am thirsty". The host understands it perfectly and says "Let me get you something to drink. What would you like?" or at a ...
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What's the meaning of “by string of” in logic

I don't know the meaning of "by string of" in following sentence Infer by string of IF-THEN statements found in the following Source: Knowledge Management in the Intelligence Enterprise
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Validate or Ratify?

Is there a clear difference between the "validation" or "ratification" of a document.? I came across a document that stated "Form for the Validation & Ratification of...." I thought that to ...
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what's the meaning of “to accept H k” [on hold]

i don't know what stands for "k" in "to accept H k" D is a collection of data H1, H2, ... Hn explains D “best” Therefore, accepts H k
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What is the meaning of “it is to…” [on hold]

What is the meaning of it is to in the following: It is to the Director [of Central Intelligence] that the assistant first turns to learn the facts in a crisis and for analysis of events, and ...
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Rhetoric: 'Anyone that believes _____, must be _______.'

Is there a specific name for rhetoric that follows this general form? 'Anyone that _____, (is a, must be, etc.) _______.' I seem to recall that the above was a specific type of rhetoric pointed out ...
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Is there word for this, other than know-it-all? [duplicate]

Just wondering, if there's a word for: One who makes it appear as if they're an expert on a subject while there are also signals (subtly or blatantly noticeable) that this person doesn't know very ...
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Curious words that make me suspicious

I'm curious about that curious object. I'm suspicious of that suspicious stranger. I'm dubious about that dubious plan. I can't think of any other words that allow this: using the same ...
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what's the meaning of “tree”?

what's the meaning of "tree" in the following sentence Pappus showed how both analysis and synthesis are used to solve problems by working in both directions to find a solution path (a tree or ...
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Androgenization refers to masculinity, but Androgynous refers to masculinity and femininity. Why? [on hold]

I recently came across the word "androgenization" which I have found to mean "possess male hormones". I found this rather strange, because to be androgynous is to have neither/both male and female ...
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Relations between base level English words

A lot of dictionaries these days when they explain a word, they usually suppose that we know some base level words e.g, 'a', 'the', 'he', 'that' ,and 'be'. If I look up to their definitions in the ...
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How can a poem be defined? [on hold]

Merriam webster says: A piece of writing that usually has figurative language and that is written in separate lines that often have a repeated rhythm and sometimes rhyme. Googling 'define: poem' ...
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Are “a perfect fool”, “a proper fool” and “a precious fool” the same kind of “fool”?

Is there any (subtle) difference in meaning and usage when these adjectives qualify "a fool"? Are these adjectives perfectly interchangeable "A precious fool I would look, if I did that." "The ...
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What would you call a person who shares every thought they have? [on hold]

What would you call a person who thinks they know everything and decides to share every little fact they can think of? For example, if a teacher or professor says something and a student decides to ...
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What is a wheenydom?

What is a wheenydom? It's in the following context: (from a tech-related article) I know that PowerShell is cooler and such than TCSH and BASH, but this smells of Windows wheenydom to me. ...
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What does the phrase “in you” mean in a Christian context? [on hold]

I have heard phrases such as "love in you" or "live in you" (with "you" meaning God) in Christian settings, such a prayers as well as Christian pop songs. What does this mean?
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what is the meaning of “leaving messages on the fridge” [on hold]

In American English file 3 page 68 (chapter 5 ,topic is slow down, you move to fast) what as the meaning of “I communicate with my wife by leaving messages on the fridge”
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A single word that collectively means volume, shape and size

With regard to a hollow object (such as a room), is there a single word that captures the collective import of the terms 'volume', 'shape' and 'size'? (particularly in the fields of mathematics or ...
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What is an appropriate antonym for “genesis”?

In my academic discipline (meteorology), I very occasionally see lysis used to refer to dissipation of a system where genesis has been used to describe its initial development. However, lysis seems ...
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Usage of the word terrorism

We read in the newspapers and watched on tv, many cases regarding students gunning down their classmates and teachers. Suppose a student brought a gun to his class and started pointing it to his ...
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The meaning of “yet” in “Ere yet the salt of most unrighteous tears had left the flushing in her galled eyes”

Here's from Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 2. within a month; Ere yet the salt of most unrighteous tears Had left the flushing in her galled eyes, She married: I'm wondering about the ...
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positive warrant - meaning [closed]

I have a question perhaps for philosophers. What does “positive warrant” mean exactly? Is it closer to premise or to claim? Or neither of them? Are there any synonyms? Example of context: We ...
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Psychological term or phrase for experiencing the world via the senses

I am looking for a psychological term or phrase for experiencing the world via the senses. (I am particularly interested in visual, auditory and thermal stimuli.) I am not looking for the word ...
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The horribility of English language

Pretty much every adjective that ends in the suffix -able or -ible gives rise to a related noun: corruptible becomes corruptibility mutable becomes mutability respectable becomes respectability ...
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Is there a difference between negligible and neglectable?

According to wiktionary.org they are synonyms. However, most words have a slight difference in the way or in which context they are used. I would like to know those differences. For example, when one ...
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I thorougly enjoy _____ [on hold]

Does thoroughly fit well in this sentence? Is it appropriate to use it in a formal sentence?
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Meaning of “to be hurting” [closed]

What exactly does the phrase "he/she was hurting" mean? Is the person in question experiencing pain? Update: I am specifically looking for the phrase "to be hurting", not the individual words "hurt" ...
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What does “trabacaloes” refer to?

The book I'm reading contains the following excerpt: He thought of men he knew, junior to him but with better luck or better interest, who were now lieutenants in command of brigs or cutters, or ...
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Walden and Civil Disodience [closed]

I carry less religion to the table,ask no blessings; not because I am wiser than I was,but, I am obliged to confess, because, however much it is to be regretted, with years I have grown more coarse ...
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Is there a meaning behind “Aw(e)” in Awful and Awesome? [closed]

I had to explain the meaning of "awesome". The person asking the question then asked, why some of "Aw" is good and a lot of "Aw" is bad. She was referring to "awful". I don't know the answer to ...
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Is positive reality good? [closed]

I was reading this: A new sensitivity in today’s pastoral consists in grasping the positive reality of civil weddings and, having pointed out our differences, of cohabitation. It is necessary ...
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what does “in quiet sophistication” mean here?

"it strikes me as the last word in quiet sophistication." I have two questions here. First, I do not understand the meaning of "quiet sophistication." I know that sophistication is a trait ...
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The basic or the main component

I want to write a scientific paper and I am looking for a nice word that can describe a theory can be a basic component or a main tool for another theory. What is the best word that I can use?
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Difference between 'sort of', 'kind of' and 'somewhat'?

I was told that these three phases have the same meanings, but I want to know if there are any differences between them: sort of kind of somewhat