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What do you call the rhetoric strategy of purposefully writing a paragraph that no one can understand?

Most of us have come across a paragraph which sounded meaningless to us or which made us wonder if we were intellectually equipped to read it. That may have been the case, but sometimes one writes a ...
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the meaning of “this far”

what does" this far" mean? is it a synonym for"thus far"? and what does it mean in this example:" Oh I guess we made it, Or at least we made it this far, And it all looks smooth from here."?
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What's the meaning of “pillage and plunder”? [on hold]

In the last episode of "Once Upon a Time" (S04E04 - The Apprentice) there was this dialog: Girl: Well, I don't pillage and plunder on the first date, just so you know. Man: Well, that's because ...
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Can “a-mingle” be a verb in imperative mood?

In the last lines of "Jingle Bells Rock": Jingle bell time is a swell time To go gliding in a one-horse sleigh Giddy-up jingle horse, pick up your feet Jingle around the clock ...
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May Not definition? [on hold]

I'm playing a forum game and am on the hunt for loopholes. So here's the question: With the following rule in place, do I have the option to use coordinating conjunctions? You may not use any ...
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In teaching, what is a “prompt”? [on hold]

I have a teacher-trainer book that says teachers can use "questions and prompts" to help students think about what they read. I understand what a "question" is, but what is the meaning of "prompt" in ...
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The meaning of “public cable” [on hold]

I am translating a movie. There's a quote that I couldn't figure out how to translate: The last thing they want is an informed, public cable free-thought. What does public cable mean?
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What does the word “abjection” mean in this context?

I am learning vocabulary and I needed to know the meaning of abject and abjection, and how to use it. I referred Merriam Webster. They gave an example: I protest … this vile abjection of youth to ...
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“with and without” vs. “with or without”

If I want to abbreviate a statement of the form We consider a model with X and a model without X I am not sure if We consider models with and without X and We consider models with or ...
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Designing / devising a concept (e.g. for a website)

I'm looking for a noun that describes the process of "Designing / devising a concept". For example for a website: Means writing a general concept for the designer and developers, sketching wireframes, ...
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Who is “he” in the passage?

On Monday, October 13, 2014 about 09:30 hours John Barlow - Male Negro, Age 22 years A Joiner of Lot 194 Pike street Kitty, Georgetown, reported that Mark Jacobs Male Negro, Age 22 years ...
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What is the correct way to express yearly quarters? Is using roman numerals correct?

While looking over a company's annual report, I realized that every business quarter was denoted using roman numerals. E.g. QI,2014 QII, 2014 etc. I am sure I am being petty and pedantic, ...
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Meaning of “do” in “What do you like?” etc

What is the meaning of "do" in questions like "What do you like?", "Where do you live", "Do you have a large family?" The verb 'to do' describes performing or executing an action, and in the first ...
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Use of the expression “have to” in a sentence

Tasting Mediterranean cuisine is a “have to” plan in Oia Is that expresion correctly used in this sentence, or is it wrong?
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To “wow” or not to “wow” [duplicate]

Had an argument with my wife regarding the propriety of using the expression "wow". It all started when I blurted out the word in astonishment when the preacher mentioned a negative observation. He ...
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How is the following “at the risk of using a bad pun”?

One of the guys was telling the rest of us about his new girlfriend (whom we've met). In explaining why he liked her, he said, "At the risk of using a bad pun," (pause), "a lady swallows" (pause) "her ...
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Definition of “ How Shakespearian” [closed]

Could you explain what " How Shakespearian" means? I've heard it recently but I can't remember in which situation the phrase was used.
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‘Longears’, ‘Tapperbill’, and ‘Painted-wings’

I was reading The Intruder by James Reeves. I couldn't understand the meaning of the following lines Longears helter-skelter shoots Into his house among the roots. At work upon the highest ...
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Why does 'with' mean 'against' and not 'alongside' in phrases of opposition?

In phrases like fight with, argue with, combat with etc, why does with mean the subject is opposing the object (grammatical object, technically a human opponent)? Phrases like go with, study with, ...
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Meaning of “I do show”

Except from an email received from tech support: I do show that the account has been updated What is the meaning of "I do show"? To whom or what does "I" refer?
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rephrase “as they are mutually understood”

I'm trying to translate an SLA ( Service Level Agreement ) from English to Dutch. But i can't wrap my head around the following sentence: This Agreement outlines the parameters of all IT services ...
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What is the feeling called when you think someone is following you but really isn't?

What is that word that means you think someone is following you but really isn't? Still, you feel like someone is, so you keep on looking around for that person who doesn't exist. Or it's like if ...
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What does “He's kept tabs on her.” mean? [closed]

From Bucket List 2007 He's kept tabs on her. Just in case you decided to... This was your idea, Tom? No, it was my idea. I talked him into it. - Yeah, talked him into it. - Hey. Wait a minute. ...
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Meaning of some parts of a poem

I have this poem Suburbs by Pablo Neruda and translated into English by William O' Daly. The poem goes as follows: I celebrate the virtues and vicesof suburban middle class peoplewho overwhelm the ...
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The use of “la”?

I have read many a novel set in the Regency period where la is used in conversations. La, Susan, don't be so bothersome What is its purpose and correct use? Thank you for your insights.
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Meaning of sentence in context [migrated]

She kissed me and left. I turned off the t.v. and opened another beer. Nothing to do on this island but get drunk. I walked to the window. On the beach below Dee Dee was sitting next to a young man, ...
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Can you vs. Do you think you can

Is there a right or wrong way to ask someone to do something? The other day I said to my husband, "Do you think you can fax this paper for me?" He said that was insulting and I should say "Can you fax ...
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Confusion as to what the sentence means

Can someone explain to me the meaning of this sentence. I have enough trouble overcoming my own limitations without fretting over the fact that God has not seen fit to distribute evenly the gift of ...
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What does “The city (Ferguson) learned too late that the well was dry” mean?

I scratched my head in understanding the meaning of the following passage in the article titled, “The tragedy of Ferguson” of Time magazine (September 1 issue). [Some excerpts appear at ...
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What does the phrase “I did'n bring my permits.” mean?

I came across this gif. Apparently Actor Chris Pratt cracking some kind of a joke here, but I'm not sure if I get it. He said this line after he had showed off his guns. Any tips would be ...
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The meaning of a sentence in Dracula [closed]

"I saw the Count lying within the box upon the earth, some of which the rude falling from the cart had scattered over him." Would anyone tell me the meaning? thanks in advance.
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Is he “making a play” for her or is he “making a pass” at her?

to make a play for someone - to attempt to attract the romantic interest of someone. to make a pass at someone - to make a romantic advance at someone. To a non-native speaker, the ...
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“Carcass” of a Document?

Can a document, which is not finished, but has its structural skeleton in place, be called a carcass? As in, I already have some sort of a carcass of the document you requested. Dictionary ...
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Five concerns regarding this passage [closed]

William was tall and thin and shy and awkward in school. His best social tool was that he played the piano, and so was recruited for school musicals, which placed him at rehearsals and cast parties ...
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What is the meaning of the expression 'put in leave'?

I have recently read from a South African person this expression. 'put in leave'. Is it a correct expression? What does it mean? Does it involve a phrasal verb?
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Referral Campaigns or Your Referral Schemes

I have a referral program which comprises of 50% UK users and 50% US users. Taking into account location, what would be the most appropriate title to use... Your Referral Campaigns Or Your ...
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what does “crack thumb” mean?

what does " crack thumb" and also " Balck fall" mean in this sentences from a Play: " that is the House of shaws! blood built it; blood stopped the building of it; blood shall bring it down. see ...
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What's the meaning of “to him who”?

While I was searching on the net, I found this sentence: Memorandum to him who is concerned. I looked for a definition to to him who, but I found nothing. So what's the meaning of it? ِAre ...
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Usage of the word “TILL” [duplicate]

I am landed in a confused stage, with one of my colleagues email, which says ; "Till November , Bank Adjustment Entry is finished." For me ,that statement, means , including November, the work is ...
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“WE ON” what does it mean? Is it bad English? [closed]

I want to name my upcoming project as WE ON - Information & entertainment media agency . This agency will work in the city and act as communication between businesses and consumers, so I need ...
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What verb goes with “mood” in the context of a polite social inquiry?

How would I best ask someone to share their mood with me? It needs to be snappy and easily understood. For example, given these three choices of verb: share your mood express your mood convey your ...
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That tight hair of hern?

Yes. If she'd just let that tight hair of hern all out loose and careless-like, as it used ter be, and wear the sort of bunnits with posies in 'em, and the kind o' dresses all lace and white ...
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What does “Shall be” mean? [closed]

What does Shall be mean? I find it in different context, sometimes it seems to me that is means is or Will be and more likely Must be, but sometimes I can't figure it out, so if it means Must be, what ...
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Meaning of “Subject to” in context [duplicate]

What does "Subject to" means in this sentence? Since motion estimation is the most computationally intensive portion of video encoding, efficient fast motion estimation algorithms are highly ...
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What does “to invite oneself” mean?

I usually have lunch alone but yesterday I asked my colleague to join their lunch by saying "I will join your lunch." (I usually join them one or twice a week.) Then one of them told the ...
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Meaning and Usage of the word 'Welter' [closed]

Could anyone make this understand to me the meaning and usage of the word 'Welter'? I gone through Vocabulary.com and found this. Use the noun welter to describe an enormous, messy pile, like the ...
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Favorites is/are empty [closed]

I'm not English native speaker and I'd like to know correct form of this sentence. If I want to say that my favorites folder is empty what's the verb I should use in this case? I mean when the ...
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Difference between “I am really sorry” and “I really am sorry”

I know they are slightly different, but I can't tell how. I've read about the usage of the word "really" in a negative sentence. But it didn't tell me about how the position of the word "really" can ...
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What does it mean to call somebody “mom?”

I've heard many people use the word mom both in workplace and on TV. These are a few examples: In Insanity (the home exercise program) the leader of the program calls one of the participants "mom." ...
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Does “exotic” have any connotations of sexiness?

Part of a (possibly offensive or at least cringe-worthy) ad says "We have to go out accompanied and what is better than dating a beautiful exotic Latina woman here in Colombia, right?" From a ...