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Why do applications and résumés use the word “sex” instead of “gender”? [duplicate]

We understand what the meaning of the terms name, age, and address when used in applications and résumés, but why is sex used instead of gender? Definitions from the Free Dictionary : meaning ...
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Correctness and meaning of “zero tolerance regarding child safety”

Here is an excerpt from IKEA Singapore's Facebook page: A third party investigation has shown that the locking mechanism is not reliable, posing a risk for young children, despite approved tests ...
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Usage of “across”

Does this sentence make sense? "Each transaction generates a huge amount of data across the supply chain" I'm writing a statement of purpose and want to convey that a large amount of data is ...
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Did not get William Shakespeare's quote - “A fool thinks himself to be…”

A very well known quote by William Shakespeare A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool. The first half is okay - a fool thinks himself to be wise (he's in ...
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Things have been crazy busy meaning? [on hold]

What is the meaning for this sentence "Things have been crazy busy" ?
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what is the meaning of this phrase?

I am not looking for a fact here, I know that this is highly debatable. My question is about the information mentioned here in the sentence: Many scientists believe that global warming and its ...
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What does “a bookstore-counting mood in Paris prompts soul-searching over Amazon’s 41 % share of new book sales in America” mean?

In the article titled “The French do buy books. Real books” appearing in New York Times (July 9), the author, Pamela Druckerman writes: “Recently when I was strolling through my museum-like ...
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Merchant of Venice [on hold]

I don not think i have a clear understanding of Portia's speech "the quality of mercy is not starin'd" Is her speech convincing?
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referent of 'such a conviction'

The following is taken from the novel Frankenstein: At that age I became acquainted with the celebrated poets of our own country; but it was only when it had ceased to be in my power to derive its ...
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What does “Eat Lunch or be lunch” mean in this context?

I came across this phrase: The problem facing companies today is that there are too many fishermen and not enough fish in the market. It’s a matter of eat lunch or be lunch — or, as stated by ...
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initially“ in the meaning ”bearing initials/signatures" [on hold]

I wanted to know if it is possible to use the word "initially" in the meaning "bearing initials/signatures" here's the sentence: He ensures that the documents are initially uploaded, replaced if/...
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How to put emphasis on a chapter [on hold]

In one chapter I have been discussing previous work of my colleagues with one approach. Then, in the next one, I want to emphasize that a totally different approach is employed. My sentence is: ...
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Is the word gleaned from good to be used in this context?

I am trying to write an objective for my resume. To take up a new and challenging position in IT Consultant, which will make best use of my skills gleaned from 5+ years of experience in the IT ...
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how to understand “ephemeral quality”? [on hold]

I saw the sentence in this article. The context is "By then, Cazale was not quite a star — he lacked that ephemeral quality — but he was regarded, in the industry, as a rare talent, in demand ...
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Is it correct to use “git” as verb?

I know that the word git is used for describing an unpleasant person. Also Git is a name of a version control system which is quite popular among software developers. I thought this word did not ...
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“Artists Take on Architecture”

"Psycho Buildings: Artists Take on Architecture" is the title of an exhibition. Does it mean "artists' understanding of architecture"? Thus, is "take" here a noun? If so, wasn't it better to say "...
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Difference between “everlasting” and “eternal”

I know these two sentences are somehow different, but I don't know how: This is an everlasting love. This is an eternal love. I read here that there are a number of adjectives for ...
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What is the meaning of “rage,” in this exchange

Merriam-Webster (on line) offers no help with the meaning of "rage" (verb) in this context; "swage" is presumably 'assuage' (fade). Youthe speke to his selfe & sayd: With women me lyst ...
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What does “ we've as much” mean?

"So what we did, we got in touch with a nature reserve out in the country, and asked them what you could see there. And that's when we realised that we've as much, if not more wildlife than they do." ...
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'work so hard' or 'work too hard'? [on hold]

" I know you're having a big test next Monday, but don't work yourself so hard" In this sentence, Can I possibly use "too hard" instead of "so hard"? Thanks in advance.
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What too-most means in “It was, too-most of his friends” [closed]

In a book(The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by: Douglas Adams) I am reading the following is said about a person: "The thing that used to worry him most was the fact that people always ...
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What does 'pack into' mean? [on hold]

"Yes, I suppose we'll have to get down to work soon, though I dont know how we'll able to, packed into that little space." In the sentence above, I don't get it why it has a comma after 'able to' and ...
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What does “GOP's 'Pocahontas' problem'” mean?

I was drawn to the headline of an article written by Rebecca Sinderbrand appearing in Washington Post June 10 issue under the headline “Trump, and the GOP's 'Pocahontas' problem.” The text reads; ...
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What does “up and down” mean? [closed]

Following is a part of a speech of US vice president Joe Biden. Does "up and down" mean, everywhere or (almost)evry country in the region? "But what I suspect many people don't understand that, that ...
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usage and example of “except on terms that…”

"He said Britain could never rejoin the EU except on terms that would not be acceptable to the country." I don't really understand the meaning of "except on terms that..." here in the sentence. ...
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What does it mean to “frank for someone”? [on hold]

I am reading "Sense and Sensibility" by Jane Austen. There is a statement made by Mrs. Palmers in chapter 20. "How charming will it be," said Charlotte, "when he is in Parliament!- won't it? How I ...
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Usage of “Have something to do with”

The other day, I was eating at a restaurant with my mate. The food was really good but the waiters seemed to be rather rude. Then when we left there, my mate asked me what I thought of this ...
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Is “incest” primarily used nowadays to refer to child sexual abuse by a relative?

Is "incest" primarily used nowadays to refer to child sexual abuse by a relative? Some dictionaries' definitions of incest just refer to it meaning sexual relationships between people who aren't ...
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I could do with the exercise

This is a telephone conversation. Does "I could do with the exercise" here mean "I am exercising"? Everyone’s reallymad. . . What directionisCoventGarden? . . . I’m calling just to check that ...
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“was of the” meaning

I am reading a novel. There is a sentence "Motion was of the essence, ......". I am confused about 'of' in the sentence. What is the difference between "Motion was the essence" and "Motion was of ...
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“I'm living a lifetime in every minute that we're together.” [on hold]

I'm living a lifetime in every minute that we're together. quoted from the movie "Notebook" I have a trouble while interpreting the meaning of this sentence. I guess it means he is fully enjoying ...
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encounter and disencounter

Does anybody has any idea what "encounter and disencounter" mean in this context? ...the work of the Colombian Colectivo Cambalache, who run a ‘street museum’ as a barter and informal ...
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meaning of “one aside”

Does "one aside" here mean "I, as a participant, ..." or "apart from this, ..."? Later, tumbling down the main steps of Tate Britain as we head first for Lambeth Bridge, the city is awash with ...
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difference between post deictic and epithet

I was looking at some examples of the two, and there was one example including two sentences of different kinds that I couldn't sense the exact difference between. Deictics: The identical three (...
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Where vs when - a matter of place or one of… time

Educated by weaklings, idolators of stigmata, especially fragmentary ones, we belong to a clinical age when only cases count. This is a quote from E.M. Cioran's book ''All Gall Is Divided'' (...
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Unable to understand text

I am reading this book named "Asking the right questions" by M. Neil Brown. I am unable to comprehend the meaning of the bold text below. While absorbing information provides a productive start ...
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Meaning of “ to be dizzying in”

There is a text in my english book that talks about the wetlands from Brazil and there is a sentence that goes like this: "(...) life is dizzying in its abundance, variety and beauty." I have already ...
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the meaning of flag as a verb and interest in this sentence [migrated]

Variables can be extracted from social media content that flag an interest, emotion, or attitude of the contributor. http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/flag_2 does "...
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What does “timeless advice” mean? [closed]

Somebody said about a comment posted by anyone else that is a timeless advice. What does this exactly mean? Does it mean the comment is very long? I did search on the internet about the meaning of ...
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How ‘HOW’ change the meaning of the Twinkle song?

I'm a Spanish speaker so this makes me confused. In the song, Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star I would understand I wonder what you are! ==> Me pregunto que eres (seras)! But they add HOW before....
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need help with 2 sentences. can't understand them [closed]

Before acting on such insights it is advisable to confirm them with additional descriptive research or to use causal designs. For example, a customer review might suggest new creative for an email ...
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at second remove

Does "at second remove" mean "of secondary importance and not as evident as other elements"? There is something deeply moving about such an encounter with nature, even if it is at second remove.
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Nuance of accordingly and request for its equivalent phrase

I'll arrange the schedule accordingly. The situation is I was asked to arrange a schedule to welcome a guest to our office from a US branch and I just got his preferred date and time to visit. I was ...
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something shouting down the road to something else

What does "to shout down the road to" mean here? Context: To pursue the conversation on triangulated conversations, Creed’s Work No.850 seems also to shout down the road to Gormley’s artwork ...
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Other meaning of 'moon'

It's from Fisherman's Soul by Oscar Wilde: 'And we tarried for a moon, and when the moon was waning, I wearied and wandered away through the streets of the city and came to the garden of its god. ...
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How to understand “after” in “A man after my own heart”

I have always found the phrase "a man after my own heart" very endearing. It expresses a fond kinship in a charming way. However, there are (at least) two meanings of the word after that would make ...
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What does Donald Trump's: …it was time to “turn them in”… mean?

The Washington Post (June 13) reports that Mr. Donald Trump told “It was time to turn them in” on Fox News in the article under the title, “Trump just faced his first big leadership test. He failed ...
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Meaning of “if not” in a sentence

I don't understand the meaning of "if not" and grammar of the sentence in bold: As early as the 14th century, the organ supplied polyphony, in which case the odd-numbered verses of text were ...