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Word to describe someone that has posted “proof”

Pretend locks cannot be picked. What would be a word to describe someone that has spent a long time writing an article full of absolute nonsense which they think is correct, believing for some reason ...
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What is the meaning of ''until the shine wears off''?

I love the songs Lost! and Lost? (well, it's the same song but in different versions) by Coldplay. In these songs, we can hear: I just got lost Every river that I tried to cross Every ...
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Does the following sentence make any sense? I think it is not written fluently. Am I right?any idea to improve it? [on hold]

ranked 3rd in the first stage of the 4th olympiad of mechanical engineering among top mechanical engineering students of universities of east zone of my country and achieving qualification for the ...
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When did men start to lose their “virginity”?

According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the word virgin came from 2 languages: Anglo-French and Old French virgine "virgin; Virgin Mary" From Latin virginem (nominative virgo) "maiden,...
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What does “nine while nine” mean?

In "Nine While Nine" by The Sisters of Mercy there is this line: Nine while nine and I'm waiting for the train... What does "nine while nine" actually mean? I've never encountered anything ...
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“Replace John with Andrew” which of this name is to be trashed [duplicate]

Greeting to all in this room, Please help with this statement. "Replace John with Andrew" which one becomes trashed among John and Andrew?
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The meaning of the sentence, “Nick grimaced, dealt trash for the sixth hand in a row”

"Nick grimaced, dealt trash for the sixth hand in a row" I got this sentence from my friend who is preparing an English language test. The question asks for the meaning of the sentence without any ...
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It might be a runner

What does it mean if somebody says: "It might be a runner"? Example context: "I have to check with my boss, but I reckon it might be a runner."
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“Video sniffing's form of parasitical subversion”

The following context is about sniffing CCTV's. What does "Video sniffing’s form of parasitical subversion" mean? And what is its difference from " tapping into live feeds"? Nicholas Whybrow, Art ...
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Does “has been employed” imply they still are employed? [migrated]

Mr. Smith has been employed by our company as engineer since 1st March 2015. Does this mean Mr. Smith is still being employed by the company?
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Does “feel myself” have a vulgar meaning? [on hold]

I know there's a question here Russian speakers and “I feel myself to be …” with corresponding answer pointing out that the colloquial meaning of "to feel oneself" means to touch oneself in order to ...
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Why do we say “to boot”?

Here's an example of the phrase "to boot": My wife made a disgusting looking dinner, and it tasted awful to boot! The implication of the "to boot" is that the fact that the dinner tasted awful ...
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Klick vs Kilometer

Is is correct to use the word Klick instead of Kilometer in the following sentences? It's about 50 klicks to the next gas station. The US is about 25000 klicks from India by air.
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does this sentence sound right? [on hold]

"I read this novel four times in Arabic and now it’s the English edition turn"
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What's is the meaning of this sentence ? [on hold]

I guess we will meet soon at some part if the work no
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Meaning of “Mythical Distance”

In this sentence With the break-up of the Roman Empire and the rise of Christianity, Europe saw India recede into a mythical distance Is mythical distance an idiom? What does it mean?
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what does “'We're in the stickiest situation since Sticky the Stick Insect got stuck on a sticky bun.” [on hold]

What does We're in the stickiest situation since Sticky the Stick Insect got stuck on a sticky bun. mean in plain english?
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Might “any more than” mean something like “neither… nor…”?

While translating something I came across this sentence: "However, they were not registered with the health-insurance in 1910, any more than they were in 1911?" As far as I understand from the ...
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Is “spot” the same as “pip” in the context of playing cards?

There are not 365 spots on a deck of cards. On a standard deck there are 220 (4×(1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8+9+10)), since the face cards do not contain spots. To come up with 365, one would have to assume ...
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Meaning of “all left reserved” and “all right reserved”?

Could somebody please clarify the meaning of these two expressions and the differences between them: "All Right Reserved" and "All Left Reserved"?
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Extremely loud and incredibly close [on hold]

What does this quote mean: "It's not like we were actually burying him, anyway"
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meaning of “the field of the fullers”

Accursed be the Sea-folk, and accursed be all they who traffic with them. And as for him who for love's sake forsook God, and so lieth here with his leman slain by God's judgment, take up his body and ...
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Meaning of the valediction “Yours, &c.”

When the valediction "Yours, &c" is used at the end of a letter (for example in Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice), what is the "&c" standing in for? I realize that "&c" is ...
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Meaning of “out of an interest”

In the following YouTube video, (4:35) entitled: Master Craftsman, Nathie Katzoff | HUMAN, I heard I didn't get into this out of an interest in capitalism. I got into it out of an interest in ...
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Correct meaning name for record label [on hold]

I wonder on name for my record label. I wanna to name my music record label by country name (Germany or Japan for exemple). I would like to name it in way: "It's German/Japanese music record label ...
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Sardonic or sarcastic tone?

Is this sentence sarcastic or sardonic? "But that, as far as I can tell, is not my point." (from Dave Barry's "Lost in the Kitchen")
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Is the expression “may or may not” semantically void?

I personally have a hard time accepting the use of "may or may not." To me, it seems as if "may" and "may not" effectively cancel each other out, so the semantics of the sentence in which it appears ...
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How can I use phrase “Running Amok” , can I use “My running amok”?

I want to use "running amok" like "my running amok". Is that right or not? I want to use this phrase literary. Like "my running amok" or "my amok run" or "my run amok" etc. Please correct me.
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How to describe this fact with an independent clause? [on hold]

In fact, with more time being left to myself, I started to read books I had aspired to read when I was in high school. I mean I had more time for leisure, so I spent them on books. My usage "with ...
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what does “at best minimally successful” mean

I think it means "just barely meeting the targets and that's it! nothing more than that", or does it mean that somebody did such a great job that successful is too small to describe it? I'm a bit ...
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Can you help me find 2 inappropriate responses to this question? [on hold]

Q. You are in a bookstore and the bookseller says, "How are you doing?" Which two ways should you not respond? 1) I am great. 2) I'm terrible. 3) I'm not bad. 4) I'm fine, thank you. 5) I'...
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what's the difference between overrun and infest

( Our kitchen is overrun with cockroaches - The barn was infested with rat ) what's the difference between overrun and infest in those examples and if they mean the same which one is more used in ...
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What does it mean “they had going in to the project” in this sentence?

Mind mapping builds a common mind about current reality and thus decreases people's allegiance to the solutions they had going in to the project. Thanks
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Can a proposition be mistaken for a 'claim'? [on hold]

You confirm that this is true. In which case..... positive declaration (eg. 'x' exists). I would suggest that the above statement is an 'if, then' proposition. Anybody making this statement cannot ...
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Is it semantically correct to use the word 'ahead' when referring to moving in time?

EDIT: As in the questions title, is it semantically correct to use sentences such as "the concert was moved ahead in time as the stage was no longer available". To me, this makes sense, but is ...
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please let me know the meaning of “Madam Secretary” dialogues

Whenever I cannot understand some English expression, I am getting big help from this site. Very useful website and good people. Anyway. I am watching American Drama "Madam Secretary" season1, episode ...
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What does 'cover off' mean? 10067

10067 I have looked at 'cover off' threads but their answers don't fit my example. In James Titcombe's book about the Morecambe Bay baby scandal (where 30 babies died because of communication ...
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Is the word “bonsai” used both as a noun and a verb?

Is it common to use the word "bonsai" as a verb as in the following passage? And what does it mean? If you've ever crammed into the back of a Toyota with one or more males over the age of seven, ...
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What is the difference between “urgent” and “critical”?

When it comes to "the level of importance", what is the difference between "urgent" and "critical"? I have my own idea, but I recently came upon a scenario where the relative level of importance was ...
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How can a person chime? [on hold]

I'd be glad if anyone can explain to me the usage of "chime" in the context of a person saying something. How does that come out if chiming means the sound of a bell? For instance: 'Well' Lisa ...
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Absolute Integrity

An employee is habitually unauthorised absent. He was punished earlier also.Now again he is unauthorised absent.Whether a charge sheet can be issued that the employee failed to maintain "Absolute ...
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Weekend/Weekends [migrated]

I would be very happy if you help me to make clear some difficulties in using 'weekend'! What is the difference between a weekend, the weekend, weekends (can we say the weekends?)
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The difference between Related and Relating [on hold]

I would be very happy if you can explain me the difference between related and relating?
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“Relationship to” vs. “Relationship with”

I found two different terms regarding relationship: "Relationship with the applicant" while filling the invitation form "Relationship to the applicant" while filling the application form Whether ...
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“Queueing” or “Queuing”

Which spelling is better, queueing or queuing? Both words seem to mean the same (or am I wrong?), but there are two different spellings. My context is: Queueing Latency vs. Queuing Latency ...
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The Subject of a Participial Construction

The following passage is quoted from the article in Newsweek by Leah McGrath Goodman, titled "Thomas Piketty Says He Was Ambushed": [Financial Times’s economics editor Chris] Giles, in his critque,...
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Does 'to prove' necessitate truth?

If I prove something, does it have to be true? I can structure the question more convolutedly: Does successfully proving something depend on the credulity of the audience, or the truth of the ...
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What's the difference between “by night” and “at night”?

Oxford Dictionaries say by has the meaning of 6. indicating the period in which something happens: ‘this animal always hunts by night’ Then do we need to say, ‘Why does the sky glitter by night?...
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China has been simmering with known for several years that … [on hold]

The following passage is quoted from the comments that Prof. Paul Krugman made during the meeting with Japanese officials on March 22, 2016 in Tokyo. I am wondering what the italic part means. I ...