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What does “trodie” mean?

In "The Star Fraction" by Ken MacLeod, a Scottish science fiction author, a couple walks through a street and past a "trodie". The novel is set in Britain, so it may be a British expression. The ...
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Why aren't words for specific groups of animals in the dictionary?

Common words that group animals together such as a pack of wolves or a flock of birds are universally recognized by all the dictionaries. The lesser known ones, such as a tower of giraffes are not ...
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Can you “commemorate” something bad?

Strictly speaking, from an etymological standpoint, there is no reason to suppose "commemorate" should imply either a positive or negative connotation of what is being remembered. That said, it feels ...
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Meaning: deliberate vs ponder

I'm doing some exercises and don't understand why in the sentence below "deliberate" is the right answer whereas "ponder" has similar meaning: The jury are still deliberating, but they're expected ...
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“Jane makes over six figures” - how much money does she make?

Suppose you are told that "Jane makes over six figures". Assuming this to be true, what is the minimum amount of money that Jane can be making? I have always understood this to mean "Jane makes at ...
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Confused by the syntax or grammaticality used in this quote by Karl Marx. Please help?

The quote is from the Manifesto of the Communist Party: No sooner is the exploitation of the labourer by the manufacturer, so far, at an end, that he receives his wages in cash, than he is set ...
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What's the meaning of 'sorry lot' in Albert Einstein's quote?

I just came across this quote by Albert Einstein when I was leafing through the book 'Super Cooperators: Altruism, Evolution, and Why We Need Each Other To Succeed': If people are good only ...
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Is the comma here needed?

So I just saw this quote: "If anyone needs me, I'll be in the corner crying." Is the comma here needed? And if so, why?
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What does “red chair” imply?

At a meeting in an international corporation, a Canadian speaker mentioned having a "red chair" culture and later continued to talk about their "red chair" learnings. I'm not sure what that implies. ...
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The use of the word 'only' under complicated situations

I read that question: different usage of the word "only" Then I'm wondering how to represent following situations in the short sentence using the word 'only'. 'He' can speak English, ...
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difference between “date of flight” and “departure date” [on hold]

I was reading a file that contains flight programs, and i find this flight1 flight2 date of flight 2015-08-02 2015-08-02 start stop ...
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What does the phrase, “Eat your heart out, Samuel Becket” in reference to Republican Presidential candidate debate?

Subsequent to my previous question about the meaning of “his peers” used in Magna Carta quoted in Jill Lepore’s article, “After the fact,” in New Yorker March 21st issue, I’m drawn to the phrase, “Eat ...
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What's the meaning of “in God's name”?

What in God's name have we done? It seems 'in God's name' = 'on earth'.
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Mindless doll ? what does it mean if you call sb as a mindless doll? [on hold]

mindless doll_ what does it mean? ex: he is like a mindless doll puching every thing. thank you.
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What is a word that means “mental” but applies more to this sentence?

He believed in mental freedom from religious organizations. I am trying to say that he believed in forming your own thoughts, without religious organizations telling you what to think. If you wanted ...
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Minute order states without merit?

The court finds Plaintiff's remaining claims for damages to be without merit? What exactly does this mean? Also, I submitted proof of landlord charging me for water/garb which rental agreement states ...
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Could you please give me the meaning of this poem/ Does anyone know the correct punctuation of the Original poem please? [on hold]

Dusted with yellow The Bumble–bee comes, A good natured fellow Who buzzes and hums Where even an elf Could scarcely crawl The hollyhocks near And the foxgloves too Are happy to ...
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Is there always a difference between 'is the' and 'is a'?

For instance, 'every dog owner is the friend of a dog owner' vs 'every dog owner is a friend of a dog owner'. For me, the former seems to imply that every dog owner is the friend of a particular dog ...
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Meaning of “high in reach” regarding a training session

If an educational company described their session methodology as "high in reach" does it mean: the size of the audience the effectiveness of the training other? The original sentence in a press ...
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sticked to vs stuck at vs glued to [on hold]

I'm not a native English speaker, so to me these three phrases sound ok: This system consists of NFC codes sticked to the tables. This system consists of NFC codes stuck at the tables. This system ...
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Semicolon use before conjunction

"This is not a film about people with disabilities, but about the deep paths of human communication." Could I change this to - "This is not a film about people with disabilities; but the deep paths ...
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Jesus said,“I am coming soon”. Is there a Shakespearian meaning of the term,“soon”? [on hold]

Jesus said "I am coming soon". Is there a meaning of soon, other than "in the near future"?
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Does the word “brownie” have the same implication as the N-Word?

I was watching the latest episodes of The X-Files a couple of weeks ago and in one of the episode a middle aged white man driving down the road in Texas stares at a Mid Eastern/Asian guy at a traffic ...
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different usage of the word “only”

What is the difference between the following sentences? Basically, I would like to understand how the meaning changes with the usage of only in each of them. He only speaks English. He speaks only ...
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Fire off (Phrasal verb)

I've looked up the phrasal verb fire off in the major dictionaries. Although no dictionary states that the phrasal verb suggests no intention of hitting a target. All the example sort of suggest so. ...
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Please let me know the meaning of one sentence “Who knew that thing would top out at one twenty”

I have one question about drama dialogue. Please see the sentence below and FYI, Vito is a criminal and it's the scene the case solved. Surprisingly, Vito's truck got all the way to Arizona before ...
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I don't understand two points in the following sentence [on hold]

I don't understand two points in the following sentence: I have quite a lot of family and when I was growing up it was in a real, good, ordinary family – you couldn’t really get away with ...
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Escalation: Ask team leader if problem is “too big”

I am not a native speaker and want to know if "escalation" is the matching word for this: I get a question from a customer, and I don't know if I am allowed to answer or do it. I want to go to my ...
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Origin of “Caught between a rock and a hard place” [duplicate]

caught between a rock and a hard place Where is this expression coming from? I understood the meaning but, for me, literal translation doesn't make sense. Can you give me some image?
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the meaning of 'case' in this sentence

I don't understand the meaning of case in this sentence: That may be wise policy, but it will also create an impression that many more potential problems exist than is the case. I also don't ...
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what is the Forty-five day escrow?

I want to make sure this English sentence. A: When are these people moving in? B: Forty-five day escrow. A: That’s like three months from now. In this sentence, B said it's 45 day ...
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intention vs. purpose

Oxford Dictionaries define the nouns as intention A thing intended; an aim or plan purpose The reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists So which sentence ...
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Is “hiree” a word or are there alternative words with such meaning?

I need a word that means "someone that was hired." For example a trainee is someone who is being trained. I google'd hiree and I got some results, but am not sure if this is a proper word.
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If I swallow part of an animal, am I not entitled to say “I swallowed an animal”?

As the question implies, if you swallow part of an animal do you think it mean it can be can be considered "swallowing an animal"? My argument was that part of an animal doesn't mean the whole animal. ...
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“Further, …” versus “Furthermore, …” at the beginning of a sentence (meaning the same thing)?

I am not a native speaker (my mother tongue is German). In the context of a technical paper (computer science), is there a difference between Further, ... and Furthermore, ... at beginning of a ...
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Does Java Mean Sunrise in Some Language [on hold]

I knew that java is a type of coffee, however, a friend told me that java means sunrise in another language. This was in regards to the origins or the Java programming language. I know that the logo ...
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Correct usage of self-proclaimed and self-described? [on hold]

What is the correct usage of self-proclaimed and self-described? Is it "self-proclaimed adrenaline junkie" or "self-described adrenaline junkie"
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Single word meaning one who searches [on hold]

I'm looking for a single word in English that means something akin to "one who searches" or "one who searches for meaning."
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Negation with 'such as'

I want a foo that doesn't bar, such as a baz. Is baz referring to a foo that does bar, or a foo that does not bar?
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Did 'the' in 'the which' mean anything?

Because OED's entries for this archaic definite article + relative pronoun 'the which' only redirect to definitions of 'which', am I correct to infer that 'the' meant nothing semantically in 'the ...
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What do “former” and “latter” refer to, here?

Here I am trying to peer into the meaning of this below paragraph (full version here).Being a non-native English speaker I am struggling in making sense, especially the bold part.The paragraph : ...
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The meaning of “make it into”

Explain me please the meaning of the phrase in next context: Bleeding edge technology is a category of technologies so new that they could have a high risk of being unreliable and lead adopters to ...
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Get a life | You have no life

I saw this as a mild insult on the Internet, one person tells another: "get a life" or "you have no life". What does it mean literally and what is its meaning as an insult?
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what is meant by "from some other part of which it is divided horizontally”

Concerning the following sentence: “flat” means a separate and self-contained set of premises constructed or adapted for use for the purpose of a dwelling and forming part of a building from some ...
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Term for someone who leaves a relationship after the other person buys them a bunch of stuff

I'm looking for the proper term. So there's a female. Her name is Kaylee. Knows this guy that is madly in love with her and would give anything to be with her. Well, she is struggling and needs ...
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“The burn was too slow” what is it means?

Could you let me know the meaning of this sentence? After one guy make fun of other woman, he said like this and go. "That’s too long. The burn was too slow"
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Meaning of the sentence, “she is the kind of lawyer most skilled at finding reasons not to do things”

I have read a passage from wikileak: AIT/T has had regular contact with Tsai Ing-wen on economic, political and cross-Strait issues (ref B). She is a savvy insider on formulating and ...
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What differences are there between “impact,” “effect,” “consequence,” and “reaction”? [on hold]

When the volcano erupted, the___of the explosion was such that thounsands of trees fell down a.impact b.effect c.consequence d.reaction
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Regarding education, does the term “special needs” usually only refer to severe mental disability?

I thought that when discussing education, the term "special needs" referred to individuals with severe mental disability, such as having a very low IQ. However, this question on academia.SE talks ...
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Does “wobble” sound negative?

I'm launching a project which I want to make big as possible. I want to find a name, but I'm not looking for any real meanings. This project is a web tool (Javascript prototype & API) so I want to ...