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What is “Techeuns” and it's transcription [on hold]

Examples: The Techeuns gather at the door as the Queen approaches it. Beside her, where the Wolves' Guard used to stand, Techeuns Shuro and Sedia hovered instead, their jewel-like augments gently ...
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Run it though / run it thought?

I came across the following dialogue in an American TV show, called Younger. Firstly I figured there was an error typing which the correct one should be run it through instead of run it though as I've ...
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What does 'Hitlerian' mean, extract from Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita [on hold]

“With Mr. West, retired executioner or writer of religious tracts—who cared?—I saw neighbor what’s his name, I think they are French or Swiss, meditate in his frank-windowed study over a typewriter, ...
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Soft alternative to however, although, but at the beginning of a sentence [on hold]

In technical writing, it is common to have a chain of sentences that convey an idea in the following format: "A sentence that talks about existing works". "A sentence that conveys a common problem ...
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I'm looking for a psychology term related to behavior motivation or inducement

Its a single word that essentially means motivation. There are both positive and negative versions of it like positive something - motivate by giving reward when someone does a good thing, or ...
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Why use “on-pass” / “onpass” instead of “pass on”?

Where I work some people use "on-pass" in sentences such as "We get data from the stock exchange and on-pass it to our customers" or "We need to on-pass that information to the other team". Does this ...
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at that time there were only men on campus

I also think that what our students get out of the arts and humanities is critical for them to develop a sense that is much bigger than the quantitative aspects of a problem to understanding ...
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does “willing” imply “allowing”?

I know that just because I am allowing something, it doesn't necessarily mean that I am desiring that something. But does "desiring" automatically imply "allowing"? for instance, does it make sense ...
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Does the phrasing 'ever so' always possess an ironic undertone? [on hold]

Well, the question is up in the title. Does the phrasing 'ever so' always possess an ironic undertone? I've seen this wording especially in rather aged literature, as some short stories by Bradbury ...
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What does Mitt Romney’s “yams” mean?

There was the following passage in Vanity Fair's (May 16) article titled, "Mitt “Bird Legs” Romney is ready for his boxing match.”: Romney also revealed two nicknames. As a high-schooler, he was ...
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“elected” vs. “selected” [duplicate]

The board has elected the team members OR The board has selected the team members. Is there a difference between elected and selected in this sentence?
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Does this make sense with the use of 'breakthrough'?

Curiosity and imagination are the breakthrough to having any form of discovery. Does "breakthrough", as it is used here, make sense?
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Is the word “etymology” correct when looking for the origins of a phrase? [duplicate]

I wasn't sure, so I looked it up, and it would seem it's specific to single words. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/etymology 1.) the derivation of a word. Synonyms: word origin, word ...
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What is the difference between “I have specialized” and “I have been specializing”? [on hold]

Since then I have specialised in this work. Since then I have been specialising in this work. Is my thinking right that the first case means I may not now necessarily specialise only in this work, ...
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Is “over-babble” a common word usable in day-to-day conversation?

There was the following passage in New York Times (May 14) article under the title, “Wow, Jeb Bush is awful.”: "The bottom line is that so far he seems to be a terrible candidate. He couldn’t ...
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Name Suggestions [closed]

One of my friend is opening a start up firm. He needs a name for the firm which would mean "Everything" "all-in-one" "One Stop solution". He needs a name which can mean the said above words. Please ...
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What does “'Avoid plastics' in commencement speeches" mean?

Today’s (May 12) New York Times carries an article written by Arthur Brooks, the president of the American Enterprise Institute under the title, “How to avoid commencement clichés”. The author says: ...
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What is the term for replacing a name or brand with a funny pejorative / sardonicism?

What is the term for when one replaces a well-known name [(Proper) noun, company, brand, etc.] with one that tries to be funny yet pejoratively descriptive, different but similar enough that one's ...
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What is the term when the other person is doing same or similar thing every time you said I'm doing this or that

I have this person saying that when I said, I just woke up, she will then say the same thing on her reply on our exchange of messages through SMS which most often not believable at all. I know there's ...
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“Conceal Carry” vs. “Concealed Carry”

I have been doing some research on firearms law lately, and have run across a lot of people using the phrase "conceal carry" to describe people carrying a concealed firearm. In my opinion, this should ...
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Word for belief or prejudice that is held, but it is not conscious

I remember reading about an idea of a belief or prejudice that is subconscious. It had a prefix, and it was something like: belief -> alief or prejudice -> ajudice But I can't remember the ...
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What does “doing press” mean in the following context?

From this scan of Paul we were able to turn him into a 3D printable figure. Some of you may already have seen photos of the figure. Paul had them with him whilst doing press for the 'Hope ...
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“You belong to me” or “You belong with me” [on hold]

What's the difference between the titular expressions? if any, at all. Oxford and Cambridge dictionaries could not help!!
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Some years on/in

It seems both in and on could work for denoting after several years. However, is there any difference between them? Today, a further six years on, they have hardly changed at all. and But ...
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Meaning of “whether loyalty in its application amounts to virtue depends on its extent and its object” [migrated]

Would you help me interpret the sentence "Whether loyalty in its application amounts to virtue depends on its extent and its object"? I guess it means that loyalty can be good or bad, dependent on ...
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What does CAQ stand for, in relation to cosmetics?

I recently received a mascara product from Korea. On the top of the product it says "CAQ 20150209". I did check out the acronymfinder, but most of them have nothing to do with cosmetics. I guess it ...
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The phase used: its a good day to die [closed]

I am looking for a word that describes a meaning that is oviously not meant, i.e. "it's a good day to die" Without doubt its never a good day to cease to exist, but is there a word that describes ...
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Difference between “riddle” and “puzzle” [closed]

What's the difference in using these synonym verbs. What's difference in meaning of the following sentences? Could those verbs be used interchangeably? I am riddled knowing there are so many ...
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We need to have a small discussion vs we need a small discussion [on hold]

Can you please clarify the difference on below sentence. We need to have a small discussion vs we need a small discussion
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Meaning of “mind is full of red”

What does it mean (from famous song Somebody to love of Jefferson Airplane): When the garden flowers, baby, are dead yes And your mind, your mind is so full of red Especially "mind full of ...
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The meaning of: “Why don't you just beat it?”

I would like to know what does this phrase means: "Why don't you just beat it?" My dictionary says only that: beat it: get lost Can you beat it? : Do you get it?
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Is “scant little” redundant?

I have seen this written (and have used it myself as well) but never really bothered to notice the meaning before. However, upon further inspection, "scant" is defined as "barely sufficient or ...
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What is the difference between “determining” and “analysing” [on hold]

Do "determining" and "analysing" have different meanings? What is the difference between "determining" and "analysing"? [...] while analysing current price characteristics. [...] while determining ...
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Which is the appropriated term to refer to the paper with barcodes that you pay in your internet banking or physical bank?

I have an issue with an online purchase in the Steam platform. Now I need to open a ticket to get my issue solved, but I do not know which is the correct term to refer to the payment method that I ...
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“unwilling” vs. “refuse”

Suppose Sam is a kind of person who always follows his own will when it comes to taking actions. In this case, are the two sentences below identical in meaning? Sam is refusing to make it ...
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What does “whose references I might actually comprehend” mean?

I'm guessing that "whose references I might actually comprehend" in the exchange below means according to what I know. Am I close? Liza, a 40-year-old divorced woman who is trying to hide her real ...
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Why do the names of so many places end in -ia?

Many countries, continents, states, and cities have an English name ending in ‘-ia’: India, Indonesia, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Asia, Alexandria, Philadelphia, California, … What ...
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Shifting Tenses

I'm working on definition essays. As I read a couple of sentences, I came up with a question. I'll appreciate your help: "Two years ago, I read a story which revolved around the life of a spoiled ...
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Usage of 'can't' and its meaning

Our dog escaped! You can't have shut the door properly! Does the phrase 'You can't have shut the door properly!' mean 'You must have shut the door in a wrong way', or 'you haven't been able to ...
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“A meeting” vs “a meetup”

I've seen questions here and here and also tried googling but it's still kinda confusing to me. Is there any difference between the meanings of "a meeting" and "a meetup", and when can/can't I use one ...
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what does hard copy subscription mean?

I want to know what does "hard copy subscription" mean ? full sentence : where payment is primarily for physical goods or services (e.g., buying movie tickets, or buying a publication where the price ...
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What does “scored heavily against” mean? [closed]

What does "scored heavily against" mean? As in the following sentence. A scored heavily against B in that TV encounter. Update: Thanks for the answer. In the book that I'm reading, it was not ...
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Difference: prank vs mischief

It seems that the meaning of prank and mischief are same, which is chidlish trick The boy just wants to brew mischief The boy was playing a prank on us I want to know the difference between them? ...
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Looking for a word describing “habits which lost their original purpose”

I know there is a certain word which could describe rituals/habits which are being practiced despite the fact they lost their original purpose. I saw it in context of practicing some religious ...
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What does “well you” after a comma mean? [closed]

Your body size doesn't make you well, well you! What does “well you” mean in this sentence?
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“She left small pins in the shoes he wore to injure his feet” – is this ambiguous?

She left small pins in all the shoes he wore to injure his feet. I wrote this sentence and I thought it was fine. When I re-read it, the meaning became unclear to me. I want it to mean that she ...
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A Sentence for Describing Some Rare and Theoretical Cases [closed]

There is a method A for solving some problem. We have shown that A is wrong by a counter-example but want to show that its failure is not limited to very rare cases that can just happen in theoretical ...
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Synonyms for 'right in the'

What are some synonyms for right in the/at the? e.g. Get milk right at your doorstep. Watch movies right in your tablet. Or, alternatively, what are some synonyms for "itself"? e.g. ...
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What does “couldn't have cared less” mean? [duplicate]

I look up the dictionary that it means It doesn't matter to me for couldn't care less . However, I can't get *couldn't have cared less* Thanks. A: How long have you been divorced? B: Two years ...
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Use of the noun “breakthrough” in a sentence

When someone writes "Curiosity and imagination are the breakthrough to having any form of discovery" Is the use of 'breakthrough' in the sentence valid because it itself, is a noun.