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Unaffected vs Uneffected

I have always struggled with this. Consider the following statement: Format string before insert into database else return unaffected string Would I use unaffected or uneffected in this ...
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What does “Q1/2/3/4+year” mean? [closed]

I've started to see a lot this use: Q1 2016 Q4 2016 But what does it exactly mean? What does Q stand for?
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What means when “you're not sold on 1-3”?

I found a funny pic on the internet with reasons to date me, but i don t get this line: " if you re not sold on 1-3, look at my butt"
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Meaning of “using 10-dollar words to describe 10-cent ideas” [closed]

I came across the phrase "If you enjoy using 10-dollar words to describe 10-cent ideas,... " , but I am not sure what it means, specifically when related to Hindi. Do we have a similar expression in ...
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Is this meaning of “scurrilous” only known/understood to speakers of American English?

A few weeks ago I stumbled across the word "scurrilous", meaning "given to the use of coarse or vulgar language". I shared this word with two other people, but they had taken it to mean "scandalous". ...
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Still to be learnt [closed]

If something is still unknown and we want to say that it will happen only in the future that we learn about it, is it correct to say like this: We already know some details, but the rest is still ...
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What does “Failure to fail” mean?

Paul Krugman, economist and Op-ed columnist of New York Times wrote in his article under the title, “G.O.P. Candidates and Obama’s failure to fail" - August 10. The shared premise of everyone on ...
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Question about the word ilk?

Is it grammatically correct to use the word ilk as in, for example, this sentence: Ilk regardless, whether of noblemen or blackguards, no man has ever. . . . The Merriam-Webster dictionary ...
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Meaning of “like least”

I came across this phrase when completing an exit interview for my summer internship and I'm not sure how to interpret it. An example of the use is: "What do you like least about school?" I'm not ...
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What does “mphm” mean? [closed]

I'm reading The Good, The Bad and The Smug by Tom Holt. It's a British-style fantasy/comedy in the Hitchhiker's tradition, and is good so far (page 89). But, something is throwing me: often a ...
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You just happened to have it on you [closed]

What does "You just happened to have it on you" mean in the following conversation? R: There are some things in my research log which might be relevant to your case. Now that you have stopped ...
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I just read about a house that had a “busybody” What is a busybody?

I was reading O'hara's 10 North Frederick and in describing a house he mentions a dumb-waiter, a speaking tube and a "busybody." What exactly is a busybody?
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Single world that is use for Home related all services

I am looking for single world that can stand for all Home-related services like: Painter Electrician Carpenter Driver Mobile fixer plasterer Plumber I may be use more services outside the home. If ...
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What is a “spring lobster?”

I recently stumbled upon the phrase spring lobster. Never having heard of such a phrase, I tried to find a definition of it online, but nothing definitive surfaced (although an entire industry does ...
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Meaning of “on the wax” from an article in Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

I do not follow the meaning of "on the wax" below, and do not find its usage in any online dictionary. Yet the original text appears in Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, thus peer-reviewed. So I ...
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Whats the meaning of 'They have let us know that they would like to move forward'?

"They have let us know that they would like to move forward " Does it mean that they will let us know if they are going to move forward or not or does it mean they told us that they decided to move ...
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Word/phrase for describing a relationship/association that could be productive and conterproductive

How to explain such a relationship/association (preferably not in the human context) : Approach A could be regarded as an innovative idea to leverage full potential of system B. In the reverse ...
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Is the term “expendable capital” superfluous?

I want to use the term... "expendable capital" ...to describe... "a company's available budget for a particular thing" Am I using the the word "capital" innaccurately and is all capital ...
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What does “work a rope line” mean?

When Presidential race and caucuses are close, the candidates seem to be busy in “working a lope line” as in the following examples:. Wolf needs to work on his rope line speed. - ...
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Difference between beverages and drink

I am not sure when to use beverage and when to use drink. I have read a bit on Google, both words come under alcoholic and non-alcoholic category of drinks.
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The use of “ of ”

He was one of the original developers of the Unix version of the Netscape browser. He was one of the original developers of the Netscape browser of the Unix version. What is the difference? And ...
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What does “ chapter heading” mean? [closed]

What does a " chapter heading" mean? is it main heading or something? Is it used for newspapers? or for Tv and radio or all? what are some synounyms for it?
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Is there any difference between “crenellations” and “battlements”? [duplicate]

Both these terms seem to refer to the jagged parapets you see on classic medieval castle towers. Merriam-Webster defines "battlement" like this: a parapet with open spaces that surmounts a wall ...
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Nothing said before “but” really counts [closed]

My boyfriend sent a message. Nothing someone says before the word 'But' really counts. What is the meaning of the above sentence?
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Is there a word to describe someone who disagrees with people just to be different? [duplicate]

I have a friend who always changes their mind depending on what others say just so he can be different and stand out, I've heard someone call it something before (I think I have, anyway) is there a ...
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Enlighten the difference between phrasal verb and the verb followed by a preposition

I can't help getting confused! Though the question has been asked, the coherent answer describing why sometimes two names (ie phrasal verb and prepositional verb) are given to the same ...
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What is the UK-English Equivalent for “band-aid?”

What is the UK-English equivalent for "band-aid?" That is, the bandage one puts over cuts and the like?
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English word for “Zeitgeschehen” (present happenings)

The German word Zeitgeschehen is a noun that describes present happenings in general. Zeitgeschehen is most commonly used as the name of a section in media. Society, culture, news, … are put together ...
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Diving off cliff, a dive meaning please [closed]

What is the back triple quad? It is a dive that Gary Hunt and David Colturi did. I've already seen videos but I don't get it.
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What connotations does the word “semblance” have?

Is the meaning of the word "semblance" closer to that of "fake" or that of "illusion"? I mean, does it have the negative connotations that "fake" or "counterfeit" have, or is it something that can be ...
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What is the meaning and usage of “erstwhile”? [closed]

What is meaning of erstwhile and where is it used? How can I use this word in real life while texting, talking, and so on?
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What does “not as [adjective] as him” imply?

If it is written that X is not as tall as Y, it indicates that X and Y have unequal heights. But does this necessarily imply that X is shorter than Y?
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What does “fall for a bluff” mean? [closed]

New York Times (August 6) reported under the title, “25 years after Gardner Museum heist, video raises questions” that Federal officials released a video tape recording a guardsman, Richard Abath’s ...
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what is difference between the two comparative adjectives while used in the same sentence? [duplicate]

Your room is clearer than mine AND your room is more clear than mine Comparatives like these are many used in the same fashion such as neater/ more neat-- cleaner/ more clean etc. Having been into ...
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“score some puff” meaning?

I am reading a play by Joe Penhall. I am not able to get the meaning of this conversation: Christopher: He smokes too much drugs, man, d'you know what I mean? he likes his puff. I can tell. ...
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The difference between 'transfer' and 'transit' in the context of airports and train stations

There appears to be a fine shade of meaning between the words 'transfer' and 'transit' in the domain of airports and train stations, possibly sea ports as well. Consider this typical usage ...
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The meaning of this sentence [closed]

"A love of the outdoors runs in the family." I don't know which meaning of "run " I should choose. Please help me explain the meaning of this sentence.
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Meaning of “Detachment is not that you should own nothing. but that nothing should own you”

I do not understand the exact meaning of this statement: "Detachment is not that you should own nothing, but that nothing should own you."
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Can you interpret “Waltz for Venus” differently?

I think you can have two interpretations for this. One being, a dance or music. Two being, accomplish something with little to no effort. Are these two interpretations correct or is it just the former ...
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What does “xxi” mean?

The belief that violence has increased suggests that the world we made has contaminated us, perhaps irretrievably. The belief that it has xxi decreased suggests that we started off nasty and that ...
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What word to mean “a shared experience”?

I thought I have heard of a word before that fully capture the meaning of "a shared experience", but it has escaped me at the moment. Please help me.
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Does “unbearable” always have a negative connotation?

I came across with this sentence "As a child he held an unbearable curiosity, he needed to question everything" Since english is not my first language, I was giving it a second thought and ...
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Has the word lust got any positive meaning to it?

I've been hearing it quite a while... Sexual desire is the only meaning I know... But have heard people using it positively too.. Which doesn't seem to be giving that "sexual desire" sort of relation ...
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What does “nuclear orange” mean?

And where does this expression come from? I have tried looking it up and looking up nuclear separately but haven't found anything useful. Edit: I've encountered this expression in the following ...
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What does “stand to” mean in the context of semiotics?

What does "stand to" mean in the following quotation of Charles Peirce?: 'A Sign, or Representamen, is a First which stands in such a genuine triadic relation to a Second, called its Object, as to be ...
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Section title for explaining where a subject fits into a field of study

A car is a form of transportation. But so is a bicycle. When a paper is discussing where a subject (say the car) fits into such a system and contrasting the car with the bicycle what should that ...
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From Soup to Nuts

I know that the phrase means "from one end to the other". Though I know many dinners that start with a soup, I know none that end with nuts. Hence the question - where does this phrase originate?
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word for a person who achieves the impossible [closed]

Single word for a person who achieves the impossible.
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What does “even so” mean in the following passage?

I found it in the Preface of Kipling’s ‘Life’s Handicap,’ and it appears not to have the standard meaning of nevertheless as discussed in How to use 'even so'? Here is an extended quote for ...
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Definition and Origin of “Kettlestone”

This turned up in my Tumblr dash yesterday. I work at a state park where we have some rather large grindstones/kettlestones set up around our visitor center. I get this question almost every day ...