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One who loves science

Would I be off base if I suggested (or created) the word "sciophile"? Meaning "one who loves science".
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worried about doing something vs. worried about not doing something

Below are excerpts from well-known English-language media. Forty-four percent of people who were interested in going to college said they were worried about not finding a job after they finished. ...
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When did “to forgive” lose its primary meaning for pardoning and become solely about an emotional response?

During a recent debate I was having with a peer, I was shocked to find out that the word "forgive" no longer carries a primary association with the act of pardoning another individual (i.e., ...
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Is the word “pathology” used only for “disease”?

I wanted to ask about the exact meaning of pathology. Is it just for disease or can we use it for other things? I mean, for example, if I want to talk about the determination of harms in culture or ...
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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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Is it correct to put a definition in parentheses? [closed]

Here is an example: The process includes situation awareness (the state of knowing the conditions that affect one’s work)... I want to know whether it is correct (or acceptable or unacceptable) ...
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Facebook reaction 'Thankful' (as 'grateful')

For Mother's Day, Facebook added a temporary reaction called 'Thankful' which was used to mean 'grateful'. This seemed odd. While I am not a native speaker, I was curious enough to use Google. What I ...
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What's a good word for a category of non-technical blog posts?

I have a website mostly devoted to technical blog posts. In the main navigation there are links for JavaScript and CSS, which take you to a list of posts about those topics. My question is, what ...
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Meaning and etymology of Middlesex

What is the meaning of Middlesex? I read somewhere that seax is an old English word meaning a type of Germanic knife, so was the county's original name Middleseax? I'm looking for the etymology of ...
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“I want it rather than him” could mean

The sentence "I want it rather than him" could mean I want to have it rather than him having it I want to have it rather than to have him Or are both meanings possible?
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Difference between vision and prophecy [closed]

Is there a difference between the meaning of the words prophecy and vision? could they be the same thing? If not what is their difference?
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What does it mean “One year after the rings”

Is there any place to recommend to help to look up the phase unknown? Like below: One year after the rings and a west coast honeymoon We are living in a rented house with a terrible view.... ...
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What's the difference between “strategist” and “ tactician”?

What's the difference between "strategist" and " tactician"? As a Chinese ,I don't get the hidden meaning of it. Any answer ?? Help me learn ...
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What's the difference between a graph, a chart, and a plot?

A graph, a chart, and a plot can all refer to the same thing. Is there any even somewhat consistent distinction in these three words? (I mean, in this particular sense of the words; it is not ...
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Meaning of “Propaganda” [closed]

I am confused about the meaning of the word propaganda I've read on the internet that propaganda means deliberate spreading of rumors to help or harm a person, idea, etc.. So it is something that is ...
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Is it “chalk it up to” or “chock it up to”?

Grammarist & Our beloved StackExchange both say that the phrase "Chalk it up to" dates back to, among other things, debts being tallied on a chalkboard. However, when I hear the phrase "chock it ...
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A Pigeon house or something else?

Is there a word meaning a place where pigeons are kept and held? In the Middle East, some people have a place on their roof to keep pigeons. Sometimes, this place is like a big cage and sometimes it ...
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What's the difference in meaning between at and in? [closed]

I would like to know what's the difference in meaning in the sentences below: At no time were we friends. We were friends in no time.
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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 starting a sentence with Further, ... and starting it ...
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Rephrasing a Judicial Sentence

The Virginia attorney general said:" Courts would likely rule anti-LGBT discrimination is illegal under state law". The last part of the sentence beginning with is seems vague to me. So, can anyone ...
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A word to describe an individual who is unable to understand a particular situation as it is unfolding?

Example Of Such A Situation: The individual in question works for a company and he intends to resign voluntarily because he feels that he may be asked to resign by the company management. This is ...
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Which day does “next Tuesday” refer to?

At what point does next Tuesday mean the next Tuesday that will come to pass and no longer the Tuesday after the Tuesday that will come to pass? And, when does the meaning switch back? ...
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Graduating with Cohort? What does it mean? [closed]

In the following message: Hi Sebastian I hope this email finds you well. According to our records, you have registered to Graduate for the 28th June ceremony. Dr. [name] thought you ...
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Why does “inspire” mean both “breath out” and “inhale” (among other things)?

The definition of Inspire is as follows: 1 a : to influence, move, or guide by divine or supernatural inspiration b : to exert an animating, enlivening, or exalting influence on ...
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What is the definition of “solipsized?”

It seems like only "Lolita" uses this word. According to Google, solipsism is "the view or theory that the self is all that can be known to exist." From this definition, I conclude that for one to ...
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“Making use the assumption”?

Prove the statement P(k + 1) making use the assumption P(k). It's a part of Template for Proofs by Mathematical Induction. I'm not very familiar with the use of use in that sentence. What does it ...
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what does it mean: “sup butter-bean” [closed]

I guess it's something when you did not succeed with something but I'm not sure. Can you explain meanings and in which contexts that can be used?
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What is the connection between Oppressive and Wretched?

In the Ultimate Psychometric Test by Mike Bryon, you are suppose to find the most similar words or strongest connection of: A. Willing B. Considerate C. Oppressive D. Overbearing E. Wretched F. ...
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What is “medico-media material”?

Today I ran into the phrase medico-media material, and I don't know what it means. I tried to look it up on Google, but have had no luck so far. It comes from a 2005 letter to the editor in The Age ...
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“Perception” is to “recognition” as “execution” is to what?

I may not be using the right words for this analogy. "Perception" and "execution" are intended to have contrasting meanings. By "perception" I mean the reception of data. By "recognition" I mean the ...
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What's another way to say “If you want it we can make it happen…” that does NOT sound scandalous

what is an understated way to say "We're here for you. If you want it we can make it happen."
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What does the word 'candle-skin' mean?

In the book Cider with Rosie, an autobiographical coming-of-age novel written by British author Laurie Lee and published in 1959, I find the word 'candle-skin', which I tried to look up in many online ...
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What is the meaning of “Stumble into a margarita” in the following context?

In the series "two and a half men" Charlie wakes up to find that his nephew is dumping all sorts of weird food stuff into the blender trying tp make some sort of shake. Nephew forgets to put the lid ...
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What's the origin of “lit”?

Since June 2015, use of the word lit has exploded on Twitter. Here's some recent examples. Nena Marie: My Year is starting off lit af👌🏼 ...but is gonna be TD by Monday morning Nick: Jason ...
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Barkeeper, or bartender? How to address them?

I dunno if I'm right about the meaning of these words. What do you call the person who owns a bar, or a pub? And the person who serves you with drinks at the counter? [As the two may not be ...
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What's the exact meaning of “upstairs” and “downstairs”? [closed]

What do upstairs and downstairs mean? If our apartment has 2 floors upstairs means the second floor and downstairs means the first floor. What if our apartment has more than 2 floors? For example 10 ...
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What is the difference between words “psyched” and “thrilled”?

For people like me, non-native English speakers, it's really hard to figure out the differences in their meaning between words "psyched" and "thrilled". Are they interchangeable? Is the meaning ...
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Explicit vs Specific

Recently I asked on the personal productivity Stack Exchange Is there specifically a reason why there isn't an ADHD tag? The context here, being that people with ADHD have issues with productivity, ...
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What are the true meaning of Hold sway , Jest and Jabbed?

Ok , So After reading This sentence : As Russia has changed rapidly in the past six years , so has its sense of humor, The political Joke held sway , the secret jest that jabbed at 70 years of ...
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What does “ain't” mean? [closed]

What does the contraction ain't mean? Is it appropriate to use it in formal settings?
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Single word meaning one who searches

I'm looking for a single word in English that means something akin to "one who searches" or "one who searches for meaning." I am hoping for a rustic/obscure word (not a commonly used word), but not ...
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Opposite of itself [closed]

I'm looking for a word that means that something is the opposite of itself. Like wanting to be alone but being afraid of being alone. The word sounds something similar to ignorant I think.
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What is a difference between “what if” and “if”

My English teacher asked me what's the difference between what if and if last week. I can't search anything about that. What only I know is what if is a question sentence. And if is a general(?) ...
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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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“Fluids” versus “liquids”?

What is the difference between fluid and liquid? I'm thinking of this in the context of drink plenty of fluids.
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What is “immaculate English”?

A row has broken out in London over a restaurant which stipulated in an advertisement for waiters that they should be able to speak "immaculate English". Allegations ensued that this was a cover for ...
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Whom or “of whom”?

In the sentence "So, who exactly is Darren; the character who/whom/of whom the film is centred around." Should it be who/whom or of whom?
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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 For ...
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Meaning of “Flighten”

This word doesn't really exist, but I wonder what do you think about it at first glimpse? Jordan appeared to have shirts named "Flighten up": ...
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What is the meaning of “mess somebody up”? [closed]

A nurse is telling: There was a girl who was driving inside a tunnel and something just fell on her car and she died. That messes me up more than thinking about patients who are sick. I have a ...