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The usage of “banzai”

I started to reread a pretty old mystery of Thomas Harris, “The silence of the lambs,” which I once gave up reading because of difficulty of understanding the narrative studded with technical jargons ...
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what it looks like with the media

1) No matter what it looks like with the media and their quasi-toughness on Hilary, no, I've said it all along that the skids are greased for her. Sarah Palin. Here: https://www.yahoo.com/news/ap-...
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Can I define our company's business as sell furnishings if we do not sell furniture?

Our company produces and sells rugs, throw pillows, decorative objects, cushions, lamps, wall decor products, curtains, candle holders and generally everything else which is decorative for the house, ...
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“Relation” versus “relationship”

What is the difference between relation and relationship? Some say that relationship often refers to social connections. For instance, She has a close relationship with her daughter. How ...
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Grammar of “so long as S+V, S is otherwise [adjective]”

So long as the receiving market is financially open and deep enough, which many emerging countries now are, that money is otherwise pretty indifferent to the merits of the economies it is parked ...
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what does “to which it is a party” mean in this sentence?

I have a statement here, and I dont get the meaning exactly: Each of the Members agrees to make an annual report to the International Labour Office on the measures which it has taken to give ...
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What is a word or phrase for someone who professes to know something but actually doesn't?

Is there a word or phrase that describes when a person professes to know about a certain subject, but in fact knows nothing about it?
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The use of “rift” in Orwell's “Politics and the English Language”

In Orwell's famous article "Politics and the English Language," he writes: DYING METAPHORS. A newly invented metaphor assists thought by evoking a visual image, while on the other hand a metaphor ...
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What is the difference between “safe” and “vault”?

What is the difference between safe and vault, where both the words refer to a place where to put things you want to keep safe? As additional question, why does vault seem more frequently used in ...
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A word describing a skilful footballer

Is there a common word describing a footballer who skilfully dribbles the ball and get past defenders easily?
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What does it mean to possess a danger?

Here's the sentence I'm trying to understand: This made the division between High and Low Church or Tory and Whig stark indeed, and the result was the 'prostitution of the pulpit, particularly in ...
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“Never” vs. “never ever”

Example: I never use this cup. I never ever use this cup. What is the difference between these two sentences?
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Is this meaning for the word Paradigm correct?

I have seen the word paradigm described as: The way any individual perceives, understands, and interprets the surrounding world and it doesn't sit right with me. My understanding was that ...
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Can anyone explain this sentence meaning in simple English?

Sentence is AngularJS is what HTML would have been had it been designed for building web applications. What this sentence try to explain? and what is the use of have been had it been in this sentence?...
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How to correctly name the windows on a wristwatch?

Well, I know it can seem to be primitive, but I cannot find a sharp definition. I am working for a wristwatches catalog, and it must be stated right. Some manufacturers call it a crystal, some call ...
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What's a phrase to capture traffic, road type, weather conditions?

What is a short phrase that could be used to describe the conditions under which one is driving (traffic, road type, stop-and-go, weather)? Our product provides a "rating" to consumers of how risky ...
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Passive vs. permissive

What is the difference between passive and permissive? They both seem to have the same meaning, in the sense that they both allow something to happen and not doing anything about it and if they are, ...
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Do vs Dost, the difference [closed]

"Thou coward knight, why wilt thou not do battle with me?" -The Age of Chivalry, Chapter 16 In this sentence, why is do not dost? Very commonly do I see the word dost be used in older text in place ...
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Words suffixed by -tion

Words that are suffixed by -tion -or for that matter -soin or -cion - are commonly used in speech and the written word, but what is the grammatical word for those ending in these suffixes and from ...
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What does the phrase “touch space” mean?

Recently some of my colleagues has started using the phrase "touch space" a lot, for example in sentences like "I just called you to touch space", or "I will touch space with him tomorrow". I can ...
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Why do we use the phrase 'Across the pond'?

Why do we use the phrase Across the pond to refer to the opposite side of the Atlantic Ocean? Considering the size of the Atlantic Ocean is vast, is it suggesting the ocean is only a small hindrance? ...
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correct word for “proving a prediction false”?

Which word should I use to say that " A is trying to prove B's prediction wrong"? For example, in the recent United Nations water scarcity report, UN predicted that in 10 years from now, two-thirds of ...
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What is “Yindy”? [closed]

I've heard a song "Yindy" by "Fiddler's Green". Here's the first couplet and a refrain from it: My mother she took me to the preacher. She told me that he will be my teacher. My father he thought ...
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Use of “eclectic” when referencing objects in a set

I have often referred to my music tastes as being eclectic, until I recently encountered a possible aspect to the definition I had not previously considered. In referencing musical tastes, there are ...
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How should I understand the pronoun “they” in this sentence?

The following is a transcript from Scientific American. If you were searching for a life form unlike anything known to science, where would you look? Scientists at Charles University, in Prague, ...
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What's the Appropriate Word to Say You're 'Dazzled' by a Nice Smell?

Imagine there's food being cooked on stove and you feel the pleasant smell and it somehow makes you mad! You want to keep smelling or walk to the kitchen and get some of it to eat. What verb would ...
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A term or word used when finding something great [closed]

I'm looking for a word or term that is used when you find something great or of value. I'm looking particularly for when people find a great sale at a store or find an item for a bargain.
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Help me make sense of this use of 'hitherto'

The role this word plays in the sentence's meaning is never automatically clear for me, but this one confuses me, it seems off. Exchanging it for "so far" or "up until that point" doesn't work here. ...
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Is reprocreate a word? [closed]

I am English and my girlfriend is Canadian. We had a dispute about a word she was using. The word is reprocreate, i said I don't believe that is a word and she said it was in Canada. Obviously I know ...
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On the throne, they worshipped their king

On the throne, they worshipped their king. On horseback, they cheered him. On his deathbed, they prayed for him. In his grave, they wept for him. And then, when they learned about the crimes he had ...
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How to use “Come true”

I'm from Italy and my mother-tongue is not English,so sorry in advance for my mistakes. This is my question: I know the sentence "Wish my dreams come true", but can I use "come true" in other ...
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What is a word for someone with no scientific background?

The word Scientifically Illiterate: The condition or quality of being ignorant or unknowledgeable in a particular subject or field related to science. seems to work, however, it seems a little ...
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What are the most popular meanings for 'stall'

Some English words have different meanings, e.g., stall has 22 meanings. Do I need to remember all of the meanings? It seems it is an impossible job for me. Which are the most meanings if I want to ...
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“Gift with/upon purchase”

What's the difference in meaning between "with purchase" and "upon purchase"? e.g. Enjoy a complimentary tote bag with every purchase of cosmetic goods Enjoy a complimentary tote bag upon every ...
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Difference between Grandma and Grandma-ma?

This is my first question here so please be gentle with me. I have a relative staying with me from Mississippi who says things about manners and behavior in reference to his grandma-ma. It goes a ...
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“endure” vs “perdure” vs “persist”

All definitions via The Free Dictionary perdure means To last permanently; endure endure is To continue in existence; last persist means To be obstinately repetitious, insistent, ...
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What does “week accommodation” mean?

I have been selected as an intern in a company. The company mentioned in the internship offer letter that it would provide travel and "week accommodation" during the course of Internship. Does that ...
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Usage of phrase 'at the end of' [closed]

Is it right to say, "I have my exams at the end of this month"? Can you say, "I have my exams at the end of July (month name)"?
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What does the phrase “woman who does” mean?

I've first heard the phrase on QI (season 3 episode 6) where Stephen Fry uses it as rhyming slang for "buzz" Bill: "Woman"? Stephen: "Woman who does": buzz. Bill: Buzz. Phill: "...
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“shall” vs. “will” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: 'shall' and 'will' Is there any difference at all between these two sentences? What will we talk about? What shall we talk about?
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As my friend already introduced

Is it correct to use the following sentence part As my friend already introduced, ... when I want to express something like As my friend has already communicated to you, ... with ... ...
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Is 'godspeed' a religious term? (Can it be used without invoking religiosity nowadays?) [closed]

There is an Urban Dictionary entry saying Of Old English origin, shortening of "Good Speed," and contrary to popular belief has nothing to do with God. People would say this to others who ...
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What's the word for luck in gamers vocabulary?

You know sometimes gamers use this word when they describe a person having a tremendous amount of luck in a game esp an FPS game like counter strike. It's not "coincidence" or "lucky" but there is ...
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“Do you have” vs “Have you got” [duplicate]

I am studying English and I want to know the main difference between “Have you got?” and “Do you have?” questions. Are they the same? Is one more formal than the other?
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Origin of “Innocent” to mean “Sexually Inexperienced”

I was thinking about the way "innocent" is often used (in both casual and moderately formal contexts) to mean "sexually inexperienced/oblivious", and came to the conclusion that using the phrase in ...
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Meaning and use of girl child

I just stumbled across the name of the United Nations' International Day of the Girl Child To be honest, I have never heard the term "girl child" before, and could not find it in online ...
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“Duration of the time” or “duration”?

I am not sure whether or not we can, for "duration of the time", write just "duration". Here is the text which I encountered the problem in writing: The expressions "bosom friends" and "bosom ...
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Coeval and Coterminous [closed]

I am having trouble distinguishing between the words coeval and coterminous. Several thesauruses list them as synonyms, but some dictionaries offer different meanings. Do have the same meaning? Does ...
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Prejudiced vs biased

How do "prejudiced" and "biased" exactly differ? Sometimes, they are used interchangeably. Upon consulting the dictionary, I find that "prejudice" is defined in the Cambridge Dictionary as − "......
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In terms of poetry, what is the Thomas code?

I was reading a book review of Wittgenstein's Mistress on goodreads, and I came across the sentence, "Without such accessible lecture notes, I may not have ever cracked the Thomas code and may never ...