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Is “further” now used for both physical and metaphorical distances?

Is it true that 'further' and 'farther' are becoming interchangeable? He drove further north. His furthest destination to travel is 167 miles. This link says that further is now widely ...
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“archival” versus “archivable”/“archiveable”

What is the difference between archival and archivable? Archival appears to be an acceptable word among official sources, whereas archivable/archiveable does not appear to be a valid entry. Is the ...
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meaning of “on bequest of ”

What's the meaning of "on bequest of" in this phrase Context: Democracy and the Limits of Self-Government By Adam Przeworski We are ruled by others, and the only authority that justifies this ...
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what does 'the roll of duck tape' mean? [closed]

what does 'the roll of duck tape' mean ? Would you please give me some examples to know how to use it?
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what does “To err is human; to err humble is divine” mean? [closed]

Read this in an article referring to "the best way to introduce yourself" and wanted more clarity on this statement "To err is human; to err humble is divine"
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The meaning of the sentence about relative clause and the word usage

A manuscript that lay unnoticed by scientists for decades has revealed that Albert Einstein once dabbled with an alternative to the Big Bang theory, proposing instead that the Universe expanded ...
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Could anyone explain the meaning of the following sentence

In my offer letter there is one section named "End of Contract". In this section there is one item which I don't understand clearly. This is as follows: Your service could be ended by giving ...
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bank cards: the same as debit card, or catch-all for debit and credit card

I've been asked by a student whether 'bank card' is a common synonym for debit card. I started by checking wikipedia whose article on bank cards (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bank_card) points ...
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meaning of “à la Weber”

what's the meaning of: à la Weber in this phrase "Democracy has become, à la Weber, synonymous with equal treatment by bureaucracy"
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“I live on beans and rice” vs. “I live off beans and rice”

I wanted to refocus a related question on ell.se. towards a possible deeper and direct relationship to "on vs. off". Consider the following two phrases: I live off beans and rice. (Approx 94,000 ...
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What does it mean when you say “you, there” in English? [closed]

I was watching Titanic the movie today. In the movie, someone came out of a room and saw another person and said with anger : "You there? " Does it mean "I am happy you are here" or "I am surprised ...
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Meaning of the phrase “survived the Constitution”

What's the meaning of "survived the Constitution" in the following phrase? Moreover, of this list only “the never-ending appeals to the people by competing public officials” survived the ...
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Does the word “God” in English imply that there is only one?

I know the word Allah in Arabic implies that there is only one. That's because Allah is either a name or a short form of Al Illah, literally meaning "the God". That depends on which muslim you ask, ...
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What does the word “pass” really mean in this context?

Philanderer is someone who makes love insincerely, someone who engages in passing love affairs. NB I looked it up in dictionaries but there was no thing such as "pass love affair" in non of them. ...
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The term “My best to you” at the end of an email

What does the above mean? A form of goodbye? Or the best to you until we speak or communicate again? Best wishes? A male acquaintance wrote this at the end of his email when responding to my ...
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“in pretence” and “lordship”

There was no doubt that a man, in succeeding to a lordship in right of his wife, would wish to bear the arms associated therewith. He placed them, therefore, upon his own, and arms exclusively ...
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what's the meaning of “However touching may be an interest so tender”

what's the meaning of "However touching may be an interest so tender" in this passage Authorities . . . will tell us: ‘What is at the bottom the goal of your efforts, the motive of your work, the ...
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What is meant by “the fifth estate”?

I've found several definitions that seem to be incompatible From http://www.thefreedictionary.com/fifth+estate A class or group in society other than the nobility, the clergy, the middle ...
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What to call an object that inspires aspirations?

Take this building. I find it particularly inspires in me aspirations – aspirations of social prestige and material success. So I am then aspirational. Is there a word that describes the building, ...
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Meaning of “For, as to their own happiness, it is but trash”

What is the meaning of the sentence in bold? I don't think happiness is important. For, as to their own happiness, it is but trash. To what end is happiness?, I say. Henry Jacobson (Happiness) ...
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Meaning of the word “snood”

What does actually snood mean when someone says, 'He is a snood arm wrestler. He eats more than he trains, but he's beaten some of our toughest guys.' Does it mean that person who's called snood arm ...
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The meaning of “lot” in “pragmatic lot”?

I'm watching the movie The Counselor and Brad Pitt character say this : "They are a pragmatic lot". What is the meaning of "lot" in this sentence.
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Usage of the word “curious” in the meaning of peculiar: always correct or only as 'artistic' form? [closed]

To me the word "curious" would be something you can be i.e. I am curious what tomorrow will bring I recently read a text of a student I was supervising which used it as follows A curious ...
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What is a cock-feeder?

I've been reading Tyburn Tales, a Victorian book about the malefactors who suffered on the gallows at York. This includes potted biographies of some of the more flagitious criminals, including a ...
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Is there difference between acne and pimples?

As title says: Is there difference between acne and pimples? As far as I know "acne" is skin condition, meaning that there are number of various "pimple" types on and under the skin.
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What does Chris Christie is “350 pounds of toast” mean?

Maureen Dowd quoted Bill Maher’s description of Chris Christie as “350 pounds of toast,” in her article titled, “Christie puts the gloves on” in New York Times (February 22): “I tend to agree with ...
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“Half” for unequal divisions

A topic came up today concerning the usage of the word "half". I was describing a separation of labour into two obviously unequal groups. A colleague corrected me, saying that the word "half" ...
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Meaning of “Preparation of x, y and z and …”

I have a question related to this example sentence: Preparation of Isometrics, bill of material of all lines and supporting details of all lines below 2-1/2" except lines under IBR and get ...
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Meaning of “it turned his brain” [closed]

What does this uncommon phrase mean? Does it mean "it made his head spin"? Or maybe it means "it went to his head"?
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What does “wipe your chin and walk away” mean?

In the movie The Social Network Sean Parker says in his first meeting with Mark: Sean Parker: "And they want you to say 'thank you' while you, excuse me, wipe your chin and walk away." I never ...
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Differences in uses of efficient and effective [duplicate]

I am really confused when efficient and effective appear in a sentence. I get quite confused about the whole meaning of the sense it pulls of.
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Definition of ontology [closed]

Does ontology refer to the study of being or the study of the nature surrounding being? I found conflicting definitions. nature: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ontology ...
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What is the difference between “Employment” and “Job”?

I cannot understand the differences between the nouns (they both seem to mean "work"). For example: when we hire an employee, we have to define payroll and benefits for them. So which word better ...
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Use of the adjective Nearshore

I'm working on a web page which target are American companies interested in hire Mexican Engineers for work in USA (in place or remote). I have a version of the web page headline: "PAINLESSLY HIRE THE ...
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What is the difference between a scenario and situation?

Based on a survey done globally I have been tasked with writing a help guide to cover scenarios and situations - for a cloud app I created. But I don't understand what the difference is between a ...
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Does “nattering” have a negative connotation?

I hear people saying that they're "having a natter" with their friends, or 'If you want to have a natter about starting a project, give me a call!'. On different websites there are different ...
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What does “be proactively available to help others” mean?

Actively going to others to provide help even if they don't need it? Being available actively to help others whenever they need it? Or something else?
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What's the meaning of “concave” in this context?

What's the meaning of "concaved" in this senctence: As long as voters’ utility functions are concave, voters prefer policies that do not change drastically.
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Difference between “at date” and “to date” [closed]

Two Examples: It is the social networking giant's biggest acquisition to date. The deal to buy it includes $4bn in cash... plus an additional $3 billion in stock to WhatsApp's founders and ...
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What is the word that describes the group mentality against changing the status quo?

I am looking for a word that would be used to describe a person (better if a noun) or a group of people who refuse to even consider anything other than the status quo. I would like something that ...
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What does this “ridiculous” mean?

It was ridiculous how adorable you are. A father said so to his daughter. Does this “ridiculous” carry a very strong feeling?
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What is the meaning of `Position Fulfillment`?

I can't understand the meaning of Position Fulfillment in Human resource context. Is it same as Position History? an example: Any help would be appreciated!
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Why is there a drastic difference in meaning between *amused* and *bemused*?

I'm sorry if this is a duplicate, but I have yet to find an exact match by search. Both words use the same root of muse, which as a verb means to lose yourself in thought, ponder, etc. So, clearly ...
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“Chief Cook and Bottle Washer” meaning and etymology

In my experience, referring to someone in an organization as "chief cook and bottle washer" has multiple possible meanings: person has a wide variety of duties in the organization person is very, ...
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A meaning for a proverb?

what's the meaning of the proverb "No man is an island entire of itself" by john donne?
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What does “has got to be” mean?

Source of the phrase: Player Union Strikes Called Off "And looking along the table, really, there should be more smiles than you're seeing. I think people are tired. The reason there should be ...
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“By some at least of the merchants” — what does this syntax mean?

The thirteenth century also witnessed the adoption of armorial devices by some at least of the merchants. — (Goodall, John A.., Heraldry in Italy During the Middle Ages and Renaissance, ...
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“Back it up” meaning [closed]

What does back it up mean in this context? He can be cocky, but he's got stuff to back it up.
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What is the meaning of Converted Leads

When i found job on job website, i found the term Converted Leads job(Related to marketing). Please explain to me what it mean and what are the tasks will be done by this job? Any information would ...
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What does the sentence mean?

I just got an email telling me about a company's 2013 profit. The first sentence is very short, but it is hard to understand for me. XXXX(company name) misses by $0.05(per share), beats on revenue. ...