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Transgendered vs. Transgender

In the 1990s the preferred umbrella term used by and about people who weren't in alignment with their birth gender was "transgendered." Despite the fact this was grammatically correct and didn't have ...
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Envy vs jealousy - has the meaning changed?

When I was at school (in the 80's) I learnt that jealousy and envy meant different things: you are jealous if you think someone will take what you have, you are envious if you want what they have. In ...
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“Criticism” vs. “critique”

What is the difference in meaning between criticism and critique?
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What is the definition of definition?

Does a definition need to provide a unique or near-unique description or can non-unique descriptions also be categorized as definitions? For example: Is the statement "An apple is a fruit" a ...
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How can we use a verb consummate

How can we use this verb? In which situation is used a verb consummate?
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Meaning of “look as far off now as they did them”

"Well, Tormance is a big place. But I have an infallible rule, Corpang. As I come from the south, I always go due north." "That will take us to Lichstorm." Maskull gazed at the ...
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How to properly say 'number of people'?

THE SITUATION: In an online form I need to know how many people book a service. EXAMPLE: Type of service - ... Date - ... Number of people - ... THE QUESTION: What is the proper way to ask it? ...
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Difference between “now” and “right now”

Is there any difference between the two following sentences? We can't connect to Outlook right now. We can't connect to Outlook now.
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Is there a single word (or expression) used to describe a person who does their job only when their boss is watching?

"Quick the boss is coming, we need to look busy" Is there a single word (or expression) to describe a person who only does their job while someone (the boss/manager) is watching, but who does ...
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Is there a word for the payment to someone who attends a meeting?

I'm looking for a word that describes the wage given to someone (a committee member) for attending the meetings/sessions of the committee. I've done some research and have seen this question Is there ...
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For computer science, are the files corrupted or corrupt?

Computer files: Are they "corrupt" or "corrupted"? I feel they could be both. What is the standard?
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What exactly does it mean for something to be “Visually Kinaesthetic”?

I came across this term but I'm not sure what it means exactly, I can't think of any examples that this phrase would make sense with.
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Questions about meanings and usage of “deez nuts”

Please note, I did check the Urban Dictionary, and also Stack Exchange. What was meant by the OP in What is the origin of “Best.Boyfriend.Ever”? “What can I say but :/ omg deez nuts.” What ...
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Question tags — “did you” vs. “didn't you”

Typically, when we ask for confirmation/denial of a statement, we say something like the following: We turn left here, don't we? You have a cat, don't you? We've met before, haven't we? ...
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What does “too on the nose” mean?

What does "too on the nose" mean, especially as applied to art? I use the expression but struggle to explicitly articulate what I mean. My best attempt is that I use it to refer to film, music, etc. ...
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What does bi-weekly mean? [duplicate]

I was confused while looking for the meaning of bi-weekly. Is it twice per week or once per two weeks?
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What is meant by “mercy your ears”?

Setup I'm asking this question because of a song lyric that I'm trying to make sense of: Lean my direction and mercy your ears Obviously, lyrics often do not follow the rules of grammar, and ...
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Is “cause” instead of “because” becoming Standard English?

Nowadays, I'm seeing a drastic increase in usage of cause in place of because, especially in written English. People are in such a hurry, that a statement like below passes off like Standard English: ...
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Is this correct to say “a large group of crowd(s)”

Crowd means a large number of persons gathered together, however I've found some examples in which this expression is used "a large group of crowd". In the future, these flying drones may be seen ...
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What does 'on the curve' mean?

Mike Birbiglia said about George W.Bush: "He is the first president we've elected on the curve". ("What I should've said was nothing" show) Google wasn't helpful, couldn't find 'on the curve' in ...
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How do you get from the literal meaning of “all bets are off” to the idiom?

Most everyone knows what the common turn of phrase all bets are off means: "anything can happen." But all idioms have to start from somewhere, and the question I'm wondering is how did this one start. ...
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What is the difference between “illness” and “disease”?

Are there any differences when those words are used? By whom they are used? Google n-gram All English English fiction: I would guess that "illness" is rather a term which is used in spoken ...
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What is the difference in meaning between 'nonchalant' and 'insouciant'?

OED defines them as: nonchalant adjective (of a person or manner) feeling or appearing casually calm and relaxed; not displaying anxiety, interest, or enthusiasm insouciant adjective showing ...
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How best to use the word “best”?

The word best means: Best: of the most excellent, effective, or desirable type or quality It seems that we only use best for the top highest quality of a certain thing. For example, there are ...
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Does name + “boss” mean something?

One of my colleagues in Britain keeps addressing me as "Armen boss" in mails and skype. Like, Hi, Armen boss. Can you please verify...? I am in no conceivable way his boss and our relationship ...
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When the boss is a way?

I came across a picture that was meant to be funny, but puzzled me instead: http://www.searchquotes.com/sof/images/picture_quotes/31525_20131204_091308_christmas07.jpg "When the boss is a way work ...
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How to describe this fact with an independent clause?

In fact, with more time being left to myself, I started to read books I had aspired to read when I was in high school. I mean I had more time for leisure, so I spent them on books. My usage ...
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Word to describe a person who expresses his or her feelings frequently?

I'm looking for a word to describe a person (it can be a term of animal behavior) who expresses his or her feelings frequently, particularly through facial expressions.
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Can “sir” be used to address female officers?

The use of the term sir as a form of address for men, especially those of higher rank or status, is discussed in several prior questions including this one. They all indicate that the term is reserved ...
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What are the differences between “assumption” and “presumption”?

I was told the following: A presumption is something you think is true before you know any facts about the matter. An assumption is something you think is true when you miss information, but ...
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“Homeland” vs. “motherland” vs. “fatherland”

What is the distinction between homeland, motherland and fatherland? Is there any difference in meaning of such terms? When it comes to connotations are there any differences, except for the ...
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“Do not … and …” grammar confusion

I recently read this sentence: Do not declare this callback function with a void return type and cast the function pointer to LPTHREAD_START_ROUTINE when creating the thread. and wasn't sure if ...
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What does it mean to be the 'strong, silent type'?

If someone says you're the strong, silent type is it a compliment?
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What is the difference in meaning between “wouldn't be spending” and “wouldn't spend”?

The sentence in the text goes: You wouldn't be spending it for fun. The "it" refers to some money the husband wants to spend on expanding his business and his wife is saying she agrees with that ...
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Which word should I choose in this context?

I have participated in many campaigns aiming at providing some opportunities for students to perceive vicariously what was going on in the real life behind the economic data which they were familiar ...
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Difference between “place” and “position”

Can these words be used interchangeably when referring to a point in the world?
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The meaning of 0% and 100% as opposed to other percentages?

Oftentimes, percentages are rounded to the nearest whole number. A $49.99 item may be marked 50% off, even if the price becomes $24.99 (it should be 50.03% off). However, I have come to notice that ...
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What’s the meaning of “there are more of somebody than there are of somebody”?

Their yellowish eyes were fixed upon Harry’s wand, and they looked scared. There might be a lot more of them than there were of him but Harry could tell, by the looks on their faces, that they knew ...
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Is the word “acronym”, in fact, clearly defined?

I was about to ask the following question: “Is 'CIA' an acronym, or is only 'laser' an acronym?” Now, in another question, I've been asking about the earliest use of words which started as ...
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It didn't last long

Could anyone explain what is the exact meaning for Last Long? When to use this?
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What does “I'm a while.” mean?

Would someone tell me what does the meaning of second sentence: Text me when you have time. Will do, I am a while. Thank you.
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What does have drunk freely mean?

Does it mean having been drunken? http://hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/questions/8887/how-to-interpret-john-210 says that methiosin in the bible means alcoholic intoxication Words similar to it ...
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What is the meaning of this sentence? [on hold]

What is the meaning of this sentence? They had heard so very little of this; yet it was enough to build up wretched dolorous dreams upon, there in the shade of the night. (Thomas Hardy, Tess of ...
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When you feel Grim Amusement [on hold]

When one feels grimly amused, exactly what kind of emotion is described? It seems to me that grim and amused are mutually contradictory so they do not conjure any consistent image in my mind. Thanks ...
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Different words with the same meaning [on hold]

I need help with different words that have about the same meaning ( to me ), when would you use: feared frightened scared afraid anxious terrified Are there specific cases or are some just ...
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What does the word 'mandles' mean?

It was just mentioned in one of NPR word games as one of the choices that might be a word. The contestant, after some hesitation, picked this as one that is an actual meaning: Mandles is "candles for ...
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What is the meaning of “read of”? [on hold]

I saw this phrase in a sentence. Here it is: He read of the room that was prepared at the palace at Rheims for the use of Queen. What does it mean?
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What does “nimble-witted” mean? [on hold]

I've just read a book and it said: Ron is a nimble-witted and silent guy.
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Nouns denoting a state and the point of its initiation

The word incarnation, according to Webster, has two meanings: 1) the act of incarnating 2) the state of being incarnate So, this word can denote a state, as well as the moment of initiation of that ...