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More eloquent word or phrase [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is a less offensive synonym for “retarded”? Can anyone please furnish me with a word, or short phrase, that would eloquently describe a person who has ...
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Can anyone tell me the word or phrase that means 'someone who things are done to'? [closed]

I am looking for a word or phrase for someone who has things done to them and someone who does things to people. I.e. someone with no power and someone who has all the power. Would be really ...
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Names for automatic machines' programs

A machine can be programmed, and different programs can be chosen for different tasks. One such task may be to initialise the machine, while the main purpose of the machine is to manufacture ...
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Expression for “medium difficult”?

In my game, I have three levels of difficulty, each represented by an icon. Of course, each level is also indicated by a word; the icons are there just to spice things up, and as a visual pun. Easy ...
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What would you (negatively) call a person who insists on repaying even a small amount of money?

Let's say you paid for a friend's bus ride, and he insists on paying you back rather than just let it be and stop worrying about it. You even find it rude on his part that he won't just forget about ...
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How to name a 15-minute period?

In Dutch, we have the word "kwartier" to denote a 15-minute period. It is derived from the word "kwart", which means quarter. It is very common to use this word in both spoken and written language. ...
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“Up until that time” sounds awkward — is there a better way to say it?

Maybe I'm having a bad day, but I've just written a sentence similar to this one, and it doesn't read well for me, but I can't think of anything better right now: The task was to build a new ...
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Word to describe an object in continuous cycle that is eventually ejected when it matures

I'm trying to find a word or phrase that best describes the process of an object or entity that enters a continuous cycle until it grows large enough or matures to a point of self-sustainability. ...
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“Password Reset Mail” or “Reset Password Mail”?

We are working on a web project that has a password reset feature. Now the problem is, between "Password Reset Mail" and "Reset Password Mail", which is better?
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Formulation: “I like to see the beauty in ugly things” [closed]

What would be a good way to express the following: "I like to see the beauty in ugly things"? (This is related to drawings, paintings and photography.)
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High School learning address

I must insert in my curriculum my high school studies. Well, nothing bad with this,unless for a small thing. I attended High School in Italy, My school was not a technical school but what we call a ...
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Enquiry about the bus route

Is this correct? Asking the driver or the another person: Does this bus go (or goes) to X? Do you go to X?
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Asking about the university courses

What is the correct way to ask another person about the course he is doing/pursuing at a college or university? What course are you doing?
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Word or phrase for writing that “reads fast”

Is there a word or phrase to describe technical writing that is quick to read? Some technical writing is so clear and concise, even a novice at the material will find himself flying through it. For ...
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Idiom for saying “You are making someone go mad/angry.”

First, a bit of context. Richard Stallman, father of the free software movement, has struggled all his life trying to explain that the "free" in "free software" is a "free" as in "freedom", not as ...
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Is there a word or phrase for the feeling you get after looking at a word for too long?

(Perhaps this only happens to me, but I doubt it.) Sometimes after looking at a word for a while, I become convinced that it can't possibly be spelled correctly. Even after looking it up, sounding ...
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How should I phrase “Not only but also..”?

I am writing a sentence like so: "I bought the Dell laptop because not only did I find the price appealing but I also liked the the fact that the laptop had an integrated webcam." Is my use of ...
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Is there any idiomatic expression with the meaning “show all the hidden stuff”?

Which idiomatic phrase can be used to express 'showing all the hidden stuff' (it's supposed that nobody should find that out, some scandal things)?
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Alternatives to “computationally expensive”?

The current version of a sentence I'm writing has the structure: Computing [such and such] is the most computationally expensive part of [algorithm]. At the moment, I cannot think of a better ...
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Better phrasing for “year we started working with [them]”?

I'm making a database, establishing the fields where data is entered. The database stores a list of school systems that our company has worked with. So there's a field for the year we started working ...
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Which of the following two sentences is more correct?

Please help me with next: Which kind of sentence is more correct: a. We decided to present you Jim, Department Manager of Sam, as a contact person for ... b. We decided to present you Jim, ...