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“Rent income” or “Rental income”

My understanding is that "rental" is a word implying that income is being received from a property one owns and leases to a tenant. "Rent" is used more in the sense of what a tenant pays a landlord. ...
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Is there a concise term for being over-aware of bad news happening?

That was probably a terrible title, but I'm looking for a word or phrase to describe this concept. We all probably have a relative like this, they feel that the world is "going to hell" around them - ...
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Feel support - what does it mean [closed]

I'm looking for short phrases which include "support" word in such a way that I can prepend a company name before it and it will make sense. But i'm not a native speaker so I would like to check my ...
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Order of universal and existential quantifier

In mathematics we use the universal and existential quantifiers (represented symbolically by ∀ and ∃, respectively) to make our lives easier. We can also use them in English. From a logical ...
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What is the opposite of the Devil's Advocate?

If I am arguing against a proposal that I may actually agree with, then I am playing Devil's Advocate. However, what if I do not necessarily agree with the proposal but am arguing for it, with the ...
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Can we say that X is “indifferent between” two possible courses of action?

It strikes me as odd to use "indifferent between" rather than "indifferent to", but am having a hard time rephrasing the sentence so that it includes both options. The structure of the sentence I'm ...
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Are there counterpart English expressions to Japanese proverb, "the nail that pops up is always hammered down?

I was once reminded by Robusto-san of a Japanese popular saying, ‘出る釘は打たれる - the nail that pops up is always hammered down,’ when I complained about sequential down-votes that I received. I wondered ...
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Does the “and” demand both parts to be in place to require a PFD to be worn? [closed]

A personal flotation device (PFD) required by 14 CFR 91 shall be worn by each individual on board the helicopter when conducting operations beyond power-off gliding distance to shore, and during ...
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Revealing that someone else is gay — counterpart to “come out”

If I reveal to my friend that I am gay, I'd say I came out to my friend. How would I say that my friend told his friend (without asking me for permission) that I am gay? My friend [insert ...
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Term for security checkpoints separated by sex

In some places, a security checkpoint has two areas, one for checking men, and another for checking women. I'm looking for the term which describes this segregation by sex. This would be the opposite ...
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Single word for “to fund the totality (of)” [closed]

What is a one- or two-word phrase that means "to fund the totality of a program: staff, office space, supplies, and program funding" that is often used in grant applications?
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Word or phrase for remoteness, great distance from human habitat

I am looking for a word or phrase denoting remoteness and great distance from human habitat, for the purpose of naming a cabin in the wilderness. I have already thought of "far cry" and "back of ...
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Idiom Meaning “Ready to Correct One's Mistake”

I'm looking for a concise way to describe this situation: Person A compliments B's team at a competition. But B does not respond to this compliment gracefully, even though it means a lot to him. B ...
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School students are instructed, self-taught students [self-study?]

"You will be instructed" "I have been taught for 4 years" To "You will [self-study?]" "I have been [self-learning?] for 4 years" Both seem kind of clumsy. Is there a better word ...
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to name a business model which behave like chicken pecks

I am describing a business model of doing a lot of buying and selling in very small quantity. Retailing is not the right word. In my case the small buying and purchasing is not due to demand being ...
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Opposite of benefit of the doubt?

"Benefit of the doubt" is a standard phrase in English and is a very useful one in formal discussions. Is there an equivalent expression to denote the opposite of it, formal or informal? For example: ...
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Word to mean 'seek through, one element at a time'

I'm looking for a word to describe the process that a computer program performs when searching through a dataset bit by bit. I had believed the word parse ('to parse through the data') was ...
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Word that means to “get something good but loses something else good in return”

I was at the optical store getting a new pair of glasses and lens. Since I have a somewhat high prescription, when selecting the features for the lenses I asked the clerk whether there is an option ...
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Is there a word or a special phrase in English to describe the curvy upper lip that some people like Rio Ferdinand have?

I don't think many have people have that kind of upper lip (probably 10% of the population). To me personally, that kind of upper lip definitely makes a person more attractive regardless of gender. ...
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“Operating system” is to “runlevel” as “human being” is to what? [closed]

I am looking for a hypernym for the set of different "mental states" or "sedation levels", but I don't know which one (if any) would apply here. I have values like the following in mind: is dead is ...
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Which kind of logical fallacy is this?

A blogger writes of the artisanal movement that it is born out of a preference for things that are hand made. He points out (presumably as a criticism of this) that in the 16th century a gentleman ...
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Is there English counterpart(s) to Japanese old saying, “Present salt to your enemy.”?

We have a popular Japanese saying, “敵に塩を送る” — literally, “present (supply) salt to one's enemy”, meaning ‘play fair and square, not taking advantage of the weak point of your rival.’ It’s different ...
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What is a polite substitute for badass (used as a noun)? [closed]

Badass and BAMF are both modern words with approximately the same meaning: "Someone who is awesome to an extreme level, thereby leveraging unquestionable authority." Is there another noun or title ...
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Better wording for “Among other [stuff]”

I have the following problem. I need to say Among other information, [the message] will contain information about the following... I don't like the repetition of "information" here. I thought ...
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Use of “permission” in technical writing

In a request for proposal (RFP) I am attempting to edit the following sentence-fragment which isn't grammatically correct: "...except for staff permissioned to update..." My problem is with the ...
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How do you properly say “missing each other” (that's SO the wrong word!)?

Imagine I sent a message to someone over Instant Messaging, and then went offline. 5 minutes later, they come online, send me a message and go offline. 10 minutes later, I come online, find their ...
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To exact revenge or vengeance?

We are in the midst of a family disagreement about whether the correct phrase is to exact revenge or to exact vengeance. We could use a definitive answer (if one exists) or, at ...
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Phrase for experiencing a negative conclusion to a positive experience [closed]

Suppose I read a book and really enjoy reading it until I reach a certain point where I am suddenly not enjoying the experience anymore. I was trying to come up with a good phrase to describe this ...
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Expression to justify choice of user interface

Is it correct to say "for optimal user experience" when referring to how web interface has to be designed? I just need to explain why I chose specific colour scheme.
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English word for a decorated opening letter

What is the English name for a highly decorated letter at the beginning of a paragraph, mostly found in ancient texts? For example, in the following Opening folio of the Hengwrt manuscript of the ...
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Is there a way to describe a problem that you don't currently know the answer to?

This is easiest described via example. I develop websites for a living and often I'll have a client point out a feature on their website. I can break these situations into two groups: 1) Point out ...
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A formal phrasal verb for “continue to stick to their belief”

How do I rewrite the following sentence so it is more formal, using a phrasal verb in place of the part in bold? Despite mounting evidence, they continue to stick to their belief.
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What other words can be used instead of “hideable”? [closed]

I'm trying to name a class representing objects that can be hidden and reshown. I'm wondering if there's a better term than "hideable object".
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What is the relationship name of my sibling-in-law's sibling to me?

For example: I have a sister named Charlotte. Charlotte is married to Martin. Martin has a brother named William. Martin is my brother-in-law, but what is William to me?
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What phrase or word can I use to describe a bad mix of action?

This is in a Saudi YouTube series that I'm subtitling; I came across a colloquial word which means literally 'a mixture of melon juice, mango juice and corn', and figuratively expresses a bad course ...
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Wording for threshold description (greater than or equal to)

I have a parameter for a program that is a threshold (T). I need to document it, and what I want its meaning to be is this: If N >= T then Do Action I don't want its meaning to be this: If N > T ...
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Word for unverified confidence without ambition

I'm looking for a word or phrase to describe the condition of someone who is fairly certain he could do _______ if he were to set his mind to it, but who has absolutely no intention of ever doing so. ...
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Word meaning “to choose or take something as one's own”

I was having a conversation with an agent of an Internet service provider and the reason I called them was because I'm confused about a plan they have that is very similar to the one I currently have ...
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What's the better wording: “Please assign this to the person responsible for the job”

I'm trying to come up with a better wording for this sentence: Please assign this to the person responsible for the job. I want to say "Please assign this to the appropriate person", but that ...
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Why would you want to do that? [closed]

I recently shared with several coworkers that I wanted to go to a particular class. My coworker responded to me with the following question: "Why would you want to do that?" I responded with a ...
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Single word for “inhale using your mouth with force or power”

I want to express the following: "Inhale using your mouth with force or power". It does not sound good to me. Is there any single word or a good phrase to express this?
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Non-financial costs

I am interviewing someone about the newly proposed bike paths in our city. I want to ask them not only how much the paths will cost financially, but also find out what other costs (such as the ...
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How would you concisely express 'the range of dates in which something is expected to happen'?

I need a conside expression for "the range of dates in which someone expects something might happen". For instance, I called John to ask him for a more precise period in which he estimated he ...
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Word for describing the emotion of helping someone

I am looking for a word which describes the emotion that one experiences on helping someone (friend, colleague, family, stranger). This helping out is not in the context of charity, but more of as ...
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How to express “some place for children to play in restaurant or other public”?

I found some translations but am not sure if there are better and shorter alternatives: "children playground" — I am thinking about a small place inside, not a large playground; "corner for ...
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A word to express “removing some parts of history from history books by authorities”

In some countries some parts of history books of students have been removed by authorities of the time. For example, it has happened for Achaemenid Empire (a part of ancient Iran history) 2 years ago ...
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Is there a word which describes the experience of not being able to comprehend new sensory input?

Is there a word which describes the experience of not being able to comprehend new sensory input? Specifically, I am trying to find a word which describes my experience whenever I listen to a new ...
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Is “I need to deposit my checks” correct? [closed]

I haves a few checks and I want put them into my bank account. What's the approriate and natural sentence to describe my intention at a counter? Is "I need to deposit my checks" correct? What is ...
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“Trust arrives walking and departs riding.”

That is the translation (provided by Wikiquote) of the Dutch proverb "Vertrouwen komt te voet en vertrekt te paard." I don't like this translation very much for conversational use. It doesn't "feel" ...
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Does a truism need to be true to be a truism?

I frequently hear people quoting widely-used idioms or proverbs as if they are fact, simply because they are used frequently by many people. For example, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." Can ...