How and why certain words are used in varying ways within various contexts.

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Is “Alligators and Kangaroos” a set phrase to express an encounter with unexpected happening?

The Entertainment Movies section of Today’s (May 9) Time magazine introduces the Hollywood version of the children’s book, “The Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” under the ...
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Acronym or initialism presentation

When creating an acronyms/initialisms in a document which will be referenced throughout the document, what is the proper way to display it for the first time? ("Word") or just (Word)?
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Origin of “off the meter” idiomatic phrase

When and how did the phrase "off the meter" become established as an idiom? Urban Dictionary defines "off the meter" as the condition of being "very good, awesome, great". I have heard and said it ...
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what's the difference between “Remarks” and “Note”?

When I make a table, there is a column we left for the things we forget to write down on it. What would we call this item? Remarks or Note?
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By taking the public relations offensive - meaning

By taking the public relations offensive, the Russians have time and again been two steps ahead. U.S. and Western officials, not to mention the Kiev government, are left scrambling to debunk the ...
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What's the difference between 'working in/from' and 'working at' a coffee shop?

Does working at a coffee shop necessarily imply being employed there? Is working at a coffee shop never synonymous to working in/from the coffee shop?
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To cheers of “well played” - meaning [closed]

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/pro-russian-militants-attack-police-hq-ukraines-odessa-141824310.html In a bid to calm the crowd, police freed one of the detained pro-Russians, who emerged to cheers ...
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What does “love me do” mean?

As many of you know, there is a famous song by the Beatles entitled Love Me Do. Nevertheless, I have some doubts about the correctness of such a title. Does "love me do" mean the same as "love me" or ...
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Why is mutton used for both sheep meat and goat meat?

The meat of an adult sheep is called mutton. The meat of an adult goat is called chevon or mutton. In the English-speaking islands of the Caribbean, and in some parts of Asia, particularly ...
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“Very much true”: how often have you heard a native speaker say that?

How often have you heard a native speaker say "very much true"? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzMx1Oo7hvg&t=0m18s
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“I have been working…” versus “I have worked…” in response to “Who have you worked with so far?” [closed]

Q: Who have you worked with so far? A: I have been working with people from all over the world. The best answer would be 'I have worked with people from all over the world'. One of my ...
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Combine sentences with “although”

The question goes; Make a sentence from the given sentences using 'although'. a. We've known each other for a long time. b. We are not very good friends. The intended answer is ' Although we've known ...
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Does “Much of the work towards this end” sound natural?

Would the following sentence sound natural to native speaker? If not, what would be the modificiation? Much of the work towards this end focused on [some concept].
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Is the word, “kinda-sorta” accepted as a normal word to be used in writing?

I was drawn to the word, “kinda, sorta” which appeared in the article of Time magazine (April 27) under the headline, “The Clippers Should Have Boycotted Game After Owner’s Racist Remarks”: The ...
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Why does 'I'm with stupid' have a positive connotation?

I see the phrase ... I'm with stupid ... used in many occasions, especially on forums using a smiley similar to this one: It's almost exclusively used with a positive connotation, in the ...
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The usage of “ inside-out and outside-in ” [closed]

Do we have both the usages of inside-out and outside-in? inside-out means: with the inner surface turned outward. So basically they are the opposite meaning? Perform inside-out and then perform ...
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Backfill - meaning

Source: http://rt.com/news/155168-us-eu-sanctions-russia/ But Europe has much to lose from imposing economic sanctions on Russia, and Obama said he sees how US-only sanctions won’t work. “If ...
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Can 'degenerate' be used with no derogatory meaning?

Degenerate is used to indicate a change of state ( physical or mental) which has generally worsened from its previous one. Could this term be used just to indicate a change that does not necessarily ...
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Partisans interest - meaning [closed]

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/al-qaeda-chief-urges-westerner-kidnappings-prisoner-exchanges-114335980.html "The Ummah (Muslim world) must support this jihad with all that it can, and the ...
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the usage of 'which'

I'm doing review for a journal. There are many sentences which really confuse me. For example: We employ similarity learning using Ranking-SVM to learn parameters Is it better to change it like ...
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Difference between “insensitive” and “not sensitive”

Is there any subtle difference implied when using "insensitive" as compared to "not sensitive"? I am writing: A is insensitive to changes in B. But someone suggested that it conveys a strong ...
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Are the 'beautiful things' of life, the 'beautiful' of life?

The following question set me thinking: Can we use all "nouns" as adjective? What about the opposite? Can adjectives be used as nouns? What are the rules or the stylistic limits to their ...
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industrial-grade - meaning

The future of PHP looks very bright. Leading platform vendors such as IBM, Oracle, MySQL, Intel, and, most recently, Red Hat have all endorsed it. The new Collaboration Project initiated by ...
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Usage of the phrasal verb “to wind down”

-Barclays to wind down commodities trading. (from Financial Times, April 21st) -Senate Bill seeks to wind down Fannie Mae in five years.(Bloomberg, March 17th) Is the use of to wind down becoming ...
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…if to a reduced degree - meaning, usage

Even so, many of the original advantages of stored programs (such as enhanced security and reduction in network traffic) still apply, if to a reduced degree. The use of stored programs is still ...
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Is the use of future tense (especially “will” and “shall”) going out of grammar?

My English teacher taught us that there is no such thing called "future tense" in existence. Instead we were asked to use present indefinite tense. He said that we should use "I am to go to London" ...
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One has to cook himself or themself? [closed]

Wanted to know which form is better and why One has to cook himself? OR One has to cook themself?
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To have a game in hand

I have come across the expression game in hand in an article on England Premier League, as follows: Third-place City has a game in hand but the surprise result against Sunderland, coupled with ...
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Is it accurate/correct/proper to call an abusive dictator a megalomaniac?

The definition of megalomania indicates that it is the delusion of power, wealth, greatness, importance, etc. So when talking about malicious dictators, especially those known for mass murder of ...
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Was vs had been

I guess this question has been asked before, but please take a look the following sentence and tell me if there is a difference between them. When the transaction had been completed, A was still a ...
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Check out of, check into - meaning [closed]

When you are editing a stored program, check it out of the source control system and load the checked-out copy into the MySQL Query Browser or other tool. When you are satisfied with your ...
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Use “too” instead of “so” and “very”

In what situation would you use "too" instead of so or very. Can someone help me? I have a problem with using too in sentence. Please give me an example. Thanks
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find something gone or find something has gone

Are both of them right? Next morning when you wake up, you find your kidney has gone. Next morning when you wake up, you find your kidney gone. If they are all right, what's the difference?
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Which is more common to say “I used to have a month off” or “I was used to having a month off” over Charismas holiday?

There was the following sentence in Tina Fey’s “Tina Fey Bossy Pants”: " When I took the job at the front desk in early November, I had stipulated that I had to have off a few days around ...
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The correct way to title a work of art [closed]

Should a work of art have an author first, and then the title, or the title first, and then the author? Answer: (...less than 10 rep ATM..) A work of art may have the author first, and then the ...
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According to protesters - correct; according to THE protesters - possible?

Source: http://rt.com/news/mariupol-base-shooting-ukraine-008/ They called on the troops to abandon the base, but the soldiers didn't listen, the demonstrators said. Instead, the troops opened ...
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When did “out of” come to mean “in”?

When I was a child, I learned that the term "out of" could be used to apply to a person or thing to describe where he, she or it was from. For example, a ship docked in Miami could be described as ...
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Another way to say 'also'

I use the word 'also' a lot when writing paragraphs. When I find myself using 'also' twice in the same paragraph, it feels a bit awkward. Is there another word or phrase I should be using?
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Single word for “from then” or “from it” [closed]

I would like to use the archaic expression (from the family of hence, whereby etc.) to refine the sentence: "..the weights introduced in Exercise 2 and determined from it/from there" meaning the ...
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“similarly to” in the sentence beginning

Similarly to the previous version of this product, this version contains the same feature and .... (a long description of the product) Is the usage of "similarly to" in the sentence beginning ...
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Is this the correct useage of… including; but not only,

Is this the correct useage of, "every possible accessory and trimming a body could desire to adorn their costumes with, including; but not only, brightly colored ribbons, buttons, needles of brass and ...
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Fodder - idiomatic meaning

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/little-sign-progress-obama-putin-speak-231431925--politics.html While U.S. officials denied those accusations, confirmation of Brennan's visit could provide fodder ...
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how can the word forlorn be used [closed]

How can the word forlorn be used in a sentence? i know it is an adjective but i hardly see it being used in a passage and really do not how to use it. How can it be used correctly in a sentence to ...
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“Languorous” versus “languid”

"Languorous" and "languid" have similar meanings. Are there any subtle differences in usage, due to connotation perhaps, that make one more suitable than the other under certain circumstances?
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Out - usage, meaning

Different databases use different naming conventions for variable-length string datatypes. VARCHAR(n) or TEXT(n) are common naming formats for variable-length strings. Figure 3-6 shows ...
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Don' t ask a policeman what time it is! [closed]

There are 24 hours in a day, but only the military, police and computer programmers use the 24-hour clock. Source LEO Network. How come that the common practice of using the 12-hour clock is not ...
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What does “and the like” mean? [closed]

What does and the like actually mean and how do I use that in a sentence properly?
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Can we use this expression [closed]

Is this OK to use the below usage. Looking into the photograph the girl said, "It's me before 5 years."
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Usage of *what* for *that* or *than* in BrE

Occasionally, when watching British television or movies, I've come across a construct that isn't used in AmE. Using what as a replacement for that or than as a determiner or comparison. Here is an ...
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What is the meaning of “here” at the end of a sentence and how should it be used?

I have had a few international friends ask about "here" when used at the end of a sentence such as "I could use a little help here!" or "buy me some time here!". I would like to better explain this to ...