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Term that describes when only one option was requested, but more were offered

Which term describes that in a scenario where only one option or result is requested, but multiple are being offered, which might be perceived badly by the requester? Example: Q: I'm looking for ...
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Is there a better word than “helpee” to describe a person who receives help?

When I help someone, I am the helper, and he is the helpee. But surely there is a better word than this? I guess you could say "recipient of help" or "beneficiary", but I don't really like either of ...
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with the purpose to or with the purposes to?

Shall I say with the purposes to or with the purpose to I am doing several comparisons with the purposes to : 1- 2- 3- As you can see I have three purposes so I am confused which one ...
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Information unavailable to the audience

What is it called when a character knows something the audience doesn't? For example, if the character was stating something obvious like "today is your birthday", saying it only to inform the ...
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Where to put almost in a phrase?

I would like to add the word almost to the sentence but I am not sure if should be after we or after to. I was so grateful that we came to the same conclusion
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How would you say e.g. creativity isn't something that only belongs to graphic designers?

Can't think of the word or phrase to use, can anyone help me? Creativity isn't solely the domain of graphic designers? Something to do with prerogative?
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Is there a good word for a square-rectangle relationship?

Any given square is always a rectangle, but a rectangle isn't necessarily a square, so squares and rectangles have a _ relationship. I've been noticing this sort of thing everywhere ever since I ...
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What is a word for comparing two things but suggesting one is better than the other?

What is a word for comparing two things but suggesting one is better than the other? For example: John verbally compares a and b but hints that a is superior. With what word would I replace compares ...
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“Fulfil” vs. “Fulfill” [on hold]

Could anyone tell me the difference between "Fulfil" and "Fulfill" ? And which one of them we should use in writing essays or something ? And why does computer underline the word "Fulfil" as ...
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What's the equivalent to “typo” in handwritten texts?

"Typos" are acknowledged as "technical" errors, ones that obviously aren't caused by the writer's poor spelling. Although less frequent than in typing, they can also occur in handwritten texts, as a ...
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“I'm no more hungry” or “I'm no longer hungry” or “I'm hungry no more.” [on hold]

I'm no more hungry I don't think I've heard the first one very often, but wasn't sure about the last two. I'm no longer hungry and I'm hungry no more Which of these three sentences ...
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Questioning my use of “in question”

I just found myself writing some documentation that uses "in question," but then I questioned whether what I wrote makes sense. The context is a document that describes the numerical solution of ...
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Describe a project that delivers content on multiple vehicles with a word or short phrase [on hold]

Say a company makes a project that delivers content on multiple vehicles: a mobile game (for android, iOS, windows phone, blackberry, whatever), a tv series, a feature film, youtube shorts, novels, ...
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A positive word for self-doubt in a dubious belief system

I'm looking for a positive word or phrase - though ideally, a single word - that suggests that old dubious beliefs are being re-examined and questioned. "Self-doubt", has a negative connotation and I ...
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What is the difference between “matter-containing media” and “matter”?

I'm reading the english wikipedia entry titled "Radiation". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radiation you can find the word in the first paragraph, or by searching. so... What is the difference between ...
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StackExchange's tag “synonyms” aren't. What should they be called? [on hold]

StackExchange sites use tags to help users sort, search, group and filter the large volume of questions and answers. Sometimes there are cases where a tag has a common misspelling, or a meaning ...
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Positive Synonym for Indecisive

Is there a word that describes a person who tries to get as much information as possible when making a decision for fear of committing a mistake that might affect both him and others in a negative ...
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Greeting on a website: Welcome to Index Page of … or Welcome on Index Page [on hold]

What preposition should I use when saying hello to the user on the main page? Should I write: Welcome to Index Page of... or Welcome on Index Page of...?
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A good word for a pivotal person

I am writing about a person who may contain the key to turning a way of life, or an ideology, on its head. He may change the way the people who follow the ideology see everything. They don't know yet ...
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The book one receives upon graduation to cherish the times spent at school

The word candidates I can come up with are: scrapbook, album, memento book and memoir. To my understanding, scrapbook is a conglomeration of photos and short texts that aren't necessarily related to ...
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Why not “virtual estate” instead of “screen real estate”?

In English usage in many disciplines, like articles on Web designing, people frequently use the word "screen real estate" or "viewport (browser window size) real estate" or even "mobile or browser ...
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How should I thank someone for considering my job application?

My girlfriend is writing a cover letter for a job application and wants to thank the recipient for taking the time to review the application. She wrote the following closing sentence: Thank you ...
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not living up to expectations

I am looking for a single, or multiple term(s) conveying something not living up to expectations. Like in the sense of a new system is advertised as doing everything you need for a process at work; ...
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What is the word for somebody who does action/is action owner

In my web application inside code I must find a word for somebody to whom certain Action belongs to(he/she did it). How to call such person? Contributor? Action owner? Participant? Context: I log ...
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What is a word to describe the character of someone who plans his actions in advance?

I am looking for a word to describe some individuals who cautiously plan for the future all the time.
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Word for a software bug that occurs again after having fixed it?

What's the word for a software bug that reoccurs after being fixed? I'm embarking on some test-driven development (TDD) for a project, and I want to use the right term but have forgotten the word. ...
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Is there a single word for this sentence? [duplicate]

If I say something repeatedly to myself in order to believe in that, do call it inculcation ?
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How to introduce yourself? [migrated]

I am using British English. While addressing a gathering or talking to a new person, how do you introduce yourself? Is it "I am Phani" or "This is Phani"?
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Is there a single word for “Seeing the Unseen”?

Is there a single word which means “Seeing the Unseen”? Imagine one needs special equipment or accessories (for example, a microscope, telescope, or periscope) to see something that otherwise is ...
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What is a good word that means “group of groups?”

If you have a bunch of groups of different things, and you group the groups into a bigger group, what do you call the bigger group?
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Is knowledge of the meaning of the word “ubiquity” ubiquitously considered to be ubiquitous? [on hold]

Please pardon the pun. I was in a conversation on a game’s online chat, talking about how common an item was, and used the word “ubiquitous” to describe it. But, much to my surprise, the point of ...
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Is there a non-pejorative word for opportunism? [duplicate]

The words "opportunism" and "opportunist" suggest the ability to take advantage of situations -- but they assume that one is doing so for one's own benefit, which makes the terms pejorative. What is ...
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name for a group of non profit donors [closed]

I need a catchy name for a group of 100 donors who plan to each give $1000 to a non profit whose focus is on children and grief.... any ideas?
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Alternative word for “honed” [on hold]

Is there another word describing the process where you've polished your skills through experience - apart from "honed". I don't think it's the best word somehow.
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Word for “people with write-access”

Say you have a forum only a select group of people have access to contribute to - what would you call those people? Or, more accurately to my domain, say you have a file on a shared computer drive ...
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Is “far from the end” correct?

Is it right to say far from the end in the following example? Researches on the exploitation of the DAS method are far from the end.
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Question of Initialisms vs Acronyms [duplicate]

Today I was driving by a UPS truck, which for those unfamiliar is a delivery truck used by a shipping company. By standard definition UPS could be seen as an acronym as you can pronounce it "ups" ...
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Difference between “please note” and “I would like to point out” [migrated]

Received an e-mail from a company I work with saying: Please note that. . . Personally I prefer to say “I would like to point out that...” Are both sentences correct?
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Is there a name for the fallacy that one vote has no effect on the outcome?

I often hear this in elections where people justify not going to vote, because (according to them) "their vote doesn't change anything" or the like. This kind of reasoning is also used to discard ...
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Which of these two words is proper in denoting a friend? [duplicate]

"Our mutual friend" or "our common friend" - which is more suitable ? Why is that so ?
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Favorites is/are empty [closed]

I'm not English native speaker and I'd like to know correct form of this sentence. If I want to say that my favorites folder is empty what's the verb I should use in this case? I mean when the ...
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is there any word that means “current and upcoming”?

I want to find a word that could mean current and upcoming but couldn't. Or is there any other shorter ways to describe it? can anyone help me?
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Does the line“ Tears of disbelief sting my eyes” make sense? [closed]

Can I use the words - "Tears of disbelief sting my eyes" to express the fact that I am very sad and shocked?
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Term for something that is supposed to increase safety, but really just increases fear?

Some examples: A news station giving daily "terrorist reports". It doesn't actually say how to protect yourself, just gives information on how horrible they are & why you should be afraid. A ...
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“Habitat selection in/of birds”, “concept in/of statistics”, “theme in/of evolution”

It seems to me that in and of work equally well in sentences such as these: Habitat selection in birds is frequently studied. Habitat selection of birds is frequently studied. ...
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Use of the word “definitive edition”

Can I use the phrase "definitive edition" to explain that a product has the most up-to-date and highest quality in the field as opposite to mean "last edition of the same series"? Thank you for your ...
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Is there a word for 'religism'? [duplicate]

I'm searching for a word with a meaning similar to Racism or Sexism but within the context of religion. Is there a word for this meaning?
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a word for “to make something bland and boring” [closed]

And also, what is a word for when sb walks quietly as though being fearful. Kind of like "Surreptitious" but not because one wants to keep it secret. Example: these people won't harm you, nor do u ...
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Difference between 'oxymoron', 'paradox', 'contradiction' and 'misnomer' [closed]

What is the difference between the words oxymoron, paradox, contradiction and misnomer? For example, Benevolent dictator is an oxymoron. If I replace oxymoron with misnomer, paradox, or ...
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Is there a term or phrase for the one paying a bill that is later split?

Sometimes when splitting bills one of the group members has to pay the entire bill first to later be reimbursed by the other group members. Is there an English term for who that person is or what the ...