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WC Formal phrase for “trademark” (tendency)

The Russians influence the Ukraine in politics, culture, and with their trademark imperial greed. Russia is known in the Western world for being very greedy and power-hungry (no offense to Russians ...
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Is this what these sentences mean?

"I don't like neither of you" -> In this sentence I think the meaning is that the person doesn't dislike any of the other people. "I haven't done it neither" -> This is just a confusing double ...
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What is a word that means “the people in place when an organization ended”?

When an organization ceases operations, what is the word to describe the people in place at the time that it ended? "The ??? President" My first inclination is "final" -- "The Final President" ...
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1700s term for “a technology”

Today, I could use "a technology" to mean a mechanical or industrial development: The most important transportation technology during that era was the railroad. According to etymonline.com, ...
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Vocations and what people are famous for

The lead section on Wikipedia biographies tend to contain: Their birth name Their date of birth (in brackets) Their vocation(s), and/or the thing(s) they are famous for I'm aware this is called ...
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Is there a word or phrase for someone whose ominous remarks come true?

Someone who makes such comments as: "Look at his car tyres! He is inviting an accident." (and he does suffer an accident minutes later.) "I never have shrimps with pepper. You're likely to ...
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what is correct word substitution for following sentence? [on hold]

which one is correct? One should wear helmet ____ while riding a bike 1. all time 2. all the times 3. at all times
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Which answer is correct for each question, and why? [on hold]

He told her (to, before, in, at) her face that she was a liar. I (caught, took, made, had) sight of the boat as I got to the top of the cliff. I know you hate your job but that's no reason to (take, ...
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Can “either” be used with “nor”? [duplicate]

Can I say, for example, "You aren't either pretty nor funny"? And if so, is it any different from saying "You aren't either pretty or funny"?
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Can I use “How about..” in this way?

So, imagine that you wanted to suggest something to a friend of yours, like watching TV or go to the movies. You would say "How about watching TV?" or "What about going to the movies?" But what if you ...
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Is it right to say works such as i have lot of home works? [on hold]

We often come across some phrase such as,"I have lot of home works to do". Do you a word usage like that?
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What is a medical term for the belief that you're healthy when you're not? [duplicate]

What is a medical term, as in a mental or eating disorder, that means "a compulsion with being healthy, while actually being unhealthy," stemming primarily from a poor understanding of science, ...
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Literature: 'Why' at the beginning of sentences [duplicate]

I’m currently reading George Martin’s A Song Of Ice And Fire novels in English. As a non-native speaker (I’m German), I stumbled upon some grammatical constructs that I’ve never seen before, one of ...
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“Knowledgeable about” vs. “knowledgeable on” vs. “knowledgeable in”

When should I use each of the collocations "knowledgeable about", "knowledgeable on", and "knowledgeable in"?
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What is a 'nearly quotation' called?

Last night in his eve of election speech to the Scottish electorate (a vintage performance according to the Guardian), the former UK Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, alluded to a famous line from Macbeth ...
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Should I use “have” or “has” after using an “and/or” in a sentence? [duplicate]

In the following two sentences, when "and" is used, then "have" would follow. When "or" is used, then "has" would follow. Example: "If the price and lead time have changed..." "If the price ...
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How to name or define a new word? [on hold]

Suppose I wanted to create a new word. Are there any rules for that? How can I do it? If I create the word, how can I ensure that it has an appropriate meaning? For example, in a word like quiz or ...
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Usage of the word “TILL” [duplicate]

I am landed in a confused stage, with one of my colleagues email, which says ; "Till November , Bank Adjustment Entry is finished." For me ,that statement, means , including November, the work is ...
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“WE ON” what does it mean? Is it bad English? [on hold]

I want to name my upcoming project as WE ON - Information & entertainment media agency . This agency will work in the city and act as communication between businesses and consumers, so I need ...
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What is an appropriate replacement for the term “oriental” when used as an ethnicity? [duplicate]

When I was a child I remember frequently hearing references to "oriental" people. Of course "oriental" now has a pejorative connotation, and generally "asian" is preferred. However, I can't help but ...
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Should I use every day or everyday? [on hold]

I have two sentences in question: "But, humans see a lot of different people everyday/every day" and "because every day we see between a dozen and hundreds of other humans - in school, work, or ...
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Term for when embedded media cannot be displayed on a web page?

When a web page goes missing, it is said to be "not found" and the afflicted web site often reports the infamous HTTP 404 Error. With embedded media, the user is not navigating away to another web ...
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Proper use of 'there' and 'here' in phrase [on hold]

I am thanking someone in type by saying : "John and Mary for being there even when you aren't near." Would it be better or worse to use 'here' : "John and Mary for being here even when ...
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When using “long” meaning “a long time” do you have to specify that you're talking about time?

For example: Do I have to say "It leaves the mouth fresher for a longer time" or can I simply say "It leaves the mouth fresher for longer"? I was comparing two products, and I had to translate some ...
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Other ways of saying: “I'll buy you…” [on hold]

Is there some other way of saying “I’ll buy you… Let me buy you… I would like to buy you (a drink, lunch… etc)” My point is that I would like to avoid using the word “buy”, because it sounds to me ...
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What a care-taker is taking care of? [duplicate]

I need a good word for the object a care-taker is taking care of. The term will be used in scientific environment, more specifically in IT: we have an application which is "monitoring" other ...
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A word that describe actions? [on hold]

Is there a word (verb) that best describes the following statements? I owned this I went here I watched this I played this I listened to this I read this I ate this We are planning to use the ...
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What's the difference between patent and obvious?

Patent is used a lot more in "serious" matters, like legal breaches, such as a "patent breach of law," but does that really mean anything? Does "patent" just sound more refined?
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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? [on hold]

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” [closed]

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? [closed]

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 [closed]

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 ...