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Straight from the horse's mouth

I want to use the phrase "Horse's Mouth" in one the applications that I am creating to refer to a group that have the original story. In the same application, there is another group of people, who ...
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Ending a mail in my language?

I was having a discussion with my coworker because I was sending a mail in English (we're Mexicans), and I wanted to end the mail with: Saludos! My coworker insisted that I ought to stick to the ...
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In (a) broad range of

Should "a" be used in the titular expression? I've found instances in which "a" used : This book presents a practical introduction to signal analysis techniques that are commonly used in a broad ...
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What is a better way of saying this.“Our most valuable inventory is our people” [on hold]

"Our most valuable inventory are our people" The word inventory is changeable to product if that works better. I plan on including a bar code of a name in between "inventory" and "are".
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Difference between 'take' and 'steal' w.r.t. kidnapping

As synonyms for kidnapping, is there any difference between Take and Steal. The question raised to me based on two movie titles with almost identical plot: Stolen (Starring Nicolas Cage) and Taken ...
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Word for politicians and judges

Is there a word to describe a group of politicians and judges? The best I came up with is "public figures" which is both too wide (there are lots of public figures which are not politicians or judges) ...
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Different words for referring to the Internet

Different people of different communities may refer to same thing in different ways. For example as I know, the Internet, in different countries or among a specific group of people (e.g. programmers) ...
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Name for a Partition in a Building

What is a single word I can use to describe the different names given to different partitions in a building for easy location or recognition? "Nomenclature" comes close, but can I have a different ...
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Is “fellow course members” formal

If one enters "fellow course members" In Google one only gets 8k+ hits. It is correct? And a formal way to describe people that took the same course you did? If not, what is? Is there some ...
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A Single Word for “Secretly watching your crush”

What is it called, if someone watches their crush from behind without the crush knowing? I often watch movies in which a guy looks at a girl he likes, happily watching her for some time and ...
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Is “cause” instead of “because” becoming Standard English?

Nowadays, I'm seeing a drastic increase in usage of cause in place of because, especially in written English. People are in such a hurry, that a statement like below passes off like Standard English: ...
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Alternative expression/term to trivial use of 'OCD'

After being reproved for doing so myself on SO yesterday. I realized that over the last couple of years the meaning of the expression OCD, seems to have deflated. Up to the point where people(read I) ...
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Open/Closed vs Open/Close [on hold]

I recently saw a video of a sign that converts from the word 'open' to 'close' But I was wondering why in shops you can see the signs say 'OPEN / CLOSED' instead of 'OPEN / CLOSE' Are they both ...
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Colloquial English word for: a “Remote control”

What is the most popular word used for calling: "Remote control" in British families? How do the people call it? How the children call it? Thanks!
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word or job title to describe someone who seeks/finds finanical opportunities

I'm looking for a word or job title that describes someone who watches for opportunities or someone who sifts through information to find opportunities to advance their financial position. If it's a ...
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Did I hear rightly – “Shiite Houthis are stated in to return the President to office.”

The answer would be very likely "No." I’ve been listening to AP Radio news, and heard the news of May 15 reporting the outcome of cease-fire negotiation between Saudi-led forces and Shiite Houthis as ...
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What is an appropriate term for being habitually put down by criticism?

When people you encounter tell you that No, you will never be successful. You suck at everything. You're a failure to society. etc. And you are terrified of the fact that they may be right, ...
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does “willing” imply “allowing”?

I know that just because I am allowing something, it doesn't necessarily mean that I am desiring that something. But does "desiring" automatically imply "allowing"? for instance, does it make sense ...
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Choosing a preposition: A train TO/FOR class

What is the correct preposition to use in this case? For example, in the sentence "I usually study in the park before taking the train for class", should we replace the for with to? Or are they both ...
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Is there a word for someone who is very friendly but only on a very shallow level?

It's not being a sycophant, because he doesn't want any favors from you. It's just all small talk. I would like to know the best word to describe this behavior or this person?
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Some years on/in

It seems both in and on could work for denoting after several years. However, is there any difference between them? Today, a further six years on, they have hardly changed at all. and But ...
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I just wanted to say: Thank you! [migrated]

I don't have a question at the moment. I had a question about whether "bear" was correct when used as a verb as in bear with me" I found the answer and much more on this site. I wanted to write a ...
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“unwilling” vs. “refuse”

Suppose Sam is a kind of person who always follows his own will when it comes to taking actions. In this case, are the two sentences below identical in meaning? Sam is refusing to make it ...
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“You belong to me” or “You belong with me” [on hold]

What's the difference between the titular expressions? if any, at all. Oxford and Cambridge dictionaries could not help!!
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Is this sentense correct [on hold]

Is this sentence : Water come from hills. correct or not? Whether we can use "come" here for water or not?
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Which is the appropriated term to refer to the paper with barcodes that you pay in your internet banking or physical bank?

I have an issue with an online purchase in the Steam platform. Now I need to open a ticket to get my issue solved, but I do not know which is the correct term to refer to the payment method that I ...
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“A meeting” vs “a meetup”

I've seen questions here and here and also tried googling but it's still kinda confusing to me. Is there any difference between the meanings of "a meeting" and "a meetup", and when can/can't I use one ...
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What is the difference between “use” and “utilize”? [duplicate]

What is the difference between "use" and "utilize"? Which one is more common? utilize : to use something in an effective way "The vitamins come in a form that is easily utilized by the ...
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What is the best word or expression that describes the Hindi word “Jootha”? [duplicate]

Jootha is a Hindi word which means that the food, which actually belongs to me has been tasted by someone else, without my permission. In India this is considered as a taboo and states that the food ...
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What is the term for replacing a name or brand with a funny pejorative / sardonicism?

What is the term for when one replaces a well-known name [(Proper) noun, company, brand, etc.] with one that tries to be funny yet pejoratively descriptive, different but similar enough that one's ...
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A word for dividing a list of documents

I have a ranked list (series) of documents. I want to divide it into some buckets. For example, if I represent a document with a number and have the list [2, 8, 3, 1, 4, 9, 5, 7] and I want to ...
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How should I convey my Best wishes [on hold]

My aunt is going to USA as her husband got a job there. So I want to convey my best wishes to her. But I am confused in sentence formation. So what should I say to her?
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A Sentence for Describing Some Rare and Theoretical Cases [on hold]

There is a method A for solving some problem. We have shown that A is wrong by a counter-example but want to show that its failure is not limited to very rare cases that can just happen in theoretical ...
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Name Suggestions [on hold]

One of my friend is opening a start up firm. He needs a name for the firm which would mean "Everything" "all-in-one" "One Stop solution". He needs a name which can mean the said above words. Please ...
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I'm looking for a word opposite to dying [on hold]

When something is dying it is not completely dead. Only half or almost there. I need a word that means gaining life, as in almost completely alive. Like the reverse of dying. When you die the flame of ...
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Bail out or back off or opt out [closed]

Assume a person who had the intention to do something, but decides to cancel his or her plan at the very last moment. Would I rather say that he bailed out, backed off or opted out? What are the ...
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Receipt or reception? [on hold]

Which of receipt and reception is correct in the sentence below? If our help-desk staff are unable to resolve the problem remotely, we will send a technician to your home within one working day of ...
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Is the word “etymology” correct when looking for the origins of a phrase? [duplicate]

I wasn't sure, so I looked it up, and it would seem it's specific to single words. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/etymology 1.) the derivation of a word. Synonyms: word origin, word ...
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Synonyms for 'right in the'

What are some synonyms for right in the/at the? e.g. Get milk right at your doorstep. Watch movies right in your tablet. Or, alternatively, what are some synonyms for "itself"? e.g. ...
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What is a person (not a company) who provides a service called?

I need the correct English word for someone who provides a service. The word "service provider" seems obvious but it is not correct. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, a service provider should ...
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The difference between 'credit' and 'accredit'?

Both verbs seem to mean the same thing -- to attribute 'X' to Mr. 'Y'. On looking it up, I found: credit - publicly acknowledge a contributor's role in the production of (something published or ...
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Is 'amenable' a derogatory description of a person?

I'm asking someone for a reference letter, and almost used the word amenable. Looked it up, and definitely hesitated when the definition was "easily persuaded or controlled". I would like to list you ...
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Human Rights:A Fair and Free World [closed]

In your point of view what is a fair and free world and how is your country or homeland lacking in this one of the many human rights we all have? Please explain answer and thank you for your help.
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If it was'nt / hadn't been for

Would I rather say He would have forgotten about the incident, if it wasn't for the huge backpack or He would have forgotten about the incident, if it hadn't been for the huge backpack or ...
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Why do we say kith & kin and not kin & kith?

Why do we often say Kith & Kin and not Kin & Kith? I was taught to believe that family comes first and the other later and I do still believe in what I was taught.
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Word that describes a society that glorifies war? [on hold]

For exmaple "Before societies, people often went to war without know the true horrors"
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How to wish a colleague going on maternity leave?

I would like to wish a colleague who is going on maternity leave. I have known about the pregnancy for a while now so saying "Congratulations on your pregnancy" doesn't sound right. All suggestions ...
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Is appeal correctly said in this sentence? [closed]

Is appeal correctly said in this sentence "I have appeal equipment experience"? What is a better word I can use? PS: I really went with "broad experience" Thanks duskn
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Is there a word to describe a person who's addicted to downloading stuff from Internet?

Well, that is exactly what I am :). I just can't stop myself from downloading stuff (usually electronic articles, say, PDFs). To be more precise, whenever I come across something that I think might ...
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Correct Wording: Esteem of/from your colleagues

In regards to being shown admiration from others, how should the following be worded? .. .esteem from your colleagues or ... esteem of your colleagues