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Looking for a word with a more positive connotation that “infectious”

I recently was attempting to describe someone's smile in that it is very 'infectious', or it spreads very quickly and is contagious. However, as hard as I could try, I could only come up with words ...
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she said vexing OR she vexed [on hold]

Can I use "vexed" in the example: "You're impossible!" she vexed. or would I have to write: "You're impossible!" she said vexing. Any thoughts much appreciated, thanks and have a lovely day :)
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He rares himself up?

Raring definition: very enthusiastic and eager to do something. I want to use 'Rares' E.g. He rares himself up, ready to tell her. I'm wanting to use it as the above example, meaning he gears ...
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What's a word or phrase that means “get together with people informally to play music”?

What’s a word, phrase, or expression that means to get together with people informally to play music? Something that doesn’t imply any particular style — could be Jazz, Rock, Classical, Rap, etc.
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Do surnames have to English language in England [on hold]

I've asked another question, because they wouldn't let me comment on my old question, but Italian? Amazing! As to whether not having an English-language name would make me English or not, I looked up ...
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Can one exonerate oneself?

You can exonerate, and be exonerated - but the word seems to be used in reference to an other. Is it proper to use the word when applying to the self? So, can one literally exonerate oneself? Of ...
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What words would complete this thought on religion?

...by the color of his skin or the _____ of his _____. What words would go in the blanks to mean his religion, while still using of his in the phrase to maintain the flow? God of his faith or ...
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Seeking a noun for “a condescending, didactic, long-winded speech or soliloquy”

Looking for a noun Intended meaning: “a condescending, didactic, long-winded speech or soliloquy for the purpose of one’s own self-aggrandizement” Prefer it not to end in (-tion) Below are my ...
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Word for 'optimal given limitations'

I want a word or two that essentially say: 'The best we can do given limitations', I am thinking something along the lines of 'optimal solution under constraints', but this is also long. Any ideas? ...
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how do size describing words relate to each other? [on hold]

English has quite the amount of words that indicate how big something is: big, large, huge, giant, great, gigantic, gargantuan, titanic, monstruous,... I might be forgetting a few. The question I ...
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Correct use of “immaculate” in a compliment [on hold]

I saw a lady today who just dazzled me, she was so beautiful and pure. She was so divine and flawless. So if I say her beauty was immaculate Will it be appropriate or appreciated for this ...
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Usage of word for smooth communication [on hold]

Should I use difficult words in speaking or writing.? Or should I use commonly used words?
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“Watch movie [x]” vs “see movie [x]” [migrated]

Is this sentence is correct "I am confused to see movie x or y". Should I use watch here or is see correct?
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Interrogative implicit within a sentence

What is the grammatical term for sentences like: "DO you know where he lives?" "I cant imagine how he did it." In the above sentences, we use what is essentially an interrogative sentence ...
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Question about “between” vs. “among” - generic group or distinct members?

I have read Grammar Girl's excellent post on the difference between "between" and "among", but I've run into a scenario that has confused me. I used the sentence "Compare heights between these ...
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Another expression for “drinking behavior,” or “drinking habits” in this sentence.

"In other words, a member's drinking behavior is influenced by observing his peers drinking behavior. " To avoid repetition of (drinking) in this sentence, i need one word for ...
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Does “do you not?” mean the same as “do not you?” [on hold]

The phrase is "Don't you know better?" When translating it to different languages, the word "don't" is obviously not an option... and apparently neither is phrasing it as "do you not know better?" My ...
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One word for “Unseen but felt” or maybe a better expression to denote the exact meaning?

Romantic relationships and sexual activeness are also sensitive areas where competition among men is unseen but felt.
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The preposition of categorize - in/into/in to"

The definition of "categorize" in merriam-webster: :to put into a category After the definition let's take a look at some examples (in merriam-webster): This software lets you categorize ...
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Is my name English? [on hold]

I have a question regarding my name and English language. My family's last name is Maiorana and were from Yorkshire (or so I thought). The other day my new girlfriend asked where my name was from and ...
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Word for something that is not an emulator, and is not a simulator

If we take that: Simulation = For analysis and study | The end result is the same Emulation = For usage as a substitute | The ways and the end result is the same Is there a word for ...
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Someone or something small yet capable of having big influence? [duplicate]

What is a word or phrase that means a person or thing which is quite small yet capable of having big influence and impact on society?
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Missing word in VOA news:US Government Panel Says Consider Environment in Diet [on hold]

I don't know whether it's suitable to ask this kind of question here. I just got some listening issues. I can't identify the word missing in the sentence No.1 in this metioned VOA and want to make ...
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Word for the situation of being unable to pass opposing pedestrian, as you both start to step same direction

Is there a word or expression in English, which describes the situation, when you can't pass a stranger, who is walking towards you on the street, because you both start to step the same direction? ...
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A word for one who goes against conventional wisdom because it makes sense to do so?

I'm looking for a word for someone who goes against conventional wisdom because they have sufficient evidence that it makes sense to do so. The only words I can think of, like contrarian, or hipster, ...
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How to describe heavy rain falling on a lake and making ephemeral “pockmarks”

I am looking for a word which describes the pockmarks that heavy rainfall makes when it is falling on a lake. Rain at Lake Constance by Rona-Keller / deviantart.com
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I like to be like my father in the future. What would he be called?

Not something like inspiration / motivation There is a word for this, right? Thanks a lot for helping.. ^^
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A single word for terraced plaza?

Is there an English word for a plaza or forum in a park that is semicircular in shape, with rising decks on a slope similiar to how terraced farming is conducted?
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Synonyms for practice [on hold]

I was writing an essay about fairness or appropriateness of taking older family members to retirement homes. Throughout the essay I had to refer to "taking family member to retirement homes" as "this ...
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Single word for an idiom giving advice

I'm trying to find a word referring to an idiom that gives advice (e.g. "Fake it till you make it"). "Nugget of wisdom" is kind of what I'm looking for, but I want a single word, not another idiom. ...
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Word for: older than legacy

In computer programming "legacy" usually means some older version of something, that is still there for compatibility reasons. Is there any other technical word to describe something even older and ...
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Is there as more positive sounding word to use in place of 'viral' or 'contagious', in regard to an idea or campaign?

Is there a there more positive sounding word to use in place of 'viral' or 'contagious', in regard to an idea or campaign? The campaign relates to women's safety issues and sexual harassment. We ...
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What's the word for the facial expression over an unexpected disappointment?

If your friend says something sarcastic to you unexpectedly when you are talking about something that makes you exited or your innermost feelings and makes you feel stupid. What's the most widely ...
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Word for a modified version of a quote

Allow me to explain: There is a famous quote from the movie shining "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" I can also paraphrase it: Jack was dull because he didn't play enough. My ...
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“SIX MONTHS AFTER: How far so good?” This is my Feature Article Caption, is it appropriate? [on hold]

Six months ago a new management team were sent to oversee the activities of a government agency where I work. I want to write an article for publication in the agency's newsletter appraising their ...
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Non-religious word for “blessed”

I want to say on social media that I am blessed to have my daughter, but I am not religious and find it awkward when people respond saying that they are sending prayers my way. I appreciate the ...
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Shorter way of saying “…had been the same as the ones now”?

Example: I had a dream. In it, my surroundings had been the same as the ones now. Is there a shorter/simple way to write the bolded part?
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is there a word or phrase that works in the place where “respectively” is often used incorrectly [closed]

I often see respectively used incorrectly in this way: The manager is assisted by two deputy managers, for files and for human resources, respectively. Apart from rephrasing completely -- The ...
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can the adjective “sexist” be replaced by “chauvinistic” in this context?

"the nature of these rituals generates a sexist mentality among the new members" can "chauvinistic" denote the same meaning as "sexist" in this phrase?
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Is there a word or phrase for helping someone when you are better equipped than them?

Is there a word or phrase for doing a favour or helping someone because you are in a better position than they are to get it done? For example, it would take me a lot longer to herd some cattle than ...
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Is it rude to call a Lord, sir?

Just a random thought I had... if you were speaking to, e.g. Lord Sugar, and he asked you something, to which you responded: Yes sir Would that be impolite? Usually it would be polite to call ...
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Unfollowed or non followed?

What is the opposite of a followed link? Is it an unfollowed link (Google says spelling error) or non followed link (sounds clumsy - possibly needs a hyphen)?
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‘Influence’ vs. ‘effect’ [closed]

Johnson has a lot of influence on film producers. He is intellectual. Should I replace influence with effects?
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Is there a word meaning “easy to misidentify”?

It seems like there is a word for this, and the sense is not exactly "hard to identify" but specifically "easy to misidentify". If no such word exists, a word for "hard to identify" could suffice.
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Is there a word or phrase for knowing what to say but not how to say it?

As kind of a real-life example, I'm struggling to write a description of the Crusades from the point of view of a Catholic pope. I know that through the Crusades, the Christians basically "rescued" ...
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“You look like your brother” or “Your brother looks like you”? [closed]

My friends are always saying stuff like, "You look like your brother ," or "Your brother looks like you." My brother is 4 years younger than me and I really can't see the resemblance; but it got me ...
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The word for serial maternalists?

Consider the case where a woman goes from giving birth straight into pregnancy again and repeats the cycle. Say five children in 46 months. "She's a serial maternalist"? This doesn't sound right. ...
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Use of the word MUDITA as business name [closed]

Can the use of the word MUDITA as business name create sensitivity/ misunderstanding amongst certain religious/cultural groups?
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Is there one word for a technique that improves your concentration?

This is the sentence: It [Tratak] has a cleansing effect on the eyes, is concentrating and energizing. I want to correct "concentrating" and replace it with one word which means "increasing ...
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Difference between defray, sponsor, and fund?

What is the difference between defray, sponsor, and fund (all verbs)? For me, they are interchangeable: Oxford Dictionary: Defray: Provide money to pay (a cost or expense) The proceeds ...