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is there a word for super general advice?

Is there a single word or short phrase that roughly means: "super general advice" Advice that is so general and obvious that it is not really useful. To give some background I am a new hire at a ...
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How is that correct: “speed is faster” or “prices are cheaper”

Read in a somewhat reliable source - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clearing_(finance): speed of trades is much faster... Also heard once or twice: prices in this store are cheaper Does it sound ...
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“to vest” vs. “to invest (as a metaphor)”

With "to invest" used as a metaphor, the following sentence seems ok: "Devolving decision making to the lowest level in corporations enables the individual to feel more invested in the overall ...
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Good word for “framer” (not in the constitution sense)

Is there a good word for a person who frames another person (for a crime, etc.)? Looking for something in the vein of "snitch" Thanks!
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Looking for a good title for specific job

A friend of mine is trying to sell his products, but he has no shop for selling them. In this case he want to hire someone for advertising his products by going to shops and stores and convince them ...
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Nonetheless or nevertheless? [duplicate]

I have looked up the difference but I cannot decide which word to use. I am talking about my high school experience. "There was always something to be done, from [this] to [that]. ...
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Which verb describes the movement of a flag or clothes on clothes line?

Which verb describes the movement of a flag or clothes on clothes line? The wind moves a flag or clothes,but what is the proper word for this movement?
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Is there a difference between “note-taking” & “notation”?

Is there a difference between "note-taking" & "notation" when referring to the process of writing notes? I've read the dictionary definitions and I'm still not clear on it.
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A sports team that has a consistent record of beating another one

I am looking for a word or a concise expression for a sports team A that over a period of time has a consistent record of beating a rival sports team B. It is not necessary that A are better than B. ...
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And/Or and Except/Only

I have the following sentence: Who am I? Picture James Bond, except without the British Accent. Or the six-pack. My question is about two words: except versus only; also, or versus and. Seems ...
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usage of (s) with some words in sentences [on hold]

I mostly come across various well composed articles that uses a style. For example: I have written several article(s) ...... Now, what does (s) emphasize?
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Does one “Write” with a Computer?

We usually say that we 'write a column in newspaper' but if it's related to computer and all what do we use then? Do we say 'creating a column' instead? For example if we have to fill in a blank like ...
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What's the word for “ninja'd” in publishing things

I am looking for the word for a situation like this: Someone is planning to make a big instruction video for how to fold fitted sheets, but just before he's finished his big project, someone else ...
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Looking for a word similar to metaphor or symbol or allegory

A person is traveling dangerously fast on a rainy night with low visibility - traveling with reckless abandon in an already dangerous situation. What is the word that describes the literary sense in ...
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What's the difference between “afraid of + verb” and “afraid to + verb”?

What's the difference between "afraid of + verb" and "afraid to + verb"? Isn't "afraid of" used more for generalisations and "afraid to" for a particular situation? For example: She's afraid of ...
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Happens or Happen [on hold]

We have a sign on our wall which at first glance I thought nothing about until someone mentioned that it was gramatically bad, it says "All the exciting things we do with digital data happens in ...
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“Indispensible for” vs, “indispensible to”

What is the difference between "indispensible to" and "indispensible for"? Likewise, between "it is important to me" and "it is important for me", which one is correct?
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A word for people who are not guests

In our application users can register permanently or do a guest check-out. The users that are using guest checkout are guests. Is there a word for people who are not guests?
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What's the difference between “stay the night,” “sleep over” and “stay for the night”?

What's the difference between "stay the night," "stay for the night" and "sleep over"? There's also "stay over".
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What is the popular name for a packet of pre-washed salad leaves?

These come in various types and are pre-washed in packets; crisp iceberg lettuce leaves (which I prefer), rocket, plain leaves which look like things cows would chew, plus more exciting mixtures ...
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'fraud' can refer to a person, what word can we use for a thing?

We can say: "that man is a fraud", what word can I use in "the theory of relativity is a...fraud"? I am looking for a word that carries the same severe negative connotation
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Why is “For Sell” replacing “For Sale” in common usage?

I absolutely cringe when I read advertisements offering items "For Sell" rather than "For Sale." I do not claim to have a good command of grammar, spelling, or appropriate American English usage. I ...
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Usage clarification of nouns format and formatting

How do the following two sentences differ in meaning? Ensure the formatting of the text Ensure the format of the text
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What's a better way to say, “I'm a TV whore”?

A friend uses this ____-whore construction all the time. I challenged her to find a better way to say it. I suggested addict, enthusiast, devotee, and several other words. She said none of these ...
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Is there a word for “not cremated”?

I am trying to come up with a term to represent human remains that have not been cremated; they will be buried in a casket. I tried casketed, but that's not actually word although it sounds good. ...
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“Carcass” of a Document?

Can a document, which is not finished, but has its structural skeleton in place, be called a carcass? As in, I already have some sort of a carcass of the document you requested. Dictionary ...
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What nouns to describe Doug Fearon? [on hold]

I apologise for this curious question, but as a career project , I'm trying to research about and be inspired by frank, honest, humble, loyal, sincere, unaffected individuals, like Mr. Doug Fearon, a ...
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What would be a word to mean all authorized users?

We manufacture an identification system. A frequent question we get is "How do we use this at our back gates which are for residents only?" Or "....which are for employees only." In conversation on ...
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Is “broad variety” in common usage? Better adjective?

A colleague used "broad variety" which sounds odd to me. I would go for "wide range", but is there a commonly used adjective with "variety" that can be substituted?
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What is the difference between “deterrent” and “adversity”?

This question has baffled me for a long time, as I think they both mean "something that put somebody off doing something". Then I came across a sentence "Numerous adversities have prevented us ...
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Word for a decaying and renewing system, like a coral reef

Jungles and coral reefs are built in a piecemeal way: parts of them are always decaying, being patchily replaced by the fresh new bits springing up. The whole ecology acts as a single discordant ...
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Searching for a word that means… “even better than”

I'm searching for a word that means... "even better than" I want to use it in this sort of context... "It's a sitting duck." "A sitting swan -word here-" "I'd like to buy some flour." ...
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Formal/informal word for “something which is hard to deal with”?

Is there any formal/informal word which possibly reflects the meaning of "something which is hard to deal with"?
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Is the phrase “Frustrated of feeling mute, ..” correct?

I know that frustrated is usually paired with 'by'; however, in this case is does not sound right. Is the given phrase correct? If not, what would be an appropriate way to phrase it. My sentence is ...
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Grammar help with a simple line [on hold]

How do I say this? It doesn't look right. If you have met my family you would understand.
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A word for someone who doesn't put up a fight in a bad situation

Any help would be appreciated. I'm trying to describe how the people in William Blakes' world don't do too much to break free from the control of the church and state
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Word choice for hierarchical groups of data: data point → data set →?

A data point is a single unit of information. A data set is a collection of data points (also known as a data series). Is there a word for a collection of data sets? I don't simply want to use ...
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How to ask somebody for explanation politely

Which form is more polite and more acceptable for correspondence: For example I am do not understand something and want to get more information about it. Could you please explain... or Could you ...
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When one have a Master's Degree, he's educated to … level?

For example, if someone has a Bachelor's Degree, we can say that he's educated to degree level. So, when the same guy obtains a Master's Degree, how would you say that same sentence? He's educated to ...
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Word suggestion for removing something specific or to hide evidence

I'm programing an interface for log files which admins can "delete" the entire file, "clean" the file (remove dupes), and another function where the admin can delete specific words out of the file. ...
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Can I say “pretty readable”? [on hold]

I'd like to use the word "readable" with another one, can it be "pretty"? If not, what other adjectives can be used with "readable"? Thanks guys!
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A word meaning more than like, but less than love

I'm sure there must be a word that fits the bill like a lot fond, doesn't really cut. Any suggestions welcome
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Is there a word to describe the combination of a table and a chart together?

Is there a single, succinct term in English that would describe the grouping of a chart/graph and a data table displayed together in one place?
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What is the negative form of 'host-specific'?

What is the negative form of 'host-specific'for the following context: Five additional host genera for C. beticola (Apium, Chrysanthemum, Limonium, Malva, Spinacia). They are not host specific.
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with your likes or Throw your likes? [closed]

i want to use this sentences on my web site but i don't know how i can user better words. and my second question is witch one is correct " earn money with your likes" or " earn money Throw your ...
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Is there a word that strictly means “mutual understanding?”

In an essay I've written, I come to realize something. Someone else understands that I've just realized this something. The engendered sense of achievement and understanding . . . In this ...
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Is there a noun or adjective for someone who makes trite remarks as if they were new and original?

Usually at the end of a speech, as if such remarks were fresh, and special for the occasion, e.g. I've said it before and I'll say it again: hasty climbers have sudden falls I'm against all ...
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Are you an amateur(ish) fellow?

A dull, static power-point presentation projected its amateur/amateurish slides that could descend a brisk subject into an impenetrable bulk of banality. Both sound correct to me with a bias on the ...
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'There is currently no news…' vs 'There are currently no news…' [duplicate]

I am personally leaning towards there are since there is more than one news item expected, but I need the reassurance from an expert in the matter. The exact quote would be: There is currently no ...
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What is the difference between 'outstrip' and 'outrun'? [closed]

I can't see any difference between 'outstrip' and 'outrun'. I think they have the same meaning but in the gap-filling question "The economy did very well for a number of years until public ...