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Designing / devising a concept (e.g. for a website)

I'm looking for a noun that describes the process of "Designing / devising a concept". For example for a website: Means writing a general concept for the designer and developers, sketching wireframes, ...
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1answer
46 views

To “wow” or not to “wow” [duplicate]

Had an argument with my wife regarding the propriety of using the expression "wow". It all started when I blurted out the word in astonishment when the preacher mentioned a negative observation. He ...
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1answer
56 views

Can you vs. Do you think you can

Is there a right or wrong way to ask someone to do something? The other day I said to my husband, "Do you think you can fax this paper for me?" He said that was insulting and I should say "Can you fax ...
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77 views

“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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24 views

Referral Campaigns or Your Referral Schemes

I have a referral program which comprises of 50% UK users and 50% US users. Taking into account location, what would be the most appropriate title to use... Your Referral Campaigns Or Your ...
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24 views

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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300 views

“WE ON” what does it mean? Is it bad English? [closed]

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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1answer
65 views

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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What could be a single word or phrase for the one who helps people to achieve their goals?

I was just wondering about this word to suggest it to my friend to use it for the NGO he is going to start soon.
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1answer
57 views

What is the difference between “X is needed” and “X is necessary”?

Do the following two sentences mean the same? A: If you improve the quality of your data, less data is needed to achieve an error rate of 30%. B: If you improve the quality of your data, less ...
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4answers
89 views

Something that can not be undone or undo [closed]

A word for something that can't be undone or undo ?
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2answers
83 views

“transcend” in a negative context

Can transcend be used to imply a negative condition? For example, "an unappointed ruling elite that transcends both of the member groups." The implication would be that the elite group is comprised of ...
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1answer
109 views

Can someone provide an explanation regarding the etymology of the adjective “hell-bent?”

It's etymology is given as: hell-bent, 1835, U.S., originally slang, from hell + bent How do the the words "hell + bent," when taken together, form the definition "determined to achieve ...
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1answer
474 views

What is the difference between “order” and “command”? [closed]

What is the difference between those two words order and command, and where to use each of them? Please give some examples. Thank you!
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2answers
256 views

“Quainted the auto supplier has hit share of potholes.” Did I hear right? What does it mean?

I’ve been practicing listening of English language news on FEN for years, and heard the latest (March 24) Wall Street Journal Barron’s magazine news as follows: “Visteon is maneuvering to be a key ...
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3answers
642 views

“This box of matches is empty”

There are several Japanese books teaching Japanese students how to write in English. I found this example in 『英作文参考書の誤りを正す』 (Correcting Errors in English Composition Manuals) by Michio Kawakami and ...
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2answers
663 views

What is the difference between “Employment” and “Job”?

I cannot understand the differences between the nouns (they both seem to mean "work"). For example: when we hire an employee, we have to define payroll and benefits for them. So which word better ...
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1answer
874 views

One word/phrase to describe the reaction when you eat a very spicy-hot food

I've read the discussion here about Difference between “spicy” and “hot”. I've also read this one: How to say that food is hot (temperature) without the listener thinking that I mean “spicy”?. But I ...
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122 views

Why is it “get” and not “gets”, in “watch her get hit”?

He likes to watch her get hit. vs. He likes to watch her gets hit. No matter how much I research, I still can't explain simply why get is correct and gets isn't. Here's what I think, ...
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1answer
92 views

Difference between chastise and lambaste?

Is there a difference between chastise and lambaste? When should one use chastise and when should one use lambaste?
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2answers
174 views

Meaning of “Write Off” in a particular context

This question is about a specific Seinfeld episode "The Package". For those that are familiar with the show, Kramer breaks-up Jerry stereo package and sends it back to him with a insurance. That way ...
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2answers
236 views

Is “heartfelt” reserved for sad moments, or can it be used for happy ones?

I'm writing an email about something nice (a newborn child), and was about to use the word "heartfelt". Just then, I noticed I may have heard the word almost exclusively in the context of a sad ...
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3answers
86 views

Which word is better, damage or defile?

I think I look like Brad Peter. – Oh, you are damaging my idol. (He is far from Brad’s look). I mean my friend’s words made me feel uncomfortable because my idol was compared to something much ...
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3answers
79 views

Jumps vs. Leaps

Does a curve in science or finance have sudden jumps or sudden leaps? We talk about a discontinuous curve. My position is that jumps is more appropriate but I might be wrong.
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2answers
220 views

Can “good” and “well” be used interchangeably?

I told someone I was doing good in my new community, and they thought I was talking about my well being. When I told them that I meant I was doing good in the community like in a helping out ...
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3answers
91 views

What's the meaning of 'deflating mots' in this sentence?

I'm graduating in translation and one of my 2nd semester's works is a movie review about Philomena. I am stuck, however, at this part: (He's an) expert purveyor of deflating mots on any subject, ...
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4answers
924 views

Why “fly” in “the Flying Dutchman”?

The question is how to justify the use of fly in “the Flying Dutchman”. It confused me for a long time. The right word could be wander, sail, roam, drift, but why fly? I looked it up the dictionary, ...
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1answer
76 views

Is “encrusted with dust” correct? [closed]

A big black vehicle rumbles through the streets of the slum. Its battered exterior is encrusted with dust. "Encrusted" means that water or oil has been combined with dust (or something) and then ...
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1answer
197 views

The ironic correlation of the words “Ineffable” and “Circumlocution”

Both the word "Ineffable" and "Circumlocution" are contradictory by definition. For context; first The very existence of the words shows defies its definition; so should one say "indescribable" as ...
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1answer
684 views

What is the difference, if any, between “divine providence” and “Providence” (with a capital p)?

ODO defines providence as: providence: [mass noun] 1 the protective care of God or of nature as a spiritual power: they found their trust in divine providence to be a source of comfort ...
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1answer
71 views

“Our editors compete to get your job”

I run a web service where customers submit an image with a description what needs to be edited, and editors compete with prices to get that editing job. I want to put the following sentence in an ...
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2answers
113 views

“Roll” vs. “roll up” [closed]

Are these two verbs the same? According to Longman, they are the same. Here are some made up sentences: I rolled this (up) into a ball. Let's roll (up) our sleeves. (I made up these ...
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319 views

What would be the best answer for ( happy birth day wish you all the best )? [closed]

What would be the best answer for ( happy birth day to you , wish you all the best )?
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2answers
2k views

“I love you for who you are” vs. “I love you as you are” vs. “I love you for what you are” [closed]

I love you for who you are. I came across the line from a BBC Radio’s drama, and wondered what’s the difference from saying “I love you as you are,” or “I love you for what you are.” Would you ...
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372 views

“justify” vs. “align” in the context of alignment

A function offers an option. The value of the option decides if elements in a column are aligned right, aligned left or centered. Is it OK to call this option justify or is only align correct?
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2answers
281 views

“chance” as a verb in context [closed]

In the following text, is "chance" a verb or a noun? Very few did better than chance in spotting which was which. Could I replace it with "guess"?
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2answers
133 views

US English — “primary grains being produced” vs. “major cereals being produced”

I am correcting a Spanish-to-English translation that states, The primary grains being produced in the world are maize, wheat, rice, barley, sorghum and oats. I would prefer to use cereals ...
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4answers
180 views

Is “amend XX” a commonly understood English term to express “add something to XX” or “modify XX”?

In our company, we've recently had a discussion about the usage of the verb amend in the context of a screen in our software user interface, where a button reads amend set (meaning add something to ...
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4answers
368 views

How should the word “brutal” be used in marketing?

I noticed that some companies use the word brutal for marketing their products. Examples: brutal performance – a data storage software markets itself with this, they mean that their software is ...
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1answer
118 views

“Reducing degeneracies of/from/in FKK transmitter”

As stated in the title, I'm trying to get correct preposition — of/from/in. The sentence corresponds to the title of my work that addresses degeneracies that occur in FKK transmitter. However, this ...
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5answers
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Is this an example of extrapolation?

I saw a joke on facebook today where professor cat states: There are two types of people in this world: Those who can extrapolate from incomplete data My brother thinks that this really isn't ...
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3answers
580 views

Using “in which year” in middle of sentence

Can I use in which year in the middle of a sentence? The industry has being growing at a record-breaking scale, excepting only 2008, in which year, financial crisis stroke most sectors of the ...
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3answers
139 views

the “meat” of one’s hand

Is it common to use the phrase “meat” of one’s hand in the meaning of trace of one’s hand or finger print? There was an interesting essay on eraser written by Marry Norris, titled “Erasehead” in ...
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1answer
180 views

When to use “ordain” over “order”?

In the book Dune Messiah, I read: "The Emperor has said I must die if I set foot on Dune," she said, making a last desperate effort. "You spoke of this yourself. You are condemning me if you take ...
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1answer
2k views

How to answer grammatically ambiguous tricky questions [closed]

Here are some examples : 1) The mangoes (will ripe/ripe/will ripen) over time said John. 2) The least considered in the latest Terrorist attacks (are/were/was) the innocent victims. My choice for ...
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1answer
400 views

Looking for a word or words meaning to change something so it's more widely used and more efficient to use [closed]

I'm writing a proposal regarding website development work and would like a meaningful name for the proposal. I currently have a system for developing websites that isn't the most efficient and costs a ...
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2answers
120 views

Can “take” be a synonym of “attempt”, “approach” or “undertaking”?

Is it meaningful to say "we are preparing the last take at this battle" or "the third take finally brought them a victory" "I will try one more take at this"?
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3answers
3k views

tailored to someone needs VS tailor-made

I wrote a text about our company's services and added that we also can offer products tailored to the needs of our clients. One of my colleagues insisted that the expression was wrong and I should say ...
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4answers
277 views

What does “raising the debt ceiling is not groovy” mean? Is the word “groovy" obsolete among the youth of America”?

In Japan, the word groovy has been used to mean "fashionable and trendy" as an imported English word, which I think, doesn’t go far from the definition, "fashionable, attractive and interesting" in ...
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6answers
544 views

“Group” vs. “community” usage

Question 1 When we have a certain number of people that share the same interest, do we refer to them as: interest group or community [sharing same interest]? What would be preferred and more ...