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A word for an explosion of emotion

When I was reading P.S Your Cat is Dead by James Kirkwood, I remember stumbling upon a single word that meant an explosion of positive emotion, but I can't recall what that word was. The word had a ...
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word choice: someone who sticks with their group

I'm trying to find a word to fit in this context: you are a sitting _____ I want the word to show they are a follower in a teenage girl group. Like one with a head girl and the person I'm describing ...
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Appropriate word for internet name of a person

What is the appropriate word or phrase which means the internet name of a person. I mean the nickname that a person uses in almost all places on the internet like blog, IRC, forums, mailing lists etc. ...
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“Much as” vs “Much like”

"Much as they had done with her..." "Much like they had done with her..." I was told that the use of "much like" in the second sentence is grammatically wrong. Any explanation is greatly ...
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Can i say “Advanced Default Interface”/“Advanced Classic Interface”? [on hold]

For people with native English, could you please help me. Can I say "Advanced Default/Classic Interface" in English, and if it's correct or acceptable? I'm building modifications to existing software ...
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“Problematic” versus “problem”

A reviewer of my thesis told me that I am wrongly using the word problematic. He suggested that I use problem instead. I have since read the definition of both words and neither correspond to the ...
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How to reply when someone says 'you deserve this'

I always wonder if it is okay to reply with just a 'Thanks' when someone says 'you deserve this' or 'you have done a great job'. Can someone please advise me about whether saying 'Thanks' and leaving ...
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A word that describes different forms of the same word?

Is there a word that describes the many different forms of a root word (and I don't mean tense). In this example specifically the root word would be compare...and the form of it is comparatively. But ...
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Common word for two people who want to meet but are not acquaintances

I'm looking for a word to describe two people (instructor and student), who are trying to find time to met each other. Preferably one or two word expression.
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This is right. Or that is right?

Opinions sought. I vaguely remember that the expression "This is right" (meaning "I agree with what you just said") appeared in the 1970s. And I remember it because, if I remember correctly, it ...
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What is it called when you lose a tooth but still have most remaining ones?

I know the word toothless means, according to Google: having no teeth, typically through old age. I'm wondering if a kid or an adult loses one or two teeth is also called toothless. As I ...
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“Feel free to hit me up” — “at”? “on”? “via”?

If I'd like to let someone know they can reach me via this@emailadress.com, as well as via Twitter and Facebook, what's the most correct way of writing? Feel free to hit me up via ...
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An adjective that would subtly imply that the criticism is not a personal grudge

I have expressed disapproval of sb/sth and my professor has escalated the issue to the management stating behavioral issues. I am writing a letter explaining what went wrong. I want to state that ...
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Term for puns in graphics - “Can”cer be beaten

Is there a name for this construction or wordplay? It can be both: Cancer be beaten Cancer can be beaten ("Can" in "Cancer" is emphasized for the purpose) It can be called a wordplay or a pun ...
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Is there any difference between 'artfully' and 'artistically'? [on hold]

Is there any difference between 'artfully' and 'artistically'? e.g., are there any subtle differences between an 'artfully plated' dish and an 'artistically plated' one?
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It's a pity / shame / unfortunate

Dear native speakers of British / American English, I often find myself in the situation when I have to say one of these but then get confused about the choice of word. Is there any difference ...
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What's the question that brings the answer “seventh day of the year”? [duplicate]

I'm not a native speaker so I was wondering what's the question one might ask that brings the answer e.g. "32nd day of the year" ?
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needless/redundant cinema?

If a director produces awful films, which he would better spare the world--can one call it "needless cinema"? or maybe "redundant cinema"? Or (if both sound bad), which word would be more suitable to ...
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Can a “program” “engage in research”?

This is regarding a sentence describing a graduate program at a university. I am pretty sure this is incorrect, but I would like to know why: This program engages in research and educates on ...
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Difference between 'to seem' and 'to appear'

Is there a difference between the sentences "The general case seems to be open." and "The general case appears to be open." ? Or are they interchangeable?
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Objects which are badly described by their names [on hold]

I am looking for objects which have descriptions opposite or contradictory to their names. For example a black box flight recorder is orange. A marine toilet is a called a head. I am giving a humorous ...
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everything was up to my expectation [on hold]

I received the phone and that I liked it and everything was up to my expectation.
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Word for: “dislike of people that has same gender as speaker”

Is there a word for "disliking people of same gender"? I.e. man that dislikes men in general (but not women), or woman that dislikes women in general (but not men)? There's "misanthropy", but it ...
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What's the difference between “scribbled” and “scribbled down”?

Example: Scott scribbled a few words. Scott scribbled down a few words. What's the difference? I checked on Google Books and it seems like "scribbled a few words" is often immediately ...
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A word that means an undeniable statement, stated emphatically

I'm looking for a word that means an emphatic, definitely correct, powerful assertion, kind of like "undeniable" except that doesn't capture the action aspect of making a statement. (A thesaurus ...
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Is “in assistance with” correct?

I have drafted a letter containing the statement: In assistance with the team, the company registered sales amounting to $x in 2014-15 Is "In assistance with the team" a correct use of ...
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melancholically or melancholic

In the example below, should I use melancholically or melancholic? Are either fine to use? "the music begins playing melancholically/melancholic over the dancefloor." Thanks for any input, much ...
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is this expression “think big and take risk rather than think small and take safe” ok?

I want to express this sentence Should young people think big and take risk rather than think small and take safe? So, think big >< think small & take risk >< take safe So, is the ...
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“Deliver using/with/by the certificate”

In the fragment "to complete and deliver construction works to the customer using the Certificate of Work Completion", how can I change the word using (in the sense of "by what means")? Should I ...
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‘Went for a run’ vs. ‘went on a run’

I would like to know what's the difference between: I went for a run today I went on a run today. And when it's correct to apply each of those. Thanks a ton. Pablo.
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This contract clause […] that I have this-and-that right

This contract clause [...] that I have this-and-that right. which of the following can I use instead of the [...]? "says"? "stipulates"? "dictates"? "mandates"? something else?
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Better word for 'believe' or 'think'

It's common to write something like "We believe that XYZ corp will continue to see an increase in sales in the next quarter." But the word "believe" seems like a somewhat flimsy way of persuading ...
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Gravity pull vs. gravitational pull

I've been reading "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen R. Covey and I feel like he's misusing the word gravity in a couple of sentences. "Habits too, have tremendous gravity ...
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Difference of “I am just an ABC” vs “I am but a XYZ”

As far as I (non-native speaker) can tell, these two sentences have the same meaning: I'm just a humble merchant I'm but a humble merchant However I wonder if there is some subtle ...
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Acronyms in formal writing [on hold]

I'm writing a formal essay, in which I use the acronym "US" a lot. Is this acceptable or should I write "United States" instead?
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Can “predeceased” be used before any event?

When a person dies, it is common to say the person was predeceased by other people such as his parents, his brother, and others. However, I am wondering if these statements are correct: His ...
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Why do native speakers often use delexical structures? [on hold]

I am aware that native speakers use "I made a decision" more often than " I decided." and "I took a walk." more often than "I walked." Why do native speakers use such structures?
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“a person” vs “the person”

"In this section, you can read what other Service Providers have to say about a client who has booked you." OR "In this section, you can read what other Service Providers have to say about the ...
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“in” vs. “on” a YouTube channel?

Which one is the correct term, or can I use both? I want to use it in a sentence like: "Please stay on/in the channel"
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Finding Alternative Adjectives for “Very ___”

Is there a good resource for finding alternatives to using an adjective phrase intensified by the word "very", besides a thesaurus? (E.g., "very afraid" -> "terrified".) Thesauri provide wider-than ...
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“I feel stressed” or “I feel stressful”? Which one is correct? [on hold]

I say "I feel stressful" but my native English American teacher say that I should say "I feel stressed" Both "stressful" & "stressed" are adjective. So, "I feel stressed" or "I feel stressful"? ...
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Diction related to these words? [on hold]

What group of words are related to these concepts: Xenophobia Zeitgeist Parochial Antipathy In the context of describing someone against cultural integration, against new worlds..etc
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What's a negative word for “subtle”?

I'm trying to describe software bugs that are hard to track down due to the mistake (introduced by the developer) being a very subtle one. "when these errors manifest they do so in a ...
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Word to express a building's potential to be guarded against a forced exit

I am looking for a word that expresses the idea of a prison being difficult to escape because of its physical construction, in a similar way that 'fortified' means a structure is difficult to attack ...
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Have I used the word “manifests” correctly?

Have I used the word "manifests" in this sentence correctly? The American Dream manifests the opportunity for success regardless of social class or background; however, Alex Gibney’s Park Avenue ...
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gynecological or gynecologic?

I often write medical copy and have always used 'gynecologic' as the descriptor, as in 'gynecologic oncologist' or 'gynecologic disorders.' However, I am editing something where the writer uses ...
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“Further established in” vs. “further established by”

Are both these usages correct, and if so, is one preferred? ... and was further established in follow-up studies (e.g., Doe et al., 2013). ... and was further established by follow-up studies ...
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What to call a person who always says he can do everything? [duplicate]

What to call a person who always says (as an example): I'm the strongest one. Says that he can do and do and whatever (But actually just boasting, whether he can or can't, but mostly ineffective)...
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Choosing Start or Begin [closed]

Heart Beats Begin and Heart Beats Start Which sentence is purely correct..? Explain.?
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“She hopes to earn her living as a ___ in an office” [migrated]

I am rattled today when I tried to answer the following question: "Now that she is fully trained, she hopes to earn her living as a ................. in an office." Select one: A. ...