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Does “wobble” sound negative?

I'm launching a project which I want to make big as possible. I want to find a name, but I'm not looking for any real meanings. This project is a web tool (Javascript prototype & API) so I want to ...
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Is there a name or term for these types of statements that avoid over-generalizations?

In the news, whenever a reporter or commentator talks about police violence, specifically towards minorities, and they imply racist motives behind police brutality, they also tend to add something ...
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I have good vision/sight/eyesight

In my language, Russian, there is only one variant to express the "abilty to see" in its common physiological sence. If I have a good ability (I am born with) I say: У меня хорошее зрение So ...
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complex words indication

Splicing factors have oncogenic properties. However, their expression patterns and practical priority in gastric cancer and the difference of them between gastric cancer and colorectal cancers are ...
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What is the difference between amid and amidst?

I googled it and got the following answer: Amid and amidst are two words meaning the same thing. The meaning of these words is in connection with position of the object, person or situation – in the ...
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English, Okay or fine

Which is best to answer when asked how are you feeling when not doing well and do not want to discuss your troubles?
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working on our company website

I would like to sound more professional: "We are based in Niles, Il and started out as a one man band"...today we have grown as a family owned business. we are a small trucking company. My husband ...
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“Just” or “Even” with Dare?

There's well-known expression: Don't you dare... Is there a way to somehow make it stronger, to show more of your emotions when you "asking" person not to dare etc.? I've heard 2 cases, but don't ...
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pro-active/initiative-taking as an adjective

How can we describe someone who always takes the initiative? He is very _. The only word I can come up with is pro-active but it sounds/feels a little awkward to me. Edit: Dictionary[dot]com has a ...
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Specific name for double PhD

Person with single PhD is granted with title "Doctor". Is there any specific word for double doctorate?
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Had Suddenly vs Gradually?

The honeybees had ___ vanished from their hives. a) Suddenly b) Gradually This is a question I'm having a trouble solving. Which one is the correct answer to that blank? I think both of them ...
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Plural of “Index” - “Indexes” or “indices”?

A table can have one index, or, it can have two or more [...]? Is it indexes or indices? I'm just asking since I've noticed they're both used quite often. Even Wikipedia seems to support both ...
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Would an “affector” be appropriate for an event driver?

I'm trying to come up with a better word to describe a "driver" or "conditional"; basically, the name of an object or event which is a trigger for something else. Would it be appropriate to say that ...
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Is this correct use of thereby? [on hold]

I just want to ask: do we always have to use verb+ing after "thereby"? And if the following sentence is correct: Furthermore, it is efficient to compute,thereby suitable for real-time vision ...
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1answer
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How can one best clarify the different senses of “compare”?

I have long felt that the taboo on comparing anyone to Hitler and many similar inhibitions were based on a confusion between “compare” in the senses of “liken to” and in the sense of “compare and ...
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What are the characters called in a book

In English, we have words for the characters in something/the people acting something. An example would be "The cast of the film was very talented." Would it be right to say "The cast of the book ...
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Embargo ___(prep.) [on hold]

Do we say FDR embargo to Japan. Or FDR embargo on Japan. What's the proper preposition here?
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Word to describe someone who goes to all the events in town! [on hold]

I'm looking for a short word that could describe people who are always going to every event in town. It doesn't need to be an existing word, feel free to create one of your own. It can also be made of ...
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2answers
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Mutual or each other

Some of my pupils have used "mutual" instead of "each other" in our latest paper repeatedly. Again and again I read "They mutual write a text message" (I suppose at least an adverb would be needed ...
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Asleep is to awake; as sleep is to _____?

Is there no word that fills this precise role? I can say someone gets 10 hours of sleep. But can I say someone gets 10 hours of wake? That doesn't sound right to me but maybe it is. Does anyone know ...
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Shorter way to say “conversational partner”

I'm looking for a proper English word to say "conversational partner". Is "interlocutor" a word an average person would understand? Are there any other words or shorter expressions which could ...
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6answers
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Is it best to avoid e.g.?

In technical writing, I often find there's a choice between using "e.g." and "etc.". Lets look at an example: You could use an ORM, e.g. SQLAlchemy, Storm. You could use an ORM: SQLAlchemy, Storm, ...
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“hugest” grammatically correct?

I saw an article on yahoo yesterday and thought I'd ask, is "hugest" a real word? I assume whoever wrote the article understands what they are trying to say, but it just seems wrong and foreign to my ...
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How to politely ask someone “I need your help” [on hold]

I need to ask a school administrator a few questions. What is the polite way to start my email "I need your help"? Thanks for your help.
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Adjective that expresses the scale/range of a noun

Imagine that each country has a central library and that there is a system that will connect all of them with each other. How can I say that "this is a system that connects (the libraries that ...
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2answers
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Does “intimate” = “imply + infer”? Or just “hint at”?

I'm not clear on how intimate (in verb form) is perceived. Until I looked it up, I never would have believed (never seen) it used with inanimate objects as subject...I thought to intimate something ...
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4answers
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Differentiating between “written” and “writing” [on hold]

For some reason it is written and writing. It's confusing to me. How can I remember to write them differently?
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Word for stealing an item then returning it without the owner's knowledge?

Does there exists a specific word to describe the action of stealing an item, keeping it for few days then returning it from where it was taken? An example: A friend of mine "lost" his personal diary ...
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Is it possible to use “Achieve” in negative sentences

I've noticed in IELTS reading that there was a sentence as below: disappointing results were achieved by the Australian Academy. I looked this verb up in Longman dictionary, It's been said that: ...
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Word for one-sided conflict?

Can conflict be one sided? just looking for a word to describe a conflict within characters where the other character is oblivious.
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2answers
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Explaining something using second person point of view

I am going to take the IELTS exam and if an examiner asks me: "- Why exercise is important?" Is it correct to answer: "- It is important because it's good for your health" or should i say: "- It ...
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Word for “considered but not used”?

What is a good word that captures the concept of being considered, but not used? For example: "The scientists considered the implications of Charlie's proposed solution, but in the end tossed it in ...
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Usage of “won't” instead of “didn't” in particular way of communication

I'm a bit confused about the usage of the word "won't" in a specific situation. For example, I am communicating with a person and I want to tell the person that How much ever I tried, the image ...
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“Pardon” vs “Please can you repeat that”?

In a client/business conference call , when you do not hear, what the speaker was saying or the message was unclear due to noise disturbance, what is the professional way to say it:- Pardon Could ...
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Any difference between pleasure to us to… vs. pleasure of ours to…?

I am writing a super-formal letter (it is a semi-legal text) and I am unsure if there is any sensible difference between writing "It is a great pleasure to us to..." (26,200,000 hits on Google) ...
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What is a person being shown something called?

Let's say I am demonstrating to a person "how to flip a chair" by flipping a chair for him. What is the person who is being demonstrated to called?
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0answers
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x-stor(e)y or x-floor or x-level house/building?

Which is the correct for British English? I need the correct for both a separate house and an apartment building, if this makes difference. I can't find any concrete answer online.
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What is the “superlative” way of expressing “thank you”

On rare occasions, you are in a situation where a simple Thank You seems like you're undermining the other person's help. You know, instances where you are too grateful to express your feelings of ...
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“Reassign to” or “reassign in”

I'm not a native English speaker and I'm always confused with the usage of prepositions. Vehicle’s ownership is reassigned to the name of the loan officer Vehicle’s ownership is reassigned ...
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Why is it “ladies and gentlemen” instead of “gentlemen and ladies”? [duplicate]

Is there a specific reason for this? After all, it is "boys and girls", rather than "girls and boys". If the boy (male) comes first here, why doesn't it come first in "ladies and gentlemen"?
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1answer
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Please help me in choosing between too / also / as well in a specific case [on hold]

I cannot figure out which one is correct (This text will be placed in a real estate listing website, in an area near an already listed property, suggesting others to offer their property on the ...
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What better way?

With this sentence What better way to celebrate the peace than with a fight? Is "what better way to" an informal phrase? Would it be better to write What is better than fighting as a way to ...
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Should I seek employment 'from' a company or 'at' a company?

I'm having a hard time distinguishing between the two words. I'm unsure of seeking employment "from" or seeking employment "at" a company. The particular sentence I have in mind is this "[some ...
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How to say “there is plenty of room for improvement.” in a more academic manner? [closed]

My last sentence in an academic assignment reads "Even in ........, there is plenty of room for improvement.", Is there anyway to say the same in a more academic manner? or is it acceptable as it is? ...
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“Just by the fact that” or “Just the fact that” difference?

Which is more correct when fitting into this sentence: "... the course is new to me is what motivates me to study it." That is, of these two, which is more correct: Just by the fact that the ...
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Torturing oneself by emotions is called?

People who love emotions, they love to torture themselves by emotional feelings. Be it real or vicarious. Often see people reading love stories and getting emotional, listening to sad song and watch ...
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What is a word for a small pool?

I was passing by a library and there were these very small (artificially created) bodies of water, square shaped, in a repeating pattern with some flowers also repeat between these bodies of water on ...
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“Abstract nonsense” — does it have negative meaning?

Is the collocation "abstract nonsense" coloured somehow in negative way? I mean mostly the second word -- can it mean "something too strange to be good" or something like this, and in what context?
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Differences between “technic” and “technique”

Are those synonyms? Is one more acceptable in a certain dialect than the other? I checked their definition on The Free Dictionary but it's still not clear to me.
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What is a better way to say [closed]

I have to shorten a sentence to one with less than 150 characters. I am wondering whether the shortened version I've come up with still makes sense. Original sentence: Plankton Project is a ...