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“Undistinguishable” vs. “indistinguishable”

Is there a difference between these two words? To me, it seems that undistinguishable is more where you can't tell what it is, and indistinguishable seems to be where they're the same. It seems a lot ...
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“Details on” or “Details about”? Use in technical writing

I'm writing a technical text about the information in a report, dealing with telecommunication procedures. I want to highlight that the information field I'm referring to doesn't provide any ...
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Looking for the media equivalent of “televised”

If you say "an event has been televised", it means that the event has been recorded for or transmitted by television. Media covers not only television, but also radio, newspapers and the Internet. ...
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What do we call those who discriminate against fat people?

Homophobia describes dislike or prejudice against homosexual people. Xenophobia describes an intense or irrational dislike or fear of people from other countries. What about those who discriminate ...
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Word/phrase for “time-wise in-between”?

Word/phrase for "time-wise in-between"? Say my arrival was time-wise in-between lunch and dinner. Say I want to say that more idiomatically, how would I do that?
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What is the term for the unpleasant placement of the chair or sofa - in a way that you can be approached from behind?

What is the term for the unpleasant placement of the chair of sofa - in a way that you can be apporached from behind ? I've heard several times that you should place all the sofas and tables that ...
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Differences among words describing someone who is expert in many things

I wonder how the following words for describing someone who knows many different things compare, and when to use which word. Some are adjectives, others are nouns: renaissance polymath versatile ...
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What's the word for ‘the point at which an object loses balance’?

I'm trying to think of a formal word to describe the "tipping point" of an object. This would be the same point at which an object would be perfectly balanced.
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She dresses different/differently from?

The maid of honor dresses different from the bride. The maid of honor dresses differently from the bride. Which one is correct? Or both of them are? It's a fill-in-the-blank questions appeared in ...
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Which verb would fit better to describe the flow between the steps of a process?

I'm describing the steps of a workflow and each step's description ends with the expression "Press the xxx button to ... to the next step". I can't decide which verb to use in this context. My ...
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Use of comma before which

I have a sentence where I'm unsure about the necessity of a comma before "which": The description is supplemented by practical examples and a documentation of member functions[,] which can be ...
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How do you describe the 'darker side' of someone? Context given here

Context: Foster child learns to manipulate people to make them love her. She meets a kind mother for once, and she doesn't need to revert to her 'psychopathic' (for lack of a better word) side. I am ...
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I don't understand the difference between slightly and a bit?

What is the difference in meaning or usage between slightly and a bit? For example, the sentence: I thought she was younger than me, but in fact she proved to be even slightly older. Is ...
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What is the difference between “asked” and “offered”

What is the difference between someone making an offer or asking if you want something ?
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Is “indifferent of” correct in this sentence? Is it ever correct? Should I replace it with something?

Is "indifferent of" correct in this sentence? Is it ever correct? Should I replace "of" with something? "In regards to hacking, do you approve, disapprove, or are you indifferent of the practice?" ...
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Why do people in the scientific community use terminology such as renal, hepatic, and cardiac instead of kidney, liver, and heart?

Why is there the need to map these everyday words onto another set of words when it seems to complicate matters? Is it just done out of tradition, or is there some underlying logic to it?
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When is it appropriate to use 'admixture' rather than 'mixture'?

I saw the word admixture used in a sentence recently and looked it up in the Paperback Oxford English Dictionary only to find that its definition is "a mixture". This is the sentence: The ...
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What's the present day status of “kempt”, has it survived in usage?

I am looking for a possible positive form of unkempt. My first choice was kempt. But I am not convinced of its usage. I want to be double sure that kempt has survived in day-to-day usage.
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Is there a word for “near in time” (both past & future) that doesn't also imply geographical proximity?

I'm currently writing a program that finds the "nearest sensible job", in terms of time. The only problem is that that phrase could also mean that the program is finding the nearest geographical job. ...
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Do State-of-the-art and Cutting edge have the same meaning?

Do state-of-the-art and cutting edge mean the same thing or do they have different meanings? If they have different meanings, which is used when?
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Is the phrase “…could only know by then” correct?

He told me he would give me the answer after the trip. Was there something he could only know by then? I don't know why but it sounds a little weird to me. Anyway, to make sure I searched on ...
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Dinky cars (toy cars)

I came across this term while proofreading an unpublished poem by an Irish poet. The context is not important so I'll just say that it is clear that it means “toy cars”. I Googled the term and see ...
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What is the best time / are the best times for a meeting?

I'm about to arrange a meeting with a person. I have a feeling that when I say "What is the best time for a meeting?", I'm sort of forcing them to come up with one option only. I'd like to show them ...
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Does a phrase, “something authentic” make sense?

I'm a non-native English speaker recently trying to launch my own company named "Origin Authentic" And I'm also planning to launch a brand named "Honey Authentic" which is to be a name of a dessert ...
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Question on using the phrase “draw on” in context.

Is this a proper use? "He is an icon in that he acts as a symbol to draw on."
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Is it appropriate to use “even” in this sentence?

I came across the following sentence in an article: All is fair in love and war, even trying to add a static type system in a dynamically typed programming language. Is the use of "even" ...
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Explanation needed: Why is “and” wrong in this sentence?

It is difficult to predict what kinds of books will be popular in the years ahead, because tastes change and topics either get overexplored and lose their relevance. I have placed the key words ...
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Earnest as a noun

So the title of the question, I believe, speaks for itself. I am racking my brain, thesaurus and dictionary to think of a suitable word which would accurately describe one being earnest in relation ...
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A question about the use of “everywhere” in the sentence

Recently I've stumbled upon this sentence on the internet: Home is everywhere your heart is. Somehow it doesn't seem right to me. If I had to convey the same meaning, I would write something ...
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Is there a word for when a child no longer “hero-worships” their parents?

A part of growing up, is losing your "hero-worship" of your parents. The moment you realize they're not larger-than-life, but they have got flaws... The moment you start looking at them with new ...
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What is a fork's single point called?

A fork usually has three points, what are the individual points called? Trident points?
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what's a powerful word replacement for “Desire” and “Yearning”?

I'm searching for a replacement for "yearning" or "desire". Something that is power, fit for a burning, fiery description. Originally I wanted to use 'a yearning brewing within..." and "a latent, ...
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“Above” or “later” when referencing a range of versions of software

Which is correct when referencing an operating system version "OS X 10.6.x and later" or "OS X 10.6.x and above"? Bonus points for providing the why.
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“Overseas” vs. “abroad”

I'm a native speaker of Inland Northern American English. My intuition tells me that the word "abroad" is unremarkable, especially in collocations like "study abroad". However, I've been ...
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How can I say I regret something in the past tense?

How to say you should do something in the past but you did not. Is this a correct usage? I had to finish my homework. Are there any soft versions?
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A word like “confession” for relating personal details but lacking connotations of guilt?

The writings here are my confessions. is essentially what I mean to say, minus the implication of guilt, or, with more words, The writings here describe personal details about myself and my ...
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Word for someone who lacks the skill to appreciate what they have?

Fitting example: A middle-aged woman driving a 911 Turbo who can't manage to stop at the light properly. Bonus points if the word also connotes a sense of envy
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'there' vs 'here on phone call

I'm on phone call between multiple participants. Initiator asks: -Who is on the call? What is correct form to answer? "John Doe is there" or "John Doe is here"? From other question (Proper use of ...
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“Bring” versus “take” [duplicate]

My mother used to correct me all the time when I was younger when I would talk about bringing a toy to a friend’s house instead of taking it there. Which is correct, and why?
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How would you describe an operator which has no fixity? [closed]

Traditionally mathematical operators are either prefix, postfix or infix. All the three forms of notation are equivalent and can be converted from one to another. Formal systems such as programming ...
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A noun to describe character sequences between words

I'm creating a formal system in which a sentence can be formed by four types of sequences of characters: Words Prefixes Suffixes Sequences in between words What noun would you use to describe a ...
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What do you call someone who says they will do things but doesn't?

What do you call someone who says they will do things but doesn't? And if they do it, they take 6 months rather than the 6 days they said they could but not necessarily specified that they would? My ...
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Is there a single word or phrase for “inability to say no at a behavioural level”

I have an acquaintance who is unable to say "no" directly. Any conversational transaction which would lead to them saying no is redirected toward the questioner. Is there a single word or phrase to ...
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Defining a goal that can be achieved through many ways

I want to define a goal that can be achieved through many ways. Does multidirectional work? "A multidirectional goal"? It's for a title of an essay saying that there is not just a single way to ...
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Correct way of saying “graphological” in stylistic analysi

Reading the wikipedia page for graphemics, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graphemics I stumble across "later some scholars suggested calling it graphology[1] to match phonology, but that name is ...
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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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Alternative to “daydream” without the pleasant connotation

I am looking for a word that means something like "daydream" or "fantasy", but without the connotation that I actually want this "imagining" to come true. For example, something that would fit the ...
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Is there a word or a common phrase for this motion of the hands

I want to describe this motion with words. What would be the concise way? (Actually it's this motion but with the hands closer to the lap than the face but that's not very important)