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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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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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Use of the word “definitive edition”

Can I use the phrase "definitive edition" to explain that a product has the most up-to-date and highest quality in the field as opposite to mean "last edition of the same series"? Thank you for your ...
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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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“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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Flora, fauna, robot

Are there any terms for referring to robot-kind, as flora refers to plants and fauna to animals? I'm looking for a word that would fit in with flora and fauna, so if it derives from Latin or Roman ...
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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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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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What nouns to describe Doug Fearon? [closed]

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 is the correct usage of “imperative”?

Consider the statement: The drought we have suffered this year makes it all the more imperative to wisely use the stock of food we have. Is this a correct usage of the word imperative? What may ...
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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 '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 ...
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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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What adjective is between “intermediate” and “advanced”?

What adjective is between "intermediate" and "advanced"? Specifically, my academic program already has an intermediate programming course, and a proposed course does not seem to meet the standards ...
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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 [closed]

How do I say this? It doesn't look right. If you have met my family you would understand.
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Information unavailable to the audience

What is it called when a character knows something the audience doesn't? For example, if the character was stating something obvious like "today is your birthday", saying it only to inform the ...
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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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Talking about skills level, which adjective fits better: “intermediate” or “medium”?

I thought "intermediate" was the appropriate label for the second of a three-level system of grading skills level, but I just saw a CV template on which the levels are defined as "basic", "medium", ...
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“Put it at the backseat” or “Put it onto the backseat”?

What preposition should I use in the expression "put ___ the backseat"? The sentence goes like this: I have a few items on my plans, item A is the least important one, so I will put it ___ the ...
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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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What's the better wording: “Please assign this to the person responsible for the job”

I'm trying to come up with a better wording for this sentence: Please assign this to the person responsible for the job. I want to say "Please assign this to the appropriate person", but that ...
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“What I'm looking for is”

Which one of the below is correct, or, if both are correct in certain contexts, which is the preferred one? What I'm looking for is methods that help... or What I'm looking for are the ...
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Pack, Package, Packaging, Parcel

I need to use a word in a warehouse. We need to know: capacity of package? type of package? price, quantity in package? However, I need to use another word to explain the material which is ...
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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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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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Can I say “pretty readable”? [closed]

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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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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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 are English counterparts to Japanese Honne (real intent) and Tatemae (public position)?

I think many foreigners who have lived or worked in Japan heard this set of words, “Honne 本音– real intent” and “Tatemae 建前– outward reason.” Actually many expatriate colleagues I had worked with in ...
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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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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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The stages of history

Is there a word or short phrase that encompasses the three main stages of Western history: ancient, medieval, and then modern?
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Verb used with “threshold”

I am wondering what verb collocates with threshold. I can think of verbs such as surpass, cross, pass, but I am not sure if they are correct to use here. The threshold I am referring to is not a ...
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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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Is there a good word for a square-rectangle relationship?

Any given square is always a rectangle, but a rectangle isn't necessarily a square, so squares and rectangles have a _ relationship. I've been noticing this sort of thing everywhere ever since I ...
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1700s term for “a technology”

Today, I could use "a technology" to mean a mechanical or industrial development: The most important transportation technology during that era was the railroad. According to etymonline.com, ...
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Word for “cinema with a single screen”?

I usually say multiplex for a cinema with more screens. What word can I use to refer to a cinema with a single screen? Monoplex? Singleplex? Is there a word other than single-screen to describe a ...
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“Which do you like best?” or “Which do you like most?”

Is there any difference in usage between these two sentences? Which do you like best? Which do you like most? I've read there is a slight difference in usage - a subtlety - and ...
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What is a word for a person who throws a “fake smile”?

Most people, especially receptionists and air hostesses have the ability to smile in a fake way. Being professional, their smile isn't real. Inside they cry and die a thousand dead of tensions but ...
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word: fridges that keep things hot (and not cold)

What's the word for what looks like a fridge but actually keeps things warm/hot instead of cold? hot fridge?
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What's a word for someone who just gets other people to deal with problems

What's a word for someone who, whenever there's a problem that needs to be solved, doesn't solve it and either pretends it isn't there, or gets someone else to deal with it?
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What do I call a person who reads documentation or guides in a cursory or superficial manner?

What do I call a person who reads documentation, guides or tutorials in a cursory or superficial manner, i.e. without doing so thoroughly?
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Word/Expression for a concept made simple as a result of mastery

Is there a word or expression that conveys this meaning: A text (and more generally an expressed idea about any field) seems very clear (crystal clear). But it is clear only because the author has ...
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Small but powerful?

I'm looking for a word or idiom that describes something that is small but powerful. For example, a tiny computer that is capable of doing the same work as a larger computer.
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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 ...