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Why do they say “may not” for things which people shouldn't do

I have seen in so many place where they would have mentioned "You may not.." etc for the things people shouldn't do. For eg: in companies where USB is not allowed, they will mention like this "You may ...
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Is there a word for fake kindness or hospitality?

Is there a word for faking kindness/hospitality to sound more tactful and decent than you really are (which could be categorized as some sort of hypocrisy)? For example, saying: Pay us a visit ...
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Any better word for “upsell”

My company provides more value to my clients by offering them services that could enhance their business/process. The process involves: I point a void (improvement scope) to the client. I look out ...
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Which is correct, “ready to give” or “ready to take”?

A company which develops a particular application for business persons has on their website the following: Ready to give a test drive? Request a Demo Now. In my opinion, the correct sentence ...
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Proper greetings on the phone [migrated]

English is my 2nd language and I need your advice on this little awkward moment I had with a lady on the phone today. She left a voice message so I was returning her call. Me: Hi. I'm ** returning ...
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What is the “‑cide” word for killing one’s husband?

We have uxoricide for killing one’s wife, but what is the equivalent term for killing one’s husband? Similarly, what is the husband-specific equivalent for the adjective uxorial?
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How to reply to someone's welcome [closed]

What should we say in reply to a person who welcomes us to a particular place, for example one says: You are welcome to ABC company. or I welcome you to our home. or Welcome Mr. Abc ...
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Is the word “Shinobi” an accepted English word?

I've been wondering if the word "Shinobi" is an accepted English word. As far as I know, its synonym "Ninja" is an accepted English word where "Spy" is the nearest common English.
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“At the service of” versus “in the service of”

In doing a translation on duolingo, another translator had translated a phrase to say "at the service of X". I edited this to "in the service of X" and left a comment that as a native speaker, hearing ...
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What is the difference between “super” and “superb”?

I have seen usage of both super and superb. I also searched for meaning of these two words and found they are almost identical. Example sentences - She is a super girl. His performance in the last ...
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What are entries of the same year called

I want to know a word for a group of students who enroll in a university at the same department at the same time. I tried looking it up in google but didn't get any real results.
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Word for sharing an old experience with someone new

Jamais vu is when an experience that is old to you suddenly seems new. But I'm looking for something even more specific. Is there a word for that feeling you get when an old experience is refreshed ...
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Single word for “less mass per unit volume” (the complement of “dense”)

I've been looking for the antonym of dense. I'm looking for an exact opposite: a single word the means, precisely, "having less mass per unit volume than another object". That is, I'm seeking a ...
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Is complimentative a word?

Is 'complimentative' a word? There are a bunch of definitions online but I couldn't find it in the British National Corpus or the OED (from searching oxforddictionaries.com). Does this mean I should ...
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How do I say a calculated decimal has too many decimal places?

I'm trying to craft an appropriately worded error message for an application I'm working on. It boils down to when a calculated value results in having too many decimal places it can't be correctly ...
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How to express connection between several items

I want to express a connection from one thing to several other items in one phrase. Specifically, how can I correct the following paragraph: Ghahremani et al (2013) showed that a significant ...
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What is the base of a subscript called?

In dingdong , "dong" is the subscript but what is the name for "ding"? Base perhaps!
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“any” versus “arbitrary”

Which of the following sentences are correct? The relation between any two nodes is associated with a real number that indicates the probability. The relation between two arbitrary nodes is ...
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Term for when consecutive events are “broken”

This is the use case: "...5 doughnuts to be awarded each consecutive day you visit the shop until the ???? is broken." I'm thinking it's going to be along the lines of consecusion or ...
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Synonym for mechanical pencil

I'm a non-native english speaker (from Brazil). I'm looking for the most common day-to-day word for the stationery device called "mechanical pencil". Indeed, while "mechanical pencil" seems to be the ...
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What is the word to describe someone whom you are gossiping about

I was writing another question on Workplace Interview when i realised that I did not know a term / word to describe someone whom you are gossiping about What is a word / term to describe someone whom ...
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Is there a term for “capable of transferring”? [closed]

I am a software developer and am having trouble with naming an entity. In my project, by convention, we give our code objects capabilities by extending them with a module named with an "-able" suffix. ...
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Accepted way to abbreviate cities that have “Saint” in their name

My first question here, so I'm not sure if this OT or not, so please bare with me. Background: I don't live in US. I'm working with some data that I'm pulling from Adwords. Sometimes, I'm getting a ...
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Word that refers to the “quantity/amount” of floor?

For example you would say: Miles and miles of road Tons and tons of food How about when referring to the floor inside a house (given that the house is relatively big)? Example: [...] ...
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“Furniture” or “Furnishing” or “furnishings”?

What's the best option in the following case? The place had no furniture/furnishing/furnishings, no beds, no decor, nor appliances of any kind.
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How to call someone that acts only by instinct without being rude?

I know there's the phrase "You are an animal", but depending on the context, cultural background, etc. the recipient of the saying may not end very happy. Is there another way to describe someone that ...
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How to indicate “now” in storytelling?

The following sentences - I was humiliated by him, and now he was standing next to me. and And now, I was looking at him, preparing for his entrance. Are these grammatically correct? I ...
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Word that means desired attributes

Something like deserdia but google turns up nothing, means list of desired characteristics.
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Is there a difference between the words “divestment” and “divestiture”?

Is there a difference between these two terms, either in terms of definition or connotation? Context is in a business selling an asset or business line. Most of the time I hear divestment, but once in ...
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It is time for “a next step” or “the next step”?

Which form is proper: it is time for "a next step" or "the next step"?
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What would you use for “one who contacts or contacted”

Google shows contactor as a word but not contacter.. But contactor is a term for an electrical component. I feel like contacter would be appropriate but I'm not sure. Which would be correct?
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How to explain the difference between affect and effect? [duplicate]

I don't know how to explain the difference between effect and affect to someone. I've tried explaining that effect is a noun, and affect is a verb, that "to affect" is to make a change, and "effect" ...
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Can a human “bless” anything?

Does the word "bless" apply only to God? For example, can a human bless anything (such as "bless the day")? Or can only God bless? Note, I am asking about the usage of the word "bless", and not about ...
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Is there a name for laughter that happens when you're infuriated?

I listened to the Comcast representative call on soundcloud recently, and although it was infuriating, I couldn't help but start laughing out of sheer disbelief. Other things that seriously aggravate ...
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Would you guys change the following sentence suitable for my cover letter? [closed]

I need your help guys:) I am applying for an instructor position at a university in the States. Would you please change the following statement appropriate for my cover letter? "My bachelor's degree ...
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What is the difference in meaning and usage between “gather” and “collect”?

I was wondering what the actual difference between these two expressions is, since I recently read about "collecting mushrooms" but also about "gathering berries". Is there even any?
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Is there an English variant of “Zeitgeist” other than “spirit of the times”?

Is there a cut-and-dry English word that means the same, or roughly the same, as the German word "Zeitgeist," other than its literal meaning of "spirit of the times"? I've grown sour on its presence ...
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Simple word for “Convert data strings to bytes”

I'm searching for a short term of "Convert data to bytes". It has to be a verb, because it should tell that it's a operation. I thought of something like "byteify" - but that looks ugly to me... The ...
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One word to describe increase in number of items? [closed]

I am looking for a single verb to describe when the size of a list is increased by adding more items to it. Like: The list ... as more items was added to it. My first thought was that there ...
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What is a word that means “someone who pretends to be your friend but is actually your enemy?”

What do you call someone who pretends to be your friend but is actually your enemy? A friend suggested spy for me, but that does not nearly describe the word I need for an English project. The ...
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What is an adjective for “requires a lot of work”? [closed]

For example, Starting a new business requires a lot of work. What would be an adjective in: Starting a new business is _.
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Term for “preview entries” that web sites show on index pages?

Blogs and websites typically provide an index page of entries where they show an excerpt of the post. Excerpts usually include title, author, post date, and a blurb. What is the term for these sorts ...
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What do I call a company that sells an item they don't make but under their name?

I was surfing for headphones on Amazon, when to my surprise, I found some fairly high-rated headphones. But initially, I thought the the first Company, A, made these headphones, I was surprised to ...
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“Connect to” vs. “Connect with”: Which is better?

Which is better for this situation? Connect to your target audience. Connect with your target audience.
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Girl vs Young Woman vs Woman [duplicate]

The boundary between childhood and adulthood is nebulous. There's puberty, and then there are various legally significant ages: 16, 17, 18, 21... To further complicate the matter, some people call ...
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When should I use “amount” as opposed to “number”? [duplicate]

When should I use "amount" as opposed to "number"? When media are referring to number rather than volume, they often use the word "amount" rather than number, as in "a large amount of people" Is this ...
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A word for something you keep coming back to to feel grounded, oriented

Is there a word for an object like this? Mantra is close, but is more like a ritual than a physical thing. For example, a rosary could be a physical object that a Catholic uses to calm, center, ...
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How do you state that something is a “reference” to something else? [closed]

There's a field in computer science called L-System, created by a man called Lindenmayer. I want to write that the L in L-System is in "---" to Lindenmayer. What word should I use here? Is it in ...
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Which is the best way to say that I have substituted for someone in his work tasks?

I am struggling to understand the best way to say that I have done for a couple of days the work tasks of the Company owner. So far I have find these solutions: I have covered for the Company ...
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Usage of “for” correct? [closed]

My coworker uses "for" in a way that just doesn't look right to me and I want to know if he is using it correctly. Examples below: "Let me know, for I’ll need to change the purchase order." "May I ...