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regular exceptions vs. irregular exceptions

Are there any established words or phrases for the "exceptionless exceptions" to a general rule, exceptions that follow more specific rules that have their own logic, as opposed to exceptions that are ...
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What do you call something which is absurd, irrelevant, and institutionalized/departmental? [closed]

I am attempting to describe a college class. It seems as though it is the result of some high-up departmental administrator who wanted to impress their boss. There are a plethora of words that can ...
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Using the words conviction Vs convictions

When using the terms "conviction" or "convictions" in the context of a firmly held belief, are these two words interchangeable or are they each used in specific circumstances. "Conviction" appears to ...
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Peculiar use of the term “rationalization”

But whatever you call it, [Fordism] has been a system based on large-scale standardization and vertical organizations that require a strict division of labor and an extreme rationalization of ...
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Adjective that simultaneously means fearless and hopeless? [closed]

I'm looking for an adjective or a noun that simultaneously means fearless and hopeless. A word x, such that x = fearless + hopeless? To elaborate, x is a feeling. I know I will die today and that ...
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Is there a difference between “scaffold” and “scaffolding”?

Apparently scaffolding is always a substantive while scaffold can be used both as substantive and as verb (to scaffold). I'm interested in the substantive meaning of both words. Google image ...
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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)
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What do you call your nephew's wife? [closed]

What do you call your nephew's wife? My niece? My niece-in-law? My nephew's wife?
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Words for describing an events start time

I am trying to classify events into two distinct groups. Event, in this context, means a public event which people might go to. This includes a broad collection of things including concerts, plays, ...
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Is there a word for someone who is bad with grammar?

Im writing a short story, but i can't find the correct word to use. "He was so ___ that he could not distinguish dot from comma."
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Is there a word or phrase for someone who works hard at night and does not sleep?

All the words or phrases I know for people who stay up at night merely describe the habit of not sleeping (e.g.: a night owl or insomniac) I am looking for a word or phrase with an emphasis on ...
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.comma / surprising / capitalization [closed]

I'm not a native English speaker, and I have specific concerns about the following text: After starting my education in Veterinary Medicine and beginning to know diseases and issues that cause ...
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Using “ex” on a genitive

I’ve constructed this headline: “Opera Mini to become the default browser on Microsoft’s (ex Nokia’s) feature phones” So, the phones in question used to be produced by Nokia, but Microsoft has ...
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Is there a general word/phrase for bias against a group? [closed]

I think prejudice is too general. The definition Google gives me for prejudice is: "preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience." - it doesn't specify that this preconceived ...
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a word for 'a firm conviction about existence following death, pragmatically keeping one from excessive this-worldliness, materialism, etc'

Provided it is clear enough, the title speaks for itself, I guess.To clarify though, I'm after a word or phrase, with positive connotation, that may denote: a strong personal ideology or belief, ...
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Choose the right variant

Please help me to choose one of the three variants listed below. I need to know which one sounds better and fresher. And if no one sounds good, I need to know it. As I’m not a native speaker of ...
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“At minimum number of simulations”

In the fragment "...to obtain optimum VTs at minimum number of simulations", should it be "a minimum", "the minimum", or is it fine as written? Is this similar to the case of "a number" vs. simply ...
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“Sorry for bothering you” vs. “sorry to bother you” [closed]

Is it grammatically OK to use "Sorry for bothering you"? I often hear "Sorry to bother you".
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Is there a term for saying 'all countries outside the United States' without using the word 'foreign'? (used with international audience)

I have to come up with a short description/label/identifier to describe two geographical groups: United States All countries except the United States The description would be read by a global ...
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Is it correct to say “the core” or “the nucleus” of an exhibition?

This is my first participation, and I thank in advance all of you who will try to help me here. As I asked in the title, is it correct to say "the core" or "the nucleus" of an exhibition? I mean a ...
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What's a word for a person who denies all knowledge?

For example, assume that Charlie stole a bicycle and you saw it or know it. Next week you speak with Charlie and he denies all knowledge of stealing a bicycle. Of course he does, and he's evasive. Is ...
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Can you miss exam questions?

Does this sound natural to you? I have never missed even one problem (or question?) on my exams before.
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A verb meaning “to make a color brighter or darker”

I am writing a function which takes in components of a color (as red, green, blue component values) and makes the color brighter or darker based on the fraction that the developer provides. If the ...
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What word means “the feeling of discomfort caused by watching people's ineptitude”? [duplicate]

I am watching a UK TV programme called "The Apprentice". The candidates have to sell guided tours. Some candidates are terrible at giving these tours. They fluff their lines, or they haven't ...
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Name for the relationship between a person and a person's ancestor?

I feel like there must be a word for this. Like the relationship between me and my grandpa. We are related. But I would like to be more specific. We are related in such a way that he is my ancestor. ...
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Word for piece of furniture in the hall/lobby for storing shoes

What is the proper word to refer to piece of furniture in the hall/lobby for storing shoes? In Russian we use for this word "тумбочка" which can be translated as bedside-table, just adding "shoes/for ...
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What is the difference between 'In' and 'During'?

How different are the following two sentences: I am not allowed to sleep during the day. I am not allowed to sleep in the day.
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What is the meaning of “ail” in this dictionary website example? [closed]

What can substitute the word ail in the sentence Another fact you ail to demonstrate is how the wealthy somehow get rich on the back of the poor without changing the meaning? [Quote from ...
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Use of the Phrase 'Home Tuition' [closed]

Are the following sentences correct: I am an English home tutor. I give home tuition for English to students of classes up to 12th. I offer English home tuition to housewives. I provide home tuition ...
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Vault or safe? Which of the two nouns can have a connotation of a place where valuables were stored in ancient time?

I am looking for a word that gives a clear idea of a place where valuables were stored in ancient times. Both, vault and safe give a modern sense of storing valuables where the container is made of ...
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Is there a word for days of mental clarity?

You hear about these a lot in people with Alzheimers. This can also happen to normal people when they eat right and get a good night's sleep and feel very clear headed. I am looking for a more formal ...
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Word for “Approve or Deny” [closed]

I am looking for a word to describe someone who approves or denies something. However, the word must start with a "C". Here is how it is so far: # CueCreator <-- The person who creates the Cue # ...
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Word for two collections that do not have any elements in common

I'm looking for a word for when you have a collection A and a collection B and they have no overlap. In mathematical terms: the relation between two sets where the intersection is empty. Like in this ...
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“Hospital at ABC City” vs. “hospital in ABC City” [duplicate]

My city has two dental hospitals, a national one and a municipal one. My country also has a second national dental hospital located in the capital (not my city). Both go by the name "National ...
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Using the word “whether” instead of “which”

Can I use the word "whether" instead of "which" as in the following sentence? "How to Decide Whether to Use Product A or Product B" (this is a heading) I would usually write it as "How to Decide ...
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Can “probability” be used interchangeably with “rate”?

In a document about a barcode reader, I came across an expression "scanning probability" to indicate the percentage of successful reading of barcodes by the barcode reader in question. I would use ...
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“I'm sure this would not have happen” vs. “I'm not sure this didn't happen”

I was asked what's wrong with this sentence: I'm not sure this didn't happen. I didn't think it was incorrect, but my friend said I was. So, is the sentence correct either way, or is one correct and ...
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Is a value something to “indicate” the valued thing?

Sorry for the confusing title. I came across the below sentence, and am wondering if the word "indicate" collocates with the word "value" as in this case: The PCS (Print Contrast Signal) is a value ...
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Word for the sentiment or behaviour of extra people putting the boot in once a momentum of social opprobrium has been reached?

Suppose someone does something a minority dislike and the majority are indifferent towards. Once the minority has struck out at the person, many of majority start striking the person out of a sense of ...
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Irradiate, illuminate and shine to mean “throw light”

All the three words are used to mean "throw light" in a document explaining principles of a barcode reader which I am checking. They are all used in sentences to explain "Throw LED to barcode". I ...
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“Him” or “his” used with “resulted” [duplicate]

Which sentence is more grammatically correct: Jack’s predilection toward competitive sports resulted in him becoming a great tennis player. or Jack's predilection toward competitive sports ...
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Can I use the word “compensate” to mean “adjust to correct” something?

I am wondering if I can use the word "compensate" to mean "adjust to correct" something in a document for a programming/mechanic related subject? E.g. Can "position compensation of target objects" ...
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Suitable usage of “cultivated”? [closed]

Here is the scenario: An actor is not so good looking but he cultivated a personality that no one can disapprove of. Is the sentence right? Can you suggest better synonym of "cultivated"?
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The word: Downplay

I'm in situation where I got rejected during the first interview, and subsequently got the offer. It was lucky that the manager appreciated my initiative of an uninvited walked-in to request a ...
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Who is one who participates in skulduggery?

Is there an English word for one who participates in skulduggery? The form I'm looking for is something like 'skuldugger', but I wasn't able to find that word anywhere in the OED. There are probably ...
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I am a sponsor. Do I call the person I sponsor a “sponsee”? [duplicate]

What is the best word to use to describe the person who I am sponsoring? Or is there such a word?
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One talk/paper, two speakers/authors

I'm looking for an English word which would replace "a seminar/conference talk where each co-author of the paper gives approximately one half of the talk" which may or may not exist.
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“become a President” or “become President”

If he had not been a film star, he would not have become President. In my opinion, "a President" is correct. Examples: "My dream is to be a teacher" "My dream is to be a President" ...
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Are “hurt” interchangeable with “harm” in this case?

The slowing development of the real estate sector will hurt/harm the overall economical growth. "Hurt" to me is often used with somebody or one's feelings. It has connotation of "pain. So I prefer ...
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Why do signs say “no concealable weapons allowed”?

I work in a state facility in the US, and there are signs at the doors which say "No Concealable Weapons Allowed" with a picture of a handgun with the red slash through it. Recently the signs had been ...