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Eve-teasing… are such words used only in the country of origin

I was reading a newspaper published in Indonesia and while quoting sexual harassment , the term 'eve-teasing" was repeatedly used. E.g. The Bontang police arrested two residents for eve-teasing, ...
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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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When someone has great influence within a group, how do you call his situation?

If one's opinion matters and he is influential e.g. inside a company, we say that he has "something" within the company. I am sure there's a word for "something", but can't think of it right now. ...
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Make use of & be appreciated for (using a skill)?

In French, one can use the verb valoriser while applying for a job, writing a motivation letter etc. when one wants to make use of some particular skills and be appreciated for using them. I have ...
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What do you call an individual who tolerates criticism?

Is there an English word to refer to someone who tolerates (or welcomes, accepts) criticism given about them? Is there an adjective to use for such a person?
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Difference between arguable and debatable?

I have noticed that people use 'debatable' a lot, while 'arguable' is used quite less. What's the difference and when should one use one or the other?
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shoe rack vs stand

I have a piece of furniture with two bars held together by pieces of wood on either side. There are two layers of these bars ( for a total of 4 bars ) It is used to hold shoes. What would be the best ...
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“Please be considerate of…” vs. “please be considerate to…”

We have a sign on a door at work which slams when people aren't careful. It originally read: Please be considerate of those here and close this door quietly. Someone crossed out the of and ...
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product available on request (or: on demand)?

I need to show the availability status of some (physical) products. If the product is not available straight away, how would you say it? product available on request product available on demand ...
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Is there a word that means “impressionable,” but from the point of view of the impresser?

For instance, something that easily puts an impression on others. Note this is slightly different from "impressive," though that word also fits the meaning.
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What is a word that means “lacking seriousness”? [closed]

I am writing an essay for In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway and I need a word that means "to lack seriousness".
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Can I exclude a word? [closed]

Can I say "I began my career a medical secretary" instead of "I began my career as a medical secretary"? (Exclude the word "as")
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Josh Earnest - Press Secretary or Oxymoron?

Isn't the current Whitehouse press secretary's name, Josh Earnest, an example of an oxymoron? Can proper nouns even be oxymorons, and if so, could I (acceptably) refer to such as, oxymoronic? Can you ...
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“I hope you'll do X” vs. “I hope you do X”

Both "I hope you'll read lots of good books this year" and "I hope you read lots of good books this year" are correct, right? Is one of them more common than the other? Is there any difference ...
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A word describing how 'profound I am in a skill': Can you suggest one?

I am in the process of localizing an application and I can't wrap my head around a specific translation. The user can enter a skill / prof. experience they have acquired or a language they speak ...
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What word means what I think “implorements” means?

I'm looking for a title for a section of things I implore people to do. After choosing it, I found that Implorements is not a word. Is there a word that fits the definition "A list of acts I implore ...
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What is a word which describes something you are looking for

The word would fit within the following context: I found the ______ of my search. I know there there is a simple word which describes an object which is being searched for, but I just can't ...
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Gerund form of the verb after “I should've lied instead of” [closed]

So would I say "I should've lied instead of telling the truth?"
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Is there a word for dying too much?

I know that such a word would deny the meaning of death, but I was wondering if there was a word that enclosed this meaning, perhaps poetically. Context: Metaphorically speaking one could say one ...
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Peace among countries or between countries?

A more comprehensive research program would look for historical cases of stable peace between countries that are not democracies, or between states only one of which is a democracy. Stable ...
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Can I say that someone creates a tendency?

The lectures on Big data have received positive responses not only from MIS students, but also from students of other majors, even triggering a tendency of technology learning. I have ...
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Why are some “-ist” suffixed words used as the adjective form over the more common “-istic”?

Generally speaking, for any kind of "-ism", the suffix "-ist" produces the noun form and "-istic" produces the adjective form. But there are some "-ist" suffixes that are acceptable or even more ...
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'On' vs 'at' are there any principles that advise using one instead of the other when expressing the location of something?

The building is located on the corner of Bank and Butler. Vs. The building is located at the corner of Bank and Butler. Is there any reason why one is more appropriate than the other?
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“choose from” vs “choose out of” vs “choose among”

I tried to form a sentence like this: X chooses Y from three Zs. X chooses Y out of three Zs. I couldn't choose which one is better, and after googling found question on en.se and thread ...
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What do you call the energy that has been created by fear or happiness?

There are times that we feel tired and weak and not able to get up and do something, in this situation: if we face a danger, like our house goes on fire, or become under attack, or remember that we ...
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dosing vs administration in academic writing

I'm writing a clinical trial report. I collected blood sample after i injected drug to the subjects . When i want to use a shorter term to indicate the timing, should i use "after dosing" or "after ...
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What does “alright” mean when it's at the end of a sentence?

a. Life has no meaning alright. What does "alright" mean in the sentence above? I can't find it in the dictionary!
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What's the word or name of someone that gets sick just by talking about it but they're not really sick? [duplicate]

I know a person that I can say "The flue is going around again" and next day he has the flu but two days later he out in the woods hunting. If he comes in contact with some that has heart burn then ...
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Keyswitch one or two words?

I work with electronic circuits terminology a lot and I sometimes see key switch (two words) and keyswitch (one word). I was wondering which one is right ? The word is to designate a switch ...
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Word for eating things that aren't food

Is there a word for trying to eat things that aren't food? I'm thinking particularly in the context of babies, where it's a normal part of the learning process, but I dare say it is a disorder that ...
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What's the proper way: Forever Lucky, or Lucky Forever? [closed]

The title says it all, what's the proper way to say it? Also, could you please explain me the why one is the right form, and the other is the wrong form? Thanks.
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“Attendant with” vs. “attendant to” vs. “attendant of”

Can the adjective attendant be used with the prepositions with, to, or of, and, if so, which is preferable? For example, I could say, "This manual describes the operation of the product and its ...
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Things saved in the memory of the gone people — are called?

We all love to save things, collect items, items/things those remind us of the departed souls or gone people, gone from life may or may not be dead. What are those things called ? They might not be ...
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What's the word for the when you suck snot back in your nose?

My mom and I say 'soup' like: "Why are you souping the snot back up your nose?" But I realise that this is not accurate. So what's the word?
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“instance of time” vs. “instant of time”

The following two sentences quoted from this scientific paper (emphasize added) actually mean the same thing: at any moment. For such plants this is related to the choke/valve openings, ...
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What does “mainstream pop music” mean? And is it singular or plural?

Is "mainstream pop music" just a genre or genres? Whatever it means, can I use it as below? What kind of mainstream pop music do you like? What kinds of mainstream pop music do you like?
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Verb to use with “workload”

Just wondering which verb is the most natural to native speakers to use with 'workload.' Among I wish to receive heavier workload. I wish to take heavier workload. I wish to have heavier ...
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What is the correct usage of arriviste/parvenu? [closed]

In one of the episodes of the TV show Rosemary & Thyme the word arriviste/parvenu was used. Context how it was used: Person A considers person B as an arriviste/parvenu. Person A is rich and ...
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What's the term to describe 'normal' languages, such as English, Chinese and Russian as opposed to programming languages?

English is not my native tongue, so I might be overlooking an easy word. The following is what I mention on my resumé in an 'about me'-section: I'm a language enthusiast and (...). But language ...
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Is there a word that means “When there's too much of something and people don't take interest anymore”?

For example, there is a new style of shoe, and when there are only a few people who wear it, it's hip and trendy, but now everybody has a pair and it's ______. Or, there's a new and popular product ...
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General term for content available on web page or as paper/pdf?

I am writing a document that I hope to show as a web page, and make available as a PDF that people might print. In the opening I have: "This document is an annotated guide to foo bar." While I ...
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What is the adjective for a child who has finished kindergarten education?

Preschool seems to be the word typically used for children's education before they enter elementary school. But how do we call a child who has finished preschool education? Is it valid to use ...
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what is the difference between forget about it and forget it?

what are the differences between "forget about it" and "forget it"? it seems they both mean never mind. example: -sorry for what happened yesterday -forget it. -can i buy you a drink? -forget about ...
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Is there a word to describe beliefs that are neither scientific nor false nor religious?

If I believe that the Spaghetti Monster lives under my bed, what word would you use to describe this? It can not be proven that the Spaghetti Monster does not live under my bed because you have not ...
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If A is “attached” to B, what is B?

Let's say I have a document that is attached to an e-mail. Is there a short way to express "The e-mail this document is attached to"? Something like "the carrier e-mail", but not so strange ...
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What do you call someone who knows multiple programming languages?

Someone who knows multiple languages is called polyglot or multilingual (There can be nuances between two words also.). I'm not sure if we can apply these terms to someone who knows multiple ...
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“whether” or “according as” or …?

I want to state that depending on the context, A will not react the same. I would like a concise phrasing, I am not sure which of these are grammatical: Here's what I wrote — but I found no support ...
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What's the term for the information you gather from someone before deciding to bring them in for an interview?

What is another word for the information you gather from someone before deciding to bring them in for an interview? (Salary Requirements, Commuting Restrictions, etc.) What I'm trying to say is: ...
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What to say to point out that you get paid for playing?

We recently had a discussion whether "Pay for play" or "Play for pay" is the correct term to describe that you get money when you play. Which one is correct? Sincerely, Kia.
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“at the cost of” vs. “at the expense of”

I usually use "at the cost of", but my editor made it "at the expense of". For example, the following sentence: The counts in Table 2 are all based on implementations that are optimized for ...