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Why do we say kith & kin and not kin & kith?

Why do we often say Kith & Kin and not Kin & Kith? I was taught to believe that family comes first and the other later and I do still believe in what I was taught.
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Word that describes a society that glorifies war? [on hold]

For exmaple "Before societies, people often went to war without know the true horrors"
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How to wish a colleague going on maternity leave?

I would like to wish a colleague who is going on maternity leave. I have known about the pregnancy for a while now so saying "Congratulations on your pregnancy" doesn't sound right. All suggestions ...
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Is appeal correctly said in this sentence? [closed]

Is appeal correctly said in this sentence "I have appeal equipment experience"? What is a better word I can use? PS: I really went with "broad experience" Thanks duskn
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Is there a word to describe a person who's addicted to downloading stuff from Internet?

Well, that is exactly what I am :). I just can't stop myself from downloading stuff (usually electronic articles, say, PDFs). To be more precise, whenever I come across something that I think might ...
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Correct Wording: Esteem of/from your colleagues

In regards to being shown admiration from others, how should the following be worded? .. .esteem from your colleagues or ... esteem of your colleagues
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End of the sentence: “heading” or “heading to”?

I did a Google search and I found both instances: ... on my mount and instance que pops, I get into instance, finish it, and after leaving instance Im back on my mount wherever I was heading ...
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Correct way to introduce yourself [duplicate]

In an interview, what is the correct way to introduce yourself? Some use "myself" and their name, and some use "I'm ___." I'm confused about what I use. Please guide me.
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What is the difference between “tithe” and “tenth”? [closed]

Is it correct to use the term tenth with the sense of tithe (payments to the church)? What are the differences between the two terms? Is the first one more generally while the second one is specific ...
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What word can I use to describe the new or used state of a vehicle?

I am building a web page that lists vehicles for sale, and one of the criteria I would like to list is whether the vehicle is new or used. Currently the best label I can come up with is "New or Used", ...
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What is the best word (or term) to identify pronouncing W's for L's and R's?

Is there a specific/proper/technical term for it? And not just the R-flop, but specifically the L-flop to W. What would work here: “I'm watching Formula 1 on Sky Sports and the __________ of the ...
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I can't tell if this is worded right or what I need to change [duplicate]

That's a lot different than mine. I can't tell if that's proper English or not because it doesn't sound right but I can't think of any other way to say it. I said it to my friend when we were ...
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“Reference” and “discourse” in sentence meaning [closed]

I am trying to say "Do it or we will proceed without talking to you any more about it." Will either of these work, and which one would be best? "If you do not take the suggested action we will ...
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“error” vs. “mistake”

I think I understand the difference between “error” and “mistake”, but today I saw this article about Google’s self-driving cars that has the following sentence: A lot of this won’t be a surprise, ...
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Which one is right, “The text to search for must be typed in the …” or “The text to be searched must be typed in the …”?

Which one is right, "The text to search must be typed in the ..." or "The text to search for must be typed in the ..." or "The text to be searched must be typed in the ..." or "The text to be ...
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Is there a word or an idiom for barging in a room with anger?

Opening a door frustrated and rushing in like you are about to scold someone inside... Barging in a room with anger. Is there a word or idiom for that, other than storm in?
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Deciding between terms which describe a person being appraised

I am a non-native english speaker trying to understand the differences between taxing appraising scrutinizing and examining I am trying to express the circumstance of a person getting looked at by ...
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2answers
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Refer to an entity with “it” or “she” or “he”

Related to this answer, but it's a slightly different question though. Consider this sentence. I prefer to use the singular form. The advantage for the bank is that he/she/it can employ the ...
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A suitable word for seizing a property

When a court orders for taking control of a property or real estate by the government in exchange of money, what is the best word for the court action? For example: The court maintains that his ...
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“Order Code” vs “Ordering Code”?

In short: What would be more appropriate for labelling the column header of a table listing products? In a table listing multiple products, what term would be more appropriate for labelling the ...
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Word for a large facility that produces and distributes baked goods

I am translating a document into English, and I need to find the word for a large facility that produces and distributes baked goods (wholesale, to distributors). Can I use the word "bakery"? To me, ...
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4answers
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Is there a word for someone who is not aware of how pretty or handsome he/she is? [closed]

Is there a word or an idiom that describes someone who is beautiful but unaware of it?
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Print book vs. printed book

When talking about a physical book, as opposed to an e-book, which is correct: print book or printed book?
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Usage of 'comprise' in a linguistic manner

The small man did not hesitate. "I'm stealing.", he declared in a soft, simple voice, that did not comprise even the faintest tremble. Is this a good, nice-sounding way of describing a way of ...
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A word for writings about writing

Is there a word for creating something whose subject is the same as the media used to express it. Such as: books about writing, songs about singing, movies about movies, and so on?
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Word for an additional period of time allowed for something

I don't know what word, idiom or phrase to use if I want to say "I want to be allowed to use some specific offers for additional period of time." For example I am allowed to use software for one month ...
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2answers
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“Screw[ed] it,” vs “screw[ed] it up,” vs “screw[ed] up.”

How do the three phrases differ? For example: Speaker A: Hey, I called to tell you about my audition. Speaker B: "Don't tell me you screwed it." Speaker B: "Don't tell me you ...
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Synonym for “worse” with no negative connotation

Say there are two records in a band's discography and neither of them is bad. What's a better term than "worse" to refer to one record not being as great as the other record? Since both records are ...
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What is the proper word for “man boobs?”

Example usages: My boyfriend got so fat he now has man boobs. Over-exposure to xenoestrogen may give you man boobs.
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what can I use to replace a large number of

what can I use to replace a large number of or a growing body of? I want to say "a large number of studies found something". But I have used this before, I want to change it to other words to ...
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What is a word that describes “acceptance” and “understanding?”

I'm looking for a better word for "actions" in the following sentences. Foreign language classes help increase acceptance and understanding of other cultures. These actions are important, because ...
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Expressing a time limit using “within”

A procedure must be completed by B, but it can be done at any time between A and B. Or a right can be claimed during such a period. How can I explain B by using "within"? Is it: within three ...
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How do I get a reputation [migrated]

How do I get my rep to 50 so I can answer questions and enlighten all of you so you can sleep at night...
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Is there a word for lying on the bed peacefully, all your muscles relaxed?

Is there a word or an idiom for lying on the bed peacefully and happy? Throwing yourself down on bed arms wide open, all your muscles relaxed and staring at the ceiling with a happy smile like ...
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“Already”, “yet” or something else?

My students have been working for making questions about newspaper articles, and I am checking their questions now. My question is about the usage of "already". The following sentences are from BBC, ...
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What word means several descriptive words? [closed]

I thought it was descriptor, but apparently that's not an actual word.
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What is the hand gesture called when you knock down your opponent in a fight?

Is there a word or an idiom for the hand gesture, done after finishing a task successfully or after knocking down the opponent in a fight? The one like wiping off the dust from your hands, which ...
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1answer
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New Strands of Research

What is the meaning of the phrase "new strands of research" in the following sentence: The last two decades have also seen the emergence of new strands of research on multilingualism which have ...
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How do native English speakers decide whether to use “began” or “started”?

This is something that has been puzzling me for a while. For example: He started to run. He began to run. In common/informal speech, how do native English speakers decide when to use the ...
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What's correct in my sentence: those or them? [closed]

I am writing my project and I am stuck on this sentence: The task is to find domain walls and draw THEM/THOSE using different colors depending on the angle between adjacent domains. I would ...
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What do you call something that's newly acquired but not new in general?

If my friend recently buys a classic car, how could I say "this is his new car" speaking only of it as a newly acquired car and not giving the impression that the car itself is new (i.e., has 0 miles ...
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How would you describe a sound “appearing”?

The idea behind something appearing is more visual in nature; it comes into sight. What would I say if something "appeared audibly"? The sound of the oncoming car appeared to my ears! Synonyms for ...
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How to shorten “Helping People with Disabilities Live at Home” to 40 characters [closed]

I'm looking for a shorter way to state the phrase "Helping People with Disabilities Live at Home", it's 45 characters, which is too long for a Facebook tagline.
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Word for people who run, but not standard marathon distances

I regularly participate in mini-marathons (as they are sometime unofficially locally called) that happen around my area. I started with 5 KM and over a couple of years have improved my distance to 10 ...
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What alternative expression could be considered correct for the following sentence? [migrated]

The message to be conveyed is the following: "When the film is thinner, the width is shorter". Can someone explain to me if the following expression is correct (and if not, why not)? Overall, ...
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Whats a fancy word to describe someone who has “natural” beauty? [closed]

What's a fancy word to describe someone who has "natural beauty?
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What is the process of going to the reception at a hospital and telling them you've arrived called?

Like, how would you put it in this sentence? "I've gone to the doctor's office and ____"?
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2answers
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Word for “Having had considerable thought put into [x]” [closed]

I am trying to describe a plan that has "had considerable thought put into it" with a single word. Any ideas?
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Difference between “isn't” and “ain't” [closed]

I wish to know the difference between "ain't" and "isn't" and since I'm not a speaker of english as first language, I can't tell.
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a large number of/ large numbers of, What's the difference?

Tests are hard to solve for **remarkable number** of users. Checking the similar usage of such expression, I thinks there is something wrong with the sentence. What's the best and correct? a ...