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Why not “virtual estate” instead of “screen real estate”?

In English usage in many disciplines, like articles on Web designing, people frequently use the word "screen real estate" or "viewport (browser window size) real estate" or even "mobile or browser ...
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Is there a single word for “Seeing the Unseen”?

Is there a single word which means “Seeing the Unseen”? Imagine one needs special equipment or accessories (for example, a microscope, telescope, or periscope) to see something that otherwise is ...
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not living up to expectations

I am looking for a single, or multiple term(s) conveying something not living up to expectations. Like in the sense of a new system is advertised as doing everything you need for a process at work; ...
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How to categorize vocabulary for practical use?

What classification scheme exists for grouping words by their meaning, e.g., "words that describe food," "emotion words," and "types of people"? My concern is pragmatic; grouping words with similar ...
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Difference between “mastery”, “proficiency” and “familiarity”

What is the difference between mastery, proficiency and familiarity? I know they all refer to the level of understanding or skill in something. I've seen the words in these contexts: mastery: in ...
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How should I thank someone for considering my job application?

My girlfriend is writing a cover letter for a job application and wants to thank the recipient for taking the time to review the application. She wrote the following closing sentence: Thank you ...
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“General user”, “End user” or “Normal user”, which one is better?

On a website I am working on, people are classified into two groups: one is programmers who create programs with C# 4.0 and share with other people, the other is common users who use the programs to ...
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What is the word for somebody who does action/is action owner

In my web application inside code I must find a word for somebody to whom certain Action belongs to(he/she did it). How to call such person? Contributor? Action owner? Participant? Context: I log ...
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What is a word to describe the character of someone who plans his actions in advance?

I am looking for a word to describe some individuals who cautiously plan for the future all the time.
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Person who fills out a form - single word

What single word would I use to describe a person who fills out a form? So if Abigail fills out a form she is a... whatever the term should be. The form is an application but the applicant does not ...
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Is there a single word for this sentence? [duplicate]

If I say something repeatedly to myself in order to believe in that, do call it inculcation ?
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How to introduce yourself? [migrated]

I am using British English. While addressing a gathering or talking to a new person, how do you introduce yourself? Is it "I am Phani" or "This is Phani"?
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What is a good word that means “group of groups?”

If you have a bunch of groups of different things, and you group the groups into a bigger group, what do you call the bigger group?
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Is knowledge of the meaning of the word “ubiquity” ubiquitously considered to be ubiquitous? [closed]

Please pardon the pun. I was in a conversation on a game’s online chat, talking about how common an item was, and used the word “ubiquitous” to describe it. But, much to my surprise, the point of ...
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“No point in” vs. “no point of” vs. “no point to”

Point in, point of, point to. (Point in the sense of "purpose".) What are the differences among these — in meaning? in usage (each is used in certain constructions or with certain ...
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What do you call a scale going down?

I asked a physics question about a scale tipping over and asked Which way does the scale tip? I was later corrected that I should have asked whether the scale would tip down or tip up. So it made me ...
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Is there a non-pejorative word for opportunism? [duplicate]

The words "opportunism" and "opportunist" suggest the ability to take advantage of situations -- but they assume that one is doing so for one's own benefit, which makes the terms pejorative. What is ...
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“Amount” vs. “number” vs. “quantity”

For what values of x does one write the number of x, the amount of x, or the quantity of x?
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Which collocation should I use with “replacement”?

I am doing an English language test. Can you help me with this question? “We will deduct $5.95 from your available funds __________ of the lost Gift Card.” a) upon the replacement ...
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“Nowadays” vs “today”

I'm taking an English academic writing course. My teacher recommended using today as it is more accepted compared to nowadays. I asked her if this is accepted in American English (she's from US) or in ...
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Alternative word for “honed” [closed]

Is there another word describing the process where you've polished your skills through experience - apart from "honed". I don't think it's the best word somehow.
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Word for “people with write-access”

Say you have a forum only a select group of people have access to contribute to - what would you call those people? Or, more accurately to my domain, say you have a file on a shared computer drive ...
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Is there a different understanding of “rubber” in British and American English?

I was well aware of the different meanings of rubber, not least because there are the same definitions in my mother-tongue. However, while reading a text about differences between British and American ...
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Is there a word which means whatever you want it to mean? Or has no meaning?

I'm looking for a word which can be used in any situation to describe something in whatever way you want, i.e it's not a word and just fits in to places..., but is there an actual word which does ...
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Term for something that is supposed to increase safety, but really just increases fear?

Some examples: A news station giving daily "terrorist reports". It doesn't actually say how to protect yourself, just gives information on how horrible they are & why you should be afraid. A ...
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Is “far from the end” correct?

Is it right to say far from the end in the following example? Researches on the exploitation of the DAS method are far from the end.
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Qualifying a profile

Which of these adjectives is better used to qualify a profile (the width of an elongated object, such as in crossing profile)? low or small large or high Low crossing profile seems more common ...
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people that will laugh at anything

Is there a word or phrase for either the people who will laugh at anything or something that describes this and can be extended to be used with people?
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Is there a name for the fallacy that one vote has no effect on the outcome?

I often hear this in elections where people justify not going to vote, because (according to them) "their vote doesn't change anything" or the like. This kind of reasoning is also used to discard ...
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Gut-wrenching or -retching?

It was the most gut-retching thing I have ever heard. Wrenching sounds like it would make sense, but so does retching.
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What is an adjective for multiple things originating from the same source?

I feel like there should be a word for this, and it seems like it's on the tip of my tongue, but I just can't think of it. Is there an adjective for when a number of things all originate from the ...
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Difference between “please note” and “I would like to point out” [migrated]

Received an e-mail from a company I work with saying: Please note that. . . Personally I prefer to say “I would like to point out that...” Are both sentences correct?
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Question of Initialisms vs Acronyms [duplicate]

Today I was driving by a UPS truck, which for those unfamiliar is a delivery truck used by a shipping company. By standard definition UPS could be seen as an acronym as you can pronounce it "ups" ...
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Which of these two words is proper in denoting a friend? [duplicate]

"Our mutual friend" or "our common friend" - which is more suitable ? Why is that so ?
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“Habitat selection in/of birds”, “concept in/of statistics”, “theme in/of evolution”

It seems to me that in and of work equally well in sentences such as these: Habitat selection in birds is frequently studied. Habitat selection of birds is frequently studied. ...
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Favorites is/are empty [closed]

I'm not English native speaker and I'd like to know correct form of this sentence. If I want to say that my favorites folder is empty what's the verb I should use in this case? I mean when the ...
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could and might to talk about future possibility

I have problem with using could in the future possibilities for example: They have the technology, but unless the government makes stricter laws, car companies ____ do it. With which one should I ...
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“Would have” in conditional clauses

I have been taught to use the if I had form in conditional clauses referring to the past: If the president had asked me, I would have told him the same thing. As far as I can tell though, the ...
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“In” vs. “of” after the superlative form of adjectives

Hanna's the youngest member of the team. Why isn't it "in the team"? The rule that we covered in out textbook New Total English pre-intermediate says that we use in with groups of people and ...
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Does the line“ Tears of disbelief sting my eyes” make sense? [closed]

Can I use the words - "Tears of disbelief sting my eyes" to express the fact that I am very sad and shocked?
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which phrase is more suitable in an official text :“ordinary people” or "normal people

I am confused which phrase is more suitable to put in an official text that is comparing two phrases : 1) successful person 2) Ordinary or normal person.
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What is the difference between “meaning” and “definition”?

They seem to be used interchangeably, yet somehow, I feel there is a difference. Are there situations when one would use "definition" above "meaning", or "meaning" instead of "definition"? For ...
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Which is correct: “while away” or “wile away”?

Instinctively I wrote "wile away the hours", but on reflection that didn't seem right, given what "wile" is usually taken to mean. Then again, "while away" doesn't seem to make much sense either. ...
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“Complement” or “supplement”?

On a site similar to this one I answered a question and the OP made a comment which prompted me to complete my answer in an edit. I called it "an example" but I originally wanted to call it ...
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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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“Repetitive” vs. “repetitious”

I have heard both repetitive and repetitious used in everyday speech to describe something that repeats, and I'm wondering what the real difference between the words is. Does one have a different ...
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a word for “to make something bland and boring” [closed]

And also, what is a word for when sb walks quietly as though being fearful. Kind of like "Surreptitious" but not because one wants to keep it secret. Example: these people won't harm you, nor do u ...
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Is there a word for 'religism'? [duplicate]

I'm searching for a word with a meaning similar to Racism or Sexism but within the context of religion. Is there a word for this meaning?
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Difference between 'oxymoron', 'paradox', 'contradiction' and 'misnomer' [closed]

What is the difference between the words oxymoron, paradox, contradiction and misnomer? For example, Benevolent dictator is an oxymoron. If I replace oxymoron with misnomer, paradox, or ...
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Is there a term or phrase for the one paying a bill that is later split?

Sometimes when splitting bills one of the group members has to pay the entire bill first to later be reimbursed by the other group members. Is there an English term for who that person is or what the ...