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Is there a comparative form of “well”?

Is there a word that means "more well", in the same way that "better" means "more good"? In common parlance most people just use "better" for this purpose, but this sounds wrong and is a nagging ...
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Single word meaning one who searches

I'm looking for a single word in English that means something akin to "one who searches" or "one who searches for meaning." I am hoping for a rustic/obscure word (not a commonly used word), but not ...
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Term for calling a non-programmer who has an effective, important role in a project [closed]

What is the official term (within a (software) project organization) for calling someone who is not a programmer however (s)he plans the nuts and bolts of the system, it goals, challenges and ...
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Coming and going in the past

If I call my mother when I am done shopping in the morning, I might tell her "I am coming home" if she is at home, but "I am going home" if she is not. That afternoon at home, discussing the day's ...
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“For most” vs “of many” Idiomatic Language

For example, which choice of idiomatic language would best serve the meaning of this particular sentence? My friend Allan is typical for most / of many programmers today in that he ponders for ...
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A date when a price is set by a company

How would you call a date when a company sets its price? I. e. a carmaker will set the price for its new model on a certain date. The context is a legal contract. In particular, does it sound right ...
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“Fluids” versus “liquids”?

What is the difference between fluid and liquid? I'm thinking of this in the context of drink plenty of fluids.
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Whom or “of whom”?

In the sentence "So, who exactly is Darren; the character who/whom/of whom the film is centred around." Should it be who/whom or of whom?
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word to replace “ interest ”

I applied for a job position last year, and I want to continue to apply for it this year. Then I say, "My interest doesn't change", but I think "interest" is a little bit weak in this case, and ...
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I would like to dedicate my father who passed away [closed]

I would like to dedicate my father who is passed away and I cant find the approriate word since I am not native speaker
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“wrench” is to “works” as “crimp” is to what?

It's commonly said that one puts or throws a "[monkey] wrench/(BrEng) spanner" in the "works", but what does one put a "crimp" into? CRIMP Google Image the act of crimping. a crimped ...
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Looking for a special synonym for “sharing”

For sake of naming convention, I need a noun synonym to share that start with "ea" or "e". Is there any word that meets this constrain?
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“Within the past year” vs. “In the past year”

I'm having an argument with a co-worker about phrasing. We have a document that makes reference to someone having experience working "in the past year", and later it states "must have experience ...
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Facilitate (XX) student-student interaction?

I want to describe the advantage of small class. It facilitates [XX] teacher to student interaction. But I don't know what to fill in for [XX]. Can I say, closer and more effective? The ...
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Double meaning of “Short” for object dimensions

Let's suppose you go to Ikea to buy a wardrobe, but you have to make sure it fits in your room. You find two that are really nice and since you like them so much you decide to buy both of them. So ...
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I want to know whether I've been writing it correctly and how can I write it in a different way?

Is "If said in the words of Mike:" correct? How can I substitute "in this way" or "the following way"?
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Artificial data or synthetic data?

I am writing a report on statistics and data analysis. For some experiments I created intentionally some data which is not directly related to real world phenomena. Which term is correct to describe ...
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Constituent vs substituent

I am a chemist, and I was writing the following sentence: "The solvent mixture was non-polar due to the minimum amount of dipole-dipole forces in both constituents". Constituents here was meant to ...
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What does “share the passion” mean?

For example, what would it be defined if used in this sentence: We share the passion in reading fantasy adventure book series. Also, should in be replaced with of?
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Word that means product or service but not content?

Is there a single word or phrase that includes a product or service for sale, but excludes content? In this context, content is defined as something like media--as in the content of a book or the ...
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“As far as the destruction of Syria is concerned”

As an intermediate English language leaner, I have just faced with the phrase "As far as the destruction of Syria is concerned". I tried a lot to find an appropriate answer for and to understand what ...
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A word to describe something that is desired only because it is rare

By rare I mean either nobody else has it or very few people possess it. I have seen veblen goods and snob effect. I use them whenever I have the need for such a concept but do so when I have time to ...
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Using the preposition ON in phrase“ She shall receive % annually on the sum”

In legal Document there is a following phrase: " She shall receive % annually on the sum" 11 lawyers who read this document divided how to read it. 6 lawyers read it as she have to get SUM + % ...
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Is there a word that means “forced into somewhere despite not fitting”?

Eg, what is a toddler doing when they force a square peg through a round role? More abstractly, what would you call it when you try to describe something via a model that doesn't really fit, and you ...
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Is “Plannable” an English (UK) word?

Is plannable, (e.g.: this task can be planned, it is plannable) an actual word in UK English? It's one I see used quite often (mostly in business scenarios, both spoken and in emails) but haven't ...
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Is there a word or phrase that’s the opposite of “drinking the kool-aid”? [closed]

Is there a word or phrase that’s the opposite of “drinking the kool-aid”? That phrase means you’ve been “on the inside” for so long that you can only see the good things. I’m looking for a phrase ...
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'Eo ipso' vs 'Ipso facto'

Are these entirely interchangeable? Or is there sometimes reason to use one but not the other? (Other than, as one website says, to use 'eo ipso' rather than 'ipso facto' if you really want to be ...
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Is “irresoluteoscillating” a word? Strange result from Thesaurus.com

I did a search on thesaurus.com for the word wavering, and one of the suggested synonyms that was listed was irresoluteoscillating. However, the Oxford and Merriam-Webster dictionaries did not have ...
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Is it better to say someone lived “at” or “on” a particular street?

When I was a lowly copyboy for a newspaper in the 1970s, I wrote obituaries. My desk editor came to me with a criticism. I had written that the deceased lived "on Nevada Blvd." She threw my copy ...
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Can introspect be used only in first person ? Or better word to replace it, in following context

Meaning of introspect is examine one's thoughts and feeling. In fact, i have to find word for "introspect". I m writing a technical report, can I use the word "introspect" but the meaning i want to ...
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What is entered in Full Text Search engines - query, phrase, term? [closed]

When designing search forms for websites, I always think of name for the variable that contains the text that user is searching for. The form often contains additional filters like date range or ...
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Judiciary/juridicial labour

I know that uauslly we do not think of judging as 'labour', but if we wished to do so, would you prefer saying "judiciary labour" or rather "juridicial labour"? Do both of them sound just too odd?
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When to use “come” & when to use “go”? [migrated]

I don't understand what this article is saying: We use come to describe movement between the speaker and listener, and movement from another place to the place where the speaker or listener is. ...
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“Housewife” vs. “homemaker” [closed]

What is the difference between a housewife and a homemaker? When can we use housewife, and when can we use homemaker? I am a housewife. I am a homemaker. Which of the above examples is ...
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Why “themselves” instead of “himself” when referring to third-person singular? [duplicate]

I've read today a comment from a UK user that sounded weird to me: so the OP is shooting themselves in the foot here with the tone then. I would have said instead: so the OP is shooting ...
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'Expect to' as an expression of excitement?

In a recent test we asked students to write a sentence expressing their excitement at a future activity. We gave an example sentence using 'looking forward to'. One student wrote "I'm expecting to ...
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I have an interview in English [closed]

I am Chinese and I have an interview in English over the phone. Just what I am wondering is what I'd better call the interviewer? The interviewer is female in her early 30's. Do you think calling ...
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Can one exonerate oneself?

You can exonerate, and be exonerated - but the word seems to be used in reference to an other. Is it proper to use the word when applying to the self? So, can one literally exonerate oneself? Of ...
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Well vs good…proper vs conversational [duplicate]

Proper answer friendly greeting, "How are you?" I am "well" or I am "good" "I am well" sounds like I'm saying I'm not sick. "I'm good," or "good" accompanied by a friendly nod sounds much better.
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“Due to” vs. “owing to” [duplicate]

Is there any difference between due to and owing to? Are there some specific situations when owing to is to be used rather than due to?
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Daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, once (?)

I have this list of choices: Daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, once The last one "once" is used to indicate thing that occurs only one time. I wanted to keep up with pattern of the first four ...
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Does “wobble” sound negative?

I'm launching a project which I want to make big as possible. I want to find a name, but I'm not looking for any real meanings. This project is a web tool (Javascript prototype & API) so I want to ...
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Can I say two-series to describe a series of two events?

I am presenting two talks on two different dates, and I would like to describe the first one as the first of a two-series talk. Is two-series talk a word that can be used with this meaning? Googling ...
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Fill with Take or takes [migrated]

On a plane, I like to speak to the stranger who ____ seat next to me. Fill with take or takes, and why?
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Usage of the word “largesse”

I am writing a sentence like: Show clients your largesse with a gift of equal proportion. Is it right in a formal sense or is it a little condescending? Is there another way to write it?
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Letter closing other than “Love”

I am writing an email to a family member (in-law or brother/sister). While in the past I used "love" and signed off with my first name for closing, I usually wondered if there are better words I could ...
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Is there a name or term for these types of statements that avoid over-generalizations?

In the news, whenever a reporter or commentator talks about police violence, specifically towards minorities, and they imply racist motives behind police brutality, they also tend to add something ...
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I have good vision/sight/eyesight

In my language, Russian, there is only one variant to express the "abilty to see" in its common physiological sence. If I have a good ability (I am born with) I say: У меня хорошее зрение So ...
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complex words indication

Splicing factors have oncogenic properties. However, their expression patterns and practical priority in gastric cancer and the difference of them between gastric cancer and colorectal cancers are ...
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What is the difference between amid and amidst?

I googled it and got the following answer: Amid and amidst are two words meaning the same thing. The meaning of these words is in connection with position of the object, person or situation – in the ...