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What's another phrase for “word for word”? [closed]

It's a sudden random question I have but I distinctly remember there being another phrase, probably of another language, which means exactly the same as "word for word". What is it?
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Is it unprofessional to say “Sorry for my English”? [closed]

First of all I am sorry if this is wrong forum for this question. I have come in a situation recently where I was needed to write a mail to a foreign company. And as you probably noticed by now my ...
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Is there a generic word for “all of x type of thing”?

I am looking for a generic collective noun that can be acceptably used to refer to all existing things of some particular kind. It would apply to "all existing trees", "all existing vehicles", "all ...
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interchanged lens or interchanging lens?

I was wondering what the right word to describe a camera lens that is replaced with another lens. As I prefer to use the term "interchange", I put "interchanged lens" to refer to the lens replaced ...
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What's a word for “weird but somewhat normal?” Or odd/disgusting instead of weird

For example: being attracted to a cousin. picking your nose and eating it. liking the smell of your own flatulence. etc.
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Like masthead, motto, logo

What is the word for an image and/or phrase that might be painted or hung on the main wall of an organization's lobby? Not their "logo" but a deeper, more complex, more internal symbol. That's ...
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Word to describe an engraved slogan or name for charity purposes?

I'm doing a fundraiser that allows a user to memorialize content, be it a phrase, picture, or emblem among other content with fixed dimensions (height & width). Historically, people inscribed ...
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What is someone called who makes and sells sandwiches?

I am translating a text from Persian to English. I need to use an equivalent for "ساندویچی" (pronounced 'Sandwichi')(In Persian, a person who makes and sells sandwiches. It also applies to the place, ...
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How to describe a dish that is both salty and sweet?

We often use the word savoury to describe salty and spicy dishes. And the definition on many online dictionary seems to salty or spicy; not sweet. Is there a word that describes dishes in general ...
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Generic term for someone who looks after children

I am looking for a generic term for someone who looks after children i.e. a term that would encompass: nanny baby-sitter au-pair etc. Can someone please advise?
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Vocal chords or cords? [closed]

Which one is correct, and don't tell me vocal folds. When you talk about someone singing, are they using their vocal cords or their vocal chords? I found this which thankfully shed some light on the ...
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Is the use of the word 'hence' improper in business writing?

I'm a professional technical writer. I used the word 'hence' in my conclusions a couple of times. The client (from Canada) let me know that it sounds like something straight out of a "Shakespeare ...
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“A teaching assistant in/of/for Applied Quantitative Methods”

I am a Teaching Assistant in/of/for Applied Quantitative Methods Which preposition is correct this context? And why?
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What is the word for “a road that vanishes into the distance”?

I am looking for a word that would describe the image of a road that vanishes into the distance. I am fairly confident that there is such a single word since I remember a long time ago finding it and ...
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“which day is Friday” vs. “what day is Friday”

Thanks to: "Which" vs. "what" — what's the difference and when should you use one or the other? I know that "what" can replace "which" in the examples below. But which ...
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Which word is best; “population”, “pick” or “combination”?

Please look at the sentence below. The ________ of actors and actresses is very important in this movie I will make. Which of the following three words fit best in the blank space? ...
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How to politely begin an email to a professor and a doctor? [closed]

Suppose I need to write an letter (email, actually), addressed to two academicians. One is a full professor, and the other does not yet have this title. What is a polite way of opening the letter? If ...
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Name for the text within a diary entry

A little background; am writing a pain diary web-api; I am trying to find the best way to describe the main body of text within a diary entry, or is the main body itself the entry? Assuming 'entry' ...
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Is there a term or word for solving a problem that oneself created?

I am looking for a word or term for the concept of solving a problem that oneself created. An example would be a solution to smog. If there wasn't so much emission and pollution, there would be no ...
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“Including the likes of A, B, C” vs. simply “including A, B, C”

I found the following sentence in a sports report: Manuel Pellegrini's men claimed their second title in three years last season and boast a squad including the likes of Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure, ...
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Nobody's perfect but I could stand corrected

Is the phrase: Nobody's perfect but I could stand corrected... proper grammar? I want to say: No one is perfect, but if they or I make a mistake, I can take it if they tell me I am wrong. ...
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What's a less obscure word for “sinecure”?

I'm writing a message which will go out to a global community, so I want to keep the vocabulary relatively straightforward. I'm describing a job which previously has been a little vaguely-defined, but ...
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What is a good verb to describe the pleasant sound of rain?

Last week, I was up the whole night working in my house in my ultra-quiet neighborhood. Around 3 am, a thunderstorm started and broke the silence of the night. I enjoyed the sound of rain on my window ...
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'Cultural amnesia' : what does it mean?

I came across this word while browsing and could not browse its definition. I understand amnesia, have heard of retrograde amnesia,but cultural amnesia appears jarring to my mind.
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Word for “delegating” with negative connotation

I am writing a complaint letter: "...she gets others to do her job and she claims the credit..." The only word I know for "getting others to do her job" is "delegating", but it sounds too positive. ...
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Formal words for “study hard” and “study roughly”?

I am writing my university application application, and want to explain why my grades during my exchange semester are not as elegant as normal semesters. I wish to express that I did not study them ...
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to eliminate documents

I am puzzled about the word choice, namely the verb "to eliminate". Can we say that the person eliminated documents or an electronic database because they were of no use anymore or outdated. If no, ...
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Is there a difference between “cured” and “recovered”? [closed]

In reference to this question I asked there, a user said that the phrase 'recovered' and 'cured' generally mean the same thing. Is this true? I was under the impression 'cured' meant a final ...
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Synonym for “under-developed location” used by someone who is well off?

In a fiction I am writing when one of the characters returns home to his wife he finds here sister's there as well. when asked why they've been there for the past month one explains how they are ...
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is this sentence all in the past tense? I'm struggling to write in the past tense but use active words?

The turf wicket at Cook reserve in Bedford has been vandalised on Sunday after diesel was poured liberally across all five cricket pitches, rendering them unusable.
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“Lighter” vs. “brighter”

I'm trying to find information about the grammatical correctness of interchanging lighter and brighter in the sense of: I turned on the lamp and the room became lighter. I turned on the lamp ...
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What quality describes “degree of concentration of wealth”?

Suppose I wish to propose a challenge to quantify the "degree of concentration of wealth" as it pertains to "rep" on various Stack Exchange boards. The measure being used, the Gini index, is formally ...
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Word choice in this sentence [duplicate]

From/for/since last three months I haven't received any messages from him. Which preposition is correct in this sentence--from, for or since? Is 'last three months' a point in time or a period of time ...
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Communicating Last Full Week to users

I'm trying to communcate the idea of 'Last full week'. That is, the most recent Sunday through Saturday range that has totally finished. October 2014 Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 1 2 3 4 5 ...
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How to say “nonconfluence” in context of God and man?

I'm writing about a union between man and God in Christianity. And this union has a property of not being confluent, meaning that the person of man doesn't dissolve in the person of God but they exist ...
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A word describes the person who tends to stereotype people

Is there a word/adjective (single word) that describes the person who likes consiously or uncousiously to stereotype people? I was thinking that there might be a word such as stereotypist, but such a ...
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Word for an Original Idea

Is there a good word for an idea that someone came up with on their own? I'm talking about an original idea. The reason I want such a word is for my notes so that I can annotate, with as few words ...
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How to say “beginninglessness” properly? [closed]

I'm writing about a property of God, describing that He has no beginning, and I couldn't find a word for it. The best I came up with is beginninglessness, but it sounds alien and doesn't seem to be ...
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“For three years” vs “in three years” [duplicate]

I haven't talked to my wife for three years. I haven't talked to my wife in three years. Are in and for interchangeable in these sentences?
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“half an hour ago” VS “half an hour before/earlier”

This is a sentence I read: The engines that had stopped half an hour ago were in action again. In my opinion, ago in the above sentence is used incorrectly. It should be replaced by before or ...
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Is “dabble in” the proper word in this case?

I am writing my statement of purpose for my Ph.D. application. As you may or may not know, the candidates mainly elaborate on their research experience in the statement of purpose. My intended Ph.D. ...
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A word that means suffering great loss if failed but highly profitable if successful?

This is a task that'll bring you back a great profit if successful but may also end you up with heavy loss even your life. I have been thinking whether there is one word or a phrase or some self ...
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Is there a word for 'within ten units of'?

Is there a word that can used like decade, but when talking about units not years? For example, everyone knows that: 2006 is within a decade of 1998 1989 is in the same decade as 1984 However, ...
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two times three

When someone says "two times three', which do you imagine, 3+3 or 2+2+2? When someone says "multiply two by three, which do you imagine, 3+3 or 2+2+2? The results are the same, but the concept may ...
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Why do people say “too little too xyz” instead of “a little too xyz” [migrated]

I've heard people say for example "It was too little too late". But isn't it more suitable to use "a" instead of "too" there? English is not my first language so I am sorry if this is an obvious ...
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Is 'efficate' a word in English? [closed]

I routinely hear the word "efficate" being used. For example, "The most powerful way to efficate a change in the system is to participate." I do not find entries for this word in common English ...
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“Decorated with taste” or “tastefully decorated”

Which sentence should be used when referring to good quality? The house is decorated with taste. The house is tastefully decorated. Is there any difference?
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Can aforementioned be used to mean “As I mentioned in…”?

Usually, I would use aforementioned to refer to a noun - the aforementioned song, book etc, but would it make sense to say "Aforementioned in the introduction..."? I'm writing an essay and I want to ...
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A de facto assumption?

I am trying to describe an assumption as a common and conventional one. No one ever doubts its reasonableness, and everyone simply takes this assumption as granted without thinking about it. Can I ...
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“an average of” vs “on average”

I am trying to write a job application with a sentence about my averaged evaluation. But, I don't know which expression is correct or more appropriate in the formal letter. 1) The overall performance ...