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What is the exact word used for this unusual “interval” of sorts?

I knew this word a long time ago. Then I lost my memory. childhood and all. mva trauma, head injury.. I was good with words before because I was a songwriter, and I had a feeling that this word was ...
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Is there a word for someone born in the UK?

While watching the World Cup game a few minutes ago, I was wondering what if the United Kingdom - and not England - had a National Team, with English, Scottish, Welsh, and Northern Ireland players ...
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have/teach classes

If I can't be at work and have classes with my group, and I wan't to ask my colleague to substitute for me. Can I ask: Can you have classes with my group? Can you teach my classes? Thank you!
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Should I use interchangable terms in academic writing?

In academic writing (when writing to a journal), should I stick to the same terms throughout a paper, e.g. Twenty participants participated to the study. The participants received monetary ...
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Patience satisfied

I'm looking for a word which describes the resolution of patience. Example 1: If someone is waiting (being patient) in a room for his/her name to be called and it finally happens. This also might ...
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There is a word for mis-characterization of a political figure

What is it called when someone (example: a political figure) is mis-characterized constantly and untruthfully? For example a campaign constantly hammers the message: "Senator X promotes high ...
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Is there a word to describe a piece of land surrounded by river(s)?

I was wondering if there is a word that describes a piece of land that is being surrounded by river(s)? Is "island" appropriate for this? I always thought the word Island means a piece of land ...
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Should I use “this” or “next” in a question about time? [duplicate]

My son asked me this question: Today is June 12. Tom will play a video game on _ Sunday (which is June 15). And the choice is either "this" or "next." So which one should it be?
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Best word for health problems

What is the best word for pain and health problems caused by a disease? I want to use it as term for a collection of symptoms, that I gather. For example: [headache, stomachache, nausea] but ...
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Which is the right word to ask if this will create problem on a proffesional tone

I'm drafting a mail to my team informing them that I'm taking leave on someday and that I want to know if this will create problem or friction in working. I used I’ll will be taking leave on June ...
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Rail vs railway

What's the difference between rail and railway? Hold your horses - I know I can consult a dictionary on this one, and I have, but it's still not clear to me which of the two I should use in ...
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Is there a common term for source and destination? [closed]

Background: I'm trying to come up with a name for a database column. This would store the source or destination of funds in a multi-part financial transaction.
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Word for software which has been killed or is no longer supported

When describing a piece of software on a list I have the following information: SoftwareName Released: 2013-12-12 ????: 2014-12-12 The ???? is like the opposite of Released. Maybe I could use ...
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Professional ways of saying “to know something”

Usually, in our CV or resume, we will say that "I know this, I know that, blah blah". I think the verb "to know" is not formal enough in such situation. Is there a better way to say you know ...
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Equivalent phrase/single-word for `prognosis (without intervention)`

Consider a situation when without any effort/intervention into the process consequences are predefined to be bad. How do you call such a bad-prognosis?
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what is the word for saying bad words about other people [duplicate]

There is a word to call this kind of person: habitually say bad things about other people, ONLY when the said people are not present always excited to spread rumors, especially the bad things ...
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What do you call collective intelligence?

Collective intelligence is a form of wisdom of crowds. What together an aggregation knows is often pretty comparable with expert opinions. What is one word (or at most two) that describes this kind of ...
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How to describe these movements?

If one takes this head-rope and pulls it back and forth, one can control the movement of all the threads of the net, and the whole net will be unfolded or collected accordingly. I do not know how to ...
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What is a term for a genre that is not sci-fi or fantasy?

I need a term to distinguish movies such as Die Hard or Taken from the likes of The Lord of the Rings or Minority Report. Broadly speaking, they are all action movies. But what do I say when I want to ...
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Word meaning “without my asking”

There is a specific word meaning 'without my asking' and I cannot seem to recall it whatsoever. Used in a sentence: "she told me all about her personal life 'without my asking."
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Researchers and universities are to Academia as covert operatives and secret compounds are to…?

The domain or the world of academics - teachers and researchers in universities and colleges - is referred to as academia. What do you call the domain of secret agents, spies and covert ops teams, ...
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The other end of an “offer” [closed]

In replying to this email, sender: I believe you were interested in applying for a Moffat Scholarship Award (etc. etc.) my response: Thanks for your email and I appreciate the offer. But I'm ...
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'I don't get no money' - how is this correct [duplicate]

I was chatting with a friend when he said 'I don't get no money' - he was referring to some work he was doing. This usage of language confused me. I have come across phrases like this in movies and ...
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Who is the guardian of the protégé

If protégé is the person who receives, so-to-speak, who is the giver? That is, what's the terms used for the person under whose patronage the protégé is?
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Can I say “thus much can be said that”? [closed]

Thus much can be said that apart from geographical remoteness and the early formation of a highly centralized government, the commandments functioning as the moral core of the social and political ...
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Using “respectively” with “and” vs. “or”

Is it acceptable usage to use "or" with "respectively", or is it possible only with "and"? Example: If the light changes from red to blue or from blue to red, you must catch or throw the ball, ...
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“I have met you” or “I had met you” [duplicate]

Which is the correct expression, "I have met you" or "I had met you", when you are trying to tell in wright someone that they met some days ago.
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Can one “go against” an objection?

There were a few examples on google, but very limited and mostly blogs and the like. I'm thinking that words like "ignore" tend to be used with "objections." But is there a word like "defy" that can ...
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Another 'me' versus 'myself' usage question

I am quitting a job. I wrote a letter of resignation and have come upon the following sentence: "Moreover, I believe [name of restaurant] will be better suited to have an employee that is different ...
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Word to describe team interactions (questions, updates, queries…)

I'm looking for a word that describe quick exchanges of information that happen in a team or between people that know each other (colleagues for example). Questions, queries and requests are too ...
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What is the proper use of the word “state of the art”? [closed]

I am a bit confused with using the phrase state of the art. Is the following usage correct? My motivation relies on the fact, discussed above, that there is little global state of the art ...
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Difference between last and for the last time [migrated]

What is the difference between 'last'and 'for the last time'? I don't remember when I went to the cinema ...? A) last B) for the last time C) last time D) at last
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What is the taste that stimulates your appetite?

When we eat something, after munching and swallowing a bite, we are strongly stimulated to have one more bite. What is the taste that causes this effect?
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Defining a goal that can be achieved through many ways

I want to define a goal that can be achieved through many ways. Does multidirectional work? A multidirectional goal? Its for a title of an essay saying that there is not just a single way to stay ...
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Word for a person or code which puts emphasis on self-improvement

I'm looking for a word which describes a person or ethical/religious code or whatever which emphasises self-improvement. That is, that the point of it is to fix one's flaws and vices and whatnot. ...
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A single word for “non-empty” or “not empty” [duplicate]

Much like the poster who posted this: "Not empty" set in one word? I'm simply looking for a single ("short" if possible) word that means "non-empty" or "not empty". I'm not looking for ...
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Word for bigotry towards someone of political beliefs

Ageism is the word for bigotry towards people of an age group, racism towards people of a race, sexism towards people of a certain gender, etc. Is there a word for bigotry towards someone of certain ...
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Is there a word for payments made to freelance workers such as designers?

Is there a word for payments made to freelance workers such as designers? Obviously, it is not the same as a wage or a salary. I can think of "payment", but that seems too general. "Commission" is ...
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“That” between “thought” and “could”

Is It was me that Mr. Jones thought could do it. correct? Is that required between thought and could?
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Earthquake As A Verb

Is there a way to use earthquake as a verb, i.e.: It started earthquaking... What's the proper way to express earthquake as a verb?
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Is 'can' an appropriate substitute for 'may' to indicate possibility? [duplicate]

One definition of can in Merriam-Webster Online is: c —used to indicate possibility < do you think he can still be alive> < those things can happen> ; sometimes used interchangeably with may ...
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Use of the word Refrained

'The experience of negative emotions in the flow of life can never be stopped, only refrained!' Is this sentence grammatically wrong since the preposition 'from' does not follow the word refrained?
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pro-active/initiative-taking as an adjective

How can we describe someone who always takes the initiative? He is very _. The only word I can come up with is pro-active but it sounds/feels a little awkward to me. Edit: Dictionary[dot]com has a ...
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“Looks more genuine than me/I writing”

In the following sentence, which is more appropriate — I or me, and why? Sending separate mails will look more genuine than me/I writing on behalf of everyone.
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What is the equivalent of “susceptibility” in medical literature, but to a healthy condition?

In medical literature the word susceptibility collocates with negative adjectives or nouns -- negative prosody. Likewise, the word predisposing factors or state is mostly associated with negative ...
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An Exocentric compound for Children

I have written a story for children in Persian. Somewhere in the story, I have mentioned "pear". "Pear" In Farsi is gool-abbi, which translates literally as "blue flower". I have mentioned that as ...
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I'm looking for help with a word to describe a concise theory

I'm looking for a word that describes the simplest, most complete theory: concise, elegant, complete
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Is a movie played in a theater or at a theater?

Do we say a movie is being played in a theater or at a theater?
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“She is speaking” vs. “I am speaking”

Tom: "Hi this is Tom, May I speak with Linda please?" Linda: "Yes, she is speaking" Can Linda say "yes, she is speaking" or does she have to say "yes, I am speaking"?
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“Putative” vs. “surrogate” [closed]

How similar or different is "putative" to "surrogate"? The term "surrogate father" is common, "putative father" is fairly so, too. But what may be the difference in connotation?