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General term for content available on web page or as paper/pdf?

I am writing a document that I hope to show as a web page, and make available as a PDF that people might print. In the opening I have: "This document is an annotated guide to foo bar." While I ...
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What is the adjective for a child who has finished kindergarten education?

Preschool seems to be the word typically used for children's education before they enter elementary school. But how do we call a child who has finished preschool education? Is it valid to use ...
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what is the difference between forget about it and forget it?

what are the differences between "forget about it" and "forget it"? it seems they both mean never mind. example: -sorry for what happened yesterday -forget it. -can i buy you a drink? -forget about ...
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Is there a word to describe beliefs that are neither scientific nor false nor religious?

If I believe that the Spaghetti Monster lives under my bed, what word would you use to describe this? It can not be proven that the Spaghetti Monster does not live under my bed because you have not ...
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If A is “attached” to B, what is B?

Let's say I have a document that is attached to an e-mail. Is there a short way to express "The e-mail this document is attached to"? Something like "the carrier e-mail", but not so strange ...
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What do you call someone who knows multiple programming languages?

Someone who knows multiple languages is called polyglot or multilingual (There can be nuances between two words also.). I'm not sure if we can apply these terms to someone who knows multiple ...
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“whether” or “according as” or …?

I want to state that depending on the context, A will not react the same. I would like a concise phrasing, I am not sure which of these are grammatical: Here's what I wrote — but I found no support ...
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What's the term for the information you gather from someone before deciding to bring them in for an interview?

What is another word for the information you gather from someone before deciding to bring them in for an interview? (Salary Requirements, Commuting Restrictions, etc.) What I'm trying to say is: ...
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What to say to point out that you get paid for playing?

We recently had a discussion whether "Pay for play" or "Play for pay" is the correct term to describe that you get money when you play. Which one is correct? Sincerely, Kia.
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“at the cost of” vs. “at the expense of”

I usually use "at the cost of", but my editor made it "at the expense of". For example, the following sentence: The counts in Table 2 are all based on implementations that are optimized for ...
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How to describe this kind of education in a non-western society?

The education I received in primary school and junior high school was comparatively open-minded and libertarian. I am describing China's education.The word "libertarian" is related with a particular ...
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Which word should I choose in this context?

I have participated in many campaigns aiming at providing some opportunities for students to perceive vicariously what was going on in the real life behind the economic data which they were familiar ...
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“to prefer something over something” or “to prefer something to something” [duplicate]

Which syntax is more correct: to prefer something over something else or to prefer something to something else or maybe both are correct?
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When can I use “while” instead of “when”? [duplicate]

I have been learning English for a long time, but still don't understand about the when/while difference and their usage. When can I use "while"?
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Word or phrase for saying you don't want something when you really do [closed]

Like if I offer somebody a candy bar and they say "no thank you" when they actually would love to eat it. I've heard people refer to it as "being modest", but the dictionary definition of modest ...
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A word for: the regular swallowing of one's saliva

Humans (and member of many other species too) must swallow their saliva fairly regularly, especially when awake. Is there any nice, plain-English word for this action? For example, instead of ...
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“Just by the fact that” or “Just the fact that” difference?

Which is more correct when fitting into this sentence: "... the course is new to me is what motivates me to study it." That is, of these two, which is more correct: Just by the fact that the ...
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Adjective form of 'pathos'

When describing rhetorical appeals, 'ethos' can become 'ethical,' and 'logos' can become 'logical.' But what about 'pathos'? The closest I can come up with is 'pathetic,' but some research tells me ...
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Semantics and malapropism

When correcting somebody on the application of a word, could it be said that you are being critical of their use of semantics? For example, calling the tool used to pick a lock a "tension wrench" is ...
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What else did you think it stood for? vs …it stand for? vs …it stands for? [closed]

I'm confused about what tense the verb in the predicate of a question should take. Which of the following versions of stand should be used? What else did you think it stood for? What else did you ...
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Word to describe the completion of a planned rail journey

I am a native English speaker with, what I consider to be, an excellent vocabulary but I recently ran into a problem whilst compiling my list of New Year's Resolutions. One item on the list is to ...
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Noun that means “something that contrasts favorably with the rest”?

For example, when you want to emphasize the contrast of a laid-back person living in a hectic city. I figure we can say something like "His laid-back personality is a [word] against/to the bustle of ...
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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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What is the saying or idiom or word that means when “friends” don’t need you anymore it seems like they don’t know you anymore

there are some people who are your friend in the time of need,and they ignore you the other times,so what do you call them? a poet calls them "flies around a sweetmeat".
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Can “for” be interchangeable with “since” in this sentence?

"For I do not know his name yet, I will acknowledge my new friend as James for now." Also, is the word "acknowledge" suitable in this sentence? Thanks! (I'm trying to not use the word "since" here ...
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Words that change meaning when a letter is added/removed/changed

Want to know if there is a collective word to describe these kind of words that change their meanings in an opposite way (rather than irrelevantly) when a single letter is added/removed/changed so ...
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“Reservation for” vs. “reservation at”

I'm trying to check if this sentence is correct. Is this reservation for the Holiday Inn? Or, should I use Is this reservation at the Holiday Inn?
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Does “reclaim” make sense in this context? [closed]

I reclaimed serenity and readjusted myself to this new life. We can reclaim a property from someone else, but can we reclaim serenity from the angry self which was already the past existence of me?
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What's a word that means does not belong, and doesn't matter at the same time?

The word can be used to mean that something doesn't belong (i.e in this category) or something that has nothing to do with something, but also doesn't matter. I know there is a word for this in my ...
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Word which means - “decreases the beauty ”

If I wanted to express something adds to the beauty of a place I'd use words like: embellish, adorn, beautify, et cetera. What is the word which is used to express that something decreases the beauty ...
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Word for Party *Steward*?

Is there a word that describes a person who is usually not too drunk and takes care of the rest of the folks at a party? Typically, they're the ones who drag the sloshed ones back to beds, clean up ...
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What do you call a house with a yard?

Is there a word in English, no matter from which origin e.g. French, Latin, etc., to describe a house that has a yard area? Or do we just have to say house/home with a yard? Update: By house, I mean ...
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Is there a tool to find words that are related to multiple input words?

I'm looking for a similar tool to thesaurus.com, but one where you can enter multiple words. For example, I'm looking for a word that describes something between match and race. Or one that captures ...
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What’s the verb for discontinuing a call on a mobile phone?

What is the correct term for stopping a conversation on a mobile phone? In the old days we used to put the phone down when we were done talking. Do we now put the mobile down instead of putting the ...
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Word for “the little chores” in life

I'm looking for a noun which roughly means "the little chores" in life, something similar to mundane tasks (such as fetching groceries, doing the laundry, etc), but a bit more generic than "errand". ...
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Word that means “repulsed by self”

I am looking for one word that expresses being disgusted by your own thoughts, or repulsed by your subconscious, anything like that. I'm not looking for words that mean repulsed by your body or having ...
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a substitute expression for an ending [duplicate]

I asked this earlier so if one of the post needs to be merged, altered, or deleted let me know. The ending needs to express the idea that I am "ready to begin" in a way that is personal and balanced ...
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Best word for a task or deed completed without or before one realizes he/she has even endeavored to do it?

What word best describes the experience of starting something, and ending up, before you know it, far deeper into it than you had ever intended, or far more embroiled, involved, or even having ...
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What do you call the state, that when you see something or somebody or something is accruing reminds you something else even though unrelated?

Sometimes it feels like what is accruing at the present time is attached to something else, every time you hear or smell something or see something accruing reminds you the situation that you have ...
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Is “diplomations” a coined word possibly used in journalism or in politics?

Regarding Sony’s decision to pull “The Interview” from theaters before it’s Christmas Day release date--which decision was then reversed by Sony at the last minute--Fox News host Megyn Kelly said on ...
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What's the difference between “large share” and “high share”?

Please help me! In the passage below, can I replace highest with largest / lowest with smallest? the United States had the highest housing expenditure share, 26% of total expenditures in 2009. The ...
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Which answers are correct among five expressions? or have the same meaning? [closed]

A: I think she has had plastic surgery. B: Yes. She definitely is not a natural beauty. Yes. She definitely is not the natural beauty. Yes. She definitely is not in natural beauty. Yes. She ...
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Is “join” in this context ambiguous?

During this internship, I joined the on-line training program which was given by the company to the employees and aimed to help them grasp the new system. I am the student of this program. I am ...
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How to describe these abstract concepts? [closed]

I am aware that to do this one needs not only professional skills in technologies, a sound knowledge in education and methodologies, but also a deep understanding and comprehensive analysis of ...
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Can "field“ used in this sentence?

They succeed in persuading me to leave the field of technology in which I can easily find assurance in terms of job opportunity and financial stability. Please tell me whether I can use the word ...
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Is there a name for a war where everyone fights everyone else?

Is there a name for a war where everyone fights everyone else? I think that I heard the name "Kephyr" (Turkish? for the name of a war where it's all against all but I could not verify it.
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Word Request: A word that would describe how seconds (or other unit) relate to minutes (or other unit)

For example, if I had the sentence: A minutes ______ are seconds. What word would work here? It would also fit in the sentences below. A byte's _____ are bits. A byte is split up by eight ______ ...
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The state of being a vagabond

I'm looking for an English word that describes the state of being a vagabond, and can be used in a sentence like this: "My only goal is vagabond-age" (to coin a word). More details: I'm trying ...
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which adjective should i use for family of someone [closed]

I want to write a happy new year letter for someone(not very close, business partner) what adjective should i use in regard to his family for example : Dear Family , respectful family , beloved family ...
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Is magnanimity the right word for courage, insight and willingness to overlook or forgive?

Definitions of magnanimous in some of the most authoritative dictionaries: Oxford Dictionaries Online: Generous or forgiving, especially towards a rival or less powerful person. Dictionary.com ...