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Looking for a proper word to express lack of self-control

Need a proper adjective that can be used to call a trait when a person consciously lacks self-control/discipline while trying avoid certain things. A simple example could be a person trying to wake ...
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Words describing ways in which words are used

What umbrella term can be used to describe the collection of writing techniques encompassing "irony, sarcasm, satire, simily, allegory, etc.", indicating the way in which words are used within a text, ...
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Alternative for “all for one, one for all”

Looking for an alternative idiom/phrase, etc. for the titular term. Any idea?
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“to argue a view”: Is this correct and common?

Is the phrase "they argue different views" acceptable? When I google the phrase "argue a view" with quotations, I found relatively small number of results and some of them had a clause after "view" (e....
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“It wasn't me …” or “It wasn't I …”? [duplicate]

Which of the following usage is correct, grammatically? a) It wasn't I who did this project. b) It wasn't me who did this project.
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What is a scientific philistine called?

A philistine is a person who knows little about culture and the arts. What is a person called who displays the same lack with regard to science?
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Completely vs Fully?

In my recent paper, there a question: "When you read something in a foreign language, you frequently come across words you do not______understand." A. totally B. completely C.wholly D. ...
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What is the act of preparing field notes called?

When I make field notes (data) during a study, what can I call that act of data collection? Field note preparation / field noting (!)/ ??
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Does “nails” imply painted nails? [closed]

A google image search for "nails" displays almost exclusively painted nails, whereas searching for "fingernails" displays almost exclusively unpainted nails. Is this due to a difference in the meaning ...
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Applied logical OR is ored or orred? [duplicate]

I did programming mechanism that applies logical OR on multiple statements and now trying to give proper name to variable. Would it be ored or orred?
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Difference between twilight zone and gray area

I have found in dictionary that gray area = an ill-defined situation or area of activity not readily conforming to a category or set of rules. Twilight zone = The ambiguous region between two ...
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What is a word for something that you desperately want and/or craved for, but NEVER GOT?

Take this situation; Everyone was given ice cream at the birthday party, except for Todd. After Todd got home, he felt very disheartened that he never got the chance to taste the ice-cream there. He ...
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Why should I use 'used' not 'use'? [closed]

I often see this phrase: 'It can be used for...' But why is it not: 'It can be use for...'? Even though it is still can be used presently? Is it because of the word 'be'?
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Under a photograph “Me or I” [duplicate]

Under a photograph of myself and a friend would I write not speak Michael and I or Michael and me Thank you
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“He is no different than you and I” or “He is no different than you and me” [duplicate]

I have no difficulty in normal cases knowing whether to say "you and I"or "You and me." But this situation confuses me. On one hand, I can justify I by saying there is an implied "are" at the end: ...
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my best friend who is a man called me a little doodle. What does this mean? [closed]

My best male friend called me a little doodle. What does this moniker "little doodle" mean?
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Usage of Verb “Bridge” [closed]

I was wondering is it okay to use "bridge" as verb as follows: Throughout the article, we bridge A to B and concentrate on the most important application to C. I treated A,B and C as something.
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Use of “only” and “alone”

How would you use "only" or "alone" to denote whether something happened exclusively in one place? For example "It happened only in the United States" or "It happened in the United States alone". The ...
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What's wrong with “again” in “I can’t believe we’re here at Kerrang! Award [sic] again”?

A Japanese metal band BABYMETAL won the title of Best Live Band of 2016 at the Kerrang! Awards. The following is a part of the article Babymetal shows maturity as rude U.K. award presenter repeatedly ...
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What is it called when people use words like ur and u in place of your, and you? [duplicate]

And why do people say it's lazy and bad? Why do people call others stupid for it, when it's intentional and I don't really think its wrong in casual conversations through text (obviously not speech) ...
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A word for forcing oneself to do something one dislikes

What is word for forcing oneself to do something one dislikes or in general doing something one hates? I can't use [self-] "discipline" because I'm thinking along negative connotations almost of ...
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User's Guide vs. User's Manual vs. Manual [duplicate]

I am discussing with my colleagues whether a 300+ page book that describes how to use a product we manufacture should be called a User's Manual, Manual or User's Guide, and how it should be referred ...
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What type of pronoun shoould I use before a gerund? [duplicate]

While reviewing grammar, I came upon this sentence: "I was able to inspect the apartment without his noticing the movement of my eyes." However, this phrasing seems awkward, especially the "his". I ...
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Is 'in the now' a meaningful phrase?

Can I use it in the following sentence: You may need my services in the now, or perhaps two months later. With in the now meant to be used in lieu of immediately. Is this correct use of the ...
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Verb for a tail “slipping” out of a piece of clothing?

Is there any specific verb (or anything that sounds more natural than "slip") that could be used in the following sentence: "Its tail slipped underneath its skirt."
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Adverb of Frequency for “Sprint” [closed]

Re: Agile Software Development - Is there an accepted adverb to describe an activity that happens once per Sprint? Following the pattern daily, weekly, fortnightly etc, the obvious answer would seem ...
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What are the best words to describe subjects being compared?

I tried to Google this but no luck so far. I was wondering if there was proper words to describe the comparison of 2 subjects? The first subject would be the object being compared in relation to the ...
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Why have I not heard “radical muslim terrorism” on TV?

In the United States, on TV I have heard much about "radical islamic terrorism" during the republican debates and also in mainstream media. Nearly all these cases involve a male aggressor, or a ...
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I am having trouble deciding whether to use “so” or “instead” in the following sentence. Which is appropriate?

There are few surviving writings that could tell us more about wrestling in ancient times. __________, historians have learned about the sport by examining pictures on vases, coins, and cave walls.
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A word for a person who can “quickly adapt to change” [closed]

What is a word for (or how would you describe) A person who can adapt to changes in the workplace newer technologies in requirements for his work
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What is this mark (-) called? [closed]

Address: #FloorUnit - #UnitNumber Example: #123 - #123 What is standard name of the "-" in between FloorUnit and UnitNumber? Make sense.
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What is the difference between “responsibility for” and “responsibility to”?

I thought "responsibility for" is about the responsibility for an action or an object, and "responsibility to" is about the responsibility with a person, like if I say "I must have the responsibility ...
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Marrying a woman [closed]

Is it possible in English to describe a woman who married a man as follows: She is under him. Thank You.
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“I'm done” (reprised)

Whether our work be finished, daylight is fading. We're done. Is this wrong? Is it too American? If so, how or why, please? Would you suggest a concise, well-written alternative to "We're done"? A ...
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Should I use “standalone”, “independent” or “ad-hoc”?

In my task-management application tasks are grouped inside "processes". I just added support for tasks not related to any specific process and trying to come up with a right name for them. What would ...
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What is a word to describe a person who mischievously and annoyingly refers to his/her friend as arrogant when that person is not?

I encountered this person (guy) who mischievously and annoyingly refers to another person (girl) as arrogant when that person is not. I suspect that the guy is trying to tease the girl but in doing so,...
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Formal for “move the focus from A to B”?

What is a formal way of saying "move the focus from A to B" in the following context? The two curves swap their locations when we move our focus from measure A to measure B. My some lousy ...
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What do you call a person who tells you to do something but they can't do it [closed]

For example if you are in a relationship. The man tells you to update him or tell him everytime you leave the house and go home. Yet he doesn't do it. He doesn't update. He expects you to do the ...
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Is saying “How many percent…?” incorrect?

Our students are often asked to describe a chart for their online classes. We have to ask follow-up or guide questions to help them describe it and I often ask my students about how many votes did an ...
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Is “betterly” a word? [closed]

Consider the sentence: Sorry for the poorly worded sentence, I could not find a way to word it betterly. Does the word “betterly” exist? Can it be used in a sentence like that?
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Single word(s) that describes all activity sorted by recency

We are struggling to find the correct word(s) that describes a list of all messages in the system that are sorted by recency. Trending does not work because what we are displaying is not what is ...
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Does it make sense to say that ones' interest in something is “instrumental” if [closed]

if the interest was born out of some personal goal? For instance: My interest in grammar is both academic, in that I enjoy studying languages, and instrumental, in that I hope to become a ...
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Do `no username or password provided` and `no username or no password provided` mean the same?

On a website, which is the correct error message when a user does not provide their username, their password, or both: No username or password provided. or No username or no password ...
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How to paraphrase a 3 step process in one sentence? [closed]

Good day everyone, I have the following sentence: Receive qualified developers, screen by more experienced developers. I want to ensure that the meaning is well understood. This sentence is ...
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“Could you Please provide me the details…”? [closed]

When we write a business email and want some information from the mail recipient, then which is the most professional way to ask for information. Does using "Please" in a sentence makes it look bad?
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Application of sth. to or for?

What is the correct phrase: a) "I am interested in the application of method A to the economic analysis of the data." b) "I am interested in the application of method A for the economic analysis of ...
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Better able to or able to better

Is it grammatically correct to say "better able to" or "able to better"? This applies to any usage I can think of, but the sentence that prompted this question is: Users are [phrase] understand ...
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Is it impolite/incorrect to start an email with “Namaste [name]”? [closed]

When writing an email, should I start with just "Hello [name]" or can I use other greetings, such as, "Ni Hao [name]" or "Namaste [name]"? I feel like it might be okay, but wonder if there is a ...
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In large part… in small part

What is the "conjunction" for in large part? For example: Items in this category were in large part based on Doyle and Stern’s (2006) definitions of globalization, and in small part based on ...
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An 'in-your-face' (physically) synonym? [closed]

The setting is at a restaurant table/booth and I'm trying to describe a hanging lamp/candle/ornament/chandelier that is basically in the character's face. The first word that came to my mind was ...