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Why do we say “the Indians were put on reservations” and not “in reservations”

The preposition "on" is used to refer to a surface like "on the floor" or "on the ceiling" "in" is used to refer as a enclosed space like "in a country" or "in a city". Why do we say "the Indians ...
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Word that means “tendency to avoid something”

I am looking for a word that means "tendency to avoid something". At first I thought that aversion fit the bill, but then I learned that it meant "a strong dislike towards something." For example, ...
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Can 'post' and 'after' used interchangeably?

I notice few colleagues use 'post' almost everywhere. Today one of them said 'lets meet up post noon' and I thought shouldn't it be 'afternoon'? I could be okay with 'post lunch' but somehow 'post ...
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Word for someone talking about something as if he understands it when he doesn't

Not someone overstepping boundaries, but if, for example, I was at Jiffy Lube and suggested different things as if I knew anything about cars. Ideally (though I know it's a long shot) I'd want a word ...
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Use of “nay” as an adverb

I researched help and examples on the uses of the word nay but found these inadequate/insubstantial. The Free Dictionary has described: an archaic or dialect (except in voting by voice) word ...
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Is “read roughly” a natural response?

As a non-native English speaker, I sometimes feel my speech/texts sound or look weird. I am experiencing such a situation now. I am trying to tell someone else I just read their document in a very ...
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Baby box vs playpen

What's the difference? I would suspect that it has different origins, but playpen can be found in both the us-/en english dictionaries. And it's a bit hard to search for baby box :)
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What is the antonym of “inversion” as in “the inversion of normal word order”?

Is there any word for expressing a normal word order, as opposed to an inverted word order? I prefer the word to be the one mostly used by grammarians.
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What do you call the empty/arid zones on both sides of a highway?

I'm referring to something like the brown areas in this picture:
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Is reusal an English word? [closed]

Is the word "reusal" part of the English language? For example, given this sentence: ROS tries to facilitate the operation, development and code reuse of robot systems by organizing the parts of ...
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Thanking for scheduling meeting

I am going to send a email to a secretary of a CEO thanking her for scheduling a meeting. What would be a good phrase for the opening of email? Should I write: Thank you for scheduling the ...
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What's the similar word for Answer Sheet?

There is a quiz section on my blog, and a list of quiz result. I need a title for the list of quiz results. I prefer not to use "Replies" because I've already used it up in forum discussions. ...
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Can I say “Where can I find 'a' post office”?

It's a question in a grammar app. "Where can I find _ post office please?". I chose "a", but it says "the" is the correct answer. Same problem with this question: "Let's go to _ cinema tonight." I ...
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confusion of dont vs doesnt [duplicate]

i have heard that it should does/does not for he/she/it and do/don't for i/you/we/they But I am confused when i always get to hear people talking do and don't for he/she Even in a lecture i listened ...
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“Open to opportunities” vs. “open for opportunities”

I want to know which sentence is correct and why: I'm open to new opportunities. I'm open for new opportunities.
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How should I refer to people who have been shared something with

In the application I am developing, I'd like to refer to people who have been shared something with (link, photo etc.) but I couldn't figure out what word or phrase to use.
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Is there a specific word or term for the two dots (“:”) between hours and minutes?

Is there a specific word or term for the two dots in this "14:23"? Edit. I know it's a colon. :-) I mean specifically related to date and time display.
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Numbers / number

By looking at the graph above, should numbers or number be used in this context? Overall, the numbers of international tourists arrived in these five countries had increased over the period ...
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Simple Past or Past Participle

Between 1990 and 2000, the number of people living in the UK had increased from 10 million to 50 million, whereas that in Africa had decreased by 50%. or Between 1990 and 2000, the number of people ...
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What's the antonym of “prioritize”? [closed]

If someone is asked to do something important, they might say "I'll prioritize that". But if someone is asked to put something aside to work on something else more important, what could they say? In ...
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What is the differences between these three words? [closed]

tell apart say apart speak apart please tell me about differences between these words. And also what do they mean? Are they expressions?
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How will people understand this “I am not in a/the good state"?

Suppose I participate in a basketball game with my friends. I do not play as well as usual. Can I explain to them: Sorry, I am not in the good state Will the audience naturally take it to ...
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“Holy Spirit” or “Holy Ghost”? [closed]

Until today I believed that both terms are basically the same. But our English teacher told us that the correct term is Holy Spirit. Is there any difference between Holy Spirit and Holy Ghost? I ...
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What is the ranking of these synonms in terms of a sense of importance?

As far as I can tell "imperative", "critical" and "utmost importance" are synonyms. Are any stronger than the others in terms of conveying a greater sense of urgency or importance? I fond the ...
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Correct expression for “time of the day” greetings?

What is the correct description of good morning/good evening/good afternoon, etc? Are they called greetings of the day, or time of the day greetings? If not, what are they called?
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Word or phrase for literally and figuratively?

Say, for example, you and a group of people were all sailing out in the ocean and something happens...then you say, "I guess we are all in the same boat" You are literally in the same boat with ...
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Is there any archaic word for “finally”?

So I was wondering whether there is any archaic word that means "finally" or "at last"?
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What is a term for using a large word that the speaker/writer clearly thinks means something other than what it does? [duplicate]

A lot of times I'll hear a politician or see a commenter in a public forum where they clearly think the meaning of one or more words they use is something other than the real meaning. Is there a term ...
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Key to innovation or key of innovation?

Today, I was working on a write-up and had a sentence that said: We believe innovation is the key to success only to find that my partner had rewritten this as: We believe innovation is the key of ...
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Words describing the traits of “a desert”? [closed]

In this sentence I have to fill in the correct word. Any idea what the correct word is? "The ghost town is in the middle of the desert, and the land around it looks ______ and uninviting." Choose ...
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Verbs to describe how light moves

I'm writing a sentence where pale gray morning light is being viewed through window blinds. I'm trying to think of a way to describe its entrance without sounding cliché. What are some good verbs to ...
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Something Known by Multiple Names

Is there a word that means: someone or something that can be known by multiple names? A few examples: Rooster can also be referred to as a cock Soft drink also known as a soda, pop, Coke, etc. A ...
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When to use 'is' or 'are'? [duplicate]

Which statement is correct? Alcohol, drug abuse and work equipment is a lethal mix. or Alcohol, drug abuse and work equipment are a lethal mix.
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What is a word to describe how something bad looks good because it is being contrasted with something worse?

I was wondering if there was any word or terminology for any such literary device that uses this effect.
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“This box of matches is empty”

There are several Japanese books teaching Japanese students how to write in English. I found this example in 『英作文参考書の誤りを正す』 (Correcting Errors in English Composition Manuals) by Michio Kawakami and ...
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Is there a word or phrase (other than euphemism/innuendo) for using one word/phrase to mean another? [closed]

Recently, on an episode of a TV series I watch, one of the female characters asks a male character, "Do you want some bourbon?", when what she means is, "Do you want to have sex with me?". Is there ...
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better word for an industrial part

I am looking for a generic word that can be used to refer to a fairly large industrial part or component such as a generator, motor, control box or possibly a circuit board. We are using the word ...
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“At this section…” vs. “in this section…”

At/in this section, you must enter your shipping details. Should I use at or in?
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Term to describe quality of one's day

I'm working on a sort of diary app with which users will rate different aspects of their day. One of the metrics being measured is the overall quality of the user's day. Currently I'm just calling ...
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What is a word for somebody who lies to themselves

I feel like the fact that people lie to themselves about things can tell you a lot about that person but I just can't put my finger on a single word that I'd use to describe them. In fact, not just ...
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What is the word meaning “going on and on for miles and miles”?

Edit: I was walking down an intolerably long sidewalk one day, and every time a mounted another hill, I saw more of it seeming to stretch out before me. It got me to thinking: is there a word for ...
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Processor vs Processer

Is there any difference between "processor" and "processer"? Some spelling dictionaries only have the -or form, and some have both. Is it a US vs UK English thing? Or something else? More ...
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Is the word “annotation” suitable to describe “underline, highlight, strikethrough” made by reader/user? (labels in computer application)

I am not a native speaker so I would like to know what terms are suitable to describe notes highlight underline strike-through to the user, in computer applications where user can annotate text ...
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Difference between “admit” and “accept”

Which of the options sounds correct? She has been accepted/admitted at York University.
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What is a word to describe blatant praise by a shill?

I'm looking for a word to describe an article published in a newspaper that's written by a shill. Basically a word that describes the article as blatant over the top praise without perspective. I know ...
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What is an English term for grouping bills and credit notes?

I'm wondering if there is a generic term to talk about bills and credit notes, in other terms, the money I'll receive and the money I owe. Thanks!
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Can you use “invoke” with “undefined behavior”?

Some constructs in programming languages such as C (and derived) have undefined behavior. The term undefined behavior itself is used by the standard of C. The standard itself often writes as if ...
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A phrase that captures the concept of making oneself falsely appear to be guilty for purpose of discrediting another party

Perhaps this is more of a trope, but I'm looking for a phrase or word in English that describes the situation where: (a) "Party A" consciously performs actions that establish a false expectation of ...
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Can I call a recorded audio as “Recording”? [closed]

The way I see things - 'Recording' is a process, and a 'Record' is a result of the recording. But I heard some people call an audio file that was just recorded 'Recording'. Is calling a recorded ...
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How can I say the Italian term “dislivello” in English?

I'm working on a brochure describing many hiking trails in my region (that is northern Lake Garda, Italy). I'm trying to find a good translation for the Italian word "dislivello", meaning the ...