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Word for sharing an old experience with someone new

Jamais vu is when an experience that is old to you suddenly seems new. But I'm looking for something even more specific. Is there a word for that feeling you get when an old experience is refreshed ...
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Is complimentative a word?

Is 'complimentative' a word? There are a bunch of definitions online but I couldn't find it in the British National Corpus or the OED (from searching oxforddictionaries.com). Does this mean I should ...
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How do I say a calculated decimal has too many decimal places?

I'm trying to craft an appropriately worded error message for an application I'm working on. It boils down to when a calculated value results in having too many decimal places it can't be correctly ...
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How to express connection between several items

I want to express a connection from one thing to several other items in one phrase. Specifically, how can I correct the following paragraph: Ghahremani et al (2013) showed that a significant ...
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“any” versus “arbitrary”

Which of the following sentences are correct? The relation between any two nodes is associated with a real number that indicates the probability. The relation between two arbitrary nodes is ...
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What is the base of a subscript called?

In dingdong , "dong" is the subscript but what is the name for "ding"? Base perhaps!
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How to indicate “now” in storytelling?

The following sentences - I was humiliated by him, and now he was standing next to me. and And now, I was looking at him, preparing for his entrance. Are these grammatically correct? I ...
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Which is correct: “bored of”, “bored by”, “bored with”?

I have been asked by a young friend, "Which is correct: bored by, bored of, or bored with?" My instinct is to say that "bored of" and "bored by" are fine, but "bored with" sounds like she is being ...
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Which word (adjective or noun) best describes the idea of doing something anywhere, anytime and with anyone?

The ideal word, which can be either an adjective or a noun, should describe (or at least allude to) the idea that doing something anywhere and anytime with anyone, or that something is done anywhere, ...
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Is there a term for “capable of transferring”? [closed]

I am a software developer and am having trouble with naming an entity. In my project, by convention, we give our code objects capabilities by extending them with a module named with an "-able" suffix. ...
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Synonym for mechanical pencil

I'm a non-native english speaker (from Brazil). I'm looking for the most common day-to-day word for the stationery device called "mechanical pencil". Indeed, while "mechanical pencil" seems to be the ...
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how to say “etc” in a subject

I am translating some legal certificate and I need to indicate that a construction method and related factors are in accordance with a law. I am not sure what is the appropriate way to describe ...
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Are there any differences in meaning or nuance between ‘suffocation’ and ‘asphyxiation’?

There was a lot of news about a fire in a nightclub in southern Brazil, where 233 people were killed. I found some newspapers wrote that most of the victims died from ‘suffocation’ and other media ...
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Word that refers to the “quantity/amount” of floor?

For example you would say: Miles and miles of road Tons and tons of food How about when referring to the floor inside a house (given that the house is relatively big)? Example: [...] ...
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Accepted way to abbreviate cities that have “Saint” in their name

My first question here, so I'm not sure if this OT or not, so please bare with me. Background: I don't live in US. I'm working with some data that I'm pulling from Adwords. Sometimes, I'm getting a ...
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What is a word that means “someone who pretends to be your friend but is actually your enemy?”

What do you call someone who pretends to be your friend but is actually your enemy? A friend suggested spy for me, but that does not nearly describe the word I need for an English project. The ...
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“Prices of” vs “prices for”

I came across two different sentences, from The Wall Street Journal, both containing the word "prices" but with different prepositions, "of" and "for". Here are the two sentences. Audi Cuts ...
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Can a human “bless” anything?

Does the word "bless" apply only to God? For example, can a human bless anything (such as "bless the day")? Or can only God bless? Note, I am asking about the usage of the word "bless", and not about ...
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“Furniture” or “Furnishing” or “furnishings”?

What's the best option in the following case? The place had no furniture/furnishing/furnishings, no beds, no decor, nor appliances of any kind.
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How to call someone that acts only by instinct without being rude?

I know there's the phrase "You are an animal", but depending on the context, cultural background, etc. the recipient of the saying may not end very happy. Is there another way to describe someone that ...
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Is there a difference between the words “divestment” and “divestiture”?

Is there a difference between these two terms, either in terms of definition or connotation? Context is in a business selling an asset or business line. Most of the time I hear divestment, but once in ...
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Word that means desired attributes

Something like deserdia but google turns up nothing, means list of desired characteristics.
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Is “immoral” in the act or the person?

I am grading papers and came upon the following sentence: "Candide becomes immoral..." It bothers me -- I am of the sense that a person can become amoral, but I'm not sure what it would mean for a ...
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It is time for “a next step” or “the next step”?

Which form is proper: it is time for "a next step" or "the next step"?
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What would you use for “one who contacts or contacted”

Google shows contactor as a word but not contacter.. But contactor is a term for an electrical component. I feel like contacter would be appropriate but I'm not sure. Which would be correct?
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How to explain the difference between affect and effect? [duplicate]

I don't know how to explain the difference between effect and affect to someone. I've tried explaining that effect is a noun, and affect is a verb, that "to affect" is to make a change, and "effect" ...
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Is “coachee” even a word?

If I am Rita's coach, is Rita my *coachee? (yikes) Is that even a word? Would it be correct instead to say she is my ward? What about terms for people at the other end of a mentor, sponsor ...
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“Certificate of residence” vs. “certificate of residency”

Certificate of residence vs. certificate of residency — which one to use, when and why? Please quote a reputable source.
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“Peel”, “pare”, and “skin”

I lately learnt these three words of similar meanings: peel, pare, and skin. In what case do you use each of them? Could you give me example sentences along with a concise description for each?
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Is there a name for laughter that happens when you're infuriated?

I listened to the Comcast representative call on soundcloud recently, and although it was infuriating, I couldn't help but start laughing out of sheer disbelief. Other things that seriously aggravate ...
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Would you guys change the following sentence suitable for my cover letter? [closed]

I need your help guys:) I am applying for an instructor position at a university in the States. Would you please change the following statement appropriate for my cover letter? "My bachelor's degree ...
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What do I call a company that sells an item they don't make but under their name?

I was surfing for headphones on Amazon, when to my surprise, I found some fairly high-rated headphones. But initially, I thought the the first Company, A, made these headphones, I was surprised to ...
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What is the difference in meaning and usage between “gather” and “collect”?

I was wondering what the actual difference between these two expressions is, since I recently read about "collecting mushrooms" but also about "gathering berries". Is there even any?
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Non-negative opposite of “to prefer”

What is the antonym of "to prefer" that does not sound too negative? Merriam-Webster lists several antonyms for "to prefer", but all of them sound a bit too negative to me. In a situation with many ...
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Is there a term for the direct opposite?

Suppose I have two words, let's take "true" and "false". "False", is the direct opposite of "truth", and is an antonym of "truth". However, the word I am looking for is not "antonym". If I was to ...
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What is the difference between “ok” and “alright”?

What is the difference between "ok" and "alright". Do the two words have the exact same meaning? If not, what is the difference? Is the difference reflected only according to different usages in ...
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What is the difference between “equal” and “equitable”?

I read a presentation note today mentioning that "space is divided equitably between each cell nucleus". Would it make any difference if it was "equally" instead of "equitably"? Or are the two ...
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Is there an English variant of “Zeitgeist” other than “spirit of the times”?

Is there a cut-and-dry English word that means the same, or roughly the same, as the German word "Zeitgeist," other than its literal meaning of "spirit of the times"? I've grown sour on its presence ...
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What term describes workers that are not “knowledge workers”?

Wikipedia describes a knowledge worker as a worker whose "main capital is knowledge". Examples include engineers, doctors, accountants, software writers etc. Is there an "established term" to refer ...
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What is an adjective for “requires a lot of work”? [closed]

For example, Starting a new business requires a lot of work. What would be an adjective in: Starting a new business is _.
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Term for “preview entries” that web sites show on index pages?

Blogs and websites typically provide an index page of entries where they show an excerpt of the post. Excerpts usually include title, author, post date, and a blurb. What is the term for these sorts ...
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What is the correct usage of “trailblazer”? [closed]

Let’s say I’ve invented a robot which moves a couple of meters front of me by looking to my direction. It kind of “guesses” where I’m going. So, if I call it a trailblazer, will this be a correct ...
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What is the difference between “begin” and “start”?

The children are eager to start the novel. or The children are eager to begin the novel.
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What are the uses of “totality”?

Often I find myself wanting to use 'totality' in a sentence that would otherwise work with 'total'. What are the correct usages of 'totality' given that both nouns describing the sum or completeness ...
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Appropriate word for a young person who behaves like a cynical old person?

What is an appropriate term for a young person (child, or teenager) whose words and actions mimic that of a much older person from a previous generation? Such a youngster would demonstrate strong ...
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A critical situation in which no trick works?

How could one describe a situation in which no trick, no approach, no magic, nothing at all works to change the outcome? One where you have no choice but to accept things as they are. For example, I ...
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Appropriate word for internet name of a person

What is the appropriate word or phrase which means the internet name of a person. I mean the nickname that a person uses in almost all places on the internet like blog, IRC, forums, mailing lists etc. ...
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“Connect to” vs. “Connect with”: Which is better?

Which is better for this situation? Connect to your target audience. Connect with your target audience.
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Girl vs Young Woman vs Woman [duplicate]

The boundary between childhood and adulthood is nebulous. There's puberty, and then there are various legally significant ages: 16, 17, 18, 21... To further complicate the matter, some people call ...
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“Approach to” or “approach for”

When do you use approach for, and when do you use approach to? (How can I answer questions like this? In which dictionaries should I look? How do I google it?) The reason to ask this question is ...