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Does vacillation imply intention or a mind? Can non-intelligent things vacillate?

A friend and I are arguing about this. Does vacillation imply a mind? Can a non-intelligent thing vacillate? In the context of video games my friend mentioned that his ping was vacillating. I argued ...
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Explanation needed: Why is “and” wrong in this sentence?

It is difficult to predict what kinds of books will be popular in the years ahead, because tastes change and topics either get overexplored and lose their relevance. I have placed the key words ...
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How do you refer to one's sense of self?

Eg including their identity, their relationships with people, values, education, heritage, culture..etc Their overall sense of self: I Am thinking 'human condition' is fitting
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Word for supporting something that is harmful or not beneficial to you

If a person supports a group of people based on their own perception of that group. When in truth by supporting them they bring hardship on themselves whether it is physically, emotionally, or ...
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Earnest as a noun

So the title of the question, I believe, speaks for itself. I am racking my brain, thesaurus and dictionary to think of a suitable word which would accurately describe one being earnest in relation ...
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“less” or “fewer” for countable and uncountable infinities [duplicate]

I feel like this is too grammatical for the math stack exchange, but I am sorry if it is too mathematical for this stack exchange. In math there are several different types of infinity, some of ...
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Game Titles are hard [closed]

I'm currently in the process of making a small game with my friends. We're all either programmers or graphic artists by nature and as a result we've come fairly quickly in the few weeks of development ...
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What is a feminine version of 'guys'?

I commonly use the word 'guys' to refer to a group of males colloquially. It's colloquial but not rude, off putting, condescending, patronizing (though I wouldn't use it with a group of men at a board ...
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How to say the meaning that an autism student will soon be able to live normally in the community?

Ok, let say there is an autism student studying in a special school and his parents say that they want their son will soon be able to live normally in the community. Should I use the term "assimilate ...
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word/phrase to describe something popular due to its availability

How to describe something (tool, method, etc.) that is common in use but not necessarily for its quality, unique features and effectiveness. In fact, it is kind of popular because it's easy to obtain ...
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Word to describe something that is “great” and “terrible”

Looking for a good word to describe Paradise Lost's Satan. My brain thought "magnanimous" but then I looked that word up. I want something like "magnificent" (which I may use) because it comes from ...
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Describe people's intonation [closed]

What's the most common way to describe a person's intonation? Especially when he is talking or singing. "his intonation is too high when he was singing" Is this good? if could, please give me an ...
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Lie or lay dead? [duplicate]

The context is "The mercenaries lie/lay dead." "The animal lies/lays dead." It's present tense and there's a corpse involved. I've looked it up elsewhere and I just don't understand the ...
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Another word for 'multi' pathed?

eg you can transition into new social contexts new worlds new lifestyles therefore we can say that the process of transition has many paths.. However, is there a better phrase / word etc?
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Is it strange to use “dilemma” when not referring to two difficult choices? [duplicate]

Definition: dilemma a situation in which a difficult choice has to be made between two or more alternatives, especially ones that are equally undesirable. a difficult situation or ...
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How to wish a colleague going on maternity leave?

I would like to wish a colleague who is going on maternity leave. I have known about the pregnancy for a while now so saying "Congratulations on your pregnancy" doesn't sound right. All suggestions ...
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A word for a “non-logged in” user

On my website, I allow the user to create a document - but if they aren't logged in, then the document will not have an owner and therefore be editable by anyone. I want to display a warning for any ...
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Which one is right, “The text to search for must be typed in the …” or “The text to be searched must be typed in the …”?

Which one is right, "The text to search must be typed in the ..." or "The text to search for must be typed in the ..." or "The text to be searched must be typed in the ..." or "The text to be ...
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word to make someone feel bad or insulted

I am looking for a word that can correctly interpret a situation like this You boss constantly insults you, make you feel like you know nothing or if you are some idiot may be, has no empathy for ...
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drawn or drawn in

I have a figure and some edges are plotted for convenience. So I want to write a caption like "Auxiliary edges are drawn in" But I'm confused about the in. As a non native speaker, drawn in ...
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What is the difference between “matter-containing media” and “matter”?

I'm reading the English Wikipedia entry titled "Radiation". You can find the word in the first paragraph, or by searching. What is the difference between "matter-containing media" and "matter"?
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“As did I” vs “So did I”

Which is the (more) correct response? Me - "We have more tweaks for the ABC job" Other - "Really? I thought we'd completed that job!" Me - "As did I / So did I" Thank you for any ...
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Is there any specific word for showing dislike facial expression?

Sometimes women twist their faces to express their dislikeness. Is there any specific word for showing such facial expression?
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Phrase help for do's and don'ts

While I am writing some health tips, I used a phrase do's and don'ts, in describing my activities. I wonder, if there is any equivalent word to do's and don'ts. I believe this phrase is archaic. Are ...
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Word for describing moderate movement speed

What word can be used to describe moving at a moderate pace? Moving Slowly describes slow speed. Moving Quickly describes fast speed. I am looking for the best single word replacement. Moving ...
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What is the best way to explain how to choose between “its” and “it's”?

Probably one of the most frequent grammar mistakes in the English language is: The dog sat on it's mat. Since spelling checkers don't catch it, and it is even logical, since you would correctly ...
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Would an “affector” be appropriate for an event driver?

I'm trying to come up with a better word to describe a "driver" or "conditional"; basically, the name of an object or event which is a trigger for something else. Would it be appropriate to say that ...
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What is the word or process of an outcast becoming a hero or savior? [closed]

John is an outcast, but by saving her life, became a hero. What is a word to describe John, or a word to describe the process of him transitioning from an outcast to a hero? The context in which this ...
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What is the word form for state of being “standard compliant”?

I cannot explain it very well, but I want to know the form of the word for "standard compliant" that is similar to "responsiveness" is to "response". I want to use it in the sentence: "... we have ...
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What do you call someone who chooses another way to see things?

I'm writing about a character who is unique and prefers not to settle when it comes to a certain perspective. She chooses another way to see things. Is there any word to describe this?
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Word for someone or something that always ends on a negative note

For example someone says "I like most genres of music, but hate R&B", or "I like to go to the park but the children are so annoying", or "I'm going on holiday this year, I bet it rains the whole ...
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When do I use “can” or “could”?

When should I use can? When should I use could? What is right under what context?
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Word for the ability to solve issues with the most fitting solution

Professionaly someone, when facing a challenge, an issue, a job that needs to be done, has different ways to face it. What word could define the ability to pick the best approach for a given problem? ...
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A word for: Taking a godlike concept and bringing it down to earth [closed]

There is this beautiful woman I always wanted, and who looked so beautiful and pure, like a goddess, and then we dated and she lost all this glory and she became just another girl. What do you call ...
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Does “categorically” always mean “without question”?

I get the sense that "categorically" can imply "only in the strictest sense." One way I see it being used as a qualifier: as if to say, according just to the means by which we regularly assign ...
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Gerund Phrase as Subject

Is it acceptable to use a gerund phrase as the subject of a sentence? More generally, can a gerund phrase be used interchangeably with other nouns? For example: Understanding history enhances ...
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Word for not knowing about something

I would like to know some word choices (can be a noun, adjective,...) for not knowing about something, with a positive connotation with a negative connotation in a neutral way For example, I ...
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Positive Synonym for Indecisive

Is there a word that describes a person who tries to get as much information as possible when making a decision for fear of committing a mistake that might affect both him and others in a negative ...
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How do you describe somebody who was judged and found wanting?

"The King judged the man, and the man was found wanting". Is it correct to say that "the man failed the judgment", or is there a more appropriate phrasing than "pass/fail" when discussing the result ...
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Word for 'controlled by', with reference to an external controller

Is there a word for 'controlled by' applicable in " My body was controlled by the mind "
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“Ventilated” brakes or “vented” brakes?

Automobile disc brakes with spacing or gaps separating the contact surfaces are commonly referred to as ventilated brakes. However, I've never heard the word "ventilated" outside of this context. ...
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Is it correct to say “to buy something in lieu of customer”? [closed]

A customer may buy investment funds on his/her own OR a bank may buy it FOR the customer as per his/her instructions. In this context, is it accurate and correct to say "to buy funds in lieu of ...
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My younger/little/smaller sister [closed]

which one is the correct phrase to say? I have always been confused by that. My {younger|little|smaller} sister.
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When to use 'degree of' versus 'level of' in urban planning

Should we say, in urban planning, a certain level of compact development, or a certain degree of compact development?
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“tested in” or “tested on”

When we open an issue, we write a small report with the testing results. At the end, we note which of the environments the issue was tested in. I'm not sure if we should use Tested *in* environment ...
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What's it called when you unfairly wrong someone just because you don't like them?

For example: if a teacher marks a students work down just because they don't like the student. Or if a McDonald's worker only fills your coffee cup half way because they remember the last time when ...
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“To date” versus “until now”

Is there a difference between these two expressions? Are they perfect synonyms?
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Upside down vs downside up

Typically when something is reversed or inverted we say it is "upside down", could we also say that it is also "downside up"? For example... "The picture is upside down" could we also say it ...
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It was done / It had been done yesterday

Which one is correct and why? It was done yesterday. or It had been done yesterday.
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Photo creds or photo cred?

A lot of people nowadays use the phrase "photo creds" eg: Here's an awesome photo of me! Photo creds to John! Creds usually means credit or credits. But then you get the sentences: Photo ...