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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 ...
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Founders vs Co-founders

What is the correct term to use, or what is the difference between the two? For instance, if you describe yourself as a founder in a resume it sounds like you founded something alone. In plural form ...
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Use 'Two dollar word' or 'Ten dollar word' or other? [duplicate]

We commonly use the phrase "two dollar word" in our company, but recently I have seen "ten dollar word" and "four dollar word" being used. Which is the most common one, and therefore which should we ...
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“Entangled on / in / with X”

Example: The dog climbed the fallen tree, then slipped and entangled his chain on/in/with it. What's the right choice?
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“Since” vs “ever since”

Example: Tufy was our Chihuahua. He'd been in the family (ever) since I was born. Would adding ever change the meaning of the sentence?
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Word for “can be used again with entertainment”

The title may be misleading as I had trouble summarizing the question in a phrase. I'm looking for a word to mean "usable again", referring to a mobile app. I'm looking for something along the lines ...
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Word for a person who is overly profound? [closed]

Dramatic somewhat fits my word choice. However, a person can be dramatic without being profound.
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What do you call a country where the legal system is observed

What do you call a country where the legal system is observed? I came up with a "nomocratic country", but that seems to be used extremely rarely. There is a Wikipedia page talking about the Rule of ...
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“The rural women” or “the women of a rural village/area”?

Which one is more appropriate? Among the rural women of a village in X district Among the women of a rural village in X district Among the women of a rural area in X district
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“These findings are critical [to inform/for informing] future research” [duplicate]

In this sentence, would you use "to inform" or "for informing"? These findings are critical ______ future research Likewise, would you use "to understand" or "for understanding" in the ...
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Word for special/fancy/unusual/awesome recipes

Hey i am searching for a word, which fits the meaning i want to spread. It is about recipes that are unusual and fancy.. So they are more sophisticated and more awesome than other recipes. I am from ...
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Term for when someone gets overly pepped up and thinks he/she can do anything

What is it called when someone gets encouraged by people around him/her or gets pepped up by the atmosphere around to the extent that he or she gets a wrong impression about his/her powers and ...
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What is the opposite of 'a false dawn'

What is the opposite of a false dawn, a false dawn being "a promising situation which comes to nothing". The sentence I'm thinking of would be something like: They started off well and it was not a ...
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Usage of “go to” vs “go”

I'm trying to explain the difference between "go to" and "go" and I'm not sure what the actual rule is. I've tried searching about it, but I couldn't find anything. When should I use "go to" and when ...
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Why is unemployability still unaccepted?

In some countries where there is serious shortage of skilled personnel or employable persons, it is common to describe the situation as a problem of unemployability. However, this word still appears ...
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Is “annoyedly” a word? [closed]

I want to say: "Michael annoyedly turned to face his brother." I haven't found any solid evidence that the word "annoyedly" is an actual word, but I like the way it sounds for some reason. How wrong ...
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What word could I use to describe this?

I'm trying to talk about how well two designs complement each other. My exact sentence is: "I will use the focus of the designs as a measure of complementness." However, "complementness" isn't a ...
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Which is more correct: gender or sex? [duplicate]

I've always used "gender" when I want to talk about whether a person is male or female. But I came across this comment on a similar question here: Correct usage is "sex" for humans and other ...
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How to ask a shop assistant if the shop has already started servicing? [closed]

I do not know what would be the best way of saying this: Suppose you walk into a shop and you notice there is not a single customer in the shop. So you cannot be sure if the shop has already started ...
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Word for a group of “like-minded” people

I know there's a word for "like-minded" people, generally used in a negative context. For example, you could say employees of the CIA are __, in that they all want to ensure the security of the ...
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Explaining price levels in a word [closed]

I want to express cost factor of few places. I want to say something like "The place was cheap" and that is perfect. So is "The place is costly". What words can be used to express five different cost ...
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One Word Alternative for “Increase Productivity”

Is there a single English word (preferably a verb) which can replace the phrase "increase productivity" or "increase your productivity"?
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What's the difference between i.e. and that is?

I'm writing a scientific paper, I want to use i.e. or that is to clarify a term. Are they both correct or either?
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Give permission without authority

How can I give someone permission to do something, go along with their plan even if I do not have the authority to tell them to do so or stop them from doing so anyway. "You have my permission ..." ...
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If you say in English: wear the pants in a relationship, then can you also say wear the skirt in a relationship?

What I mean is: if the person wearing the pants assumes a masculine/dominant role, then can we say someone assumes a feminine/submissive role by saying they wear a skirt in a relationship? Especially ...
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How do you describe the taste of an onion?

I was discussing this last night with my girl friend... How do you describe the taste of an onion? Specifically the growing "spicy" sensation after taking a bite. I'm just talking about the ...
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How do you politely ask for someone's gender? [closed]

If you, for example, have to add a person to an application whilst that person is on the phone, how do you politely ask for that person's gender if the voice and/or name has not proven decisive? To ...
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“in” versus “at”

1 - I'm at home. 2 - I'm in the home. 3 - I'm at the home. I understand that the above three sentences are correct. If all the above are correct, then why this one is wrong? 4 - I'm ...
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What's a more formal equivalent to “seriously out of line”?

What is a more formal equivalent to "seriously out of line"? In the particular case I'm looking for, I've been advised that what I'm referring to is seriously out of line legally, but the question is ...
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“Semantic”s relation to “Pedantic” [closed]

When pointing out to my friends one day that I should have used a different word in a previous conversation, I mentioned that I was being pedantic. They, ironically, corrected me saying I was being ...
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Which is correct? [duplicate]

Which is correct? Dear Jay, I was contacted by Sue on behalf of herself, John, and you. or Dear Jay, I was contacted by Sue on behalf of herself, John, and yourself.
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Is it polite to say “as a gesture of goodwill”

When offering something based on good will, is it polite to convey to them that this is being done as a gesture of good will?
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What's the best way to say: “Brands who trust our work”

What's the best way to say: "Brands who trust our work" or "Brands that trust in our work"?
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Are “go on”; “go for it”; “Carry on” and “go ahead” synonymous?

I saw “Carry on” vs. “go ahead” A friend of mine said this to me, and it sounded kind weird for me... If you know a better way "go on" I would say If you know a better way "go for it" Are ...
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Is there a single word or proper name for someone who struggles to wake up?

Is there a word or a different phrase that describes a person as a heavy sleeper or as somebody who struggles to wake up in the morning? I don't mean a technical phrase for a health condition, just ...
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What's a word meaning “related to pressure”?

Is there an analog to "electrically isolated" but related to pressure (or more specifically, air pressure) instead of electricity? Perhaps "pneumatically isolated"? I don't think "hermetically ...
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What is the best word to describe an “object of importance” without inquiring about its past? (i.e. not memento)

I'm looking for a word to describe a gift. The way I am using this word is to describe the item in way that a person who receives this gift would almost worship it because it means so much. The words ...
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Should “afford” be transitive in “my chosen path has afforded (to) me unique opportunities”?

In a college essay I wrote a sentence that reads: Sixteen years later, my chosen path has afforded to me unique opportunities, limitless learning, and potential for growth. Should I use the verb ...
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Is it ok to say “Don't visit the internet”?

I read the following recommendation of our IT department: Don't visit the Internet with Windows XP machines We're a German company. Is this sentence ok? I would have expected Don't browse ...
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“at event” vs. “on event”

What is a better preposition for the word "event"? at on Specifically I want to say: Lector at an event Lector on an event Which is the correct one?
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Looking for a word to describe the burden of initiating a task

I'm trying to find a specific word to describe the act of putting the burden of initiating a task upon the person who has an interest in it. Whereas delegating is giving the task to someone else--a ...
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Should I use “in” or “at” in the following sentence?

She talked about shoes all the time: [...] college, [...] parties, and even [...] family reunions. Which one should I use in the sentence above? (should I also include while?)
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Should I use the word “object” as a singular or plural noun? [closed]

I'm writing a paper. I wrote, "Many phenomena that heavier objects are reported to fall faster than the lighter ones are observed." However, Microsoft Word corrected to "object." Which one is right? ...
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'quoted to you' or 'quoted for you'?

Which is correct? The price we quoted for you or The price we quoted to you I often stumble with this. I'm not sure how to use for you and to you.
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How to correctly use 'whereupon'?

How to use 'whereupon'? I'm making sense of it in the following example by taking 'whereupon' to mean 'which at'. 'This Is Jinsy is one of those weird British comedies, like The League of Gentleman ...