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Is it best to avoid e.g.?

In technical writing, I often find there's a choice between using "e.g." and "etc.". Lets look at an example: You could use an ORM, e.g. SQLAlchemy, Storm. You could use an ORM: SQLAlchemy, Storm, ...
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How to give a tip without using 'Keep the change' [closed]

Imagine you're in a bar and order a pint of beer, which is £3.20. You only have a £10 note but want to tip the barkeeper. As you can't use 'keep the change' for obvious reasons, what do you say to tip ...
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Is there a word for the “call of the closing door” / “closing opportunity”?

"Vertigo" partially refers to the nausea caused by observing a void, or large drop, with the overtone of the "calling of the void". Is there a similar word for capturing the feeling of strong pull ...
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'Changes from' or 'Changes to'

We are going to be closing early (or all day) during the holidays. Would it be more appropriate to say: These are the changes from our usual schedule: Monday Close at 5, Tuesday Closed, ...
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How can I express the rules of this game clearly? [closed]

This is the information: There are many mixed couples playing in this game. One of the couple must award vote 1, 2 or 3 to the opposite sex e.g., a male votes 1 to a female. A couple is a male and ...
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Term for surveys to confirm pre-determined outcomes

I've just finished responding to an alleged "survey" conducted as part of a PhD student's work in pursuit of that award. The document itself was little more than a "vegan" propaganda rant, dismissing ...
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Polite name for a prostitute [closed]

I have a character in a fiction I am writing. She's a prostitute but she takes great pride in her work. In the scene where she makes her first appearance, she does try and seduce one of the heroines ...
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Is there such a thing as a compound noun? [closed]

I am trying to decide if I can use this phrase to designate a non-profit organization in Africa: "Living Water Team, Nigeria and Uganda Villages" OR does it need to say: "Living Water Team, Nigerian ...
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Use of the word 'irregardless' [duplicate]

People often use the word 'irregardless' but what they mean is 'regardless'. Is irregardless correct English?
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'Strong' presence, but ________ absence?

What would be a good collocation to emphasize the absence of something. A 'strong absence' sounds a bit oxymoronic to me.
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Word for Feeling That Something Is “Off” about a Person?

Is there a word for the feeling one gets around someone who sets off your "spider senses", red flags, warning bells, and so on? I want to say something like, "she made people feel ____." This might ...
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“with use of” vs “using” [closed]

I am not sure how I should write following sentence and the more I think about it the more confused I am: "Development of ('a' - should be here an article?) BI application with use of (/using) OLAP ...
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Are there situations where we can use either “say” or “tell”, but not both, in a sentence? Consider the following examples: [duplicate]

Are these examples grammatically correct? 1: I want to tell you something./ I want to tell you that _______. I want to say something to you./ I want to say to you that _______. 2: You ...
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A word that means the study of the human in relation to the animal and vice versa

I am looking for a word/adjective that can fit to describe the human and the animal in relation to each other. A word like 'zoology'does not quite work, because it means the study of animals ...
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Difference between “Aligned with” vs “In Alignment With”?

Is there a difference between "aligned with" vs "in alignment with" ? Context: you will align US with OUR Inner Truth; clearing all the ways and reasons WE may not be in alignment with OUR Inner ...
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Word or phrase designating the consensus reached at the last conversation about a topic

I vaguely remember hearing a term for this, but can't remember what it was. The word or phrase refers to the consensus reached at the end of the last conversation about a topic, just before the group ...
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How far (technically) is a “stone's throw?”

A "stone's throw" means a short distance. Questions: (1) How far--technically-- is a stone's throw in terms of its usage? (i.e., Can you use it for a few feet as well as a mile away?) (2) Is it ...
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Is there a noun(phrase) meaning 'the state' of being a masterpiece?

'Masterpiece' is a noun. I would like, however, to use a noun or a concise noun phrase which refers not to a masterpiece, but its state of being a masterpiece. I thought of using 'masterpieciness' as ...
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Word for describing how time is counted

Machine has a time counter which counts down, and when it reaches 0, something happens. This counter can work in 2 modes; always, or only when machine is working. There is a setting which allows the ...
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Could “The flesh of the god” be an ambiguous title? Why?

Is the phrase "Flesh of the god" grammatically and semantically acceptable, or should it be "Flesh of the gods"? I am writing an article and I'd like to use it for the title. I am from Finland, so I ...
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What's the word for laughing in a sad situation?

I don't know if it's heartless,but when I'm in a situation that is really sad(like a funeral) I always have this urge to laugh.Of course I try not to burst out in laughter but I guess it's how I cope ...
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Knock On Wood in the UK?

In the US, it is common to use the idiomatic expression "knock on wood" to keep "a good thing going." Is it the same in the UK, or do they use a different idiomatic expression?
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Difference between “content” and “contentment”?

Given this sentence: I find (content/contentment) when sitting on a crowded subway train. or in the sentence fragment: my place of (content/contentment) In the dictionary, I see that ...
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Word or phrase for a distraction that is no longer bothersome?

I'm looking for a word or short phrase that means something that is not distracting. More specifically, something previously distracting that has since faded into... well, I don't know into what. So ...
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pre-customer inquiry/ post-customer inquiry

I'm translating titles of paragraphs from Japanese to English. A pragmatic translation of the titles can be: "Before Receiving Inquiries from Potential Customers" and "After Receiving Inquiries from ...
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An experience that induces self-doubt is a(n) ________experience?

If I were to challenge a great intellectual, who knows his area extremely well, on one of his points he has made; thinking about how I can repudiate his argument, how I will phrase my ...
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'Birthdate vs birthday'- I know three other people who share my birthdate

We say birthday and not birthdate Generally, birthplace is used for place of birth but not birthdate for date of birth. What is the reason that birthday scores over birthdate when it comes to ...
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Until, till, as long as

I will not go to the garden until my mother allows me I will not go to the garden as long as my mother doesn't allow me I will not go to the garden till my mother allows me: Are these sentences the ...
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Usage of “I'm incredulous!” as an exclamation of shock or disbelief

Would the exclamation "I'm incredulous!" be an appropriate response to finding out some unexpected news, if the intention is to convey shock or disbelief?
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looking forward to our tennis battle? can I say this way?

I am sending an email to a friend/mentor. We have the same interest in tennis and during our past conversation, we said we would like to play together one day. Is it ok to say "I am looking forward ...
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“Shamefully presents” vs. “ashamedly presents”

I'm editing a short movie. In the title screens, after the production company is listed, there needs to be a play on the common "Proudly Presents" text. It is with some chagrin that the production ...
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“Prefer” usage - If the emphasis is on the habit --ing form or to-infinitive? [duplicate]

-ing form : Most people prefer watching a film at the cinema rather than on TV. -to-infinitive form: We prefer to drive during the day whenever we can. Which of the above two sentences ...
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What do you call the process of reducing inflammation or the state that inflammation has been cured?

At First I was searching the antonyms for inflammation, concerning that one of the antonyms for the word "inflate" is "deflate" , but now I don't think this is the correct way,I am unable to find ...
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Single word of “Senseless words”

I while back a heard a word that means 'senseless words' It was used in the following context: "You are speaking in ... " And the full phrase had the exact same meaning as "What you are saying is ...
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Single word for “continuous improvement”

I'm looking for a noun that represents the idea of ongoing improvement. It needs to be directional, alluding to movement and progress. "Improvement" by itself isn't right because it suggests that ...
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Is there a word that specifically refers to reaching the top of a hill or mountain?

Title says it all: "Is there a word that specifically refers to reaching the top of a hill or mountain?" I want to describe the action of reaching the top of a hill and finally being able to see what ...
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Which is the correct use of 'no'

Editing a document and wondering which is correct? There have been no historical digs on the pipeline. OR There have not been any historical digs on the pipeline. A lot of the document ...
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in a computer vs on a computer [duplicate]

Important information can be stored in a computer vs Important information can be stored on a computer Also, can we use stored and saved alternatively/interchangebaly with computer. E.g. ...
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What is a term describing the destruction of crops by insects, bugs, or vermin?

The term pestilence has some application of use to generally describe 2: something that is destructive or pernicious I have seen it used in reference to destruction of plants and crops by ...
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Differenciate between instant and at your convenience messaging

Consider two cases Case 1: Two peoples are online and both are free. They are doing nothing other than chatting with each-other. So both of them are replying within few seconds. After chatting for ...
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How to name something that is common for two competing theories?

Geocentric and early heliocentric models of cosmos were different at the very core of theory, but they did share some elements: circular orbits, epicycles, uniform speed of celestial bodies. What ...
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Is the word 'lousy' used more often in the UK than in the US?

It seems to be considered a peculiar word to use in the US (like 'queue' or 'spectacles' or 'pail'). And more generally, is there any resource I can use to compare how frequent any particular word is ...
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Positive format of the word 'weird'? [closed]

What is the equivalent adjective of the word different? It must give a positive feeling and must be opposite to the negative feeling word 'weird'. I'm writing some dialogs for my short-film where ...
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“Much as” vs “Much like”

"Much as they had done with her..." "Much like they had done with her..." I was told that the use of "much like" in the second sentence is grammatically wrong. Any explanation is greatly ...
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Word for “entity who/that decides whether to grant or deny a request”?

Checker comes to mind but I want something better. The context I have in mind is in software development. What would you call the mechanism that will allow or deny user actions (based on users' ...
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Word for arson by secret police

Is there a word or phrase for when, during a protest meeting, the secret police lock the doors and set fire to the building?
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Word for “to speak louder than”?

I was trying to say: I had to shout so as to X the loudness of the music. And then I realise I didn't know any word whose meaning was "to speak louder than". Does such a word exist? At first, I ...
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Was West Germany commonly referred to as “Germany”?

During the Cold War, in everyday conversation, was West Germany referred to as "Germany" like South Korea is currently often referred to as "Korea" and the People's Republic of China is currently ...
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How to explain sorting by time descending in colloquial English

I am writing a program where I need to ask if the user would like to sort the results by time ascending or descending. The program manages appointments. So if time were sorted ascending, the ...
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Casual way of saying “send me an email”

Is there a more casual way to say "send me an email"? I'm going to put this at the bottom of the "contact" section of a website. "Pop me an email" is the only one I've managed to come up with.