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The delivery may be accelerated?

I'm writing a quotation and have to estimate a delivery date. My estimate is that we will make the delivery at January 1st. However, this will be impacted by when the project starts. It is in our ...
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What's a word for a voice doppelganger?

Someone that looks exactly like you is a dead ringer or a doppelganger. But what if they just sound exactly like you?
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Word for transportation of only people and goods and not data?

Is there a word for transportation of only people and goods, and explicitly not data? Example: "On the internet you can't transport physical and material payload like passengers and cargo."
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Why is 'unexpectedly' common but 'expectedly' not?

"unexpectedly" is common, but "expectedly" is not, whereas "predictably" (the synonym of expectedly) is common but "unpredictably" is not. Is there any rationale for this? See Ngram
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Single word for person entitled to receive a sales commission

I need a fairly specific single word for a person who is entitled to receive a sales commission. "Agent" for example isn't specific enough. A short phrase is also usable. Adjectives ditto. The ...
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Mix of Sun and Clouds

In weather forecasts in the US, the phrase "a mix of sun and clouds" seems to be common whenever the forecast does not clearly predict rain or shine. In my recollection, forecasts used to have phrases ...
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TOP LEVEL VS LEADING [closed]

Of the two adjectives, Top-level and leading, which one is stronger? Which journal is more prestigious, a top level one or a leading one?
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“Take care with” something

Recently I had a deep discussion with an American person born and raised in the USA who said that when I say "take care with something" it makes absolutely no sense. That was said because she had ...
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“supervisor” vs. “mentor”

In master's theses it is common to state two people who oversaw or should have overseen the project. It is common that only one of these engaged himself with the student's work. At my university ...
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Admits the following description

I have a question about the sentence "The evolution of a process admits the following description". I checked then the phrase "admits the following description" in Ngram Viewer and found no ...
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Which word to use when speaker sound is not working properly

I have a malfunctioned speaker, its sound does not come out normally but is like being stuck, which word(s) could I use to describe a speaker with defected sound? Thanks in advance.
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What's the word for paper “decaying”?

Imagine an old map, a map with a path to a treasure, like the ones you remember from cartoons. The map's partially destroyed, because it's so old, and it has been exposed to air, and heat, and water, ...
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Word for emergent image

What is this called? I know it's a collage, but is there more specific term for a collection of a pictures arranged in a way that creates the illusion of a "big picture" from amongst them? Bonus: ...
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What is the difference between “here goes” and “here it goes”?

I’m wondering what the difference between here goes and here it goes is. When something is going down and I want to express my feeling of “I’ll make it!”, which expression is correct? For example, ...
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What is the language that is used for general social conversations and interactions called?

Comments and utterances such as "howdy" "hey" "what's up?" "awesome weather uh?" don't do much to give knowledge or anything. They are just tools for everyday conversations. What is this type of ...
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More friendly word for “enterprise”

This is a toughy, but I'm looking for a word that doesn't have the connotations of "enterprise," "corporate" or "national account." Something that will get the idea of multi-unit businesses across in ...
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gerund vs possesive vs … in this sentence? [closed]

Which one sounds better or is correct? I managed a number of challenging projects, such as / which included (...) designing new electronic devices (...) the design of new electronic devices ...
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Footnote editing

A riddle for the weekend. If p stands for one page, pp stand for a range of pages, which one should I use in a footnote with J. Jones, page 21 and other pages? I.e. do I write pp. 21 and further or ...
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Choose between words “perverse” and “deviant”

I want to express the concept of a crowd of people with wrong idea of good and bad things (like people from some classical books who make principal characters abandon their love and so on). Can I use ...
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Use of the word “Overjoyous”

Is the following correct: The overjoyous Scottish supporter could hardly believe his eyes!
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What do you call a brightly lit spot?

What do you call a brightly lit spot, especially as a result of reflecting the light source (e.g. sun) off a glassy surface?
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Difference between “ad hoc” and “impromptu” [closed]

Is there any difference between "ad hoc" and "impromptu"? Can you find sentences where only one of the words is acceptable and the other is not? And where they are interchangeable? What about the ...
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What do we call a grocery store’s action to hand milk and egg to a boy who was asked to buy them by his dad? [closed]

In connection with my previous question - What does “make the last word on word” mean?, there was the following sentence in New Yorker’s article titled, “Salia’s word game” “true buyer” of the ...
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Another (perhaps humorous) term for “The Gold Standard”

Gold Standard as in: an example against which others of the same type are compared - http://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/gold%20standard Any other humorous ways to refer to this? ...
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What would be the opposite of “Divine Saint King”?

In a fanfiction that I am writing, a character has the title of Divine Saint Kaiser (Kaiser being translated to King). At one point she is kidnapped and the ones responsible who know of her ancestry ...
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“Have been through” or “have gone through”?

I don't know whether been or gone would be better in this sentence: I have some long-lasting memories in my mind, such as memorable overseas trips that I have been through. I have some ...
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Word/phrase similar to bluster

I am looking for a phrase similar to bluster. Something like “he saw her ???? fade away”. I'm looking for a phrase that describes fake arrogance or sizing somone up and trying to show them that they ...
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Proper use of “repertoire”

Could the word repertoire be used to describe one’s behavior as a façade?
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What is the opposite of Optimal?

Obviously something can be sub-optimal or poor, minimal, bad or terrible... But is there a word that means the exact opposite, the antonym, of optimal?
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a word that means something like a “seal of approval.”

I visited my doctor for discharge summary and asked her if she could pinpoint the cause of the cancer. when she started to speak, she was lost in search of a word that would fit in the blank in the ...
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What is the polite word describing a person who unreasonably says and does things to make a person happy? [duplicate]

Assume a powerful or rich person (like a boss in an office) and assume there is guy who wants to get some benefits from that person. He always does every thing and says every lies to make the powerful ...
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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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What is the meaning of “poetry” ? And how far it is different from “Poem”? [closed]

In a concert I heard saying Poetry is : "words carrying the meaning little concealed and little exposed." It may sound convincing but thats not word to word meaning neither complete. It is just a ...
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what is a generic term for any work to be marked by teacher

As the title mentions: what is generic term for any work to be marked by teacher (exam, test, assignment, report) ?
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“Whose difficulty is in-between”

This doctoral thesis is very technical and therefore hard to read. On the other hand, this book on the subject is a bit too naive. Our goal is to give a text whose difficulty is in-between. I ...
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Contemplate vs consider

After reading an article recently, I wondered when one should use contemplate over consider. I searched for the issue on Google and found that: In that context, they're essentially the same. ...
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What is the word for 'not good at expressing words / thoughts / emotions in person'? [duplicate]

Kind of like: not verbose not good at expressing oneself
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What is the exact word used for this unusual “interval” of sorts?

I knew this word a long time ago. Then I lost my memory. childhood and all. mva trauma, head injury.. I was good with words before because I was a songwriter, and I had a feeling that this word was ...
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Is there a word for someone born in the UK?

While watching the World Cup game a few minutes ago, I was wondering what if the United Kingdom - and not England - had a National Team, with English, Scottish, Welsh, and Northern Ireland players ...
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have/teach classes

If I can't be at work and have classes with my group, and I wan't to ask my colleague to substitute for me. Can I ask: Can you have classes with my group? Can you teach my classes? Thank you!
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Should I use interchangable terms in academic writing?

In academic writing (when writing to a journal), should I stick to the same terms throughout a paper, e.g. Twenty participants participated to the study. The participants received monetary ...
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Patience satisfied

I'm looking for a word which describes the resolution of patience. Example 1: If someone is waiting (being patient) in a room for his/her name to be called and it finally happens. This also might ...
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There is a word for mis-characterization of a political figure

What is it called when someone (example: a political figure) is mis-characterized constantly and untruthfully? For example a campaign constantly hammers the message: "Senator X promotes high ...
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Is there a word to describe a piece of land surrounded by river(s)?

I was wondering if there is a word that describes a piece of land that is being surrounded by river(s)? Is "island" appropriate for this? I always thought the word Island means a piece of land ...
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Should I use “this” or “next” in a question about time? [duplicate]

My son asked me this question: Today is June 12. Tom will play a video game on _ Sunday (which is June 15). And the choice is either "this" or "next." So which one should it be?
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Best word for health problems

What is the best word for pain and health problems caused by a disease? I want to use it as term for a collection of symptoms, that I gather. For example: [headache, stomachache, nausea] but ...
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Which is the right word to ask if this will create problem on a professional tone

I'm drafting a mail to my team informing them that I'm taking leave on some day and that I want to know if this will create problems or friction in working. I used I’ll will be taking leave on ...
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Rail vs railway

What's the difference between rail and railway? Hold your horses - I know I can consult a dictionary on this one, and I have, but it's still not clear to me which of the two I should use in ...
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Is there a common term for source and destination? [closed]

Background: I'm trying to come up with a name for a database column. This would store the source or destination of funds in a multi-part financial transaction.
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Word for software which has been killed or is no longer supported

When describing a piece of software on a list I have the following information: SoftwareName Released: 2013-12-12 ????: 2014-12-12 The ???? is like the opposite of Released. Maybe I could use ...