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Is it impolite/incorrect to start an email with “Namaste [name]”? [closed]

When writing an email, should I start with just "Hello [name]" or can I use other greetings, such as, "Ni Hao [name]" or "Namaste [name]"? I feel like it might be okay, but wonder if there is a ...
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In large part… in small part

What is the "conjunction" for in large part? For example: Items in this category were in large part based on Doyle and Stern’s (2006) definitions of globalization, and in small part based on ...
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An 'in-your-face' (physically) synonym? [closed]

The setting is at a restaurant table/booth and I'm trying to describe a hanging lamp/candle/ornament/chandelier that is basically in the character's face. The first word that came to my mind was ...
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What is the AmE and BrE for “americanata”?

Americanata is a common Italian noun which is used to refer to: scherz., iron. Azione, impresa fatta con grandiosità esagerata e ostentata. Bizzarria di dubbio gusto: Quello spettacolo è ...
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What is preferable way to say the phrase “changeble weather”?

I'd like to know what is the best way to express the situation when the weather changes very often in American English and in British English. For example: "The weather is changeble/irregular/fluid/...
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What is the best way to talk about a person's nationality without the proper demonym?

I am developing a web-app, where people can register a person's nationality. I have a table with countries, but not the proper demonyms for all countries (Danish, Swedish, Canadian etc). In lieu of ...
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Liaison or Liasor?

I received an email from a client. On her signature, her job title was shown as Client Liasor. I have seen that title listed as Client liaison, or even (perhaps more accurately as well) Client ...
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What is the difference between “special” and “specific” in usage?

Which one is correct to use in the following sentence; special or specific? Both adjectives seem to be interchangeable. According to Dictionary.com, specific means 1. having a special application, ...
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“positively/negatively related to” OR “directly/inversely related to ”?

It seems there are two ways to describle when variable X increases as variable Y decreases: X is negatively related to Y, OR X is inversely related to Y. when variable X increases as variable Y ...
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Is the following word choice correct? [closed]

Is it possible to describe the relation between two countries as "negative" and "tepid"? Are there any better alternatives usually used in media texts?
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One word for one who accepts advice?

I want a word for a person who accepts advice of others. Basically, I am reading a play and in that there is a ruler who accepts the wise advice of others. What word can be used to describe such a ...
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Better wording to represent “ to show this in image…”

I made a diagram that I want to show but I am confused with how to present it, like should I say " so this is how it looks in picture/diagram" or "to represent this graphically or in picture" or ...
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Cipher vs Cypher - British English vs American English [duplicate]

As an English author but long time resident of America, I recently wrote a historical spy thriller that delved deeply into coded messages. I often caught myself writing cipher and cypher. Although I ...
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Does a parked car lie in the street, or sit in the street, or stand in the street?

Does a parked car lie in the street or sit in the street or stand in the street ? Is there a rule to determine which verb to use with a specific noun, when the noun describes a ...
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Business term for unique companies

I'm looking for a business term to be applied to companies that are the only known providers of some good/service. "One-of-a-kind" and "unique providers" come to my mind at first, but they does not ...
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How do I describe positions of persons in a sequence?

Let's say I have four persons in an ordered sequence. For example: Person A - Person B - Person C - Person D. Person D arrived first. Then person C arrived, then B, and then A. I now want to ...
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What do you call a person who loves nuts and bolts? [closed]

What do you call a person who has a fetish for fasteners such as bolts, nuts and screws?
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Which is more suitable/correct usage: “forget your password?” or “forgot your password?” [duplicate]

As a web developer, this is a question that has bugged me for some time: when providing a way for users to reset their password, which link wording is more suitable or is the "proper" use? "Forget ...
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Does somebody's “lady” mean somebody's wife?

I recently visited a historic Buddhist temple in Japan and a grave there was in honor of the wife of a feudal samurai lord. The woman was referred to as the lord's "lady" in English. Is it an ...
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Can the word “unsettling” be used in a positive sense?

For example, in the phrase: John told Mary something unexpected and thoroughly unsettling - but in the best way a person can be unsettled Is there something wrong (meaning-wise) with this? Can the ...
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The correct usage of to and in when asking if this is a person's first time in a city [closed]

I'm not sure how to explain this to my student. He is asking which of the following sentences are correct: Is this your first time TO Tokyo? or Is this your first time IN Tokyo? I'm thinking the ...
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Quality of life Vs. Life Quality

In the context of the following excerpt, what expression should I use? And why? The husband's role is a fundamental element for the sick wife's well-being and life quality/quality of life. Note ...
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What is the difference between bamboozle and hornswoggle

Please don't answer that bamboozle is spoken in GB and hornswoogle in US. Many times i have heard hornswoogle spoken at the US East Coast. Is it possible that both means the same but hornwoogle is ...
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Should this be “ensure,” and not "insure?

The assure vs. insure vs. ensure has been discussed frequently on this site. But I came across a New Yorker article, which has excellent editing, which uses "insure" when it seemingly should have used ...
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Word choice in this sentence: trajectory vs. vector

I'm editing a short piece of fiction where the author has left brackets around specific items that they want looked at, and this one has me a little bit stumped. In the scene, a character has jumped ...
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Need word for “remove duplicates and keep unique instances” [closed]

Here is a sentence. Combine all Points and keep unique Points. For example: Points-> 1,1,1,1,2,3,3,3,4,4,5,5 Remove duplication and keep uniqueness Unique Points-> 1,2,3,4,5 I need a word ...
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What is a word that describes a person who takes up a challenge

The same thing as the title. The situation is a person whose intent is against the protagonist's and is taking up a king's challenge. I'm rewriting a fairytale from a different perspective. The ...
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Which word do I use? Are or Is?

Which is correct? Spelling and grammar on facebook is something else. Spelling and grammar on facebook are something else.
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Word for “reporting a table” [closed]

In an article, I need to report my results in the form of a table. Also I want to show (exactly copy the same table in my article with proper citation) the corresponding table from a paper (showing ...
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Avoiding alliteration in 'respective perspectives' - how?

I've got a sentence here I cant get working: Direct and in-depth discussion with the providers followed, this was done concurrently with X with Y providing a parallel analysis, inspired by our ...
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Usage : Am yet to read those

Conversation : A- I am reading the Harry potter series. B- I am yet to read those. or is it better to use "I am yet to read them" or is there a better alternative?
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Combining two sentence in one while ensuring grammar errors are not present

Since English is my second language, I have been trying to wrap my head around the subheading I am writing. I feel like it would be better written if it was divided into multiple sentence, but I was ...
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When to use what or who

Which is correct? I'm what you made me or I'm who you made me
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Which verb fits better for the action of “creating” an earth connection?

The following sentence is used on a warning label: Ensure that an earth connection is made I think that "making an earth connection" doesn't express the real intent here. The alternatives that I ...
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Which verb should be used with the nouns “repair/maintenance”: “Make”/“Do”/“Carry out”/…?

The following sentence is used on a warning label: All maintenance and repair must be done only by authorized personnel I'm not quite sure that "do" is the proper verb to use with "maintenance ...
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How to say if coffee is diluted and not strong?

For instance, a cup of cappuccino was made with too much water and because of it its taste was not that strong. What are correct words to say it? Dictionary returns many options, but which ones are ...
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A futuristic Phobia in the scientific context (Related to Artificial Intelligence)

Is there any specific term to describe a phobia about future of relationship between humans and (intelligent) machines? One may think it could be Cyberphobia or Mechanophobia, however these options ...
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“cactusings” or “cactiing”

I am aware this is a nonsensical / silly question, but my last question got me thinking about this. Say you have a hypothetical verb ending in -us. Lets pretend this verb is the word "Cactus". Some ...
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“non-assigned” or “un-assigned” inventory?

I am writing up a procedure regarding inventory that is not assigned to any specific employee of the company and would like to know if I should refer to this inventory as "non-assigned" inventory, or "...
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“Role” or “Roles” [closed]

Though I am a native English speaker, I am having trouble deciding between "role" and "roles" in the phrase below. The roles of the two parties involved in a legal proceeding, peculiar to the ...
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How do I write about “fun” without using that word? [closed]

I'm a fortunate writer in that I get to write about toys. I get to describe games, puzzles and many more fun things for kids and adults. But I'm feeling like a broken record that's relying on the word ...
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Person who invites: “Inviter” or “Invitor”

There is a clean word that defines person that is invited: an invitee. However, I can't seem to find a straight definition of either terms that would define a person who invites the invitee. Is it "...
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What is someone who makes a testimonial called?

In the context of advertising/marketing a testimonial is: Written recommendation from a celebrity or satisfied customer affirming the performance, quality, and/or value of a product or ...
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What is the correct word for a group of categories, tags, and roles?

I want to create a database table that will hold all categories, tags, and user roles. I see WordPress uses "taxonomy" and "term" for this concept. Are there any other words to name it? If not, then ...
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Word that describes many common household purchases

I m writing a research paper about the over consumption. I am struggling to find a word or words that describes the things we normally use in our daily lives like toothbrush, dish washer liquid, ...
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He who gives Information?

What is the person who gives you information called? Basically I have read a play in which there are two characters that provide you information of the happenings in the play like the information that ...
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What is the collective term for “Daily”, “Weekly”, “Monthly” and “Yearly”?

I am developing a business application in which the user can select from one of these options, namely "Daily", "Weekly", "Monthly" or "Yearly", for scheduling appointments. I need to create a field in ...
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A word to describe a person who has gone astray [closed]

What is a person who has gone astray called? This basically refers to the person who is not following the path to success but has gone astray . For instance these lines from the psalm of life depict ...
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Is a response that poses a question with an obvious answer considered rude?

Disclaimer: While this question can relate to any language, there may be common interpretations specific to the English language. We have two people (denoted A or B). Say Person A poses a question, ...
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If something with no specific time associated with it is called timeless, what would you call something with no specific place associated with it?

I would, quite simply, like to know what the word is for something that could happen in any place; similar to the word "timeless", though that refers to something that could happen during any time. I ...