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A word describes the person who tends to stereotype people

Is there a word/adjective (single word) that describes the person who likes consiously or uncousiously to stereotype people? I was thinking that there might be a word such as stereotypist, but such a ...
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Word for an Original Idea

Is there a good word for an idea that someone came up with on their own? I'm talking about an original idea. The reason I want such a word is for my notes so that I can annotate, with as few words ...
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How to say “beginninglessness” properly? [closed]

I'm writing about a property of God, describing that He has no beginning, and I couldn't find a word for it. The best I came up with is beginninglessness, but it sounds alien and doesn't seem to be ...
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“For three years” vs “in three years” [duplicate]

I haven't talked to my wife for three years. I haven't talked to my wife in three years. Are in and for interchangeable in these sentences?
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“half an hour ago” VS “half an hour before/earlier”

This is a sentence I read: The engines that had stopped half an hour ago were in action again. In my opinion, ago in the above sentence is used incorrectly. It should be replaced by before or ...
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Is “dabble in” the proper word in this case?

I am writing my statement of purpose for my Ph.D. application. As you may or may not know, the candidates mainly elaborate on their research experience in the statement of purpose. My intended Ph.D. ...
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A word that means suffering great loss if failed but highly profitable if successful?

This is a task that'll bring you back a great profit if successful but may also end you up with heavy loss even your life. I have been thinking whether there is one word or a phrase or some self ...
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Is there a word for 'within ten units of'?

Is there a word that can used like decade, but when talking about units not years? For example, everyone knows that: 2006 is within a decade of 1998 1989 is in the same decade as 1984 However, ...
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two times three

When someone says "two times three', which do you imagine, 3+3 or 2+2+2? When someone says "multiply two by three, which do you imagine, 3+3 or 2+2+2? The results are the same, but the concept may ...
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Why do people say “too little too xyz” instead of “a little too xyz” [migrated]

I've heard people say for example "It was too little too late". But isn't it more suitable to use "a" instead of "too" there? English is not my first language so I am sorry if this is an obvious ...
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Is 'efficate' a word in English? [closed]

I routinely hear the word "efficate" being used. For example, "The most powerful way to efficate a change in the system is to participate." I do not find entries for this word in common English ...
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“Decorated with taste” or “tastefully decorated”

Which sentence should be used when referring to good quality? The house is decorated with taste. The house is tastefully decorated. Is there any difference?
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Can aforementioned be used to mean “As I mentioned in…”?

Usually, I would use aforementioned to refer to a noun - the aforementioned song, book etc, but would it make sense to say "Aforementioned in the introduction..."? I'm writing an essay and I want to ...
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A de facto assumption?

I am trying to describe an assumption as a common and conventional one. No one ever doubts its reasonableness, and everyone simply takes this assumption as granted without thinking about it. Can I ...
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“an average of” vs “on average”

I am trying to write a job application with a sentence about my averaged evaluation. But, I don't know which expression is correct or more appropriate in the formal letter. 1) The overall performance ...
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Is “epitomize” somewhat presumptuous when used to describe my own work?

I am trying to say that my current work is a great example to illustrate the use of algorithm X in the filed of medicine. The main point that I'd like to address is not that my current work is ...
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“headquarters of” vs. “headquarters for”… is there a difference?

Is there a difference between "headquarters of" and "headquarters for"? It is the headquarters of many branches. It is the headquarters for many branches. It is the headquarters of the party. It is ...
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Word for knowing exactly when to keep and get rid of things?

This to me sounds like a challenge, as American Consumerism may have completely stamped whatever word this was out of my language. Is there a word (that people know...) for knowing exactly when to ...
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Is it common to use “totally” in such a way as “Michelle Obama’ s totally running in California.” [duplicate]

Vanity Fair magazine (October 23 issue) carried an article titled, “A brief history of Michelle Obama career-goal rumors,” and wrote as follows under the caption, “She’s totally running in ...
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What preposition should follow the adjective “parallel”?

When using the word parallel in communicating the state of being in a relationship between one line and another, what is the correct word to follow parallel? parallel to parallel with
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“One half” vs “a half”

I'm working on a copy editing project and in the copy they use ...only nine and one-half kilometres long... I have decided the hyphen is wrong. However one half sounds awkward to me. Is that ...
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“Inconvenient” vs. “uncomfortable” [closed]

Which of the following is correct? It's uncomfortable to live there due to poor housing conditions. It's inconvenient to live there due to poor housing conditions.
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Difference between “contest” and “competition”? [duplicate]

Is there a criterion to determine whether something is "a contest" or "a competition"? Are "a photography contest" and "a photography competition", for instance, totally synonymous? Is the fact that ...
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Difference between 'next' and 'following' [closed]

What different between this sentences? what is correct/incorrect? Please check next items: 1) item 1 2) item 2 Please check the following items: 1) item 1 2) item 2 Thanks.
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Connotations of “inevitable” versus “unavoidable”

"Inevitable" and "unavoidable" have near-synonymous definitions per stock Google dictionary searches, and both words stem from the same Latin root, but I've also seen broad acknowledgement that they ...
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Full stop or colon to describe a number of choices? [closed]

Which example is better? There are three reasons for this: One, two, finally. There are three reasons for this. One, two, finally.
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What is the word for a sentence that initially sounds profound or deep, that is, in fact, meaningless or empty?

I'm sure I saw, recently, a word for this, but I can no longer remember, or find, it.
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What is the word for a rapt state induced by a yearning for the unattainable?

I cannot remember the English word for a known meaning. The meaning of the forgotten word from the dictionary is a "a rapt state induced by a yearning for the unattainable".
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Usage of what and which in questions

Give me the money. What money? Give me the money. Which money? Which answer is correct? I think which money? But i'm not sure about it. I am not a native speaker.Thank you for answer in advance. ...
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Are there any synonyms for someone who has opted into something?

Ideally anything more substantive than 'participant'. I wasn't able to find anything using Google search or Word's synonym tool, and I'm looking for a more personable alternative to using the term ...
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What is the best time / are the best times for a meeting?

I'm about to arrange a meeting with a person. I have a feeling that when I say "What is the best time for a meeting?", I'm sort of forcing them to come up with one option only. I'd like to show them ...
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Name on Grave Marker [closed]

I hope someone might have a suggestion for better wording of this sentence: "A grave marker was placed that honored his name." Is there a better word than "honored", or a smoother wording of the ...
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Window shopping - shop with the eyes only -Is the term applicable to online browsing (shopping) too

"Window shopping" is used for a consumer who has no intent to purchase and I believe the term originated well before shopping became accessible online. Is there a different term for ...
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Word for describing the situation of caring about nothing but one thing

I want to describe a situation in which someone gets interested in something/someone to such extent that he forgets other activities and normal life, and just cares and thinks about the beloved ...
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What is a word or expression to describe a person as entertainment to pass the time?

If someone is being used or employed as entertainment to help someone else pass their time at work, but only in this capacity, what word or expression can be used to describe this? This other ...
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isolate vs. isolated

I'm doing research paper and I want to write a sentence like We wanted to compare two groups isolated. A colleague told me to write isolate, without d. I just checked, this is an actual ...
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Is there a short term for a banner ad displayed on all pages of a website?

I'm translating a media kit table with banner ad rates, and in one of the cells of said table there's a pithy short expression in Russian saying that the banner is to be displayed in its exact ...
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Thanks/ thank you for your suggestion [closed]

Which of these two sentences is more appropriate? Thank you for your suggestion. Or, Thanks for your suggestion.
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On the Existence of the Word 'Grousily'

Is 'grousily' a word? I would like to use it in a sentence to mean 'grumpily, as if in imitation of a rumpled grouse' but don't think it's okay because of how I couldn't find it in either OS X's ...
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Which is better equivalent for “in stock”? “At hand”, “on hand”, or “in hand”?

Which is a better equivalent for “in stock” (meaning a product is in stock)? “at hand” “on hand” “in hand” Can any of them be used? Which is the most appropriate? Which is second-best?
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Subject of investigation vs. Object of investigation? [duplicate]

which of the following is better: "He is the subject of our current investigation." "He is the object of our current investigation."
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Is majoritively a word?

So I was writing a sentence and the word majoritively popped into my head as a "Hey, why not? Sounds good!" type of word. My sentence was to the effect of: Our GridViews majoritively use classic ...
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Can't remember the word for literal setting of the variables

It is programming related. Well, I have a phrase, something like: If the parameter wasn't set ..., the default value should be used. I can't remember the word people usually use here. Something ...
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What's a word/phrase to describe a personality with seemingly random or disconnected interests? [closed]

I'm looking for a word that describes a person's personality. That person has many seemingly disconnected interests from the point of view of most onlookers, but to that individual he/she is able to ...
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What is the word for someone who doesn't appreciate their culture/heritage? [closed]

I met a person the other day who was overly critical about her culture/heritage when she described it. Is there a word to describe such a person or behaviour?
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What does isomorphism between language and reality mean? [closed]

I came across the sentence "isomorphism between language and reality" in a dissertation at http://sammelpunkt.philo.at:8080/2168/1/ghenea.pdf. What meaning does the use of isomorphism mean? In ...
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“Why was the girl that/who had plenty of money arrested”

Why is that used in the following sentence, instead of who? Why was the girl that had plenty of money arrested for shoplifting some trinkets worth only about two dollars?
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“Even to me” or “even for me” [duplicate]

English prepositions are difficult even for/to me. Which one is correct, for or to? Is there a difference? Can they be used interchangeably?
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Is there a word for “making someone notice you”?

The other day, I was in my car, waiting for a traffic light behind a pedestrian crossing. A friend of mine crossed the street right in front of me. For some reason, I didn't try to get his ...
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Is there a shorter way of saying “Not knowing what else to do?” [closed]

Does the English language provide a shorter form of the phrase? Example: Not knowing what else to do, I kept walking through the corridor.