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Correct expression for “time of the day” greetings?

What is the correct description of good morning/good evening/good afternoon, etc? Are they called greetings of the day, or time of the day greetings? If not, what are they called?
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Word to describe being useful to many people

I am trying to find a word to describe a project I am working on. This project has one function, but will be useful to as many people as possible (as many people as meet the requirements to use the ...
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What word describes someone who isn't exactly optimistic, but has a positive outlook?

I need a word to describe someone who knows better than to expect the best, but can be happy in unfortunate circumstances. I know phrases like "positive outlook" and "good disposition" could ...
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What do you call someone who isn't doing their calling in life?

You have a person who has an incredible talent, whether it be cooking, writing, sports, whatever. This person briefly showed this talent but then is living their life without fulfilling their calling ...
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A word for a collection of collections of video content?

If I were to put together collections of scientific lectures either by speaker or topic, what might I call them as a whole, if all the collections too were grouped into one item? I am looking for a ...
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“Though” vs. “although”

Can we use though and although interchangeably? Somebody told me that the difference is that though cannot be used at the beginning of a sentence. Is that the rule?
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What is a term for using a large word that the speaker/writer clearly thinks means something other than what it does? [duplicate]

A lot of times I'll hear a politician or see a commenter in a public forum where they clearly think the meaning of one or more words they use is something other than the real meaning. Is there a term ...
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Is there any archaic word for “finally”?

So I was wondering whether there is any archaic word that means "finally" or "at last"?
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Verbs to describe how light moves

I'm writing a sentence where pale gray morning light is being viewed through window blinds. I'm trying to think of a way to describe its entrance without sounding cliché. What are some good verbs to ...
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Key to innovation or key of innovation?

Today, I was working on a write-up and had a sentence that said: We believe innovation is the key to success only to find that my partner had rewritten this as: We believe innovation is the key of ...
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How should I describe a woman who serves food and drinks on a plane?

When I want to speak of a woman who serves food and drinks to passengers on a plane, should I use 'air hostess' or 'stewardess'? What's the difference? And when I take a plane, how should I call her?
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Words describing the traits of “a desert”? [closed]

In this sentence I have to fill in the correct word. Any idea what the correct word is? "The ghost town is in the middle of the desert, and the land around it looks ______ and uninviting." Choose ...
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When to use 'is' or 'are'? [duplicate]

Which statement is correct? Alcohol, drug abuse and work equipment is a lethal mix. or Alcohol, drug abuse and work equipment are a lethal mix.
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Something Known by Multiple Names

Is there a word that means: someone or something that can be known by multiple names? A few examples: Rooster can also be referred to as a cock Soft drink also known as a soda, pop, Coke, etc. A ...
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Is there a word or phrase (other than euphemism/innuendo) for using one word/phrase to mean another? [closed]

Recently, on an episode of a TV series I watch, one of the female characters asks a male character, "Do you want some bourbon?", when what she means is, "Do you want to have sex with me?". Is there ...
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What is a word for somebody who lies to themselves

I feel like the fact that people lie to themselves about things can tell you a lot about that person but I just can't put my finger on a single word that I'd use to describe them. In fact, not just ...
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What is a word to describe how something bad looks good because it is being contrasted with something worse?

I was wondering if there was any word or terminology for any such literary device that uses this effect.
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“Most random” vs “Randomest”

Is "randomest" even a word? People do tend to use it very casually. If "randomest" is a word, so should be "randomer", isn't it? I personally think it should be "more random" and "most random". Am I ...
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Replacements for “i.e.” other than “that is”

I frequently write technical texts, in particular mathematics. As the subject matter tends to be difficult, I have made it a habit to augment each potentially confusing phrase with a clarification. ...
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“At this section…” vs. “in this section…”

At/in this section, you must enter your shipping details. Should I use at or in?
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better word for an industrial part

I am looking for a generic word that can be used to refer to a fairly large industrial part or component such as a generator, motor, control box or possibly a circuit board. We are using the word ...
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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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Word for “what-if scenarios”

What is the English word that best captures "what if" situation? Something along the lines of "What if something goes wrong". It is close to being pessimistic. But pessimistic is too negative. I am ...
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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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“Problematic” versus “problem”

A reviewer of my thesis told me that I am wrongly using the word problematic. He suggested that I use problem instead. I have since read the definition of both words and neither correspond to the ...
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Adjacent means side-by-side. What's the word for behind-one-another?

Example: rows 9 and 10 in the theatre are ??? rows. Alternatively: rows 9 an 10 are ???-ly adjacent (while seats B and C are laterally adjacent). There are words like subsequent, consecutive, etc., ...
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Processor vs Processer

Is there any difference between "processor" and "processer"? Some spelling dictionaries only have the -or form, and some have both. Is it a US vs UK English thing? Or something else? More ...
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Is the word “annotation” suitable to describe “underline, highlight, strikethrough” made by reader/user? (labels in computer application)

I am not a native speaker so I would like to know what terms are suitable to describe notes highlight underline strike-through to the user, in computer applications where user can annotate text ...
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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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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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“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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About prepositions [duplicate]

Find out the difference between these two sets of sentences. It's in the tree. It's on the tree. On Christmas, we exchange gifts. At Christmas, we exchange gifts.
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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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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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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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What is a good word to describe someone who is empathetic, quick, and witty in conversation

I’m looking for ideally a single word that describes with positive connotation a highly empathetic and witty person — the type of person who’s a fantastic conversationalist as a result of these ...
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“Bash” vs. “party”

Our management team ask us to join a pizza/beer bash, which is essentially nothing but a pizza lunch held for all employees. My concept of the word bash still remained somewhere near the name of 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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What could be an alternative word implying 'to endorse someone'?

On professional social network sites (like LinkedIn) there are terms like 'recommend someone' or 'endorse someone'. What could be an alternative term that is somewhat lighter in meaning as compared to ...
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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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What do you call “gift CDs” that you select music for manually?

Is there a special word or phrase for a CD with a carefully picked playlist you made for a particular person, often given as a gift?
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Is there a word similar to “condolences” that doesn't involve death?

This is related to the recent entry in the web comic xkcd: http://xkcd.com/945/ I never say, "I'm sorry," because people interpret that as if I feel at fault, when I don't. I've been simply saying, ...
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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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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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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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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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“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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“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