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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.
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“withdraw the question” in less formal way

I'm trying to find more common way to say that I would like to withdraw/cancel/recall off (?) my question I sent few days ago. Can you suggest something? Thank you Hubert
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Is the term “disillusion” being used correctly here?

It's easy to disillusion ourselves by thinking just because the output of our function looks very random, that it is very random. I asked a friend about this passage. I argue that it should ...
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Is there a single word version of “large body of water”?

I am in need of a more concise word than "large body of water", something that can be used to describe a sea, ocean, gulf, etc. - is there such a word? The particular usage I am looking for is to ...
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What state-of-being would you be in if you are insulted on someone else's behalf?

Suppose someone says something like this: Mexicans are great at mowing lawns! Let's also suppose that you, the listener, are not Mexican, however you find the statement insulting to Mexicans and ...
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Why do we say “rips and tears”?

For example, "Clothing must be free from rips and tears." It seems to me that the words "rips" and "tears" can be used interchangeably, and that using both is redundant. Is there a particular reason ...
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Position of always/continuously in these sentences

I have two sentences: 1.- On and beneath the earth's surface, new rock is made and old rock is destroyed ______________. 2.- The rock cycle occurs ______________________, over millions of years. ...
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Is there a phrase or slang word for a man who is always chatting women up?

He can be rich or poor, educated or not, vulgar or polite, handsome or not, but what characterizes this guy is his way with words and his garrulousness. More importante, he is notorious for making a ...
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A word for “mapping existing steps into a larger future plan that commences now”

I'm looking for a word or phrase to mean: “mapping existing and ongoing steps into a larger future plan that commences now”. I was thinking about "conforming execution" or "collapsing and initiating ...
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Psychological term or phrase for experiencing the world via the senses

I am looking for a psychological term or phrase for experiencing the world via the senses. (I am particularly interested in visual, auditory and thermal stimuli.) I am not looking for the word ...
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I thorougly enjoy _____ [closed]

Does thoroughly fit well in this sentence? Is it appropriate to use it in a formal sentence?
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Is it appropriate to address a college instructor by their first name? [closed]

During my tenure at community college, we often addressed our professors (or instructors, whatever you'd like to call them since most didn't have a doctorate) by their first name. Is this the proper ...
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Designing / devising a concept (e.g. for a website)

I'm looking for a noun that describes the process of "Designing / devising a concept". For example for a website: Means writing a general concept for the designer and developers, sketching wireframes, ...
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drawn or drawn in

I have a figure and some edges are plotted for convenience. So I want to write a caption like "Auxiliary edges are drawn in" But I'm confused about the in. As a non native speaker, drawn in ...
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The basic or the main component

I want to write a scientific paper and I am looking for a nice word that can describe a theory can be a basic component or a main tool for another theory. What is the best word that I can use?
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which verb is the most correct in the following sentence?

When children want to feel important and loved confident by their parents, do they want to be accepted/ approved/ acknowledged/ recognized by their parents?
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When to use 'degree of' versus 'level of' in urban planning

Should we say, in urban planning, a certain level of compact development, or a certain degree of compact development?
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What is the word for what an applicant applies to?

If you are applying to a school you are an "applicant". What is the word for the thing you're applying to? Similar to the sentence "the stalker stalks the stalkee", what would be in the blank in the ...
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What would you call a person who doubts his wife's character? [closed]

A cynic or a skeptic? or something else? I am trying to learn the differences between the two words.
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Which grade/class are you?

In our country, Turkey, when someone wants to know if you're a freshman, or sophomore, or w/e (knowing if you're in high school, or in university) he/she usually says: (making a literal translation ...
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'out of' vs 'from' (a series)

Is it acceptable to say something along the lines of "this microphone is out of the 122 series" instead of "this microphone is from the 122 series" ? I have a colleague who insists that using 'out ...
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Does “it gives me good feeling” make sense? [closed]

Helping others is important to me. It is beneficial to me as well, for it gives me good feeling.
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The use of OR in interrogative sentences

Is Indonesia a developing country or an underdeveloped country? Or Is Indonesia a developing or an underdeveloped country? I understand that "or" is either inclusive or exclusive. Is there ...
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Adjective for one meaning of “argument”

I am searching for a word, an adjectival form of the word "argument" in its sense as: "a statement or series of statements for or against something." The word "argumentative" does not work. I am ...
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'apply on' or 'apply to'

I have a new approach and data and I want to apply this new approach on a set of data. But a friend of mine says I have to a apply it to the data. So in We apply this novel approach X the ...
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Word choice with regarding to its use and length

Few years back, when I first read the word "color" in a text book, I thought it was an editing error, but after researching on the Internet, I found that "color" is as same as "colour" except the ...
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The grammar of 'clothes' versus 'clothing'

Which of these is correct: I didn't realize how much clothes you had on the floor I didn't realize how much clothing you had on the floor Any additional explanation about clothes versus ...
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To “wow” or not to “wow” [duplicate]

Had an argument with my wife regarding the propriety of using the expression "wow". It all started when I blurted out the word in astonishment when the preacher mentioned a negative observation. He ...
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Word for “make visually intuitive”

There is an art/science to turning data from a collection of numbers on a page into something that the mind can understand through the brain's ability to recognize patterns with the different senses. ...
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“Bump one's head on something” vs. “against something”

Can anyone help me understand the difference between bumping one's head on something and bumping it against it? Is there any substantial difference or are they used interchangeably?
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How can you say you realize something from someone's look?

What is a word or phrase that means you understand something from someone's look, e.g. you realize from their look that you should stop talking?
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Term for book glorifying villain

Is there a specific term which can be used for books glorifying evil or the villain?
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When to use “right” and when to use “correct” in a sentence? [duplicate]

When should you use the word "right" in a sentence (ex. "Did I say your name right?") vs using the word "correct" (ex. "Did I say your name correctly?"). Is there a "rule" or an easy way of ...
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Any time or every time?

Do you notice any difference in these sentences' meanings? I want to be able to look at it every time I look at my phone. and I want to be able to look at it any time I look at my phone.
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Weekend vs Weekends for multiple people?

In a phrase like "The meeting Friday has been canceled and I hope you all enjoy your weekend(s)" which is correct? Should weekend be singular since there is only one weekend being referred to or ...
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What is the word or term used to describe a person who intentionally ignores a rule/regulation/order

There is a girl in my lab who, despite having been corrected numerous times in the past, continues to disregard the lab procedures regarding chain of command. She constantly goes over supervisors' ...
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Outshone or outshined?

I've tried to search whether I should use "outshined" or "outshone". My spellcheck underlines "outshined", but dictionary.com suggests I can use either. Which one should it be? ...
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What term captures “just the thing” or “exactly what is needed”?

Example usage: If Plato and Aristotle wish to maintain the status quo, then such a system is just the thing that is needed. "Sufficient" doesn't carry it. "Ideal" gets closer. What word captures ...
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Is “It (North Korea) had a deep bench of (brutal madmen)” a common English phrase?

New Yorker’s Andy Borowitz Report (October 10) runs an article under the title, “North Korean government reassures citizens “It had deep bench of brutal madmen.” It begins with the following passage: ...
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If you don't reply for the next three hours

Imagine I told you something like: If you don't reply for the next 3 hours, I will stop talking to you. What would you think the meaning was? Do you think it would be If you don't keep ...
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Laundry (noun) is the washing of clothing and linens. what do we call the laundry after laundering?

While reading a chapter on laundry and the various techniques associated with it, it reflected that the clothes lined for washing were termed as laundry and so were the washed/ironed clothes. Could ...
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What word to use when you don't want to eat more food?

Which word to use when you don't want to eat more food even though you are not full yet, because the food is too oily and fatty.