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Should I use Lore or Mythos

I'm writing a scientific paper (on an unrelated subject), and the need arose to refer to Robin Hood stories in film, literature and folk culture in general. I would like to use the expression "the ...
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Am I right that “individual” is a little bit pejorative? [closed]

I have feeling that the word "individual" leans a little bit towards being pejorative if not used in an official or formal context. Me not being native to English and knowing it far too poorly, I ...
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What's more than a girlfriend but less than a wife? [duplicate]

Let's say I am in a committed relationship with a woman, but we are not married; talking about her as "my girlfriend" seems a bit silly, as it conveys the idea of something juvenile, and 1) our ...
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How to distinguish between “document” and “documentation”? [closed]

I am wondering when we could use documentation instead of document?
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Reasonable phobia name for fear of alcohol evaporating before you can drink it [closed]

I am curious as to what the phobia name would be for the fear of the alcohol in your drink evaporating before you can drink it. It appears most phobias are rooted in Greek and sometimes Latin. Some ...
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What is the word that means an “unanswerable question”?

This is not a rhetorical question (because no one knows the answer). It is kind of like a dilemma in that it's difficult to answer; however, it does not quite fall under a "what is the meaning of ...
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Verb to “make something succeed”

I would like a verb that would express the idea of making something succeed. Example: I [my-verb] the unit tests. Writing "I made the unit tests succeed." is not what I'm looking for.
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An appropriate term for the 'contamination' of a language

Italians, for some reason, tend to accept and use foreign terms quite easily. The foreign terms that have entered and are entering common usage are mainly from the English language. Their usage has ...
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Expression for personality/lifestyle of somebody that likes to step outside of the comfort zone?

This is maybe a difficult question. In my mother tongue we have a word for it, but I can not find anything similar in english: How to describe a person/characteristic/way of life of somebody that ...
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Better word for 'my native place'? [duplicate]

I am writing an article for a magazine about my visit to my village. I want to use a better word or phrase for 'my village' or 'my native place'. The following is the part 'When i heard of stories ...
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What's a word for the letter code used to identify the multiple choice answers of a question?

On an exam paper I have questions and each question has several answers. These answers are coded with characters A, B, C etc I am trying to document this and I want to find a single word that ...
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Call In/For a New Job

Suppose I looked for a job on the Internet, found a few offers interesting and decided to call the phone numbers they had posted. Am I calling in or calling for the new jobs? (Or should I simply say ...
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“Profitable” or “Affordable”

Trying to create a tagline, but unsure as to which word will entice a person more : Profitable or Affordable? The context being: _________ Barcode Scanning If I were to use both what order should I ...
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“Upper bound on” vs. “upper bound of”

I have seen both usages, and want to learn how to choose the appropriate option.
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Strangle, or Strangulate?

A short piece I'm trying my hand at. "Don't you attempt to strangle me!" he screamed as her hands closed around his throat "I'll sue you for grievous bodily harm". The scream had its effect — the ...
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I'm surprised, well actually not that surprised

Last night I cooked some broccoli and cauliflower and before serving them I lightly coated them in a lemon-infused olive oil with some fresh basil. I was surprised it was so tasty, yet at the ...
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action word for ruse?

Ruse meaning: an action intended to deceive someone; a trick. Can I use rusing? Example: I was rusing back there so you could make a clean getaway.
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Is it the “second half” or “second part” of the century?

I faced this problem when interpreting the transcript of records today. The subject is: "European History of the second half/part of the XX century till today" So is it better to say "part" or ...
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Need a term for major water forms or states (e.g. sea, freshwater, glaciers, dams, etc.)

I'm writing an article about the hydrosphere for my website GeoWorld. I'm dividing the hydrosphere into the following seven categories: 1) the sea 2) surface freshwater bodies 3) underground aquifers ...
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Thank You for inviting Steve and {me/I}? [duplicate]

When writing a thank you note from a husband and wife, is it correct to write the note as... "Thank you for inviting Steve and me to your home for the birthday celebration." Or is it, "Thank you for ...
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What is the difference between “amazed at” and “amazed by”?

Good day to all! Could you please explain me in which cases it's better to use a preposition at and in which we should use by? amazed at / amazed by astonished at /astonished by Thank you in ...
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What is the appropriate single word for describing an over clean person? [duplicate]

Assume we have a person who always washes his hand before using his gadgets, don't like others to touch his belongings, always makes sure the chair surface clean before sitting, Is there an ...
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What to use instead of cliched exaggerated adjectives such as iconic? [closed]

The English language expert at grammar.about.com advises on many occasions against using the word iconic, claiming it is cliched and will make you sound trivial, without saying what to use instead. Is ...
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He stayed while she talked / was talking to her?

He stayed while she talked to her. He waited while she was talking to her. Are both correct? What is the difference?
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Does this use of whether make sense? [closed]

Does the use of "whether" make sense in this sentence? For instance, the use of line designs in the background imparts the notion of constant motion, whether that motion be simply the air.
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Adding vs Contrasting: meaning of the required linker

I have a complicated text, but I built two sentences with the main idea. I'd like to use either a) or b) as the last sentence. We prepared ourselves so that "some stuff" is probably available, but ...
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“Too much pills and liquor” or “Too many pills and liquor”?

When you mix a mass noun with a plural, do you use "much" or "many"? My apologies if the answer to this is readily available, I haven't been able to find anything
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Is it “in” or “on” the dark side?

What's the correct word to use, is it "in" or "on" the dark side? For example: Sometimes it's good to be in/on the dark side.
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Usage of would have

While reading a document I came across the following sentence: "After 9 months’ time data base administrator will run a job which will copy record from operational to archival data base and as soon as ...
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Isolated group of users who believe that a technology/tool is vastly superior to alternatives

Consider a group of users of a given technology (e.g. an obscure programming language) who think that such technology is superior to any other technology, and whose opinion disagrees with the ...
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“The reception of the radical theory shows that when [invention/dogmatism] fights orthodoxy to a draw…”

The reception given to Kimura's radical theory of molecular evolution shows that when ______ fights orthodoxy to a draw, then novelty has seized a good chunk of space from convention. Options ...
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craft with -ing or not? [closed]

I've seen 'coding craft': http://www.codingcraft.co.uk/ and 'hire craft': http://hirecraft.com/ what's the correct version? why not 'hiring craft'? what's the difference?
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“Lasting” or “with a duration of”? [closed]

I'm editing a very bureaucratic document and I'm trying to make it less bureaucratic. There's a passage that refers to "a session with a duration of 1-2 hours." I want to change it to "a session ...
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Prediction / Foreshadowing - Adverb

What is a way to say "as you _____ mentioned" where _____ is meant to convey that the person correctly predicted / foreshadowed your response?
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What is it called when you use something in a sentence that will be replaced? [duplicate]

For example say I have this sentence: The following sentence uses ________: You can find the program in [DOWNLOAD_DIRECTORY] where [DOWNLOAD_DIRECTORY] is your default download directory. ...
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What's wrong with this sentence? How can it be improved? [closed]

It has been a long time that I associated myself with an organisation. I'm not sure if I can use myself in this context, since there is an I already implying the same. Can I use associated - a ...
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Does “trial” collocate with the verbs “win” and “lose”: can you “win/lose a trial”?

I know that "case" collocates with the verbs "win" and "lose". But do these verbs also collocate with the noun "trial"? Are the phrases "win/lose a trial" and "win/lose a case" synonyms?
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“What about you?” vs “How about you?” meaning [closed]

When a person is asked a question, and wants to repeat the same to the asker, what is the difference, or which is more common, between these two statements, How about you? or What about you? For ...
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Collective term for race, gender, age, religion, income class, etc

I'm writing an article for a political website about the major traits that make an individual what he or she is (in terms of wealth, human rights, oppression or lack thereof, etc.). They include ...
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Introduce a sentence with “leveraging” [closed]

Does this sentence make sense: Leveraging lessons learned from the previous project, collaborating with an industry association and supplier to address the financial and technical challenges of this ...
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Can humans be “beneficial” to each other? [closed]

I could be beneficial to you if you hire me. Is that an idiomatic English sentence? Can we use beneficial for humans?
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Singular or plural for multiple subjects? [duplicate]

Which is more correct to say: Five and four are eight Five and four is eight My Logic teacher has sent this to us to figure out. What is written above is all the information we were given. I ...
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How to refer to an employer that isn't a company [closed]

What term may use I refer to a non-business employer? For instance, a babysitter or housekeeper working for a family or single parent.
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Is it inflammable or flammable? [duplicate]

You sometimes see on tank trucks or petrol tankers carrying gas or oil or other liquids that catch fire quickly the word inflammable painted in bold red on them.Should not the correct word be ...
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To be stoked on/about/ to do something [closed]

What's the difference, if any, between these: I'm stoked on going there I'm stoked about going there I'm stoked to go there What's the most common?
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Word for “thing not to disclose” in an NDA

Is there a word to describe "the thing you're not allowed to disclose" when talking about an NDA? For example, how would I complete the following sentence: "Non disclosure agreements are required ...
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What is a term for recent that covers the past week and the next week?

I have a software user interface that toggles between the full schedule and a schedule that covers the most recent weekend and the upcoming weekend. Any idea what to call this?
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“Aged” vs. “Aging” to describe someone's age

I'm just wondering if we can also use the word aging when describing someone's age as in this example: The study included participants aging 20 to 50.
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How do I say that I can add value to the job in a correct English sentence?

Can a person be beneficial to a job? How do I say that I can add value to the job in a correct English sentence?
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A word for 'single view of information'

I have billing information coming from different sources and I want to provide a single view to all the billing information to users. Just wondering if there is a better single word for single view of ...