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Rail vs railway

What's the difference between rail and railway? Hold your horses - I know I can consult a dictionary on this one, and I have, but it's still not clear to me which of the two I should use in ...
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Is there a common term for source and destination? [closed]

Background: I'm trying to come up with a name for a database column. This would store the source or destination of funds in a multi-part financial transaction.
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Word for software which has been killed or is no longer supported

When describing a piece of software on a list I have the following information: SoftwareName Released: 2013-12-12 ????: 2014-12-12 The ???? is like the opposite of Released. Maybe I could use ...
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Professional ways of saying “to know something”

Usually, in our CV or resume, we will say that "I know this, I know that, blah blah". I think the verb "to know" is not formal enough in such situation. Is there a better way to say you know ...
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Equivalent phrase/single-word for `prognosis (without intervention)`

Consider a situation when without any effort/intervention into the process consequences are predefined to be bad. How do you call such a bad-prognosis?
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what is the word for saying bad words about other people [duplicate]

There is a word to call this kind of person: habitually say bad things about other people, ONLY when the said people are not present always excited to spread rumors, especially the bad things ...
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What do you call collective intelligence?

Collective intelligence is a form of wisdom of crowds. What together an aggregation knows is often pretty comparable with expert opinions. What is one word (or at most two) that describes this kind of ...
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How to describe these movements?

If one takes this head-rope and pulls it back and forth, one can control the movement of all the threads of the net, and the whole net will be unfolded or collected accordingly. I do not know how to ...
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What is a term for a genre that is not sci-fi or fantasy?

I need a term to distinguish movies such as Die Hard or Taken from the likes of The Lord of the Rings or Minority Report. Broadly speaking, they are all action movies. But what do I say when I want to ...
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Word meaning “without my asking”

There is a specific word meaning 'without my asking' and I cannot seem to recall it whatsoever. Used in a sentence: "she told me all about her personal life 'without my asking."
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Researchers and universities are to Academia as covert operatives and secret compounds are to…?

The domain or the world of academics - teachers and researchers in universities and colleges - is referred to as academia. What do you call the domain of secret agents, spies and covert ops teams, ...
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The other end of an “offer” [closed]

In replying to this email, sender: I believe you were interested in applying for a Moffat Scholarship Award (etc. etc.) my response: Thanks for your email and I appreciate the offer. But I'm ...
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'I don't get no money' - how is this correct [duplicate]

I was chatting with a friend when he said 'I don't get no money' - he was referring to some work he was doing. This usage of language confused me. I have come across phrases like this in movies and ...
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Who is the guardian of the protégé

If protégé is the person who receives, so-to-speak, who is the giver? That is, what's the terms used for the person under whose patronage the protégé is?
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Can I say “thus much can be said that”? [closed]

Thus much can be said that apart from geographical remoteness and the early formation of a highly centralized government, the commandments functioning as the moral core of the social and political ...
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Using “respectively” with “and” vs. “or”

Is it acceptable usage to use "or" with "respectively", or is it possible only with "and"? Example: If the light changes from red to blue or from blue to red, you must catch or throw the ball, ...
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Can one “go against” an objection?

There were a few examples on google, but very limited and mostly blogs and the like. I'm thinking that words like "ignore" tend to be used with "objections." But is there a word like "defy" that can ...
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Another 'me' versus 'myself' usage question

I am quitting a job. I wrote a letter of resignation and have come upon the following sentence: "Moreover, I believe [name of restaurant] will be better suited to have an employee that is different ...
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Word to describe team interactions (questions, updates, queries…)

I'm looking for a word that describe quick exchanges of information that happen in a team or between people that know each other (colleagues for example). Questions, queries and requests are too ...
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What is the proper use of the word “state of the art”? [closed]

I am a bit confused with using the phrase state of the art. Is the following usage correct? My motivation relies on the fact, discussed above, that there is little global state of the art ...
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What is the taste that stimulates your appetite?

When we eat something, after munching and swallowing a bite, we are strongly stimulated to have one more bite. What is the taste that causes this effect?
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Defining a goal that can be achieved through many ways

I want to define a goal that can be achieved through many ways. Does multidirectional work? A multidirectional goal? Its for a title of an essay saying that there is not just a single way to stay ...
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Word for a person or code which puts emphasis on self-improvement

I'm looking for a word which describes a person or ethical/religious code or whatever which emphasises self-improvement. That is, that the point of it is to fix one's flaws and vices and whatnot. ...
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A single word for “non-empty” or “not empty” [duplicate]

Much like the poster who posted this: "Not empty" set in one word? I'm simply looking for a single ("short" if possible) word that means "non-empty" or "not empty". I'm not looking for ...
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Word for bigotry towards someone of political beliefs

Ageism is the word for bigotry towards people of an age group, racism towards people of a race, sexism towards people of a certain gender, etc. Is there a word for bigotry towards someone of certain ...
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Is there a word for payments made to freelance workers such as designers?

Is there a word for payments made to freelance workers such as designers? Obviously, it is not the same as a wage or a salary. I can think of "payment", but that seems too general. "Commission" is ...
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“That” between “thought” and “could”

Is It was me that Mr. Jones thought could do it. correct? Is that required between thought and could?
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Earthquake As A Verb

Is there a way to use earthquake as a verb, i.e.: It started earthquaking... What's the proper way to express earthquake as a verb?
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Is 'can' an appropriate substitute for 'may' to indicate possibility? [duplicate]

One definition of can in Merriam-Webster Online is: c —used to indicate possibility < do you think he can still be alive> < those things can happen> ; sometimes used interchangeably with may ...
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Use of the word Refrained

'The experience of negative emotions in the flow of life can never be stopped, only refrained!' Is this sentence grammatically wrong since the preposition 'from' does not follow the word refrained?
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pro-active/initiative-taking as an adjective

How can we describe someone who always takes the initiative? He is very _. The only word I can come up with is pro-active but it sounds/feels a little awkward to me. Edit: Dictionary[dot]com has a ...
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“Looks more genuine than me/I writing”

In the following sentence, which is more appropriate — I or me, and why? Sending separate mails will look more genuine than me/I writing on behalf of everyone.
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What is the equivalent of “susceptibility” in medical literature, but to a healthy condition?

In medical literature the word susceptibility collocates with negative adjectives or nouns -- negative prosody. Likewise, the word predisposing factors or state is mostly associated with negative ...
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An Exocentric compound for Children

I have written a story for children in Persian. Somewhere in the story, I have mentioned "pear". "Pear" In Farsi is gool-abbi, which translates literally as "blue flower". I have mentioned that as ...
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I'm looking for help with a word to describe a concise theory

I'm looking for a word that describes the simplest, most complete theory: concise, elegant, complete
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Is a movie played in a theater or at a theater?

Do we say a movie is being played in a theater or at a theater?
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“She is speaking” vs. “I am speaking”

Tom: "Hi this is Tom, May I speak with Linda please?" Linda: "Yes, she is speaking" Can Linda say "yes, she is speaking" or does she have to say "yes, I am speaking"?
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“Putative” vs. “surrogate” [closed]

How similar or different is "putative" to "surrogate"? The term "surrogate father" is common, "putative father" is fairly so, too. But what may be the difference in connotation?
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“Sleep through a single night” vs. “sleep a single night”

For the next two weeks he did not sleep through a single night. Can we recast the sentence as follows? For the next two weeks he did not sleep a single night. That is, is the use of through ...
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When something sounds too good to be true, it is or isn't?

I'm having a hard time understanding why the phrase is when something sounds too good to be true, it is and not when something sounds too good to be true, it isn't Because "when something ...
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Word to describe difficult to keep request

I am looking for a word which can used in the following blank space: I understand the ____ nature of the request; hence a negative answer will not change anything between us. The word needs to ...
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Opposite of “In response to”?

I'm looking for the "outward" name for a relationship between two items. One is a request item, the other is the item created in response. Other examples of are: Name - Outward Name - Inward Name ...
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What can I use instead of the word “view” [closed]

Given an application in which you define departments with resources belonging to those departments. The application has a "resource view and a "department view". In the resource view you can see the ...
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Correct use of “x times lower”

In scientific writing numbers are often compared and if something is twice the size of something else, let's say A is 13 to 17 times the size of B this can be written as A is 13-17 times ...
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What is the name of the supports which are used with screws to hold a box together?

It's common in electronics to use only screws to hold a box together, instead of having screw nuts at the other end of the box. There are raised supports into which the screws are screwed into. They ...
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Upside down vs downside up

Typically when something is reversed or inverted we say it is "upside down", could we also say that it is also "downside up"? For example... "The picture is upside down" could we also say it ...
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Qualifying a profile

Which of these adjectives is better used to qualify a profile (the width of an elongated object, such as in crossing profile)? low or small large or high Low crossing profile seems more common ...
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unemployment or joblessness - in a formal writing

what do you think is better to use in a formal writing (Unemployment or Joblessness) ? I had an exam today, and one of the students kept telling us that the word joblessness was completely wrong, ...
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“Influences” vs. “influencers”

I want to say :"Identifying influences in different categories is interesting for companies". By "influences" I mean people, who have influence in some categories. Should I use "influences" or ...
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Is there a single word or phrase for “inability to say no at a behavioural level”

I have an aquaintance who is unable to say no directly. Any conversational transaction which would lead to them saying no is redirected toward the questioner. Is there a single word or phrase to ...