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What's a less offensive substitute for “rep-whores”?

This is a frequently thrown-around term on Internet forums in general and Stack Exchange specifically. Although it conveys a lot of meaning, I'd much prefer a phrase with a less offensive origin. ...
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Interferences coming from/out of the grid/network (electricity)

I am trying to tell my colleagues that they need to run a device on batteries (not on charger) to rule out intereferences that could be caused by insufficient interference-shielding in their building, ...
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arrange VS arrange for

Say, I am talking to a coworker before a meeting with a client. We decided to use a projector in the meeting room. I want to say that I will find a portable projector somewhere and make it available ...
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Admitting a unique fixed point in math

I've noticed that some of my professors seem to like to use the term admit in the following sense (from the contraction mapping theorem): "If F is a contraction from a complete metric space to ...
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Is there a single word for “becoming lucid”

Often when I want to say that something became clear, I may instead say that the thing "became lucid" or that the thing is "becoming lucid" is there a single word that I can substitute for this?
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Usage of “well-intended” vs. “well-intentioned”

It seems to me that the adjective well-intended is properly applied to an action, whereas well-intentioned is properly applied to an actor. For example, suppose John observes that Mary's car is dirty ...
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Looking for a word describing “habits which lost their original purpose”

I know there is a certain word which could describe rituals/habits which are being practiced despite the fact they lost their original purpose. I saw it in context of practicing some religious ...
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What is a antonym of 'disaster time' in a formal report?

Is it 'peacetime' or 'ordinary time'? I need to submit a formal report describing a difference of human behavior in disaster time and ordinary time. What is formal antonym of 'disaster time'? ...
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Does plantation have a negative context outside the US?

In the United States, the word plantation almost always conjures up images of Southern slave plantations (sorry, Rhode Island). Is a similarly-negative context associated with the word in other ...
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how to properly use “that that” so as a listener/reader/speaker can comprehend the entire sentence without complication?

Be it either whilst writing or reading, I've not come by an easy way to comprehend the use of the 'that that' lexical ambiguity, taking into account that improper use of punctuation is not the issue. ...
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Word for flaws associated with an overly rule-based cognitive style

I am looking for a word which describes the psychology behind multiple related behaviors. I feel that it's at the tip of my tongue, but I can't seem to get it. I want to describe this person as ...
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Photo creds or photo cred?

A lot of people nowadays use the phrase "photo creds" eg: Here's an awesome photo of me! Photo creds to John! Creds usually means credit or credits. But then you get the sentences: Photo ...
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How to refer to groups [duplicate]

Is it more correct to say "There are many types of tree" .. rather than "... many types of trees" when talking about all the many different types of trees that there are?
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How would you translate “Kommandostab”, “command bar”, from German?

How would you translate "Kommandostab" from German? The literate translation is "command bar", this object was used to give orders to the army. Full sentence: "In der rechten Hand hält er einen ...
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What is a “Select Committee” in the context of an 1833 English report?

I'm French, and I'm currently working on a historical report on English society in the early 19th century for a school exam. I'm working from an English book, and I have a translation problem. I ...
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'I would be grateful if you …' or 'I will be grateful …'?

What is the difference between "I would be really grateful" and "I will be really grateful"? In particular, which one should be followed with "could"? I mean like this "I would be really grateful if ...
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What is the correct usage of 'as to'?

I became curious about how to use 'as to.' I remember I've seen it several times in many sentences, but I cannot be quite sure of its correct usage. For example, am I using it right when I say "Would ...
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What is the difference between 'dimension', 'dimensional' and 'dimensionality'?

Could someone show me the difference? I do not know how to distinguish the usage of dimension and dimensionality when saying something is high-dimensional.
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'In doing this' or 'by doing this'? Which is more common in this context? [closed]

In doing this or by doing this? Is the following sentence correct as is? In doing this, [the products] benefit from greater diversification and wider reach. ('In doing this' refers to the ...
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Is it appropriate to use “reunion” for meeting only one person after a long time? If not, what's the alternative?

I met a childhood friend after over 15 years. It was myself, my spouse (who had never met the friend), and this friend. Would I use reunion for this situation, as it always makes me feel it's for a ...
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“Represent” or “Representing” [closed]

Mr. X approaches each case with a commitment to effectively represent your interests. OR Mr. X approaches each case with a commitment to effectively representing your interests.
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What do you call someone who calculates all their actions based on the future outcome and neglects the present usefulness?

There are some individuals, when they want to buy something like an automobile or home or similar things think about the future market for selling it, and neglect its present advantages and ...
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Is there a word or a term for the gap of familiarity developed over a time apart from a person or other thing?

So I began thinking of this concept after I'd met a good friend that I hadn't seen in a few years. We'd picked it up as if we'd seen each other the day before, and even though plenty had changed, the ...
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Does “provides the pinnacle of education” make sense?

The phrase seems hardly used so I'm not sure if I can use the "pinnacle" like that. I can't seem to find another way to say what I want. Any clarification is appreciated! :)
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Word for describing when you're doing a price quotation

Yes, the system does literally a "price quotation", but "quotation", without "price" means something like "quoting" (as you see the quote, please) when it is individually used, I mean, also when it is ...
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Word or expression for to describe the creation of a question [closed]

I'm trying to find an active way of say something like "I was looking through the backlog and I acquired the following question". Perhaps a less casual way of saying "I was looking through the backlog ...
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What would be a word or phrase for “ missing parts of books or manuscripts”

I was reading a Sanskrit manuscript and realized that pages 12 to 19 were missing... I would simply call those pages as "missing pages", however, is there a word or phrase for such missing parts? ...
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Which one is correct - “Committed to help ..” or “Committed to helping ..”? [duplicate]

Consider "I'm committed to help somebody to do something/with something." vs. "I'm committed to helping somebody. to do something/with something."
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Is it “authenticate with” or “authenticate against”?

In computing, I'm used to talk about "authenticating against a server". However, it came to my attention that many people use "with" instead of "against" on that sentence, and the Google test seems to ...
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Word for pattern made by curtains

Curtains, when hung up make an "S" pattern back and forth. I was recently talking about hanging up a sheet on a wall, and the sentence I wanted to say was similar to: "If you hang up that sheet, ...
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searching for a suitable synonym for “ a group of people ” ex. young people , old people , etc

I specially want to use this word after "adolescent" . better said, I'm looking for a nice paraphrasing for " young people ".
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“Queue” without sequential order implications?

What word might I use that has the same connotations of "queue" but without the 1-by-1 implied order? Example: an individual can make multiple changes to a series of items. Some changes may ...
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“But let's say they…” vs “but say they…”

Are both correct? Which one is more common? Example: But let's say they achieved their goal and became elected. What good would that have been? But say they achieved their goal and became ...
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Two words for both sides of searching?

I am writing a program that will have a list that the user can search. I'm having trouble with terminology. I need a name denoting that the items that are in the list can be searched for, and one ...
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Correct?: To come upon such positive resonance

I am trying to find a good translation for the German Auf eine positive Resonanz stoßen Can one say Something comes upon such positive resonance when I want to express that something is ...
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A word to signify the scope of something

As in: The impacts could be mental all to way to physical. Where mental signifies the lower extremity and physical the upper extreme.
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How to say “in the strict … of the term”?

I am not quite sure if the following expression makes sense in English: in the strict meaning of the term Is it right? Should the word meaning be replaced by sense? The meaning of the phrase ...
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A word to discribe un/equally weighted options

Say for example you have colours to choose from A: red B: yellow C: orange which really doesn't matter, i.e. they play no important roles in your decision, not gaining or losing over one another or ...
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Seeking help in deciding correctness of sentences [closed]

I am proof reading my friends resume, He has written his career Objective as below: 1) Seeking a challenging position in an organization, where my skills and my education background can add value ...
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The best way to say that a certain fee is over the price?

We have a certain CAP fee e.g. $1000. What is the best way to say that if you add e.g. $100 to this fee that it will be over the price. "If you add this billing the CAP fee will be surmounted with ...
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Synonym for the word helpful or caring [closed]

I host international students and am always helping others. Whats a good word to express my desire to help others? I want a japanese tattoo with a powerful word but dont know what to use that relates ...
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I need a topic sentence for a paragraph about difficulties while in school, but dont know how to start it [closed]

This is my topic sentence but not sure if it's grammatically correct or if there's a different word choice. Not being familiar with the English language was difficult for me while attending ...
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Is there a word that describes “ranking up a position”?

For example, say a programmer. A junior programmer "xxx"s into a senior programmer.. Ranks up doesn't sound that well, and I'm looking for a single word (if any)
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Proportionate or proportional? [closed]

I'm writing up some maths notes, and I'm unsure about the wording of a sentence. Which should I write? In the degree system of measure, angles are measured proportionate to 360 degrees ... Or ...
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premise or principle? which one?

these words almost bear the same meaning I assume, but not sure if they are exactly the same.. if not, when is it better to use each?
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Word that means product or service but not content?

Is there a single word or phrase that includes a product or service for sale, but excludes content? In this context, content is defined as something like media--as in the content of a book or the ...
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Synonym for cul-de-sac? [closed]

Is there a synonym for cul-de-sac, perhaps one which does not sound French?
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her/him or she/he? [duplicate]

Reading the news last week one sentence jumped out at me and has been bothering me since: When Tommy Thompson and his longtime companion did leave the hotel room, usually alone and her more than ...
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How to describe the dry or solid state

How to describe the dry, drying, or solid state for such as blood? Do people just say blood dries or the blood is dried? I did a web search of "blood solidifies", but it did not look like a correct ...
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Use of word DOWN [closed]

Why do we use word DOWN with some verbs. What difference does it make? e.g. 'I am writing it' or 'I am writing it down'. Track it or Track it down etc.