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Unforgettable or Memorable?

I was writing a thank you letter to someone I had good time with. I was fighting between two adjectives to describe the experience. These are: 1. unforgettable, 2. memorable. The questions that I was ...
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“Food for thought” in a word

How can I express "food for thought" in a word? Does such a word exist? Example usage: The world will only know peace when our love for power is exceeded by our power to love. That's __ ...
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Why does the word “tortilla” refer to three distinct types of edibles?

The crisps[BrEn]/chips[AmEn] that are made of corn (and probably not deep-fried) are called tortilla: The wraps with that special taste, are called tortila: And then, the omelet-like meal is ...
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What are “schlieren” in English?

The German word for these patterns is "Schliere, pl. Schlieren", and apparently this word has entered the English language as a loanword (cf. article Schlieren in Wikipedia or entry schliere in OED). ...
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Job Position term [closed]

Anyone from the corporate world, what do you call someone who talks to possible clients (or apply to jobs for a client?!), and seals the contract on the owner's behalf? Does this position exist? Lol.
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Inoffensive exclamatory word to express surprise [closed]

Is there an inoffensive (possibly slang) term that can be used to express surprise in the "WTF" sense? For example, this term would be appropriate upon seeing that the stock market has fallen several ...
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Is there a word that describes this feeling? [closed]

The rising star shows no remorse for the figment of existence to which man shows no resolve. There is no depression, for there is no sadness. There is no boredom, for there is no annoyance. The world ...
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Best way to say something affects another but only moderately?

There is a saying that "Correlation does not imply causation." I am trying to find the best way, preferrably in a word or short phrase, to explain when one thing really does have a causal effect on ...
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What is it called when you say something but it does not imply for the other?

I'm really lost for words... For example, I like people with short hair. But then someone could say, so you hate people with long hair? But, of course, I did not give any information on people with ...
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A more suitable word for events which occur in a book/movie/etc

I'm looking for a more suitable word than event for something which occurs in (in my particular case) a book. If one was to summarise the events (ugh) of a book - just so there's no doubt about what ...
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Another word for “consume” that's clearly about incorporeal things?

I'm looking for a single verb with similar meaning to gaining, consuming or gathering, but only in a context of information, knowledge or ideas. So the word itself should make clear that I'm talking ...
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Can the adjective “squalid” be used to describe a person?

As the title states: Can squalid be used to describe a person that has really fallen on hard times (ragged clothing, worn-out, haggard etc.)? And if it can be used as such, how does it compare to ...
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I don't know if this is an awkward usage of “for which” and an adjective

The figure of casualties is presumed to be significantly higher, but there are no specific data for which published. The latter part of the sentence sounds a little awkward to me. I just want to ...
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What do you call a scale going down?

I asked a physics question about a scale tipping over and asked Which way does the scale tip? I was later corrected that I should have asked whether the scale would tip down or tip up. So it made me ...
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to pickup or be picked up

Is it better to say: "something is available for pickup in my office" or "something is available to be picked up in my office"? Also is pickup one word or two in the above sentence?
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Why do they say “may not” for things which people shouldn't do

I have seen in so many place where they would have mentioned "You may not.." etc for the things people shouldn't do. For eg: in companies where USB is not allowed, they will mention like this "You may ...
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Is there a word for fake kindness or hospitality?

Is there a word for faking kindness/hospitality to sound more tactful and decent than you really are (which could be categorized as some sort of hypocrisy)? For example, saying: Pay us a visit ...
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Any better word for “upsell”

My company provides more value to my clients by offering them services that could enhance their business/process. The process involves: I point a void (improvement scope) to the client. I look out ...
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Which is correct, “ready to give” or “ready to take”?

A company which develops a particular application for business persons has on their website the following: Ready to give a test drive? Request a Demo Now. In my opinion, the correct sentence ...
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What is the “‑cide” word for killing one’s husband?

We have uxoricide for killing one’s wife, but what is the equivalent term for killing one’s husband? Similarly, what is the husband-specific equivalent for the adjective uxorial?
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How to reply to someone's welcome [closed]

What should we say in reply to a person who welcomes us to a particular place, for example one says: You are welcome to ABC company. or I welcome you to our home. or Welcome Mr. Abc ...
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Is the word “Shinobi” an accepted English word?

I've been wondering if the word "Shinobi" is an accepted English word. As far as I know, its synonym "Ninja" is an accepted English word where "Spy" is the nearest common English.
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“At the service of” versus “in the service of”

In doing a translation on duolingo, another translator had translated a phrase to say "at the service of X". I edited this to "in the service of X" and left a comment that as a native speaker, hearing ...
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What is the difference between “super” and “superb”?

I have seen usage of both super and superb. I also searched for meaning of these two words and found they are almost identical. Example sentences - She is a super girl. His performance in the last ...
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What are entries of the same year called

I want to know a word for a group of students who enroll in a university at the same department at the same time. I tried looking it up in google but didn't get any real results.
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Word for sharing an old experience with someone new

Jamais vu is when an experience that is old to you suddenly seems new. But I'm looking for something even more specific. Is there a word for that feeling you get when an old experience is refreshed ...
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Single word for “less mass per unit volume” (the complement of “dense”)

I've been looking for the antonym of dense. I'm looking for an exact opposite: a single word the means, precisely, "having less mass per unit volume than another object". That is, I'm seeking a ...
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Is complimentative a word?

Is 'complimentative' a word? There are a bunch of definitions online but I couldn't find it in the British National Corpus or the OED (from searching oxforddictionaries.com). Does this mean I should ...
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How do I say a calculated decimal has too many decimal places?

I'm trying to craft an appropriately worded error message for an application I'm working on. It boils down to when a calculated value results in having too many decimal places it can't be correctly ...
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How to express connection between several items

I want to express a connection from one thing to several other items in one phrase. Specifically, how can I correct the following paragraph: Ghahremani et al (2013) showed that a significant ...
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What is the base of a subscript called?

In dingdong , "dong" is the subscript but what is the name for "ding"? Base perhaps!
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“any” versus “arbitrary”

Which of the following sentences are correct? The relation between any two nodes is associated with a real number that indicates the probability. The relation between two arbitrary nodes is ...
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Term for when consecutive events are “broken”

This is the use case: "...5 doughnuts to be awarded each consecutive day you visit the shop until the ???? is broken." I'm thinking it's going to be along the lines of consecusion or ...
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Synonym for mechanical pencil

I'm a non-native english speaker (from Brazil). I'm looking for the most common day-to-day word for the stationery device called "mechanical pencil". Indeed, while "mechanical pencil" seems to be the ...
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What is the word to describe someone whom you are gossiping about

I was writing another question on Workplace Interview when i realised that I did not know a term / word to describe someone whom you are gossiping about What is a word / term to describe someone whom ...
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Is there a term for “capable of transferring”? [closed]

I am a software developer and am having trouble with naming an entity. In my project, by convention, we give our code objects capabilities by extending them with a module named with an "-able" suffix. ...
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Accepted way to abbreviate cities that have “Saint” in their name

My first question here, so I'm not sure if this OT or not, so please bare with me. Background: I don't live in US. I'm working with some data that I'm pulling from Adwords. Sometimes, I'm getting a ...
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Word that refers to the “quantity/amount” of floor?

For example you would say: Miles and miles of road Tons and tons of food How about when referring to the floor inside a house (given that the house is relatively big)? Example: [...] ...
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“Furniture” or “Furnishing” or “furnishings”?

What's the best option in the following case? The place had no furniture/furnishing/furnishings, no beds, no decor, nor appliances of any kind.
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How to call someone that acts only by instinct without being rude?

I know there's the phrase "You are an animal", but depending on the context, cultural background, etc. the recipient of the saying may not end very happy. Is there another way to describe someone that ...
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How to indicate “now” in storytelling?

The following sentences - I was humiliated by him, and now he was standing next to me. and And now, I was looking at him, preparing for his entrance. Are these grammatically correct? I ...
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Word that means desired attributes

Something like deserdia but google turns up nothing, means list of desired characteristics.
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Is there a difference between the words “divestment” and “divestiture”?

Is there a difference between these two terms, either in terms of definition or connotation? Context is in a business selling an asset or business line. Most of the time I hear divestment, but once in ...
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It is time for “a next step” or “the next step”?

Which form is proper: it is time for "a next step" or "the next step"?
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What would you use for “one who contacts or contacted”

Google shows contactor as a word but not contacter.. But contactor is a term for an electrical component. I feel like contacter would be appropriate but I'm not sure. Which would be correct?
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How to explain the difference between affect and effect? [duplicate]

I don't know how to explain the difference between effect and affect to someone. I've tried explaining that effect is a noun, and affect is a verb, that "to affect" is to make a change, and "effect" ...
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Can a human “bless” anything?

Does the word "bless" apply only to God? For example, can a human bless anything (such as "bless the day")? Or can only God bless? Note, I am asking about the usage of the word "bless", and not about ...
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Is there a name for laughter that happens when you're infuriated?

I listened to the Comcast representative call on soundcloud recently, and although it was infuriating, I couldn't help but start laughing out of sheer disbelief. Other things that seriously aggravate ...
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Would you guys change the following sentence suitable for my cover letter? [closed]

I need your help guys:) I am applying for an instructor position at a university in the States. Would you please change the following statement appropriate for my cover letter? "My bachelor's degree ...
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What is the difference in meaning and usage between “gather” and “collect”?

I was wondering what the actual difference between these two expressions is, since I recently read about "collecting mushrooms" but also about "gathering berries". Is there even any?