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Arbitrary or particular

I am writing a procedure to display an image that the user selects with the software. When I write my documentation, do I say it's displaying an arbitrary image or a particular image, or something ...
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Is it acceptable to use exiguous in such a way as this? Which of these is a better alternative to referring to one as stupid?

I am attempting to formulate a phrase that is an exceptional alternative to the banal "stupid". I have found some good contestants, but I feel that exiguous, if I am using it correctly, will fit the ...
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A “scientific” word for probably

Given a particular idea, is there any scientific word, or an elegant way to describe in once sentence, that I am pretty sure there is no method not based on this particular idea? For example, when ...
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How to say that the two dates in two different calendars coincide?

How to say that the two dates in two different calendars coincide? Like, The 24th of Shawwal coincides with 12th of October. Shawwal: The tenth month of the year in the Islamic calendar.
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Word for a Refined idea which is a combination of two previous ideas

I'm looking for a word which means that my current solution is a refined version of my previous one, but it is also a combination of my previous idea and a 2nd idea. I found the following question, ...
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Which is the more appropriate word to use “stupidity” or “idiocy” in a medical context

I have encountered this problem while i was trying to translate a medical text to English. The text was about the newly discovered virus that can cause mental and cognitive problems
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If the rule states an infinitive follows the verb “want”, why is “I don't want you worrying” correct?

Why is the sentence "I don't want you worrying about the oral interview" correct? Is the syntax want+gerund correct? Shouldn't it be I don't want you to worry about the oral interview (?) ...
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Help using “lie” and “lay” correctly

One of the below sentences is correct. I'm having some issues figuring out which sentence it is. I've added my thought process and what I think the error is. According to our team captain, an ...
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What is a word similar to FYI but not objective/neutral

FYI can be used in an email to inform the person reading the email about some information. It is comfortable using this between peers. But what if the mail is intended to inform someone higher in the ...
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What's the word for when a person states something as a fact when it is untrue? Not a lie

I'm thinking of a specific author who propagates misinformation as fact. There's a word for this, I think it starts with an 'e', but I can't quite remember it and it is on the tip of my tongue. Any ...
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Hemingway's use of “benevolent” in “benevolent skin cancer”

In the following sentence, from Hemigway's The Old Man & the Sea, I believe the author used the word benevolent when he meant to use the word benign. The brown blotches of the benevolent ...
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How to say one observation sparked the remembrance of a concept

When I looked at two of my friends fighting, it made me remember of a scene in a book I read. Is there any word to say "remember" but in the sense that you time traveled to a particular experience or ...
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A word that means that something is not real but feels real

I want to describe this room that takes me to places, a bit like a teleporter. However, its just my imagination playing around with me. Is there any word to describe something that is not real but ...
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A word to mean shine [closed]

When sunlight fall on new leaves, they glow. Is there any word to describe this shiny glow of the surface of the leaf?
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Name of the exercise/machine in the gym

Can somebody tell me how do you call in English exercise/machine in the gym which is in a way similar to back squat but when you lying on the back and pushing platform upward doing relatively the same ...
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“Stockmarkets” vs. “stock markets”

I am having trouble with the difference between stockmarkets and stock markets — or should it be stock-markets? In some articles it is introduced as stockmarkets, but that term is not found in ...
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word or phrase for a smell that sparks nebulous memories of times or places past

I sometimes catch a whiff of something that reminds me very strongly, but very vaguely, of a time in my past. Different whiffs for different times. It's not a single identifiable smell and a single ...
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Person who doesn't want to listen to others' personal feelings [closed]

What is the equivalent word for a person who doesn't want to hear/listen others' personal feelings/information. If not, the equivalent word for a person who are stubborn in listening to others' ...
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Word for to share thoughts about something

Looking for a word that you would use when you want to share thoughts about something. For example. Me and a friend watch the same movie then we get together and share thoughts about it. pretty sure ...
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What is a word that means unforgettable but with a negative connotation?

When I look up unforgettable in a thesaurus, I get words like enduring, remarkable, or exceptional. These all are positive; I just cannot forget such a wondrous thing! I, however, want a word that ...
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Person who doesn't share

What is the equivalent word for a person who doesn't want to communicate to share any of his/her secrets, life's stories or personal information? Need some words related to the above described ...
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Divide/split/dissolute the state

I'm not quite sure how to phrase this idea: a state (primarily, federative) split/divide/dissolute by ethnic borders. I mean (or want to show the meaning) that this process may not be legally ...
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Steve Jobs’s Stanford speech: this is the closest I've ever **gotten** to a college graduation?

I'm watching Steve Jobs’s speech at Stanford: http://news.stanford.edu/news/2005/june15/jobs-061505.html There is a sentence I'm not clear, which of following is correct? and this is the closest ...
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Like 'resize', but for lengths

Suppose I'm drawing a rectangle on screen. I can resize it — change its length and/or width to make it bigger or smaller overall. Now suppose I'm drawing a line, which I can make shorter or ...
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Describing an advantage gained via a common background

I recently used the word 'nepotism' to describe an advantage attained due to sharing a common background. The person I said this to thought that that was too liberal an extension of the word. I agree, ...
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I have no excuse VS I have no excuses [closed]

Which one sounds more natural in this situation ? Putin: Obama you're late again ! tell me why Obama: I have no excuse ( excuses ? )
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Does this sound natural to you ? - “I am really confident in English” [closed]

Does this sound natural ? A: Are you good at English ? K: Sure ! I'm really really confident in English.
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A word for breathable in the spirit of potable and edible

What would be the appropriate choice to use instead of breathable in line of edible and potable?
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Is there a word like “evidence” that doesn't connote empiricism?

I would suppose that traditionally, evidence had this broad meaning that I seek, and that is why "empirical evidence" is a popular phrase. What I would like is a word that refers to a broad notion ...
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regular exceptions vs. irregular exceptions

Are there any established words or phrases for the "exceptionless exceptions" to a general rule, exceptions that follow more specific rules that have their own logic, as opposed to exceptions that are ...
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What do you call something which is absurd, irrelevant, and institutionalized/departmental? [closed]

I am attempting to describe a college class. It seems as though it is the result of some high-up departmental administrator who wanted to impress their boss. There are a plethora of words that can ...
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Conviction vs. convictions

When using the terms "conviction" or "convictions" in the context of a firmly held belief, are these two words interchangeable or are they each used in specific circumstances. "Conviction" appears to ...
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Peculiar use of the term “rationalization”

But whatever you call it, [Fordism] has been a system based on large-scale standardization and vertical organizations that require a strict division of labor and an extreme rationalization of ...
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Adjective that simultaneously means fearless and hopeless? [closed]

I'm looking for an adjective or a noun that simultaneously means fearless and hopeless. A word x, such that x = fearless + hopeless? To elaborate, x is a feeling. I know I will die today and that ...
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Is there a difference between “scaffold” and “scaffolding”?

Apparently scaffolding is always a substantive while scaffold can be used both as substantive and as verb (to scaffold). I'm interested in the substantive meaning of both words. Google image ...
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Is there a word or a common phrase for this motion of the hands

I want to describe this motion with words. What would be the concise way? (Actually it's this motion but with the hands closer to the lap than the face but that's not very important)
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What do you call your nephew's wife? [closed]

What do you call your nephew's wife? My niece? My niece-in-law? My nephew's wife?
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Words for describing an events start time

I am trying to classify events into two distinct groups. Event, in this context, means a public event which people might go to. This includes a broad collection of things including concerts, plays, ...
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Is there a word for someone who is bad with grammar?

Im writing a short story, but i can't find the correct word to use. "He was so ___ that he could not distinguish dot from comma."
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Is there a word or phrase for someone who works hard at night and does not sleep?

All the words or phrases I know for people who stay up at night merely describe the habit of not sleeping (e.g.: a night owl or insomniac) I am looking for a word or phrase with an emphasis on ...
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.comma / surprising / capitalization [closed]

I'm not a native English speaker, and I have specific concerns about the following text: After starting my education in Veterinary Medicine and beginning to know diseases and issues that cause ...
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Using “ex” on a genitive

I’ve constructed this headline: “Opera Mini to become the default browser on Microsoft’s (ex Nokia’s) feature phones” So, the phones in question used to be produced by Nokia, but Microsoft has ...
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Is there a general word/phrase for bias against a group? [closed]

I think prejudice is too general. The definition Google gives me for prejudice is: "preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience." - it doesn't specify that this preconceived ...
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a word for 'a firm conviction about existence following death, pragmatically keeping one from excessive this-worldliness, materialism, etc'

Provided it is clear enough, the title speaks for itself, I guess.To clarify though, I'm after a word or phrase, with positive connotation, that may denote: a strong personal ideology or belief, ...
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Choose the right variant

Please help me to choose one of the three variants listed below. I need to know which one sounds better and fresher. And if no one sounds good, I need to know it. As I’m not a native speaker of ...
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“At minimum number of simulations”

In the fragment "...to obtain optimum VTs at minimum number of simulations", should it be "a minimum", "the minimum", or is it fine as written? Is this similar to the case of "a number" vs. simply ...
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“Sorry for bothering you” vs. “sorry to bother you” [closed]

Is it grammatically OK to use "Sorry for bothering you"? I often hear "Sorry to bother you".
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Is there a term for saying 'all countries outside the United States' without using the word 'foreign'? (used with international audience)

I have to come up with a short description/label/identifier to describe two geographical groups: United States All countries except the United States The description would be read by a global ...
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Is it correct to say “the core” or “the nucleus” of an exhibition?

This is my first participation, and I thank in advance all of you who will try to help me here. As I asked in the title, is it correct to say "the core" or "the nucleus" of an exhibition? I mean a ...
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What's a word for a person who denies all knowledge?

For example, assume that Charlie stole a bicycle and you saw it or know it. Next week you speak with Charlie and he denies all knowledge of stealing a bicycle. Of course he does, and he's evasive. Is ...