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Can I use the word “library” to refer to collections of things other than books or software?

It makes sense to say "library of books". Is it legitimate to use the word "library" in other contexts. For example, could one have a "library of hedgehogs" or a "library of apples"?
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Single word which refers to restaurants, bars and clubs?

I need a word that refers to restaurants, bars and clubs. Places where you usually talk with friends, go on dates, or dance. I thought about "Spots" or "Places" but I'm not sure if people will ...
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Is there a shorter way of saying 'people who live or are planning to live in (this country)'?

I'm building a forum for people who live or are planning to live in Taiwan. It is mainly for foreigners to ask questions or start topics. I was wondering is there is a shorter way of saying that (or ...
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“Subtotal” vs “total”

I've always thought of subtotal as a calculated value that is not the final amount on an invoice (for example, a sum of individual prices before discounts/taxes are applied, or the total for a ...
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Term for place to post flyers

What is a term for a physical place to post flyers?
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As a color name, would “chili” or “chile” be the same as “chilli”?

The South African flag Wikipedia article consistently refers to the reddish color in the SA flag as chilli, both outside of and within quotes from SA's official interim heraldic description and the SA ...
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Is there a word/ short phrase for extension of self / positive reflection of self? [closed]

I'm looking for a word / short phrase for "extension of self" (or at least "positive reflection of self") one could give to something they've created. E.g. A company could be named _______ implying ...
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Chicks - Girls, Cats - Boys?

The 1950's song Fever (covered, among others, by Elvis Presley) contains the following lines: Now you've listened to my story Here's the point that I have made Cats were born to give chicks ...
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Nouns for 'living' and 'working' which sound more category-like? [closed]

I have the following categories (for a forum): Entertainment Transportation Business Travel Legal Relationships Technology Politics I also wanted to add two more categories: One about living in ...
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Confusion regarding “I” and “me” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: I can run faster than _. (1) him (2) he? Which one is correct? He is taller than I. He is taller than me.
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Is there any countable noun which is a synonym of 'rating'?

What noun can be used to describe how many times something has been rated? For voting, you can say "one vote" or "two votes". For liking (Facebook), you can say "one like" or "two likes". For ...
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What can a user do with a checkbox?

When user is presented with a checkbox on a webpage. What can he/she do with it in order to place a little birdy inside it? check (Please, check the checkbox...) tick (Please, tick the checkbox...) ...
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Is it less than $100 or under $100? Is it more than $100 or is it over $100?

I am building a web site and need to clarify something for a non-U.S. customer. It's whether to use "less than/more than" or "under/over". items less than $100.00 items from $100.00 to $500.00 ...
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“Goes good with” or “goes well with”

Let's say that A and B are two different kinds of foods. Which is grammatically correct? A goes good with B. A goes well with B. If they're both correct, then which is better?
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“Maximum” vs. “maximal”

What is the difference in usage between maximum and maximal? When would you use one or the other? Maximum can be a noun or an adjective: This is the maximum it can be set to. This is the ...
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User: She, He, She or He, or They? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a correct gender neutral, singular pronoun (his vs. her vs. their)? I would like to know if when I'm writing about a "user" (in the broad sense), what do I ...
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Is “very less” correct English?

Is using very less correct English? My friend suggests it should be very little. Are they both correct, or is there a difference?
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Is the word “all” implied by this question?

I saw a post on Programmers.StackExchange in which someone asks the question: Why do programmers [or anyone] give the "dead fish" hand shake in an interview? The responses to that question say ...
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Difference between “tournament”, “competition” and “match”

I was just reading the article about TopCoder. Before this article I thought a tournament and a competition is the same. What is the difference between tournament, competition and match?
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“Principal” vs “owner”

What is the business perception of identifying yourself as the Principal vs the Owner? I assume they are largely synonymous (please tell me if there are subtle differences, but in a small business ...
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“Game money” vs “Play money”

In this blog post Tobold uses the term "play money" to indicate money that is used in games such as MMORPGs. Is this a correct term to name such money? If not, what is the correct one?
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Difference between “function” and “operation”

Which one of the following is correct? Instructions given by the Vice Principal on behalf of the Principal for smooth function of the school must be followed by all staff members. or ...
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Appropriate use of the term “transversely”

In the following paragraph, is it appropriate to use the term "transversely" to describe something that has the opposite effect? Tests have shown that the lower the range, the more likely that a ...
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“Painful” vs. “hurtful”

Can painful be used in place of hurtful as in the following sentence ? It is a painful story of a small baby fish I would not like to share with anyone.
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Use of “compute” and “calculate” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Difference between "computation" and "calculation"? Speed is calculated/computed as distance per time. Speed is a quotient ratio of distance and ...
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Distinctly vs Distinctively

I use the latter most of the time, but I am unsure where the former is more appropriate. What are the different uses of "distinctly" vs "distinctively"?
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“While” as a non-temporal adverb

Is it correct in formal writing to use while as a non-temporal adverb? For instance Phenomenon A is generated by XXX, while phenomenon B is generated by YYY Should I rather use : Phenomenon ...
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“between” vs. “among”

Today I was cut off in the middle of the following sentence: Between Cook, Strauss, and Pietersen— My friend said I was wrong. He said that for more than two entities, among/amongst are used, ...
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“Over-protected” or “over-secured”

A person I know is always well-protected by his mother. His mother goes with him whenever he goes, he is already 26 years. Which word sounds more correct for me to use as in the following sentence? ...
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Correct use of “circa”

I understand the use of circa / c. as it applies to approximating dates. However, I have a writer who (over)uses the word in other contexts. Examples: ... from circa early 1990's up until circa 8 ...
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What is the “superlative” way of expressing “thank you”

On rare occasions, you are in a situation where a simple Thank You seems like you're undermining the other person's help. You know, instances where you are too grateful to express your feelings of ...
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A word for “inner protected world”

What can be the word for "inner protected world"? I want to use for this title sentence: A guy in his inner protected world It's some sort of mental sanctum. I want to use it in a positive ...
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“Electric bill”, “electrical bill” or “electricity bill”

Which is correct: electric bill, electrical bill or electricity bill?
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Something about the name of “Designer Baby” not quite right to me

I don't know about you, but to me, the term "Designer Baby" sounds wrong. Designer Babies are: The colloquial term "designer baby" refers to a baby whose genetic makeup has been artificially ...
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“I had a dinner” vs. “I was having a dinner”

A friend of mine showed a video on her Facebook wall post. She posted this: I had a dinner with Chinese friends, I was happy at that moment!! Should it be "I was having a dinner" instead of "I ...
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Difference between “in progress” and “in process”

When reporting on a project that is still being worked on, do you call it in progress or do you call it in process? I have heard both, and both make sense in their own way. I want to know what both ...
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If I help “evacuate” a building, what am I doing to the people?

I remember reading somewhere that to evacuate a person is a medical procedure, and not something to be done during an earthquake. (I thought it was in Fowler, but I just looked and couldn't see it). ...
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“Fine with/by/to you/that”

Are there any differences when asking the following? Would that be fine with you? Would that be fine by you? Would that be fine to you? What if we switch you and that around? Do they still make ...
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“Toilet”, “lavatory” or “loo” for polite society

My friend is trying so hard to fit into polite society, and is raising her child to say loo rather than toilet. I know it should be lavatory (and I would not say lav) but we are in the 21st century ...
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How to express that you can understand the English that someone spoke?

"I can read English", "I can speak English", or "I can write English" are all correct uses of the word "English". But is "I can listen to English" correct English? Or should I say "I can hear ...
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Does this act have a name?

I sometimes act silly like this that I pick up anything comprised of many smaller parts then leave my conclusion on how it is numbered or labeled. Piece1: Mark knows my language Piece2: Mark knows not ...
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What is the word/phrase for someone between expert and novice?

I come across various people within my field (software developer) and people who are related to my field (the marketing/business people). Many a time when I want to opine or express my ...
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“Know” and “know not”

I don't recognise the name Herb Sutter. I don't know him. I know him not. What's the difference?
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What is the difference between “an essay on something” and “an essay in something”?

In most cases you write "an essay on something" but recently I came across some "essays in something" Is there a difference in meaning? Is the "in" more formal?
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“Win the lottery”, “win a lottery”, “win lottery” [closed]

Should it be win the lottery or win a lottery or just win lottery? The sentences below sound the same to me. Are they? I lost $5000 to lottery. I lost $5000 for lottery.
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“No more”, “no longer”, “not anymore”

You love me no more. You no longer love me. You don't love me anymore. How are these three sentences different from one another? I use not anymore more often than the others. But once I ...
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A word like “hundreds” but for multiples of 10 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to use “tens of” and “hundreds of”? Take this example: Hundreds of pieces were used to create it. What if the amount were something ...
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“On the last week” or “In the last week”?

I'm planning a trip. My plane lands on the 29th of August. Should I say: I'll arrive on the last week of August. or I'll arrive in the last week of August. Web searches show that both ...
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“Wear Uniform Clothes”

If I ask a pupil about what clothes he wears to school, which is correct? Do you wear a uniform to go to school? Do you wear uniform clothes to go to school?
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“How does he does/do that?” [closed]

How does he does that? How does he do that? Which one is correct? This type of sentence sounds a little odd because of two do/does in a single statement. Is there an alternative which has ...