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Has “aught” survived in common usage?

In a movie that I watched recently, I heard- for aught I know, for aught I care. I work with a lot of native speakers, and they all told me it's not in formal or informal usage anymore. ...
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Preventative vs. preventive

In this answer about the non-word disabilitated, the word preventative is compared (unfavourably, if my reading of the implication is correct) to preventive. However, I have always used preventative, ...
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better word for a “delivery guy”

What's the alternative of saying "delivery guy" or "UPS truck driver" if, for example, you are leaving a note and you want to make it sound less menial? I guess you can say "UPS truck operator" but ...
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Word or phrase for literally and figuratively?

Say, for example, you and a group of people were all sailing out in the ocean and something happens...then you say, "I guess we are all in the same boat" You are literally in the same boat with ...
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In winter, the wind can be as cold as ice [on hold]

In winter, the wind can be as cold as ice. What is the wind being compared to? can cold ice winter
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1answer
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Is it more correct to say what and all, than what all things? [on hold]

I have heard people saying "what and all things are there?" instead of " what all things are there?" which one is correct?
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Choice of words [on hold]

My teacher gave me an exercise in word-choice. I have marked my choice in bold here: We have a good number of (full-fledged | full-pledged | either word) accountants and engineers in our high-tech ...
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Is it wrong to use “sliding”?

I have heard people refer to kids sliding and kids sledding. Is it wrong to say "we are going sliding"?
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Difference between “Registration” and “Enrollment”

I'm developing a scholar system which I have to support english(and others) language. This system haves an "Enrollment" proccess. I've called it as "Enrollment" after some research because I could not ...
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do you use a comma when telling/asking people/things? [duplicate]

do you use a comma when telling/asking people/things? For example(s) Do you want to go eat tomorrow, Nathan? Check me out, Nathan. Commas, people, commas! Just sent you a message, Nathan. Just sent ...
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Connotations of “inevitable” versus “unavoidable”

"Inevitable" and "unavoidable" have near-synonymous definitions per stock Google dictionary searches, and both words stem from the same Latin root, but I've also seen broad acknowledgement that they ...
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1answer
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Referring to something: choosing between “this + {noun}” versus “such + {noun}”

Recently, I've had a discussion with someone regarding how to know how to choose among the words "this" and "such" in written text, but could not find any usage style guidelines on this topic. ...
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What is a suitable substitute for 'approach', as used in 'research approach'?

When currently writing a proposal, I find myself often using 'research approach' and 'approach to research', but I cannot come up with a suitable alternative to avoid tedious repetitions. I'm trying ...
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1answer
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Which is the proper way of writing this :“Linda and yourself” or “you and Linda”

Would the proper way of writing "you and Linda" be "Linda and yourself"? (same concept as "Me and Linda" which should be written "Linda and I")
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2answers
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Is there an abbreviation to denote "f***k You?

I frequently see people using various facebook expressions in official e-mails or in general text message. What bemuses me is that most of the time ""F***K you" is written/put as "f**K you". Please ...
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Is there a word for “too much time (more than necessary)” [on hold]

A good word that would replace the following sentence: I spend too much time on youtube.
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1answer
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“Your valentine” vs “my valentine”

I am going to send a gift to a far away lady I care a great deal about.I want to write her a card just to tell her I will always be there for her when she needs me, so to speak (not in any sexual ...
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Term for people who are in the same city [duplicate]

I found the term "fellow citizens", but the term I'm looking for should also refer to people who are not be a citizen of the city but are located there.
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Verb describing chainsaw making that bursting sound when you push the throttle trigger

With the positive meaning, if it possible, just so I didn't have to use adverbs like happily. The only thing I came up- buzzed. Thank you.
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Why do rivers 'burst' their banks?

We have had a lot of flooding in the UK in the last week or two, with reports, among other things, of rivers 'bursting their banks'. The verb 'to burst' implies 'breaking or splitting as a result of ...
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“On mind” vs “in mind”

Are these interchangeable? Do you have anything in your mind? Do you have anything on your mind? The first form seems to be the most commonly used one. But the second form is also used ...
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What's a word for this phrase?

I am writing a paragraph describing qualities of a successful manager. I want to use a word (noun) for the "ability of not being stuck in the past/letting things go/moving ahead with no baggage from ...
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3answers
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When to use “have” vs. ”get”

For example - I got $300 I have $300 Which is more correct? Please advice proper use of these terms. Thank you.
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How can i write this properly or what would be the proper way to write this thought? [on hold]

so when my cousin, a football player, gave me a ticket for a game, in which his club was playing versus another club, and told me that a prominent politician will be the chief guest. how can i write ...
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Does code run in or on a thread?

Any programmers around? Which of the following is correct, or more common: The code runs in a background thread. The code runs on a background thread. That's it. Just a simple word different. As ...
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Reversal of Blacklisting

I'm curious to know if anyone know a word that describes the process of removing an item from a blacklist. For example if we replaced the word "blacklist" with "ban" the one would "Ban an object" and ...
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Is there a correct gender-neutral, singular pronoun (“his” versus “her” versus “their”)?

Is there a pronoun I can use as a gender-neutral pronoun? Each student should save his questions until the end. Each student should save her questions until the end.
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5answers
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Whats the word for an missed event? [on hold]

I am looking for a fitting end to this sentence: With so many members around I refrained from speaking up and now my wish/plan to have a private conversation with the leader remains ...
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1answer
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Words or phrases to state that taking factors into consideration at first place.

Are there any words or phrases to state that taking factors into consideration at first place? For example, maybe before I start to write a patent, I take potential rivals, expected costs and ...
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Which adverb implies supreme confidence, falling just shy of arrogance?

When he participated in debates and round table discussions, Christopher Hitchens spoke with supreme confidence. I'd like to replace with supreme confidence with an adverb that implies supreme ...
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“Much as” vs “Much like”

"Much as they had done with her..." "Much like they had done with her..." I was told that the use of "much like" in the second sentence is grammatically wrong. Any explanation is greatly ...
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1answer
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Idiom or word for someone who opens their mouth and closes their ears in discussions? [on hold]

Some individuals are not interested in listening to your opinion, and it seems like your idea either has no value to them, or they already know what you are about to say, and they talk over you or ...
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1answer
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What is the tersest way for a speaker to request from the listener to refrain from making any inferences from a statement of fact? [on hold]

What is the tersest way for a speaker to request from the listener to refrain from making any inferences from a statement of fact? Suppose as part of a narrative, I want to say something happened ...
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What's the difference between Anonymous and Pseudonymous?

Anonymous means someone who can't be identified by name. Pseudonymous means someone who uses false name. It seems to me that Pseudonymous is a subset of Anonymous. Is it right? If not, what's the ...
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Sorry I didn't turn up, I clean forgot. What's the sense of "clean' and its usage hygiene? [on hold]

Sorry I didn't turn up -I clean forgot. The explosion blew the cooker clean through the wall. What kind of usage is this- AmE or BrE ? The meaning of clean usually refers to removing ...
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Why is “For Sell” replacing “For Sale” in common usage? [duplicate]

I absolutely cringe when I read advertisements offering items "For Sell" rather than "For Sale." I do not claim to have a good command of grammar, spelling, or appropriate American English usage. I ...
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1answer
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Is it correct to say “unsubscription”?

I'm a web developer and in our project we use the word unsubsription to talk about making someone no longer subscribed to our maling. I know we can use the "subscription" word to talk about someone's ...
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Is there a concise word or phrase for making something dynamic? [migrated]

Not sure if this is more appropriate for Stack Overflow, but I'm a web nerd constantly using the invented word dynamic-ify to describe taking a flat, static web page and converting it into something ...
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“sample” vs “specimen” in a scientific document on condensed matter physics

I am searching for an appropriate headline in scientific document. The chapter is named "Investigated Specimen" at the moment. In the chapter I describe crystals that I have investigated. I feel that ...
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Is it correct to use the phrase - “he / she fights on”?

Is it correct to use the phrase "he / she fights on" to say that a person is fighting / struggling for a cause?
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going home and going to work [duplicate]

The other day I've learned that you cannot use "to" in the sentence "I am going (to) home". At the same time, you should use "to" with other place names. For example, I am going to work. Could ...
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Does “all” take a singular or plural verb form? [on hold]

Which of these sentences is correct? All of these things has meaning. All of these things have meaning. I want to ascertain if has or have should be used in this phrase. The correct word is all I ...
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Words or phrases of teacher of teachers

Is there any specific word or phrases to describe teacher of teachers? If not, how do I express this idea? More precisely,someone who train people to be teachers on their fields. Thank you very ...
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“with ~ing” vs. “and ~ed”

Reading through an article on drawing animal forms, I came across this paragraph Horses or deer evolved one or two very strong, elongated metatarsals, with their last finger digits becoming their ...
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Use of the word “aforementioned”

Is it correct to use the word aforementioned in an open-ended chatting context in which the conversation backtracks, such that the item that was mentioned before (as in, earlier in time) in the ...
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How to express “prefer in order”

Let say, I am a little boy and my mother had several fruits (orange, apple, banana,...) and she asked me which one which I like, but she was not sure if she could give me that fruit ( I don't know why ...
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Word for describing ideas/questions that stimulate thought

Is there an specific word that could describe ideas/questions that could stimulate thoughts? For instance, if someone asks a question: 1). If all the nations in the world are in debt, where did ...
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A word for someone who sarcastically exaggerates your superiority? [closed]

I was having an argument with someone, and I showed them a piece of clear evidence and now they're just making things up because they've given up. They keep saying things such as "Funny, I ...
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An appropriate adjective

I am writing a report and it should tell all the stakeholders that "the target for all product categories, including Over Payments to customers has either been met or exceeded (by a very small ...