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People not admitting when things are going bad

Is there a word for someone who does not want to admit that things are going bad? E.g. when a person does not want to admit that a specific project at work isn't going as planned -- not because ...
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Name for the relationship of wife’s sister’s husband

Is there a name for the relationship of my wife’s sister’s husband in English? Or in case of a lady, what is the relationship of her husband’s brother’s wife called? There are words for these ...
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Word for feeling in the mood to experiment

I am looking for a word for being in a mood to experiment or try something you would not normally do for a situation. A person might say: "I am feeling .... today, and will go another way". I knew ...
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use of 'rager' in the following sentence [on hold]

Dose 'rager' use to describe great and interesting parties? like: -I'm gonna go to Mike's party tonight. -Yeah, I heard it's gonna be a rager.
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What is the best word or phrase to use, that describes comments provided by a guide?

What is the word that can be used to describe commentary given by a guide during a tour? For example riding on guided tour of a city where guide tells you about different objects of interests. ...
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Ataraxis or/and ataraxia, a quandary. A question over their existence and usage?

The Oxford dictionary has ataraxia (ataraxy) as a valid word but not ataraxis. however, I've seen and heard the ataraxis being used once in while. But it happens that the guys at Oxford do not ...
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I have a question regarding the proper usage of the word “nor” [duplicate]

Is "...not legal advice, nor is it intended to be" the proper usage of "nor" in the prior partial statement?
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“If I were you, I'd apologise to my/your mum”

I'm stuck with this example which I don't know how to solve A: I've said bad things to my mum. B: If I were you, I'd apologise to your mum. Is it supposed to be your or my instead? My feeling ...
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“How far” vs “How long”

I am not clear how to use "How long" and "How far". Suppose I got in a taxi or cab to my hotel, how should I say to the driver if I want to know the distance to the hotel? Which of the following is ...
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Noun form of 'owe'?

If I've paid somebody $100, the $100 is my payment. If I owed someone $100, would the $100 be an owement? Is there a better word? I could call it debt or loan, but it doesn't quite suit the following ...
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When should you use “despite” over “inspite”, and vice versa?

Most dictionaries suggest that inspite and despite are synonymous, but are there any specific instances when their usage is not interchangeable?
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Medicine vs. Medication

I'm wrote some documentation in which I needed to refer to the list of drugs that a person was taking at a given time. This list might also include a dosage as well (e.g. 'Aspirin 300mg daily'). I ...
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Did I get wrong what she said with ' If you could be my everything.. '? [on hold]

After I asked my girlfriend that why she doubts to start again to this relationship, she answered: "Because if you could be my everything, i would not let him come close to me, in the first place". ...
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Descriptive word to describe nonprofit organization

Looking for a descriptive word or phrase to describe a nonprofit organization that includes the essence, values, mission and promotion of social reform. Not a place, or agency, business, but a word ...
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1answer
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Use “too” instead of “so” and “very”

In what situation would you use "too" instead of so or very. Can someone help me? I have a problem with using too in sentence. Please give me an example. Thanks
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What is a good term to describe different ways to view the same data?

Software gives us different ways to view the exact same data with each "view" targeted at a specific task. For example, in Stack Exchange, questions can be viewed in The review queue where you only ...
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Can't come up with the correct sentence

I have some trouble coming up with the right sentence for a form input where I'm asking a user's first and last name. What I'm actually trying to say is that the name the user is filling in will be ...
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How common is “What happened?” when asking people to repeat what they said? How long has this been in common usage?

For several years, I have heard most young people and some adults use the phrase What happened? when they do not hear what is spoken. It appears to be used where previously several other phrases were ...
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Good word for something physical that's inexplicable

I'm looking for a word to describe something physical, something that you can tangibly and empirically feel, but cannot see, nor sense in any other way than touch, nor explain its imperceptibility. ...
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Common ground between Deck and Graveyard in trading card games

I am developing a Trading Card Game and I am in need to extract functionality from two of my classes as they are both doing almost the same. it is about the Deck and Graveyard constructs which are ...
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How do you differentiate “thru”, “threw”, “through”, and “thorough”?

How do I know which word to use in the correct context? How do I recognize these words when hearing them? Examples: Jimmy threw the ring at Emiko. Elvis walked through the door. ...
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Whether my thinking sir conveys more respect is really correct or not? [duplicate]

To my question "How do I refer to Bill Gates with respect but simultaneously not creating any confusion about who I'm referring to", I got the answer "Mr.Gates" OK.This doesn't even create confusion. ...
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Do I take a small nap or a light nap?

I heard a friends say that he's going to take a 'small' nap. Is this correct usage? I thought we only take 'light' naps
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What is the term for a Monarchy with only a King or a Queen, but not both? [on hold]

A typical Monarchy can have a king, queen, or both. What is the term for, like the current British Monarchy, having only one of a king or a queen in power? Surely there is a term that distinguishes ...
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1answer
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Can 'post' and 'after' used interchangeably?

I notice few colleagues use 'post' almost everywhere. Today one of them said 'lets meet up post noon' and I thought shouldn't it be 'afternoon'? I could be okay with 'post lunch' but somehow 'post ...
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Digital goods' seller-word suggestions

We are creating an online marketplace, so we need some word suggestions. Someone who sells the goods online. Someone who buys the goods online. Given that we already know seller, vendor, customer ...
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How to refer to sexuality in a fictional universe of one sex?

Notch, the creator of the game Minecraft, has said in a blog post that there is only one sex in the game, and any animal can breed with any other animal of the same species. He uses the word ...
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using the word “croesus”

I came across the word croesus a long back but pondered over its usage recently. It has the two following definitions: 1. the last king of Lydia 2. a wealthy person Is it correct, formally, to say ...
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How to call attention to “I” without “I myself” or the pretentious “even I”?

I find that in persuasive conversation, whether written or oral, it is sometimes useful to draw attention to the "I" in the sentence, giving the connotation that you are confessing or conceding to ...
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“I have no charge on my cellphone” or “my cellphone is out of charge”?

Situation: The batteries in your cellphone are running out of charge. How would a native English speaker quickly and naturally describe this situation?
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How to use “near” and “nearby”? [on hold]

Can you guys show me when I should use "near" or "nearby"? I absolutely get confused to use those... :<
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“Thanks” or “thank you”?

Which one is correct — "Thank you Jim" or "Thanks Jim"? If I start an email with the sentence "Thank you Jim" in Outlook, it shows grammar error while if I begin with "Thanks Jim" it doesn't.
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Starting a sentence with “And so” in a mathematical proof

Inspired by this question, I thought of something more. As Tim says, and I ageree, one more often sees repeated use of "Hence", "Therefore" etc. in a mathematical proof, and not very often do people ...
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Crank call vs Prank Call

What is the exact difference between the two? When and how to use them on specific occasions?
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A word for old-fashioned, dirty bar/place (spit-and-sawdust)

Is there a (common) single word for an old-fashioned, non-modern, simple, dirty, untidy bar/place ? A noun would be preferable. Details: There is an informal British term: spit-and-sawdust ...
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What's the most common verb to use when you are undergoing medical exams?

I think you can say the following: I'm at the hospital, doing medical exams. I'm at the hospital, undergoing medical exams. I'm at the hospital, having medical exams. I'm at the ...
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What is a good way to refer to stories that are meant for adults?

There are stories for children and for adults. But when I say "adult stories" people tend to think they are erotica/porn stories. What is a good way to refer to adult stories? Example of adult ...
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Is there a word for “a point in time”?

I'm looking for a simple word for a point in time for the name of a database column. The column is for "datetime" objects and it feels wrong to call the column "date", since that implies that the ...
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What adjective would best describe this difference between two doctrinal stances?

What adjective would be suitable here to describe this particular difference between two doctrinal stances? ... Well, as the matter of fact, neither "Mormons" nor "Jehovah's witnesses" are ...
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Is it correct to use preposition “by”

Is it correct to use the preposition "by" in such a context: If within this period Mr X makes no claims on the work quality by writing them in the certificate, then ... I meant that Mr X can ...
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Is “Discrete” the correct/best term?

I have a page - similar to a wiki page - that contains descriptive information in paragraph form as well as a side bar with labels bits of information. This is a good example, the right size ...
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Is using “have” better than using “got” in the following sentence?

Take a gander at the following two versions of the same sentence: "I got an mp4 video file" vs. "I have an mp4 video file" Someone 'corrected' me by changing the first form to the second ...
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Is “further” now used for both physical and metaphorical distances?

Is it true that 'further' and 'farther' are becoming interchangeable? He drove further north. His furthest destination to travel is 167 miles. This link says that further is now widely ...
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Boy-o Vs. Guy usage

As far as my understanding: Boy-o reflects one's behavior while it can also be used to address a group of males. But Guy seems to be mostly used in addressing the people while it is less used as a ...
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in or on the following business Day

I have been trying to find a quick answer of this, but my google searches didn't get me anywhere. I'm confused about using in or on in the following sentence. We will return your call in the ...
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“X in Japan is different from [that/those] in other countries”

I was wondering if the following sentence is clear: The book industry in Japan is very different from [that/those] in many other western countries. My questions are: Is it correct to use that ...
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Other ways to define a turning point

After a difficult childhood, the encounter with Rev. Charles, was a turning point in his life. What other expressions can be used to to define the concept of turning point?
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Phrase to describe a chair being pulled

I'm lost for words to complete this sentence: The sound of the chair _ against the floor can be heard clearly as the room silence with my sudden action.
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'betrayal' of expectations

I read a line in my textbook that goes: Negative effects may arise due to a 'betrayal' of expectations when people involved fail to understand the situational context. Can the word 'betrayal' ...
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Difference between 'in order to', 'so as to,' 'to'

I'm a Korean and I learned in school that 'to' is equal to 'in order to' and 'so as to,' if they are used in expressing intent. Are the sentences "I study in order to achieve my goal" and "I study ...