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Is “irresoluteoscillating” a word? Strange result from Thesaurus.com

I did a search on thesaurus.com for the word wavering, and one of the suggested synonyms that was listed was irresoluteoscillating. However, the Oxford and Merriam-Webster dictionaries did not have ...
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Is it better to say someone lived “at” or “on” a particular street?

When I was a lowly copyboy for a newspaper in the 1970s, I wrote obituaries. My desk editor came to me with a criticism. I had written that the deceased lived "on Nevada Blvd." She threw my copy ...
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Can introspect be used only in first person ? Or better word to replace it, in following context

Meaning of introspect is examine one's thoughts and feeling. In fact, i have to find word for "introspect". I m writing a technical report, can I use the word "introspect" but the meaning i want to ...
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What is entered in Full Text Search engines - query, phrase, term?

When designing search forms for websites, I always think of name for the variable that contains the text that user is searching for. The form often contains additional filters like date range or ...
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Judiciary/juridicial labour

I know that uauslly we do not think of judging as 'labour', but if we wished to do so, would you prefer saying "judiciary labour" or rather "juridicial labour"? Do both of them sound just too odd?
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When to use “come” & when to use “go”?

I don't understand what this article is saying: We use come to describe movement between the speaker and listener, and movement from another place to the place where the speaker or listener is. ...
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“Housewife” vs. “homemaker” [closed]

What is the difference between a housewife and a homemaker? When can we use housewife, and when can we use homemaker? I am a housewife. I am a homemaker. Which of the above examples is ...
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Why “themselves” instead of “himself” when referring to third-person singular? [duplicate]

I've read today a comment from a UK user that sounded weird to me: so the OP is shooting themselves in the foot here with the tone then. I would have said instead: so the OP is shooting ...
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'Expect to' as an expression of excitement?

In a recent test we asked students to write a sentence expressing their excitement at a future activity. We gave an example sentence using 'looking forward to'. One student wrote "I'm expecting to ...
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I have an interview in English

I am Chinese and I have an interview in English over the phone. Just what I am wondering is what I'd better call the interviewer? The interviewer is female in her early 30's. Do you think calling ...
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Single word meaning one who searches [on hold]

I'm looking for a single word in English that means something akin to "one who searches" or "one who searches for meaning."
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Can one exonerate oneself?

You can exonerate, and be exonerated - but the word seems to be used in reference to an other. Is it proper to use the word when applying to the self? So, can one literally exonerate oneself? Of ...
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Well vs good…proper vs conversational [duplicate]

Proper answer friendly greeting, "How are you?" I am "well" or I am "good" "I am well" sounds like I'm saying I'm not sick. "I'm good," or "good" accompanied by a friendly nod sounds much better.
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“Due to” vs. “owing to”

Is there any difference between due to and owing to? Are there some specific situations when owing to is to be used rather than due to?
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Daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, once (?)

I have this list of choices: Daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, once The last one "once" is used to indicate thing that occurs only one time. I wanted to keep up with pattern of the first four ...
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Difference between 'due to' and 'owing to' in this context [on hold]

She said that she was ill owing to cold weather She said that she was ill due to cold weather Which is the correct sentence? I'm confused on the usage of due to and owing to. The previous threads ...
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Does “wobble” sound negative?

I'm launching a project which I want to make big as possible. I want to find a name, but I'm not looking for any real meanings. This project is a web tool (Javascript prototype & API) so I want to ...
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Can I say two-series to describe a series of two events?

I am presenting two talks on two different dates, and I would like to describe the first one as the first of a two-series talk. Is two-series talk a word that can be used with this meaning? Googling ...
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Fill with Take or takes [migrated]

On a plane, I like to speak to the stranger who ____ seat next to me. Fill with take or takes, and why?
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Usage of the word “largesse”

I am writing a sentence like: Show clients your largesse with a gift of equal proportion. Is it right in a formal sense or is it a little condescending? Is there another way to write it?
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Letter closing other than “Love”

I am writing an email to a family member (in-law or brother/sister). While in the past I used "love" and signed off with my first name for closing, I usually wondered if there are better words I could ...
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Is there a name or term for these types of statements that avoid over-generalizations?

In the news, whenever a reporter or commentator talks about police violence, specifically towards minorities, and they imply racist motives behind police brutality, they also tend to add something ...
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I have good vision/sight/eyesight

In my language, Russian, there is only one variant to express the "abilty to see" in its common physiological sence. If I have a good ability (I am born with) I say: У меня хорошее зрение So ...
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complex words indication

Splicing factors have oncogenic properties. However, their expression patterns and practical priority in gastric cancer and the difference of them between gastric cancer and colorectal cancers are ...
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What is the difference between amid and amidst?

I googled it and got the following answer: Amid and amidst are two words meaning the same thing. The meaning of these words is in connection with position of the object, person or situation – in the ...
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English, Okay or fine [migrated]

Which is best to answer when asked how are you feeling when not doing well and do not want to discuss your troubles?
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working on our company website [on hold]

I would like to sound more professional: "We are based in Niles, Il and started out as a one man band"...today we have grown as a family owned business. we are a small trucking company. My husband ...
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“Just” or “Even” with Dare?

There's well-known expression: Don't you dare... Is there a way to somehow make it stronger, to show more of your emotions when you "asking" person not to dare etc.? I've heard 2 cases, but don't ...
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pro-active/initiative-taking as an adjective

How can we describe someone who always takes the initiative? He is very _. The only word I can come up with is pro-active but it sounds/feels a little awkward to me. Edit: Dictionary[dot]com has a ...
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Specific name for double PhD

Person with single PhD is granted with title "Doctor". Is there any specific word for double doctorate?
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Had Suddenly vs Gradually? [on hold]

The honeybees had ___ vanished from their hives. a) Suddenly b) Gradually This is a question I'm having a trouble solving. Which one is the correct answer to that blank? I think both of them ...
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Plural of “Index” - “Indexes” or “indices”?

A table can have one index, or, it can have two or more [...]? Is it indexes or indices? I'm just asking since I've noticed they're both used quite often. Even Wikipedia seems to support both ...
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Would an “affector” be appropriate for an event driver?

I'm trying to come up with a better word to describe a "driver" or "conditional"; basically, the name of an object or event which is a trigger for something else. Would it be appropriate to say that ...
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Is this correct use of thereby? [on hold]

I just want to ask: do we always have to use verb+ing after "thereby"? And if the following sentence is correct: Furthermore, it is efficient to compute,thereby suitable for real-time vision ...
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How can one best clarify the different senses of “compare”?

I have long felt that the taboo on comparing anyone to Hitler and many similar inhibitions were based on a confusion between “compare” in the senses of “liken to” and in the sense of “compare and ...
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What are the characters called in a book

In English, we have words for the characters in something/the people acting something. An example would be "The cast of the film was very talented." Would it be right to say "The cast of the book ...
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Embargo ___(prep.) [on hold]

Do we say FDR embargo to Japan. Or FDR embargo on Japan. What's the proper preposition here?
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Word to describe someone who goes to all the events in town! [on hold]

I'm looking for a short word that could describe people who are always going to every event in town. It doesn't need to be an existing word, feel free to create one of your own. It can also be made of ...
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Mutual or each other

Some of my pupils have used "mutual" instead of "each other" in our latest paper repeatedly. Again and again I read "They mutual write a text message" (I suppose at least an adverb would be needed ...
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Asleep is to awake; as sleep is to _____?

Is there no word that fills this precise role? I can say someone gets 10 hours of sleep. But can I say someone gets 10 hours of wake? That doesn't sound right to me but maybe it is. Does anyone know ...
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Shorter way to say “conversational partner”

I'm looking for a proper English word to say "conversational partner". Is "interlocutor" a word an average person would understand? Are there any other words or shorter expressions which could ...
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Is it best to avoid e.g.?

In technical writing, I often find there's a choice between using "e.g." and "etc.". Lets look at an example: You could use an ORM, e.g. SQLAlchemy, Storm. You could use an ORM: SQLAlchemy, Storm, ...
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“hugest” grammatically correct? [on hold]

I saw an article on yahoo yesterday and thought I'd ask, is "hugest" a real word? I assume whoever wrote the article understands what they are trying to say, but it just seems wrong and foreign to my ...
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How to politely ask someone “I need your help” [on hold]

I need to ask a school administrator a few questions. What is the polite way to start my email "I need your help"? Thanks for your help.
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Adjective that expresses the scale/range of a noun

Imagine that each country has a central library and that there is a system that will connect all of them with each other. How can I say that "this is a system that connects (the libraries that ...
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Does “intimate” = “imply + infer”? Or just “hint at”?

I'm not clear on how intimate (in verb form) is perceived. Until I looked it up, I never would have believed (never seen) it used with inanimate objects as subject...I thought to intimate something ...
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Differentiating between “written” and “writing” [closed]

For some reason it is written and writing. It's confusing to me. How can I remember to write them differently?
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Word for stealing an item then returning it without the owner's knowledge?

Does there exists a specific word to describe the action of stealing an item, keeping it for few days then returning it from where it was taken? An example: A friend of mine "lost" his personal diary ...
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Is it possible to use “Achieve” in negative sentences

I've noticed in IELTS reading that there was a sentence as below: disappointing results were achieved by the Australian Academy. I looked this verb up in Longman dictionary, It's been said that: ...
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Word for one-sided conflict?

Can conflict be one sided? just looking for a word to describe a conflict within characters where the other character is oblivious.