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Can you use obverse/reverse when referring to a sheet of paper?

Is it acceptable to use 'obverse and reverse' when referring to the sides of a loose-leaf sheet of paper? The wikipedia article on, "Obverse and Reverse" stated that: "Obverse and its opposite, ...
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Does this sentence sound good for a native-speaker? [on hold]

I've got a problem here. Hope you will help me. The question is how does the sentence below sound for a native speaker ear? Because i've got this strange feeling that it sounds awfull and I can't even ...
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What's wrong with “stupider”?

On online boards I've seen some people claim that "stupider" is ungrammatical. I can't see any reason why it would be, and it seems like it's commonly used. Google Ngram Viewer And it's also in ...
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What is more appropriate “A UE” or “The UE”?

In the field of telecommunications, we often use the term "UE" which means User Equipment. I am writing a technical document. In the document, should I refer to UE as "A UE" or "The UE" or just "UE". ...
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Freshman or Freshwoman

Can we use freshwoman to refer to a girl in her first year in college, or is freshman acceptable?
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Word for problem listening/speaking and not reading/writing english

Suppose I have problems listening and understanding English esp. of non-Indian accent speaking English fluently How should I tell someone about it using very few words instead of typing a long ...
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Phrase to tell, that you have written a fast note

I am choosing a title for my essay, which is about a man, who wrote a fast idea on a napkin and lost in a pocket of his jacket. Then he dies in a car accident and ten years later his son finds an old ...
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“IT specialist” vs. “computer scientist”

I talked to my English teacher about what to name a person who works with computers. For Germans: Informatiker. As far as I know, the job is called "computer scientist", that's what most translators ...
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Fermentor vs Fermenter

I am curious to know the correct usage of these words as it seems to be misused often. See http://meta.homebrew.stackexchange.com/q/202/59 for a related question.
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single word that means which can be constructed at home

What is the word that means “that which can be fixed up at home”? For example, I buy parts from a store, bring the parts home, and then can construct the thing out of those parts by myself. What is ...
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a word that would mean “a marriage where either of the spouse is of a higher rank or caste”

I was writing an essay when I used the word morganatic and I realized I don't quite know the word for a marriage between people of unequal ranks that society holds as unfair or against the norms. it ...
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What do you call a person that only do the minimum to get through day-to-day basis?

I'm trying to find a word or a short phrase that target such person. Like someone who has no passion, no drive and only does whatever needed to survive.
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What is the section in a business card that shows home contact details called?

On my business card I have the contact details of my office, however I want to include the contact details of my home. I want to make it known that the above details are my home's. How can I write ...
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Word for not knowing about something

I would like to know some word choices (can be a noun, adjective,...) for not knowing about something, with a positive connotation with a negative connotation in a neutral way For example, I ...
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Is there a valid or recognized verb for rote learning?

In the sentence "rote learning is a decent way to memorize a writing" , can "rote learning" be replaced by a verb and the sentence be changed to ".......ing is a good way to memorize a writing"? I ...
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Hypernym for “approve” and “reject”

User A goes to the web page and clicks a menu called 'Submit Request', where User A will fill out a form request and submit it to his/her Supervisor. Then User A's Supervisor will go to the web page ...
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Word or phrase to refer to self-employed professionals working from home in the UK?

Other than homeworkers (which is vague), freelancers (which is, to my knowledge, US-specific, and non-exclusive to this), what other words do self-employed people working from home describe ...
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Words similar to “undervalue(verb)” or “underestimate”

I'm looking for a word that means something like "to think of as less important" such as in the following sentence: Theory is more important than practice; of course, this is not to completely ...
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“situation where” vs. “situation in which”

In my mother tongue I can use the word where not only to describe something connected to a location, but also to substitute in which. My question is: Is it correct to use where in a sentence like ...
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A word for somebody who supports things fleetingly and whilst they are popular

I'm looking for a word for somebody who supports things fleetingly and whilst they are popular, for example a sports team on a winning streak, or something which is currently in fashion.
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Would i have embarrassed a man older than me? [on hold]

A friend, older than me was passing by my house. I called him and said; I have seen you, good morning. Might I have embarrassed him?
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The word for last year school, first year university students?

I'm looking for term to describe students which didn't study theoretical physics, but who learned physics in school. These are last years school and first years university students with major physics. ...
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labour v.s. labourer [on hold]

What's the difference between them when I mean "worker"? In other word, which one below is right? Companies can barely find young labours in an ageing society. Companies can barely find young ...
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Difference between a “self-serving individual” and “self-centered individual” [on hold]

Is being "self-serving" the same as being "self-centered"? While looking for an answer to this question, I saw this previous question on the difference between "selfish" and "self-centered". I ...
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Is there a word to describe someone who is always defeated at my hand?

If A always defeats B, A is B's nemesis. If B always loses to his rival A, B is A's ____?
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What preposition does “rate … criteria” take?

I'm writing up specs for a website with learning materials for our alpha testers to comment on. Among others, I'm describing the rating system: the materials can be rated (...) several criteria (such ...
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Word for the ability to solve issues with the most fitting solution

Professionaly someone, when facing a challenge, an issue, a job that needs to be done, has different ways to face it. What word could define the ability to pick the best approach for a given problem? ...
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august usage in a sentence [on hold]

I would like to use the word "august" meaning noble, impressive, etc., with the word 'touch' in this sentence: " I will be in august touch with you in the coming days." What do you think? Find it ...
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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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Is “object of discussion” an established term, or is there another word for that?

In a review of, let's say, predatory habits of some animals, the subject of the discussion is the predatory habits. Is it correct to say that the animals, then, are the objects of discussion or ...
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Interview follow up mail [on hold]

I would like to know the result of an interview that I had recently. But I'm very much concerned about the words or any mistakes in the mail. I want to send a not very formal mail. Please correct my ...
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Using “decadent” to describe a building or town in neglect or ruin

I have often seen decadent used to refer to a non-physical state, like a person who is spiritually or morally decadent. Could decadent be applied to something physical like a building or a town to ...
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Word for: “dislike of people that has same gender as speaker”

Is there a word for "disliking people of same gender"? I.e. man that dislikes men in general (but not women), or woman that dislikes women in general (but not men)? There's "misanthropy", but it ...
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“began” vs “begun” [on hold]

What is the difference, and when should I use which?
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What is the word for “the way a word sounds to your ear”?

I do not mean "Phonaesthetics" or euphony or cacophony which carry a value judgement. Words have an audio 'pattern', mostly unique and different from other words. This is the unique audio ...
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Is there a word to describe the state of being the only one of something?

I need a word to describe the state of being the only one of something. For context, it's for the UI of a scientific device that detects and analyzes cells. In this particular case, we are talking ...
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“At schedule” vs. “by schedule” vs. “on schedule”

Let's assume that I wash my car every Saturday at noon. How do I say it using the word schedule: I wash my car at/by/on schedule. Update: It's not about doing something on a regular basis. It's ...
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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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When should I use “shall” versus “will”?

Which is the correct use of these two words, and in which context should one be used rather than the other?
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“Lunch” vs. “dinner” vs. “supper” — times and meanings?

I've seen cases where a noon-time meal is referred to as dinner, and the evening meal is called supper. There's also lunch around noon followed by dinner in the evening. Is there a particular ...
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Ourselves vs us?

I am simply haunted by the fear of my family not having enough money to support ourselves. I am simply haunted by the fear of my family not having enough money to support us. The ...
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Meaning of 'rager' [on hold]

Is rager used to describe great and interesting parties? For instance, I'm gonna go to Mike's party tonight. Yeah, I heard it's gonna be a rager.
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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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Absorb the excess length?

I have a difficult time finding the right word for the following situation: On the drawing, there are some dimensions instructed, and extra length is set for one range for workability. That extra ...
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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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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 ...