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“Psychically” vs. “psychologically” vs. “mentally”

This one has been giving me headaches for about a year now. Some time ago, I created an AskReddit thread with the following title: How do you psychically prepare for pain before a surgical ...
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Is there a word which means whatever you want it to mean? Or has no meaning?

I'm looking for a word which can be used in any situation to describe something in whatever way you want, i.e it's not a word and just fits in to places..., but is there an actual word which does ...
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Is it correct to use “yonder” as equivalent to “those”/“these”

I want to write: "The methods can be divided according to the theories underlying the process and also differ on the statistical methods to evaluate those theories." Would it be correct to use yonder ...
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“do the dishes” vs “wash the dishes”

Are there any difference in the meaning between do/wash the dishes? Are they used in different situations or are they synonyms? For example 'mountain hiking' would not say 'hiking mountain' ... ...
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If subscription is a contract to receive something, what is a contract to send something called?

I'm using the word subscription with the following meaning: subscription: an arrangement to receive something, typically a publication, regularly by paying in advance. (Definition taken from ...
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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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“Share me” or “Share with me”?

I heard people saying: Can you please share me the slides? or Can you share me the note, etc.? I think it should be: Can you please share the slides with me? or Can you share ...
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You and Me both

Which is correct: Me and Bob have both reviewed the fees. Bob and I have both reviewed the fees. I ask this because it sounds more grammatically correct to say Me and Bob when using the ...
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Antonym (or dual) for 'anachronism'

I'm looking for a word or a phrase (preferably a noun phrase) that describes something current, which should not be still present, because it is kind of outdated, but is still around us because of ...
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Sentences with one or two letters [on hold]

Which sentences have only one and two figure words?
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0answers
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How to praise someone who put up with you? [on hold]

Is this a correct sentence: She endured me during the time I was the most unbearable. Or is this one better She endured me during my unbearable moments of myself. Or how else could I say ...
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3answers
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Distinguishing between “opposites” of “ortho-”

There is a class of transformations in physics called "orthochronous", meaning that they preserve the direction of time's flow. ("Ortho-" from the Greek for 'straight' or 'right'?) As far as I am ...
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Is it “on behalf of” or “in behalf of”?

I often hear folks say in behalf of instead of on behalf of, which sets my teeth on edge. Which preposition is correct here, in or on?
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6answers
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“Anxious to” versus “eager to”

A copy editor friend of mine once told me that instead of saying for example "I'm anxious to see the new movie," I should say "I'm eager to see the new movie." This seemed logical to me—after all, ...
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4answers
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Difference between “larder” and “pantry”

What is the difference between larder and pantry? Is it size? Or content? I found very similar definitions for both terms, something like a room/place in which food is stored. Which of the ...
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3answers
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Word for “person living with in-laws” or “feeling awkward and inadequate”

Is there a word for a Person living with in-law parents, by which I mean, a man or a woman who got married and moved to his or her parents in laws' house, in English ? There is a word for it in my ...
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2answers
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Which verb is used to tell: check and pass it

I'm looking for a verb that when I'm saying: XXX it, then I would mean: Check it and if it was valid, pass it What should be the XXX? Or any verb that have a similar meaning as the mentioned sentence. ...
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How to say “write a program” in a proper way for thesis/dissertation [on hold]

Suppose you are giving instructions to a student on the task he has to do for thesis/dissertation that involves computer programming. How would you properly open the instructions text ? To explain ...
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2answers
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Which is more correct: “denied of” or “denied to”?

I encountered a question in an exam which finishes with the sentence, "What rights are being denied to Chris?" I was always under the impression that one says "denied of" rather than "to", but is ...
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5answers
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How to ask for the title on cheque?

If I need to know whose name should I put in title of a cheque, what would be the most precise and educated sentence? I have to pay someone some money via cheque but I want to ask them whose name ...
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-phobia word for fear of hearing speeches

I'm looking for a phobia word for someone who hates listening to speeches because they find them so embarrassing. For example, a bride at a wedding or someone about to receive an award might be ...
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1answer
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Aptitude to learn proprietary systems/applications quickly and easily

Updating my resume and I am trying to make this "resume highlight" make sense. I originally had it written as "Able to learn proprietary systems/applications quickly and easily" but I was looking for ...
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What is the neutral way of telling someone to “do whatever you want”?

Do whatever you want This sentence can carry a negative tone (highly probable). Making it sound that someone is fed-up and/or simply doesn't care. Especially after one has had a heated ...
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What's a word for someone who takes advantage of an unfortunate situation as an opportunity for self-improvement?

In a good way, so no negative connotations. The best way to explain it is using the saying: "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade". This person would make "lemonade" when life throws "lemons" at ...
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What is a good word to describe someone who is empathetic, quick, and witty in conversation

I’m looking for ideally a single word that describes with positive connotation a highly empathetic and witty person — the type of person who’s a fantastic conversationalist as a result of these ...
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5answers
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Word for someone who always corrects misspellings

Is there a specific word for the type of person who always corrects misspellings? Something exact, not something like perfectionist, grammar nazi or anal. Something that describes the person, like ...
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“Mistaken as” vs. “mistaken for”

I heard someone use the words mistaken as rather than mistaken for. Is this correct? If it is correct then what is the difference between the two? Is it ever wrong to use mistaken as, and if so, why? ...
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What Emotion Do You Experience When You Feel “Honored” [on hold]

There are a ton of situations where it would be appropriate to start a sentence with the phrase "I'm honored." For example, "I'm honored to receive this award." "I'm honored to be a guest at your ...
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1answer
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use of distainer office, distrainment proceedings, etc

Is "distainer office, distrainment proceedings, distrain order, ..." correct? Even this spell checker highlights these words as incorrect. Some translations use execution office, executor's office, ...
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1answer
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date has already passed OR date has already past? [on hold]

Which is correct : date has already passed , or date has already past ? Thanks
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“Work at home” vs. “work from home”

In the context of someone working for an employer but one day doing their office work at home, rather than at the office, which one is the correct usage — "work from home" or "work at home"? For ...
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Under what circumstances is the word “that” necessary, optional, or to be replaced with “which”? [duplicate]

When is it necessary to include "that" in a sentence? In what case should "which" be used, and is it ever optional? Some examples: I didn't know (that) you had to leave. My grandma said (that) her ...
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1answer
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Emissary / Ambassador / Representative / Envoy / Delegate

These words are all more or less interchangeable, but I'm wondering which is most distinguished. If I have a group of representatives, but some are the leaders of their groups and others are just ...
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What is more natural: 'people like you' or 'person as you'?

It's nice to have people like you here. It's nice to have people as you here. It's nice to have persons like you here. It's nice to have persons as you here. I always say there is ...
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Where to place “among other things”?

I'll be placing a short introduction on a web site and the introduction includes a sentence similar to this: I'm – among many other things – a hobbyist coder. I'm unsure about the ...
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0answers
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Word for when something turns out to be the opposite of what you believed? [duplicate]

I've been wondering for a while, if there is a word for when something turns out to be the complete opposite of what you believed. So, something that would fit in a sentence like below would be ...
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4answers
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A phrase that captures the concept of making oneself falsely appear to be guilty for purpose of discrediting another party

Perhaps this is more of a trope, but I'm looking for a phrase or word in English that describes the situation where: (a) "Party A" consciously performs actions that establish a false expectation of ...
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1answer
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word describing the demographic make up of those members attending the church worship majority of the time [on hold]

What is the word describing a church congregation describing those in attendance such as those who have similar qualities as a people group like older, middle class all white?
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Vehicle vs car words usage [on hold]

Consider that somebody should name field in some kind of questionnaire (e.g. for a bank), or name a class in programming language for purpose of describing person's private transport facility ...
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Any better word for “upsell”

My company provides more value to my clients by offering them services that could enhance their business/process. The process involves: I point a void (improvement scope) to the client. I look out ...
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2answers
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Word for someone who is “pretentious”, but without negative connotation?

Pretentious is defined as "attempting to impress by affecting greater importance, talent, culture, etc., than is actually possessed." What if someone does impress others because they actually do have ...
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Systemically vs systematically [on hold]

From a colleague's email, "Given that the expected business process is not working and has been causing a lot of issues across different systems, it is evident that we need to enforce the process ...
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What's the difference between i.e. and that is? [duplicate]

I'm writing a scientific paper, I want to use i.e. or that is to clarify a term. Are they both correct or either?
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Word for the sound made while vomiting

Which word can I use to describe the sound somebody makes while vomiting? Is burp the right word for it?
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4answers
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What's the difference between “reliable” and “dependable”?

Do the adjectives “reliable” and “dependable” have the same exact meaning? If not, what is the difference and when is best to use each of them?
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What is the difference between “X is needed” and “X is necessary”?

Do the following two sentences mean the same? A: If you improve the quality of your data, less data is needed to achieve an error rate of 30%. B: If you improve the quality of your data, less ...
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If walking across the street unlawfully is jaywalking, is it safe to say biking across the street is jaybiking?

Can the prefix "jay-" be used with any verb form so long as it represents crossing a street illegally? For example, I went to NYC the past week for vacation, and noticed so many people, and bikers, ...
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Exsanguination or Desanguination?

My wife was working on her lines for a play (Dracula) set in the early 1900s and one line caught my eye. It referred to the desanguination of the vampire’s victims. I’d always heard the term as ...
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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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What is the word to describe someone whom you are gossiping about

I was writing another question on Workplace Interview when i realised that I did not know a term / word to describe someone whom you are gossiping about What is a word / term to describe someone whom ...