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'Cultural amnesia' : what does it mean?

I came across this word while browsing and could not browse its definition. I understand amnesia, have heard of retrograde amnesia,but cultural amnesia appears jarring to my mind.
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Word for “delegating” with negative connotation

I am writing a complaint letter: "...she gets others to do her job and she claims the credit..." The only word I know for "getting others to do her job" is "delegating", but it sounds too positive. ...
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Formal words for “study carefully” and “study roughly”?

I am writing my university application application, and want to explain why my grades during my exchange semester are not as elegant as normal semesters. I wish to express that I did not study them ...
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to eliminate documents

I am puzzled about the word choice, namely the verb "to eliminate". Can we say that the person eliminated documents or an electronic database because they were of no use anymore or outdated. If no, ...
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Is there a difference between “cured” and “recovered”? [on hold]

In reference to this question I asked there, a user said that the phrase 'recovered' and 'cured' generally mean the same thing. Is this true? I was under the impression 'cured' meant a final ...
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Synonym for “under-developed location” used by someone who is well off?

In a fiction I am writing when one of the characters returns home to his wife he finds here sister's there as well. when asked why they've been there for the past month one explains how they are ...
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is this sentence all in the past tense? I'm struggling to write in the past tense but use active words?

The turf wicket at Cook reserve in Bedford has been vandalised on Sunday after diesel was poured liberally across all five cricket pitches, rendering them unusable.
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“Lighter” vs. “brighter”

I'm trying to find information about the grammatical correctness of interchanging lighter and brighter in the sense of: I turned on the lamp and the room became lighter. I turned on the lamp ...
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What quality describes “degree of concentration of wealth”?

Suppose I wish to propose a challenge to quantify the "degree of concentration of wealth" as it pertains to "rep" on various Stack Exchange boards. The measure being used, the Gini index, is formally ...
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Word choice in this sentence [duplicate]

From/for/since last three months I haven't received any messages from him. Which preposition is correct in this sentence--from, for or since? Is 'last three months' a point in time or a period of time ...
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Communicating Last Full Week to users

I'm trying to communcate the idea of 'Last full week'. That is, the most recent Sunday through Saturday range that has totally finished. October 2014 Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 1 2 3 4 5 ...
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take a pill/medication/medicine? [on hold]

my friend needs to take a painkiller. She said, "I need to take a pill." I was wondering, is this the correct way to put it? somehow I feel that using the word pill made me think of birth control ...
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Verb for “tradeoff between A and B”? [on hold]

What verb should I use in Moving along this curve, we ________ the tradeoff between the retail price and quantity. I wish to express that we have the freedom to either have a low price and a ...
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How to say “nonconfluence” in context of God and man?

I'm writing about a union between man and God in Christianity. And this union has a property of not being confluent, meaning that the person of man doesn't dissolve in the person of God but they exist ...
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A word describes the person who tends to stereotype people

Is there a word/adjective (single word) that describes the person who likes consiously or uncousiously to stereotype people? I was thinking that there might be a word such as stereotypist, but such a ...
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Word for an Original Idea

Is there a good word for an idea that someone came up with on their own? I'm talking about an original idea. The reason I want such a word is for my notes so that I can annotate, with as few words ...
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How to say “beginninglessness” properly? [on hold]

I'm writing about a property of God, describing that He has no beginning, and I couldn't find a word for it. The best I came up with is beginninglessness, but it sounds alien and doesn't seem to be ...
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“For three years” vs “in three years” [duplicate]

I haven't talked to my wife for three years. I haven't talked to my wife in three years. Are in and for interchangeable in these sentences?
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“half an hour ago” VS “half an hour before/earlier”

This is a sentence I read: The engines that had stopped half an hour ago were in action again. In my opinion, ago in the above sentence is used incorrectly. It should be replaced by before or ...
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Is “dabble in” the proper word in this case?

I am writing my statement of purpose for my Ph.D. application. As you may or may not know, the candidates mainly elaborate on their research experience in the statement of purpose. My intended Ph.D. ...
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A word that means suffering great loss if failed but highly profitable if successful?

This is a task that'll bring you back a great profit if successful but may also end you up with heavy loss even your life. I have been thinking whether there is one word or a phrase or some self ...
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Is there a word for 'within ten units of'?

Is there a word that can used like decade, but when talking about units not years? For example, everyone knows that: 2006 is within a decade of 1998 1989 is in the same decade as 1984 However, ...
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two times three

When someone says "two times three', which do you imagine, 3+3 or 2+2+2? When someone says "multiply two by three, which do you imagine, 3+3 or 2+2+2? The results are the same, but the concept may ...
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Why do people say “too little too xyz” instead of “a little too xyz” [migrated]

I've heard people say for example "It was too little too late". But isn't it more suitable to use "a" instead of "too" there? English is not my first language so I am sorry if this is an obvious ...
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Is 'efficate' a word in English? [on hold]

I routinely hear the word "efficate" being used. For example, "The most powerful way to efficate a change in the system is to participate." I do not find entries for this word in common English ...
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The choice between “it” and “that” [on hold]

I have a question about the usage of “it” and "that" in the following contexts. The reason which makes me ask this question is the following sentences in which “it” is used incorrectly. a) I know ...
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“Decorated with taste” or “tastefully decorated”

Which sentence should be used when referring to good quality? The house is decorated with taste. The house is tastefully decorated. Is there any difference?
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Can aforementioned be used to mean “As I mentioned in…”?

Usually, I would use aforementioned to refer to a noun - the aforementioned song, book etc, but would it make sense to say "Aforementioned in the introduction..."? I'm writing an essay and I want to ...
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A de facto assumption?

I am trying to describe an assumption as a common and conventional one. No one ever doubts its reasonableness, and everyone simply takes this assumption as granted without thinking about it. Can I ...
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“an average of” vs “on average”

I am trying to write a job application with a sentence about my averaged evaluation. But, I don't know which expression is correct or more appropriate in the formal letter. 1) The overall performance ...
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Is “epitomize” somewhat presumptuous when used to describe my own work?

I am trying to say that my current work is a great example to illustrate the use of algorithm X in the filed of medicine. The main point that I'd like to address is not that my current work is ...
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1answer
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“headquarters of” vs. “headquarters for”… is there a difference?

Is there a difference between "headquarters of" and "headquarters for"? It is the headquarters of many branches. It is the headquarters for many branches. It is the headquarters of the party. It is ...
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1answer
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Word for knowing exactly when to keep and get rid of things?

This to me sounds like a challenge, as American Consumerism may have completely stamped whatever word this was out of my language. Is there a word (that people know...) for knowing exactly when to ...
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1answer
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Is it common to use “totally” in such a way as “Michelle Obama’ s totally running in California.” [duplicate]

Vanity Fair magazine (October 23 issue) carried an article titled, “A brief history of Michelle Obama career-goal rumors,” and wrote as follows under the caption, “She’s totally running in ...
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What preposition should follow the adjective “parallel”?

When using the word parallel in communicating the state of being in a relationship between one line and another, what is the correct word to follow parallel? parallel to parallel with
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“One half” vs “a half”

I'm working on a copy editing project and in the copy they use ...only nine and one-half kilometres long... I have decided the hyphen is wrong. However one half sounds awkward to me. Is that ...
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“Inconvenient” vs. “uncomfortable” [closed]

Which of the following is correct? It's uncomfortable to live there due to poor housing conditions. It's inconvenient to live there due to poor housing conditions.
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Difference between “contest” and “competition”? [duplicate]

Is there a criterion to determine whether something is "a contest" or "a competition"? Are "a photography contest" and "a photography competition", for instance, totally synonymous? Is the fact that ...
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How to say that something's temperature can be controlled (with -able suffix)? Temperable? [closed]

I need this in a context of software development. Some abilities (IT jargon: interfaces) should be added to a class. All the interface names shall end with -able suffix (reservable, serializable...). ...
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Difference between 'next' and 'following' [closed]

What different between this sentences? what is correct/incorrect? Please check next items: 1) item 1 2) item 2 Please check the following items: 1) item 1 2) item 2 Thanks.
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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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Full stop or colon to describe a number of choices? [closed]

Which example is better? There are three reasons for this: One, two, finally. There are three reasons for this. One, two, finally.
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What is the word for a sentence that initially sounds profound or deep, that is, in fact, meaningless or empty?

I'm sure I saw, recently, a word for this, but I can no longer remember, or find, it.
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What is the word for a rapt state induced by a yearning for the unattainable?

I cannot remember the English word for a known meaning. The meaning of the forgotten word from the dictionary is a "a rapt state induced by a yearning for the unattainable".
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Usage of what and which in questions

Give me the money. What money? Give me the money. Which money? Which answer is correct? I think which money? But i'm not sure about it. I am not a native speaker.Thank you for answer in advance. ...
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Are there any synonyms for someone who has opted into something?

Ideally anything more substantive than 'participant'. I wasn't able to find anything using Google search or Word's synonym tool, and I'm looking for a more personable alternative to using the term ...
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Which answer best indicates that your understanding would be less than before? [closed]

Which would be the best formal way to negatively answer the question "do you think we should switch our communication to English?" For example: "No, I would understand it less well" "No, I wouldn't ...
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What is the best time / are the best times for a meeting?

I'm about to arrange a meeting with a person. I have a feeling that when I say "What is the best time for a meeting?", I'm sort of forcing them to come up with one option only. I'd like to show them ...
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Name on Grave Marker [closed]

I hope someone might have a suggestion for better wording of this sentence: "A grave marker was placed that honored his name." Is there a better word than "honored", or a smoother wording of the ...
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Window shopping - shop with the eyes only -Is the term applicable to online browsing (shopping) too

"Window shopping" is used for a consumer who has no intent to purchase and I believe the term originated well before shopping became accessible online. Is there a different term for ...