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Opposite of a requiem

The definition of a requiem is a song which plays on one's funeral. I was wondering, is there a word which means the opposite - a song which is used as a celebration of one's birth? Thank you!
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A quote from The Lord of The flies [duplicate]

There's a sentence within a novel that I don't understand. Can you break it down for me? The boy with fair hair lowered himself down the last few feet of rock and began to pick his way toward ...
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What does 'closing the distance between' mean?

In the larger context: The poet showed how bad war is. Therefore, closing the distance between the audiences views and the reality of war itself
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Take a Crap. Yet, Nobody Brings It With Them [on hold]

My thought is that because it is an irreversible act, one takes it. As in "[maverick] I had the shot and it took it. [viper] And broke a major rule of engagement." Why take?
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Who needs a haircut?

Haircut is a relatively recent term, considering that Romans began to cut the hair about A.U.C. 454, when Ticinius Maenas introduced Barbers from Sicily: (Etymonline) also hair-cut, 1887, "act ...
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Is “coin” still used to mean “money”?

To clarify, I'm NOT talking about money solely in form of metal coins. (As in: I then proceeded carefully to count out the entire 14 pounds 78 pence in coin - Oxford). I'm talking about using 'coin' ...
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is it correct to say it is must for everyone to attend the meeting tomorrow [on hold]

Is it correct to say It is must for everyone to attend the meeting tomorrow
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What does Antichronic mean? [on hold]

I recently came across a word "Anachronous" meaning something which is "out of (from ana) time (from chronos)". Usage eg: A person is wearing an 18th century dress to a 21st century formal ...
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Can I use the word “grabbable”?

I intend to describe something possible to be held by hand. I want to use the word in this fragment: Flat 3-dimensions and grabbable 2-dimensions. I'm trying to express in my paper that the ...
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welcome baby party vs baby shower party

could you please tell me what the difference between baby shower and welcome baby party is? And is there a party that American families throw after the baby get born?
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Why say 'chai tea'?

The Hindi word for tea (the drink) is chai. In India, this is the primary kind of tea (also, Hindi isn’t spoken throughout India); so, IndE speakers say “I’ll have some tea” rather than “I'll have ...
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Would and Could [duplicate]

In a formal agreement, we can place one of these two sentences: He would do sth. He could do sth. What we want is that if the person, He, wants and is willing to "do sth," he is able to do that ...
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Is there an online etymology dictionary more comprehensive/detailed than Etymonline? [migrated]

Douglas Harper, creator of Etymonline, considers himself an amateur linguist and warns ... if you're a professional linguist or a serious student of linguistics, you shouldn't be doing your ...
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Another way of saying 'Physically, mentally, psychologically, spiritually(maybe?)'

Is there Another way of saying 'Physically, mentally, psychologically, spiritually(maybe?)' So instead of saying Drugs are bad 'Physically, mentally, psychologically... is there a nice phrase ...
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Is it correct to say,“Please, tell me the picture where you can see…”?

Is it correct to use the word "tell" in a sentence "Please, tell me the picture where you can see (an object)"? The answer required is to say the letter of the picture in which that object is shown. ...
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Alternative expression/term to trivial use of 'OCD'

After being reproved for doing so myself on SO yesterday. I realized that over the last couple of years the meaning of the expression OCD, seems to have deflated. Up to the point where people(read I) ...
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Is it common to use the word “numb” to describe the after effect of being hit on the head?

Example: The bat hit me so hard it numbed me. The reason I ask is because I only get three results on Google. Is it common to use numb in a case like this (feeling dizzy after being hit with ...
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Can 'surgery' be a count noun in the sense of 'medical procedure'?

This is something that has bothered me for a long time. Several years ago a remember noticing in the media a shift from using "An operation" to "A surgery" when talking about someone who was ...
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I'm looking for a psychology term related to behavior motivation or inducement

Its a single word that essentially means motivation. There are both positive and negative versions of it like positive something - motivate by giving reward when someone does a good thing, or ...
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Does “moot” only apply to points?

I recently asserted on my blog that a distinction was moot. The sentence: Granted, the distinction between system and package manager maintained assets is moot on Linux distros, as they're all ...
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Does anthropomorphic make sense in this sentence?

I'm confused as to whether anthropomorphic is valid in this sentence. The definitions given to me were as follows: 1. Having human motivations 2. Ascribing human characteristics to inanimate objects ...
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Is using “wish” like this exclusive to India?

I'm talking about wish the verb in the following sense only: 1.1 [WITH TWO OBJECTS] Express a hope that (someone) enjoys (happiness or success): they wish her every success As we can see, ...
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Meaning difference when a word can be both a Noun and an Adjective

Does the meaning of "unknown" change depending on whether it is used as a noun or an adjective? The cause is still unknown. The cause is still an unknown. Although "unknown" is used as ...
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“unwilling” vs. “refuse”

Suppose Sam is a kind of person who always follows his own will when it comes to taking actions. In this case, are the two sentences below identical in meaning? Sam is refusing to make it ...
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Difference: prank vs mischief

It seems that the meaning of prank and mischief are same, which is chidlish trick The boy just wants to brew mischief The boy was playing a prank on us I want to know the difference between them? ...
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What is the best word or expression that describes the Hindi word “Jootha”? [duplicate]

Jootha is a Hindi word which means that the food, which actually belongs to me has been tasted by someone else, without my permission. In India this is considered as a taboo and states that the food ...
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Is the word “etymology” correct when looking for the origins of a phrase? [duplicate]

I wasn't sure, so I looked it up, and it would seem it's specific to single words. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/etymology 1.) the derivation of a word. Synonyms: word origin, word ...
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Use of “by” or “from” in company tagline [closed]

Which of the following would be the correct usage for a company tagline... Internet Marketing by Dave or... Internet Marketing from Dave
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Using the term “love” instead of zero in tennis; other countries say zero, not love [duplicate]

The Americans and other English speaking countries seem to be the only ones that use the term "love" for zero in scoring tennis.
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Synonyms for 'right in the'

What are some synonyms for right in the/at the? e.g. Get milk right at your doorstep. Watch movies right in your tablet. Or, alternatively, what are some synonyms for "itself"? e.g. ...
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Which is correct “can you get sick” or “can you get sickness”? [closed]

Get sick is the correct usage. But is the usage of "get sickness" also right? Similarly, people get tickled and also people can get ticklish? Like in the example: Maybe next year someone would get ...
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The difference between 'credit' and 'accredit'?

Both verbs seem to mean the same thing -- to attribute 'X' to Mr. 'Y'. On looking it up, I found: credit - publicly acknowledge a contributor's role in the production of (something published or ...
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“…words had been too many…”

Example: His words had been too many to fit into a notecard. (I'm using had been instead of were because it's a past-tense narrative. And the person is already dead.) What puzzles me is that ...
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Is “Modernist” the correct word usage here? [closed]

Can the term modernist, when describing literary work, be in fact used to reference poetry that was, but not is, modern?
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difference between consulting and consultancy [closed]

What is the difference between consulting and consultancy, if I want to talk about the activity of consultant? Should I say consulting services or consultancy services ? Many thanks in advance. FF
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Is there a word to describe a person who's addicted to downloading stuff from Internet?

Well, that is exactly what I am :). I just can't stop myself from downloading stuff (usually electronic articles, say, PDFs). To be more precise, whenever I come across something that I think might ...
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concede word usage [closed]

I never seem to remember the meaning of word 'concede' even though I looked up in a dictionary about ten times. So I decided to make up 5 sentences so the word finally sticks to me. Can someone please ...
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Using yodelling to express mocking

In german, it is possible to use 'yodelling (jodeln)' to describe an orator's tone when he is mocking someone in a derisive manner. Is this possible in english, too, or are there other, more suitable ...
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Please kill me or just shoot me now

Please kill me and (just) shoot me now are two common idiomatic colloquial expressions which are generally used to mean that you, metaphorically, would rather die than do something or to express the ...
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Correct way to introduce yourself [duplicate]

In an interview, what is the correct way to introduce yourself? Some use "myself" and their name, and some use "I'm ___." I'm confused about what I use. Please guide me.
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What is the scope of “co-” in English?

Is it right to refer to someone as a “co-chairwoman” if the other person doing the chairing is a man? Someone might say it is not, because the prefix “co-“ implies that two (or more) people share the ...
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“to-know-each-other” or “knowing-each-other”

We gave the new members a to-know-each-other break. We gave the new members a knowing-each-other break. What it means is: the boy came back to the break that was scheduled so that guests had ...
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Usage of 'attributable to' to describe a casual scenario

I am trying to express a state of accustoming of a person to a certain circumstance, due to the consumption of alcohol. By this time, he was somewhat accustomed to the situation, attributable to ...
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When adverbs like “sure” are used to mean the opposite of their typical meaning [closed]

Is there a term or phrase to describe the phenomenon in English where sometimes a statement is qualified with an adverb, which normally would make the claim stronger but native English speakers tend ...
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Is this statement incorrect? “I'm a former English major” [closed]

Is this statement incorrect? "I'm a former English major" Is "I'm an English major" a better way to say it? Isn't the fact that a person majored in English make the usage of the word "former" is ...
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Using sincerity to describe openness

Is the following a proper sentence? His sincerity concerning intimate issues made the old man increasingly uncomfortable I am not sure about using 'concerning' with sincerity
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Which one is right, “The text to search for must be typed in the …” or “The text to be searched must be typed in the …”?

Which one is right, "The text to search must be typed in the ..." or "The text to search for must be typed in the ..." or "The text to be searched must be typed in the ..." or "The text to be ...
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How to tell which -ing verbs you can use as a noun?

Example: I like Tom. He doesn't mind my drinking, my nagging, my dressing - I can completely be myself around him. I'm a little skeptical about this usage. Because even though I get some hits ...
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“Order Code” vs “Ordering Code”?

In short: What would be more appropriate for labelling the column header of a table listing products? In a table listing multiple products, what term would be more appropriate for labelling the ...
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Word for a large facility that produces and distributes baked goods

I am translating a document into English, and I need to find the word for a large facility that produces and distributes baked goods (wholesale, to distributors). Can I use the word "bakery"? To me, ...