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What's the word usage frequency of the word “zit”?

I have never heard anyone except my parents use the word zit. Everyone else I know uses pimple.
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a large number of/ large numbers of, What's the difference?

Tests are hard to solve for **remarkable number** of users. Checking the similar usage of such expression, I thinks there is something wrong with the sentence. What's the best and correct? a ...
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Back story, back-story, or backstory?

I've been looking through a number of grammar and editing blogs, not to mention during a Google search, trying to find the correct way to write what back story/back-story/backstory. These are the only ...
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Comprehensive subject?

I was baffled to find this in the introduction to a textbook: We hope that readers will find this text offering them a useful introduction to and a basic treatment of [...], as well as preparing ...
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What is/are the origin/s of the use of “to end” to mean “to kill a person”?

Last night on two shows that I usually watch back-to-back on Tuesdays (NCIS and its spinoff set in New Orleans), the verb “end” was used in a way that seemed to mean “kill” (terminate/do away ...
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expanding vocabulary

So there's this sentence I want to say and don't know how but definitely want to use different words. Wha I am basically trying to see is that now days ujust don't know what to expect or what can you ...
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What mistake is made when words are incorrectly split into two different words, changing the meaning?

Is there a terminology for when correct English words that are made up of other English words are incorrectly split to use the shorter words out of context? Examples of the error I am trying to ...
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Connonations of the word “inclusive” [on hold]

Can the word "inclusive" come to mean "exclusive"? Can it connote that one is in control of who can be included?
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Is 'crewing' only about seamen?

Is 'crewing' mainly about seamen or can it also be used as a general synonym of staffing, hiring, recruiting, employing, etc? I want to use it in a sentence like 'the art of crewing' or 'crewing art' ...
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Why do we “peel” the skin of a vegetable, but “skin” the skin of an animal? [on hold]

As above, it sounds wrong to "skin a potato" and "peel an animal"
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I waited for “a third of an hour”

There are many instances in Google Books of this expression which sounds very unfamiliar to me: Crystal wanted to work on her Science project for three-quarters of an hour. She only worked ...
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Grammaticality of “if X then A. Otherwise if Y B”

I am explaining something that has the following structure if written in computer language: if X A else B However the condition X is quite subtle, and because of this I want to recall it when ...
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Can something be “vapid of” something?

The United States Department of Agriculture defines “food deserts” as “parts of the country vapid of fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthful whole foods, usually found in impoverished areas” ...
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Figurative use of “address”

Can the word "address" be used figuratively, to mean a place that people turn to (for help, advice, etc.). If not – what would be a better word for this connotation? Thanks! EDIT: I'm looking for ...
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Proper way to say one 1.5 times more?

Temperature was very low, but now...? Temperature has risen in a half as much again Temperature has risen in one and a half times Temperature has risen by half Or... I don't know.
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Usage of word “yet” [on hold]

I remember that the word "yet" was invariably used with a "not" in my living memory in sentences like, "Haven't you reached there yet?" and, "Has he not finished yet?". But now I have noticed that ...
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Is it sarcastic or ironic?

I am calling this person something that is the exact opposite for what he actually is. I call this person "traditional" using a sort of ironic(?) address because he is in fact a modernist reformer ...
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Is there a word 'kablan' or 'koblan' in English with the meaning of “accomplice”? [on hold]

Is there a word 'kablan' or 'koblan' in English with the meaning of “accomplice”? Perhaps an old word, not currently as extensively used anymore? I've heard a very significant person in Jerusalem, ...
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Is “Next to that” really an alternative to “Additionally” or “Moreover”?

I see many of my compatriots use the phrase "Next to that" at the start of a sentence to mean "Additionally", "Moreover", "Furthermore" or "In addition". The reason for this, I feel, may be that the ...
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What's the term for using the wrong word because it sounds the same?

I was reading about various terms for incorrect words, but they didn't seem to fit. I saw a post where someone said "what do you like to do when you're board?". That kind of thing. Also, would that ...
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Is it policy holder or policyholder?

I work in insurance where we refer to our customers as policyholders (one word); however, I always thought it was two. Can anyone enlighten me?
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How do we use the words 'electric' and 'electrical' correctly? [duplicate]

These two words are used differently as shown below: Electric engineering (incorrect✖) Electrical engineering (correct✓) Electrical lamp (incorrect✖) Electric lamp (correct✓) And sometimes, they're ...
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Usage of 'plethorically'

My question is: Can the word plethorically be used in situations in which it would describe characteristics or qualities one would apply to biotic entities (humans)? Is it acceptable to use ...
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Use of the word “Informed” [closed]

Is this the correct way to use the word informed? Ms. Holzinger and a friend informed that they had been driving to the casino on Interstate 74.
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Is there a difference between a TV and a TV set?

Why can a one-piece TV be called a "TV set" if a TV is a single item?
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Afternoon OR in the afternoon

Usually we say like : I came in the morning, We are going in the evening, It happened at night etc. If something happens around 12.00 PM, then we can also say: I had lunch at noon. But I have heard ...
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Proper use of the verb 'eclipse'

I need help settling a debate regarding the correct usage of the verb eclipse. The headline in question is (slightly paraphrased): Runner Completes 2mi Run; Eclipses 12m Result Now, let's ...
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Does one ride or drive a motorcycle? [duplicate]

Which one is correct? I ride a motorcycle. I drive a motorcycle.
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What's the difference between e.g. “room 5” and “number 5”?

Is it correct to use the word ‘number’ meaning "hotel room'? Thanks in advance.
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Can I use 'slew' in a formal essay? [closed]

In a formal essay, can the phrase He had a slew of mental and physical illnesses be used?
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How do I reword this sentence as an effective description for a resume? [closed]

I took over the bookkeeping for a small company after they had been methodically robbed (over the course of a year) by their previous bookkeeper. How do I word this in a manner appropriate for use on ...
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Use of 'a pair': Which of the following two sentences is correct? [on hold]

Bracketing commas are a pair of commas that are used to mention an interruption in the sentence that gives additional information about the context of the sentence. Bracketing commas is a pair of ...
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What is meant by the phrases “no one is making you do …” or “you have to do” something? [on hold]

Is it tautology that no one (except yourself) is making you do something? What I mean is (as far as I know) mind control does not exist. There for is the phrase "no one is making you [insert action or ...
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Usage of the word “refuse”

I have a question regarding the proper usage of the word "refuse" Let's say someone made a request to me, and my desire is to grant the request to the person. However let's assume that I am unable to ...
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“At peak” without implying it'll never improve again?

If something is currently at it's highest state ever achieved (so the right-most point on a graph would be the highest point) I have a tendency to want to say that it's "at its peak", but as far as I ...
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Does 'lure' have a negative connotation

I'm looking for a name for my website which has the purpose of attracting people. I stumble across the word 'lure'. But I was wondering if the verb 'lure' has a negative connotation. Can any native ...
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Any kind of + plural word [duplicate]

I have a question about any kind of. Results can be applied to any kinds of drawing or texturing applications In the sentence above, should I use any kind of applications or any kinds of ...
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Gerund Separate Words

My friend and I have been debating if adding 'ing' to a word makes it its own word. We said Webster would be the final answer for the debate. A search on Webster though brought back the root word as ...
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Using the word “guess” in a scientific paper [closed]

I wonder if one can use the word guess in a scientific paper in the following context: "... to provide the best guess on answer response time ..." Would the usage of prediction or estimate be more ...
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Usage of “difference” and “discrepancy” [closed]

For quite a long time I have been using these two words interchangeably without thinking of their difference, even if it is slight. So can someone differentiate the former from the latter, please?
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Word for a sudden flow of ideas? Is 'brainwave' good enough?

Imagine you are thinking about a problem you need to solve, nothing's coming to mind, and all of a sudden you get a dozen different ideas at once. Is there a word that expresses this sudden flow of ...
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“States Party to” or “State Parties to” or “States parties to”?

When discussing a treaty or international agreement, which is correct? "There are 100 states party to the treaty." (for example, as used here) Or: "There are 100 state parties to the treaty." (for ...
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Does the word “validator” exist?

Microsoft Word said it didn't exist and the online Oxford, Cambridge and Merriam dictionaries do not bring it up. Google Translator does translate it into portuguese, but I'm afraid it was a ...
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What is the difference in usage between “sports meet” and “sports meeting”?

In the past I had only heard the term "sports meet" and I assume it is American English. Recently, though, I have heard some English language learners call it "sports meeting." Is that British ...
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Using “Whether” or “Whether or not”

I read the information about using whether or whether or not on your web site; however, I am still not certain about making the choice. Could you please tell me the specific rules for using whether ...
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Word meaning “someone who does all the work” [closed]

Is there a word for someone who does all of the work? Or for the person who is exploited when someone else steals the credit?
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Can we use patient as a verb?

Patienter is verb in French for to be patient. Why can't we have a verb too. It should be pronounced as in French - peshi-ent. Sentence: Could you please patient another week for your payment?
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Is the use of the positive anymore considered correct?

While the word anymore is usually a negative context, the positive anymore is a well-documented phenomenon. I found this surprising, because I had never come across the positive anymore in a ...
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“Sorry excuse for a” VS “Sorry excuse of a”? [closed]

Which of the two is the correct sentence: You are a sorry excuse of a magician OR You are a sorry excuse for a magician If both applies, then what is the difference between the two and when should ...
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Can unthinking entities be “informed” in the sense of “being provided with information”?

In scientific papers, I read something along the lines of the following at times: Our results on banana transmogrifation may inform studies on apple transmogrification. Given the context, I am ...