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Is it OK to say something is “buried” in a webpage?

What's the most proper way to express that some elements in a webpage are very undiscoverable? Can "buried in the page" be understood by most people?
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In what context(s) can “said” (in the sense of “mentioned earlier”) be used?

For example, "The crime was committed at 7:42pm. The suspect was in the area at said time" or "I hereby give notice to end my tenancy at 1234 Fake Street. I will no longer be living at said address ...
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Who and whom usage in single-word-sentence

I know that if you say something with only one person—for example "Look over there, it's Jack"—the correct response is "who?" (short for "who is Jack?"), or at least I'm pretty sure this ...
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Can “information commons” be translated as information repository?

The reader may find some redundancy between the introductory section and the subsequent chapters on Locke, copyright protection, or the information commons in Section II and Section III. (Spinello,...
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Can the word “sigh” be positive?

The other day I sighed after finishing a wonderful piece of chocolate cake. My friend asked why I sighed. Rather puzzled, I explained that the piece of cake she had given me was amazingly delicious ...
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Usage of “wash" [closed]

I came across this line in something I was reading: The anger and tension washed out of his body. It feels a little iffy to me. Is the usage of ‘wash’ correct here? If it’s not, why?
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“look-up tables”, “look up tables” or “lookup tables”

Do you have any advice which version of "look-up tables" vs. "look up tables" vs. "lookup tables" I should be prefer (in a scientific context)? ...which leads me to a [follow-up/followup/follow ...
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What word is used to describe the movements of objects caused by Earthquake? [closed]

For example, there's a classroom and students notice the earthquake. The objects in the classroom will definitely ___________ because of this. The lecture stand ________ because of earthquake. ...
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Should I use the verb “class” or “classify”?

Which should I use, and what is the difference? The stages of sleep are classed as non-rapid eye movement (NREM) and rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. The stages of sleep are classified as non-...
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Why does law use “assigns” instead of “assignees”?

Assign is typically a verb. Only in legal writing do we see it used as a noun, meaning "the entity to which something is assigned," and usually as part of a "successors and assigns" clause. ...
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Can we use “fury” to refer to a large crowd? [closed]

Can we use "fury" to refer to a large crowd? As in this sentence: There was a fury of people around the crashed building after the bombardment.
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bigotry, with or without prejudice

Is prejudice required to be bigotry? big·ot·ry ˈbiɡətrē/ noun intolerance toward those who hold different opinions from oneself So, if you like having sex with little kids and in your '...
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What is the proper way of addressing a professor? [closed]

I am a graduate student. Some part of my master thesis requires me to contact a professor from another university. In the first email I addressed him as "Dear Professor Smith". He started his reply ...
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It is acceptable to say 'Good night, sir. Have you reserved a table?'

While I was flicking through English Vocabulary In Use, I came across this sentence 'Good night, sir. Have you reserved a table?' To my knowledge,'Good night' expresses good wishes on parting at ...
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Difference between “Discriminant”, “Discriminative” and “Discriminating”

Let us assume I am writing some technical CS stuff, and I want to talk about "features" of something that discriminate something else. Translating from my native language (French), I would use the ...
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Word describing a word ending with “-tion”

If it exists, what is a/the word describing a word ending with "-tion" (e.g. execution, exemption, perdition, definition, proposition, etc.)? "A word ending with '-tion' is called a(n) __."
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What is the word for “to do something one considers to be beneath oneself”?

I looked up this word before, and I got a definition which sounded something like "to do something one considers to be beneath oneself," but I can't remember exactly what the word was. I can think of ...
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Because as a preposition

Recently, I have seen discussions that state that "because" is always a preposition. Can someone shed light on this idea? Thank you. UPDATE: The question that prompted me to post this question: Is ...
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Can “going out” be used as a noun?

A girl says, "I'm going out mom." She gets angry and says, "Enough of your going outs." Is this correct? I mean the usage of "going outs" in this sentence.
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wrong usage of “cool” when compared to “cold”

Is it totally wrong to say "it is really cool outside" instead of saying "it is really cold outside"?
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A word/phrase to describe cooperation of scientists who lived in different times

Let's imagine that Scientist A works in some field but obviously they don't do everything from scratch but rather built upon past discoveries of, for example, Scientist B who lived 200 years before ...
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Differences and use cases of “net”, “network”, “mesh”, “grid”

What are the differences between net, network, mesh and grid? If I have a look at the OED entries, I have a feeling of rather a circular definition: mesh Material made of a network of wire or ...
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Use of “lever” in The Great Gatsby

I'm doing a line by line analysis of The Great Gatsby. In critical commentary, the scene at the end of chapter two is frequently cited as evidence that Nick Carraway is either homosexual or bisexual. ...
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“Hate best” or “hate worst”?

As I was listening to Homer's hate song to Ned Flanders on The Simpsons, a particular line made me wonder; can someone hate something (the) best? I've certainly heard "hate (the) most". Could ...
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Using little/low/big/large in a sentence

I was writing a term paper and got myself a bit confused with the use of 'little'/'low'/'big' etc. The sentence is: 'Although in smaller member countries, with fewer seats to distribute, the number ...
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The proper usage of 'compeer'; and is it a root word?

Compeer has a definition: A person of equal rank, status or ability What I am asking is what context is this word typically used? And equally important - is it valid to use the words compeering and ...
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Usage of “until after” vs. “until” vs. “till after” vs. “till”

India was a British colony. Britishers wrote several laws for India. One such law was the Registration Act, 1908. Section 25(1) of the Act says: If, owing to urgent necessity or unavoidable accident, ...
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“As per …” vs. “Per” [duplicate]

"As per" is phrase finding a common use in English writers and speakers in India. "Per" is perhaps the correct word that could be used instead. I use "per" only. But, people in India tend to find a ...
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Can a mathematical object “inherit” properties?

I have a mathematical object A and a mathematical object B, which is defined in terms of A. It is easy to see that B has some of the properites that A has. Can I say “B inherits the properties a, b ...
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A South African English teacher (Austrian descent) said we have to use “go back home”, not “come back home”? Is he right?

There is a South African English teacher (Austrian descent) said we have to use "go back home", not "come back home"? Is he right? I think South African English is different & maybe they have ...
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What is the difference between “No problem!” and “No sweat!”?

Is it possible to say "No sweat!" instead of "No problem!?
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Recycled Paper vs Recycled Wood

The verb "reclaim" means: Recover (material) for reuse; recycle: 'a sufficient weight of plastic could easily be reclaimed' The verb "recycle" means: Convert (waste) into reusable ...
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“in showers” to mean “in large quantity”

Is it idiomatic to say something like: She was screaming in showers I googled around for examples and couldn't find any but as long as the meaning is clear, it's good enough.
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What is Earth to Luna (the Moon)? [duplicate]

We say that Luna is Earth's moon. That's like looking at it from the Earth's perspective, or from a wider perspective. What is Earth to Luna from Luna's perspective? In an application I've been ...
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Using “since” instead of “because”

I want to use the word since as because, but I don't know if I can add the word 'then' after it. For example, is the sentence 'since we have A and B, then there is no need for you to get C' correct? ...
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“Scalp a Ticket” vs “Resell a Ticket”

The noun "Scalp" means (mainly): The skin covering the head, excluding the face: 'hair tonics will improve the condition of your hair and scalp' 1.1 [historical] The scalp with the ...
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Has already vs had already [closed]

Can someone please explain the difference between 'has already' and 'had already'?
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What does “fail successfully” mean? [closed]

From reading the words it sounds like teaching someone how to fail, however I hear people use it to motivate others to succeed!. So what does the expression "fail successfully" mean? Also, are there ...
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The Confusion Of Then And Than

In the last ten years I've noticed that many, many people write then instead of than (with a smaller amount occasionally using than instead of then). This seems a bigger problem than simply hitting ...
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Is “You are correct” correct? [closed]

It seems to me that "You are correct" means that the person in question is supposedly "correct" in their quiddity. "That is correct" or "You are right" seems a lot better. I also would like to know ...
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How did “lunatic” evolve to mean “crazy”?

I know what the word "lunatic" means and it has something to do with the "Moon" as the "Online Etymology Dictionary" explains: late 13c., "affected with periodic insanity, dependent on the ...
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How can the phrase “a tireless workaholic” be defined? [closed]

I want to heap praise on a person. He is a very hard-worker and works most of the time of a day. He takes a great workload and is always eager to take further workload. His tasks are quantitatively ...
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The phrase “I'm coming” has some strong sexual connotation [closed]

Is the following statement correct? “I'm coming” has some strong sexual connotation There are some guys who propose to avoid this phrase without destination. Usecase: a comment under Facebook ...
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“array with objects” or “array of objects”

I’m confused regarding the use of “with” and “of”. Should I use “array with objects” or “array of objects”? Why?
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What is the difference between “practical” and “practicable”?

I use both the terms practical and practicable frequently, both in a social and professional environment, but I'd like to check the validity of my usage. To me it seems that "practical" could readily ...
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Concerning the definition and usage of “Award”

I've looked up the definition of award on several different websites and it seems to have positive connotations. However, my friend and I are huge football fans, and disagree on the use of the word in ...
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“Open to” or “open on”?

You're in an elevator. Does the door open on the 4th floor or to the 4th floor? You're on the 4th floor waiting for the elevator. Does the door open on you or to you? I can go on with other ...
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Leave something vs. forget something

Can you forget something somewhere? I expect that much more common is I have left my book at home. But, based on other languages where it is quite common (and based on the fact that I somehow ...
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What's the difference between “retention” and “retainment”? [closed]

These two terms seem quite alike, and I wonder what's the difference between them.
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Proper yes/no answer to a question posed in negative form [duplicate]

Should the question, "Does anyone not understand this?" be answered yes or no, if one does understand?