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“unorthodox” vs “heterodox”

What's the difference between "unorthodox" and "heterodox"? The dictionary I use roughly states that "heterodox" means "not orthodox", and "unorthodox" means well, "not orthodox". Are they perfect ...
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What do you call someone who doesn't believe in “ghost”? [closed]

What do you call someone who doesn't believe in "ghost" neither in ghost stories ? web has it's answer as skeptics but that's not a dictionary answer. It is more or less conventional.
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Is 'gloomy sunlight' an oxymoron?

Is 'gloomy sunlight' an oxymoron? I don't see how its an oxymoron. I am not sure how else to phrase this question.
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When to use “pending” vs. “impending” [duplicate]

Although someone has previously answered a question as to the difference between "pending" and impending", I'm still struggling on when to use which word, and if one is preferred in a more formal ...
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Is starting an email with “Hi All, ” rude? [closed]

In my job, I need to interact with a bunch of senior, super senior and junior guys. One of the medium to interact with them is email. I need to send new updates, status reports, upcoming releases, ...
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What is the difference between “deployment” and “release”?

In work environment, we frequently encounter the words "deployment" and "release" in technical context. I often hear them used interchangeably also. It is mainly related to "Release and Deployment ...
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Can we use the word “initiative” as an adjective?

I'd like to ask if we can use the word initiative as an adjective. I have found it used that way, but there is no entry for initiative as an adjective in the Oxford Advanced Learners' Dictionary.
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Can we use “it” as a generic reference for a human being?

I was watching a Hollywood movie few days ago. In one scene the son says "See, Mama: it's Dad," using it for a human. Is that right? How? In another case, when one of my colleague was explaining some ...
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what do you call a person who repeats the same mistakes over and over again? [duplicate]

A single word for the person who repeats same mistake again and again.
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Claim a stake or stake a claim?

Which of the following is a correct usage? CLAIM A STAKE or STAKE A CLAIM I am highly confused about these two. How to use them in sentences? Though the first one appears to be correct to ...
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Can you “regret” someone else's action?

I have rarely heard regret used like this, and while it sounds wrong to me, the dictionary doesn't appear to preclude this usage. Dictionary.com: Regret 1. to feel sorrow or remorse for (an ...
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What does it mean when someone say “you have attitude”?

I've heard many people say He/she has attitude What they really mean is that the person has ego or something like that. I googled and find this Yahoo answer, which also suggest the same. Are ...
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Why is saying “cr@p” more socially acceptable than saying “sh!t” is?

I know shit is generally considered vulgar swearing in any context, while crap (though it's normally used as a swear word) is often used and allowed in decent contexts. How did this happen, since ...
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might thus be - correct usage? [duplicate]

A colleague and I had a quarrel about this sentence: This is a work in progress and might thus be incomplete, incorrect and subject to change. The word in question here is thus. He insists that ...
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What's your name? [duplicate]

My question may not be related with English language. It might be more of correct usage. Which one of the following is correct? Your name, please? or Your good name, please? // as if there is a ...
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Is “likes nothing less” or “likes nothing more” correct?

He likes nothing less than an extremely sophisticated life. He likes nothing more than an extremely sophisticated life. Both look meaningfully similar. In the first one, 'less' appears to ...
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Bleed *at* the arm or *from* the arm?

I have, to the best of my recollection, only ever used or heard: He was bleeding from the arm. ... but my student informs me that she learnt it as: He was bleeding at the arm. The latter ...
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Sherlock Uncovered: Steven Moffat Describes Andrew Scott's Portrayal of Moriarty as 'Coruscatingly Brilliant' [closed]

This is a word I never heard before. Steven Moffat, co-writer of the Sherlock Series describes Andrew Scott’s performance as Moriarty as giving “a coruscatingly brilliant performance”. It seemed right ...
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“one of a kind” idiom

This is an official practice question for the SAT Reasoning Test: Along the curve of islands known as the Florida Keys lies a reef of living coral, the only one of a kind in the continental United ...
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“Which do you like best?” or “Which do you like most?”

Is there any difference in usage between these two sentences? Which do you like best? Which do you like most? I've read there is a slight difference in usage - a subtlety - and ...
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Can we authenticate the claim that “grungy” was used to mean “envious or jealous” in 1920s slang?

A recent question on EL&U asks "Where did the 1920s slang word "grungy" (meaning "envious") originate, if the modern word "grungy" (meaning "dingy") ...
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Are “traditional comparisons” still in use?

When I was a student - and that was more years ago than I care to count - I learned quite a few idiomatic/traditional comparisons. Howver, I've never heard anyone use them ever since. I suppose they ...
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substitute for peripeteia

I was all set to release an album titled Peripeteia. I thought the word aesthetically sounded beautiful and the meaning, reversal of reality, "the moment the hero realizes all he believes is untrue" ...
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The right word for someone with a higher rank in military

What is a general word for someone in the military who has a higher rank than someone or a group of people ? For example someone can be a commander or captain, etc, but when an officer wants to ...
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Can “look” be transitive in the meaning “look at”?

For example: He examined the body indifferently, much like one would look a dead animal on a roadside. I would like to know if to look can be employed transitively like this. I'm sure I've read ...
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Can “respectively” be used with a single sequence if clear to what each item refers?

Typically, the word "respectively" is used to relate two sequences of identical lengths: ... expectation of finding two and three cats in the left and right room, respectively. Meaning, in this ...
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“transcend” in a negative context

Can transcend be used to imply a negative condition? For example, "an unappointed ruling elite that transcends both of the member groups." The implication would be that the elite group is comprised of ...
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Is “European Peninsula” a common name for Europe?

In this article, Europe was called the “European Peninsula”. Is that a common name for Europe? Here is the whole sentence from the article: We have seen that Ukraine’s fate is not yet settled, ...
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“handy” instead of “mobile phone” (non-Germans) [duplicate]

Does anybody (non-German) ever use the word handy instead of mobile-phone in English?
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Is the term “professional” justifiably reduced to “being paid to do something”?

I very often hear people call themselves professional at something they haven’t been doing long. On the rare occasions that I ask them how they feel able to qualify themselves as professional, the ...
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Is the word “Galapagos” transferable into adjective and verb to mean “outdated, fossilized” in English?

We have a word “Gala-kei-ガラ携” which is an abbreviation of “Galapagos (shortened as Gala” and “mobile phone (shortened as “Kei”) meaning outdated mobile phone as opposed to advanced smart-phones in ...
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Admits the following description

I have a question about the sentence "The evolution of a process admits the following description". I checked then the phrase "admits the following description" in Ngram Viewer and found no ...
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When to use unbeknown and unknown?

Recently, I've seen the word unbeknown, which was new to me. Is there any difference between unknown and unbeknown in meaning and/or usage?
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Is the word “comparator” widely used outside of IT and computing — say, in statistics?

I came across the word “comparator” in the report of International Monetary Fund under the title, “Can women save Japan?” (WP/12/248) co-authored by Chad Steinberg and Masao Nakane “Japan has FLP ...
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Is “panko” a common word?

I recently found the word panko in a dictionary. It is derived from the Japanese word "パン粉" and means bread crumbs. Is panko a common word in English? For example, can I ask supermarket staff "Where ...
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Usage of “acknowledge” [closed]

Is it acceptable to write "We acknowledge Dr. AAA for his useful advice" to express gratitude or appreciation?
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Adding “one” to an expression like “more than the average”

Is it necessary to add the word "one" in the following sentence? Mary was clearly not a typical child; she was more quiet and inexpressive than the average (one). Does that one belong there?
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Is the phrase “Corporate Daddy” getting currency, or is it just a one-off coinage?

I was attracted to the word of the headline, “The Corporate Daddy: Wal-Mart, Starbucks, and the fight against inequality” of an article in New York Times (June 19), which was written by Timothy Egan, ...
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appropriate usage of the word “Here”

Is it possible to begin a sentence with the word here? If so, can anyone please give an example? In a sentence like this one, is the use of here grammatically correct? Here, first we should know ...
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Is “Well-spokenness” a phrase in current use ?

I had never heard or read this before, but a job ad required "well-spokenness". The American Heritage Dictionary never even mentions "spokenness". Nor does the OED online. Although I think I ...
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Is the usage of “ma'am” in the Philippines correct?

In the Philippines, they use the honorific ma'am before a name, such as Ma'am Garcia or Ma'am Karen. I think this is incorrect use of the word ma'am, but I was told it is acceptable. Is this usage ...
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Scheduled Immediately?

scheduled (adjective) :: included in or arranged / planned according to a schedule. schedule :: 1. a plan of procedure, usually written, for a proposed objective, especially with ...
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lexy - definition

I have just encountered this word on a news entitled " 'Unfriend' or 'Defriend?' Facebook Fans Debate", and here is the sentence: "No, unfriend is definitely more lexy," wrote another commenter. ...
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Use of “that” when proceeded by people, proper nouns, or pronouns

"I admit that I am a student in college" I came across this sentence in an online post one day when a comment below it corrected the user, saying "that" should not be used when it is preceded by ...
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Use of 'ing' after to

"With our commitment to working towards finding alternatives for reducing environmental footprints....." or should it be ".... to work towards..." Got confused. Please guide me which one of these two ...
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Is “Both I and you fight for ourselves” correct?

Suppose two persons from different countries are talking with each other. How can I combine the following two sentences "I fight for myself. You fight for yourself." ... and make a single ...
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What does ranked two places below mean?

If a statement says "India is ranked two places below China" What place does India hold if China is ranked 1? Is it rank 3 or 4? Also, is there any difference between the following two sentences? ...
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Upvote vs. Vote up

On StackExchange sites I usually use upvote. Elsewhere - vote up. What is the better variant - upvote or vote up? Is it context-specific?
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Too many commas in Harry Potter

The Harry Potter and Philosopher's Stone starts with the line - "Mr and Mrs Dursely, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. " Hasn't J.k. ...
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Can “texting” include emails?

Texting is a word for sending a text message via the Short Message Service (SMS) and available in cell phone services now, distinguished from email. But I would like to know how strictly you use ...