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What does the term “kerplewy” mean?

What does the term mean and what is the best way to use it? And, I also wanted to know if there is any information about where it comes from. And by the way, how do we pronounce it?
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“Continuing” vs. “continued”

So, just a few minutes ago we had this question asking whether one could substitute ongoing availability with continuing availability and what the difference would be, if any. Apart from the question ...
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Do Americans use the term “garburator” or is there a better equivalent?

Is it obsolete to use the term garburator to refer to a garbage disposal unit in a kitchen? If it is, do we have a better term to replace it with? Also, what is the etymology of this word?
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Using the word “deadbeat” as an adjective

BBC quotes President Obama: America is "not a deadbeat nation", US President Barack Obama has said, as he warned Republicans unconditionally to approve a rise in the US debt ceiling. It appears ...
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“To consolidate cost”

Is it correct to use the expression "consolidate cost" when you add cost figures in a specific period of time? The context is a description of what a piece of code is doing: consolidate cost over ...
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“Sport” as an informal appellation

I was watching a film ostensibly set during the American Progressive Era (1900 to 1918 or so), in which two teenaged boys used the line "Ah, be a sport, Charlie!" That got me to thinking, was ...
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How to use the word “wagered”

In a game of slot machines, can you call a payline you bet on "a wagered payline"? I am not sure if it is the payline that is wagered, or my money are wagered on (upon?) this payline.
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Can “conceived” be used as “assumed”?

For example: Jack thinks he's responsible for killing his mother and thus for his uncle’s conceived hatred towards him. Here, I mean to say that Jack assumes his uncle hates him (of course, ...
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Question regarding the use of “rather than” [closed]

Can you please tell me whether the following sentence is correct? Would you improve it (for example using appropriate punctuation)? Hence several attempts have been made to cope with rather than ...
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Does the expression “web technologies” have a euphemistic/promotional character ?

In German, I sometimes come across the expression “Webtechnologien” as a direct adoption of “web technologies”, which usually relates to software, programming, web development. I've always found the ...
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On the usage of “epitomized”

Epitomized by right captainship, the ship reached safely to the harbor. I'm emphasizing the capabilities of the captain here. Is this correct usage?
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Is there a word like applicality? [closed]

I have seen the word applicality being used at some places but couldn’t find its meaning when I looked it up on the internet. Example usage: But because law doesn’t exist doesn’t mean it can’t be ...
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Is the usage of word, “Deck” as a package of paper limited to cards?

I felt nostalgic to find the word ‘copy deck’ in the latest EL& U question, “Is subcopy a word?”followed with the statement: “A copywriter just sent me over a copy deck that had the word ...
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Can you use “procure” to mean “think of”?

He procured a proper way to fix his relationship. He thought of a proper way to fix his relationship. Are those equivalent? Is the use of "procure" here unnatural and weird? Or does it work ...
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Is it common to use the word “commute” instead of “go” in conversation? [closed]

I talked to a Canadian person yesterday. She used the word "commute" instead of "go" or "get." For example, she said "I commute to work by car." and asked me "How do you commute to work?" It was a ...
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Is this an incorrect use of the word 'Synonymous'?

"Robespierre is synonymous with the Great Terror in the French Revolution". As far as I know, when things/words are synonymous with one another it's because they have a similar meaning. However, ...
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The usage of relationship [closed]

I want to express that the sleeping time has no much relationship with the activity and ... But the following sentence looks very strange. Please help me paraphrase this one: No absolute ...
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Is it appropriate to write RIP for expressing grief? [closed]

I came to this question after I saw a Facebook post about someone who passed away with everyone posting rip as a comment. Wikipedia tells me the following about the abbreviation of RIP: "Rest in ...
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Why does “corn” mean “maize” in American English?

I keep hearing "corn" as a synonym of "maize". This is widely popularized worldwide by popcorn. However, this is American English! In British English, "corn" can mean any type of "grain", especially ...
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Can supper and dinner be used interchangeably? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Lunch” vs. “dinner” vs. “supper” — times and meanings? Wikipedia states that the words supper and dinner can be used interchangeably. But I am not thoroughly convinced ...
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When to use “include” and “including”?

I know that include is a verb while including is a preposition but they made me confuse when it comes to their usage. I usually confuse when to use include with including. Most Thais like ...
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When is “place” used as “home”?

Today, while chatting, I just made a sentence: I want you at his place at 9. But I am not sure when to use place with the meaning, home, or work place? Is it correct usage? What will be the ...
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Difference between “improvisation” and “extempore” [closed]

What is the difference between improvisation¹ and extempore² and where should one use each of these terms?
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Are these terms considered uncivilized to native English speakers? [closed]

One of my friends is preparing to go to America for higher studies. So he needs some suggestions regarding proper language usage out there. He needs opinion on usage of slang words. I am posting the ...
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Can we use “liaison” casually?

Then there was the Mad Russian, who made her laugh and behaved impossibly badly and proposed to her daily. Some other shorter-lived liaisons, now forgotten. Then Henry. — William Nicholson, ...
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Usage of “isn’t it” in the sentence

Being a non-native speaker of English, I am less aware about the distinction between Asian and standard English. While conversing with my client, I came to realize that isn't it is used wrong in this ...
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Using the word “Phalanx” as a title [closed]

Is there a verb for phalanx? I searched online dictionaries, but I didn't find it. Can I use Phalanx as a title of my story? I am just wondering whether I should use a verb, or a noun for titles.
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What do students call their teacher in class? [closed]

Well, years ago I was an English teacher in an English Teaching Institute. In the country I live, students call their teachers by saying "Mr. Teacher" or "Teacher" (literally translated) in schools. ...
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Can less be used without any comparison?

Can I use "less" in sentences like this: 1 Why do we have so less number of students for this class? 2 My song collection is very less. "Small" sounds better in both examples, but I would ...
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Why do we say “I envy you your <something>”?

That construction has always bothered me. People will say it's because you envy a person not a thing, and that on the surface is okay, but then why isn't it I envy you for your thing, or because of ...
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Does “Smugness” imply “Having or showing low opinions of others”?

I have a little confusion whether "smugness" implies a "low opinion of others" in contrast to a "high opinion of oneself" I have consulted ODO and wiktionary; they showed the meaning of "Smugness" is ...
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Usage of “even if” [closed]

Could you please suggest me the usage of "even if" in the English sentence? For example, is the following statement correct grammatically? Even if this approach scale for a large number of ...
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Is “dispreferred” a mainstream word in English?

I just recently came across the word dispreferred in a linguistic document. I have never heard the word used before, rather I generally hear something like "preferred something else" in everyday ...
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Is it correct to use “but” as a positive connecting word?

I'm wondering if it is correct to use but as a positive connecting word. Below is a small example: ... is the perfect opportunity to improve my knowledge but also gain new experience with ... Is ...
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Alternative for “seats” in expressions such as “40% of the total seats are reserved for students of backward cast”

All of the leading educational institutes have 60% of their seats reserved for students of backward castes. It is a fairly common expression and a sad fact in India. What would be an alternative to ...
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“He knows his counterparts in each branch”

Can I use the word counterpart this way: He knows his counterparts in each branch. The context is that he works as the marketing manager in one of the company branches. And the counterparts ...
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Are there any alternative words that can be used to refer to a particular thing?

I usually write new words I learned or found on a website to help me remember them better. For example, I learned the word "holster" and I wrote "A holster is a thing used to cover a gun." This is ...
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Usage of the word “demise”

Is it appropriate to use demise in the following sentence: it is with deep sympathy that we announce the sad demise of ... It sounds archaic and I was not sure whether it was used correctly. How ...
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If someone thinks like you, can he or she be your 'alter ego'?

Wikipedia explains alter ego thus: An alter ego (Latin, "the other I") is a second self, which is believed to be distinct from a person's normal or original personality. A person who has an ...
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Can “lend” and “borrow” refer to money?

I'm not sure how to use the following words correctly in finance. Until now, I've used lend and borrow to represent acts that are relative to loans. Today, one of my friends told me that lend or ...
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Is the “Beltway Stop" a popular metaphor meaning a concurrence of events or things?

I'm interested in the phrase, “Beltway Stop in the Oscar Race” which is the title of an article appearing in December 21 New York Times. It comments on the concurrence of movies focused on the ...
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Using the word 'kind' for a category

I found on englishplus (accessed on 23 Dec 2012) that the phrase 'kind of animal' refers to a category of animal. If you are using an expression like kind of, sort of, type of, or variety of, ...
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Is the phrase “produces meaning” valid?

Please consider these sentences: The word X produces meaning Y The word X produces meaning Y in sentence Z Is "produces meaning" valid in that sentence? If so, which seems to be more valid ...
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Can we use “off-chance” in a scientific paper?

In an article that I'm writing, I would like to say that some special ideas are at a disadvantage concerning their consistency in producing results. In other words, we use those approaches in the hope ...
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What is a good word for the identifying characteristics of something?

For example, let us say we were conducting a study of facial features and we were comparing hair color, nose type and eye shape. Those three characteristics would identify something or someone. What ...
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Is is right using expressions like “before her coming here” in place of “before she came here”

I often use expression like these I came to this place before him getting here (rather than using before he got here). We were having a lot of fun before before her getting here (instead ...
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Right usage of word “Galvanize”?

Please consider below meaning of dictionary Galvanize: shock or excite (someone), typically into taking action What is the right usage of this word? Please consider below sentences A sudden ...
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In natural disasters: died or killed?

What is appropriate to use in cases of death in natural disasters: killed, or died? Lets say, I wanted to say, "Earth destroyed this morning, everyone [died|got killed] in a parallel universe." I am ...
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pride vs. proudness [closed]

Until yesterday I did not even know that the noun proudness exists. I always thought pride was the only possible noun for the adjective proud. Is there actually a difference between the two nouns ...
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Can “née” be used for entities other than people?

The qualification née is typically used to signify the name a woman previously had, most likely before her marriage. However, today I've seen it in a Spiegel article applied to a company name: ...