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Explain something: anything [closed]

Any seems synonymous with some in some examples, such as "Is anyone home?". And any seems synonymous with every in some examples below, and definitely not in others. On the internet I encountered a ...
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“Communiqué”? English?

Is the word "Communiqué" an English word? It originated from French but does it have mainstream English usage? I have used it in my scholarship essay for an English writing course - Well I intend to ...
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What does “honking” mean in this context?

Joel Spolsky: We started with Stack Overflow, a Q&A site for programmers about programming questions. StackExchange is an attempt to bring that same technology to other fields besides ...
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conceived of as vs. conceived as

When I want to write that some something has been "taken to mean" or "understood" or "interpreted as" XYZ, I sometimes use the phrase "to conceive of something as XYZ, where XYZ usually is a longer ...
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Etymology of “Feeding the dragon”

I have heard the phrase "feeding the dragon" used to describe pouring time, resources, and energy into a situation that is self-perpetuating, caught in a positive feedback loop with negative ...
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Can we use “eat / bite” metaphorically in place of “accuse / slam”?

Time magazine (May 27) reported that Mrs. Obama accused House Republicans of their weakening school nutritional standards at White House meeting with school leaders and experts. I was drawn to the ...
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Polite swearing words? [closed]

I hate to swear, i.e to say "fuck you" or whatsoever of those words. However sometimes I get angry and I wish there are words that could be a polite replacement for those swearing. I wish there's a ...
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A person who can read lines of “hand”? [closed]

A person who can read lines of "hand" ? Is there a word of such a person. As far as I am concerned there is that I am missing?
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What is opposite of “Love”? [closed]

In a argument with my friend who lost her love, I came across her experience of life and what she said is : Opposite of love is NOT Hate. why, Because in love people have feeling and think about ...
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Usage of 'USED TO' : part 2.different than existing question [duplicate]

Another question about used to does exist here. But this question is slightly different. It concerns with two types. Which is more appropriate? First, doing or do? Second, were or did? Which of ...
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Term used for a quantum or package of medication

Whats the best term to describe how medication is counted? For instance, "these pills come in 12 per pack 24 per pack or 100 per pack". I'm trying name a column for a database, and I'm trying to ...
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Can the term “G-Man” be used to describe a Government official who is not an FBI agent?

Earlier today I was doing Merl Reagle's crossword and one of the clues was "Fraud fighting Fed." The answer turned out to be "T-Man," being short for "Treasury Man." So, this got me thinking... ...
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How can I properly reword: “This particular ”X“ is not unique in this regard.”

Editing an essay, I recently found myself stuck trying to rewrite the sentence: "This particular journal publication is not unique in this regard." It "sounds wrong" to use the word "this" twice in ...
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Can “mode” be used as “mean” and “median” are?

It'd be normal to hear sentences like these: The mean ticket price for the concert was $56.50. The median ticket price for the concert was $61. But what about: The mode ticket price for ...
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Kvetch - Meaning

I was just reading a book (The Help) and came across a usage of "kvetch" that didn't quite fit with how I thought it was used. A publisher is talking about a person's writing style and comments that ...
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“the above” is correct, “the below” is not?

I have often read "None of the above" at the end of multiple-choice questions (and I guess this is shorthand for "None of the above items"). Recently, in answering a help center email with my answer ...
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Is there a gender-neutral pronoun? [duplicate]

I've noticed a tendency in recent technical literature to use feminine pronouns, instead of the more traditional masculine. For example one might write she [the user] enters her password. It's not ...
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Explaining the structure of a thesis

The following sentence, and in particular the bold part, has no entry in google. Does it sound natural to native speakers? The work in this thesis is organised around three research themes of ...
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Is “humbleness” a word? [closed]

I am curious if "humbleness" is a word that can be used in place of the word "humility." Example usage: A certain amount of humbleness is necessary to fit in with the office environment.
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Alternative ways of saying “hope life is treating you well”

In a letter to an acquaintance, what's the best way to express literally hope that everything is good at their end? "I trust you are well" sounds a bit too formal?
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What is a “small minority”?

I can see this being argued either way. 1% is a small minority because 1% is a small number. 49% is a small minority because, albeit a minority, it is only barely.
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Sprung or unsprung trap?

When a trap is set up to be active, is it "sprung" or "unsprung"? I'm confused by the ambiguity of the verb "spring". That is, a trap that is set up and active could be "sprung" in the sense that a ...
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Orc vs Ork: What's the difference?

I'm hoping for clarification on some fantasy-based terminology. I've read a number of websites that refer both to "orcs" and"orks", occasionally in the same sentence! Previously, I had only ever seen ...
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Can I say “Intake energy into the grid”?

My UK translator always talk about sold energy to the "electric grid" but I need to describe the energy that is put in the grid from a generator (paid or not) Now I'm also using "InakenEnergy" as a ...
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Connexion pronunciation & verb

Connexion is the original and variant spelling of "connection", common until at least the 19th century, and still occasionally used in British English (it was the house style of The Times of London ...
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Is this grammatically correct: “It has happened for a while now.”

If not, why? I think it sounds awkward but I cannot be sure it's incorrect.
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“To be assigned to” usage question

Many years ago I translated a document and wrote "he was assigned to an operation" (context: hospital operation, the assignee is undergoing one). An English professor who volunteered to copyedit my ...
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“Tiger eats who” or “tiger eats whom” [duplicate]

I have an answer to a question Tiger eats rabbit. What would be the question for this? Tiger eats who? Tiger eats whom? Which is correct among these two sentences?
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Is there such a thing as a reverse dictionary? [duplicate]

Is there any tool online that generally permits me to enter a phrase or idea and get back a word that means something similar? For example, if I were looking for a better word or phrase for arguing ...
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Asking for an estimate

Let’s say I am to remodel my kitchen and need a price estimate from a store. What are my options expressing this in writing, in a more formal way? Quote of tender, tender offer, bid?
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What are alternative terms/words for “cognitive dissonance?”

I grasp the meaning completely, I'm just looking for alternatives ways to express it.
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“I am from” vs. “I am with”

I want to say that I work for Company A or represent it. I see 2 ways to express this: I am from Company A I am with Company A Which way is correct one? What are other ways to say it? ...
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Say I wrote down 25 instead of 52 by accident. What is the right verb I can use here to specify what I did to these two digits? [closed]

I'm looking for a verb/some verbs here so I can say: I (verb) those two digits and that's why you read 25 here (instead of 52). I don't want to use "mix up" because I'd like to specify this "action" ...
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“flyer” vs “flier”… interchangable or totally different meanings/usage?

For announcements/advertisements on pieces of paper, I have seen it referred to as "flyer" and "flier". Are half of the people using the incorrect spelling or are these two words interchangeable like ...
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What are differences between “advice” and “advise”? [duplicate]

When we can use advice instead of advise? Can somebody help me?
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Is there such a phrase as “or else”? [closed]

I'm not a native English speaker so I'm not very sure. For example: She thought her boyfriend had settled with someone in the island, or else his plane had crashed in the middle of the Pacific ...
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Accustom vs accustomed? Which is proper usage here? [closed]

I'm using accustom in a sentence like so: Users are already familiar with YouTube and are accustom to its expansive music catalog. I'm wondering if this is an incorrect use of the word accustom. ...
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What are the differences between “assumption” and “presumption”?

I was told the following: A presumption is something you think is true before you know any facts about the matter. An assumption is something you think is true when you miss information, but ...
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May I use the word “miscreant” in my thesis? [closed]

I am writing my thesis. May I use the word miscreant to refer to people who create viruses to spread them on the Internet? Or is it a slang term that I must avoid?
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Use of “rather” instead of “whether”

I would like to correct what I see as a frequent mis-speak from a friend of mine, but I first want to make sure that I am not the one in error. I'd like to know whether the following use is ...
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Difference between may be and can be while replying to my superior officer

When I am telling my boss to do some thing which word is appropriate: You can close the purchase activity. or You may close the purchase activity.
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What is the vocative expression we can use to attract the attention of someone whose name or surname we don't know?

I was reading one of my old English Language books when I came across this: "Madame, Señora, Signora, etc, are foreign vocative expressions and they have no equivalent, in either ...
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“Gain in popularity” vs “Gain popularity”?

I've got the following sentence: These issues have allowed for alternatives, such as Spotify and Pandora, to gain in popularity. A friend expressed concern and believes that it would be more ...
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Incorrect expression “In that moment” [closed]

I was doing an exercise and I found this one: Correct one word in the incorrect expression "In that moment, the door opened" (the exercise highlights "In that moment" part). However, I think it is ...
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What is the word for an adult who is not mature?

What term can be used for an adult, especially a man, who is in his forties and still behaves like a teenager, shunning responsibilities typical of mature people, preferring to enjoy himself?
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Can “womenomics” be considered a neologism?

It is not the first time I come cross the term womenomics used to refer to a wider presence of women in the economic activities of a country. In this case it refers to Japan, a country where women ...
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Is “pronunciate” a word?

Is "pronunciate" a word? At first it doesn't seem to be, but why not? "Pronunciation" and "pronunciative" seem to be words, so it would seem natural that "pronunciate" would be. After Googling, I ...
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When should we use the word 'status quo'? [closed]

I know 'status quo' means the existing state of affairs, especially regarding social or political issues. When should we use the word 'status quo'? (Here is a related ELU question.)
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“are added” -or- “are being added”?

Basically, what I want to say is: "new pictures are constantly added", but I need to omit "constantly", so how would be grammatically correct to say this phrase meaning constantly: "new pictures are ...
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“Fewer resources” or “less resources”? [duplicate]

I was writing a document in Microsoft Word, and it flagged "less resources" as being ungrammatical and suggested "fewer resources". I did some research, and it appears that "fewer resources" seems to ...