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What is meant by 'intestinal fortitude'? 'ovariological fortitude'? [duplicate]

Is a good example of 'intestinal fortitude' when someone faces his/her fair share of adversity and bounces back from it? Or when a boxer is repeatedly pummeled and knocked down in a fight, and he ...
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Why do we use the word “oops”, if something goes wrong?

Why do we use the word oops in a sentence or when communicating with others, if something goes wrong? I would like to know the correct information regarding this question.
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“This cake, what is my favorite, makes me happy”

Lately I have heard many people using what in place of which in adjectival phrases: This cake, what is my favorite, makes me happy. This cake, which is my favorite, makes me happy. Is ...
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Can a female proprietor be called as “proprietor”?

I know the female version of proprietor can be called as proprietress or proprietrix. But I want to know whether a female proprietor can also be called a proprietor? Or does proprietor only indicate ...
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Is all use of illegal drugs abuse?

"abuse" is often defined as improper usage. When speaking about an illegal drug, it seems impossible to properly use it (I mean here recreational consumption, not specially licensed medical or ...
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What does it mean when someone says “Would you please indulge me for a couple of minutes?”? [closed]

What does it mean when someone says "Would you please indulge me for a couple of minutes?"? The context in which I heard it makes it seem self-evident, but I may be wrong. Somebody was talking to ...
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Which one is right “Comment” or “Comments”

On webpages ( in contact-us forms and comment boxes ) plural and singular for of comment and comment/comments are variably used. 1) Add a comment 2) Submit comment 3) Post comments etc On ...
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Is `composability` a proper word in English?

Is composability a proper word in English ? Suppose I have a set of elements and can compose them to create different structures. May I call this property of the set "composability" ?
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Show I use “lay,” “laid,” or “lain” in the following passage? [closed]

The ground was ice-cold, no hint of anyone having lay/laid/lain there at all. Which one is the correct option?
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Would this qualify as “racism” or would it be called something else? [duplicate]

I was listening to an Aboriginal women speak about indigenous rights and the government. She made a few references juxtaposing Christianity and their beliefs. For example, it is perverse and ...
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Is it wrong to use “genocide” as a verb?

Just so you people don't think of me as a monster. I ask this question because recently I was playing NetHack and there is a magic scroll that allows you to genocide a species of monsters (usually ...
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In what context would I use the word “availabilities”?

In what context would I use the word “availabilities”? I believe it is a valid English word, in how could it be used? Many thanks
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What is meant by “the fifth estate”?

I've found several definitions that seem to be incompatible From http://www.thefreedictionary.com/fifth+estate A class or group in society other than the nobility, the clergy, the middle ...
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What is the adjective corresponding to Venus?

What is the correct adjective corresponding to the noun Venus?
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Feminine equivalent of “priapic”

For a male, if you are enumerating your sexual conquests, you might refer to it as your priapic conquests: The pirates joined on deck and exchanged stories on their own priapic conquests. Is ...
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The use of “though”

I'd like to know why the use of though in this sentence is wrong. Besides this he just gives money to the man and lets him walk away though of his bad injuries.
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What does Chris Christie is “350 pounds of toast” mean?

Maureen Dowd quoted Bill Maher’s description of Chris Christie as “350 pounds of toast,” in her article titled, “Christie puts the gloves on” in New York Times (February 22): “I tend to agree with ...
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“Half” for unequal divisions

A topic came up today concerning the usage of the word "half". I was describing a separation of labour into two obviously unequal groups. A colleague corrected me, saying that the word "half" ...
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Is “orientate” a word? Does it matter where you are when using it? [duplicate]

Is orientate a word and if so how is it different than orient? I found this definition of it says "Generally considered an error in American English." does this mean it is not wrong for British ...
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Can “about” and “around” be used interchangeably in some cases?

Example: He paced about/around the room. Can those words be used interchangeably? If that's the case, which one is more common?
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What is the difference between “Employment” and “Job”?

I cannot understand the differences between the nouns (they both seem to mean "work"). For example: when we hire an employee, we have to define payroll and benefits for them. So which word better ...
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'Hope' vs. 'wish' in unlikely situations

Although 'hope' and 'wish' have many different uses, I've seen the basic difference often summarized as: 'wish' is for imaginary, unlikely or impossible things, whereas 'hope' is for more likely or ...
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How to use namely correctly

Is this a correct use of namely: We will investigate two different research questions: 1. Is there a correlation between age and income? 2. Does university education lead to higher income? ...
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Does “nattering” have a negative connotation?

I hear people saying that they're "having a natter" with their friends, or 'If you want to have a natter about starting a project, give me a call!'. On different websites there are different ...
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Did they “ask” or “pose” a question?

I am currently in the process of writing a paper in computer science and I wanted to know if I solved a question posed by those guys or asked by them. When should I use "posed a question" and when ...
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“I'm to arrange the meeting”

The principal told me to arrange a meeting. Which of the following (if either) is correct, and why? The principal says I'm to arrange the meeting. The principal says to me to arrange the ...
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Is “They won't tell me where is the office” correct? [duplicate]

Which sentence is correct? They won't tell me where is the office. They won't tell me where the office is.
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Can I say “disbursal of information”? Can one disburse anything other than money or assets?

So, as the title says: Can I refer to the disbursal of abstract things like information? Should I? If I were to write "the disbursal of information" to imply that people were being tightfisted with ...
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Agreement of articles and prepositions

Which of the following sentences would you consider most acceptable, and why? Please assume knowledge of the difference between the definite and indefinite articles here and that they are used ...
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Difference between “The car is” and “The car is blue” in the word “is”

I, being a native English speaker, and having snoozed through some of my grammar lessons in elementary school, sometimes cannot express differences that I feel exist in certain grammatical constructs. ...
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Do you say “I have gone diving before” or “I have been diving before”?

Which is correct and common expression, "I have gone diving" or "I have been diving" "Have you ever gone diving?" or "Have you ever been diving?" As for skating, snowboarding, snorkeling and ...
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Are “the fact of the matter” and “as a matter of fact” the same?

For a long time, I had only known the phrase "matter of fact" to be used in "as a matter of fact..." However, for quite a few days, I have also been hearing, "the fact of the matter is..." in news ...
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“Martyr To” vs “Martyr For”

This book specifies the difference as: martyr for something: smb. who is made to suffer severely for a cause martyr to something: smb. who is acutely inflicted by something Oxford ...
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'Blowback' with 'much'

Jawad Sukhanyar & Rod Nordland, In Prison Release, Signs of Karzai’s Rift With U.S. (NYT): The amount of people advocating for a long-term relationship with Afghanistan is pretty small in ...
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Is it correct to use the word “wrongdoing” in this sentence?

Is 'wrongdoing' used appropriately in this sentence? The wrongdoing of spying on students is not only in the boundaries of law, but it is also morally inappropriate.
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Need help simplyfying sentences containing economic information

I am not very knowledgeable about economics and am trying to reword these two sentences: In 1964 the CDC 6600 cost around $7 million USD, though some sources site prices of up to $10 million. ...
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Is there a word/term for a question where the asker knows he'll criticise any answer?

What do you call it when a person asks somebody a question when they know they'll criticise any answer regardless? For instance, a man asks you something like "If you were recruiting staff would you ...
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Assist or/vs Attend?

Is it correct to say: it's very important to assist to the meeting? Is it similar to say It's very important to attend the meeting? if not, in which context is the word "assist" used? I ...
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Is this expression correct: “It is A and B who [verb]”?

I have no problem with the following sentence: In this book, [it] is the father who tries to murder her However, what if I want to substitute a plural noun (or two names) for father? Are the ...
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Can I use “appearance” in this context?

I have found the phrase "How Many Times Does a Word Appear in the Bible". In an XML document I do not want to use the verb appear, but rather the corresponding noun. For Example: Appearance of ...
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One word for (have same size)

I am looking for a word that expresses same size characteristic. To be specific, we can say that "both DVD's are identical". However, identical might imply all characteristics resemblance. I am ...
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Is it correct to say “copious amount of”?

Which of the following are correct? I drink copious coffee I drink copious amounts of coffee I frequently hear people say #2 but it doesn't sound right to me (though "a myriad of X" doesn't ...
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Term for a body cast maker

What is the word used for a person who makes body casts? Is compounder a good word?
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Does “moonlighting” have a negative or neutral connotation?

We all agree that "moonlighting" denotes having a second job. However, Merriam-Webster and Oxford Advanced Learner's don't define it in exactly the same way. For example, Merriam-Webster attaches a ...
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Passive voice in this sentence

I am a bit confused about these sentences below. The word "encumbered" baffles me. "Encumbered" is usually used in passive sentences. I am not able to understand the agent in these following ...
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Using “on” before days or dates

I've noticed that on many American TV shows, the speakers generally don't use the word "on" before names of days or before dates. For example: I'll see you Monday. Shouldn't it be: I'll see you on ...
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Another meaning of the vulgar word “slut”

I guess people who speak American and Philippine English will unanimously agree that the word "slut" is a very offensive term referring to a promiscuous woman. However, Merriam-Webster and Oxford ...
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Is the verb “dose” used correctly in “an agent can be dosed into the tanks”?

Is this correct: For process stabilization an anti-foaming agent can be dosed into the tanks. I use "dose" because I want to emphasize that the amount of stuff put into the tank is carefully ...
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Why “would” instead of “will” in this sentence? Is it a rare use?

The goal for these negotiations is to reach a mutually-agreed long-term comprehensive solution that would ensure Iran's nuclear program will be exclusively peaceful. What does would imply here? ...
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Is the following usage of the word “suggest” correct/common?

Sharing the first hours of the day with someone suggests you want to spend the rest of your life with that person. Is it correct/common to use the word like this? Does it sound weird? If so, ...