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Can we use “saccade” as a verb to describe eye movements

Saccade is the term to describe rapid eye movements. I just want to be sure that saccading could be used as a verb, or if not, which term would you recommend using?
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Is the usage of idiom, “get hold of the wrong end of the stick” situation specific?

I came across the idiom, “get hold of the wrong end of the stick” in the following sentence of the scene where Barry Calvert, an FBI agent tells his colleague, Mark Andrews about the statement of an ...
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“all the way down to” phrase with geographical locations

Is the following usage correct: I drove from Los Angeles all the way down to San Diego. given that San Diego is at the south of Los Angeles? Can it be used for geographical directions?
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Does the word “exgest” exist?

A colleague of mine found reference to the word "Exgest" in a contract. In context, this appeared to mean the opposite of the word "Ingest" which was used earlier in the contract. These words were ...
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Why do the British refer to things as 'posh'

Why do the British refer to something very smart, or people who are very well-off as being 'posh'?
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“Succeeded out of luck” and “Is out of luck” To be out of luck [closed]

I understand the usage, but "out of luck" itself I don't quite grasp. Where does it come from? I want to know the etymology of "out of" in the sense of not having.
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Is 'disinstruct' or 'de-instruct' legitimate usage?

When you engage a lawyer or an estate agent, for example, you instruct them. What is the most appropriate word to use when you decide you've had enough and want to get rid of them? There are several ...
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Do we “hear” our tears?

I was drawn to the expression, “How to make you hear our tears” in the following sentence of the comment written by Sonia Sanchez under the caption, “Remembering Brother Martin” as a part of special ...
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Use of the word “fit”

Is it as correct to say, "That closet will fit all my clothes" as it is to say, "All my clothes will fit in that closet"?
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Eager to know, synonym - What's he saying?

What are Jeeves' exact words at 13.31 in this episode?
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Use of word late

If Mr. Peter Smith has died, is it ok to use "Mrs. Peter Smith (late)" for his wife?
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word to describe a quote often attributed to but not verified to a person

I have seen this word many times but can't for the life of me able to remember. The word refers to a quote which is often attributed to someone but no one can verify whether the person actually said ...
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“He shot it” versus “he shot at it” [duplicate]

Is there a difference between these two, or is only one correct? I shoot him. I shoot at him. She will shoot you. She will shoot at you. How about these two? The plane shot missiles at the ...
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Is “irrespective of” interchangeable with “regardless of”?

If Kinsella were to go on a binge, he would drink his way down to the last penny of whatever money is available, irrespective of who it belongs to. (The killing frost. Thomas Hayden, 1991) I ...
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Can “so” and “thus” be used interchangeably?

Example: Although Karla had been in this area many times before, this was the first time she'd seen this coffee shop. So she decided to give it a try. Can I use thus instead of so in the ...
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Is the “went” in the following sentence redundant? [closed]

As Eri closed the laptop, her stomach started to growl. That's right. She hadn't eaten breakfast yet. She'd been so absorbed in the video that she had completely forgotten about it. Eri stood ...
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Can I use the term “ageographical” to refer to multinational corporations?

I came across the following sentence and checked it in the Corpus of Contemporary American English: Ideologues, be they left or right politically, are fundamentally ageographical. I know that ...
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What term has replaced the term “microcomputing” from 1986?

Why has the term "microcomputing" been used less and less since 1986-87 (ngram)? What term has replaced the term "microcomputing" since 1986?
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To be “glad of” or “glad about”? [closed]

I was wondering about the correct usage of the term "glad". It seems to me it can be used (at least) in two different ways: "to be glad of something" or "to be glad about something", indeed I found ...
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Can 'embellishing' be used adjectivally?

Can one use embellishing as an adjective? For example, “He gave an embellishing speech.”
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“Positive” synonyms for 'problem' or 'worst'

I need to find a positive synonym for 'problem' or 'worst' for some copy I am writing. The context is that these are ratings for student performance in a tabular format (as in, "problem topics: lorem ...
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Using “I had rather” instead of “I would rather”

While commuting to work, I encountered a bumper sticker that said "I had rather be on/Cape Point Fishing". I found this curious, since I always thought that the correct expression would be "I ...
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Can you refer to public venues as rooms?

For example can I say something like: "We were at the restaurant. Then Bill came with the birthday cake. Applause filled the room." If not, what's a better word to use?
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Difference between *splendid* and *splendiferous*

I just read a post where someone was using the adjective splendiferous and even remarked he would not use that word lightly. So I did a quick search and found that it has the same meaning as ...
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Is “cast the balance to some/someone's side” a standard usage or a figure of speech?

...this biass, though, perhaps, it may not appear in a few throws, will certainly prevail in a great number, and will cast the balance entirely to that side. (David Hume, Of the Rise and Progress ...
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The difference between “delimit” and “limit”

In an article I came across the following sentence: "To delimit the responsibility of the police means to delimit human reason" I was just wondering why did the author use "delimit" instead of "limit" ...
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Is the word “indeed” being properly used in the following passage?

Scene 1 Yuki laughed. "You know, sometimes I wonder if you live in the same city as the rest of us." Scene 2 "That's right," Takeshi suddenly said. "Did you feel the earthquake last ...
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Usage of the word concurrence

Is it correct to ask "Are we all in concurrence?" synonymously to "Are we all in agreement?"
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“visceral” vs “emotional”

What's is the difference in nuance between visceral (relating to deep inward feelings rather than to the intellect) and emotional? How do we decide when to use one over the other?
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Is 'lackness' a valid word? [closed]

Firstly, I'm not a native speaker. My question is about the word 'lackness'. I've heard it many times. Is it a valid word or do we use just 'lack'? For instance: "... lack of something..."?
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Smart used as expensive, why?

I sometimes see phrases like "smart hotel", "smart restaurant" (especially in guide books). From context I usually understand it as "expensive but worthy". Is it correct understanding? Why is word ...
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Time: Move “backwards” or “forwards”

Let us pay attention to the terms back and forward in the quote below. On the 4th of June they had the drill for independence day. But if you go back further you'd find that around mid-May, they ...
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What's the meaning of “as your concern allows”

What is the meaning of "as your concern allows" in this context: Keep in touch as your concerns allow. The above sentence was preceded by the sentence: We seem to be out of sync in reading ...
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Can I refer to a period of more than 24 hours as “my day”?

Can I use "my day" to refer to a period of more than 24 hours? Let's say I worked non-stop for 30 hours, could I refer to this period as "my day"? From a dictionary, the only two usages I was able to ...
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Can an affirmation be negative?

I'm angry. I'm not angry. Are both (1) and (2) affirmations? I ask because Merriam-Webster defines affirmation as 'a positive assertion', so this make me confused as to whether (2), ...
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Is an areligious person secular?

An areligious person is one who is: unconcerned with or indifferent to religious matters. A secular person is one who is: in the state of being separate from religion, or not being ...
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Meaning of “he answered zip”

Someone who is not a native English speaker wrote this in an email to me. I didn't get it clearly in the beginning, so I just asked for the meaning and he replied back he meant "he answered ...
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Viewpoint vs. Point of view

A student of mine has asked me if there is any difference, both in meaning and usage, between point of view and viewpoint. Now, according to the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, there is ...
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Past - past perfect [closed]

In what way do I represent the task which I did yesterday night? I want to know the usage differences between "Past" and "Past perfect" tenses Can anyone give me idea to clarify this? Last night, ...
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When we should use “freak out” & when “afraid”

What is the difference between freak out and afraid? When should we use freak out and when afraid? OED definition for freak out: (occas. without out): to undergo an intense emotional experience, ...
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What does this phrase mean?

You must not lament in conversation with your savior over the trifles of an average boy. what does it mean?
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You throw no low blows and rise above the rest

You throw no low blows and rise above the rest. What does it mean?
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“In appropriate time” or “In THE appropriate time”? [closed]

Which one is correct ? I mean should we use "THE" between "in" and "appropriate" or not ?
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“Drove to the main road,” or “drove off to the main road?”

After helping with the dishes, Eri swung her purse on her shoulder and said goodbye to her mother, promising she'll come back to see her soon. Keys in hand, her dad led Eri to the car, and then ...
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Use of “approximately” [closed]

Is approximately used correctly in the following sentence? Our congregation is comprised of approximately sixty to eighty different ethnic and cultural groups.
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What does “post-production” mean? [closed]

Pudget Systems has a computer called Genesis: A cutting edge, highly reliable workstation optimized for post-production and design. What exactly does post-production mean in this sentence?
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What's the difference between nauseous and nauseated?

I read an article about the difference between nauseous and nauseated: It seems the article at last indicate that both nauseous and nauseated can mean the state of wanting to vomit. Is that true? ...
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'logical errors' or 'logistical errors'?

I am reading a novel which has lots of those lol, where some of the events do not make sense at all. Should I call them logical errors? or logistical errors?
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Are effect and affect related to efferent and afferent?

In my work I occasionally write about neurons. A common description of the relationship between two populations of neurons is to describe one as being "afferent" or "efferent" with respect to another. ...
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difference between “to share in” and “to share”

The following is part of a Washington Post article of today. This may be Obama’s military intervention, but if she is a candidate in 2016, Clinton could share in whatever credit or blame the ...