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Why say 'chai tea'?

The Hindi word for tea (the drink) is chai. In India, this is the primary kind of tea (also, Hindi isn’t spoken throughout India); so, IndE speakers say “I’ll have some tea” rather than “I'll have ...
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Alternative expression/term to trivial use of 'OCD'

After being reproved for doing so myself on SO yesterday. I realized that over the last couple of years the meaning of the expression OCD, seems to have deflated. Up to the point where people(read I) ...
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“parentheses” vs “parenthesis” [closed]

What is the difference between "parentheses" and "parenthesis"?
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Is “coin” still used to mean “money”?

To clarify, I'm NOT talking about money solely in form of metal coins. (As in: I then proceeded carefully to count out the entire 14 pounds 78 pence in coin - Oxford). I'm talking about using 'coin' ...
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What does 'closing the distance between' mean?

In the larger context: The poet showed how bad war is. Therefore, closing the distance between the audiences views and the reality of war itself
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A quote from The Lord of The flies [duplicate]

There's a sentence within a novel that I don't understand. Can you break it down for me? The boy with fair hair lowered himself down the last few feet of rock and began to pick his way toward ...
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Usage of 'out of' at the beginning of a sentence

Is it possible to use 'out of' in the sense of 'from among' at the beginning of a sentence? Would the examples below sound grammatical and natural with use of 'out of'in this sense? This story ...
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Obama's use of “bemused”

I generally see the definition of "bemused" to be synonymous with "confused" or "puzzled", and that it is wrong to use it as a synonym of "amused". However I tend to see it used — as Obama did ...
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Take a Crap. Yet, Nobody Brings It With Them [on hold]

My thought is that because it is an irreversible act, one takes it. As in "[maverick] I had the shot and it took it. [viper] And broke a major rule of engagement." Why take?
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“States Party to” or “State Parties to” or “States parties to”?

When discussing a treaty or international agreement, which is correct? "There are 100 states party to the treaty." (for example, as used here) Or: "There are 100 state parties to the treaty." (for ...
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Who needs a haircut?

Haircut is a relatively recent term, considering that Romans began to cut the hair about A.U.C. 454, when Ticinius Maenas introduced Barbers from Sicily: (Etymonline) also hair-cut, 1887, "act ...
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is it correct to say it is must for everyone to attend the meeting tomorrow [on hold]

Is it correct to say It is must for everyone to attend the meeting tomorrow
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What does Antichronic mean? [on hold]

I recently came across a word "Anachronous" meaning something which is "out of (from ana) time (from chronos)". Usage eg: A person is wearing an 18th century dress to a 21st century formal ...
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What is the difference between Philanthropy and Philanthropism?

In a the context of a paper, there's a paragraph-title: "Philanthropism in American culture", I'm in general only familiar with the word philanthropy, hence I'm not sure what an appropriate title ...
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“Directly” in the meaning of “As soon as”

I've just read my first James Bond novel, Casino Royale. In it, I have found several instances of the word "directly" being used in a way I am not familiar with. It appears to have the meaning "when" ...
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Why use the word “copy” in “do you copy that”?

I notice "do you copy that?" is used in movies to ask for confirmation in telephone/interphone conversation. I only know copy means make things duplicated, so why use it in "do you copy that"? Is ...
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Can I use the word “grabbable”?

I intend to describe something possible to be held by hand. I want to use the word in this fragment: Flat 3-dimensions and grabbable 2-dimensions. I'm trying to express in my paper that the ...
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Is using “wish” like this exclusive to India?

I'm talking about wish the verb in the following sense only: 1.1 [WITH TWO OBJECTS] Express a hope that (someone) enjoys (happiness or success): they wish her every success As we can see, ...
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welcome baby party vs baby shower party

could you please tell me what the difference between baby shower and welcome baby party is? And is there a party that American families throw after the baby get born?
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Would and Could [duplicate]

In a formal agreement, we can place one of these two sentences: He would do sth. He could do sth. What we want is that if the person, He, wants and is willing to "do sth," he is able to do that ...
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Is there an online etymology dictionary more comprehensive/detailed than Etymonline? [migrated]

Douglas Harper, creator of Etymonline, considers himself an amateur linguist and warns ... if you're a professional linguist or a serious student of linguistics, you shouldn't be doing your ...
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Another way of saying 'Physically, mentally, psychologically, spiritually(maybe?)'

Is there Another way of saying 'Physically, mentally, psychologically, spiritually(maybe?)' So instead of saying Drugs are bad 'Physically, mentally, psychologically... is there a nice phrase ...
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Using “Whether” or “Whether or not”

I read the information about using whether or whether or not on your web site; however, I am still not certain about making the choice. Could you please tell me the specific rules for using whether ...
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Is it common to use the word “numb” to describe the after effect of being hit on the head?

Example: The bat hit me so hard it numbed me. The reason I ask is because I only get three results on Google. Is it common to use numb in a case like this (feeling dizzy after being hit with ...
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Please kill me or just shoot me now

Please kill me and (just) shoot me now are two common idiomatic colloquial expressions which are generally used to mean that you, metaphorically, would rather die than do something or to express the ...
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Is it correct to say,“Please, tell me the picture where you can see…”?

Is it correct to use the word "tell" in a sentence "Please, tell me the picture where you can see (an object)"? The answer required is to say the letter of the picture in which that object is shown. ...
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Does anthropomorphic make sense in this sentence?

I'm confused as to whether anthropomorphic is valid in this sentence. The definitions given to me were as follows: 1. Having human motivations 2. Ascribing human characteristics to inanimate objects ...
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Can 'surgery' be a count noun in the sense of 'medical procedure'?

This is something that has bothered me for a long time. Several years ago a remember noticing in the media a shift from using "An operation" to "A surgery" when talking about someone who was ...
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I'm looking for a psychology term related to behavior motivation or inducement

Its a single word that essentially means motivation. There are both positive and negative versions of it like positive something - motivate by giving reward when someone does a good thing, or ...
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Does “moot” only apply to points?

I recently asserted on my blog that a distinction was moot. The sentence: Granted, the distinction between system and package manager maintained assets is moot on Linux distros, as they're all ...
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Is the word “etymology” correct when looking for the origins of a phrase? [duplicate]

I wasn't sure, so I looked it up, and it would seem it's specific to single words. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/etymology 1.) the derivation of a word. Synonyms: word origin, word ...
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Using the term “love” instead of zero in tennis; other countries say zero, not love [duplicate]

The Americans and other English speaking countries seem to be the only ones that use the term "love" for zero in scoring tennis.
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“Details on” or “Details about”? Use in technical writing

I'm writing a technical text about the information in a report, dealing with telecommunication procedures. I want to highlight that the information field I'm referring to doesn't provide any ...
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Do we use 'competent' to indicate the person or body responsible for something?

EU texts often refer to the 'competent body', 'competent department or 'competent official', meaning the body, department or official that is responsible for the activity in question. For example: ...
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The meaning of: “Why don't you just beat it?”

I would like to know what does this phrase means: "Why don't you just beat it?" My dictionary says only that: beat it: get lost Can you beat it? : Do you get it?
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Meaning difference when a word can be both a Noun and an Adjective

Does the meaning of "unknown" change depending on whether it is used as a noun or an adjective? The cause is still unknown. The cause is still an unknown. Although "unknown" is used as ...
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What is the best word or expression that describes the Hindi word “Jootha”? [duplicate]

Jootha is a Hindi word which means that the food, which actually belongs to me has been tasted by someone else, without my permission. In India this is considered as a taboo and states that the food ...
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“unwilling” vs. “refuse”

Suppose Sam is a kind of person who always follows his own will when it comes to taking actions. In this case, are the two sentences below identical in meaning? Sam is refusing to make it ...
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Is there a word to describe a person who's addicted to downloading stuff from Internet?

Well, that is exactly what I am :). I just can't stop myself from downloading stuff (usually electronic articles, say, PDFs). To be more precise, whenever I come across something that I think might ...
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Can 'repeat' be an adjective?

I was sure the word 'repeat' could be an adjective; for example, the phrase "repeat performance" describes a performance that is repeated. To my surprise, however, the Random House dictionary and ...
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Is it sarcastic or ironic?

I am calling this person something that is the exact opposite for what he actually is. I call this person "traditional" using a sort of ironic(?) address because he is in fact a modernist reformer ...
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Is “indifferent of” correct in this sentence? Is it ever correct? Should I replace it with something?

Is "indifferent of" correct in this sentence? Is it ever correct? Should I replace "of" with something? "In regards to hacking, do you approve, disapprove, or are you indifferent of the practice?" ...
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Difference: prank vs mischief

It seems that the meaning of prank and mischief are same, which is chidlish trick The boy just wants to brew mischief The boy was playing a prank on us I want to know the difference between them? ...
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Am I using “namesake” correctly?

I am writing an essay about (among other things) Gutenberg's printing press and Project Gutenberg. I want to say something along the lines of "Gutenberg's press was so popular that current things are ...
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Proper pronunciation of ordinal numbers?

Ok, so these few are easy: 1st (first) 2nd (second) 3rd (third) 4th (fourth) ...... And all other ordinal numbers ending in 1, 2 or 3 have their respective values, except ...
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Synonyms for 'right in the'

What are some synonyms for right in the/at the? e.g. Get milk right at your doorstep. Watch movies right in your tablet. Or, alternatively, what are some synonyms for "itself"? e.g. ...
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Use of “by” or “from” in company tagline [closed]

Which of the following would be the correct usage for a company tagline... Internet Marketing by Dave or... Internet Marketing from Dave
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Which is correct “can you get sick” or “can you get sickness”? [closed]

Get sick is the correct usage. But is the usage of "get sickness" also right? Similarly, people get tickled and also people can get ticklish? Like in the example: Maybe next year someone would get ...
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The difference between 'credit' and 'accredit'?

Both verbs seem to mean the same thing -- to attribute 'X' to Mr. 'Y'. On looking it up, I found: credit - publicly acknowledge a contributor's role in the production of (something published or ...
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Is “Modernist” the correct word usage here? [closed]

Can the term modernist, when describing literary work, be in fact used to reference poetry that was, but not is, modern?