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If a ship sinks, what does an airship do?

We were having a discussion at work about airships (zeppelins, blimps, etc.) and someone spoke about them sinking when they crash. Someone else said they can't sink because it's not descending through ...
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Prof. John Dalton, “daltonism” and “color blindness”

Daltonism is a term coined after the English chemist John Dalton (1766–1844), who had the condition and did early research into: the inability or defective ability to perceive or distinguish ...
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Opposite of Overhear or Evesdrop? [on hold]

Overhear is Listening intentionally to a conversation. What is it to Listening unintentionally to a conversation.
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More Largeness is Larger, More Smallness is Smaller, More “Medium-ness” is?

Another single word choice here; this one is along the lines of magnitude, e.g., good, better, best. In this case, I'm describing more largeness as "larger," and more smallness as "smaller." The ...
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a large number of/ large numbers of, What's the difference?

Tests are hard to solve for large number of users. Checking the similar usage of such expression, I think there is something wrong with the sentence. What's the best and correct? a large number OR ...
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Metaphorically Speaking [on hold]

I want to hold a party. I would like to let my patrons know that it's BYO (bring your own), but, I'm not allowed to mention BYO on the invitation. How could I articulate that? What word/s could I use ...
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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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Dove down vs Dove

He laid down four sticks beside this hole, and dove down into the river with one stick. From "Folk-tales of Salishan and Sahaptin tribes" by F. Boas Is the second "down" redundant here? From ...
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10 degree(s) length, length of 10 degrees?

In my paper, I want to describe the length of a interval of 10 degrees. But what is the correct way to say it? 10 degrees length 10 degrees span 10 degrees' length length of 10 degrees ... The ...
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Would an “affector” be appropriate for an event driver?

I'm trying to come up with a better word to describe a "driver" or "conditional"; basically, the name of an object or event which is a trigger for something else. Would it be appropriate to say that ...
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“freeze somebody out (of something)” and “freeze out somebody (of something)” and “freeze out (of something) somebody”?

Just want to understand how to use this structure freeze somebody <--> out (of something): (informal) to be deliberately unfriendly to somebody, creating difficulties, etc. in order to stop or ...
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What's a word for someone being a tease or playful? [on hold]

Is there a "clean" (non-sexual) word for someone who acts all playful and provocative just so they can get your attention and your compliments? I guess coquettish comes close, but its meaning seems ...
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“What ever happened to” versus “Whatever happened to”?

I recently asked Whatever happened to (some noun from the past)? But then wondered if I should have preferred to split whatever into two words: What ever happened to (some noun from the ...
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Is there a technical name, grammatically, for the use of “it” in a non-specific way?

A year or more ago, someone on this website used a word which I cannot now recall. He or she used the word to describe how the word it is often used in a non-specific way and with no clear referent. ...
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Correct meaning name for record label [on hold]

I wonder on name for my record label. I wanna to name my music record label by country name (Germany or Japan for exemple). I would like to name it in way: "It's German/Japanese music record label ...
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Use of That-clause with Certain Nouns

Can 'rule' be followed by a that-clause like 'possibility'? Are both of the following sentences correct: There is a possibility that life exists on other planets. There is a rule that people take ...
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Question on word-usage: synergetic, synergistic, or synergy

In environmental psychology there is a specific cumulative effect which has been referred to in literature as: synergetic effect E.g.: Potential synergetic effects between local road traffic ...
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Noun to refer what I understand [on hold]

Somebody mailed me something, and now I want to confirm if I understand him correctly or not. Hence, which of the following sentences is correct? "To make your recent answer clear for myself, could ...
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Does “intimate” = “imply + infer”? Or just “hint at”?

I'm not clear on how intimate (in verb form) is perceived. Until I looked it up, I never would have believed (never seen) it used with inanimate objects as subject...I thought to intimate something ...
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If I was or If I were - what to use

I am a student who is studying software engineering and I have a big dream to become a world class developer in upcoming few years. I am planning to start a blog related to software engineering and I ...
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what's the difference between overrun and infest

( Our kitchen is overrun with cockroaches - The barn was infested with rat ) what's the difference between overrun and infest in those examples and if they mean the same which one is more used in ...
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what are the alternative phrases to express “My leg muscles are mildly sore after jogging”? [on hold]

"sore" is a kind of pain related. Other related words, achy or aching may also similarly mean a pain. After jogging or long hiking, however, many people have an experience in feeling discomfort in ...
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Same day vs Same date

Which is correct. same day last year or same day last year. can we use same day/date instead? eg:we went to the place the same day last year
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How can a person chime? [on hold]

I'd be glad if anyone can explain to me the usage of "chime" in the context of a person saying something. How does that come out if chiming means the sound of a bell? For instance: 'Well' Lisa ...
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Weekend/Weekends [migrated]

I would be very happy if you help me to make clear some difficulties in using 'weekend'! What is the difference between a weekend, the weekend, weekends (can we say the weekends?)
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The difference between Related and Relating [on hold]

I would be very happy if you can explain me the difference between related and relating?
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Looking for a word describing the act of a person passing an access machine that does not imply if it is an entry or exit [on hold]

I am translating a computer program interface that deals with granting access to places and records entries and exits of employees. I need to find a word that describes the act of an employee using an ...
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Does 'to prove' necessitate truth?

If I prove something, does it have to be true? I can structure the question more convolutedly: Does successfully proving something depend on the credulity of the audience, or the truth of the ...
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Usage of Too… to [closed]

In school, I learned too... to... as an expression, like I am too tired to stand or It is too early to sleep. But sometimes I want to say something like I think 30 days on trip is good, it is not ...
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Correct use of the word “legible”

I am of the understanding the term applies only to physical text (print or handwriting). Or at the very least applies only to that which you can see. Not what you can hear. Is this the correct use of ...
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Is 'verbiage' still considered to be insulting?

All the references I'm finding says that 'verbiage' is used when trying to insult a work or person for being too wordy. My experience with the word (by my own usage and the usage of others around me) ...
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'Prevaricate' as a synonym for 'vacillate'

There's a lot of motivation here. It boils down to a two-part question: is the usage of 'prevarication' as a synonym for 'vacillation' common, acceptable, and/or preferable; and is there any reason ...
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Incidences vs incidents

I will analyze the number of incidents of traffic accidents which occurred last year. I will analyze the incidences of traffic accidents which occurred last year. Are these sentences using the ...
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Is it ok to use fraught in a sentence without saying what the thing is fraught with?

Ex. is it ok to say such and such is fraught. Full stop? In a case where the context makes it clear what its fraught with?
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Can 'residential context' be used interchangeably with 'domestic context'?

I know that when I am referring to a home, I can refer to it using the words - in a residential/domestic context... Is it the same for different places of stay like hostels, old age homes, refugee ...
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What is a word for something that you desperately want and/or craved for, but NEVER GOT?

Take this situation; Everyone was given ice cream at the birthday party, except for Todd. After Todd got home, he felt very disheartened that he never got the chance to taste the ice-cream there. He ...
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Is there a rule that backs up the different uses of prepositions “in” vs “at”? [closed]

Can someone tell me how to differentiate the use of prepositions "in" and "at". So far I can only say there are no rules for this matter...
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Can one observe an absence of something?

It seems to me that because there is an absence of something, it should be impossible to observe it. Therefore, if I wanted to say This is supported by the experimentally observed absence of... ...
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Articles before percentages earned?

When writing about grades, does the percentage need an article? "Jenny earned an 87% in the AP Psychology course." Or just "Jenny earned 87% in the AP Psychology course." My thinking is, you would use ...
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Is there any difference between “was always doing something” & “would always do something”? [migrated]

This is an very interesting grammar point. I just want to know how native speakers think about this. The Past Continuous with words such as "always" or "constantly" expresses the idea that something ...
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Is it correct to use “git” as verb?

I know that the word git is used for describing an unpleasant person. Also Git is a name of a version control system which is quite popular among software developers. I thought this word did not ...
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One word for one who accepts advice?

I want a word for a person who accepts advice of others. Basically, I am reading a play and in that there is a ruler who accepts the wise advice of others. What word can be used to describe such a ...
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When to use close vs closest? [closed]

The sentence would read "Select a center close to the user..." or "Select a center closest to the user..." I prefer the first because it reads better to me but I would like to see what others think.
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Is having sex a hobby? [closed]

Wiktionary defines a hobby as An activity that one enjoys doing in one's spare time. Other dictionaries tend to have similar definitions. Viewpoint 1 Some people believe that the word hobby ...
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Using the word "hypothetical' conditionally

Allow me to explain my question. So 'hypothetical', according to Merriam-Webster, is defined as follows: : involving or based on a suggested idea or theory : involving or based on a hypothesis :...
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Linking words doubt

Is the following sentence correct? Can I use both linking words separated only with a comma? Additionally, although the quality is...
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Meaning of “available soon” (from a test item)

stackexchange! I've been referring to this site for a while now and have finally decided to join you all. This is a semantics and use question about the phrase "available soon" that appeared as part ...
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Is it “chalk it up to” or “chock it up to”?

Grammarist & Our beloved StackExchange both say that the phrase "Chalk it up to" dates back to, among other things, debts being tallied on a chalkboard. However, when I hear the phrase "chock it ...
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Difference between undoubtably and undoubtedly? [closed]

These two words are often used interchangeably, but I don't believe their meaning is identical. I think I generally know how to use them in context, but could someone explain what he difference is ...