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What is the word for the study of witches and witchcraft?

Is there an academic or scientific word to describe social or humanities studies focusing on witches and witchcraft? I expect it to be some something-o-logy? Compare with cryptozoology.
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What difference doe it make if I use be instead of become

Referring to this page http://www.springer.com/computer/computer+contacts?SGWID=0-40005-0-0-0 on the right panel it says: Be(come) an author. So what is the difference between be and become in this ...
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10 views

Tense in clauses and how tense operates in my head

Hello there~ I have a question and I am confused about it. So, help please~ Here is the question: (1)"I want to travel around so that I can write where I will go and what I will do in my blog." ...
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Etymology: Dutch Curry

I've heard of Continental's Dutch Curry and Rice Soup; and I've seen it mentioned hear and there... I'm soon to have it later tonight... But seriously, what makes a Dutch Curry... "Dutch"...? It's ...
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a nonrestrictive appositive with a restrictive clause

Jim's cousin, an olympic athlete, who lives in Boston did X. The nonrestrictive appositive "an olympic athlete" is combined with a restrictive clause "who lives in Boston." Since the comma ...
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23 views

Improving my English

Where can we use did not have to in sentence?
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16 views

When and How to use the term “hindsight”?

hindsight=understanding of a situation or event only after it has happened or developed. I heard many people (especially business people) use the term "hindsight", but I am not sure when to use it ...
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27 views

Is it Correct to use are or is?

is it correct: below are a request and a reminder for your guidance..? should I use are or is?
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Since the Latin for 'manus' is 'hand' - does that make 'mankind' a non-sexist expression? [on hold]

I heard the following view expressed today: Mankind is not a sexist expression, because it comes from the latin manus, which means hand, as in [genderless] means of action. Is this a false ...
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25 views

sink and sing…not rhyming but what is it called for rhyming the end of two words

What is the definition of reverse rhyming of words where the last few letters of two words are different rather than the beginning letters of two rhyming words. For example: cow, cop, coy, cot, con. ...
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Possessive + gerund + object pronoun

I'm reading The Great Gatsby and there's one part when Tom Buchanan is arguing by phone with George Wilson about a car, and Tom says the next: Very well, then, I won't sell you the car at all ... ...
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Relic as a verb: why the spelling relicing, reliced?

I just discovered the verb relic, meaning “to make something look worn” and used as far as I can tell only about guitars. I was surprised to see that its participles are pretty consistently spelled ...
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Meaning of the phrase: “get to the left of”

I was reading a newspaper article from WashingtonPost.com and saw the following phrase: get to the left of. “That’s what you do when you run for president,” said Rep. James P. Moran (D-Va.), a ...
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1answer
24 views

Is there a better way to structure a sentence with two separate points?

I have the following sentence: I improved the usability of the company's website and optimized the website's rendering speeds. Is there any way I can say this by using "company's website" only ...
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23 views

How did “just” take on so many adverbial meanings?

Just is a pretty useful adverb. It can carry several different meanings (with thanks to Dictionary.com and Merriam-Webster Online): very recently: I just finished the novel. exactly: That's ...
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45 views

Is this motto right grammatically?

Is this motto right grammatically? I feel that the second line might be a bit odd. In life, consistency. In work, perfection. Does in work actually mean what it's supposed to mean here, i.e. in ...
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0answers
17 views

Difference between “hypothesis” and “first principle” [on hold]

What is the difference between a "hypothesis" and a "first principle"? Additionally, what is the meaning of this quote from Roger Cotes in the preface of Newton's Principia - "Those who assume ...
3
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1answer
56 views

How do dictionaries cope with new meanings of words? [on hold]

Scientists are working on every aspect of our lives and find out different information which is sometimes contradictory to the previous information or definitions. Or sometimes there are some ...
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88 views

Source for tracing evolution of specific polysemes, e.g. “catamaran”?

Does anyone know a dictionary (or other resource) that traces the etymologies of words in such detail as to show how two, three ... different meanings may have come to apply to a given word? This ...
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39 views

How to comment on somebody's clothes? [on hold]

Is it correct to say e.g. "I like your way of wearing" or "the way you wear looks perfect"? Is it politely? Is it in use or not? Thank you for your suggestions in advance.
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1answer
28 views

Where should I put “available”? [duplicate]

I am writing this sentence: There are many fruits available, including apples, bananas, oranges, to choose from. I am confused where I should put "available". Which of the following is correct? (1) ...
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1answer
51 views

Why are religious texts (“The” Bible, “The” Torah, “The” Qu'ran) preceded by “The”?

Although English is my first and only language, I've always wondered why religious texts are preceded by "the", although they really can just be seen as pieces of literature (I'd rather not get into ...
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2answers
100 views

What do you call a house with a yard?

Is there a word in English, no matter from which origin e.g. French, Latin, etc., to describe a house that has a yard area? Or do we just have to say house/home with a yard? Update: By house, I mean ...
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30 views

Confusing plural/singular nouns

I come across this paragraph from a webpage: It seems ill-conceived to relegate decision and choices about arts funding to a handful of bureaucrats, who are likely to decide based ...
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2answers
35 views

“As does” grammar question [on hold]

He does not like reading, as does me. Is this sentence grammatically correct, and if it is, does it mean that I like or do not like reading?
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1answer
67 views

How is the word “Cactaceae” pronounced?

I was wondering how the word Cactaceae, which is the botanical taxon for the Cactus family, is pronounced. I searched for "Cactaceae pronunciation" and found the following pronunciations: ...
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2answers
55 views

Word meaning unable to empathize because of hindsight

A few years ago, I heard a word that I now don't remember. It seems to be related to the "curse of knowledge" -- being unable to see things from the perspective of people with less knowledge. The ...
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2answers
448 views

T-shirt says “Get out of my …” (help me read the last word)

I do not understand the last word. Can someone write it in plain text?
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2answers
30 views

Is “to drape a medal” correct usage?

I am trying to describe the act of an official attaching a medal to a recipient's clothing (chest) during an awards ceremony. Is "to drape a medal" the correct usage? I don't think "to pin a medal" ...
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1answer
40 views

Is there a tool to find words that are related to multiple input words?

I'm looking for a similar tool to thesaurus.com, but one where you can enter multiple words. For example, I'm looking for a word that describes something between match and race. Or one that captures ...
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1answer
60 views

Native English speakers vocabulary

I was wondering, how many English words does an educated native English speaker know? I speak English as a second language and since the first year of my undergraduate, I have been learning new ...
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21 views

Definite articles

Are definite article (i.e, the) necessary for the following sentence? "There is enough practice for quizzes in classes before quizzes". Thank you very much.
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63 views

Winter is gone and spring is come [duplicate]

I understand "He is gone" or "Winter is gone" is the common usage. But is "She is come" or "Spring is come" as common?
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1answer
37 views

“All the more so” - correct use:

Is this sentence correct: "If this was true fifty years ago, it must be all the more so in modern times" Did I use the expression "all the more so" correctly in this sentence? Thanks
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3answers
254 views

Is “will open 1st quarter 2015” grammatically correct?

A lot of signs in the Hong Kong MTR writes: xxx Station will open 1st quarter of 2015 Is this actually grammatically correct?
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24 views

Enhance Vocabulary [on hold]

Hello Can anyone tell me the book/vedio links or texts to enhance my english vocabulary.I know english so do not require begineer lessons. I want to find sources where evry word is explained with ...
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28 views

What does “at X’s disposition” mean?

What is the meaning of the phrase “at their/his/her disposition”? For example: He left the apartment at the old’s man disposition. Please explain with a few examples.
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1answer
49 views

Cloud nine Vs. Dante's Inferno!

I looked for the expression to be on cloud nine on Etymonline; it is stated 'of uncertain origin or significance'. My question is could there be a connection between the origin of cloud nine and ...
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2answers
81 views

What’s the verb for discontinuing a call on a mobile phone?

What is the correct term for stopping a conversation on a mobile phone? In the old days we used to put the phone down when we were done talking. Do we now put the mobile down instead of putting the ...
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When did corruption, bribery, easy money start to be associated with rot, decay -hence death in English? [on hold]

E.g. the expressions the rotten boroughs or pocket boroughs used in 19th century Britain to refer to undemocratic practices in the electoral system back then. Also, I'm looking for similar ...
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1answer
27 views

Where I should put a comma in this sentence? [on hold]

where I should put a comma in this sentence? Thank you for inspiring us to be a better servant of God.
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1answer
24 views

Can the comma be used after the word or? [on hold]

Which of the following is correct? The glory is gone. Or, is it? The glory is gone; or is it?
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1answer
38 views

Why does “raptor” not contain an apostrophe?

Why is the word raptor not written as 'raptor when used as the abbreviated name for velociraptor?
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1answer
23 views

Statement grammar problem [on hold]

" I found this when I sweep my room. " Any grammatical mistakes in this statement?
3
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2answers
107 views

Newton's first law, unless + past participle

I was reading Newton's first law: An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced ...
2
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2answers
50 views

“Year olds” or “year-olds”

I am writing about some leadership stuff, and I am trying to say that I am leading the 14-15 year old boys. How do I correctly use year-olds as in, "I was the adviser to the 14-15 year-olds." Thanks ...
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1answer
31 views

can 'just do 8' instead of 'just do it' ? in daily usage, something like '4' instead of 'for'

In daily usage, if 'just do 8' can instead of 'just do it', I mean if other people read the it will feeling weird, the situation similar to '4' instead of 'for' But in my case, the 8 & it will be ...
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1answer
39 views

What does the world Hella means? [on hold]

I have heard this word many times on movies but I could barely understand the meaning. does anyone here know the meaning? thanks!
2
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0answers
21 views

Allophones of /ə/

In (non-rhotic) British English there seem to be two major allophones of the phoneme /ə/. The first which can be heard in potato, career or the weak form of from as an [ə]. However, there's also a ...
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3answers
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Word for “the little chores” in life

I'm looking for a noun which roughly means "the little chores" in life, something similar to mundane tasks (such as fetching groceries, doing the laundry, etc), but a bit more generic than "errand". ...

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