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Word or phrase for someone accepting a story completely & unquestioningly

If someone accepts a version of a story completely, without questioning any part of it, they ..... what? I'm looking for a word or a phrase or a more elegant, eloquent way of saying it.
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43 views

The word “suck” - why is something widely desired considered a curse?

Why is "suck", which is widely understood to be a euphemism for fellatio, considered a derogatory accusation ("you suck") or characterization ("that movie sucked"), when fellatio itself is very much ...
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What does “There’s a few trees in here that it’s just kind of a ‘Where’s Waldo?’ if something happens.” mean?

Washington Post (August 2.) introduces a 390-year-old bonsai tree displayed in the Arboretum’s National Bonsai and Penjing Museum in Washington under the title, “This 390-year-old bonsai tree survived ...
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Non-pejorative word/phrase for “social justice warrior”

The term "social justice warrior" appears to have been coined as a pejorative term, and Urban Dictionary defines it thus: A pejorative term for an individual who repeatedly and vehemently ...
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25 views

What does it mean to say “The tie has got quite a lot”

Today, when I was making some tea for myself in the staff room, my colleague told me something that I didn't really understand. I would like to know what does this saying mean. I filled half my glass ...
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38 views

Is the “your” the appropriate “your”?

But then, I think, who could possibly come close to matching the dedication and personal commitment that you have brought to this school, your Alma Mater. You will probably be the last member of the ...
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1answer
30 views

Mentioning someone's name in 1-to-1 conversation

When only two interlocutors are communicating in a face-to-face or equivalent setup without the need to get the other's attention, there is no necessity to mention the other person's name. Yet ...
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How rude is “dude” in online writing?

In online writing, such as on StackExchange sites, using the word "dude" is most likely unnecessary (it's obvious to whom a comment is addressed, and there are @mentions). What connotation does "dude" ...
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What is the future simple tense of there is/are? [on hold]

What is the future simple tense of there is/are? Is there will correct?
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Phrase for a situation where a problem disappears when you are about to fix it, but reappears later

For example, the car mechanic can't replicate the problem you are having every day, but when you drive it off the service dept, there it is again. Or, when seeing the dentist, the tooth ache goes ...
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3answers
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Question about “the” article [duplicate]

Which one of each is correct? A1 - He asked a simple question about the use of articles. vs A2 - He asked a simple question about use of articles. B1 - All universities in Vancouver are amazing. ...
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Is it correct to say “work twice as hard than”?

The full sentence is: I worked at the very least twice as hard to close sales than back then [two months before]. If it's incorrect how do you say it then — "twice as hard as [at some specific ...
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What is the origin of “Here's How!”?

I own an antique store and found a canapé plate of a bar scene and two gentlemen toasting. The words under the scene are "Here's How!" What is the country of origin? This plate is dated 1933 from a ...
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1answer
34 views

Contracting I'd've for I would have [duplicate]

Is it acceptable to contract the phrase in the subject the way above (at least in a spoken English) without raising eyebrows?
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56 views

the meaning of: 1. 'hind f'omus 2. light'ud knots [on hold]

These are from Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman. I'm not sure, but i guess the first one (light'ud woods) is talking about a woman who can handle problems easily and is kinda independent. and for "'hind ...
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2answers
47 views

Word for someone who makes fun of others for a characteristic while himself or herself has it

What is called a person who makes fun of others for a characteristic while himself or herself has it. For example a short person who scorn someone for being short.
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Is it possible to say “we were better” meaning “we better” in the past tense?

I know that textbooks maintain that this phrase (even not exactly this, since it's the "incorrect" version of "we had better") should be used only in the present and future tenses but I wonder if it's ...
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1answer
20 views

Word or phrase for “to create again, but better”

Is there a word or phrase that means both to "re-create" and "improve"? I would like to say "___ our language", meaning to create a new lingua franca from scratch. The word should imply starting over ...
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I felt the (a?) sting of wounded pride

I'm uncertain about what article should I use in this sentence. On the one hand, I think it's a specific type of sting (that is, of wounded pride) but on the other hand, it's "one of possible" stings ...
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0answers
344 views

would you ask someone to drive safe or to drive safely? [duplicate]

When someone is going to drive their car somewhere, I always used to say "drive safely" to them. Recently I was told I should say "drive safe." Which is correct? So it's about when to use the word ...
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1answer
53 views

The difference between 'I love him' and 'I am in love with him'

What is the difference between 'being in love with' someone and 'loving' someone, as in these two sentences? I love him. I am in love with him.
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Personality trait in which the person's style is evident in all they do?

What is the term for the personality trait in which the person's style is evident in (bleeds into) all they do? There may be, for example, a particular style of handwriting, decoration, dress, ...
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3answers
61 views

Word to describe being grateful in an understated way?

I'm writing a letter asking for feedback from someone who is an expert on the topic. I would like to indicate that I am grateful for their input, and possibly how useful it is for me so as to praise ...
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0answers
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The choice of tenses (Present Perfect and ???)

What tense would you recommend using after "Has anything special ever happened to you when"? 1) Has anything special ever happened to you when you have worked? 2) Has anything special ever happened ...
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1answer
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“Re” prefix vs remote

My first post here, hello everyone. :) Feel free to suggest changes to this question. I was just wondering why is the word remote unlike the other words starting with “re” like replay, reply, ...
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“[all] over the world” vs “in the world”

Could one help me with good examples wich show what is the difference between "[all] over the world" and "in the world"? Thanks in advance. Upd: found some piece of info: ...
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Is their any difference between northern/north, eastern/east etc.?

If there is, what are some examples?
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1answer
69 views

What was the original pronunciation of 'Zounds'?

According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the exclamation 'Zounds!' comes from the phrase 'God's wounds'. This seems to suggest that the original pronunciation rhymed with 'wounds' rather than ...
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42 views

I have studied english language in london [on hold]

I regret opening up to certain people. it just bugs me knowing there's a few people out there who didn't even deserve to know me like that...
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Is there an adverb in English, meaning “with an interest”?

I would like to translate in English a Chinese phrase, whose literal meaning is "to do some action, led by an interest in some goal". On this account, I have been wondering whether there exists an ...
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48 views

Word to describe when, where or how privacy is kept, trust is maintained, and integrity matters

Here is a list of scenarios on why honest people would need privacy and anonymity. My marketing research tells me that the word "anonymity" is too closely related to hacking, and "privacy" reminds ...
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1answer
20 views

What does the phrase “it wouldn't take” mean in this context?

An episode of Seinfeld has the following dialogue: GEORGE: "What day is today? Oh... Tuesday! Damn it. I shouldn't have worked out today. Mr. Wilhem has called a big meeting and now I'm gonna ...
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Not as a Matter of Principle

I thought I understood something is "a matter of principle", but I can't figure out what "not as a matter of principle" in this context mean. Could anyone help explain it to me? It's from a novel I ...
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0answers
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A recent trend in pronouncing “the”

I have observed a recent trend to pronounce "the" as "thuh" even if it is followed by a vowel (as in "thuh evening.") Is this regional (I live in Alabama) or national? I think it's the latter. And ...
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Distance Between Modifiers [on hold]

everyone. Recently, I have been trying to improve my independent clauses. I'm not exactly sure how to describe the problem I've been having, but one of the main things I've been concentrating on is ...
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5answers
561 views

Word for the opposite of a target? [on hold]

I have an event database that links two people - the person causing the event and the person the event targets. The latter column I call "target", but I can't think of a word to describe the person ...
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1answer
25 views

If I was or If I were [duplicate]

I am perplexed at this sentence: If I was asked who I wanted to become, I could not give a specific answer Is it correct, or should I instead say If I were asked who I wanted to become, I ...
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Using “a” or “the”?

everyone. When referring to a person, are there any firm guidelines when it comes to the use of "a" or "the" after the comma that follows their name? To clarify: Recently, I was writing an ...
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18 views

Comparator vs. Comparative [on hold]

I want to say people have different ways of evaluating a proposition. Which of the following sentences is more suitable for this context? People use different comparator functions for evaluating ...
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A Word Single For Blind Fighting Or Some Kind Of Handicap Training? [on hold]

I'm looking for a single word that can be used to describe blind fighting(as in martial art), or training thereof, or even modern impaired/handicap training in sports.
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Is this a literal interpretation of “without reason”?

There was this quote in a movie: Men who kill without reason cannot be reasoned with. There are many interpretations of "without reason" It could mean that the person is mentally affected and ...
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What is the “line” in “cash on the line”? Is it a ship mooring line?

In the phrase "cash on the line" (immediate payment, payment during the transaction), what was "line", originally? I suspect it was a ship mooring line but I'd like to be sure. (I imagine a ship ...
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“On spring break” or “During spring break”

Which is more normal to native English speakers: "I will be going to New York on spring break" or "I will be going to New York during spring break" Thanks
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53 views

Meaning of a henry ford quote [on hold]

What are some possible meanings for the Henry Ford quote, How come when I ask for a pair of hands, I get a human being as well?
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1answer
59 views

What is the meaning of…“and as many centuries”? [on hold]

In the book Pinocchio in Venice by Robert Coover, there's this sentence: On a winter evening of the year 19—, after arduous travels across two continents and as many centuries... What does ...
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0answers
22 views

'May it bring good health on you' [on hold]

After finishing a meal one would say to the other 'May it bring good health on you' or simply just 'good health'. If you were saying it to the person who made the food you may add 'God keep you to ...
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1answer
49 views

modal verb 'have to'

Do we use have to to express a strong probability? Are these sentences correct: This suit can’t really cost $200. This has to be a misprint. (to refer to the present possibility) Food prices have ...
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0answers
23 views

“all are both right and wrong” Is this grammatically correct? [on hold]

Is there anything grammatically wrong with the following quote? "all are both right and wrong"
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2answers
88 views

Word for “the state of having eaten spicy food”

How do I say that my mouth is feeling very hot from the spicy food that I ate? What word should I say? Edit : Removed the I am ____ed constriction. I'm looking for a general term but not necessarily ...
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0answers
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Inspiring from sth [migrated]

In my paper, I want to say a sentence like this: Inspiring from human societies, we want to do sth. As I searched it seems that "inspiring from" is not correct. What should I use instead of that? ...

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