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Is there an English idiom/metaphor for “mind boggling”, only more so?

In Hungarian, if you want to express that something is mind-blowing, you say megáll az ész "the mind stops". (For example, the National Geographic Channel's show Brain Games is titled Megáll az ész! ...
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Meaning of 'roll' in 'I have all my grass to roll'

‘Oh, I am so sorry,’ said Hans, ‘but I am really very busy to-day. I have got all my creepers to nail up, and all my flowers to water, and all my grass to roll.’ The above is a part of ...
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“On holiday” vs “on the holiday”

Which of them should I use? I go to the club on holiday. I go to the club on the holiday.
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115 views

Question mark or period at the end of “What is your favorite song, and explain why”

Which would be correct? What is your favorite song, and explain why? (I'm thinking this is right.) What is your favorite song, and explain why. This could be written as, "What is your ...
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40 views

What is the female version of “forefather”?

I might say "My forefathers were Irish". Is there an equivalent for mothers? Could a woman say "My foremothers were German"?
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First Lover in the Nighttime? a little bit of bacon?

This is in the drama Psych. I am an English learner and I can't understand why the man suddenly says this. Juliet and Shawn are couple and they are a kind of policeman. I wonder the bold part. It ...
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What is a good word to use to describe someone who has that young, unknowing innocence about them?

I'm trying to think of a good word that expresses the meaning of someone who, like a child who doesn't know of the bad things going on in the world, that is innocent and unknowing in a certain ...
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1answer
20 views

Things with expiry date

I'm a software developer and currently I'm creating an inventory application. I need to name things with expiry dates, like medicines or food, in general. In Java (the programming language I'm using) ...
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22 views

“Please orange juice” is natural? [migrated]

When a server at a restaurant asks me "Anything to drink", I say "orange juice please." In that situation, can I say "Please orange juice"?
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1answer
10 views

A term / title that describes “metadata” details for knowledge base article

I'm working on creating a knowledge base and want a section on each page to be essentially "metadata" for an article. Things like: Author name of article. Applicable product. Date the article was ...
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1answer
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Why is it Autism Spectrum Disorder and not Autism Disorder Spectrum?

Certainly with Disorder trailing behind "Autism Spectrum" it indicates that the disorder is called Autism Spectrum when spectrum is merely being used to describe that the disorder has a spectrum. ...
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A term that describes the “shoulder angel/devil” but on a broader scale

I am attempting to find a phrase or word equivalent to "shoulder angel/devil", but on a broader scale, that does not only refer to the idea of "good" versus "bad". A shoulder angel/devil is a plot ...
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1answer
22 views

What does “they were taken for being taken in” mean?

I have difficulty interpreting this line: they were taken for being taken in It is from Some by the late Daniel Berrigan. Exerpt: Some stood and stood and stood. They were taken for fools, ...
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1answer
25 views

at / in / in the - daylight / twilight

While most of the nouns denoting parts of the day are used either with "at.." or "in the.." prepositions (in the morning / afternoon / evening / daytime; at nighttime / noon / night / midday / ...
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1answer
31 views

Is there a name or term for these types of statements that avoid over-generalizations?

In the news, whenever a reporter or commentator talks about police violence, specifically towards minorities, and they imply racist motives behind police brutality, they also tend to add something ...
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2answers
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Is “to silo off” a real phrase?

I often hear people (and myself) say that something is "siloed off from" something else, meaning that is is isolated (or, in software, sandboxed) and allowed to work without affecting something else. ...
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4answers
59 views

What did Samuel Johnson mean when he wrote this?

I do not in particular understand the use of the word "but" in the last sentence: Almost every man wastes part of his life in attempts to display qualities which he does not possess, and to gain ...
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34 views

Which of these is most correct, and why? [on hold]

He called me over FaceTime He called me by Facetime. He called me through FaceTime. He called me via FaceTime. He called me with FaceTime. FaceTime = A calling service from Apple.
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Collective word for software and hardware

I'm looking for a term that collectively describes both software and hardware. Doesn't have to be a single word but it would be preferable.
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Can the word 'impossible' be used postpositively with other than 'mission' nouns?

For example, can I say The teacher gave us the task impossible?
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25 views

Guideline(s) vs rule(s)

Is "guideline" actually a synonym for "rule"? My understanding was that a guideline is a suggestion, but I could certainly be mistaken. Sources like: thesaurus.com suggest that it is, but some ...
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3answers
34 views

Is a comma between adjacent quoted phrases in the same sentence unnecessary?

This is a quote from Larry Wilmore's performance at the 2016 Correspondents' Dinner. One website wrote it as follows: "They just renamed ‘The Kelly File,’ ‘Becky with the good hair.’” I think the ...
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2answers
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What does the sentence, “You could do worse than review some of Lenny Bruce's material.” mean

I understand that it's an indirect form of compliment, also known as litotes. Here's a question already on that, "You could do worse than [x]" I couldn't get my head around, if it's a ...
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2answers
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Does the word “brownie” have the same implication as the N-Word?

I was watching the latest episodes of The X-Files a couple of weeks ago and in one of the episode a middle aged white man driving down the road in Texas stares at a Mid Eastern/Asian guy at a traffic ...
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1answer
13 views

when can we call a Prepostional Phrase adverbial? [on hold]

In the car , she drank her coffee. is the prepostioal phrase here adverbial ?
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1answer
19 views

I want that my teammates run faster. Did I write the underlined part of sentence below right

I want that my teammates run faster. Did I write the underlined part of sentence below right? "I screamed for my teammates to they run quicker"
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2answers
34 views

I have good vision/sight/eyesight

In my language, Russian, there is only one variant to express the "abilty to see" in its common physiological sence. If I have a good ability (I am born with) I say: У меня хорошее зрение So ...
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0answers
43 views

Why a “bulb” is called “bulb”? [on hold]

Why an incandescent lamp is called "bulb"? Does it have any relation to the "bulb" of a tulip?
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4answers
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Is there a word for an road/path that splits specifically into three directions?

According to Wiktionary.org and Dictionary.com, one of the definitions of a fork is the something that divides into two or more branches. Wiktionary.org provides an alternative definition that is ...
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1answer
19 views

Present perfect simple or present perfect continuous with “often”

"Have you visited him often?" "For the last six months I've driven up to B. quite often." "For the last six months I've been driving up to B. quite often." The rule I have is that the ...
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2answers
25 views

Where does it come from vs What does it come from

Do both work? I could only assume that both are grammatically correct... As an example: Let's say that there is a word that derives from a name, such as "sandwich" which was coined from a name of ...
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Child Support Modified , Free Advocates [on hold]

I'm deep in dept with them for a period that prevented me literally from providing. ( prison) my license is affected and a warrant comes ever 6-7 months. Need help with this matter. I support my kids ...
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0answers
17 views

before going to bed or before going to the bed [migrated]

My name is Sósimo Romero Domínguez. I want to know what is the correct way to write the following sentence. What is it correct? Greetings.
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2answers
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What's the English for “allappare”?

This is essentially a translation question and as such off-topic, but please bear with me for a moment. Allappare is an Italian verb that is used to refer to the astringent effect that you may ...
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0answers
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Using “Earth words” in a fictional, futuristic setting [on hold]

As a writer of primarily science fiction, I've often struggled with finding a happy medium between making the prose/dialogue relatable for readers and avoiding using too many "Earth words" as I've ...
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15 views

English, Okay or fine [migrated]

Which is best to answer when asked how are you feeling when not doing well and do not want to discuss your troubles?
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14 views

Which is better hi or hello for a parent speech? [on hold]

Which is better please reply I am going to have a speech but I don't know what to do
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1answer
39 views

Using “Hello, boys/girls/men/women”

It appears to me that we say Hello, boys/girls to a group of boys/girls, but do not say Hello, men/women to a group of men/women. Is this the case in your particular variety of English? ...
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32 views

Should amazing grace be am or I'm

The song "Amazing Grace" is written I once was lost but now am found but wouldn't it be I once was lost but now I'm found
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2answers
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Is there a Latinate, plural noun for “illicit possessions”?

While composing this comment on an earlier question, I got hung up after "clandestine storage". I felt myself grasping for a single word, styled after errata, desiderata, stigmata, etc, which means ...
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1answer
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Is it acceptable to refer to a grad student as Professor in a paper?

If a grad student is the instructor for a introductory writing course, is it OK for students writing a paper to write ' Professor John Smith' at the top?
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1answer
38 views

Is “mail” still used for “international correspondence” in British English?

While pondering this question asked earlier today, I started to wonder why post (in the sense of correspondence) is used in British English but not American English. So I looked up the etymology of ...
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working on our company website [on hold]

I would like to sound more professional: "We are based in Niles, Il and started out as a one man band"...today we have grown as a family owned business. we are a small trucking company. My husband ...
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1answer
39 views

Meaning of “Guy’s heart’s gotta look like a whoopee cushion” [on hold]

I don't understand the bold part. Could you help this? The background is morgue. Dr. Dick Miller: Internal bleeding from impact. Fatal sternal fracture, eight broken ribs, guy’s heart’s gotta ...
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21answers
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Proper way to address a very small group that includes both sexes

What is the proper way to address a light email/message to a small group of 2-or-3 people, where the group includes both sexes? I normally just use the term "guys" as in "Hey guys" or "Good morning ...
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1answer
29 views

Does the term “E-post” exist (in English)?

If I'm not mistaken, the term for the place, at which we receive mails in the "physical world", is called a post (or a post-box). However, when referring to the "electronic world", I've never ...
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Question someone

Please look at the following Source: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-international/nirmala-questions-rich-nations/article8545194.ece Nirmala questions rich nations. This is a headline of ...
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0answers
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“Backward ran sentences until reeled the mind.” What does this sentence mean?

Do your best to be lucid. ("I see but one rule: to be clear", Stendhal.) Simple sentences help. Keep complicated constructions and gimmicks to a minimum, if necessary by remembering the ...
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2answers
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what is the meaning of these sentences? “You know where the drop is going down.”

A police man said this to a man, and I don't understand the bold part. I know Caruso is a rat and I'm gonna clean up this sewer. You know where the drop is going down. Now give it up. Hey, I'll ...
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0answers
44 views

Meaning of “God created the earth, and he looked upon it in his cosmic loneliness” [on hold]

What is the meaning of this sentence by Kurt Vonnegut? God created the earth, and he looked upon it in his cosmic loneliness.

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