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What is the origin of the term “cooling glass” as the term for sunglasses in Indian English?

I live in India, and in the region where I live, I have never heard the term "sunglasses" used while speaking English. The term used here is "cooling glass" (in singular.) The term gets used quite a ...
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What is the meaning of “Beary Important”? [on hold]

Is there some sort of connection to "bear" or "very". Why bear? Edit: https://realmomtime.com/2013/11/20/beary-important-person/
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'Hanger' or 'coat hanger' for AmE?

Is the term hanger or coat hanger used more often in colloquial speech in American English? I'm afraid Google Ngram is of no help here, as the first word has several meanings, plus we are talking ...
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2answers
68 views

What word best describes wronging someone who you had previously done positive things towards?

I am looking for a word which can be used to describe the situation where someone has previously done good deeds towards another and then subsequently wrongs them in some way. This is NOT betrayal. ...
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1answer
46 views

What's the correct way to express the possibility of one event happening before another?

I'm struggling to find a way to express the idea that it's possible that something was done before something else was done. I'm not sure if I'm just tired, but the idea is this: In the present ...
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1answer
45 views

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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0answers
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English translation [on hold]

I am confused on the punctuation of a list of questions, shown in this example: The questions are the following: first, Would you describe yourself as someone who is knowledgeable about cuisines?; ...
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Why do non-native speakers consider “bitch” to mean “prostitute”? [on hold]

Why do so many non-native speakers from very different linguistic backgrounds seem to understand the term bitch as being a synonym for prostitute?-- I have never heard a native speaker use the former ...
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Which word or phrase should I use in the blank? [on hold]

The book is optional. My professor said we _______ read it if we needed extra credit. But we do not have to read it if we don't want to. PS: Why I can't use had to?
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1answer
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“O.R. they?” from Rushmore movie

what's the point of this joke: max: I like your nurse's uniform, guy. dr.: These are O.R. scrubs. max: "O.R." they? from rushmore movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMd2gB9L8So trying ...
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Is it 'sale' or 'the sale' when referring to a period during which a shop or dealer sells goods at reduced prices [on hold]

sale has started the sale has started 50% sale has started the 50% sale has started What is common usage? What is correct?
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Is it possible to substitute “after” for “besides”? [on hold]

Do these two sentences have the same meaning or not? Besides going to the gym on weekdays, he plays football on Saturday. After going to the gym on weekdays, he plays football on Saturday.
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'Dark' and 'light' functioning as adverbs or adjectives in the sentence “The dark brown coat will match the light brown pants perfectly”

"The dark brown coat will match the light brown pants perfectly" Do 'dark' and 'light' function here as adjectives modifying 'brown' or are they adverbs informing us to the manner of degree? I've ...
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4answers
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How to pronounce “locale”?

In computing, a locale is an identifier for a user’s language or region. As a non-native speaker, I somehow came to pronounce it low-kale, while it seems it’s rather enunciated lo-kaal (avowing its ...
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Think I'm very stupid.. See this question for me [on hold]

All the competitors but one had already finished when Rick and Dick finally made it to the finish line, but the spectators all waited to see them finish and stood up to cheer for them. in this ...
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2answers
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Regarding usage of “both”

Could you tell me how the following sentences are different? Alice and Bob are not both in the room. Alice and Bob are both not in the room. Updated: Could you divide the sentences into a set of ...
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4answers
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What is the appropriate verb for making a judicial decision to punish someone?

Are punishments inflicted / issued / administered / or delivered by the court's judges? Is there any difference between these multiple alternatives (and probably others that I forgot), any nuances of ...
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0answers
28 views

Is this sentence grammatically correct? Also, can someone explain what is 'but' used for? [on hold]

Happiness is but a dream, Pain is the true reality .
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0answers
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Usage of double 'of'

// split input by splitChar and return the string of index of splits. return function (input, splitChar, splitIndex) { return input.split(splitChar)[splitIndex]; } I need to write a comment for ...
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2answers
56 views

Single word for a grid pattern

What's a single adjective/noun I could use to describe a grid pattern? Something that could be used in the place of "checkered", "plaid", or "pinstriped", but describing an empty lattice. I'm ...
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3answers
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meaning of “the field of the fullers”

Accursed be the Sea-folk, and accursed be all they who traffic with them. And as for him who for love's sake forsook God, and so lieth here with his leman slain by God's judgment, take up his body and ...
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Difference between “how” and “why”

I want to use You could see how this would be difficult to answer. but I feel You could see why this would be difficult to answer. is more correct. Here, I'm using how as that. Still, ...
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0answers
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for me to give me vs for me to give myself [on hold]

1)It was tough for me to give myself a surprise. 2) It was tough for me to give me a surprise. Is there any problem with the sentence (1)? and what about number (2)?
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25 views

Is the following sentence correct? [on hold]

Is this sentence correct? Peter didn't study as hard to stand first in class as John.
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20answers
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Is there an idiom or typical expression for an unfunny joke?

Could you tell me suitable idioms to express this situation; A guy told you a joke, but it's not funny at all. In Japanese, we say "He slipped." or "His joke was so cold that the air got ...
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1answer
27 views

When composing an alphabetical list, when do we re-order words to put articles at the end? [on hold]

I often see some words re-ordered to make it easier for people to parse a list. For example, a piece titled "The Sound of Music" may be re-ordered to read: "Sound of Music, The", but how would this ...
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1answer
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Is there adjective meaning someone is being brought to some place

Girl gets a new boyfriend, so she no longer walks to work. She is being driven to school. Daughter does not go to school alone, someone walks her to school.
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Meaning of “out of an interest”

In the following YouTube video, (4:35) entitled: Master Craftsman, Nathie Katzoff | HUMAN, I heard I didn't get into this out of an interest in capitalism. I got into it out of an interest in ...
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0answers
27 views

How can I use phrase “Running Amok” , can I use “My running amok”?

I want to use "running amok" like "my running amok". Is that right or not? I want to use this phrase literary. Like "my running amok" or "my amok run" or "my run amok" etc. Please correct me.
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A synonym for the word “fanner”

In the old days, kings and wealthy people used to hire fanners to make them feel cooler. My question is: is there an English synonym for the word "fanner"?
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Word for “looked calmly”?

"He [looked calmly] at me, as if nothing were wrong at all, even though the rest of us were freaking out"
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1answer
36 views

What is a word for “subconscious agreement”? [on hold]

Sam usually didn't let people in his room. But because Rachel was so neat and organized, Sam [allowed her without ever talking about it] her to work up in his small room when he was out of the house.
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0answers
35 views

A word that describe excitability due to youth

I am looking for a word that describe, with some specificity, the tendency for a person to be easily excited and interested by something due to the lack of age or experience. Sentence: Weapons ...
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0answers
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Use of capital letters in English [on hold]

When did the use of capital letters in English start and who was responsible for such usage?
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The use of “Hi folks” in business emails [on hold]

I wonder how casual (or formal) is the “Hi folks” greeting at the beginning of emails. In semi-formal business emails, I tend to avoid casual greetings such as “Hey guys”. At the same time, I want ...
0
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1answer
26 views

Looking for stream-of-consciousness-type poems with no rhythmic variation [on hold]

May not be the best place to ask, but can anyone suggest some good poems that consist of a constant stream of words that could be spoken with virtually no breaks or pauses or variations in rhythm?
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2answers
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How to stop using homophones in written English

I am not natively an English speaker, though it is a taught language from childhood and I have been using the language long enough. I have a problem though with using homophones instead of the actual ...
2
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2answers
79 views

'Citizen' is to 'citizenry' as 'subject' is to …? [on hold]

What is the word for subjects (of a monarch or ruler) when regarded as a single entity? E.g. "The role of the citizenry in civic life" E.g. "The howl of the _____ under oppression" Edit To my ...
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1answer
19 views

Definite Article with Prepositional Phrases

I am trying to learn how to correctly use articles in English. It is a bit hard for me since I do not have this concept in my native language. I am confused by two rules: the first rule is to use "a"...
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1answer
40 views

“I'll go with the candidate I'm used to” or “I'll go with the candidate to whom I am used?”

I'll go with the candidate I'm used to. I get that this is colloquial, but, c'mon. Ending a sentence with a preposition? However, is the alternative correct? I'll go with the candidate to whom ...
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1answer
44 views

What is the difference between “which is not to say” is “which doesn't mean” [on hold]

I've been wondering what is the difference. Can the first one be generally replaced with the second one? Plus, I believe "which is not to say" is more informal and used less frequently, is that ...
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3answers
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Alternative for “dead-end job” that is not disrespectful

A position with a company may be high paying with lots of perks, but otherwise offer no opportunity for growth. Some might consider this a "dead-end job" but that has a negative connotation. Is there ...
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3answers
32 views

“Adding motion” usage in sentence/slogan [on hold]

english is not my tongue language and I am working on a new viral content website, where I am trying to come up with slogan. Would be correct to say: "Adding motion to your daily boredom"
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2answers
66 views

maiden names, unmarried woman [on hold]

When a birth certificate document (legal) asks for moms maiden name, mom was adopted and never married, her last name has changed. Which last name is her Maiden name? The name before or after the ...
0
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1answer
31 views

I don't remember vs I don't recall [on hold]

Which one is more suitable and in which scenario? Please advice. Thanks
5
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1answer
62 views

Is there a word for “unrealistically expecting immediate results”? [on hold]

I was trying to describe my friend as being someone who gets upset in the absence of immediate gratification, but couldn't think of a good word. A good example would be someone who comes back from ...
0
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1answer
47 views

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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0answers
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which prepotion could be used In or At? [on hold]

I'm attending a class right now how can i say that?I"m in a class right now! or I'm at class right now! which is correct.
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8answers
1k views

To donate something you want to throw away

Suppose that a person buys a packet of sugar. On the way home, the packet falls off his hands and the sugar scatters on the ground. Nobody is expected to gather the sugar again, but that person does ...
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Identifying error [on hold]

Tomorrow he no go to store. Grammarly keeps telling me it should be goes instead of go, but it doesn't sound right? Please help

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