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Is there a difference between “anatomic” and “anatomical”?

I want to say "anatomical context". Google tells me that anatomical in that context is preferred. An online dictionary claimed that American English does not have anatomic but only knows anatomical.
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Word for words expressing utterances

Is there a term for the sort of words that sometimes precede dialogue or quotations, like say, ask, write, answer, cry, and reply?
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Should the verb of the independent clause come before or after the dependent clause?

Which of the following is correct? The Boeing 777 crashed, carrying 227 passengers and a crew of 12 members, into international waters. The Boeing 777, carrying 227 passengers and a crew of ...
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Why is “threshold” pronounced “thresh-hold”?

Why is threshold pronounced "thresh-hold"?
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Indefinite Article for “s-t-path” [duplicate]

I am currently writing a (mathematical) paper, which considers so called paths in graphs. The start of a path is usually denoted by the letter s and the end of the path is denoted by t. The whole path ...
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What do you call a man's skirt?

I've got an article of clothing I'm struggling to name. They're typically worn by men in pictures from ancient Egypt. They look like a light fabric skirt. I don't want to refer to it as a skirt ...
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212 views

What do you call the directions orthogonal to uptown/downtown in Manhattan?

While in many places, the notions of "uptown" and "downtown" can be somewhat fuzzy and vague, in Manhattan, these two words have clear definitions - if you are standing on nth Street, then uptown is ...
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Sufficient or sufficiently?

When we compare this with his [Milton's] later prose writings, when he moved closer to the victorious Cromwellian ascendancy, we find that pragmatism usurped idealism, not completely but ...
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When did 'venereal disease' become STI?

Why is it that the term venereal disease has been dropped in favour of sexually transmitted infection, or 'STI' for short? The change seemed to date from the advent of AIDS. Was it that the word ...
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What is the difference between “being in” and “being down”

I've come across both sentences and was wondering if there is any difference in their meaning. Here are the sentences where I met them: To be down: Give me a call if you're down To be in: ...
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What did Obama mean by “ … something like this might have happened again”?

After a deadly random shooting at Fort Hood the other day, President Obama was quoted as saying as follows: In Chicago, President Obama said that White House and Pentagon officials were ...
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How prevalent is this reversal of “yes” and “no”? [duplicate]

Example: Aren't you going to the store? Where I am from, the correct answer indicating I am going to the store is yes. The contraction "not" is ignored. Is this sort of confusion prevalent ...
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“woman” or “women” as a stand-in for the adjective “female”? [closed]

As in, Emily Dickinson was a great woman poet or Emily Dickinson was a great women poet in order to mean Emily Dickinson was a great female poet Think I may have seen this adjectival ...
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Meaning of 'All doubtless nourish the soul, but not all fatten the wallet'

I was going through an article on The Economist about returns of higher education and comparison of returns of various fields of study when I encoutered aforementioned phrase. It was quoted in the ...
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What does “head first” mean?

There are a serial programming books whose names begin with head first such as Head First Design Patterns, Head First Java, etc. I'm not a native English speaker. What does head first mean here?
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A word that means 'most important'?

I tried to find a single word that means "most important", but I couldn't. I want it to be able to express what's missing below: If you get hurt, the _ thing to do is to stay calm. It would ...
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1answer
2k views

What does “wishy-washy” mean?

Question: What does it mean when something is "wishy-washy"? Is it informal? Is it American English, British English or both?
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Another way of saying “easily deceived”?

What's another way of saying easily deceived? I want to have a better vocabulary. Easily deceived sounds a bit basic to me. Is there a better word for that phrase?
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1answer
68 views

What is the origin of the reference to the “ancient Marks”

From the historical reference included: "Kemble, in his (appendix) list of "patronymical names," which he regards as "those of ancient Marks," has two references, from the "Codex Diplomaticus"...", ...
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In the context of cooking, what is the difference between “flipper” and “spatula”?

I'm genuinely confused about this because at first I thought a spatula was a cooking tool resembling a flat pallet attached at an angle to the handle that could be used for activities such as flipping ...
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Antonym for lying?

Is there an antonym for lying? The lyric "You keep lying, when you oughta be truthin'" in "These boots are made for walkin'" made me wonder: does a single word exist which means to speak the truth?
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224 views

Bike Race question - Loser gets to be the girl [closed]

I don't remember which movie it was in, but there were two men (filled with testosterone), and they had this bet that the loser would be the girl. It was never specified what ''gets to be the girl'' ...
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Has the killer monopolised the serial actions?

Serial is an adjective so often associated with the word killer that its usage in a different context may sound sinister. Can serial be used properly to describe other activities such as: a serial ...
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What does “no love lost” mean and where does it come from?

I have trouble with the idiom "no love lost". I understand that it is used when people are at odds or don't get along, but I don't understand why. Interpreted literally it sounds like there should be ...
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106 views

Is this a correct usage of the word “only”?

"Only a single DVD movie is at least 4.7 GB, So there should be a lot of data on the Internet."
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244 views

Must be paid before the 8th May? [closed]

Does that mean I can pay on the 8th May, or before 23:59 7th May?
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5answers
133 views

Is this the opposite of 'making a virtue out of a necessity'?

We all know what it means to 'make a virtue out of a necessity'. The only bananas on offer at the supermarket are 'fair trade', so we buy them and then pretend to ourselves and others that we have ...
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5answers
3k views

No coffee, no workee - meaning

No coffee, no workee What does that expression exactly mean? And how do you pronounce it?
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1answer
190 views

Khreshchatyk and Kostyolna streets, no definite article [duplicate]

Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-26868119 The interior minister also showed a number of slides and photos illustrating where he said police snipers were firing from. He named two ...
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Is this phrase correct “but slightly they succeed”?

there is this phrase is correct: They try so hard but slightly they succeed. To describe this meaning: Someone try so hard but fails. update: For mjsqu Actually that's the definition that I ...
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Synonyms for “content” in publishing

A document in a hypertext system (commonly "a web page") consists of navigation elements, advertising elements, and what a lot of authors call "content". The "content" carries the information for ...
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2answers
276 views

What website will give me the frequency of a word in the English language?

Is there a website that will give me a frequency of a word in the English language? I am looking for some thing like this: I would type in the word, and it would give me a frequency rating. I have ...
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5answers
435 views

Do readers think of the word “ejaculate” beyond its common sexual meaning? [closed]

I am an editor, and a poet whom I work with has included the expression "I ejaculated little prayers" in one of his stanzas, which we all know has the dictionary meaning of "intensely calling out." ...
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4answers
355 views

Other words or phrases for “Little Black Book”

I'm trying to find if there are any other words or phrases that have a similar meaning to Little Black Book. More looking along the lines of a word or phrase to mean a list or book where you keep ...
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256 views

As/so sth as: subjective or objective pronoun?

Which of the following is the correct grammar usage? We scored as many runs as they. We scored as many runs as them? Wren and Martin says nothing about this case. Please explain the rule ...
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1answer
272 views

Necessary and unnecessary articles for proper nouns

In AmE (and probably other dialects as well) there are certain place names and other proper nouns that either have a compulsory definite article or a compulsory lack of one attached to them. For ...
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1answer
199 views

Incorrect gerund to simple past conversion?

I'm a non-native speaker of English, so this might or might not be something very basic. Nonetheless, it's baffling me and I'd love some help. A friend of mine wrote this sentence in a story for ...
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94 views

Flattering vs. flatter [closed]

Of two sentences You are flattering me. You flatter me. Which is correct? Are both correct, or is one better than the other?
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1answer
50 views

Better name for filter condition operators?

I’m developing a data filtering system and am a little confused regarding how to name the condition operators for this system. Which of these cases are preferable (or quite applicable) for filter ...
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5answers
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Does “one of the only” actually mean anything?

I'm a little confused by the phrase "one of the only" - as far as I can tell, it just means the same as "one of the" with the vague implication that the number of things in the set is relatively ...
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2answers
458 views

Can a single metaphor be 'mixed'?

M-W has the following definition for mixed metaphor: a figure of speech combining inconsistent or incongruous metaphors Hence a requirement is that a 'mixed metaphor' contains more than one ...
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When you say a man is a coward, does it imply femininity by default? Is ''girlish coward'' a common expression?

I was wondering about this and would appreciate your take on the question.
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139 views

Adjective request for fast, lightweightness and multitasking [closed]

I am deciding some product name which has characteristics like Fast and lightweight and multitasking. Please suggest some name which includes these meaning or bird or animal which has such qualities. ...
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2answers
125 views

Fickle people who agree just to annoy

During an argument one person capitulates, not because they agree, but just to irritate the other with phrases like: Yes, of course you are right etc. Is there a specific word to describe this ...
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2answers
63 views

How does a “research scientist” differ from a “scientist”?

I have seen the term research scientist in several job descriptions. Does the qualifier research distinguish a special kind of scientific role, or is this actually a redundant phrase? How can you work ...
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1answer
71 views

What does “Soviet time tactics - No give bucks and muddy the water” (If I heard it right) mean?

In our English language listening circle, we unanimously heard AP Radio News (aired on March 31) refering to Russia’s action on Crimea anexation by force as follows: Former ambassador, Michael ...
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1answer
157 views

Slogan for a drapes manufacturer, which is correct? “Dressing the perfection” or “Dressing Perfection”?

I work at a factory that manufactures drapes and window treatments, and we hired a marketing team to revamp our corporate identity. The slogan they came up with is: "Dressing the Perfection" To me ...
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1answer
118 views

What is the meaning of “pet au pair”?

Granted, this looks french, I've seen this used and referenced in English. I see it used a lot with dog walking businesses or pet sitting companies, although I have no idea what it means. Google ...
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4answers
110 views

“Waiting on” and “waiting for” [duplicate]

While purchasing in Walmart, after sliding my card the card machine was saying "Waiting on cashier". What does "waiting on" mean in this case and how it differs from "waiting for"? Would that be ...
2
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4answers
133 views

Examples of using “dead” to mean directly [closed]

I'm looking for more examples that use "dead" to mean directly. Some I already have include: 1.) "It's dead ahead. You can't miss it." 2.) I looked him dead in the eye. Or perhaps to mean ...

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