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What do you call it when some group is feeling self-satisfaction by praising themselves?

What do you call it when some group of people is feeling self-satisfaction in praising themselves, even though others don't think them praise-worthy?
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2answers
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Instrumented? What is a good explanation/definition of the word. (English: Tech Jargon)

What is a good explanation/definition of the word Instrumented? as in "Good code needs to be instrumented..." I did a brief web search, but the few places it pops up seem to also be full of jargon, ...
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2answers
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Why is the term “double-edged sword” used for something that can be favorable and unfavorable?

When something can have both favorable and unfavorable consequences, the term double-edged sword is often used to describe it. Why? Does a double-edged sword have unfavorable consequences? Are ...
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attributive clauses puzzle me a lot sometimes

Are the following two sentences interchangeable? "I keep her photo on my desk, which means I do not forget her. versus "I keep her photo on my desk, meaning I do not forget her. If ...
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What do you call the thing you get at the hospital when you break your leg, etc.?

When you break your leg or any of your appendages you get a binding, you know, the white thing to fix your arm or leg. What is that called? I find the words gypsum, cast and plastery in the ...
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3answers
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A word that describes a core feature involved?

I have made an application which is mostly programmed in PHP, but have also used some other languages. Now I want to describe that I have made a program that is "corely" programmed in PHP, but still ...
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1answer
149 views

word choice - relative clause for person

I know how to say the following in other words but I would like to know how to make relative clause for it: A boy, the search for whom took a month. or A boy, for whom the search took ...
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end of the e-mail “warm wishes” [closed]

I have received an e-mail form a recruiter regarding a conference. Warm wishes, Jane Doe, Recruiter Isn't it too personal for an e-mail with business connotation?
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When a phrase ends with a period, do you put … or .. after it?

I was just reading this question: When "etc." is at the end of a phrase, do you place a period after it? And it brought to mind something similar. If a phrase ends with a . (such as e.g. or ...
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2answers
2k views

Etymological origin of “deosil” and “widdershins”

I've been hearing the words "deosil" used for clockwise and "widdershins" for anticlockwise, but where do they come from? I'm told that "widdershins" is from a Scottish term meaning "against the ...
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73 views

There is a new search of which I've become aware / .. I've become aware of? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When is it appropriate to end a sentence in a preposition? I would like to know which is correct and why: There is a new search of which I've become aware. or ...
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3answers
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“knowing you as well as I do”

The situation is that one of my friend's roommates took part in a test of narcissism and got a score of 14. My friend wanted to get in a dig at that guy, so he said"Well, knowing you as well as I do, ...
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2answers
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What does it mean for something to be “inter-ethnic?”

Does inter-ethnic refer to things that are between different ethnic groups, or within one ethnic group? If it refers to things that are between different ethnic groups, what word would be used to ...
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a cold vs flu / the flu

Have you got a cold? Have you got flu? Have you got the flu? Why can't we say a flu or the cold in the previous examples?
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668 views

“wouldn't see” vs “don't see”

I recently had a conversation with a friend where I told her the following: People go out on Friday nights that's why you wouldn't see anyone in the hall. Does the 'would' part make sense in ...
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2answers
71 views

Which is correct? “the traditional and the modern” or “the traditional and modern”

I heard this from a film without subtitles. Which is correct? The island of Taiwan in East Asia is a melting pot of the traditional and the modern. or The island of Taiwan in East Asia is a ...
3
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1answer
134 views

Crenulator - What is the exact meaning?

I understand that after cremation, the remains are put through a crenulator to reduce them to ashes and to sift out metals. I assume it's a sort of shaker/sieve.
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1answer
1k views

Deleter or deletor? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What's the rule for adding -er vs. -or when nouning a verb? Assuming it would even be a word, how would I describe someone or something that "deletes": deleter or ...
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6answers
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What is the proper usage of the phrase “due diligence”?

I have encountered the phrase "due diligence" in the business world. The usage examples I have seen (mostly emails) cannot exactly be considered grammatical canon. An internet search produces ...
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3answers
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What are the patterns/rules for determining U.S. state abbreviations?

I vaguely recall memorizing the state abbreviations in grades school. And I seem to remember my teacher sharing a few ground rules for helping us memorize them. No two states may have the same ...
4
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4answers
842 views

Jameson whiskey commercial construction with implicit verb

While watching the Daily Show, a commercial came on. Here is the construction: "...When the Hawk of Achill took a barrel of John Jameson's whiskey, well that was another matter. But Jameson was ...
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3answers
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“What about you?” versus “How about you?”

E.g. I'm going straight home after work. How about you? I'm going straight home after work. What about you? They both seem to work interchangeably, but there feels like a subtle ...
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3answers
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Expression “let's cross that bridge a little further down the road”

I've heard the expression "let's cross that bridge a little further down the road" to convey something I understand a bit like: "let's take that difficult decision a bit later" or "let's take on that ...
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1answer
286 views

Using a possessive apostrophe with an initialism [closed]

Should you write "some of the UK's longest tunnels..." or "some of the UKs longest tunnels..."?
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1answer
318 views

How compound words “eighteen” and “roommate” are built

Why does eighteen not have two tees like roommate has two ems?
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0answers
39 views

When do I add a comma before an “and”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I put a comma before the last item in a list? Sometimes, I see an extra comma before an "and" but I don't know when I should and should not add a comma before an ...
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4answers
536 views

What's the word for the condition where you need to defecate?

"hungry" describes the condition where one craves intake of more food. what is the English name for the condition where one needs to expel the end result?
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4answers
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Are restaurants retailers?

Can I represent restaurants by the noun retailer? I also want to group the entities hotels, museums, restaurants/cafes/bars and retailers. How do we group these cleverly? I am going to refer to them ...
3
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3answers
16k views

“Feel nostalgic for/of/about”

What is the correct preposition to use in this sentence: for, of or about, and why? I feel nostalgic __ my childhood.
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3answers
160 views

Shorter version of “is going to be”

I've just read question: Alternative to "is going to be" I got similar problem, but in my case I need to describe something that might happen in the future. The sentence is "Project ...
4
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2answers
9k views

“Some” — singular vs plural

After reading "Is everyone" singular or plural?", I would refrain from asking this question, but the husband of a colleague of mine (English professor, native speaker of British English) stated ...
2
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2answers
6k views

Possessive plural of country? [closed]

Is it countries? Country's? I originally thought the latter but this would suggest a singular country?
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2answers
961 views

When to use “expectative” instead of “expectation”?

I'm not a native English speaker and here in Brazil we have the word "expectativa" as a noun. The expectative in English is defined as an adjective: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/expectative ...
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2answers
1k views

“Super-duper ultra mega”

Can I use the adjectives super-duper, ultra, and mega in one adjective? For example, A super-duper ultra mega huge dome.
2
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3answers
424 views

Meaning of “What time do we got to do this at?”

I am struggling to understand the meaning of the following sentence: What time do we got to do this at? I assume "do we got" means "do we have got". I guess they are asking at what time it has ...
2
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1answer
268 views

When can I omit “for” before a time duration?

Do not watch television [for] more than one hour a day. Is omitting the “for” okay or is that grammatically incorrect?
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2answers
127 views

Is past perfect necessary in the following

I read the following on abcnews, but couldn't convince myself to accept the past perfect form the sentence. What is the action before which the 'had mailed' part has occurred and completed? And why ...
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2answers
542 views

What comes in between predecessor and successor?

I'd like a good word for "current item in a succession of items". Let's say I am looking ahead, towards my successor. Back behind me, I can also see my predecessor. What am I? I'd hate to use the ...
3
votes
5answers
554 views

Which version of this sentence with a linking adverb is grammatically acceptable?

I am unsure if the word "therefore" is called a linking adverb. I have the following sentences. Which version is grammatically acceptable? My preference, therefore, is to travel by train My ...
2
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1answer
104 views

Meaning of “over in”

I read a sentence in one book, "I just took part in a study over in the Psychology Department." I'm wondering that why do we add "over" in front of the "in the" here? Many thanks!
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2answers
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Terms to describe age groups

I have three age groups that I want to distinguish in my research project. They are as follows: 18-45 years - I have called this group young adults 46-65 years - I have called this group adults 66 ...
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4answers
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What does “slicker than snot on a doorknob” mean?

I have a friend from Mississippi and I've heard him use this expression sometimes: slicker than snot on a doorknob. What exactly does it mean? (I guess it's something positive but I'm not too sure ...
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1answer
2k views

Is this use of “having” correct? [closed]

Please consider this sentence in which I am using having: Having full driving licence, life insurance, 5 year driving experience and never have an accident, I am great driver. Is this use of ...
5
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1answer
157 views

Why do newspapers use the terms “women voters” and “women candidates”?

I've noticed that when discussing political demographics or candidates, many reporters use the phrases "women voters" and "women candidates". This feels horribly awkward grammatically. It's hard to ...
2
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2answers
93 views

What's the term for untapped capacity or inventory that is brought to market by rising prices?

I want to answer this question on Homebrew.SE, but I'm at an uncharacteristic loss for words. One example of the concept I'm trying to describe is gold that had heretofore been sitting in people's ...
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2answers
4k views

The time before place mantra [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the rule for adjective order? As a Dutch schoolboy, during English grammar lessons (long ago...) I got one rule hammered into my head like a mantra: time before ...
1
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1answer
243 views

Is the [blank] worth the shake? [closed]

I remember someone once telling me a saying in the form: "Is the [blank] worth the shake?" The meaning was similar to the saying, "Is the end worth the means?" I can't remember what the [blank] word ...
1
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1answer
3k views

Should “head teacher” be capitalized, when it's not really anyone's occupation

Basically I want to say 'from my head teacher', but his occupation is not really that, should it still be capitalized?
1
vote
1answer
560 views

Plaque wording - capitalization?

Language on a presentation plaque - is it written in sentence format or are the words capitalized like in a title? Example below: In Recognition Of Your Exceptional Leadership Of The Prevention ...
2
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6answers
724 views

Word or short expression to describe basic foods as a dish ingredients (like rice, potatoes or pasta)

Is there a word or a short expression to describe such basic foods like potatoes, pasta or rice in a context of dish ingredients? So you can say for example: "Broccoli isn't usually eaten as a ...

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