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Possessive s, apostrophe on end or not?

I am writing a project for college about smart phones. Which would you say is correct in a possessive context? Windows Phone's applications or Windows Phone' applications My thoughts say ...
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Ellipsis in noun phrases with possessive case [closed]

Can you omit the second occurrence of the word "poems" in a sentence like the following? I like Lord Byron's poems, and also enjoy a number of Percy Shelley's [poems].
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What does 'question items' means? [closed]

This is the sentence "True or false question items and short answer ones were also analyzed separately. " I do not know what 'question items' mean Full sentence: "The data have revealed that the ...
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Is there a term for someone who “can see multiple perspectives”?

A colleague of mine is trying to describe herself as "capable of seeing a situation from multiple perspectives" or "able to look at the big picture from various viewpoints". I feel like there must be ...
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What is the Use of an Adjective of the Same Word Twice in the Same Sentence called? [closed]

Is there a name for this type of usage using words (in this case adjectives) repetitively in typical sentence formatting? There has got to be. This is killing me. BTW, I'm no English professor. ...
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Is it could or can? [duplicate]

Therefore in this case, it could be proved that computers do not slow reading speed down in the conditions of academic and daily reading. Should this be could or can? Also, if you find any ...
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616 views

Which would be correct? Owen and I or Owen and me [duplicate]

Caption over picture of Owen and his dad..."Owen and I" is this correct grammatically ?
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“Allow to [infinitive]” vs. “allow [gerund]” [duplicate]

Which of the following is grammatical? If both are, which is preferred when and why? Has developed a new label that allows to mark... Has developed a new label that allows marking...
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How did the term “dongle” come into use? [duplicate]

Why was the word "dongle" chosen to represent this kind of hardware device? I can imagine that it was related to the word "dangle"... since dongles tend to dangle - but that's just my hunch and not ...
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Etymology of “dong” and “dongle”

Dong as in ding-dong is clearly onomatopoetic as confirmed by etymonline.com: ding dong imitative of the sound of a bell, c.1560. and similarly for ding: ding (v.) 1819, "to ...
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Is there a term for the sound of a bicycle bell?

A bicycle bell is a percussive signaling instrument mounted on a bicycle for warning pedestrians and other cyclists. Wikipedia says that a bicycle bell produces a "ding-ding" sound, and so, since I'm ...
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How did the prepositions up and down both come to be associated with writing?

Per this question "Writing things down" vs. "writing things up", it is clear that things can be written "up" (typically in respect to longer entries that are being thoroughly ...
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When to use “Ok noted”?

I'm a software developer. My situation is, I'm working with my customer (onshore project manager) via chatting using Skype. He helps me to make his side's server available and give me a link to the ...
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Are effect and affect related to efferent and afferent?

In my work I occasionally write about neurons. A common description of the relationship between two populations of neurons is to describe one as being "afferent" or "efferent" with respect to another. ...
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86 views

Dull Silver Lining [closed]

I recently came across a statement "The silver lining on the cloud is dull." I was wondering if one can call a silver lining dull. Isn't it contradictory?
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371 views

What's the phrase to imply random jobs?

What's a phrase that can convey the idea of "a variety of different jobs with no central theme"? "Various odds and ends" was the one that occurred to me, but it didn't feel exactly right and ...
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Which word has the same pronuncation as the word “may”?

What is the homophone of the word may? I can't find one real dictionary of homophones, nor is there an answer through Google.
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295 views

Is there a word for 'calling out to anyone who may respond'?

Is there a word for calling out in contexts like: if I am in a dark room and I call out "who's there?" if I am in a desert and I call out "is anyone out there?" if I am sending a broadcast over a ...
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1answer
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confused with “had been sent”, “was sent” and “had sent” [closed]

What will come in the blank made in the sentence "A letter on import regulations...... on 26.6.2013"? Options are 'had been sent' or 'had sent' or 'was sent' ?
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557 views

heavy or strong taste in doing things [closed]

Is there a phrase or word to express "have a heavy/strong taste in doing things or about sex" can I use "hardcore" ijn this situation?
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1answer
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Concatenate vs. Catenate

What is the difference between concatenate and catenate? Are the words interchangeable? concatenate: 1. To connect or link in a series or chain. 2. Computer Science To arrange (strings of ...
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2answers
761 views

What do you call it when someone misunderstands a homonym? [duplicate]

I once ran across a term for the error of misunderstanding the meaning or sense of a word because one doesn't know exactly what the word is. For example, someone mistakenly thinks that the phrase is ...
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Is there a word to describe “being formal for the sake of being formal”?

I was recently chastised at work for using the word "cool" in an email chain--an act that I attribute to being overly-formal for no other reason than to uphold an unnecessarily perceived "law" of ...
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1answer
86 views

What is a “balad”?

What is a balad as use in this blog entry? You get an interesting feedback when you consult the elevation data on your Pulse. After a balad or a race you can instantly see how many feet/meters ...
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8answers
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A word used to describe someone who loves to be photographed

I am trying to figure out if there is a word to describe a person who loves to be photographed.
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1answer
830 views

difference between “to share in” and “to share”

The following is part of a Washington Post article of today. This may be Obama’s military intervention, but if she is a candidate in 2016, Clinton could share in whatever credit or blame the ...
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1answer
160 views

Citing a name with punctuation at the end

I'm using IEEE citation and the title of the work I am trying to cite has punctuation at the end. I'm unsure how to proceed because part of the citation includes putting a period at the end of the ...
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101 views

What does the word “tie” (and the thing called “tie”) imply? [closed]

I find the symbolic meaning of standard pieces of clothing or jewelry fascinating. For instance, high heel shoes for women. A colleague of feminist persuasion once said that apart from all other ...
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“Dear Sir (or Madam)” when gender unknown? [duplicate]

When writing a formal letter addressed to someone whose gender is unknown, how important is it to use "Dear Sir or Madam", instead of "Dear Sir"? I was taught that "Dear Sir" is an acceptable ...
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1answer
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What is the proper from for punctuation concerning parentheses?

I always learned that the parentheses end inside the punctuation like this: A sentence about some particular thing (with a parenthetical note at the end). However, sometimes I find that it is ...
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2answers
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“Treatment” vs. “therapy” [duplicate]

We are going to establish a company in order to commercialize a stuttering treatment/therapy program. The treatment/therapy is really effective and backed by a lot of scientific research. In our ...
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2answers
411 views

What's it called when someone is crafty and resourceful and creates a solution to a particular obstacle? [closed]

What's it called when someone is crafty and resourceful and creates a solution to a particular obstacle? I saw it somewhere online and blanked on it when I had a golden opportunity. Anyone got me?
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Why “hoist” in “Hoist with one's own petard”?

He was hoist with his own petard is one of my father's favorite phrases. As a child I had developed a vague understanding of the idiom in which petard was a kind of flag, which is why it was hoist, ...
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1answer
865 views

What is correct “Other” or “Miscellaneous” [closed]

I'm working on a company Index and want to give users the option to add their company to the index which is categorized by products & sevices. I've got a limited number of main categories and each ...
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3answers
803 views

Antonym: Latent

So, I was trying to think of a word that had the opposite meaning of "latent". Latent means "existing, yet unmanifested". I'm looking for a word that meant "existing and manifested, yet dissipating ...
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14answers
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Word that describes someone that causes his own misfortune

Is there a single word to qualify/describe someone that causes his own misfortune, or even a single noun that refers to such a person?
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1answer
851 views

Why is the pronunciation of 'ch' different in chamber and chameleon? [duplicate]

Sometimes ch is pronounced as /k/, as in chorus/chameleon. Sometimes as /tʃ/, as in chamber/chalk. Why is it so?
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3answers
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Is there a term for an uplayable Solitaire hand?

Occasionally I deal myself a hand in solitaire - Klondike - that is unplayable. It's so infrequent that I feel as if I've dealt myself a winning hand - in Bizzaro world possibly. I was thinking ...
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2answers
876 views

difference between facts, knowledge and wisdom [closed]

Can someone explain the difference between a fact, knowledge and wisdom?
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Is it typical to say “How to get rich and don't go crazy”?

In my native language sometimes we use humorous titles of books, articles, tutorials, etc among the lines of: "How to get rich and don't go crazy?" I thought that I meet with it once or twice ...
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207 views

How to semi-formally address a senior academic? [closed]

What is a proper way to address a person with the title of a Professor in a way which is less formal than "Dear Professor", but still conveys some respect? For example, suppose I am talking to ...
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183 views

What happened to the “knee”?

When describing bends in piping, joints, and in many other contexts the word "elbow" is used. You go to the hardware store and you see 90 degree elbows. The word elbow is used everywhere. Why not ...
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4answers
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What are words like “Hey Man”, “Hey you”, “Hey Dude” called

Is there a term for words that summon someone like "Man," "Dude," "Kid" in sentences such as "Hey, Dude," "Listen up, kid," etc? I am sure there is, but I can't really remember what it is.
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What is the origin of “Indian Summer” and is it offensive?

I am discussing San Francisco's "Indian Summer" and happen to be surrounded by people from India (the country). As I was speaking I got terribly uncomfortable thinking I was offending someone, (there ...
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3answers
308 views

Is it ok to use the word “killer” as an adjective in a semi-formal text?

Is it ok to use the word "killer" (as an adjective) in a semi-formal or even formal text like an ebook? For example, "this is the killer part," which essentially means that it is the most significant ...
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0answers
34 views

“Unbalance” v “imbalance”; “unbalanced” v “imbalanced” [duplicate]

When talking about a body, do you say it is unbalanced or imbalanced? Here unbalanced sounds right to me. However, do you say you want to fix the unbalance or imbalance in a body? Here imbalance ...
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5answers
457 views

Single word for (request, response) pair? (casual words ok)

I'm looking for a unambiguous word (or else expression) for referring to a question and a corresponding answer as a single entity. The word should express that no more and no less than 1 question and ...
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2answers
908 views

“Me and Joey's” or “mine and Joey's” [duplicate]

Which of the following should I use? Today is me and Joey's anniversary Today is mine and Joey's anniversary
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2answers
410 views

Word detectives needed: “Ananyzapata”

I'm trying to decode the mysterious word Ananyzapata. Unfortunately I don't have the original source, just its appearance on a slide from a presentation. From the context (words on good luck ...
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1answer
284 views

Meaning of “which we have”

What does which we have mean here? In the end, will you be looking over your shoulder for the rest of your life wondering if your time is up? The short answer is yes. The long answer is definitely ...

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