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Why isn't “chez” used as a preposition in English?

From consulting a number of online English dictionaries, "chez" means "in the home of" or "at the home of" in French. So, for example, "Chez Panisse" translates to "at the home of Panisse". But, as ...
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Is there a term for “because the script needed it” for things that otherwise don't make sense?

And yes I know of a MacGuffin, but I'm thinking more of other plot tools. Edit and it's not Deus Ex Machina. It's not some random outside event. It's people making odd choices that further along a ...
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What is a word for a condition one is born with?

I want to say something like: From Freud's perspective, sexual deviances are not [manifest in humans from birth / present in humans from birth]. I need a word that describes a condition that one ...
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1answer
15 views

Which word is better for use and why: Datasheet or data sheet & Timesheet or time sheet

Which word is better for use and why? 1) Datasheet or data sheet, See Both Examples: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Datasheet, http://www.prb.org/Publications/Datasheets.aspx 2) Timesheet or time ...
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45 views

Word for a male aged 20 through 25 [duplicate]

I'm trying to come up with a word that describes a male aged from 20 through 25. Man feels too adult like and Young Adult feels like a teenager. The type of word I'm looking for is someone not yet ...
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How to say “there is plenty of room for improvement.” in a more academic manner? [on hold]

My last sentence in an academic assignment reads "Even in ........, there is plenty of room for improvement.", Is there anyway to say the same in a more academic manner? or is it acceptable as it is? ...
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29 views

After new awareness, a word similar to “disillusionment”, but +positive as there is still magic involved

After understanding a trick or ploy involved in a magic trick we gain insight into the mechanics, but lose the feeling that magic is real. When we see how a trick or slight-of-hand works, we become ...
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1answer
37 views

The word “posterity” in the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution [on hold]

Can someone help me understand what is referred to with the word “posterity” in the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution? Thanks! Since it’s only one sentence I’ll share the whole Preamble below. We ...
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41 views

Trouble in understanding a line from a poem [on hold]

So the line is as follows: Saw a poodle in a jacket fastened with a pin, Saw a door opened and a cat let in, But they weren't German Jews my dear, but they weren't German Jews. I ...
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1answer
26 views

What is the proper usage of “x (read y)” where y is another word/phrase for x?

I've often seen this used for humorous purposes, but I would assume it has a formal usage as well. Example: Mortos (read mooch) is a demon from the Spooky Realm. As far as I can tell, it's ...
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4answers
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Need help understanding Intransitive Verbs in these sentences

I know intransitive verbs are action verbs that have no receiver (or object), such as "She smiled." In the following sentence, "arrived" is the intransitive verb: "Huffing and puffing, we arrived at ...
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Word for a clarification/exception

I'm writing a document with a table including a general statement like 'software supports files of type X.' However, there are certain cases where I do not support it yet and/or I'm not sure. I want ...
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1answer
38 views

What is a word for a small pool?

I was passing by a library and there were these very small (artificially created) bodies of water, square shaped, in a repeating pattern with some flowers also repeat between these bodies of water on ...
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0answers
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Can Fair Enough mean quantity enough?

Fair could mean quite large/big or many in quantity or degree, so can fair enough mean it's quite big enough or it's quite much/many(corret me if im wrong) enough?
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“Abstract nonsense” — does it have negative meaning?

Is the collocation "abstract nonsense" coloured somehow in negative way? I mean mostly the second word -- can it mean "something too strange to be good" or something like this, and in what context?
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“Incremental” growth as growth by a minimum unit

I always thought that the literal meaning of "incremental growth" was growth by one, or by some minimum unit, that "to increment by one" would be redundant, and that other usages (for addition by ...
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2answers
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“Kweh-ree” vs. “ Kwee-ree”: which is the more common pronunciation of “query”?

I just watched the Vsauce video "The net is not the web" and heard Michael saying query as kweh-ree. That surprised me since I've always said kwee-ree. So I looked this up on Wiktionary and it seems ...
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How does the English word “arm” work?

In German the Arm is made up of the Oberarm, Unterarm and the Hand. It seems that in English the arm is made up of arm, forearm and hand. Both uses of arm get in English the same Wikipedia article. ...
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I saw where you had not been here the last few days. vs I have seen where you have not been here the last few days [on hold]

I need help in determining the proper grammar for the message I am sending.
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2answers
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A word or idiom for a car mechanic that rips you off

I'm curious if there is an English word or idiom specific for a car mechanic that rips you off. In the case of a doctor, one could use charlatan, or quack.
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22 views

What's the difference between 'natural selection' and 'evolution'? [on hold]

Would you please ,tell me about 'natural selection 'by an example :)
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1answer
28 views

What is a nester?

The family lifecycle (FLC) idea has been particularly threatened. The FLC traces the development of a person’s life along a path from young and single, to married with no children, married with ...
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1answer
19 views

“Proceeding” as an adjective [on hold]

I thought I've heard it being used as such before, but I cannot seem to find any dictionary (online) that details it as an adjective. E.g. "The proceeding event is dinner. The preceding event was ...
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1answer
43 views

Should I use 'able' or 'able to' in this question, even if it means that the sentence ends with 'to'? [duplicate]

My doubt is: Which of these two sentences is correct? We are always looking for ways to reach all the learners in our classroom as effectively as we are able. OR: We are always looking ...
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3answers
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Does “Please verify your address” mean what I think it means?

I have noticed that customer service reps often ask me to "verify my address" or "verify my date of birth". I am not a native English speaker, but the way I understand the word "verify", I would then ...
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2answers
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If I use 'would', can 'steps' follow?

A dissertation talks bout the usefulness of the approach it takes: "[a] study of this kind would be all the more useful if it steps beyond the polemics of grammar." If I use 'would', can 'steps' ...
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3answers
81 views

I think I spider / My English is not the yellow from the egg [on hold]

I'm trying to improve my English skills. Can I use the phrase "My English is not the yellow from the egg" or "I think I spider" in an English spoken country?
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5answers
56 views

A term for “utopic tool”

This question is more philology than engineering. As a non native speaker, I am looking for a word in english to describe a tool that has reached its perfection. So it is a synonym for ...
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1answer
30 views

What is a better way to say [on hold]

I have to shorten a sentence to one with less than 150 characters. I am wondering whether the shortened version I've come up with still makes sense. Original sentence: Plankton Project is a ...
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2answers
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Is in bad condition the same meaning as bent out of shape? [on hold]

Is in bad condition the same meaning as bent out of shape ?
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withing coughing distance [on hold]

I was reading an excerpt from an article in The Hindu, and came across some constructions which threw me: Clearly, in the post-Greenspan age, a central banker does not have the defences available ...
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1answer
29 views

How is this statement incorrect? or Is it correct?

Since my father ""has"" joined this post, he has not taken bribe. In the book I am reading, it says the correct one is: Since my father joined this post, he has not taken bribe.
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2answers
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What is the origin of “not hold with”?

What is the origin of the expression not hold with with the meaning not agree with? For example: I don't hold with what you are saying.
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What is a better way to say: [on hold]

Approval of high-density projects, well beyond limits prescribed in the City’s General Plan, will encourage developers to buy developed properties, demolish the productive buildings/homes and ...
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1answer
50 views

Generic term for either debit or credit

In double-entry accounting, transactions are a series of debits and credits applied onto various accounts. What English term could be used to represent something that is either a debit or a credit in ...
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1answer
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Ambiguity in sentence: retrieving a document marked as relevant by pure chance

There is an ambiguity in the following sentence, since it is not obvious whether by pure chance refers to retrieving a document or to marked as relevant. I want to make it explicit that the document ...
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1answer
31 views

Unable to understand this quote [on hold]

The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ, Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line, Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it. The Rubaiyat of Omar ...
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Names that are simultaneously verbs (and preferably don't share their etymology)? [on hold]

My girlfriend yesterday asked me if I could think of any examples of names, in English, that are simultaneously verbs. We couldn't think of any good examples then (aside from "Hope" etc.), but today ...
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1answer
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how to use whether and whether or not

Should I write ... ... whether or not any decisions have been made moving forward on that position ... or ... whether any decisions have been made moving forward on that position ... ?
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1answer
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Where do I learn cursive?

To give you some background information before I jump right into this question: I am a 15 year old freshman in high school, and unfortunately I was never really taught cursive at any point in time... ...
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How does one cite an interview conducted in sign language (ASL) using MLA format? [migrated]

One of my students is conducting a research project on how being deaf affects one's likelihood of getting a job. Her parents are both deaf, and she is fluent in ASL. She wants to interview other ...
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1answer
36 views

Usage of Too… to

In school, I learned too... to... as an expression, like I am too tired to stand or It is too early to sleep. But sometimes I want to say something like I think 30 days on trip is good, it is not ...
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0answers
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When do you link composite words with dashes? (compounds)

In German (my mother tongue) it is very common to combine several nouns into a new word by linking them together with dashes. After a word has been established in German, you even see it getting ...
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1answer
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Pronounciation of “nominal” in American English

I heard the term "nominal" pronounced by a native speaker of American English and I realised that it was different from the usual British pronounciation. I checked in online dictionaries and I ...
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14answers
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What non-religious expressions can I use instead of “Thank God”?

I'll give an example to help: Someone suffered a car accident, but physically the person is OK. So I say, "Thank God, he/she is fine."
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“You have bought the ticket on 4/25” - ticket of the date or buy it on the date? [on hold]

I have bought a plane ticket to NYC on 4/25 I think this means I bought the ticket on 4/25 with no doubt. But what if I want to say the ticket is on 4/25?
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0answers
23 views

Personification of Guilt, Hate and Hunger [on hold]

What phrases or words could I use to personify guilt, hunger and hate?
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Legal Terms in Titles

When using legal terms in publication titles (for example, "Guardian ad litem Report") which words are capitalized? I have a few ideas, but have not found any authority or rationale to help me ...
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What is the meaning of “keeping things neutral between two people that have messed around”

What does it mean when someone tells you: They want to keep things neutral after you have messed around
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What's a word for “apprehensively hoping”?

I'm talking about that feeling of hoping that something will happen, despite that thing possibly causing a negative effect—in spite of that negative effect, even. Context: I'm a software developer. ...

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