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Is an iconic phrase a catchphrase?

Generally I think of a catchphrase as being a phrase that is regularly repeated by a character or person to the point that it becomes an immediately recognizable part of their identity. The ...
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“cactusings” or “cactiing”

I am aware this is a nonsensical / silly question, but my last question got me thinking about this. Say you have a hypothetical verb ending in -us. Lets pretend this verb is the word "Cactus". Some ...
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Word for the act of databasing

Database has found its way into the English vernacular as a verb as well as a noun. I can have a database, but I can also database information. I have heard used the other verb tenses 'databased' ...
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What's called this problem in the knee part of the jeans?

What do you call this problem when your pants, especially jeans, look like sticking out in the front and look as if there is a pillow on their knee part? (As if it has taken the shape of the knee.) I ...
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Adjective for person with learning disability?

I'm looking for an adjective to describe a person with a learning disability. I've thought of using "learning disabled", but I don't like the sound of it. I've also thought of using "learningly ...
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Why is /ɪŋk/ used with “ink” words when the actual pronunciation is /iːŋk/?

SOURCES 1) Words correctly coded /iː/ sound for "i" a) routine /ruːˈtiːn/ https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/routine b) machine /məˈʃiːn/ https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/machine 2) Words correctly ...
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Meaning of “all the shadows had crept under their proper trees”?

From "Melisande" by E. Nesbit. (emphasis mine) They stayed talking in the garden till all the shadows had crept under their proper trees and the sun-dial said it was breakfast time. What's the ...
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Is “rewirings” a word?

Is "rewirings" a word? I recently found myself at need for its use and every location I search says it's spelled incorrectly / doesn't exist, yet I'm fairly certain this would be the correct word to ...
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Is “languid” the right word?

I was listening to some gentle, slow, emotionally warm music by Aaron Copland, and I thought of the word "languid" to describe it. But I wasn't sure of what languid means, so I looked it up, and it ...
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Is there a word that means “doing the same with”?

Yesterday my teacher gave me an assignment. Everything was good until I saw this question: Find the word form of "like" to fit in the gap: "Just water these plants twice a week, and ___ the ones in ...
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Is this a correct way to use hyperbaton?

Soon this man found himself in the clutches of an evil witch. Mean, full of hatred hell-bent she was on finding and killing him no matter the cost. Does the latter part of the sentence above make ...
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Where do I put this phrase in a phrase structure tree?

I am not sure where to put the AdvP in this sentence when drawing a phrase structure tree. This is the sentence I would like to create the tree for: "The car Sam bought last week won the big race." ...
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What's the correct form?

Which is a correct answer? I'll be there in a ... time. A) day or two B) day or two's C) day's or two's
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Isn’t there really any English equivalent to German “Fachidiot”?

There was the following paragraph in the article that came under the title, “GOP and the rise of Anti-knowledge” written by Mike Lofgren in Consortiumnews.com (October 29, 2015): “English ...
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Substitution or Ellipsis? (Linguistics)

I want to ask a question which is not clear for me. In an exam, we were given such a question that it says which of the following dialogues doesnt have ellipsis. Two most possible answers are these ...
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What do you call a person who reconnoiters?

If a saboteur is one who sabotages, and a spy is one who does espionage, what do you call one who reconnoiters or performs reconnaissance?
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Word for “not putting thought into something”

I'm writing a letter to someone and I want to describe the way a woman talked to me the whole night. Every time I told her something, I got short answers which had zero thought put into them. Like ...
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Is 'and all' grammatically correct?

People around me use the word 'and all' a lot and I feel it's not grammatically correct. For example, they say, people and all, subjects and all, students and all. Please let me know.
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Clause identification problem

The sentence is as follows: "All we do is just fight." My opinion is the only essential component that a clause should have is a verb. Therefore, an analysis of the sentence above would be that ...
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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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China has been simmering with known for several years that …

The following passage is quoted from the comments that Prof. Paul Krugman made during the meeting with Japanese officials on March 22, 2016 in Tokyo. I am wondering what the italic part means. I ...
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What is the name of a person who likes high quality items?

What is the name of a person who likes high quality items, not necessarily the most expensive, but the best for the money perhaps.
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Beer vs Beers : Units vs Purchasing

I have run into a conundrum. When I go to get some friends cans of beer I say: You guys want a beer? When I am referring to going to a bar and drinking some I say: Let's go get some beers! ...
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Full stop after signing off emails

Is it correct to put a full stop after signing emails. For example should it be Regards, Cristiano or Regards, Cristiano.
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“Just by the fact that” or “Just the fact that” difference?

Which is more correct when fitting into this sentence: "... the course is new to me is what motivates me to study it." That is, of these two, which is more correct: Just by the fact that the ...
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Is there a word yet, for old friends who've just met?

In the original Muppet Movie (lyrics, video), Jim Henson asserted there is not, but that was 1979. Now it's a few decades later, and the English language has evolved, including a lot around ...
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What does the word “penty” mean? [on hold]

And the word pent ? Are they very used in the british/american english ? Thank you for your help :)
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How should I say an action or an institution is still needed and available?

I am looking for a good word or short phrase to communicate the fact that an action or an institution is needed, available, in common practice, meaningful, useful, and implemented. It should have ...
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Can I use the word 'Bye' as a complementary close in a friendly letter?

When I want to write a personal letter to my close friend, I can use various expressions. But using the word 'Bye' seems incorrect to me. Any help?
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Term for when a negative word is used positively?

Many years ago I heard a linguistics professor use a term to describe when negative words evolve to express positive opinions. For example, African Americans began in the 1970s to say "bad" when ...
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What is the word for “to put something on a skewer”?

As in: verb kebabs on a skewer and grill for 30 minutes. An automatic translation from my native language to English suggests words "string" or "thread", but I haven't ever seen them used in ...
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Predicate nominative or predicate adjective?

In the sentence: The liquid in the bowl turned a bright blue. Please tell me if blue is a predicate nominative or a predicate adjective and please explain why. Thank you.
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What is another phrase for one stop shop?

I am writing a small description and need a phrase to highlight a range of services. Is there another phrase for "one stop shop" which is both catchy and apt?
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How to answer “So what?” Essay Question [on hold]

I am writing an essay and I am comparing two books (Station Eleven and The Stone Angel). I figured out that the characters from these novels are very similar, thus I will mostly be comparing these ...
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what is the Forty-five day escrow? [on hold]

I want to make sure this English sentence. A: When are these people moving in? B: Forty-five day escrow. A: That’s like three months from now. In this sentence, B said it's 45 day ...
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What do you call it when you “extend” a word?

On a programming site, I noticed http://stackoverflow.com/questions/37460404/unexplained-increasement-of-variable a beautiful word use, "increasement." Is there a term for, or how would you refer ...
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“On fire” versus “in flames”, “on parole” but “in prison” [duplicate]

A house can be 'on fire' or 'in flames'. They can be used interchangeably, but there seems to be a difference of involvement - 'in flames' suggests the house is engulfed by fire, 'on fire' could mean ...
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heavy is to kilograms and weight; good and bad is to ______ and ______?

Example sentence: "The robot judged the unknown entity to have only 17 ______ of ______, so it decided to run away." I ask because I want a computer agent to make determinations of ...
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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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Why is news said to be “breaking”?

I was just wondering what the origins of "breaking news" or "we broke the story" are.
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Is there a familiar phrase for spending too much time on something?

We all know that "a stitch in time saves nine" and "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure", but sometimes the opposite is true. A stitch before its time is a waste of time and thread. If ...
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What is a one syllable word for “could not”?

I am writing a poem and I need a word meaning "could not" that is only one syllable to be able to fit into the rhythm. I need it to be in past tense also. I need it to replace "couldn't" in this line ...
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Clause confusion

I am studying SFL grammar and I have this sentence that I need to break down into clauses and say what type of clauses they are. Studies show that when caught by fishermen, sea trout are more ...
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Is this correct usage of the word irony?

Comment on Reddit I understand that irony means an incongruity between what actually happens and what is expected. However, this user got downvoted for what I believe is an appropriate usage of the ...
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Is there any grammar error in the following sentence? [on hold]

"I have problem of saying Chinese language" The person wants to express that his/her spoken Chinese is not very good. Edit If you are to evaluate the level of English for the person based on this ...
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“Pharaoh” or “the Pharaoh”?

Should we use "the Pharaoh" or simply "Pharaoh"? Since it is a title I think it should be preceded with "the". But I see it used both ways. Why?
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When someone leaves at 4pm - should I say “Have a good afternoon” or “evening”? [closed]

I started work as a receptionist and must greet people that come and go. Please let me know what I should say when it is 4 pm and the client is leaving. Should I say "Bye, have a nice afternoon" or ...
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Grammar guys, help! [on hold]

I must have been tired because I had been working so far for several hours or I must have been tired because I have been working so far for several hours Which one is correct? I am a bit confused ...
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Comparing Two “Errors”

In a mathematical context, when I want to say that "an error is > than 0.99", which of the following words can I substitute with ">": Greater Higher Bigger

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