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What would be an apt technical term for the fear of eating cat food?

If there was a technical term for the condition in which a person is irrationally and intensely afraid of inadvertantly eating cat food, what would that term be?
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Verb moods in the poem “Once more into the fray”

There is a poem in the Movie "The Grey" (2011). It goes like this: Once more into the fray... Into the last good fight I'll ever know. Live and die on this day... Live and die on this day... ...
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2answers
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What is it called when organizations set stations (tables and stuff) to deliver information?

I'd like to know what those information stations (just like tea/coffee stations) are called?
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5answers
25 views

Word for “being blown by the wind.”

Example: Pedro was standing on my left, his hair [...], watching the rocks being beaten endlessly by the waves. I'm curious, is there a word that means being blown by the wind?
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“I attend drawing class on Saturdays.” or “I attend a drawing class on Saturdays.”

I have recently been confronted with four statements about a child who has regularly (over more than a year) attended a drawing class (only one class) on Saturdays. I attend drawing class on ...
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248 views

Is there a word for “back and forth”?

I'm struggling with how clumsy the term "back and forth" sounds, is there a word that essentially means a repetitive back and forth motion? IE: The machine ____. (moves back and forth) or operates ...
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Why is “cupboard” pronounced with a silent “p”?

According to Google at least, the word "cupboard" originated in late Middle English as denoting a board that held cups. Since then, the word has evolved to mean a kind of cabinet. My question is, ...
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What is the right word or exact word for winning the lottery?

i need to find out the word that word for this meaning winning the lottery because i need it for a school question.
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4answers
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The adjective “dashing”: can it be used to describe a woman?

Can you say of a woman that she is "dashing", meaning that she looks stupendous, graceful etc.?
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4answers
241 views

What is the opposite of 'subjunctive'?

Any verb has a mood, a voice and a tense. The mood will be indicative, imperative. infinitive etc. Voice will be either active or passive. Tense will be present, future, past,perfect,pluperfect, ...
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2answers
101 views

What two words best describe these features?

I am in the middle of developing an app. I'm having some trouble trying to decide the best usage for two features in particular. I know what both of these words mean, but I am becoming increasingly ...
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2answers
225 views

What is the word that means a person has confused two terms with one another?

Is there a better verb than "confuse" in this passage: Joe has confused the terms A, B, and C. When describing B he used the attributes of A. Also, Joe used attributes of C when discussing A.
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Is “imbedded” a valid spelling of the word “embedded”?

I have seen this used on our marketing materials: The technology imbedded in this solution will help improve productivity. I was going to flag it as a spelling error, however Googling provided ...
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20 views

“… if we become friends” or “became” or “were to become”?

"I would feel happy if we become friends." (become) or "I would feel happy if we became friends." (became) or "I would feel happy if we were to become friends." (were to become) Update: or "I ...
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23 views

Word to describe an email missing an attachment

Have you ever sent an email, intending to attach something and referring to it in the email, but without actually attaching? I'm wondering if there is a word or words to describe: The email itself. ...
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3answers
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Who is Jack Robinson?

I was reading my dictionary and I came across this phrase: "Before you can say Jack Robinson", meaning almost instantaneously to be used as follows: Before you can say Jack Robinson, I took the ...
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why we say in a sea of multiculturalism

the question is about definite and indefinite. why do we say in a sea of multiculturalism rather than in the sea of multiculturalism. cause i think it is multiculturalism not any other things so it ...
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2answers
140 views

Where do people pronounce “ank” as /eŋk/ vs. /æŋk/?

Let's use "bank" as an example. Some Americans pronounce it /bæŋk/, using the vowel of TRAP. Others pronounce it /beŋk/, using the vowel of FACE. Where are these two pronunciations found?
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35 views

Exceptions that allow the use of “will” after “if”

This as what I've been able to establish: The use of "will" after "if" is legal only when any of the following conditions apply: The "will" is used as a verb (equivalent to "want"), for example, ...
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21 views

When to use this construction: so Adjective a Noun

In "The Quiet American" by Graham Greene, Mr Fowler says: I watched her closely while she asked how I was and touched my splinted leg and gave me her shoulder to lean on, as though one could lean ...
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5answers
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Where and when did “Bucket List” come to mean what it does today?

I'm not sure I had even heard the term "bucket list" until the movie came out. I get the feeling though that the term long predates the movie. Can anyone identify how "bucket list" came to mean what ...
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31 views

Term that describes when only one option was requested, but more were offered

Which term describes that in a scenario where only one option or result is requested, but multiple are being offered, which might be perceived badly by the requester? Example: Q: I'm looking for ...
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1answer
27 views

Most accurate affirmative form of a sentence

The sentence is I can never forget you. We have to find the affirmative form of this sentence without changing its meaning. I can think of two answers for this question. 1.I will always remember ...
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9answers
422 views

Is there a metaphorical word or phrase for a potential trouble maker?

More specifically, someone who might open "undesirable doors" and fill you with profound regret for letting him/her into your life. The idiom I'm trying to find would be used in the following ...
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3answers
22 views

Can “combine” mean “get on well”?

Can I use "we combine" in the meaning that we have the same interests? For example: We combine because we both like milk. to mean "we get on well because we both like milk".
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1answer
23 views

For sentence: Remembers the order in which its contents are added

I would like to know what is the meaning for "which" in the above sentence.
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1answer
22 views

Which word can I put?

If I wrote "you cant fix a broken plate or a hole in the wall. However, you cant fix a broken heart" Can the word "however" work here? If it cant what can i use instead? Please i need an answer as ...
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1answer
38 views

Is there a better word than “helpee” to describe a person who receives help?

When I help someone, I am the helper, and he is the helpee. But surely there is a better word than this? I guess you could say "recipient of help" or "beneficiary", but I don't really like either of ...
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9answers
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Is there a good word for a square-rectangle relationship?

Any given square is always a rectangle, but a rectangle isn't necessarily a square, so squares and rectangles have a _ relationship. I've been noticing this sort of thing everywhere ever since I ...
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1answer
83 views

Which of the following works best on a business card?

I am Minh Tran Nhat Nguyen. I later picked "Michael" as my English name when I first came to the U.S. Not everyone knows my English name (especially Americans) so I'm thinking about putting one of ...
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3answers
44 views

A similie / metaphor for the concept that an entity is formed from a wide range of factors

I would really appreciate any help with the following. I am trying to explain that health is not simply determined by biological factors. Instead it is shaped by a whole host of variables: ...
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2answers
4k views

Plural of 'quiz'

The plural of "quiz" is spelled with double "z" while the plural of "box" (and sometimes "bus") is spelled with single last consonant. Why is it so? Is this the general rule to double the last ...
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30 views

What's the meaning of “off line”?

The following is a verse from Daniel Powter's song Bad Day: You stand in the line just to hit a new low You're faking a smile with the coffee to go You tell me your life's been way off line ...
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1answer
48 views

“opted not to” vs “opted to not”

Is there a difference between "opted not to" and "opted to not"? Which is correct to use in this example: "I opted to not|opted not to receive messages from this mailing list".
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6answers
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“Explain” versus “Explicate”

Is there a difference in meaning between the words 'explain' and 'explicate', or are they interchangeable? It seems that explicate is just a very formal (pretentious?) version of explain, that is ...
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3answers
2k views

Meaning of “nine-to-five kind of person”?

What does "nine-to-five kind of person" mean? For example: The great thing about my job is just music, I get CDs constantly pushed into my hand, and I go to loads of gigs, so if you love music, ...
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1 or 2 word synonym of “fill in the blank”

That is, to fill in a gap or blank. For instance, to fill a pothole. Patch comes to mind. Nothing else really.
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Word for a body of water that is sufficiently populated with fish and worthy of fishing in

My game is exploration-and-interaction base. Now that the player has struggled and found a fishing rod, I would like my character to convey the message that "this pond appears to be sufficiently ...
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2answers
179 views

Can none and nor be used together?

Are the following sentences gramatically correct: "None of Tom, Dick nor Harry participated in the contest." "None of Tom, nor Dick, nor Harry participated in the contest." If it were a two-person ...
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8answers
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Should I say “there is a handful of…” or “there are a handful of…”?

I want to write that I have handful of somethings. Which of these is the correct form? There is a handful of somethings. There are a handful of somethings. Are both correct?
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1answer
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What is one word for truncating a string and adding “…” at the end of it?

In software apps sometimes a string's length is greater than its container so the string is truncated. Example: "The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog" becomes "The quick brown fox ...
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1answer
37 views

Construct a “the more x the more y” compound statement

Something doesn't feel 100% correct in the structure of the following statement: The longer you stay here, the higher the chances are that you'll never get there on time. My question is, what should ...
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1answer
27 views

Ordering prepositional phrases

I have rewritten a sentence like the one below several times, and I could not seem to put the prepositional phrases in an order that sounded correct to me. Is there a better way to construct this ...
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2answers
30 views

American products, first, last, and foremost

I have a survey and I need to translate it into another language. There is a question in the survey - "American products, first, last, and foremost.". Users have to answer using scale from 1 to 7, ...
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0answers
26 views

Can a sentence start with verb? [on hold]

I've seen a quote "Dream higher than the sky and deeper than the ocean" and just wondering, the word "dream" here is a verb or noun? If it is a noun here, which one is the verb?
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The “explanatory” textually-presented preamble on a film

I can't think of the word for this... Sometimes at the start of a film, it is let's say necessary, or at least the producers think it is necessary, to have an "explanation" of what the hell is about ...
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2answers
36 views

Usage of the word “not”?

I want to know how can I put the word "not" in these sentences : Would you open the door? ** I know that I can say:"Would you close the door?" but I want to use the word "not". I wonder if you ...
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3answers
99 views

Technology vs. technologies

What is the better sentence? It looks like technologies is the better word since there are many of them. However, most of the similar sentences on the Internet use the singular form technology ...
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4answers
253 views

Does a phrase “by itself” have to be gramatically correct

We can have sentences which are not correct in posters and we forgive them. I made a poster and was criticized for it. It was (and this is the full sentence) Including ghost hunting after hours. ...
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3answers
25 views

How to call a speech praising a laureate of a prize?

I will take part in an event during which several prizes will be handed. There will be a short speech about each winner, explaining what he got the prize for. What do you call this speech in ...

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