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Shall I put the adjective behind the noun in this case?

"Function" means the performance of something, so it is on a level different from "project".(self-made) Here what I mean is that the two words are on different levels, the first may refer to ...
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Does “quite sorry” sound common to you?

Phrases like "so sorry", "very sorry" are commonly seen, but "quite sorry" sounds odd to me. At first I thought it might be because "quite" doesn't usually go with words representing negative ...
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A word for 'the ability to see beauty'

In talking about someone, perhaps an artist, who has the ability to find or see beautiful things in everyday settings. Is there a word for it ?
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“Should you pull a ‘Burger King’ to cut your tax bill?” - What figurative device is it?

Burger King plans to buy the Canadian Tim Hortons in an effort to cut taxes as in the following link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/should-you-pull-a-burger-king-to-cut-tax-bill-2014-08-26 What ...
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Why is quixotic pronounced as it is?

Since "quixotic" was coined with Don Quixote as its basis, why is it pronounced "kwicks-OTT-ick" when it should by rights/origin be pronounced "Key-HO-tick"? It even sounds more onomatopoeiatic the ...
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What do you call someone who cares of their appearance?

Vain is not the word I'm looking for. A word for someone who cares on what social rank they're in... Someone who wants to have money, something similar to ambitious?
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How did “stuck-up” get to mean “snob”?

I was inclined to believe that the expression "stuck-up", meaning staying aloof from others because one thinks one is superior, had its origins with somebody's nose stuck (up) in the air and yet, ...
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Is there a word to describe someone who apologizes for or feels bad about success or good fortune?

For example, an American who apologizes for the wealth and power of the United States?
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What construction does ‘A wise man is never less alone than when alone’ have?

I think this proverb roughly means that a wise man isn’t lonely even if he is without company. However, when considering its construction, my understanding is starting to get shaky. Let me explain ...
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Batman vs. Maxwell Smart. Who said, “Good thinking, …!” first?

Recently, I've come across the catchphrase, "Good thinking, [name/noun]!" three times on ELU. The first was in a question referring to Terry Pratchett's catchphrase "Good thinking, that man!" 1 The ...
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What do you call someone who cares about social rank? Someone who doesn't like to dress simple.

Someone who wants expensive stuff? Someone who wants luxuries, and who lacks in appreciation.
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synonym for “inquisitiveness”

Are there any synonyms for "inquisitiveness" except for maybe "curiosity"? I can't find anything else in online dictionaries, and I'm trying to not sound repetitive by using the same word over and ...
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Is there any reason for saying “he is good-looking”, instead of “he is well-looking”?

A person who has............is said to be.............. "good manners".........."well-mannered" "good behaviour"........"well-behaved" "good intentions"........"well-intentioned" "a good ...
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What does “bupke” mean?

There was the following passage in the New Yorker's (August 27) article titled, “A scandal at the C.I.A. May be.” : In January I (David Shafer, novelist) filed a Freedom of Information Act request ...
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Phrase for habitual scoffing at someone & then asking for his help

In our cultural language we say that he always spit & then lick the same spot... at least something like this. However, can I get some convenient phrase for such a person habit.
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Adjective form of “degrade”?

For example, I want to say: This book degrades Western culture. In this form: This book has been described as ??? to Western culture. What would the adjective form be? Is "degradeful" a ...
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A word or phrase to describe a plan that helps people achieve their goals?

I've created an online web form. The web form has a step-by-step guide which asks the user to provide a detailed answer for each question. Once the user has finished the form their feedback will ...
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What is the term for engraved metal discs showing bearings and distances to other places?

At touristic vantage points, one can sometimes find engraved metal discs that show the bearings and distances to other visible places like mountains in the area, or to far away cities and places. An ...
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Opposite of Nightmare?

First off the word dream in most contexts does have positive connotations. When talking about dreams that people experience during sleep though the meaning becomes fairly neutral, at least as far as ...
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“hunger resistant”

As the title says, a person who does not get hungry easily, or is better at ignoring the effects of malnourishment is (a) ____ ? Example: a monk who can fast for an extended period of time. ...
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How does the word “gas” relate to cheating and deception?

According to A Collection of College Words & Customs by Benjamin Homer Hall, written in 1856 I believe, gas is defined as cheating or deceiving someone. Any ideas why that may be?
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Why is it “have someone wrapped around your LITTLE finger”?

I just had occasion to write she's got him wrapped around her finger (under complete control). I'd never really thought about this one before, but my guess would have been the idiom had some ...
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Is this ok: “A full option car has several different styles. One of these is air conditioning.”

Is this grammatically correct? A full option car has several different styles. One of these is air conditioning. I had a test and the two sentences above were in a “find the mistake” question. I ...
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How do I use, “Be it” in a question, or can I?

I'm writing a poem and I want to use this specific wording, but I'm not sure if it's grammatically correct. Here is the line: "Will you ever ask for the truth or be it ignorant you stay?"
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Injective / injectional: mode of operation of a pump

What is the best matching word for the mode of operation of a pump doing injections into a pipe system? By "injections", individual short feedings with no (temporal or other) relation to each other ...
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“Definite ninety-nine” - UK English meaning

I've been browsing through older lyrics of Judas Priest songs, namely Rocka Rolla, which has the following lines in a verse: Barroom fighter Ten pint a nighter Definite ninety-nine ...
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I’ve an Italian degree in “engineering informatics”, so I am a what?

I studied Engineering Informatics in Italy, and I always have difficulty when trying to define my title (in several contexts, e.g. In my researchgate account, as well as in the subscription form to ...
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“Do you want” vs “Do you not want”

I recently came across a funny picture with these questions: Do you want som drugs? No Do you not want some drugs? Presumably the answear is supposed to be "no" since you always say no to drugs, ...
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Do we have to mention the things we refer to after the word “one of these”

Do we have to mention the things we refer to after the word "one of these" For example.... "I have a lot of cars.One of these is BMW" "I have a lot of cars.One of these cars is BMW" Which one of ...
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How would a king have phrased “I need to use the bathroom”?

I'm wondering how an English monarch would have notified his people that he needed to use the bathroom/toilet?
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Should small numbers with a unit after them be spelt out or written in digits?

I heard it is better to write out numbers less than ten then to represent them using digits. Is this still true if there's a unit of measurement after the number? For example, in a research paper ...
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“between” vs. “among”

Today I was cut off in the middle of the following sentence: Between Cook, Strauss, and Pietersen— My friend said I was wrong. He said that for more than two entities, among/amongst are used, ...
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Using the word 'option' meaning 'a variable', not 'an alternative'

There are two meanings of the word 'option', that I have encountered: A variable that takes one of the multiple possible values. (e.g. "You should set the resolution option to 'default'") An ...
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What is the meaning of 'to be recessed 0.2mm in area shown' in a drawing

What is the meaning of 'to be recessed 0.2mm in area shown' in a drawing
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Do “resolution” and “definition” differ? If so, how?

Particularly in the context of the usage of "high definition" and "resolution", as in quality of digital sound, picture, and/or video. My question is spurred by my description of and under an image, ...
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Why We Need To Know About Hyperboles [on hold]

So I realize that hyperboles exist, but in school we're taught about them as if they are truly important to what we are going to be doing in life. I realize their usefulness, but why do we need to ...
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“In no way” vs “By no means”

How do I decide whether I should use "in no way" or "by no means"? Are they different in any way? Should either of these terms be used at all? For example: In no way am I suggesting that... ...
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How does 'to obtain' develop to mean 'to prevail'?

What's an intuitive derivation behind definition 2 of obtain, that helps to internalise its meaning: 2. [no object] [formal] Be prevalent, customary, or established [ODO] How does the ...
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Sometimes what you are most afraid of doing is the very thing that will set you free

I had been searching for the context of "Sometimes what you are most afraid of doing is the very thing that will set you free" ... What does it exactly mean?
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Can we use “workaround to this” instead of “solution to this”?

While searching for the meaning I got this. Wordkaround - a method for overcoming a problem or limitation in a program or system. Which means almost the same as "solution". So, can we use ...
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The meaning of 'a black plunge of'

I can't catch the meaning of this sentence: 'I had a black plunge of shame.' Here is the passage from "The Magus" by John Fowles: Someone had knocked on the door. I was staring at a wall. I was in ...
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Couldn't be parked: Ngaio Marsh

In one of her novels, Dame Ngaio Marsh has Roderick Alleyn propose marriage to Agatha Troy, who responds she "couldn't be parked." In context this appears to be equivalent to "couldn't be more ...
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Words with a leading silent w

My eldest is a beginning reader. Yesterday we read one of my favorite books, The Wreck of the Zephyr. He pointed at wreck and asked me why that one looked like it said "wuh-reck." I explained that ...
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Why doesn't the silent “e” work on “infinite”? [duplicate]

Why doesn't the silent "e" work on the word "infinite"? What I mean is, why does mate have a long "a", but infinite has a short "i"?
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Why does a silent “-e” at the end of a word lengthen vowels?

There's a common pattern in English spelling where "short" vowels are pronounced as "long" vowels with the addition of a silent "e" at the end of the word. E.g. bit → bite mat → mate pet → pete ...
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Nice way to say “exclude”

I have a bunch of components I have included into a new project. I drew a pretty picture showing all of them, color coding the ones I selected, then showing the conglomeration. I went to write up the ...
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Momentary vs Temporary

Is there any difference? Which would be better to describe a requirement for 1 or 2 days. Suppose I need to inform my Operations team, that I need a particular requirement to be implemented but I want ...
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“Inter-”, “multi-”, “cross-”, “trans-” in relation to disciplines

In academia the words inter-discipline, multi-discipline, trans-discipline, or cross-discipline are used to describe a type of combination between different disciplines or the uniqueness of a field. ...
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Is there a named category for nouns that are not 'agent nouns'?

Please note that this question is not about the 'opposite' of an agent noun, or the 'passive noun' corresponding to an agent noun. My question is: if we could split the set of all nouns into two ...
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What does “What are you into?” mean?

I personally don't use this question in spoken language but I usually see it in written language. I also frequently see that when someone asks this question, it elicits in turn the question "What do ...

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