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My choice would be hypercritical. The only disadvantage being that lazy listeners will think you are saying "hypocritical".


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From Tony Thorne, The Dictionary of Contemporary Slang (1990): bog-standard adj British totally unexceptional, normal and unremarkable. Bog here is used as an otherwise meaningless intensifier. From Paul Beal, Partridge's Concise Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English (1989): bog-standard. Standard, straight from a factory, with no ...


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Unforgiving means intolerant of any mistakes, regardless of size, reasoning, or infrequency. It is often used in contexts like yours: http://www.dictionary.com/browse/unforgiving It was unforgiving of him to judge the employee in such a way.


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"Sex workers" is the term used by licensed Social Workers, the medical community, women's (and men's) support groups, and the media when referring in an unbiased way to those who "sell their bodies for pleasure." From Wikipedia: "A sex worker is a person who is employed in the sex industry.[1][2] The term is used in reference to all those in all areas ...


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From A Comparative Dictionary of the Indo-Aryan Languages Pucca or pukka comes from Hindi pakka, "cooked, ripe," from Sanskrit pakva-, from pacati, "he cooks." Pukka therefore means cooked, ripe, matured etc. in that sense. Pukka may also mean solid, permanent, confirmed in Hindi just like concrete is used for that purpose in English, as in "I have ...


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There may be some confusion here between language and behavior. Politeness is a combination of the two, and care with the former cannot forgive lapses in the latter. If you were to interrupt two strangers having a semi-private conversation, perhaps by physically inserting yourself between the two so that you address one party while turning your back on the ...


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It's actually antepenultimate but this word is so uncommon that most people won't know what you mean. People tend to say something like "this one, the previous one, and the one before that". I would be delighted if more people used antepenultimate but I have been on the losing side of many linguistic battles and am not optimistic on this one.


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According to Collins Dictionary, since the early 2000s there has been a steady decrease in the usage of pukka in printed literature. Unfortunately, it's unknown if the data includes websites, online magazines and forums, but I suspect it doesn't. Taking at face value, it suggests that the term is falling out of favour particularly among British English ...


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I'd suggest, unjust Something or someone that is unjust is just not fair. An unjust boss might fire you the very first time you're late for work. Vocabulary.com


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It seems to me that not only is the capitalisation strange, but also the language and terminology. I agree with the comments by both Charl E & Hot Licks as possibilities for these oddities, but it doesn't make the overall result correct, appropriate, nor fully intelligible. Confirmation of Registration to <...> Your registration to <...> has been ...


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The subject is "working" which is singular; thus "has" is correct. You're tempted by the "many years" or perhaps by the "academic and administration fields" to make the verb plural, but that just describes the work. This will be clearer if you boil the sentence down: Working ... has not only contributed to my professional growth, but also to...


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Probably most British speakers of English would be familiar with the phrase; I have often heard it in the London area, and never thought about its origin. OED mentions the theories about the origin of the phrase given above, then says "The most commonly held view is that the transition from box to bog resulted from a mishearing or misunderstanding of ...


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These people are often negatively characterized as punctilious. In particular, "punctilious implies minute, even excessive attention to fine points." Punctilious can be used as either a positive or negative word.


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As a young Brit (early twenties), I have never used pukka to mean anything unless it was making fun of or doing an impersonation of Jamie Oliver, or telling someone the name of a pie.


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You could describe the boss as harsh. ‘Robbins's disciplinarianism won him a reputation as a harsh and cruel taskmaster.’ source: http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/harsh meaning #2.


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Not really, although the problem is with your overall sentence construction more than the use. "Per se" means "of or in itself", so is really used for reflexive emphasis, e.g. "Religion, while not necessarily advocating violence per se, can be a significant contributory factor." as in "Religion does not specifically call for violent behaviour, but can ...


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No discussion of "pukka" is complete without mention of Only Fools and Horses. I can't vouch for the definitions on the page, but "pukka", "lovely jubbly" and "cushty" all have Del's voice in my head because of their prominence in the show. Even Jamie Oliver hasn't changed that.


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From Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humpty_Dumpty at Origins "...According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the term "humpty dumpty" referred to a drink of brandy boiled with ale in the seventeenth century.[8] The riddle probably exploited, for misdirection, the fact that "humpty dumpty" was also eighteenth-century reduplicative slang for a ...


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A person who constantly scrutinizes the work of another person is called a control freak: a person who attempts to dictate how everything is done around them [Wikipedia] Or you could try back-seat driver as a sort of metaphor: a passenger in a vehicle who is not controlling the vehicle but who excessively comments on the driver's actions and ...


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Specifics: I can find no evidence whatever that ‘hails from’ is ‘necessarily formal’ in any particular form of words, in any instance of English anywhere. That does not mean that it does not figure in some process somewhere (maybe English-speakers getting mortgages in Bangalore have to use this term in declaring where they are from), but it does not ...


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In the negative sense, a swot. swot British informal; derogatory A person who studies very hard. The unloved school swots of the 20th century have blossomed into the alpha group of the 21st. Oxford Dictionaries Swotting up is really just like revising for exams but being a bit of a swot has the connotation of being always in a book, ...


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In Australia at least, direct questions are polite, provided basic manners ("excuse me", "please", "thank you") are used as well. To reiterate what deadrat said above, as long as this is phrased as a question (usually with "could" or "would") and not as a demand, it would be fine. Indirect questions are also used. Neither would seem out of place, regardless ...


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First off, in the US a bathroom is a place with a toilet and sink. The actual tub/shower is optional. (When selling homes the toilet-only room is called a "half bath" while the one with tub is a "full bath", and it's a "three-quarters bath" if it's got toilet and shower but no tub.) However, in businesses and other public buildings the toilet room is more ...


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It's got bits missing: A contraction The contracted form of: It has got bits missing. translation into standard AmE: It has missing parts or It has parts missing. The Brits often use bits for parts. Example: I didn't like the violent bits (of the film). AmE: I didn't like the violent parts of the movie. Quick review of present tense of have: It can be: ...


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The original genre is 'family conversation,' 'childhood.' The normal context for the phrase is where a badminton set, jig-saw puzzle, board-game coming from a car-boot sale (garage sale, rummage sale) or received second-hand from cousins, or older siblings, or vague adopted aunts and uncles, is a disappointment. Or your Porsche has missing lambda sensors. ...


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"Bog-standard" means ordinary. Here's a link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/radio/specials/1728_uptodate/page25.shtml "Bog" is not a verb that means "to form"--"bog standard" is an adjective. There is no verb in the phrase "bog standard scoops of ice cream."


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Surely your screen shots answer the question for you: Deference : "polite submission and respect" - also, it can refer to wishes or age. Reverence : "deep respect" - also would normally refer to a person, or possibly a temple, idol, or the like. You might need to treat your teacher / boss / superiors with deference (polite respect) - but you are unlikely ...


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It is called Title Casing or what is called Headline style. First character in all words are capitalised, except for certain subsets defined by rules that are not universally standardised. The standardisation is only at the level of house styles and individual style manuals. More help here


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Consider, grind A person who works or studies too much. M-W


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There is a common backronym for bog-standard: "British Or German Standard" - but as the answers above make clear that is very much post hoc. The phrase caused political controversy in 2001 when the UK Prime Minister's spokesman referred to "bog-standard comprehensive" schools - which was taken to be insulting by some (an interpretation strongly denied by ...



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