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The previous answers are well and good, but you can also be respectful when talking about a recently-deceased person by referring to them simply as: "The late Mr. Smith..." This is a formal (and thus, respectful) indication that Mr. Smith has recently passed away, and also avoids any reference to religion, in case others might take offense or ...


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If you're looking for a single word that will express thanks at the same time, I would avoid both satiated and sated; with apologies to @F'x, "sated" is not at all common in conversation, and when it is used it usually has more to do with sex than food. (Not always, but often enough that your hosts will look at you strangely for a moment before relaxing and ...


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The phrase you are looking for is "may he rest in peace". "Robin Williams, may he rest in peace, was..." The phrase "God put him in Heaven" would sound charmingly exotic. The person you are speaking to would likely have never heard it before, and your sentiment would sound all the more touching and sincere for its unfamiliarity. "God forgive him" implies ...


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"I drank straight from the bottle. Do you mind?"


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To remove any chance of seeming presumptuous, you might say: Thanks in advance for any help you are able to provide. This acknowledges that their ability to help may be limited (or nonexistent), but it is courteous nonetheless. It is perfectly suitable for business contexts. (Note that according to the specific situation, you could swap out help with ...


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As @Araucaria says in the comments, Grammar Police is an excellent alternative that conveys the fascistic tendencies of a police state without the genocidal implications.


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Perhaps you could carry around with you this list of 125,000 Shakespearean insults, and just rattle one of those off, like: I'm such a bootless, beetle-headed boor-pig and call your friend a droning, doghearted bladder. http://www.ariel.com.au/jokes/Shakespearean_Insults.html


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It doesn't at all mean "don't go around talking about this to anyone." It is in fact much closer to "you're welcome." When you are telling someone "don't mention it", what you are telling them not to mention is the 'thank you' itself -- you are saying "Your thanks isn't necessary. I was glad to do it, so you didn't need to mention your thanks." (Note: This ...


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In common conversation in the US Midwest I rarely hear "Not at all" or "Don't mention it." "No problem" is very common, and "You're welcome" is also pretty well-used. My personal usage: I use "Not at all," "Don't mention it," and "No problem" when the activity I'm being thanked for was really no big deal. I use "My pleasure" when emphasizing that I'm ...


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If you say you drank "from that bottle", with a slight accent on "from", most native English speakers will know what you mean.


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Since your name seems Indian, I'll also mention a common Indian-English idiosyncrasy that may clear up matters for you. There is a tendency in Indian speech to use "could" for "can", and "would" for "will". This is wrong (or, to avoid being prescriptive, certainly at variance with other varieties of English, and non-standard even in India). Properly, "could" ...


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Pedant comes to mind A pedant is a person who is excessively concerned with formalism, accuracy & precision, or who makes an ostentatious and arrogant show of learning. Wikipedia


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MT_Head's answer is spot on — saying "I'm full" isn't rude. I don't think there is another single word that is similarly polite and well-understood. If you want to avoid saying "I'm full", you could say things like, "I've had plenty," or "I've had too much already." Host: "Would you like any more?" Guest: "Oh, no thank you, I've had plenty. ...


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Anything can be offensive, or not. Offense is in the mind of the subject, and may take intent of the speaker into account. In my particular culture (Western Canadian Anglophone Caucasian, which overlaps with lots of other cultures, especially throughout North America), at this particular time (2010's, but extending back for quite a few years), I would ...


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In the UK, people would be happy if you say loo. An alternative to loo is lavatory, which is something you might hear in higher class circles. Toilet is fine, but will make some, more old fashioned, people wince. If you say "bathroom" (as in MrHen's answer) in the UK, people will probably understand you, but if you are out and about (rather than in ...


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There is a tendency in informal speech and writing to use object pronouns when conjoined with other nouns or pronouns, even if serving as the subject of a verb. You never hear this usage if the subject is not conjoined; that is, no native speaker would say “me went for some ice cream” but “me and my friends went for some ice cream” is actually quite a common ...


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I always understood this to mean "no, but thanks for the offer." Saying no would be a little blunt, so its just a polite way of refusing.


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I prefer: I would be grateful (or very grateful or perhaps even most grateful) for any help you are able to provide. "Thanks in advance" may be acceptable in an internet forum, but to me it seems too informal for business correspondence, and does run a risk of being interpreted as presumptuous.


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No, it would be seen as unusual, perhaps archaic. The only reason I is capitalised is that i doesn't stand out visually, and needs added visual emphasis. He, Him, and His are capitalised when referring to God (or variations thereof) in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic texts. In that context, You and Your (or more typically Thou, Thee, Thy, and Thine) would ...


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I would substitute the verb drink with sip, the latter sounds more gentlemanly/polite and it implies you quenched your thirst directly from the bottle, instead of using a glass or a straw. I'm sorry, I've already sipped from that bottle. sip v. 1. drink (something) by taking small mouthfuls.


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While I don’t use that word myself, like most profanity, its meaning is not very precise. It is used to mean many different things which is only sometimes informed by the context. I’ve seen (or heard) the word used to mean all of the following. arrogant mean-spirited hateful rude self-centered/self-absorbed condescending inconsiderate intolerant ...


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Fascist (in its informal sense of someone who believes in authoritarian, dictatorial control) is a slightly less-charged term, although it's still fairly charged. Stickler ("a person who insists on something unyieldingly") is a good uncharged term that still carries a solid meaning. Being uncharged, it lacks the ... impact ... of the other terms, but this ...


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Describing the person as inconsistent might be one option. Since most people will agree that being a hypocrite is a bad thing, I believe that a "softer" word that means the same thing will still be offensive. I suggest that a softening of meaning is required, and perhaps some obfuscation. Responding to comments: I argue that inconsistent it is not ...


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If you want informal, you can go with "Can't say", which is short and concise (though, it might be a bit ambiguous if someone interprets it as "I'm not allowed to say"). You could also go with the classic "I don't know" or "I have no idea". Formally, I usually go with "That is outside of my area of expertise".


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So, the preferred method of addressing a professor in the US is not entirely consistent. Variations from university to university or even department to department occur, however, at the three universities/departments I've attended/been employed by, the following is true: If the professor holds a doctorate, calling him/her Dr. Lastname is the most common ...


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I grew up in the northeastern U.S., and spent 20 years in the military, moving several times along the way. In the northern states, the term is seldom used, and it's not considered derogatory. If anything, it's borderline patriotic, as in the song I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy. In the south, though, it's a different matter. I once had a colleague tell me, ...


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I'd love to help you @user129811, but I can't think of anything right now.


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The most polite ways are probably: "May we have the bill/check, please?" "Could we have the bill/check, please?" "Could we get the bill/check, please? This has the meaning... "Is it possible for you to give us the bill, as we're ready to leave and wish to pay" Alternatively, when the server comes by and asks if you'd like anything else, a polite ...


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It is mere politeness. When somebody offers you something that you do not need or want, you just say "No, thanks!", thus showing that you are grateful for the offer.


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The answer you are looking for entirely depends on where the child is being raised. In the Midwestern US, for instance, the most polite word is restroom: Where is your restroom? If you are in someone's house you can also use bathroom. Most of the US considers these two appropriate.



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