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etymonline is a great resource for looking up specific words. If you are at a university, you might have OED access, which is the most in-depth and hardcore etymology resource (if you can get to it). Take Our Word For It is a fun website for browsing through and learning about etymologies in a more entertaining, less structured way.


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Mama British English \mə-ˈmä\ (American English \ˈmä-mə\ or \məˈmɑ) Origin: 1545–55; mama (also, mamma) nursery word, with parallels in other European languages, probably in part inherited or borrowed, in part newly formed; compare Latin mamma, Greek mámmē breast, mama, French maman, Welsh mam mother Etymology Dictionary says mamma, ...


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If you find material in document A that quotes document B, you must reference both documents in your cites. The rationale for this is that selecting what's important and relevant is work and you must give credit for that work. From the Yale College Writing Centre: If the source you’re reading quotes another text, and you want to use that quoted ...


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I think in my neck of the woods it'd be more idiomatic to speak of a (vast) sea of knowledge. But a (great) ocean of knowledge is okay, indeed if you google around you will see many many people using it.


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Words that function as one word but appear as two are called open compounds. They are one of three types of compound words, the other two of which are closed (e.g., pancake) and hyphenated (e.g., half-baked). This document covers compound words extensively. This one gives several examples, such as living room, full moon, real estate, and coffee table. For ...


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Johnny Carson, "What I Have Learned," 1991: “Before you criticize a man, walk a mile in his shoes. That way, if he's upset, he's a mile away and you've got his shoes." Handey did start on SNL in 1991 but I don't know when/if he did this gag, which I've also seen attributed to Billy Connolly. I know about the Carson date because I was his head writer, ...


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When you are presenting the table, you are doing it now, i.e. in the present time. The clue is in the word PRESENTing. But the table itself contains data that has already been collected - in the past. So you are correct in presenting the table in the present tense, but discussing the previously collected data in the past tense.


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A handy source online is The Phrase Finder: http://www.phrases.org.uk/


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Well, I googled "never judge walk mile shoes mile away have his shoes handey" and got this, which says the quote is Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way when you criticize them, you are a mile away from them and you have their shoes." – Jack Handey My technique was to specify a subset of the quote that I ...


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Is it really necessary to inform the reader of who prepared the table? I think the best solution is to restructure such sentences to avoid having to refer to the agent at all. For example: It is likely that this will produce several improvements. and For a better explanation of the features and functionality of this product, see Table 1. After ...


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EL&U member 'Hot Lick's' commented, "Alzheimer's disease" (using the possessive) appears to be the most common spelling... This is correct, for the reasons 'Hot Lick's' cited, and as evidenced in this Google Ngram (case insensitive): The possessive sense seems to be true of other eponymous diseases: However, Wikipedia reports that there are ...


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It is quite acceptable to use the personal pronoun--singular or plural, as the case might be--when attributing specific actions to yourself as author or to yourself and your colleagues as coauthors. In fact, this is preferred over a convoluted passive-voice construction. Thus, your second shaded example is perfectly acceptable. This accords with APA 6th ed. ...


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A body of knowledge is a collection of all concepts and ideas within a particular field. The word "body" doesn't imply massiveness on its own, but the full term is typically understood to refer to a mass of information sufficiently large to describe an entire domain of knowledge, which must inherently be quite large.


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Universe of Knowledge is another metaphor: "Universe of knowledge" is a metaphor that has been important in library classification theory. Source: http://www.iva.dk/bh/Lifeboat_KO/CONCEPTS/universe_of_knowledge.htm


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If you are concerned about using a "personal" possessive determiner for something which is not a person, don't be. their determiner 1 belonging to or associated with the people or things previously mentioned or easily identified: parents keen to help their children [ODO] (my emphasis) Note that it isn't a possessive pronoun: a pronoun is a ...


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When you want to refer to a non-specific general study as "research", it doesn't need to be pluralized as the word "research" itself can mean it as an abstract noun. When it is difficult to find usages for a word which can be used as "noun" and "verb" at the same time such as "research", you could consider searching it as a "subject" in a passive sentence: ...


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General purpose: Online Etymology Dictionary Google Books, set date range and sort by date* Google Ngram Viewer Bill Mullins has a giant list of Full Text Databases Internet Archive Project Gutenberg HathiTrust Digital Library Topsy for Tweets The Right Rhymes: hop-hop slang defined Rap Stats by Rap Genius gives an idea of earliest use, but cannot be ...


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There is absolutely no need to avoid progressive and perfect constructions. It would be difficult to write a paper without them. Perhaps you should ask the reviewer for details on what the objection to progressive and perfect constructions might be.


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I would recommend not referring to yourself, unless it is somehow required. It seems to me that since you are writing the entire paper, it is obvious that you are preparing and providing each part of it. So I suggest: In order to better explain the features and functionality of this product, a table has been prepared that simplifies and broadens the ...


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The Natural Semantic Metalanguage is a controversial linguistic theory which claims to be just that. The theory says that there is a set of words (currently about 65) called semantic primes, which are the base level concepts. All other concepts can be defined using them, and they themselves cannot be defined. Furthermore the theory says that these words are ...


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A language depends on common knowledge. For example it is impossible to describe a colour to someone who has been totally blind from birth. Ultimately all words must be defined in terms of concepts we already know. We learn new words when we are young children by listening, observing and asking questions. In particular most nouns are learned by a child ...


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As the comment above notes, the SI brochure states: In both English and in French, when the name of a derived unit is formed from the names of individual units by multiplication, then either a space or a hyphen is used to separate the names of the individual units. In Section 7.80, "Hyphens and readability," the Chicago Manual of Style advises ...


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I think the sentence would be stronger without it. 'Epistemological' has a lot of philosophical connotations that seem ill-fitting in the context of the sentence (and almost redundant as well). Aside: I would also note that the first part of the sentence also seems to bear a bit of ambiguity in verb-subject agreement. For example, you include two nouns ...


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Endophytes are a class of fungi and bacteria that live part of their life in a plant, without causing disease or injury to the plant. At one time, I expect the field of inquiry which studied endophytes would likely have been named endophytology, but it would not surprise me in modern academia if the field of inquiry was named *Endophyte studies". It's not ...


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It certainly is unusual, and constitutes a red flag. Take a close look at the book, and listen carefully to the teacher, to see if the ideas are problematic as well. Hopefully there is an office of diversity on campus you can bring this problem to, if you see some areas of concern.


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Working alone, their friend Adam is researching a similar problem in Boston.


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I recommend that you study his interviews and try to identify when/how he starts to lead the interviewee towards his own opinions regarding something that is being discussed, perhaps a comment about a given location, rules or social group that implies (perhaps demands) a biased answer from the person that is being interviewed. This might seem kind of vague ...


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I suggest you introduce this section as follows: "In order to better explain the features and functionality of this product, the [your designated role in the project], [your name], has prepared a table that simplifies and broadens the information regarding the aforementioned subjects." For instance: "In order to better explain the features and ...



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