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Dec
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comment “Perfect pitch” equivalent for someone with a good visual sense
"Perfect pitch is the ability to discern individual musical notes." Discerning between different notes (relative pitch) is very different from "perfect pitch" -- which means identifying the absolute pitch without aid of a reference note. (most people who can "play a tune by ear" have very good relative pitch abilities, but may or may not have perfect pitch.)
Sep
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comment The subject of “inform”
@WS2, that's all fair. I don't disagree with anything you said, except that I think my examples are probably generally valid in most of the scenarios in which "inform" might be used.
Sep
5
comment The subject of “inform”
@WS2, I agree, but I think the usage is also etymologically correct. That being said, there are a wealth of synonyms. For example, "buttressed", "augmented", "elaborated", "reinforced", and a plethora of other choices might be equally apt.
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accepted Good synonym for “professional” that includes skilled amateurs
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comment Good synonym for “professional” that includes skilled amateurs
Of course! This I love. It captures what I'm going for perfectly.
Feb
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comment Good synonym for “professional” that includes skilled amateurs
If you don't think the phrase "professional pride" is valid, that's fine, but I disagree. And insofar as it's valid, that's the sense in which I seek a synonym.
Feb
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comment Good synonym for “professional” that includes skilled amateurs
I think "expert" stresses skill too much. I don't think all professionals are experts. (paid programmers, for instance) And "responsible" is close, but it feels like to me it hews too far the other way. Presumably all drivers, say, try to be responsible and make sure they don't run out of fuel. But there's a degree above where I'd say a driver who is diligent about keeping separation and being attentive to external variables is being "professional". Maybe I'm splitting hairs.
Feb
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comment Good synonym for “professional” that includes skilled amateurs
"correct procedure" to me doesn't convey the same sense of doing something out of "professional" pride. (obviously not the word I want to be using)
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comment What is the plural form of “status”?
@Elenaher, nobody is saying that Latin has no use, just that it is not the final authority, especially in cases such as this.
May
20
comment Is there a difference in pronunciation between “wood” and “would”?
I tried quizzing my friend who volunteered to randomly say either "would, wood" or "wood, would" and was able to distinguish between them each time. I invite others to try the same thing. It's subtle, but I believe the tongue is more active for "would" -- it curls and remains lower in the mouth.
May
20
comment Is there a difference in pronunciation between “wood” and “would”?
your link defined one variation of the word with one defined prounciation. Thus I ask again, which are the two that you believe to have discrete pronunciations?