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I think “odd” is a very odd word

I was just looking at a (programming) question on Stack Overflow that was asking for a function that always returned "odd" numbers (I'm sure s/he was referring to odd vs. even numbers). But ...
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“I did not go out because it was raining”—how could one disambiguate this sentence? [closed]

"I did not go out because it was raining" is ambiguous, with at least two interpretations. It could simply mean I did not go out because it was raining (and, therefore, a bad time to head ...
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Paradoxical participle [duplicate]

“I met a friend walking down the street.” Does it mean I was walking, or that my friend was walking, or both are possible?
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What is the most natural way to disambiguate “with”?

In Spanish, if you say "I'm with X", it implies that you are not part of X. But in English, although both interpretations are possible, the converse is the usual. If you say "I'm an officer with the ...
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Could “cookbook” mean “usual”?

I am reading the following article: Nelson, T., Maxfield, S., & Kolb, D. (2009). Women entrepreneurs and venture capital: Managing the shadow negotiation. International Journal of Gender ...
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If you say “winter 1998”, is that too ambiguous?

Ocarina of Time was released in the winter of 1998. (The actual release date was around/just before Christmas time.) However, it's very much cold and "wintery" in January, February and sometimes/...
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Avoiding ambiguity with 'owed' - technical terms

I want to make a spreadsheet including money I am owed and money I owe. How do I avoid ambiguity with the word 'owed'? e.g. money owed - money that is owed to me money owed ? - money I owe to ...
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Multimedia disambiguation

This sentence is from Wikipedia: A website is a collection of related web pages, including multimedia content, typically identified with a common name, and published on at least one web server. Is ...
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“New contributor indicator” misunderstanding

I have just seen a link to a Meta question: Come Take a Look at our New Contributor Indicator! For a second I understood the "new contributor indicator" part as "there is a contributor indicator, and ...
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“I met him(,) sitting on the chair(,) and talked to him.” Who was sitting on the chair?

I met him sitting on the chair and talked to him. - (He was sitting on the chair) I met him, sitting on the chair, and talked to him. - (I was sitting on the chair) Is that correct? I feel safer ...
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What does the phrase “lowest rated in history” mean? [closed]

Does it mean the RATINGS or QUALITY being the lowest ever? Edit: Some context here - two days after the show aired, Trump tweeted - Lowest rated Oscars in HISTORY. Problem is, we don’t have Stars ...
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Genomics Research vs. Genomic Research

Is it possible to draw a distinction between the two phrases? There are a comparable number of Google hits for both. I am also wondering about the correct use of similar phrases, e.g. memetics ...
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Disambiguation of “identify”

I recently heard on the news that: Paris police have identified the perpetrators. I realize this is actually ambiguous (unless I am misunderstanding something). Have the police... 1) ...just ...