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"first century millennium" perhaps just a typo?

Just the other day I was reading a PDF entitled Early_Sino_Vietnamese_Lexical_Data_and_... and was confused by Phan (2013) has hypothesized what he calls Annamese Chinese, essentially a variety of MC ...
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In this example do the square brackets mean Mexican was the original word and not addict? "the addict [read Mexican]"

... The suppression of traffic in a drug which makes the addict [read Mexican] frequently a dangerous or homicidal maniac. In this example, do the square brackets mean Mexican was the original word ...
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In saying "how things ought to be how they ought to be..." is the use of "ought to be" redundant? [closed]

Below is a quote from Herbert Simon (italics his, not mine)- "...the designer, is concerned with how things ought to be how they ought to be in order to attain goals, and to function." How ...
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"To put the copestone on something", meaning, literary synonyms

The expression "to put the copestone on something" is found in Wuthering Heights", a novel written by Emily Brontë. On opening the little door, two hairy monsters flew at my throat, ...
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Is the word "smacking" only used when slapping someone on the buttocks? [closed]

I'm reading a book where the narrator says he wants to "smack" someone. I don't understand if he intends to slap the face or the buttocks. Can smacking only be used when someone is slapped ...
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meaning of to drive out between trains

I am reading Edith Wharton's famous 'Afterward' (1910). Which is a struggle for me since many of her sentences and words are beyond my understanding. (English is not my native language) Anyway, today'...
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Is "farfel" an idiolectical quirk/part of a familect?

My whole life, my family has used "farfel" to refer to anything small, unwanted, usually fabric-based, and out of place (i.e., on the floor; not in the trash). Lint, a few millimeters of ...
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Historical use of "reading" for Transportation

Seen in a print advertisement for D. & C. Line, dated 1914: YOUR RAILROAD TICKETS, reading between Detroit and Buffalo or Detroit and Cleveland, are available for transportation on D. & C. ...
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Need an accessible explanation on nitty-gritty details of how semantical distinction between count vs uncount nouns works in English

Sorry if this question has been answered before, I have been unable to find anything remotely adequate on this website. What I want: to learn patterns that allow to be better at guessing (and/or ...
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What's the meaning of "burrish"? [closed]

As the title said, I wonder what's the meaning of burrish ?
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What does ´added twist´ mean? [duplicate]

in the sentence : He performed his experiments with patients , this time with an added twist . it differs from ´with a twist´
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What is a Word for the Repetition of a Theme Song throughout a Show [duplicate]

What is a word to describe the theme song of a show, such as a movie or cartoon, in which it recurs often, but in a toned-down mode such as played softly by a single horn or string instrument. The ...
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Deck as verb and the accompanying preposition

As per Cambridge dictionary and others, the word 'deck' in its verb form means to decorate or add something to something to make an effect: https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/deck ...
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What is the meaning of "sutting "?

On Netflix, I came across the word sutting while watching a British series called Supacell. It seems that the actor was talking about a gun. Unfortunately, I haven't found its meaning in any ...
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Can anyone explain the meaning of "as an old fisherman used to say when I was a boy not so very long ago, ..."

I read a novel, there is one sentence I cannot understand: And he slapped the little bunny's back and gave a hop, skip and jump to one side, and then laughed some more, for he was as happy as a clam ...
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The presence of "the" in the sentence of "Find all (the) indices of the ' ' character in a string" [duplicate]

Find all the indices of the ' ' characters in a string. Find all indices of the ' ' characters in a string. Do these two sentences have any difference? Which one is it if one is more natural than the ...
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The meaning of ''as also'' in the given paragraph?

Pakistan Nationals as also "persons resident outside Pakistan" holding Pakistani securities desirous of sending or taking out the Pakistani securities not covered under the succeeding ...
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Harry Vandiver's comment on the infinitude of Wilson primes

Wilson primes are prime numbers that meet a specific criterion. Only three such numbers are known: 5, 13, and 563. In Paulo Ribenboim's book "My Numbers, My Friends: Popular Lectures on Number ...
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Is "sinnate" a word? What does it mean?

From Typee by Herman Melville (1846): The loins of the warrior were girt about with heavy folds of a dark-coloured tappa, hanging before and behind in clusters of braided tassels, while anklets and ...
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Meaning of " sucked the root "

This passage is from the book IT by Stephen king As Mellon and Hagarty passed, each with his arm linked about the other's waist, Webby Garton yelled out: 'I ought to make you eat that hat, you ...
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Is "disjoint partition" a pleonasm?

Do the noun "partition" and the verb "to partition" by themselves imply disjointness/non-overlapping?
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Are there examples of triple entendres in English?

I don't know if triple entendres exist. I did a lot of online research, but I what I found were examples of double entendres. There were examples that claimed to be triple entendres, but they had one ...
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What is the meaning of '"It's nart'ral" in "Pollyanna" by Eleanor H. Porter?

From a part of "Pollyanna" written by Eleanor H. Porter: Old Tom shook his head. "I know. I've felt it. It's nart'ral – but 'tain't best, child; 'tain't best. Take my word for it, '...
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What does ‘a grade-hog’ mean?

I would like to know the meaning of a grade-hog in this New York Times quotation about How We Learn by Benedict Carey: Carey, a New York Times science reporter, begins his book with a confession: He ...
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How does one determine if something is "Modern" or not?

I’m wondering if there is a formal way of determining if something is considered ‘Modern’? For example, No one in a modern war has ever ... Modern farming techniques have ... Modern smartphones need ...
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What is the meaning of "Wa’al"?

What is the meaning of "Wa’al"? Here is a quote from Charles Dickens' A Message from the Sea: “Wa’al, my good sir,” said the captain cordially, “the present question is, and will be long, I ...
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watering for a snatch - what does it mean?

Emily Brontë in Wuthering Heights writes: I took a seat at the end of the hearthstone opposite that towards which my landlord advanced, and filled up an interval of silence by attempting to caress ...
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I am confused about the second “to” in the sentence? [migrated]

I am confused about the second “to” used in the below sentence. Is it for “ways ‘to’ a smaller budget” but there is no verb in this clause? Is it for “respecting ‘to’ a smaller budget” but it seems to ...
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What are the differences between to sweet-talk, smooth-talk- butter up, suck up to, cajole, coax, wheedle, inveigle, beguile, and get round someone? [closed]

Are there any differences between the verbs sweet-talk, smooth-talk, butter up, suck up to, cajole, coax, wheedle, inveigle, beguile, and get round someone ? I am aware that this question is very long,...
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What is the meaning of "pranging" in this context? Is it US slang?

In the book Palace of Treason by Jason Matthews, I encountered the following sentence, that I summarized to eliminate unnecesary information: She weaved through the crowds of pedestrians in the red ...
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What is the meaning of 'with a pair of boots clean dropping off him'?

It's from 'The Murder of Roger Ackroyd' by Agatha Christie, as below. As I was returning from my round the following morning, I was hailed by Inspector Raglan. I pulled up, and the inspector mounted ...
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What is the meaning of "operating system data itself" in this context? [duplicate]

In "operating system data itself" in the following text, does 'operating' act as a verb (i.e, 'to operate system data') or as part of noun phrase "operating system"? In ...
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Why do we say "he doesn't know him from Adam"?

I was told that when I say He doesn't know him from Adam, I mean He doesn't know him at all. But if I say He doesn't know him from his schooldays. It still means that he knows him!
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What is "with the larger group being the first to flee" called? [duplicate]

I've been reading about the lore of Red Dead Redemption 2, I came across a certain phrase that I wonder about its name and what is the kind of function it serves. I have seen it elsewhere many times, ...
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"He didn't know *families* had cooks."

(From A Terrible Kindness by Jo Browning Wroe, Part II Cambridge Choir, chapter 25) William, the chorister, is spending some of the Christmas holiday with his friend Martin Mussey's family. 'Flo, ...
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What does e"e mean?

I was reading some 19th century minutes in the UK where it says 2 shillings to be paid by each e"e This is from minutes documenting the regulations of a religious congregation. What could e&...
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A descriptive noun (slang term?) for “cordial while also inept and disagreeable”

Context: a business manager who supports their team but refuses to enable them through innovations. I am looking for a noun that describes a particular type of person (male, female, or trans) by ...
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"change directory" or "change directories"?

I'm updating some software documentation and referring to the cd command in a shell/commandline. I'm starting with the assumption that all of the following are correct (but please do validate this ...
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Is "She's dead" in this context confirming death or is it a metaphorical phrase? [closed]

I'm reading a book and I couldn't understand this sentence at all: She’s dead, Lou. She never came out of the ether. Is this excerpt confirming the death of a character? Or are you saying the ...
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What is the meaning of "pouf"?

In Setting Free the Bears by John Irving, there is this passage. Siggy, the pouf cloaked over his shoulders and pinched to his throat—moving past me, one bare foot arched as a cat’s back in wet grass—...
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What does "I like 'em firm and well covered," meaning?

It's a last part of the short story 'Pictures' by Katherine Mansfield. <1917> It was almost dark in the café. Men, palms, red plush seats, white marble tables, waiters in aprons, Miss Moss ...
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What does "on to hold" mean? [closed]

I'm reading a book and I found this sentence. One of the most important things to bear in mind today is that economics isn’t an exact science. It may not even be much of a science at all, in the ...
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Is there a specific word/phrase for when you recognise a location from a film/TV/the News?

I'm thinking about the eerie feeling you get when you go to a place and you recognise that it was once plastered all over the news because a serious crime was committed there - or if a serious crime ...
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What does "doesn't go off the menu" mean in the quote here?

I (this is in the United States) regularly encounter a lady who can’t speak English well, so she can be hard to understand. I work in a restaurant, and it can be hard to understand her order because ...
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What's the meaning of "QTY"? [closed]

I found the abbreviation "QTY" in an assay (not essay!😊). Can you tell me the meaning of this abbreviation? How can I paraphrase/explain it into ordinary words?
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Is there a word for not letting someone break up with you by avoiding the conversation (so you are talking to yourself)?

Is there a word for not letting someone break up with you by avoiding the conversation, so it feels more like you are talking to yourself, and you can't let go of it at all? I know there's words like ...
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“He feels himself expanding”?

(From A Terrible Kindness by Jo Browning Wroe, Part II Cambridge Choir, chapter 20) William, the chorister, is enjoying himself The putting on of his cassock and the graceful. weighty swing of the ...
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What is the difference between "endless July" and "eternal July"?

What is the difference between "endless July" and "eternal July" and which one is correct or is preferable? It's a metaphor, it's about happiest month in a person's life, so he ...
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What’s the meaning of the "floating sheds"?

Boats rocked in the floating sheds of the yacht harbor. Does "floating shed" refer to the cabin of the yacht?
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Usage and meaning of “may have” in this context

The man may have died a week ago in a car accident, but his legacy will long change the world for the better. When we know for sure that the man actually died a week ago in a car accident, can we ...
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