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Why are place names in some old books a capital letter followed by dashes, and what is this phenomenon called?

This is something very odd I have noticed in some older books, most recently in "Crime and Punishment" by Dostoyevsky. Place names, when not specifically essential or well-known, are made up of one ...
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Never listens to me

What do you call it when others never listen to what I am saying or discredit my experiences and talk over me?
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One word for a curious child

What would you call (in a single word) a child that asks a lot of questions, leading you to admire that fact? (In Russian, for example, there is such a word. Is there in English?)
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How would you call a person who posses a certificate?

I am building for a client online certification application. Person will complete a short training (few slides) and after that the person will get the certificate proving completion of the "course". ...
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What do you call a person who's not yet a customer?

I'm currently doing an Applied Business assignment based on Business Planning - we had to generate our own business idea, including creating aims and objectives for the business. I've decided for one ...
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Word for a person who wants to impose his rules everywhere or advise

My colleague has always something to advise, whatever you eat or play and he sometimes tries to dig out information from you and again advise on it. I just hate to get any feedback from him: if what I ...
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Verb used with “threshold”

I am wondering what verb collocates with threshold. I can think of verbs such as surpass, cross, pass, but I am not sure if they are correct to use here. The threshold I am referring to is not a ...
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Is “Soft Reshape” right in specific case? [closed]

I am a programmer and my native language is not English. And we have interesting question with naming. We have a command for our software that we call "reshape". This name is used widely in math and ...
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What's the difference between a proverb and an idiom? [closed]

I think I have a notion what is what but maybe you know a good definition what is what? For example "Hindsight is always 20:20" — is that a proverb or an idiom?
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“State” vs “country” as “nation”

I came across an article talking about the difference between state and country, when they mean nation, like United States of America, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and ...
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Should “index” be countable here?

I'm having trouble with the grammar of this sentence: In urban areas, the graduation index of general high school and higher education was greater than 1, while that of compulsory education and ...
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Food production techniques or technologies?

Please help me with the translation of the phrase in the title. The problem is, in Russian, which is the language I'm translating from, 'technique' and 'technology' is one and the same word. Also, I ...
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Dedicated to producing vs dedicated to the production - use of ing-form + object in place of noun

- A factory famous for the production of. . . - A factory famous for producing . . . - A farm dedicated to the cultivation of . . . - A farm dedicated to cultivating . . . - The firm focused on the ...
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What is a good epithet for someone who follows the rules regardless of good sense

'Vogon' is a good one but not if you don't have the right cultural background. "Robot" and "drone" work. Can anyone think of any more?
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What is the difference between “gender” and “sex”?

What is the difference between gender and sex? Wiktionary says that gender is The mental analog of sex but that's too high English for me. Basically, I'm developing a web-application that stores ...
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In the sentence: “<noun> count” (“count of <noun>”) should <noun> be plural or singular?

For instance, should I say: 1) "The book count is overwhelming" or 2) "(The?) Books count is overwhelming"? I am specifically interested in the version without "of" (as in brackets in the question).
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Is “…taken to be scholarly authority” missing a preposition or an article?

The sentence is from Harold Bloom's book Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human. This chronology, necessarily tentative, partly follows what is generally taken to be scholarly authority. I find ...
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Turning 'free of charge' into a noun phrase

I am helping a PhD student who makes constant reference to an Internet application he is studying by using a string of noun phrases, specifically ...its ease of use, general applicability and free ...
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Is character a countable or an uncountable noun? [closed]

Is character a countable or uncountable noun? How to judge?
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Term or Title That Embraces the Juxtaposition of Work and Fun

I'm looking for a clever way to describe someone who likes to be positive and have fun but who is also serious about getting work done. The phrase "work hard, play hard" comes to mind, but I'm not ...
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What do you call the part of the basketball hoop that attaches the rim to the backboard?

I call it the neck. Is there a proper term?
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“View”, but for hearing

I know a lot of words, but it's driving me crazy that I can't think of one for this. I'm sure there must be one. I want to be able to say: I had not only a great view of the ocean from that room, ...
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what do you call the person who passes the trophies to the prize giver/presenter?

The person who gives out the trophies to the winners are called award presenters. So what do u call the person who passes the trophies to the presenter? Thanks!
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Should “office mate” be one word or two?

Should "office mate" be one word, in the same vein as "roommate"? I haven't been able to find any reference that addresses this.
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what do you call a place where someone thought of an idea? [closed]

I'm working on a project about structures and their historical value. I don't need this information, however, I would like to know and/or have it exposed to people that have wondered the same question....
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Can one use 'man' like one can use 'woman' as an adjective?

As a consciously feminist act so that women are not reduced to their reproductive capacities, the word 'woman', which is generally accepted and used cheifly as a noun, is used in place of the word '...
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What are a stag's comrades called?

Before a man gets married he is referred to as the 'stag'; what are his comrades called?
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Noun is a noun (terminology)

Is there any particular term for when we use one noun to describe/define another. Karl is a teacher Pigeons are birds. Basically, the format being “x is y”. Is there a name for the concept,...
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Can we call a person who loses things a “loser”?

Think > Thinker Draw > Drawer Can we call a person who loses thing a loser? Of course, I do not mean that they are not successful or failed but what should I call them?
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Rules of adding “-erlessness” to words? [closed]

I noticed some words that "er-less-ness" can be added to. like "prayerlessness" or "thinkerlessness". Is there a rule that regulate the usage?
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Correct position of adjective?

I'm confused with these 3 sentences for the adjective 'responsible' The police seem certain they will find the people responsible for the attack. The police seem certain they will find the ...
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Are river fish considered “seafood” [closed]

I am confused whether river fish can be categorised under "seafood".
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What is the word for someone who is willing to do anything for a fee

My character Laila is a sort of allrounder, jack of all trades and will do anything, from being your lawyer or temporary girlfriend to going undercover in the government, assassinating someone or even ...
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The state of not knowing and/or ignoring each other

I'm looking for a word that expresses the state of not knowing and/or ignoring each other. In a blog post I've found the term Principle of Mutual Oblivion. This is supposed to be a rule in software ...
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Synonym for “follow-up” meaning the most experienced waiter as a noun

I used to work for a restaurant that had waiter teams. There were three roles: Aid, Lead, and Follow-up. The Aid was basically the busboy. The Lead greeted the customers, took the drink orders, got ...
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Is there a grammatically need to hyphenate the compound words “dumb f*ck” within a novel?

Would I leave the space, hyphenate it, or combine the two works like its similar, less aggressive counterpart: "dumbass" The quote from my novel is from dialogue "It's been six years, you dumb ...
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Is the Canadian in 'That's the Canadian in you' an adjective or a noun?

That's the Canadian in you. Is this Canadian a noun or an adjective? To clarify the fog, I asked 92 to 96 native speakers residing in the U.S. for the acceptability of the following three sentences. ...
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What are the spoon bit of a spoon, and fork bit of a fork, called? [closed]

A knife has a handle and a blade. A spoon has a handle and a... Bowl? A fork has a handle and... Spikes? Prongs? I guess this can be extended to more esoteric cutlery such as sporks.
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Question on attributive nouns/noun adjuncts

I am writing a review in English and I need to use the structure ‘eye movement changes’, ‘eye movement abnormalities’ with ‘eye movements’ in the form of a noun adjunct. Even in the title I would need ...
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Is pagan related to propaganda? [closed]

A pagan is someone who holds religious beliefs other than the main world religions. Propaganda is misleading information. Pagans could be ostracized for holding different beliefs and being labelled ...
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Can the phrase “once more” be a noun in American English?

Can the phrase "once more" be a noun in American English? I'm wondering if it can, as the two Japanese online dictionaries I'm using for my translation of 今一度 both say that the entry, -which only ...
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Is there a word to describe a piece of land surrounded by river(s)?

I was wondering if there is a word that describes a piece of land that is being surrounded by river(s)? Is "island" appropriate for this? I always thought the word Island means a piece of land ...
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A code or some code?

When talking about the source code of a program, my Computer Science teacher sometimes refers to single pieces of code as 'a code'. For example: For today's task, you need to write a code which ...
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Is there a name for the substitution of “the + singular noun” for a plural noun?

For instance, I might say, "Overcrowding is a major concern in the classroom today" rather than "Overcrowding is a major concern in classrooms today". Is that substitution a literary device? The ...
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Is it a noun or pronoun or something else?

Circle the nouns in the following paragraph. For the first time in her life, Mary was seeing two boys at once. It involved extra laundry, an answering machine, and dark solo trips in ...
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Correct or not: noun and adjective being predicative together

I'm thinking about such a sentence: He is a lawyer, arrogant and smart. or He is an idiot, arrogant and short-sighted. Please note that here I just want to list the noun and the ...
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Word for pleasing someone sexually because you care about them even though you don't like it?

Closest words that come to mind are: pleasing or pleasuring, but somehow these don't catch the meaning. Do you guys know any other words? Context: "I often thought about what I felt. If I were to ...
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Abolition vs. Abolishment

At times I have caught myself writing the noun form of abolish as "abolishment" and then pausing before realizing it should really be "abolition". Even as I type my spellchecker tells me that "...
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Can “contemporary” be used for objects

I don't want to use the word competitors in a business context, can I use the word "contemporaries". For example, Our business stands out from its contemporaries.
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Is it appropriate to use “sport”, “champ”, or “kiddo” to call a child (e.g. your son)?

I'm Spanish, just in case some of you think this question is kind of silly. I watch TV series in English very frequently to practise my listening skills. The words I've heard in relation to children ...