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Slogan for video conferencing equipment [closed]

Recently I am thinking of the slogan for a video conferencing product, and I just thought three different slogans but not sure if they are good or not as English is my second language. I am trying to ...
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Looking for origin of sentence “Yep, it's a XY, all right!”

Just saw an episode title (Legacies, https://www.imdb.com/title/tt14178112/?ref_=tt_eps_cu_n) called "Yup, It's a Leprechaun, All Right". This reminded me of an old game I used to play, ...
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What does the phrase AS YOU WERE mean?

A UK artist, Liam Gallagher, usually uses this phrase, but I can't understand what it really means. Example taken from Twitter: That’s wiped me out of for a kip as you were LG x Please could anyone ...
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How do you introduce a non-quote? [duplicate]

Initially, I drafted the following sentence. He argues we consistently make assumptions that are wrong. Later, because it looked like a quote, I added a comma. But, do I need a comma? He argues, we ...
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Does “ripple and cripple” have opposite meaning?

ripple, cripple "Never look down on yourself, even a cripple can create a ripple." I use two similar vocabulary words in spelling to make a sentence. Does it look like strange? Does it look ...
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What does “crayon is forever.” mean?

History written in pencil is easily erased, but crayon is forever. Emilie Autumn What does "crayon is forever." mean?
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What does “my flesh begins crawling with suspense” mean? [closed]

The phrase was come upon in the following context: Show me a character whose life arouses my curiosity, and my flesh begins crawling with suspense. By Fawn M. Brodie (italics added)
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What does “curl my back to loneliness.” mean?

Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness. Maya Angelou What does "curl my back to loneliness." mean?
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What does “old man's milk” mean in this quote?

I find friendship to be like wine, raw when new, ripened with age, the true old man's milk and restorative cordial.— Thomas Jefferson What does he mean by "old man's milk"?
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what does it mean of “Life is that perfect fine line between ironies.“?

Life is that perfect fine line between ironies. ~Serj Tankian https://www.azquotes.com/quote/290519?ref=fine-lines I can't understand what it means. Does it mean life is paradox, ironic or ridiculous?
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Is it strange to put “calm“ and “clamorous“ in a sentence? [closed]

Calm and clamorous are opposite in meaning, but their pronunciation and spelling are a little similar. If I wrote a sentence of: “Always keep calm in clamorous world.“ Would people know what I mean? ...
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what does “memories are like corks left out of bottles…“ mean?

I saw a quote as following. memories are like corks left out of bottles. They swell. They no longer fit. ~Harriet Doerr https://www.azquotes.com/quote/1181685?ref=cork Does it mean the memories are ...
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What does children mean in “Familiarity breeds contempt - and children.“? [closed]

Consider this quote from Mark Twain: “Familiarity breeds contempt - and children.” Does it mean having children is a bad thing? Could you explain what the children imply here?
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Spoken equivalent of … (ellipsis)?

When skipping part of the sentence or paragraph in a direct quote, it is common to use the ellipsis (...) There are two ways of misunderstanding a poem ... the other to praise it for qualities that ...
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Proverb, quote or phrase which convey that the approach, ideas that are meant to improve the system or process are the onces which fail them [duplicate]

I am looking for a proverb, quote or phrase describing the processes (or structures or ideas) which are supposed to bring in efficiency, enhance the gaps and increases in-efficiencies, but instead ...
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British Prime Ministers are either vicars or bookies: quote origin?

The old adage has it that British prime ministers are either vicars or bookmakers. In Phoney Tony the country has a bookie masquerading as a vicar, a posture that does little for the standing of ...
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What do you call a quote that is a modification/derivation of another quote? [duplicate]

There is the quote, "The truth will set you free". And then there are the quotes, "The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off." and "When you believe a lie ...
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Must have gone vs had to go

In this sentence which one is better; had to go or must have gone? Last week Tina broke her arm and ..... to the hospital I think must have gone is better but on the other hand the second one is ...
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Who said “What ails the wee bairn”?

In college, a literature professor related that a poet from the British Isles, as a young child, uttered the words (as best as I can remember) "What ails the wee bairn?" upon hearing an ...
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What does this explanation mean? [closed]

This is a dialog from The Graduate. 1967 -Where is Alan St? -Alan st? It's 6 blocks up and 3 over.
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Idiom for depth of knowledge is harder to obtain as one gets deeper

In some subjects it is easy to learn a small amount about it, but hard, or time consuming, to learn everything about it. Chess for instance, one can learn how the pieces move around in a few minutes. ...
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Starting a new sentence after quotation

Is it acceptable to start a new sentence after a new sentence in the same line where a quotation just ended? For example: I asked the man in front of me where the meeting is about to take place. &...
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What does this quote of Elizabeth Gaskell mean?

How easy it is to judge rightly after one sees what evil comes from judging wrongly! -Elizabeth Gaskell
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Explanation of “I am as smart as I am humble.” [closed]

When a character replies to "Are you smart?" as: "I am as smart as I am humble." Is there a logical explanation as to whether the character means that he/she is smart or not smart, ...
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single quote and double quote

I have a question around the use of single and double quote. To the best of my knowledge, single quote is used to invite attention to a specific word in a sentence or to enclose double quotes within a ...
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Okay, so I have a question regarding quotations and commas

Basically I was writing a small prompt about relationships and was thinking about the general rules (I mean professionally writing not in the British way), you put a comma inside quotation of a quote ...
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What is the source of the quote “Dream in a pragmatic way.”?

As the title says, what is the source of the quote: Dream in a pragmatic way. Is it from Aldous Huxley? If it is, I would like to know the source: if it is a book or poem or whatever.
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Comparing Grammar of Two Forms of A Quote [closed]

First of all, I am not a native English speaker, so sorry if this question seems very basic for some of you. Among the following two quotes, which grammar would make more sense, and why: 1- original: &...
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fantasy and reality sayings

You should never act out a fantasy because the reality never matches up. Is this a famous saying (especially about sexual fantasies)? Or is there any sayings or quotes similar to this? I read this in ...
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The bigger the tree, the further the fruit falls

I overheard this once, but can't seem to find the origin of this quote. I checked Bartlet, Times, Yale, and Oxford, so I'm positive I heard it wrong. It might have been "the taller the tree."...
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Punctuation inside or outside quotations [duplicate]

I was taught that punctuation goes inside quotes. For example, this would be wrong: Mama opts to give Maggie the quilts because “Maggie knows how to quilt". But someone was reading my essay and ...
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Is there a famous quote saying something to the effect of ‘everything we've learned about x we learned through blood’?

I'm trying to recall a quote I read some time ago. The gist was that ‘Everything we've learned in/about x we learned through blood’, with the implication being that every current rule/practice in x ...
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The meaning of this sentence in detail

I'm watching Trevor Noah's video on YouTube. https://youtu.be/v4amCfVbA_c At about 7:30, 'But I think what people take for how much, for so many people, that feels like nothing, you know?' I don't ...
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Origin of the quote “Sadness is caused by intelligence”?

In social media (1)(2)(3), I have found: "Sadness is caused by intelligence, the more you understand certain things, the more you wish you didn't understand them." — Charles Bukowski. But yet ...
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How “So it would seem” phrase work?

There is famous quote from Pirates of Caribbean: Officer: That's got to be the best pirate I've ever seen. Norrington: So it would seem. I already learned that it basically is same as saying "...
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I'm wondering why [sic] is used in this sentence

I found the sentence "newapaperman's [sic] newspaper." But I don't know the reason [sic] is used in here. please help. Thanks.
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Origin of the saying “God must love the poor because he made so many of them”

The saying "God must love the poor [or the common people or the plain people] because he made so many of them" falls somewhere between a proverb and a famous quotation, but its origins are rather ...
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How to reference a specific named version/edition of a work like the NIV Bible?

I am aware that there are well-defined referencing methods, such as the MLA format. However, without adhering to MLA format, I wrote the following sentence in an answer on ELU.SE: Here's a poetic ...
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Use of 'period' at the end of sentence

I have observed this in some quotes or dialogues that people say 'period.' at the end of their sentence/quote. I wanted to ask why and when is it used
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What is the origin of the phrase “you can't put a price on freedom”?

It seems to me that the phrase is relatively well used, (it comes up in the Office, Archer (S04E09), on reddit in a context that seems to suggest common acceptance, etc.) Browsing through a few of the ...
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If I have a quotation that, within itself, quotes another source, how do I write an in-text citation for the nested quote?

While writing a literary criticism essay on Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, I cited another critique that quoted the novel itself. Within the outline I submitted to the teacher, the entire quote ...
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Quote similar to “the pen is mightier than the sword”

I'm looking for a quote that is similar to "the pen is mightier than the sword", which is commonly credited to Edward George Bulwer-Lytton. The quote should state the same thing, namely, that words ...
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Hitchens' quote “the cosmos barely bothers to return the reply: why not?” [closed]

To the dumb question "Why me?" the cosmos barely bothers to return the reply: why not?” I just wanted to know your opinion on what Hitchens means by this. Does he imply everyone is equal before ...
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Who originally said “A film is made/written three times”?

A movie is made three times: it’s made when it’s written, it’s made in production, and it’s made again in post. This is a very well known saying within the film industry, essentially explaining how ...
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Short version of longer quotes

Where can i find the full version of the shorter quotes? Such as: Great minds think alike is actually a shorter version of Great minds think like, small minds rarely differ. Probably this is ...
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I'm trying to quote a point in the text and I want to skip to another part, how would i do this? [duplicate]

I would like to quote something and then add another point in the text for example: first part [other stuff] second part I would like to be able to use first part and then second part in the same ...
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What does large in too large for worry mean?

What does large mean in this quote which is extracted from this poem Promise yourself? Promise to be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit trouble ...
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“Quote unquote word”? [duplicate]

I keep hearing people say things like: I took off the quote unquote lid. That is, they say "quote unquote" followed by what they meant to quote. In reality, it means that they quoted an empty ...
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How to go backwards when quoting from something?

I am trying to take a quotation from a book (The Awakening if you're interested), but the part I am trying to quote does not well fit my sentence, I am wondering if there is an accepted way to quote ...
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Quoting multiple sentences in a short quote. No interruption

I've encountered this grammar several times while proofreading academic papers. There is a tendency among authors to use inline quotes with multiple sentences quoted. For example, John cited ...

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