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Language in social interactions can be extremely context-based in a way not always covered in dictionaries.

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Let me know your availability [closed]

When someone suggests making a video call someday and you reply it is a good idea (even unsure he/she is just being polite) and he/she says let me know your availability, does he/she want to know the ...
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Is it wrong to say "Welcome" to a supervisor? [closed]

Today one of my supervisors incorporated stealthy and late into the shift and I saluted her with "Welcome!". My coworker implied that because she is the supervisor I should salute her with ...
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What's the word for someone who avoids answering a question with their opinion instead?

For example - Questioner: What do I need to know about the system of emigrating to New Zealand? I hate the weather here... Answer: Moving to New Zealand because you hate the weather isn't a good ...
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What does “occasion of sin” mean?

I am watching Grace and Frankie, S2:E9 in which Robert and John are talking to each other at a park. John asks him the reason for coming out the closet so late, to which Robert replies that he fell in ...
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What does the following statement by Richard Dawkins mean?

I am reading “The Selfish Gene” by Richard Dawkins in which the writer has to say this: ‘Welfare’ is defined as ‘chances of survival’, even if the effect on actual life and death prospects is so ...
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What is being toasted by "Here's looking at you"?

Some time ago, a question has been asked here about the meaning of the famous toast from the movie Casablanca: ‘Here's looking at you, kid’. Several answers have been posted to it, including a very ...
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How can I describe a conjunction that ends a sentence (so, and, or, but ...)?

Recently I (American English speaker / academic / raised in Appalachian and Southern dialect household) noticed myself falling into a conversational pattern with coworkers where I would end a spoken ...
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Is there a term for words or phrases that we associate correctly, but not by definition or origin?

Simply put, I am looking to find out if there exists a term for words or phrases that we have commonly accepted connotations for, despite whether or not context exists of its definition or origin. ...
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Is there a single word to describe a person or the quality of being obsessed with social approval?

I am thinking in particular of being willing to demean or damage oneself to seek social approval. For example, a person who refuses to stand up for a friend when that friend is insulted by higher-...
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What word or expression describes the attitude of "if I can't have it, nobody can"? [closed]

Is there a single English word, or a fixed phrase, to describe the attitude conveyed when someone destroys an object/opportunity for others simply because he/she cannot benefit from it? For example, ...
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Is there a term for a person who is half British and half East Asian?

I know quite a few people who have one parent from somewhere in the U.K. (generally England) and the other parent from somewhere is eastern Asia (China, Japan, South Korea, etc.). They are all very ...
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General expression for the role playing game phrase "Bad-Wrong-Fun"

This question on rpg.se asks for the meaning and origin of the phrase "Bad-Wrong-Fun" or "badwrongfun". RPG.net lexicon defines it as: Illegitimate enjoyment. Saying that a game ...
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Is there a word or short phrase for when someone brings up a topic then tries to drop it or move on from it?

I am curious as to if there is a phrase or word for when some one brings something up then tries to drop it. I suffer mild OCD and my biggest trigger and cause of a lot of ruined social encounters ...
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A phrase, word, or idiom to describe the person who reviews as an outsider

I am looking for a phrase, word, or idiom to describe my current status in one scenario, which gave me the advantage in spotting a mistake and correcting it. I will give some example other than what ...
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Word/Phrase to Describe Colin Kaepernick Pile-On

I imagine the word I am looking for to be related to Social Sciences. I am looking for the word describing brownie points that one receives from her peers for expressing outrage at a socially frowned ...
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A word or term for someone who likes to insult other people?

I'm wondering if there's a word or term for a person who looks for an opportunity to insult and berate other people. I'm sure you've all been there; you're using an online public forum, like Facebook,...
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How to react on "I'm sorry" while accepting the excuse but not willing to say somethign along "not therefor"?

Lets say some one bumbs into me on the street and excuses for it. While I'm seeing the excuse as appropiate, a "No Problem" or "Not therefor" or that alike wouldn't be literarly correct, reacting like ...
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Term for someone who feels compelled to buy everyone she knows a gift

So just as recent as a few hours ago, I was in an argument with a girl. She likes buying people gifts for their birthdays and various holidays. Sounds sweet right? Not in my opinion, especially when ...
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What is the plural and singular form of people you follow on social media?

I'm developing a social network which has a feature similar to twitter's follow/following setup. At the moment I have the following (hehe) terminology on the site: follower - someone who follows you ...
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Is there a social class shift in "raff" to "raffish"?

I have just watched a historical documentary on the life of Edward VII in which it is explained how the heir to Queen Victoria, both as Prince Of Wales and later as King had been a quintessential ...
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Making a concept or a view "more present"

Is there a word or expression for the process of making a concept, an index or a view more present? That is, in people's minds and in the public or social sphere? Notes: I'm interested in a word ...
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"I would like to be sent something" "Could I be sent something" [closed]

Are these sentences grammatically correct? I would like to be sent some information on your hotel facilities. Could I please be sent some information on your hotel facilities? Which of these is a ...
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What does it mean when someone says "noted" to you?

I was talking to my friend about something I find disgusting and she replied, "Noted." I replied, "Noted what?" and she said, "All that." I am a little confused about ...