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Looking for a word that describes a text as ‘having too much useless information’ [duplicate]

The word should be applicable to a text with too much useless information. Preferably, the term is used in everyday speech, but I wouldn't object against somewhat grandiloquent words. Since I’m ...
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What does "absolute merit" mean in the sentence?

The following part is quoted from Byways in Bookland by W. H. Davenport Adams in the 19th century, and I can’t understand the “absolute merits” here in the sentence. In addition, the last sentence of ...
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How to improve my vocabulary to be a writer [closed]

My vocabulary size right now is ~10000 words and I want my vocabulary to be as big as a professional writer, I want to have the ability to manipulate words. I mean SUPERIOR vocabulary.
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Has the word individual 'outcompeted' that of person historically?

Would it be correct to say that the word individual have 'outcompeted' that of person since 17th century in everyday English, as well as in social sciences? According to etymonline.com's entry on ...
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Can you wind the wind? Can you tear a tear? Can you lead to lead? What are these examples called? [duplicate]

These words are spelled the same. These words sound different. These words have different meanings. This question can be answered and is about learning English. We really speak American in the United ...
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Mass vs weight, referring to property of a human body [closed]

If you want to ask a person what is their body mass or weight in kg or pounds, what is the proper thing to ask? Options: What is your mass? What is your weight? How much do you weigh? What is the ...
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Synonym to Confirmation that is like a statement and not a request

While working with user interfaces, I find myself dealing with two usual interfaces: one that asks the user to confirm that they are aware of the action that's going to be performed, and the second ...
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Can we use Pindrop instead of Pindrop silence in a sentence?

The director of our English training institute told us that we must use pindrop instead of pindrop silence. I have searched on the internet to find out the correct way of using this word but I could ...
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"When my children are still kids" or "When my children are still young"? [migrated]

What are the proper/good words would I say to refer to when my children are still kids? Context: my children are now adults, how do I say when I recall back when they are younger, when they are still ...
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The use of "consume"? [closed]

Can I say? Heating water consumes a large amount of energy. (Where heating water is an activity.)
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What's a word for "Scattering of light by water droplets in the air" like the tyndall effect [closed]

In dark rooms, etc., when we see the path of light, dust in the air, what is that called?
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How to use "make" and "form" with "impression"? [migrated]

What's the difference between these sentences? Make a good first impression on X. Form a good first impression on X. How does the meaning change if we use of instead of on?
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Is there a better way to say someone is "great at painting landscapes/portraits" [closed]

I would like to be able to praise someone for their paintings but am entirely lacking in the necessary vocabulary. I would welcome some pointers.
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Hobbes spelling inconsistency

I was reading Chapter 2 of Leviathan, on Page 17 of my edition (but I'm not sure if most editions have the same numbering). Hobbes spells the same word two different ways, "brain" and "...
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Universal but another word [closed]

I’ve been looking for a word for when something is created which can be enjoyed by both the general public and those with esoteric taste. I’ve been told the word is universal but tbh I don’t find that ...
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Hoodie with no hood [closed]

What is a proper term for for a hoodie like clothing but without a hood. I usually wear this under my coat
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In Loving Memory of with comma or no comma? [closed]

I am planning to write an engraved message behind an Ipad, which reads: In Loving Memory of, name of deceased I am wondering if comma is needed here.
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"you may find yourself facing a hard, if meaningful, path" What does "if meaningful" mean in this context?

The full text I'm trying to understand is the following: If you decide to split your time between two passions—say, music and psychotherapy—you may find yourself facing a hard, if meaningful, path. ...
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Mentioning isolated effect using alone/lone [closed]

I was explaining a physical phenomenon where an element produces an effect (say pressure), which is combined with the pressure induced by another phenomenon. The writing in my case demands special ...
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Wheel turning but vehicle not moving

What is this action called in English? "Wheel turning but car not moving forward, like when there is sand under the wheel and it is difficult for the vehicle to move forward". Also, what do ...
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What are the participants of a dalliance called?

"Dalliance" usually means some spontaneous or quick romantic relationship. What do we call the participants of this relationship? "Lover" feels a bit too generic since it applies ...
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Ameliorate example sentences

Ameliorate in Oxford's dictionary means "make (something bad or unsatisfactory) better." Since I am new with this word, I want to know whether these sentences (that I made) are correct : ...
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What does it mean that something has a hard edge to it?

I'm reading an article in the New York Times (the author recently had a daughter) and it talks about being an Asian person in America today. It reads: But now, while my wife slept at night, I would ...
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What are examples of synonyms for desired destiny?

It doesn't have to be synonyms, it can also be phrases or other ways of describing it as well. To clarify the context and what I mean by desired destiny. I'm writing something related to Macbeth. So ...
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Distribution of "yelp" for "yes"

I've recently come across two people online who consistently write "yelp" meaning "yes" or "yep" in chat. Due to anonymity and privacy, I don't know much about them. From ...
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Is it correct to say "I have not done enough to say no"?

I am an international student and writing my Statement of Purpose. To give you some context, my client asked me a question that I didn't know the answers, but at the same time I felt like I did not ...
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Meaning of mount in software engineering [closed]

What does "mount" mean in the following sentence: If you mount a local folder inside a docker container
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To present or to give a presentation [closed]

As part of a recruitment process, Bob was asked to 'present a finished product'. Bob took that literal and gave them a finished/packaged product as he thought this was the requirement. Instead, they ...
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Meaning of the word prospect [closed]

Since one of the meanings of the word "prospect" is "chances of success". Can we say "Prospects for this mission is low"? Does that mean that the odds of successfully ...
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Alternative interpretation to the word 'rest'? [closed]

Let's assume I've created the headline: Rafael Nadal pulls out of U.S. Open and will miss rest of 2021. When writing the text about this, can I make the word rest to mean repose? Like Nadal misses ...
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Double comparatives: "more preferable"

Fowler reads Sometimes the double comparative form more preferable is used. The word more is of course unnecessary, since preferable by itself means ‘more desirable (than)’. Like other comparatives,...
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Generic word for a verse, chorus, or bridge of a hymn or song

I'm working on a project that involves breaking a set of lyrics into “sections,” by splitting on double line breaks. Later on in the process, each section will be categorized as a verse, chorus, or ...
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can Where/Whereas be used interchangeably in the following examples?

"Whereas there were once as many as fifteen thousand divers on the island, there are now only about five thousand." "Where there were once as many as fifteen thousand divers on the ...
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Does the expression "press the flesh" imply hypocrisy? [closed]

I read in Longman the meaning of this phrase "to shake hands with many people while campaigning for public office". Is this phrase implying that the act of "pressing the flesh"/...
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definition of "character" [duplicate]

I wonder if "character" could be explained as "something that exists separately from other things and has a clear identity of its own" in a strict sense. In my opinion, character ...
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Is there a word in English to describe the descent of water or fluid out from a source? [closed]

I'm looking for a word to describe the flow of a liquid downwards gently and continually from a source. E.g. water being shot up from a jet fountain and then bending and flowing downwards. Lava ...
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Please explain the differences between those similar words [closed]

I came across with the unfinished sentence below: Her bestie showed her true _______. a. character b. disposition c. temperament d. colors e. nature I know the correct answer is D for colors. But I ...
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Meaning of "snatch the words from"

What is the meaning of "snatch the words from" as in this sentence: I have seen a religious who used to snatch the words from his superior’s lips, but I despaired of his obedience when I ...
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What are some alternative words/phrases for Wargame/Wargaming?

I am pursuing a doctoral research and because of lack of data in my specific domain, I want to use war-gaming as a methodology. However my advisor won't be very comfortable with the military ...
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What is the meaning of "flat-footed" in this context?

The word 'flat-footed' appears several times in the Harry Potter books and I am not quite sure what to make of it. It could be interpreted in several different ways, I think. And normally in the ...
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What's the synonym of "Module"? [closed]

I want to know the synonym of the word "module" in the context of university. What is another way to call a module of a university course? can I call it a subject ?
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Is the word "adjectival" used in this context?

My English Fundamentals professor keeps using the word "adjectival" as in "adjectival clause" but I can't find it being used anywhere else but his class notes. I know that the word ...
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Sinecurist synonyms

So my native language has a word whose definition is a person who has become a public sector employee through a nepotistic relationship or political party affiliation, normally without the required ...
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Why are there so few synonyms for *interesting*? [closed]

Why are there so few synonyms for the word interesting? Really the only entirely interchangeable synonym is curious but it's rarely used now in this context. And interesting is a word used a lot and ...
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Is there a term for when people group 2 unrelated things they dislike into one entity?

I have seen this fallacy a lot of times when I'm having conversations with people. For example - when someone assumes a person who leans towards the right on the political scale will definitely be ...
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How is the word 'possible' used in this sentence?

"My job is important because it makes the best use of nature possible." I'm not sure how the word 'possible' is used in this sentence. I've looked up the dictionaries and thought of possible ...
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Word or phrase for becoming clumsy due to being overjoyed/happy

As the title implies, I'm trying to describe a person who is extremely happy and because of that behaves clumsily since they don't have enough attention about their surroundings. The specific case ...
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Not everything is about you [closed]

What does it actually mean when people say "Not everything is about you." when they use it?
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What does "Dibs on his wings" mean? [duplicate]

When I watched "how I met your mother" season 5 ep15, Robin said: "Dibs on his wings" when she saw Barney was on TV, showed his phone number for any girl to call if that woman ...
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How is the expression 'in my work' used in the following question?

"I am a sport data analyst. In my work, I watch baseball games all the time." I want to know what 'in my work' means in the above sentences. I guess it could be 'in my working place', or '...

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