Questions tagged [word-choice]

This tag is for questions about choosing the best word FROM A GIVEN SELECTION for a particular context or meaning. The selection to choose from must appear in the question. If you do not know the word already, use single-word-requests.

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Doesn't the meaning of the word “neither” make using the conjunction “nor” after it unnecessary?

What does "neither" mean if you can't use "or" with it?
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Why do morons keep using “chance” when they mean “risk” or “probability”? [closed]

Desert Quakes May Have Boosted Chances of 'Big One' Striking California So they are wishing for earthquakes? Why else do they use "chances"? It's a RISK! Or, from a neutral point of view, a ...
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Different word for “idea” in book, videos, articles, podcasts, movies, music, artwork, etc.?

I am building a system that allows users to save different types of mass media like books, videos, articles, podcasts, movies, music, artwork, etc. into their own library. The basic flow is that users ...
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1 word for books, videos, podcasts, speeches, etc. (learning materials)

I am building a system that allows users to save different types of mass media like books, videos, articles, podcasts, movies, music, artwork, etc. into their own library. Currently, I call all of ...
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Is “Either of the two” used correctly? [closed]

"She would cry at the thought of it, sometimes scream about it, either of the two bore no fruit." I know we can use, "neither of the two helped" but I wanted a different style.
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Maybe vs Probably? There is a lot of confusion [closed]

Maybe/Might = >0% something will occur Probably = It is likely something will occur Why does saying "probably" imply more confidence than "maybe/might" if both imply that ...
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Drugs USE or drugs USED

I have a question that we use "Book rent" or "money spent" as nouns. So I think that noun (2)= noun (1) + past participle form of verb. For example, money spent (noun 2) = money (...
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References explaining the term “fire in the belly”?

What is etymology of the phrase "fire in the belly"? What is known about what it refers to? Thank you.
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“Our each and every client” OR “each and every of our clients” [closed]

Could someone please tell me which sentence is correct by English grammar: "How additional capital is used is own decision of our each and every client" OR "How additional capital is ...
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above vs over to talk about amount of money

They spent £160,000 or above on toys, CDs, and perfume. They spent £160,000 or over on toys, CDs, and perfume. Which one of these sentences is correct?
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Is there a word for getting excited about nothing? [duplicate]

Is there a word for getting excited about absolutely nothing? For example, if you can recall in the Christmas movie ELF, Buddy got all excited about wondering what a Christmas gram was. In reality, ...
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I've just discovered that “spuriative” isn't a real word. What word am I mistaking this for?

I've just discovered that "spuriative" doesn't exist in English, despite having quite a firm definition for it in my head. I've even used this word in spoken conversation to many English ...
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How do I express three items gracefully? [migrated]

If you have two things, you can say: One thing is A, the other is B. But is there any word group to describe three things that I have? I can only say with my poor English skills: There are three ...
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Justifying low GPA in College

I am trying to explain a lower GPA in my statement of purpose for applying to a masters program. I have come up with this opening sentence: "Lastly, I would like to explain my undergraduate ...
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Are the Africans brought over from the Transatlantic Slave Trade considered “immigrants”? [closed]

Are the Africans brought over from the Transatlantic Slave Trade considered "immigrants"? Although I realize that they are forced to come to the US against their own wills, the definition of ...
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Can statues being pulled down in #BlackLivesMatter be called 'iconoclasm'?

During the worldwide protests of #BlackLivesMatter, a large number of statues commemorating colonial conquest in the modern era have been pulled down by protesters. Is it appropriate to call them '...
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Are the sentences grammatically sound ? And also does the last bit sound catchy enough to keep the listener interested? [closed]

"In 2020, Hajj begins on July 28th, with an exception. Non-residents of Saudia Arabia will not be able to perform Hajj to prevent the spread of the virus. But this isn't the first time when Hajj ...
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What's a word for someone who needs to always be flustered about something? [duplicate]

A word for a person who if left in an impossibly perfect environment, would find a way to be upset with how perfect it was. Someone who will invent issues to be offended about. Someone who is never ...
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Can I make 'amortal' a word?

I'm trying to contrast three types of mortality: "mortal", things which are living and temporary (humans); "immortal", things which maintain their existence through infinite lives (...
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stooped banner floating in the wind [closed]

When a banner is floating in the wind, its mast slanted, like in the midst of a battlefield after a battle, can one say "A stooped banner was floating in the wind"? I would like to avoid &...
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As a prefix for a service's username, are both “iam” and “its” acceptable?

Assume a username for a service, for example, this site. If my name is Alice, but Alice is already a registered username, what would be more correct? "iamAlice" or "itsAlice"? I ...
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Using the word “Right” to confirm understanding during technical demonstration

I manage a technical group and I was having a discussion with one of the lead guys who is learning a new technology and when I was explaining a few things, he kept using the word "Right" to ...
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“before increasing” or “before increased” [migrated]

which sentence is correct : (I'm writing about a graph) • Flour consumption had a little drop in mid 30s before increasing again in 1940 • Flour consumption had a little drop in mid 30s before ...
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Looking for a descriptive word(s)) to describe digest/summation/pocket culture

I am looking for a generic word(s) to describe summary digest cultural of modern society. (or a Neologism) A word(s) for culture that describes "Take what is useful, discard what is useless" ...
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Is it correct to say “mind-blowingly”? [closed]

I wonder whether it would be correct say "mind-blowingly" in a sentence like this: "Mind-blowingly simple way to sell online".
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Is “bestfriend” an acceptable spelling now?

I'm a non-native speaker and I'd like to know if it has been grammatically acceptable in the UK or the US to write "best friend" as "bestfriend". I've seen such spelling used a lot ...
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Need word to capture both physical devices and software

Need a word as an umbrella term for both physical devices and software/downloads that we offer. Can't use "product," as that already means the physical devices. This is for a user interface, ...
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Looks like terminology

What does "looks like" imply? Are two things that are identical "look like" each other, or do they "look exactly like" each other. Definition of looks like - bear a ...
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What determines if a statement can be proven or not? [closed]

Let's say someone is growing their hair. Someone asks: "Why are you growing your hair? Any specific reason?" He returns: "Yes, I am growing it into an afro." Let's pretend that ...
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Not wanting to share a loved one

What is a word for someone who does not like to share their loved ones? For example if a guy doesn’t like his girlfriend to be around a guy that he know has a crush on her. He’s not jealous because ...
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Difference Between Fear and Fright

I learn that as a noun fright is a derivative of fear. What's the difference between these two? I read that fright is more intense than fear, is it true? I also read the explanation here, but I can't ...
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Which locality (if any) uses “at the roundabout, take the second exit”

I'm a regular user of Google Maps on Android and use the directions feature with voice directions. Here in New Zealand, roundabouts are common. Google maps uses the following directions for "...
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To start a sentence about yourself in a 3rd person with “Been…”?

Usually people when talking about themselves say something like: "I've been a tutor since 2010". But it's said in a 1st person. My question is... Would it be correct to describe yourself in ...
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The car has been adapted for ( disabled - the disabled) drivers [duplicate]

Choose the correct answer Which one is correct word Is it right to say disabled or the disabled
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Is (the reason ) “is his expecting otherwise” grammatically correct? [duplicate]

(1) "But maybe the fear in his eyes" "Is him expecting otherwise." I understand it is not grammatically correct (indirect object) but please provide more info as to why it's not. ...
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Is “horizontal slits” an acceptable description?

Sometimes on tv or while seeing an old video, there are slits on the screen, interrupting the video. It is like static. Is it okay to say “horizontal slits on screen” to describe this type of error? ...
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What is the term for dystopic speculation as a debate tactic

I am trying to find out what the word(s) are to describe this. When 2 people are in a debate, and person A takes person B's argument and follows through what would happen if the group chose person B's ...
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How to purge references to me when referring to project I made

There is a project I have been working on in my free time, named the ********. The primary objective of... In the above sentence, I would like to remove the 'I', but I'm not sure how. The structure ...
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Single-word and non-gender specific term for “every man jack”

I'm working on a book or blog series concept typifying a role (a software product manager) in a very down-to-earth way, and not in the glorified manner it is often described. I am trying to find a ...
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How to say that you know someone but without telling what is the relationship between you? [migrated]

I want to say that someone and some other person are both know each other, but without exposing the relationship between them. I found that all the words are with a "taste" about the ...
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How to describe a single item within supplies?

I'm trying to translate terms used in a database to terms used by end-users. There is a supplies table which holds information on supplies held in stock. Supplies is generic on purpose, as there is no ...
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How can I paraphrase this in parallel writing style?

I'd really appreciate it if someone can show me how to better paraphrase the italicized part in the following sentence: I always used to call him "Professor", so I will continue to refer to ...
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Difference between Every and each

1- Jack has been to a lot of parties this month. He enjoyed (every - each) one of them. 2- There are 3 glasses, but (each-every) one has a different shape. In the guide answers, the two questions​ ...
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What is the “Defective effect” like?

I would like to translate this sentence below into Japanese, but I don’t know what “the defective effect” in the sentence means like. “As some psychologists point out the unhappy experience in one's ...
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Color and inverted sentence?

One of my colleagues asked me the other day why can we say both the following? Red is my favorite color. My favorite color is red. Yet, we cannot say Red is his house. when his house is red. What ...
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Called for vs necessary

I need the native perspective regarding the usage of 'called for' vs 'necessary' in the following example: A) I can understand why you did it, and even forgive it, assuming forgiveness is called for. ...
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What does “implicitly” mean here?

Here’s the context: Finally, if an institutionalized child is transferred into a family setting, can he or she recoup undeveloped capacities? Implicitly, poignantly: Can a person unloved in childhood ...
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In what kind of context people would use “papoose” to refer to child?

I read the following passage in an article of The Atlantic: In films of the period documenting orphan care, you see nurses like assembly-line workers swaddling newborns out of a seemingly endless ...
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“Well-loved use” vs “frequent and fond use”

What makes more sense, grammar-wise? Mama admires the butter churn; the “sinks” in its “beautiful light yellow wood from … where Big Dee and Stash had lived” testify to its well-loved use. Mama ...
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Can you help me correct my grammar in these two sentences?

I'm writing an essay, and I have a section that doesn't seem right grammatically: Mama attempts to reconcile with Dee and accept her new identity as “Wangero,” but the address switches back and forth:...

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