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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Is "switch to other business" idiomatic?

People often perform a double-click on a Zoom link and switch to other business. In the above sentence, I intend to say people click a Zoom meeting link, and although their computers are attending a ...
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What is the name for a barrier where a railway line crosses a road?

What do you call the barrier outlined in red in the picture below? So far, I have found names like lifting barriers, boom barriers...
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"Transfeminine" vs. "trans feminine" (gender identity term)

I am writing an article and need to select between "transfeminine" and "trans feminine", in reference to a gender identity descriptor. Both terminology choices are seen in ...
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What is the name of the place that industrial dyeing take place?

Is there such a thing as "dyeing factory" or "dyeing warehouse"?
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Can you think of a way to replace "high time" in the sentence, "It's high time I took a shower"? [closed]

"High time" is too formal for the voice I'm using in this work.
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Somehow a synonym for competition

I'm writing an English essay about our favourite singer or band. I want to write something like They have won many awards at different competitions. but I know competition is not the right word. ...
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Difference among sound, music and audio [closed]

From Differences between "audio" and "sound"?, I learned that sound is a generic term and can be caused by any source. Audio refers to sound coming from a recording, transmission ...
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What is the difference between a private reason and a personal reason? [closed]

I want to know what the difference is between a private reason and a personal reason. An interview asked me questions about the difference between a private reason and a personal reason.
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Usage of nourish vs nurture [closed]

What is the difference in meaning between the following sentences? Do they both read well? These conversations will nourish your relationship. These conversations will nurture your relationship.
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Any difference between "testing out" and "testing"? [closed]

Is there a difference (in the meaning) between I've been testing out cameras... and "I've been testing cameras..." How (if at all) does the word "out" change the meaning of the ...
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Settlement or billing?

Recently got into discussion on how precisely and professionally translate the polish word "rozliczenie/rozrachunek". Some of us are more convinced into "billing" and some into &...
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Usage of spark vs ignite

Do the following sentences have the same meaning? If so, do they read equally well? Questions to spark meaningful conversations. Questions to ignite meaningful conversations.
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Looking for a word for being in multiple places at different time

So I am writing content for a health care company, (Doctor's Profiles) they did provide the content but I want it to be a bit professional. So Here's an example but I want the opposite of this. ...
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There's the term 'honest mistake', so what is 'dishonest mistake' synonymous to? [closed]

In re the term 'honest mistake', would a 'dishonest mistake' be synonymous to something like irresponsibility, negligence or lazy/not doing due diligence? Part 1. My thoughts Thought 1.1: Honest ...
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Is a number written in roman numerals a roman numeral, or is each of its digits a roman numeral?

Say I've got "VIII". How do I refer to that? Is it "a roman numeral", is it "roman numerals", because a single roman numeral is one digit, or is it something else, like &...
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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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word for a person who tries to gimmick/gamify the system/process [duplicate]

word for someone who just tries to gamify/gimmick the system, who is not focused on searching for the firm/fundmental rules and the big picture, playing the little games, juggler. like a salesman who ...
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There aren't many vs. there aren't a lot of [migrated]

I have field practice in a school now, and I had an argument with a teacher of English there. She says 'there aren't a lot of [...]' is incorrect, and 'there aren't many' should be used instead. I ...
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Are “keep up with/ keep pace with/ catch up with” the same in use? Which is correct one in the following context? [migrated]

She tries to study hard to keep​ ………. her classmates. ​ A. up with ​​​ ​B. pace with ​ C. out of​​​​​ D. on with
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What's the word when you're saying that the fault is from both parties. Like yours and someone else's fault and so you're both kinda sharing it

What's the word when you're saying that the fault is from both parties. Like yours and someone else's fault and so you're both kinda sharing it? I forgot the word
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Does use of "pushing up daisies" and "six feet under" in the same sentence make it stylistically or otherwise redundant?

Example: "Young Lensky is pushing up daisies six feet under" Wouldn't it be the same as saying: "Young Lensky is dead is dead"?
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What verb to use before "blood test"? [closed]

I am struggling to find a good verb to fill the blank below: This year I got into the habit of ___ blood tests regularly. I thought about "doing", though I don't like how it sounds. ...
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What is the difference between commercials and ads (advertisement) and advertising?

Is my understanding correct? Advertisement is more formal than ad. Advertising is a mass noun and advertisement is a count noun referring each piece of advertising. Commercials can only used in pl ...
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Being drawn to something?

I know that I can say "I was drawn to someone," but can I also say "I was drawn to something by X"? I want to imply how I came across a topic that later became a serious project ...
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Is my use of a colon correct. If it is correct, is the sentence itself structured okay?

The traditional narrative is composed of two types of characters: dramatic characters, which are characters that see huge changes to their personality or core beliefs, and static characters, which are ...
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Is there one word for "abruptly turning around"?

I'm looking for a stronger verb for "she abruptly turned around". In this scene I'm writing, my character is frozen in place, observing something disturbing, but then she turns around ...
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Looking for any degrading terms in which its actual meaning means something good

The term I'm looking for must sound insulting to anybody but the meaning behind it actually means extraordinary, unusual, exceptional, prodigy, or something of the like.
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“suggested I just ate/eat a banana”

The following is an extract from a passage, the emboldened sentence being the phrase of interest: Coming in a minimalistic white pouch, the meal-replacement powder blends things like rice, peas and ...
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What is this sound called?

So, I know there is a word for this sound, but it's driving me nuts. For some reason I'm remembering troleling? Basically, I'm asking what is the sound when someone goes like, "Tra la la dee dah!&...
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Differences between “Approach,” "Perspective," and “Paradigm”

My question is related to this one: Differences between “methods”, “methodologies” and “paradigms” In lectures, we learned In statistical practice, there are two main schools of thought or paradigms: ...
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Difference between "forementioned" and "aforementioned"? [closed]

I am writing a scientific article, and the reviewer has pointed out that I should check the typo "forementioned", which I use several times in the paper. I would like to know, is there any ...
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What do you call someone who hates how they look, and fusses over it?

I’m trying to describe an anime character named Nene Yashiro, and she hates her fat ankles. She’s always whining about it, so what should I say in a sentence like: Yashiro, the ______ daikon. Or ...
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With a between-subjects study design or in a between-subject study design

Which one is correct (and incorrect) or makes more sense? With a between-subjects study design, Using a between-subjects study design, In a between-subjects study design, For example: These ...
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Discovering their self and discovering themselves

In adolescence, teenagers discover their self. (as in the “self” with a possessive their) OR In adolescence, teenagers discover themselves (reflexive pronoun). I think both are potentially acceptable. ...
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1 post OR 1 posts

I wanted to make a suggestion to change it to 1 post on MetaStackExchange but I want to know which one is the best choice or if it is even correct. This is on the User profile, is it supposed to be 1 ...
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Looking for a word that means to get over something

Is there a word for when someone has gotten over or is no longer affected by something? Like after a break up, when someone “moves on” it might mean they have effectively forgotten about the other ...
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What do you call it when you do something intentionally "different" just so you have an intended outcome?

I have a few examples of this I can think of to explain my question. Scenario #1 - You want to help somebody with their question but you don't know how to help them. You know other people know how to ...
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What to change Caucasian to on forms? [closed]

I recently was called for jury duty in Wisconsin and was surprised to see Caucasian as a race choice. I called the clerk and she said most people check other and write white. What other designation ...
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Why is "I too" so rare? [duplicate]

It would be interesting to hear the reasons why "I too" is so rare. It is usually replaced by "me too", although this is techically wrong when it denotes the subject. Perhaps it is ...
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Witness a cruel moment [in/of] nature?

I'm imagining a scene where a few wolves attack a few deers. What would be the correct form here? I witnessed a cruel moment [in] nature. or I witnessed a cruel moment [of] nature.?
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What word would best describe this scenario (giving a true but evasive answer)? [duplicate]

What could be the word to best describe this following scenario: Parent 1: Why did you give the child a high-sugar drink when I specifically asked you not too? Parent 2: It's fine everybody, the ...
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A word meaning both masturbating and consoling oneself?

In Chinese, 自慰 means '(of a person, genderless) to masturbate', and it also means 'to console oneself'. I took it as an extension of 'God helps whose who help themselves' for a certain period of time. ...
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Difference between make 'an' effort and make 'the' effort [closed]

Consider the following sentence. Yet I still enjoy making ____ (an/the) effort to bake at home from time to time. Here, what is the difference between an and the? Is effort here a specific or common ...
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Why is it some adjectives don't seem to accept negative prefixes and only are used with the negative adverb "not"?

I am specifically thinking of the word angry. If un- is generally used as a negative prefix applied to words of Germanic origin, why not angry, since I believe it comes from Old Norse? Is there a rule ...
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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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Intransitive use of "to wake" vs. "to wake up" [closed]

He woke in bed. He woke up in bed. Is there a difference between the two? How does the lack/addition of "up" affect the connotation, if at all? Is one preferred over the other depending on ...
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"Watch" vs. "Watch as"

He watched them run. He watched as they ran. What's the exact difference, in terms of the information/scene conveyed? He was watching the runners in both cases. Do they have different connotations? ...
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Is there a difference between a roof and a ceiling when we talk about the inner surface?

It seems that we use the words “ceiling” and “roof” for an upper surface of a building. However, we say “a roof” when we look from the outside, and “a ceiling” if we look from the inside. However, H. ...
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Is there any difference between "wobble", "shake" and "tremble" when it comes to the voice?

Can I use "shook", "wobbled" and "trembled" interchangeably in the following context? I remember a native speaker once said that "wobbled" didn't work here. But ...
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Other ways of conveying the idea of building/making a snowman

It is conventional to impart the idea of creating a snowman with the verbs "to make" or "to build". Would it be expedient to use for the same purpose verbs applicable to the ...

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