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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Obfuscate or obscure a password

Passwords are often replaced with dots or asterisk characters. Which of the following is more idiomatic? to obscure a password or to obfuscate a password Online examples include: Obscuring ...
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Compound sentence specific [duplicate]

I need clarity for the following sentence. At our company, your sentiment and well-being is our #1 priority. Grammarly is asking me to change "is" to "are": At our company, your ...
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'Tears for' or 'Tears of'?

I was trying to write some poetry and I wonder if I can say: Perch on my lashes My tears for the wrench. I am talking about the last line. Can we say "tears for something" like "tears ...
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Why do job ads use the word "discipline" to mean different areas/types of jobs?

I find on some companies' websites that they use the word "disciplines" to mean different areas/types of jobs. One of their job descriptions says "You will work across the company with ...
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When is it appropriate to use the word "flavor" to describe different types of food/drink?

Recently my partner and I were gifted a variety box of Sees candies (one of those assorted boxes that contains individual chocolates of different types with different fillings and shapes). My partner ...
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A word for someone who goes too easy on him or herself [closed]

They don’t push themselves hard enough, and sometimes they do not have the same expectation for themselves as they do for others. They make excuses for themselves, saying stuff like: “ I’m still a ...
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"Starting from version" vs "Starting with version" vs "Beginning with version"

When you write about software it is quite common to read that a certain version has introduced a new feature. Usually the new feature also will be available in later releases. I found three different ...
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Is "the art and craft of ..." a common expression in English?

As a German I am wondering whether "the art and craft of" (e.g.) teaching, cooking, etc. as in the title of a book I recently came across ("The art and craft of problem solving") ...
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"Load features" or "Loading features"?

Context: An application can load and save data. These operations have different features. What sounds more natural in the US English to describe them - "Load features" or "Loading ...
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Noun + Nouns - Singular or plural

I am having difficulty expressing something in shorter form. For instance, I am writing that Something results in two fermion propagators and another photon propagator emerging in some diagram. I ...
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What word would you use for something that accidentally works?

I am trying to write some description of what I am currently fixing in my software tests (unit tests). Basically, I have a situation where those tests work but they were not properly set up in a way I ...
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Choosing between oblivion, forgetfulness, and forgetting

I am trying to figure out what is the right word related to forgetting in this quote by Blasco Ibáñez: Tenemos dos fuerzas que nos ayudan a vivir: el olvido y la esperanza. which translated in ...
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Is it correct to say that similar groups show high levels of "stereotypicity/stereotypicality"?

I am writing a scientific paper describing a group of cells that are consistently patterned together through different developmental stages. Phrased another way, the components of the groups are the ...
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Should I use "Discover" or "Uncover" in this specific instance?

I know this question has been asked already by someone else, but I can't comment yet, so I need to ask this for myself. I picked up a few different explanations for what the difference is: You ...
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Word for something that is likely significant?

Is there an English word out there that describes something that is likely (probably) significant or important? Meaning, there's a very good chance it's significant, remarkable, important, etc., but ...
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Is there a difference between "assertion" and "assertation"?

In software development we use the word Assert frequently. While working I had to describe some of the code I was working on. I was going to write that... This function makes the assertion that x is ...
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sign a contract, secure a contract, close a contract

Which verb comes before the noun "contract"? Are there any differences between their formality or usage? I have secured a contract for my company. I have closed a contract for my company. ...
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"Yet" vs "so far" again!

This question was previously answered very effectively on this forum a few years ago in terms of Negative Polarity, and the use of "yet" being limited to negative declarative sentences or ...
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Looking for a term to describe this juxtaposition

Our city is planning to re-purpose a Confederate Civil War Memorial by adding the names of Union soldiers & former the slaves who were freed in that era and fought for the Union. Would the joining ...
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Which is more correct: participant list, participants list or participants' list? [duplicate]

Which is more correct: participant list, participants list or participants' list? The context is a list of participants in a course.
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Can I say "the US people"?

Is it fine to describe people of the USA as "US people"? For instance: "the US people display different cultures and traditions." What I want to ask is that can I use the word &...
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Is there a word that describes two words that are balancing but not antonyms?

Summary I want to describe the relationship between two words that positively balance each other or act as positive limiting factors to each other rather than as antonyms to each other. For example... ...
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Term to describe 'all the rest' of a collection of things?

Is there a term to refer to everything in a collection except some named thing(s); that is, to mean 'all the rest' in that collection? Examples Suppose you read: Ukraine downed 22 of Russia's fixed-...
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"We" vs "One of us" vs "Someone" [closed]

Is there a difference between We One of us Someone ... will be here throughout the day to provide service Is one of them grammatically incorrect, or would they change the meaning? Thank you
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Is there an antonym for the verb 'besiege'?

I am trying, and failing, to find an appropriate and succinct way of describing an individual's action in occupying a secure building to the exclusion of all others as a protest. I could say 'he ...
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"An interview at the suggested [insert word here]" – time? moment? occasion? opportunity? juncture?

I am looking for a word that means, a particular date and time. I need it to complete the following phrase: An interview at the suggested ____ . Time is the most obvious, but it lacks the date ...
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What is a good word to describe someone who genuinely tries to do good but is often perceived wrongly, or doing bad?

What is a good word to describe someone who genuinely tries to do good but is often perceived wrongly, or who is doing bad? I know of a person who genuinely tries to do the right thing but ends up ...
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Question about "which is"

This is a sentence in my paper: To end with, the authors suggest further research on self-focused benefits could be helpful for recruiting “human books”, which is one of the most challenging aspects ...
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The person who received a complaint from someone

I'm creating a policy and procedure in one of my subjects and am wondering is there another way of saying "a person that received a complaint". I know there's way for a person being ...
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Have I constructed & used "exoplanetship" correctly? If not, what word could be constructed to address the planetary status of an observed phenomenon? [closed]

In this Astronomy SE answer to Is one transit enough to be confident that we detected an exoplanet I wrote: See the excellent answers there to get a better idea of the great extent to which the ...
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Is it understandable to say "I'm listening to the 70's"?

Is it grammatically correct and understandable to say the following, where the word "music" is omitted.? I'm listening to the 70's"
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Farthest vs Furthest [duplicate]

I am trying to describe the distance from a root node in a programming context. The root node is abstract and not physical so I'm thinking the proper usage would be furthest, but what would be ...
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One word for covered area of a house (except the garden/lawn outside covered area but inside outer boundary) [duplicate]

In the area I live in, the houses are designed such that there is a covered area (with a front and back door) which contains rooms etc. and then there is a garden around it with grass and plants etc., ...
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"What goes in" vs "What do you put in"?

My intiial question was - What would be best way to ask what the ingredients or components or resources that a particular item is made of? But having spent some time on this today, Now I'm broadly ...
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English word for this type of clothes?

I have seen two examples from Japanese media where males wear this sort of tunic thing but I can't find the name for it, does anyone know the name? See video: https://www.bilibili.com/video/...
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What do you call someone who always makes the conversation about themselves? [duplicate]

For example, let's say I am starting a story about something that happened to me, and in the middle of the story, they start like "oh, the same thing happened to me when I was..." and start ...
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A word for a person in an employment role that is petty [duplicate]

I'm trying to think of a specific word and so far google isn't much help. It describes a type of employment role where the person has quite an impressive sounding title but in actuality the job role ...
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Bachelor vs Engineer degree and thesis [closed]

So when it comes to my education I have earned an Engineer's degree at some European university, and my final thesis was some thing that I definitely would like to boast about before my future, ...
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" flip-up/down the switch " or "turn up/down the switch"

" flip-up/down the switch " or "turn up/down the switch", I'm wondering which one sounds more natural or both of them are good. Help me pls.
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What's the name of the "drawer" used at banks/forex counters?

I couldn't find any Google images, but you've probably encountered them at some point. It's a sliding "drawer" that allows you to exchange documents/money back and forth with the guy behind ...
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Any word or phrase for changing defeat to victory in a short time? [duplicate]

Is there a word or a phrase that describes a situation where you were losing nearly completely but you strongly fight back to win nearly completely? Words like "victory" or "triumph&...
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What would we call the additional things that we buy for academic purposes?

For example, in engineering, we buy Scientific Calculators, Drafting Scales, Multimeters, etc. So in general, what should we call these things? My guess would be academic tools. Is there a more ...
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"Too great of a [risk]" OR "Too great a [risk]"? [duplicate]

First, I want to emphasize that my question is general. I want your answer regarding all of the cases in the following sentence stractures: [Adjective] + of + [Noun] (For example: It is too great of ...
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Is "kindly" an outdated word?

I would like to make a polite request to another person, as in Please kindly fill out the form and return it to us. I was wondering if the word "kindly" is used when making polite requests ...
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suggests or suggested? [closed]

I'd like to know the difference in these two sentences: He said the cause is not known, but evidence at the scene suggested foul play. He said the cause is not known, but evidence at the scene ...
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Can the past tense be used as an adjective such as in 'plastic bottled drinks' or 'glass bottomed boat'? [duplicate]

I'm wondering about the use of the past tense as an adjective and whether it is possible to use it in noun phrases such as 'glass bottom boat' and 'plastic bottle drinks.' Are 'glass bottomed boat' ...
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The usage of the word "came" regarding placments in a competion or game

I am a Swedish English learner and I am always looking to improve and enhance my English language skill. Although sometimes it is hard, as when you think in your own language and translate it to ...
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Looking for a phrase, word, etc., to describe tendency towards choosing an easy solution

I am curious whether a specific phrase or similar exist. E.g., modus vivendi characterize "an arrangement or agreement allowing conflicting parties to coexist peacefully". I am looking for a ...
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What do you call the expulsion of air through the mouth or nose; often in disbelief? [duplicate]

Particularly when pondering or pensively coming to terms with something, one may give out an expulsion of air through the nose or mouth as an expression of mild perplexion or disbelief. It's similar ...
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What word describes intentionally consolidating power/information and maintaining it at the top of a hierachy to keep newcomers out?

What word describes intentionally consolidating power/information and maintaining it at the top of a hierachy to keep newcomers out? I think the word I'm looking for implies that there's some paranoia ...
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