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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Evaluation of Inhabitants on/of/based on the Influence of Media?

I'm currently translating an abstract for personal purposes, but I'm not sure how I'd translate this part. I translated it as this: Self-Evaluation of Inhabitants on (the) Influence of Media (the ...
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What is some poetry or famous lines/sayings on the “indifference to wealth and fame”? [closed]

I want to describe someone who is austere, stoic, having the purest soul, although living in this world full of the desires of wealth and status. Is the phrase "indifferent to wealth and fame" the ...
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Usage of the word “stubborn” on a thing rather than a person

The definition of the word, "stubborn", in dictionary.com goes "unreasonably obstinate; obstinately unmoving" and in Longman Dictionary " difficult to remove, deal with, or use " Many of the ...
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Per vs on basis of

I am unsure which sounds better for a native speaker (assuming both is grammatically correct): In each scenario, the harvest per farm is summed up to derive the total harvest per season. In each ...
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He is respected every where but not at home.He is a --------------

What is a man who is respected outside everywhere but is not liked by the members of his family. X is respected everywhere but he is not respected at home , he is a ------...
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Repeat vs repeated

What's the difference between both words? I know that "repeat offender" is a established collocation, (as commented in the not repeated question: Repeat/repeated offender) but would it matter in cases ...
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How could I describe the following situation?

I have three numbers, and I would like to know if the way I described them was correct. 1 - Place Value without Zeros. 1.000 - Place Value with Zeros. 1.233 - Place Value with Remaining Places ...
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{Profession}'s Inn or {Profession}s Inn [duplicate]

Say you would open an inn primarily for people who build things. Would that be called the "Builder's Inn" or the "Builders Inn"?
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How do you describe the expression of the boy on the left?

In Chinese, it's called "Xian Qi" which is a mix of dislike, avoid,refusal and disdain. It is usually used by people in the position of power or those who have advantage over others.
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users´ needs or users needs

Which one of the following is right/ better. I am still not sure after thinking about it for quite a while now. I am talking about the needs of multiple users. The first option (s´) is used when ...
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What are the synonum of “This is accepted” for academia writing

I'm looking for an academic synonym for "This is accepted with". For example, I want to say This is accepted with the measure X or This is accepted when the X measure increases or this is accepted ...
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Phrase to describe a page with 2500 years of events [closed]

A bit of background: we're developing a free educational website that would show a hundred or so famous historic events on a single page, spanning about 2500 years. And we're looking for a phrase to ...
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Content Production / Content Producing / Producing Content

I have a website and I want to announce my services as follows: Our Services: Content Production We can produce content according to your needs Which one is better (or correct) for ...
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Is “egotisticality” a word?

I wanted to use the word “egotisticality” in an essay, but I realized that I didn’t know whether it was a word. I looked it up and got nothing that said it was a word, but I received no definitive “no”...
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Does using 'affect' require clarification when used? Should 'affect' be reserved for feelings and emotions and 'have an effect on' be used otherwise?

I recently found myself correcting someone on affect and effect only to realise later I was actually wrong. They had said 'You can affect the stream by doing such such...'. I immediately thought that'...
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Single word for delaying an unpleasant task

I'm looking for a single word that means delaying an unpleasant task, or perhaps delaying a task to the point in which delaying became unpleasant (or noticeably excessive). Postponing is not a good ...
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Why would the author use the word “awhile”? Is it unnecessary? [closed]

Quote: "Sitting awhile in the sun, she might make some sense of the problem" Why use "awhile" while one can just use "while"? Why one can awhile just use "While", would use "awhile?" [Does this even ...
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Is “misspecification” a correct/real word?

In scientific publications, I like to refer to "misspecification(s)" of models. While the dictionary of my LaTeX-Editor complains that this is not a correct word, it is for example used in the ...
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Is there a word for when a usage change orphans a definition?

Is there a simple way to describe the phenomenon when usage of a word or expression changes in such a way that it leaves the original concept without a word to describe it? As usage evolves, ...
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How can I rephrase this sentence to emphasize the underlying statement?

What are the better ways to describe a happy person -> (meaning someone who has everything he needs) and opposite of that misery (but not quite) -> (meaning someone who is alive but living in hell) ...
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Contrary without using “but” or “however” [closed]

How can I not use the word but or however but still follow with a contrasting statement informally? I hate using the words but and however after complimenting somebody, mostly because I think it ...
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What is a good alternative for “Date” when talking about range of years?

I need to design a table where one of the columns is the range of years. The range of years denote when someone was working in a specific city. For example, Date Location --------- -------- ...
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What is the word for being too greedy for money? [duplicate]

I need a word that implies a person's insatiable hunger for more than required wealth Something like "hoard" or "more than required" but not quite
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A word(?) on giving something a different name on media to make it more acceptable? [duplicate]

Is there a word or a phrase that has to do with renaming an act (that is deemed morally questionable) so that it may seem more neutral and therefore acceptable to the general public? It has nothing to ...
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Using “you” in an English essay?

Does anyone have knowledge on whether it is ok to use "you" to speak directly to the reader in an English essay? I have a college professor who is all about breaking away from the five-paragraph ...
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What is the one word for loss in trade / bad deal?

What is the one word for a deal that will end in loss for sure for example a teenager doing drugs over studies is a sure loss to him how do I say that ? He will regret is one way , but my point is to ...
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What is an unsatisfied man called? [closed]

What is a person who has achieved many things but he thinks that he has achieved a little but needs to achieve a lot more called? He is neither depressed nor ambitious.I would like to have the ...
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What is the guy version of 'chick lit'?

'Chick lit' is a term that applies to literature that appeals mainly to women. So, what's the term for 'literature that appeals mainly to men' ? '
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Using a word tautology

Per Google "tautology" is an expression or phrase that says the same thing twice, just in a different way. Can it be applied to a public discussion of proposed project that lasts several month where ...
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What is best word to shout “hide him in safe place”

A leader is delivering a talk on a dais and one of the security officers finds a threat to him and shouts from the distance to alert the leader or other security officers around him. What is best word ...
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What does the formation of putting words an idea or feeling given here mean?

Here's the conversation I was having with a guy: So, in this context, f I drill down, from my perspective, they may not mean anything together. Can you please help me figure out what his expression ...
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The usage of “now” in an update

My colleague and I write articles about a social media's updates on the platform (e.g. Twitter dark mode, Facebook ad placements). Whenever we write our articles, we indicate the date to inform the ...
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the next vs. the following

I know that the next week is usually used to refer to either the week after any reference time (to mean the same as 'the following week') or the seven days from now (the period of seven days starting ...
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A word/phrase means “a small amount” (of a color)

I am looking for a quantifier means "a small amount”, similar to but more advanced than "a little bit", for the sentence: The northern lights are neon green mixed with _______ purple. Merriam-...
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“of each” vs “from each”

Which is the best option out of "of each" vs "from each" ? or both can be used interchangeably ? We laid down a few things saying that if you want to take Indian cricket forward, these are the ...
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The use of “expression” or “expressing” Is this the expressing or the expression of the problem?

Do you present the re-telling of an old tale as "the expression of the tale or the expressing of the tale?
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Time indiscrete or Temporally indiscrete

Is the word combination temporally indiscrete or time indiscrete correct adjectives, when describing for instance a system which works on the basis of continuous time (and not discrete time)? I am ...
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auspicious vs auspicial - why two of them and etymology

I always knew the word auspicious. A colleague of mine used the word auspicial and I thought this was a spelling mistake. I made a search and am seeing it in a lot of dictionaries. Does anyone ...
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feel well-equipped to do something

I'm writing a letter of recommendation for myself. In the letter I write: "I have known XXX for four years and spent four years at XYZ before joining ZZZ; as such, I feel well-equipped to assess his ...
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a word or rephrase of a sentence containing the word “push”/“strive”

I am trying to describe a character for a game I am making, but the two following sentences just don't feel right. It feels like i have the word on my tongue but I can't quite remember it and i am ...
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Should we use “man” or “woman” to describe someone who identifies with female, but with male sexual physical appearance? [closed]

Inspired by a recent gender-noun controversy, I wonder how to properly address someone with obvious male sexual physical appearance, but who is insisted on being called a "she" ( probably because that'...
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A word to describe “manually” doing something — not technologically or screen-based

Example, I want to say something like "manual highlighting," to differentiate between highlighting something on the screen. A word to describe the process of using an actual yellow highlighter (a ...
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What is the word for things that work even when they aren't working (e.g. escalators)?

I'm looking for a word (or phrase) to describe mechanisms that are perfectly functional even when they aren't functioning as expected. Examples of these include: Escalators & Electric Walkways: ...
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In the sentence who is saying “that's your business,isn't it ,cousin”

Laila remembered another fight, and, that time, Mammy had stood over Babi and said in a mincing way,That's your business, isn't it, cousin? To make nothing your business. Even your own sons going to ...
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What is the information called below a data table?

I can't think very well these days, and I can't figure this out. I have a table I'm using for a web page. I have some footer information, and text from the superscript in the table, data sources, ...
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In the given sentence, what is the meaning of shot [closed]

Rasheed shot her a sidelong glance. He made a sound between a sigh and a groan, dropped his legs from the table, and turned off the radio. He took it upstairs to his room. He closed the door.
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Is it 'go live' or 'goes live'?

Just browsing a website when something catches my attention... "Before any of us goes live and start creating..." Should this not be Before any of us go live and start creating Or is either way ok?...
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“Decouple X from Y” vs “Decouple X with Y” vs “Decouple X and Y”

What's the difference? And, what should I use to express a bi-directional decoupling? To me, "decouple X from Y" is unidirectional: I take X and remove it from Y, while Y doesn't move. I'd rather ...
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A word that describes the act of standing on foot to venerate someone

In some cultures like that of mine, people revere the elderly, teachers, judges, or other respected people by standing on foot when they enter the room they are sitting in. What is the word that ...
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How do I define a school which has an international licence?

How can I define a school or corporation which has an international licence? Can I use "holder" or is "holder" used for just a person? Which would be correct? Internationally licensed school ...