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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Does saying that something "runs fine" imply that it does not in fact run "fine"?

I've long been very annoyed by English speakers who claim that something "works fine" or "runs fine". To me, it sounds like they are saying that it "functions OK, if you have ...
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What is the word for the airflow effect from opening two windows on opposite sides of a room?

Opening two windows on opposite sides of a room provides a cross breeze, letting the bad air out and the good air in and it will maximize internal airflow. Now is there a specific word for that '...
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You must wait until January 22 [duplicate]

“You must wait until January 22 before you can get or use your pass”. Is that means I have to wait on the 23:59 of January 22? Or 23:59 of January 21? Before they will give me my pass?
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Noun to describe an idea that sounds plausible but, on inspection, clearly isn't?

Are there any nouns that describe an idea which on its very surface seems plausible but with some (usually minor) investigations can be deemed false or much less plausible? Example If I were an ...
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Use of "proven" [duplicate]

I am wondering if the following sentence is grammatically correct. The feasibility of algorithm A and the high performance of algorithm B is proven by a number of experiments. I would like to avoid ...
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How do you describe the person an adulterer had his/her affair with? [duplicate]

I'm wondering if there's a proper term to describe the partner with whom someone cheats. I am not married. I had an affair with Caitlin who is married (it was one time and it didn't mean anything). ...
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Is the phrase “Undefeatable challenge” completely wrong, or is it acceptable under certain circumstances?

Normally, the verb defeat cannot be applied to challenge, and the phrase seems like a semantic mistake: you can defeat an opponent, but you can beat a challenge. But there's a character who's over-...
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How to describe the feeling of being very excited and then get disappointed?

what is the word which best describe the feeling of getting disappointed when things do not go as you hope? For example, a daughter was expecting to visit her parents this weekend after years apart. ...
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"Foot" or "feet" when referring to rope?

My friend, when referring to his landlord, said: "what she could do with is 9 foot of rope" I say it should be feet of rope, not foot. He says both can be correct: 'when referring to height ...
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"as opposed to" vs "as supposed to" [closed]

My colleague wrote this: Outcome of the meeting: Make rocket-balancer configuration within each app as supposed to the auto-configuration library. I think it should be "as opposed to" or &...
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"raw notes" VS "rough notes" [closed]

I was wondering what's the right word to use when speaking about notes that are not polished: "rough notes" or "raw notes"? Are both valid? Does one of them sound more "...
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as well as vs like

Can you help me with these two problems in this sentence? When I learnt that it could help raise money for stray animals, I made up my mind like the other almost 50 participants. Doesn't as well as ...
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Appositive phrase, but in conversational

What else might you call, or how else might you name an appositive phrase, when used by a speaker interrupting for clarification Betsy Smith: My sister, Interruptor: Alice Smith Betsy Smith: ...
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What are the differences among 'remove', 'delete', 'dismiss', and 'discard'? [closed]

I'm working for a professional application, and as I'm not a native English speaker I need your light to help me to use the best one in the best context. What is the meaning of each of them and in ...
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Residual soil or surplus soil

What do you call soil from earthwork in construction— soil that may be remaining at some places, and that won't be used even after the construction project is finished? I have two candidates: residual ...
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The difference between "departure" and "deviation" [closed]

I am writing a technical report that highlights the advantages of 2D (two dimensional) modeling compared with 1D modeling. I would like to mention that the 2D simulations better capture the physics of ...
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Trying to help but ending up causing more harm than good [duplicate]

I'm writing a paper on Romeo and Juliet and how Frair Lawrence and the Nurse are to blame for Romeo and Juliet's deaths and I'm looking for a word. I've looked at other posts but I just see the same ...
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"The machine must be kept operating at its *WORD* " - What is the word?

The machine must be kept operating at its ______. I am trying to find the ideal word to complete this sentence. What I am hoping to communicate is that 'the machine' must be kept in "tip-top&...
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What is the difference between blubbering and sobbing? [closed]

Mostly because I see these words used interchangeably, and wish to know the difference.
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Name of road marking

What is this striped road marking called?
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Looking for a word to describe the nature at higher places

I am looking for a word to describe nature at higher places, say, 2000 meters and above. e.g. "I love ____ (mountains)" does not include water bodies, waterfalls, lakes, trees/shrubs/tundra, ...
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Is 'me and my friends' possible? [closed]

Is it possible to put it like that or is it typical of spoken English only and in written English only 'My friends anf I possible'?
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"you're alright, mate?" to a stranger. American equivalent for "mate"

I saw a youtube video of a guy standing at a street corner doing exercises for his social anxiety in London. Saying something like "How are you doing? You're alright, mate?" to a passing by ...
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Is there a term for the following type of conduct: someone only responds to one part of your message instead of the whole message?

For those who know german: Die Person geht nur auf einen Teil der Nachricht ein Here's an example to further elaborate: A (about something B said): She doesn't even sound rude. Maybe if it's said in a ...
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What word describes someone I know exists but have never met?

Strange Acquaintances Goal I am looking for a word to describe someone I know exists but that I have not yet met in person or virtually. Example I have an acquaintance named Bob whose mother is named ...
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Word usage: "either" or "both"?

Consider the following usages: Either the book and the pen are neither in the pocket nor in the backpack of either Sally or Peter. Both the book and the pen are neither in the pocket nor in the ...
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Is "viewing something pictorially" redundant?

Say that there is some concept X which I want to expose to the reader to as such: (formal explanation of X) Viewing X pictorially: (depiction of X in an image) An example of X would be a ...
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Message system or messaging system?

In a reading passage in our ESL textbook it says: Kublai Khan made use of a fast and simple message system. Horse riders spaced every 40 kilometers allowed messages to cover 500 kilometers a day. ...
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Burritoise Vs Burrito?

I was explaining something using an analogy with burritos. If I apply the same burrito analogy to other examples, am I Burritoising those examples or Burritoing them? By analogy, say you were banned ...
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"economic burden" VS. "financial burden"--are they interchangeable?

I am wondering if these two phrases are interchangeable in context like the example sentences below. Buying a house often places a huge financial burden on young couples. Buying a house often places ...
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What is the context in which this has been given? [closed]

" There are several ________ accounts of ________ what __________ when senior advocate Shyam Divan made a request late in March for an early hearing of a batch of petitions that question the ...
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Ropes, cables, hawsers?

I am looking for synonyms to 'thick rope' and have found "hawser" and "cable". However, lexical sources claim that hawsers are for naval use (mooring; towing). Would it seem odd to ...
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Should I use 'component' or 'subcomponent'?

In economics, a person's consumption can be categorized as being towards a Durable good (such as a car or fridge), Non-Durable good (such as groceries), or a Service (such as a movie ticket). ...
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The left edge of a sheet protector (punched pocket)

What is a correct word to refer to the edge of a sheet protector [US] (aka punched pocket [UK]): edge, stripe, strip, spine? The word should be understandable to both US and UK native speakers. (I'm ...
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Why ____ (waste) our time waiting? Let's phone Mrs Caroll now [closed]

Why is the correct answer "waste"? Don't we need an auxiliary verb? E.g. Why are we wasting or Why do we waste? I can't seem to figure out why "waste" is correct.
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Please Help: "Audience" usage

I want to write "My whole life, I have been audience to a..." Does that make sense? Should I instead write "been the audience to..." or "been an audience to..." Am I ...
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What’s the rude way to say “You just said something that I already know”?

What’s the rude way to say “You just said something that I already know”? For example, two people (John and Paul) on a bus are arguing. John says, “You were touching my leg.” Paul replies, “I didn’t ...
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What is the word for abdominal pain, stomach ache or belly ache?

In everyday conversation, what's the usual word that describes the abdominal pain that is caused by diarrhoea? Do you say it's a "stomach ache" or "belly ache"? Is there a ...
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Visual conviction

I have a question about a translation of an Arabic term: "Ayna'l Yaqin"... meaning conviction based on seeing with the eye. For example, one looks at a table and by what he sees, he is ...
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Will the word sour in "sweet and sour" dish give negative connotation?

Will the word sour in "sweet and sour" dish give negative connotation? In Chinese we actually say "sweet and vinegary" dish ('糖醋' as '醋' is vinegar). Check https://en.wikipedia.org/...
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Word for a person or entity who is permitted by society to do bad/greedy things because they have been charitable

I would describe this person or entity as "feeling entitled" by that doesn't exactly capture what I am trying to say. For example: A person who donates a lot of money to some charity gets '...
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A term for the property of being able to be accessed by many people?

How do I say that a given object has the property that it can be accessed by many people? I am trying to use that property in a sentence as follows: Y is unreliable since it inherits the *property ...
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"Choose burger" or "Choose the burger" or "Choose a burger". Picking the right article [closed]

Which one is correct? Specifically, the context is a restaurant menu with multiple choices available when the main item/dish is picked. Should articles be used generally when listing choices? Could ...
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Is "feed someone" a derogatory expression?

I'm not a native English speaker. I'm not sure if the following expressions are offensive: I want to feed you. Please feed me. I found an excellent creator here. Let's feed them! Because I'm fond of ...
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Was unprecedented or is unprecedented? [duplicate]

I am writing about the GME short squeeze that happened in January 2021. At some point, I want to say that short squeezes are nothing new in finance, but the way it was triggered was not seen before. ...
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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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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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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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