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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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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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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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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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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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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It is a rare and (often heard, seldom heard) song

I want to know which one would be the appropriate answer to this sentence: The session will include a playlist of her rare and .......... heard songs. seldom often What I really need to know is ...
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What word is "inexplicable" posing as in this sentence?

Background: I post occasionally on Next Door, in a neighborhood which is well educated. I ignore typos, and even mistakes such as your for you're and it's for its. and, with less good cheer, imply ...
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What would be a word for this scenario?

What would be a good word/term for someone who refuses something despite not having their own option. Just rejection with no solution. I hope I made it clear enough.
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Especially in X "class" or "classes"?

I'm writing a document and am confused whether I should write "class" singular or "classes" plural. Grammar online checker seems to allow both. What is the reasoning behind? ...
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Is there a more proper word for the concept of 'interyear'?

I am describing a difference in one value between two different years. I'd like to put this into a single word and it came to my mind to just use the prefix inter- along with year. I mean, it feels ...
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if someone refers to the wife in the conversation, is that rude? [closed]

I'm not native speaker and my husband is native speaker one day after we argued I heard he was talking to his sister. I could hear her voice too, she said, stop fighting you and the wife? That ...
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stop/reduce/mitigate global warming [closed]

If we work together, we can (stop/reduce/mitigate) global warming. Which word is better?
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Is the term "animate object" still used?

Is the term "animate object" still acceptable to use, for example for a grasshopper? I remember objects being broken down into either animate objects or inanimate objects back when I was in ...
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Informal English sentence correction [duplicate]

What you gotta hose for? Is is correct, can I use this sentence in informal english? How can I say this sentence formally?
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In the Capitalization of City, Town, and Village [duplicate]

So here is my question: Let's say, I have a place known as ABC, and it is a city. I know that whenever I call it city of ABC, the word city isn't capitalized, unless it is revering to government of ...
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Does 'develop' in "In Chapter 2 we develop essential aspects of elliptic curve cryptography." strike you as not the right word? [closed]

The quote in question comes from the Introduction, page 12, to this book: In our quest for comprehensiveness, we have chosen to present all the basic elements of cryptography needed to understand the ...
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Verbs to describe someone's eye movement when they suddenly notice something

I'm trying to describe a situation arising when two people are having a conversation. Suddenly one of them notices a phrase said by the other, and he keeps it in mind without making any remark about ...
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What is the difference between "bustling," "vibrant," and "lively"? [closed]

Part of my homework for a class was to describe the type of city I would like to live in. Just so that you don't think I'm completely unimaginative when it comes to description, this was not for a ...
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What's the meaning of "scrambled up"?

I read a letter in which one professor wrote that he was scrambled up a very steep learning curve to understand nature of his new work. If the professor was qualified for the new job why he scrambled ...
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Word or term for "Returning somewhere after a long time and it is no longer familiar"?

I'm trying to figure out if there is a specific word, or more likely a term, for the concept of "returning somewhere after a long time away from it and it is no longer familiar to you." For ...
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How to say the share of count/amount? "Number share"?

I am writing an academic paper in economics. I wonder what words I should use in following situation. If for example we have many firms in the market. We can say the share of employment of, say ...
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