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Is there a word that means “someone that was betrayed”

There's a word for someone that betrays, eg. the traitor and I wondered, is there a specific, single english word that means, "someone that was a victim of a betrayal"? So something that isn't broad ...
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What is the sound/audio equivalent of “unsightly”?

The title pretty much says it all: what is the English equivalent (if such exists) for "unsightly" when applied to sound? "Ill-sounding" isn't as succinct and brings to mind the actual sounds of ...
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What's wrong in the sentence-With little imagination and enterprise, the tournament could have been transformed into a major attraction [on hold]

This was recently asked in my college quiz and I, like many other went with the option that said No error. But now, when the results are published, the teacher has said that there's something wroin
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Analysing a sentence taken from a lesson

Children and adults alike are fond of folktales. What is the part of speech of 'alike' ? What does it modify?
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Haven't we? vs Don't we?

We have plenty of time, don't we? We have plenty of time, haven't we? Which is correct - 1 or 2? They have already sent you the invitation, didn't they? They have already sent you the invitation, ...
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What do these words “Pulls through/ Inoculates” mean in marketing

In a sales pitch of a service that a company offers, I found the two words in the title (pulls through & Inoculate). I consulted internet but could not find the answer for what they mean. The ...
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“You” as an indefinite pronoun in a first-person statement

But like most young people of my generation, waking up 6 am in the morning to study things you do not understand, is not an idea that appeals to me Is my usage of 'you' in this context wrong? It ...
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Hagiography for yourself?

Can the word hagiography be used (sarcastically) for a speech you are giving praising yourself? As in: "He continued his hagiography." If not, what words would be suitable for a sarcastic reference ...
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Get lost in so many “that, and, in proportion to” in this sentence

I read a paper about lake and got confused about the following sentence (lower left in page 11256), because it has so many "and", "that", "in proportion to". I do not know which part of the sentence ...
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Might Have Worked

When I say "He might work" It can imply that it is possible that he will work in the future.İs it also possible for "might have" "He might have worked yesterday evening" Can I imply with this ...
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What is the meaning of the word “cop-flat”?

From the novel Obsession in Death by J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts), 2015: To discourage any more questions, Eve turned away. She and Peabody had sealed up on entering the apartment. She’d turned on her ...
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Word that means “something that can be abbreviated”

The two answers that spring to mind are "abbreviable" and "abbreviatable," however neither of them feel correct. Searching the Internet has yielded no conclusive results - dictionaries seem to contain ...
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What adjective is between “intermediate” and “advanced”?

What adjective is between "intermediate" and "advanced"? Specifically, my academic program already has an intermediate programming course, and a proposed course does not seem to meet the standards ...
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Can “draw X” mean the same as “draw on X”

In this silly YouTube animation, there is a short sequence where a child is drawing a bear, an adult asks her what she is doing and she responds “I’m drawing a bear”. Then the camera zooms out and it ...
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comma use for brief pause

Isn't a comma needed after "aggressive" in the sentence below? If so, what would the rule be? I think it's for a brief pause, but I cannot find a solid answer on Google. Through the years my media ...
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How you you spell non self destructive?

Non self-destructive Non-self destructive Non-self-destructive ????? It has to be these
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What's the different between “precaution” and “prevention” in English?

I always confuse "precaution" with "prevention". They are very similar in meaning, but what's different in usage?
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Why is “wong” a bad word?

I just use "wong" as if I am saying "wrong" without the "r". For example "You are wong. try again" However, this word is moderated in roblox chat several times. Merriam Webster and other dictionaries ...
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interrogative sentences with WH-clauses in the middle

I know that when we are reporting a question in a sentence in reported speech, the question mark should be removed, like this: Question asked of me: "Did you know that girl?" Reported: He asked ...
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What's an idiom for making something too obvious?

I'm looking for an idiom that means something like "making something too obvious", specifically hinting at an event in the future in such a way that it spoils the surprise. "Spelling something out" is ...
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Accredited Certification - past tense

Certified is the past tense of certify, associated with the noun Certification. What would the past tense associated with Accredited Certification be? 'Accredited Certified' seems wrong. 'Certified ...
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What does “legal jumping jacks” mean in the marketing context?

I came across the expression "legal jumping jacks" in a sentence from a sales pitch text which is explaining why that company is good to buy a service from. The sentence is like as below: We(...
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Specialism or/vs speciality

I had never heard of specialism until I encountered it in some British professional bodies' databases I was researching. I had thought it was a fake word because speciality would be the noun we use ...
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What term means “comprehension of one's own words”?

Comprehension typically refers to one's ability to understand another's words, whether heard or read. There may be some contexts, such as in a school, where students say things without really knowing ...
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About, around, for

What would be the most correct way to write the sentence below? Should I use 'about' or 'around'? And is the 'for' correct in this case? It will take about/around 1 month for the letter to arrive.
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“On” and “Off” for Lights, Electrical Switches, etc

Simple question: Why were the prepositions "on" and "off" used for things like "The lights are on" and "The computer is off", and when did these words gain their new usage? I'm guessing back in the ...
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There is or there are

The English grammar says that we use there is when it's a singular noun and there are when it's a plural one. But I often hear people saying something like "There's also some other words that I'm ...
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Capitalisation question

In creative writing, if there is a character known as The Poacher, as opposed to 'poacher' just describing what he does, should 'The' and 'Poacher' always be capitalised? As in: "I had a meeting with ...
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How to cite a citation thats meant to give context as part of a discussion

How to use citations that are meant to give more historical or just larger context possibly needed for details of certain things, but not The integrality gap of this LP is related to the Erdos Posa ...
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Are “ins”, “hrs”, “mins” and “secs” the technically correct plural abbreviations for “inches”, “hours”, “minutes” and “seconds”?

Are "ins", "hrs", "mins" and "secs" the technically correct plural abbreviations for "inches", "hours", "minutes" and "seconds"? I'm hoping that all examples below could possibly be correct. Examples:...
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The use of indeed at the begining of a paragraph

Is it appropriate to use indeed at the beginning of a paragraph? I have two paragraphs as follows: Paragraph "A" describing some concepts that are better to be considered in a class of methods, name ...
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Saxon genitive for company products

Is it correct to use the Saxon genitive when talking about the products of a given company? For example: Apple's iPhone / Apple iPhone? Of course, I have no doubt with products whose denomination ...
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What does “they” in the phrase, “the best they can” point to? [migrated]

This sentence is grabbed from a website: A teacher's primary goal is to teach students the best they can about the things that are in our textbooks and more important, how to show respect for one ...
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Phonetic rules and their usages

I am a bit confused about 3 words and their pronunciation. 1.Son -[ /sʌn/] 2.Sun - [ /sʌn/] 3.Boat - [/boʊt/] [pronunciation taken from Cambridge dictionary ] Firstly, Son and Sun have different ...
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Alternatives to using “from - to” with dates

Is there a correct and formally accepted shorter alternative to "from ... to ..." when referring to a specific period of time? e.g. They have their annual forum meeting in Las Vegas from 10 to 12 ...
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Why there's no box (for me) to answer a question?

I am relatively new in this forum but I have already 101 reputation points from other stackexchange sites. There's no absolutely no help in this subject! Reference: The above problem regards a ...
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The meaning of the word stupid

Does the meaning of the word stupid dictate that even though you know the difference between right & wrong, you chose the do the wrong thing anyway?
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Request for meaning

What does name of a person followed by exclamation mark in brackets mean. For eg (name!). Thanks for your response
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Are there terms for composite words that do not follow a logical etymological pattern?

For instance, we have two patterns for terms to describe sexual atteaction, one of which intersects a pattern for terms to describe a deep fondness for. Homosexual, heterosexual, and bisexual follow ...
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Why is ‘Earth’ often spelt with a lowercase e, even when referring to the planet?

The word earth has several meanings; the most central one is ‘soil, dirt’, that thing we walk on when we’re outside. It’s also used as a name for the planet we live on. The Lexico definition for this ...
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Double “will” or not

Please consider the following sentences: It is an act which will make the audience think that I (have/will have) used too much time. The man never wants to buy her the ring, which will leave ...
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How can I improve my English writing? [on hold]

I am a student in college right now. My major is Business English. As we all know, English learning has been penestrated in our life and is very essential for us to master. The question is I can speak ...
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How to write my full name in English?

My first name is Thu, my middle name is Thi and my last name (which is also my father's name) is BUI. How should I write my full name: Thi - Thu BUI Thu Thi Bui
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What does “uber-word” mean in particular context (see body of question)?

What does uber-word mean in the following context? This question came up at Is "act like a mensch" too localized for ELU readers (U.S. and/or British English)? Uber-word came up in this ...
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Is there a verb meaning “to make similar”?

I'm attempting to document a change that will make two things more congruent. I'd like to use a word in this way: This change [makes similar] the two items. The best I've been able to find by ...
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What's a good word for “to turn into a library”?

I'm looking for a single word to describe the act of making something into a software library. Software libraries are collections of code with a well-defined interface, such that it is easy to ...
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Use of 'as per' vs 'per'

I've read and have heard of both 'as per' and 'per' being used conversationally, both with the same connotation of either 'according to' or 'on authority of' Examples: "Tell Ron to start molding new ...
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Do we have a term for knowing-oneself?

In many psychological, religious, and ethical theories it's been suggested that you know yourself, through contemplation, cognition, etc. It's like trying to recognize who you really are deep inside, ...
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The meaning of “scoots” as noun in Irish slang

In the second season, episode 4 of Derry Girls, in the last two minutes, the girls are caught trying to get rid of 'happy' scones, flushing them through the toilet, which gets clogged. In the next ...
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Origin of the word “yeet”

Dear fellow linguists, I have been researching the origins of the spurious word "yeet" Various studies have returned the root word "yeetus," however this does not provide any further clarification ...

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