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Is there a word for the total amount of time you weren't working in a day?

"I plan to spend two hours at leisure." Definitions of "at leisure" from CollinsDictionary.com: at leisure in American English having free or spare time with no hurry not ...
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What is meant by statistical inevitability?

A "statistical inevitability" is something that is guaranteed (or at least extremely likely) to happen based on historical statistics. In the article you linked to, statistics show that ...
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"Negating" a sentence (by adding, perhaps, "no" or "don't") gives the same meaning

Most of the pairings cited are just use of ironic tone: "I couldn't care less" -- literal "I could care less" -- ironic "I don't give a rat's patootie" -- literal "I ...
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"Negating" a sentence (by adding, perhaps, "no" or "don't") gives the same meaning

They belong to a class of words or phrases called opposonyms. opposonym: a word or phrase that appears to be the opposite of another word or phrase but actually has the same or a similar meaning, ...
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Does the double negative have any implications in "very unlikely that there is no difference"

It is unlikely that there is no difference is just the extraposed version of That there is no difference is unlikely. And that is a version produced by there-Insertion of That no difference exists ...
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Why do not we ask negative questions without a contraction on the not after the verb?

For instance : *do not you speak English? is ungrammatical because under negation "not" is a SPECIFIER and the contracted form "-n't" is a HEAD, and DO stays at TENSE and it is a ...
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