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When contrasting with "necessity", Doug's option is a typical contrast. Maintenance shouldn't be an option, but an all-important necessity. Another contrast tends to be luxury. Maintenance shouldn't be a luxury, but an all-important necessity.


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There are various terms for this. Once upon a time, “screen name” would likely have been the most common. However, it seems to me that this convention has been driven by the most pervasive websites. So, with Facebook et al's move toward encouraging the use of real names, “screen name” seems much less common (phrases such as “nickname” appear to be used now ...


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One option for a word is whit1 : the smallest part or particle imaginable Don't care a whit2 is even an idiomatic phrase: didn't care at all. Sally thought Joe liked her, but he didn't care a whit about her. I don't care a whit what you do with my old clothes. 1 Webster's Third New International Dictionary s.v. whit2 2 The McGraw-Hill ...


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Consider either misplace or mislay; both have similar meanings: Misplace to put (something) in the wrong place; to lose (something) for a short time by forgetting where you put it Mislay to lose (something) for a short time by forgetting where you put it Misplace can also mean to give something undeserved, such as "misplaced trust" Google indicates ...


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Discerning. Having or showing good taste or judgment; discriminating. Collins English Dictionary, as found at thefreedictionary.com The following would work: "We're discerning about the ingredients that we use." However, as pointed out to me in the comments, the more common usage is: "We're discerning in the ingredients that we use."


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matutinal adjective [formal] happening in the morning: We chatted over our matutinal coffee. [Cambridge Dictionary] Though normal people have morning coffee.


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damp: slightly wet, often in an unpleasant way: moist: slightly wet, especially in a way that is pleasant or suitable The same soil would be moist and damp at the same time: moist for planting seeds, and damp for sitting on. This is the Word Choice note given by Longman Dictionary: WORD CHOICE: damp, moist, humid Use damp especially to ...


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I think you're looking for the word shavings. Filings would be ok, too.


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How about 'don't care a bit' it rhymes with your sh... word. Here's a link to 'not a bit'; 'I don't care a bit' is also idiomatic. https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/not+one+bit


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novel - of a new kind; different from anything seen or known before (dictionary.com)


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"Who knows?" is the simplest form. I hear it (and use it) regularly.


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Merriam-Webster Unabridged does not flag hitherto as "archaic." Macmillan does mark hitherto as "very formal" but it's by no means outdated. Whoever marked you down for using an "archaic" word is wrong (unless perhaps you were using hitherto in an informal context). (Disclaimer: I read enough fantasy literature that hitherto seems rather ordinary to me.)


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... employees complain that this methodology is byzantine! byzantine OED adj. often not capitalized M-Webster Reminiscent of the manner, style, or spirit of Byzantine politics; intricate, complicated; inflexible, rigid, unyielding. Also as in: Another problem facing the technology companies is the Byzantine nature of today’s online advertising. ...


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So, my question: How did they call these herbal infusions? During the Middle English period, the concoction made from the herb was itself referred to as an herb. They would say "Drink this herb". They didn't bother to say "infusion of this herb". Drinke þis herbe..and it [wol] make al þe body in-to a swat. A Middle English Translation of Macer ...


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In almost all cultures and countries on this planet, what you're describing would simply be called bureaucracy and a process that involves a lot of bureaucracy would be referred to as a bureaucratic process. Here's one of the several definitions of this term from the Cambridge Dictionary: complicated rules, processes, and written work that make it hard to ...


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As @Araucaria says in the comments, Grammar Police is an excellent alternative that conveys the fascistic tendencies of a police state without the genocidal implications.


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Yes, nursing as a career has religious origins and, until fairly recently, nurses were generally nuns - sisters. Take a look at the history of nursing on Wikipedia: From the earliest times most cultures produced a stream of nurses dedicated to service on religious principles. Both Christendom and the Muslim World generated a stream of dedicated nurses ...


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Tisane. an infusion (as of dried herbs) used as a beverage or for medicinal effects Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin ptisana, from Greek ptisanē, literally, crushed barley, from ptissein to crush — more at pestle First Known Use: 14th century dictionary.com edit: Tim Romano's answer below is superior to mine.


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The allure for me at this restaurant is their sumptuous ravioli. allure TFD n. The power to attract; enticement.


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Bonus carries the non-essential nature of what you're after. Maybe "bonus feature", or "added bonus".


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Increment, according to Merriam Webster: the action or process of increasing especially in quantity or value In programming this is often used to add one, for example in a loop. In your shoe example you are essentially doing the same, you start with some size and increase by one until it fits. The opposite, if the shoe is too large, is called decrement. ...


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I would go so far as to say that unless you are very sure of your audience, you should not use "escamotage" at all, as it is not in broad circulation (0 hits at the Corpus of Contemporary American English(COCA)) . If you don't want to label it a hack, a short descriptive phrase such as "short-term patch" or "temporary workaround" that emphasize that it is ...


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A defeatist a person who surrenders easily or is subject to defeatism. defeatism: the attitude, policy, or conduct of a person who admits, expects, or no longer resists defeat, as because of a conviction that further struggle or effort is futile; pessimistic resignation. - Dictionary.com


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I've always heard them referred to as tank tops, or tanks. Wife-beater may be regional slang; I never heard the term used while growing up in California.


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The appeal maybe? "To me, the appeal of this restaurant is their sumptuous ravioli." From Cambridge Dictionary: "the quality in someone or something that makes him, her, or it attractive or interesting:" sex appeal Spielberg's movies have a wide appeal. This used to be a marvellous hotel but it has lost its appeal in recent years.


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Perhaps this is the word you're looking for: The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails. {William Arthur Ward} Collins defines realist thus: A realist is someone who recognizes and accepts the true nature of a situation and tries to deal with it in a practical way. EDIT Many thanks to @...


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I've always referred (and heard and read others referring) to them as A-shirts (as opposed to T-shirts). They're sold as A-shirts, too.


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I suppose conserve would be a more correct (or at least less ambiguous) term for what's meant. But as I said in the comment, "Save me!" is a bit funnier and draws your attention as it personifies the electricity (or the light switch) a little, like it's asking for your help as well as asking you to save electricity.


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