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Losing power in the UK vs US: what's more common?

Years later, but still (I think) relevant. I'm increasingly seeing "outage" in UK news reports, but to me it's still an Americanism. One reason I think so is that only Americans say power is ...
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Why do we say "commit" a crime?

The Merriam-Webster dictionary's first definition of the word "commit" is "to carry into action deliberately : PERPETRATE". So we generally say "commit a crime" to ...
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What is the word that means an "unanswerable question"?

You are asking for an answer to the unanswerable. The degree of recursion is limitless. Please expand on this question by adding a phrase for context or example. Purely philosophical questions are for ...
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Formal written form for a 2x something?

In formal writing I would strongly recommend twice, as in 'twice National Cheerleading Champion', 'National Cheerleading Champion (twice),' or 'National Cheerleading Champion, twice,' depending on ...
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Formal written form for a 2x something?

As already mentioned, an abbreviated 2× winner or 3× winner could be written out as a two-time winner or three-time winner. (Notice how small cardinal numbers are always spelt out as English words.) ...
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Why do we say "commit" a crime?

Apparently the sense is derived from a usage common in Latin: Commit The evolution of the modern range of meanings in English is not entirely clear. The sense of "perpetrate (a crime), do, ...
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Formal written form for a 2x something?

For instance, in "He was a 2x runner-up for the Champion title", would it be "two time"? No: you want "two-time runner-up" instead. Incidentally, "two-times runner-...
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Much more/ much less

Much less is used for a condition that is even less likelier to occur compared to other conditions given the same situation. In the example given, someone who earns $300 a month is even less likelier ...
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Formal written form for a 2x something?

I would usually say “two times “ as a British speaker. I notice that “two time” is more common in US news reports. However, in your sentence neither sits well. So I suggest : He was twice, runner-up ...
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Formal written form for a 2x something?

The standard form is... He was a two-time winner of... (rarely ...a two-times winner)
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Is it 'buy-in to', 'buy into', or 'buy in to' in the following sentence

I believe "into" generally implies entering (for example, "log into"). And "buy in" is the verb: "If you can't sell out, buy in!" Thus, it's "buy in to,&...
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serviceman / servicewoman / serviceperson etc (US)

SALUTE TO MILITARY SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN service men and women I want to begin by acknowledging not only my fellow veterans here today, but service men and women around the world—men and women who ...
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"At" vs. "in" followed by a city name

When referring to settlements, it's almost exclusively "in" rather than 'at'. Though there's no real reason 'AT a city' can never be used in lieu of 'IN a city', it's simply very non-...
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Mathematical distinction in "Relation between edges" VS "Relationship between edges"?

Relations are defined in Mathematics as a subset of the Cartesian Product between sets. Relationships are defined in Linguistics as a semantic correspondence between words. Mathematics and Linguistics ...
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x-stor(e)y or x-floor or x-level house/building?

Usually, the term "storey\story" is used when referring to an entire building. Like 'A four-storey townhouse', "That 38 story condominium", or 'his house is two storey'. When the ...
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The difference between "only one" and "one and only one"

Actually, there is a difference between these two terms. In data analysis, a single time-series dataset can be used to produce a cumulative distribution curve. However, since the curve has no time ...
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What is the name for a barrier where a railway line crosses a road?

In Britain those are called barriers. Technically, on the railway they are referred to as barriers, for example from the Rule Book we have the following: Types of level crossing Automatic half-...
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