Julia
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"Prison workout" — what is the origin of this term?
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A prison workout refers to a set of exercises that can be done in a small indoor space without much equipment—as in a prison cell.

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"Thank God" vs "Thanks God"
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The first sentence is fine as a statement that you are thanking God. It's short for "I thank God for his grace and mercy..." It's not a prayer only because you are not actually addressing God, but ...

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How different is “Be rid of somebody” from “Get rid of somebody”? Are they interchangeable?
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They are not interchangeable, and Denby uses it for a reason. The reason is that if he said "get rid of" it makes the president sound less human and more criminal. Using "be rid of" sounds more ...

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Other word for an empty promise (that is likely not to be held)
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Insincere ...... ...... .......

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How to describe someone who often has his own idea and judgment
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Iconoclast might seem a little strong for your use, but it has a positive ring to it. Non-conformist can be a compliment.

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Is "Most of the world does not distinguish captions from subtitles" true?
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I think there are perfectly good answers, so I'm wondering if you're just looking for short and sweet. I'm in the US. I choose subtitles on a DVD if it's in a foreign language. My Dad chooses closed ...

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How can you describe someone who gives up too easily?
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Another alternative is to say he's a wimp.

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Why did "insofar" become a word, not "insofaras"?
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I think the question would be, how many words can we put into one word and not go crazy trying to decipher what it means. It seems like the max is three. Can you think of a word with four? Nothing ...

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How to count "Chinese yam"
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Most root vegetables are used alone: 2 radishes, 2 carrots, 2 parsnips, 2 potatoes, 2 sweet potatoes, 2 onions, 2 rutabagas, 2 beets, 2 yams. There are some for which you would use an additional word: ...

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What's the word for the condition where you need to defecate?
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My grandmother would never be more explicit than to say she "needed to powder her nose". The fact that she didn't wear makeup was quite beside the fact. On the other end of the spectrum, others might ...

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Idiomatic expression for a difficult choice
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You are "between a rock and a hard place".

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Telephone Conversation
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Eliminate all interrogation: Do you remember me? Can you tell who I am? etc. Instead, continue to give ideas: I sit two seats down from you, I'm friends with Anna, I asked you for a pencil last ...

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Synonym for "Social Program"
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Fellowship and conversation. The first has a slightly religious feel so it might not suit your needs.

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How to answer this question? Yes or No
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It sounds somewhat formal, but it is clearest to say "correct" or "that's right" if the assumption in the question is correct. If the assumption is incorrect, then make that clear by saying a whole ...

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a word/couple to express eagerness to win
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You could consider: pumped up, fired up, psyched (anybody else remember the cheerleaders shouting "P-S-Y-C-H-E-D psyched is what we want to be!")

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"Group" vs. "community" usage
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One aspect is not just size, but strength of relation. When I hear community, I think either a natural occurring community of people who live near each other, or an intentional community of people ...

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"Hi ladies" -- Is it rude to use this greeting for 3 people?
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It depends. There are certainly women who would not like to be called "ladies". It's old-fashioned and has been used in a way to limit women; currently, in the professional world, women do not want ...

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Is there an adjective for 'speechless-making'?
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What about "I was rendered speechless"? It might be so common that it's more of a cliche.

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Ways of expressing the lack of ability to refrain from doing something
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Or "She can't keep from singing along."

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What does “Being brought up to speed is as important as being brought up to grade” mean?
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I love Gopnik's writing. Although I think this bit is a slight stretch of metaphors, it works anyway. The article as a whole contrasts history as a dull body of information vs. fantasy fiction which ...

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"Agree" vs. "concur"
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I agree. I would only use concur in the sense of saying that two things concur: the meetings run concurrently, for example, or these number concur. I personally would not say I concur for I agree ...

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What is the correct pronunciation of the word "route"?
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Here in Virginia, route can be pronounced root or rowt, but a rowter is for computers, whereas rooter would refer only to your pig.

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Word for houshold activities
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Seriously? Since when are doing dishes and mopping floors not a burden or chore? Might this be an exercise in denial? Housework, I agree, is a fine word. There's also job or task. But to find a ...

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Why "off" in "off to the sides"
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It's an unnecessary word and doesn't imply movement, but it is used to emphasize the distance just slightly. "Pedestrians pushed to the sides" makes sense. But "Pedestrians pushed off to the sides" ...

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'Yet' is to 'already' as what is to 'eventually'? Could 'never' do?
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Your sample sentence sounds fine. You could also write "I waited patiently, but he did not return" and it would have the same meaning, especially if it's referring to one afternoon, rather than a ...

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Is there a specific name for the line commonly drawn under arithmetic problems?
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I think "the equals line" would be understood if that's all you need (and if you can't come up with something better).

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"Down" in "hung down the front..."
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I'm just going to point out that a native speaker could say either "hung down in front of the house" or "hung down the front of the house". The latter suggests hanging that is closer to the house, ...

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When is "marked" pronounced with 2 syllables?
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As for aged, I think the difference is that the one-syllable (aged cheese) has had a process worked on it, and the two syllable (aged parent) has simply gotten older. In the case of the map, if I ...

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Are there any words I can use to disambiguate "biweekly"?
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I might suggest being careful with biannual as well. It is sometimes used for meetings held once every two years. There are three times as many Google hits for semi-annual as bi-annual, so that ...

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Word for person always after what he does not have and not cherishing what he has
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To covet something is to want what you don't have, and implicitly conveys that you are not satisfied with what you already have.

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