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Is it ok to use "to stream" for downloading/consuming?
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Yes, streaming is a common usage in English. I stream video from NitFlex several times a week but I download software. I've watched the term stream as in "byte stream" move from the closed world of ...

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synonym for spacious
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Of the four words only Luxurious does not necessarily imply dimensions in any way. There are luxurious dog kennels. Of the remainder Wide means lots of width but makes no statement about length ...

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What is the idiom/proverb for "the more you pressure someone they will run away from committing"?
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Softly, softly, catchee monkey. This looks to be an good explanation of this expression's meaning and origin: http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-sof2.htm

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What is the meaning of the phrase, I'm partial to your abracadabra?
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It just means magic, I'm partial to your magic, but Abracadabra, a metonym for magic, scans better.

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replacement for homophobic slang
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No is the short answer. But his type of rebuke always requires shock-value and people are continuously inventing new ways to shock as the old ways lose effect. Your desire for a word that is not ...

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Does text in brackets invoke the "an" vs. "a" rule?
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You should not consider the brackets. When in doubt, read what you write aloud. and you may be surprised how useful this technique is at flushing out bad English. But beware of "an hotel". I always ...

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Can the word 'applicable' be used bidirectionally?
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You are correct. Discounts usually apply to products and/or customer types but to say that products apply to discounts, or that products are applicable to discounts, would be bizarre. You could say ...

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sustain vs. retain
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If I retain something it means that I keep it. I do not, for example, sell it or give it away. To sustain something means I persist with it. If I make a sustained effort to do something it means ...

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Is there an umbrella term for "inflation" and "deflation"?
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Resize. A polygon is two-dimensional and both inflation and deflation suggest 3-dimensions. Resize covers everything, even n-dimensions. So, in pseudo-code: Polygon1.Resize(0.5); // Deflation ...

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What's the word for the "opposite role" of "Donor"?
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Beneficiary And it's definitely not the opposite of donor. It's a pairing that seems to be defined by context. Examples: Beneficiaries generally receive money or valuables. Recipients receive ...

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Word for persons with similar faces
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Spitting image: Jack is the spitting image of John. Double: Jack is an exact double of John. Ringer: Jack is a dead ringer for John.

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What does a native English speaker think of when he sees the word "commensurable"?
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It might help to imagine constructing a right-angle equilateral triangle out of lego blocks. Say 10 blocks each for the equal sides. Can you make a diagonal that fits exactly? No. This is the ...

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Is there one word for "being deceived into complying"?
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Suckered The question addresses a ubiquitous issue of humanity. We are always trying to persuade others by hook or by crook. That is why there are so many valid answers.

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How to correct this sentence?
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The continental shelf is the shallow area of the ocean floor that is closest to the continents. Most oceans, an exception being the Mediterraneum, have relatively flat shallow areas near their coasts....

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"Could you please let me know if there is any team looking for an intern willing to start immediately?"
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That's fine. It could have been written by a native speaker. The slight ambiguity about whether the intern or the team is to start immediately does make the reader think for a millisecond, so you ...

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What's the expression for "someone doing what you intended to do before you"
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in anticipation or pre-emptively. Google translates "Å komme noen i forveien" as "Getting someone in advance" which looks roughly equivalent.

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"technical area" expressed in one word
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Domain Someone who knows a lot about an area of interest may be called a domain-expert. The domain is their home territory.

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What is the question asked by workers in departure when they want to know if you are on a connecting flight?
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Have you checked your luggage on (some flight)?

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What sounds better My lovely Kellisa or the lovely kellisa
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This is tough. In a poem you can get away with anything if you are clever enough. Here is an example of of a (presumably beautiful) girl being compared to (good heavens) a time interval: Shall I ...

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"Licenciatura" x "Bacharelado" as "bachelor's degree". How to say it in English?
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Simply put, you cannot reliably do that in US or British English. The nearest thing might be in the following example statements in English: You need a BSc in Physics to get a job as a Physics ...

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Does the word Approver exist?
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Yes, Approver is in common use with the meaning you intend. I am an ancient Systems Analyst and I know these things.

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