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'Earth-based' adjective counterpart to 'Lunar' or 'Solar'
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Earth is "Terra". The corresponding adjective would be "Terran". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terra "Terran" can be used for a person or life-form from Earth, to contrast them from those from other ...

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The phrase "to the numbers born"?
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To the manner born To the numbers born is a playful use of the form "to the manner born", which is a longstanding term meaning "born into the habit". It is first documented in Shakespeare's Hamlet (...

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What does "small small" mean in Indian English?
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In UK English, the nearest equivalent is to use two different words, both meaning small Indian "small small" -> UK "tiny little" (to emphasise smallness) or "loads of little" (to emphasise large ...

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the meaning of "thick"
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Thick banks of water hemlock To me this conjures a picture of exuberant collections of water hemlock appearing to form islands or banks within a marshy field. Remember that water hemlock, Cicuta ...

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Pointing out customer's mistake politely in customer support setting
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Politely solving a problem arising from a customer error Your method is more polite than your colleagues', because it is less blunt. Even more polite would be to omit reference to the customer's ...

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Using a or an article before unfamiliar or new termed acronym
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For initialisms, choose "A" or "AN" based on the pronunciation of the first letter The United Nations is abbreviated by the initialism "UN", i.e. the two letters are spoken separately, U and ...

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some movie, book and game title have a title. And sequels often have the title a number and some more words what are the extra words called?
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Subtitle While this term is often used for captions near the bottom of the screen in a movie, to assist the deaf or to provide a translation, it also means the secondary title of a book or movie. ...

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What is the meaning of "wearing one's learning lightly"?
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Wear one's learning lightly This means to be knowledgeable but not boast about it or seek undue privilege from it. It means to behave in a modest and understated manner. They knew what they were ...

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The antonym of freethinker
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I would suggest: rigid thinkers as a direct antonym, or dogmatists if you want to emphasise that they are adhering to a particular predefined set of beliefs.

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Definition of "Number"
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The term 'Number' is widely used sloppily for identifiers that can contain letters too People have given you examples above, including: Passport numbers of some countries e.g. Germany (https://en....

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Is there a term to describe something that highlights what it is not?
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Backdrop The attack was all the more unexpected after so many decades of peace. Contrast His nasty attitude was a marked contrast to the gentle demeanour of his easy-going predecessor. Counterpart The ...

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x-stor(e)y or x-floor or x-level house/building?
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2-storey, 3-storey house; 80-floor skyscraper Either "-storey" or "-floor" sounds natural in UK English. "-storey" is particularly used for small numbers (such as 2 or 3), and for long term living ...

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Should the definite article "the" be used in "periods of [the?] Italian economic history"?
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Without 'the' in most situations ... for long periods of Italian economic history ... ... successes of German industrialisation ... The attack was followed by international condemnation. ...

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In barter... Is it "to pay in something" or "to pay with something"?
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"In" if the items used for payment are widely understood to be a token of exchange, similar to currency The desk clerk presented me the bill which listed various currencies. I paid in US dollars. ...

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How would you describe the movement of a lever?
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"Elevated" or "raised" After you put a coin in the slot, the barrier would be elevated automatically. After you put a coin in the slot, the barrier would be raised automatically. ...

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latin abbreviation for "one and the same"?
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Identical to Paracetamol is identical to acetaminophen. Aspirin is identical to acetylsalicylic acid. If you are desperate for Latin: id est, almost always abbreviated "i.e." She overdosed on ...

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How to refer to different "sleep time" of multiple people?
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Sleep times if you mean many individual people and want to indicate their individual sleep times are different. We don't want the heater to have fixed start and stop times, because people's sleep ...

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Buy normally or as usual?
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Buy in the usual way I suggest this wording if you want to imply that the reader already knows how to do it in other circumstances, and needs reassurance that the actions need are the usual ones. "...

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"Available from" plus date meaning?
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You should assume the vacancy begins at the beginning of September 2019. It is possible, but unlikely, that they mean the vacancy has another specific start date within September. If the latter were ...

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Comma + as phrase
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Parenthetical commas What you describe is a parenthetical comment. This means that the sentence makes sense if you delete this segment. You could write it like this: Your parents (as your ...

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Adjective for not knowing any better
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If you mean "didn't know any better" in the sense of "didn't know that it was wrong", how about "innocent"? e.g. an innocent error, an innocent entry into the sacred place. If you mean "knew it wasn'...

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Is this correct grammar?
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"Last year my wife and I realised we had clocked up twenty years here in this town." "By last year my wife and I had clocked up twenty years here in this town." "Last year my wife and I celebrated ...

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My question is about the use of "lest" + "should have + past participle" in the sentence provided below
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In case "In case" is a common modern usage to convey this sense. Commonly this is coupled with "might"... I do believe the dear soul thought I might be jealous, in case my poor dear might have ...

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Word for reciprocal of debt?
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The word "debt" is most commonly used to represent the thing that you owe to someone, but can also mean the state of owing things to people. From your question, you are asking about the state. In ...

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Verb for making someone an enemy
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From the text of your question, I believe you want a word for a powerful organization making a broad population consider someone to be their enemy? (As opposed to making that particular person angry). ...

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How do you pronounce idempotent
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"Idem" is the Latin for "same" It would have originally been pronounced "id" + "em", so that's the pronunciation I use. I can't claim to have any special authority though: it is just the approach ...

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what does "17 times out of his nerdy sweater-vest-wearing league" mean?
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Out of his league This means "far better than him", in respect of suitability as a partner. Typically people choose partners who rank similarly to them in attractiveness. This is called "assortative ...

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Is this sentence grammaritcally correct?
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"There are published procedures" is correct. "Spreaded" isn't a word. The past tense of "spread" is the same, "spread". More importantly, "spread" is not used in this way to indicated "distributed". ...

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Does "surfeit" have an adjectival counterpart?
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Surplus This adjective can be applied to a thing that is present in excess of technical need, with the remainder being available for use elsewhere. I use this when there was an option of keeping this ...

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neither ... nor
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In "Neither x nor y", keep "x" and "y" parallel in grammar Unfortunately, neither *have I* finished my work nor my assignment yet. This first option is unsatisfactory because the "neither"...

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