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What are your favorite English language tools?
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Urban Dictionary An invaluable and up-to-date resource for looking up slang and other words that are often absent in conventional dictionaries.

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What do you call it when a group of neglected people spontaneously forms a cruel society?
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If you exclude the "traumatic event" part, then "anarchy" works. from dictionary.com, 4 : confusion; chaos; disorder: Intellectual and moral anarchy followed his loss of faith.

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Why is god, a common noun, capitalized?
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Answer: It (and some pronouns), when referring to the creator of the universe, is a proper noun and is capitalized (just like "Bob" or "Joe" would be). When being used as a common ...

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What does 'Tear yet’ mean on the Charlie Sheen’s rant about his qualms with CBS
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Look at it this way: Charlie Sheen went on his most breathtaking _ _ _ _ yet. For instance: Charlie Sheen went on his most breathtaking journey yet. In this case, "radio tear" is the thing he ...

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What's a word that can be used when something, such as a document, is purposely bland?
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my main suggestion: "monotonous" (which can, in fact, have a non-verbal meaning) a few others: "lacking personality" (which is actually two words) "wordy" (not a word I would use, but fits the ...

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Is "try taking these ones" correct? (doctor speaking to a patient)
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Well, this is grammatically correct: Try taking these pills. "pills" is a plural noun "ones" is a plural noun Looks fine, technically, to me. I would say it's fairly unnatural, though.

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Do serious grammarians endorse the "Can I"/"May I" distinction?
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I'm not a grammarian, let alone a serious one, but I'd like to make a case for both words being synonymous in that context. Let's look at the following phrase in which a student asks a teacher for ...

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How to correctly specify a range of temperatures in both Fahrenheit and Celsius?
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I prefer (and have seen it this way in most of my engineering textbooks): (...) they do best in temperatures from 40°F to 125°F (5°C to 52°C). From my physics textbook, Physics for Scientists and ...

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What is a term for a system with rules without any exceptions?
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Canonical This is probably stretching the definition a little but it works in its more generic sense. From dictionary.com, canonical 1. pertaining to, established by, or conforming to a ...

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What is the longest English word that starts and ends with the same letter?
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straightforwardness: 19 letters Andrianampoinimerina: 20 letters (if we're counting proper nouns)

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"Velocity" vs. "speed"
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"Memorial" as a non-sad word?
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Presupposition: A memorial is a device for preserving memories. Hinging on the above requirement, I would say that, by definition, it does have to be negative. If it's a memory, then it no longer ...

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