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I'm a bit "green around the gills"

Green about the gills is a common British English expression that is used when someone is feeling queasy, or about to vomit or be sick (there's that AmEng and BrEng...

Asked on 11/28/2021

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What do you call the frequent conjunction {juxtaposition} of two words?

The statement that I want to make is:"Impostor syndrome" ... why does this (conjunction of words) sneak into every text I read these days?What is the right or best expression...

Asked on 11/28/2021

2 answer

What is the meaning and origin of the expression "Miss Thang"?

What is the meaning and the origin of the slang term "Miss Thang"? I've checked in the Urban Dictionary. It says that the phrase is about a woman or a...

Asked on 11/28/2021

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which is suitable for wine, "sourness" or "acidity"?

Which adjective is suitable for tastes of wine? And why? I'd like to know which expression you usually use and if there is any difference. More context: I had a...

Asked on 11/28/2021

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"sic" with "explicitly" (and other adverbs)

I was reading a Wikipedia article on Fermat's principle that quoted some older English text, and one bit confused me:The principle of Fermat, although it was assumed...

Asked on 11/28/2021

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Referring to professors as "Dr." in news articles and other formal wrtiting

In academia, "professor" is generally acknowledged as being a higher title than "doctor", as few PhD holders are professors, while basically all professors hold a PhD (RIP Freeman Dyson). ...

Asked on 11/28/2021

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'more than 200 times that of ...' vs. 'more than 200 times than that of ...'

While I was studying a textbook, I came across a sentence like this: ''The affinity of carbon monoxide for haemoglobin is more than 200 times that of oxygen.'' Am I...

Asked on 11/28/2021

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What is the meaning of "he couldn't help noticing" here?

In this sentence from the Harry Potter series, I have two questions:first, what is the meaning of "couldn't help"?Second, the little line in here "clothes — the getups"...

Asked on 11/28/2021

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What is an idiom for "increase" / "generate more" / "intensify in ridiculous amounts"?

I'm trying to search for idioms to express "increase" or "generate more" or "boost" or "magnify" in terms of business profits. Basically, I'm looking for another way to express "...to...

Asked on 11/28/2021

0 answer

Single word request describing civic development or status

I am searching for a word that has the same contextual purpose as "economy" in the following sentence.The Chamber of Commerce enacted policies intended to encourage, improve, and expand the...

Asked on 11/28/2021

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