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What does “call BS” mean in the sentence “We call BS”?

What does BS mean in the sentence "We call BS"? I saw an article about protests in the US that said the following (see here the video): Florida student Emma Gonzalez to lawmakers and gun advocates:...
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What does `'s` mean in “What CPU's will it run on?”?

Does it indicate a possessive adjective or just a plural noun? If noun, why it is not CPUs (without apostrophe)?
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Should I use “a” or “an” when I abbreviate a word?

Taking notes, I was going to write this: therefore p′ is a shortest path. But the topic is APSP which stands for "all pairs shortest paths" so I decided to just write SP instead and... Is it ...
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What does “M.C.” in “M.C. Esker” mean?

In the article New York - style time machine, there is a drawing: What does M.C. Esker mean? The clue for this, as said by a redditor, is in the line These deposits, which remain as ridges called ...
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What do “M”, “G” and “B” buttons mean in an elevator?

What do "M", "G" and "B" buttons mean in an elevator, besides "1", "2", ...? Confusing. Thanks.
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How to pronounce 'GB'?

If I want to buy a phone with 64 GB, how should I say it? Should I say "A phone with 64 gigabyte." or "A phone with 64 GB (simply pronounce the letter 'G' and 'B')." which one is more ...
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SB and STH in dictionaries

tell sb to do sth (Cambridge Learner's Dictionary) When I look in dictionaries, I often see the words sb and sth. Are these proper words? What do they mean? Can I use these words in my essays, for ...
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What does (R-TN) after a name mean?

An example: US Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) wants to make sure the Federal Communications Commission never interferes with "states' rights" to protect private Internet service providers from having ...
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What does “That's O.P.” mean?

What does "That's O.P." mean? It's an achievement in a game. The abbreviation "O.P." obviously doesn't mean "Original Poster" in this context. I think it may stand for surprise. Can somebody give ...
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What does 'K' mean in '20K' when talking about prices?

What is the meaning of 'K' in 20K or 30K or 40K when disclosing price?
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“in US English” vs “in the US English”

I saw a usage of "in US English" in a dictionary, which I think it should be "in the US English" instead. The reason is that the full version should be "the United States" and not "United States". I'm ...
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Why it is 'an' SEO but the abbrevation is 'a' Search Engine Optimizer?

The article for SEO is 'an' ie. 'an SEO' but Search Engine Optimizer ( Abbreviation of SEO ) is called as 'a Search Engine Optimizer'. Why do these variations?
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Meaning of “h/t to reader “Mr. D””

see title; mostly: what does h/t mean? (Google is awful at finding text with slashes and recommended to replace it for "hot", and ignores the slash when explicitly told to search for h/t) Note that ...
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Pronunciation of abbreviations

Does the abbreviation pronounce as a whole phrase? For example: etc - et cetera; i.e. - id est; e.g. - exemplī grātiā.
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Capitalize i.e. and e.g.?

When you start a sentence with acronyms such as i.e., e.g., or similar, how do you capitalize them? "I.e., ...", or " I.E., ..."? Thanks.
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What does 'em abbreviation mean? [closed]

I saw a phrase of the song of LP which contains 'em So smoke 'em if you got 'em Cause it's going down All I ever wanted was you Lost on you - LP- lyrics
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What's the abbreviation for “elder” in American English?

I know that "Jackson jr." means Jackson the junior, but what about Jackson the elder? How do they abbreviate "elder" in American English?
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How to invite a couple when I don't know husband's name?

On an invitation card... Mr and Mrs Jack Anderson works very well. It includes both Mr. Jack Anderson and his wife. The beauty of this style is, I need not know Jack's wife's name. Here, Jack is ...
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What is an “alpha answer”?

It may seem a bit odd to return a number for the day of the week, so there’s a function to return the day as its name. The DAYNAME function works like DAYOFWEEK or WEEKDAY but returns a string ...
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What's the meaning of PD?

In Korea, they are using "PD", denoting a person 'in charge of managing a production as in a TV show or film'(wiktionary.com). But the word for the person seems to be director, not producer, who (...
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What does 'ext.' mean in telephone number?

People sometimes give me phone number like (XXX) XXX XXXX ext. XXX. I was wondering what does this 'ext. XXX' mean?
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When can “and” be replaced with “&”?

I usually find "&" in the trade name, say, "John & Company". I do not find "&" being used in sentences. What is the correct rule of usage of "&"? When can "and" be replaced with "&"...
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Which one is correct: Id or ID? [closed]

I find the people using both: "Id" and "ID" I do not know which one is correct. To me, the 1st one ("Id") is correct, as "Id" and "ID" are abbreviations of "identifier". The correct one is "Id". ...
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Which goes in parentheses? An abbreviation or a full form?

When we provide the full name of a term, and define its abbreviation, which one goes in parentheses? The full form or the abbreviation? I have observed both! If both are OK, which one is more formal? ...
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“BC” (Before Christ) placed before the date to which it is referred to

BC, Function: abbreviation, 1 before Christ —often printed in small capitals and often punctuated (Merriam Webster Dictionary) Searching on Google Books I verified, or, at least, I perceived the idea,...
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What's meaning of “I KNOW FFS THANKS SOO MUCH , exucse my language”?

There is a question on Server Fault: Job for httpd.service failed. Here is the answer and a comment. Answer: The key error message appears to be: SSLCertificateFile: file '/etc/httpd/ssl/...
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What is “Nor'n Iron” short for?

I was reading a post on a website when I ran into this title. How's about ye? is a very, very Nor'n Iron expression with which I am sure The Great Panjandrum is regularly greeted by his kith and ...
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Plural sign (s) return to which word in abbreviations?

Assume that TSFI stands for TOE Security Function Interface. And TOE (The first word) stands for Target Of Evaluation. I want to know in the TSFIs the plural s returns to which word(s)?
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Money abbreviations

I can't find in Google any list of the money abbreviations used by English people. I need to know how to continue this list: 1,000 = K 1,000,000 = M (or KK for odd speaking) What is the next, maybe ...
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cf. figure 8: good or bad?

I would like to use the abbreviation cf. to mean see, like I do all the time when writing in French. E.g. "cf. figure 8" would mean "see/refer to/check out figure 8". I read on Wikipedia that ...
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What's wrong with saying “I am watching TV” instead of “I am watching television”?

I was told that I could only say or write "TV" when it is accompanied with a word like "show" or "program", but if I refer just to TV, I should say or write "television". For example: I am ...
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Is 'u' the same as 'you'?

I saw this sentence while I was using HiNative: hey ,could u pronounce (a sentence) for me? 'U' is pronounced like 'you'. Is 'u' the same as 'you'?
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What if an abbreviation is formed of different letters, not the first letters

I have encountered a very confusing abbreviation form. ex) an electrical vehicle charging apparatus (EVSE). I've searched on Google and have found out that the EVSE stands for "electrical vehicle ...
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How should I write the abbreviation for “okay”? (ok, Ok, OK) [duplicate]

How should I write abbreviation for "okay"? The options are: ok, Ok, OK. I've never took any notice of it, but recently someone (that he's not a native English speaker) told me that I should write ...
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What do the letters Dx - of diagnosis- stand for?

I always see the letters Dx as the abbreviation of diagnosis, but I never understand how does this letter relate to the word diagnosis which doesn't contain the letter x. Therefore my question is ...
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Meaning of “little more o’er the merry-o”

In the lyrics of a song, the text goes swing a little more, little more o’er the merry-o I know the proverb "the more the merrier", but o'er is apparently an archaic form of over, which confuses ...
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Best acronym/abbreviation for the word “template”

What would be the proper way to shorten the word "template" down to maximum of 3 symbols for use in busy diagrams and schemes in (bio)chemical context? From here and there I only found TPL and TML ...
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Possible meaning of “PR” abbreviation

I already know that PR can mean Public Relations or Puerto Rico, but none of these definition works in my context. I was on github, and an author basically said : If you like this plugin and want ...
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How to capitalize (or not) an abbreviation, is there any rule?

Reading this article I was quite puzzled about the way the author capitalized or not the abbreviations. When writing in full: The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Number All words ...
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What does sb. mean in NED?

What does 'sb.' mean in this dictionary, NED, below?
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What are the differences between “three years old”, “three-year-old” & “3-yr-old”?

I'm not sure which of the following statements is most appropriate in case of a seedling: Three year old seedling Three-year-old seedling 3-yr-old seedling The third one seems to be a nice ...
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lab and laboratory

Can lab be used not as a shorthand or abbreviation for laboratory? There are many courses titled such as Chemistry Lab and Physics Lab and I somewhat feel like lab is more like a complete word.
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Meaning of “crutch 'gin” in Browning's Childe Roland

From Browning's Childe Roland: What else should he be set for, with his staff? What, save to waylay with his lies, ensnare All travellers who might find him posted there, And ask the road?...
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Why is air conditioning often referred to as A/C? Why the slash?

I don't understand why it's A/C, what's the purpose of the slash? Are there other examples of the same usage?
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Is it okay to use IS like this in informal writing?

Ronnie's a bad influence on her. Keep him away. Can we use an apostrophe and "S" to say is at the end of a name to say somebody is when writing informally?
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What is the expanded form of “Tom's visit to the United States”

We know, 's is the abbreviation for is or has But i just read a sentence Tom's visit to the United States provided him with an opportunity to learn English So we generally use 's for is or his So ...
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What does the month “MA” stand for?

I have a box of chocolates that has a best before date of: "2015 MA 12". What does "MA" stand for? May? Or March? Which one?
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“H.E. Donald J. Trump” in Apec 2017 - H.E stands for?

I have scratched my head and think but don't know what "H.E" stands for in this situation, I guess Host Environment?
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What should I understand by “try outlook”?

I received an email from my boss telling the sentence: "Try outlook resources inc DBA Company Name". I am not sure what it means, what I asked him was to confirm a number account that he gave me ...
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Bae stands for?

If bae stands for 'before anyone else', when somebody mention salt bae (Nusret Gokce-the meat guy), does it mean he is the one doing that salting move before anyone else?