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How do concern and issue differ?

This system is good, but one issue/concern with this is the cost. I would like to know which of "issue" and "concern" is better for the above sentence I created. That is, I am searching for a word ...
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What is a way to express ``take your time" non-assumingly when asking a senior fellow to do you a favor?

When you ask a senior fellow (for example, a professor that taught you before) to do you a favor, how do you express ``take your time" without risking letting the professor feel you are assuming that ...
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Euphemism/idiom for “… and his friends”

In Spanish, you can say: "Pedro y compañía" (Pedro and company). Which is the same as saying "Pedro and his friends (who always hang out with him)." Is there something similar in English? Note: I ...
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How formal or euphemistic is “debris”?

Is the word "debris" considered to be an euphemism of other words? And does the word have some kind of the degree of formality? If yes, is it informal or formal one? So the word 'debris' here is in ...
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what does 'be darned' mean?

I know what 'I'll be darned' means. What does 'be darned' mean in the following sentences? Love Be Darned. Usefulness Be Darned! Cancer Be Darned. Weather be darned, road tests ahead....
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Synonym for Misstep

I am writing a paper on my parents and how their separation/divorce cultivated my upbringing. Within the paper, I claim how in some ways they make "missteps" in raising us to keep the hopefully ...
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Meaning of 'Thank you so freaking much'

One of my friends received lots of beautiful gifts on her birthday and she thanked by saying this. So what is the difference between just saying' Thank you so much 'and 'Thank you so freaking much.'
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One word for body's intimate/private parts?

How to refer to a body's private/intimate parts with one word? Can't seem to find on the web. As in this sentence, for instance: Hey, please stop shaking your the word. More looking for "...
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What does “by thunder” or “what in thunder” mean here?

I'm just read The Hound of the Baskervilles, and in few sentences it's said about "in thunder" or "by thunder". "Now," said Sir Henry Baskerville, "perhaps you will tell me, Mr. Holmes, what in ...
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Deconflict/deconfliction: scope, register, casual use?

This is about the (historically recent) use of deconflict/deconfliction. Out of the Collins, AHDotEL, Cambridge, M.-Webster, Dictionary.com, Longman, TFD, Etymonline and ODO, only the last one has it1:...
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Any alternatives for the verb “to bury”?

I want to say "somebody was buried somewhere", to place (a corpse) in a grave. But the word "bury" sometimes sounds rude or very technical to me. Am I right or is it very normal to use "bury". If ...
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What's wrong with this sentence, “I had a little drink.”?

When I said, "I had a little drink yesterday." I was corrected by a native speaker of English. She said that it doesn't sound natural, and suggested this sentence. "I had a little to drink." Then ...
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Is it an idiom or slang: holy mac and cheese?

I came across this phrase: Holy mac and cheese What does it mean actually? Is it a slang term or an idiom?
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Not very sure about the keynote of this Microsoft Super Bowl Commercial

From 0:36 to the end of this Super Bowl Commercial "Microsoft Super Bowl Commercial 2015: Braylon O'Neill" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLXRt-qRBfU#t=50) it says: "It's this process of ...
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Is this acceptable: 'but ironically I was thinner this time'?

When I was chatting with one of my colleague, she sent me her old photograph. To that I replied- nice pic, you are looking healthy. To that she sent me- thanks, but ironically I was thinner ...
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Difference between the elderly and the old

A guide for journalists suggested that "people aged over 50 should be referred to as 'older people' or simply 'man' or 'woman' followed by their age. So, I wonder if these two sentences are different: ...
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What is the meaning of “I am glossing over a significant amount of spherical myalgia”?

Today I encountered a saying where I think the last part has been replaced with a euphemism. I am glossing over a significant amount of spherical myalgia. I could make out the meaning from the ...
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“Shoot, it was a great day to be alive”——What does this sentence mean?

It is from the Oxford Dictionary, under it's entry for shoot: Shoot, it was a great day to be alive. What does this sentence mean? What is the speaker saying in this sentence? I am confused by "...