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What does “silent rights” and “sound rights” mean?

Scott Fizgerald's short story "Afternoon of an Author" mentions "silent rights" and "sound rights" in regards to copyright. Anyhow he had no more equity in that property — he had sold the silent ...
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How can I refer documents characterised by technical jargon?

I was wondering if there is any word or expression to refer documents characterized by technical jargon, such as clinical reports or patents. I could use "technical reports" but, for example in the ...
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Use the verb “to mothball” in official texts

I saw a Wikipedia article (and not only this one) using the verb "to mothball" to denote rather obsolete, abandoned, put-on-hold methods or phenomena, e.g.: So by 2003, the original ECMAScript 4 ...
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rollover — what does this word mean in the following context?

Source: The ABCs of IP Addressing by Gilbert Held (2002) Example: The actual entry in the Sequence Number field is based on the number of bytes in the TCP data field, i.e., because TCP was ...
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Term used to describe someone who explicitly follows directions when they know that doing so will result in a negative effect

I know I've seen this word somewhere before. It's when a subordinate follows instructions exactly as given when the subordinate knows that the instructions will result in a negative effect (damage to ...
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Is a “seam” only for sewn fabric?

Similarly, if you drop your phone in the hotel loo and tell the reception staff "It's rooted," they might start looking for vegetation sprouting from the seams. (The Age) Vegetation sprouts from the ...
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Is “home run” the equivalent of four bases?

We were all more naive a decade ago. We hoped that a single application of drugs would result in a dramatic benefit. We now understand it's much more complicated than that. People are optimistic but ...