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Usage of weasel words in semi technical articles [closed]

I have written an article that aims to educate people in certain technical field. It is not a technical paper but a guide to help people understand complicated concepts in easy words using simple ...
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What is the difference between Comprehensible Input and Roughly tuned Input?

https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/comprehensible-input : Comprehensible input is language input that can be understood by listeners despite them not understanding all the words and ...
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Level of “pre education”? Equal to intermediate(FA/Fsc)?

Actually i am applying for MS in hungry and i am filling online application form, i have attached snapshot,What is the Level of pre education?Does it occurs between 10th grade(class) and university ...
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Difference in use between “geodetic” and “geodesic” terms

I usually write questions and answers on https://gis.stackexchange.com. English is not my first language, and every time I have to write any of these terms I come back into doubt about which of the ...
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Word used for Royal title change

Presumably Queen Elizabeth 1st has only been called that title since our present Queen came to the throne, taking the title Queen Elizabeth 2nd (presumably in her lifetime Queen Elizabeth 1st would ...
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What does “Be-ness” and “Is-ness” mean [closed]

In a book about spirituality the author uses the words "I-ness", "is-ness" and "be-ness". These words aren't in my dictionary. How can I understand words like "be-ness", can I add "-ness" to the end ...
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Can the word `task` on its own be used to refer to a physical place (e.g. short for `task surface`)?

In a paper about Photo-Electrically Controlled Lighting Systems by Francis Rubinstein et. al. (a native English speaker as far as I know) I've come across some wording that seems incorrect to me. The ...
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What is the name of the person whose role is to be the first contact for complaints?

What is the general name of first contact person who is initially approached/contacted for any complain? If for example, I am part of an industry and I work in chemical engineering department and I ...
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The output of an adapter

I'm trying to name a function in a software package. Let's start with some backgrounds. The package provides supplemental functions to multiple upstream packages that train random forests. To avoid ...
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Bank deposit slip labeled “credit”

I went to deposit a check into my bank account at a well known bank, and noticed there were no deposit slips to fill out the information. They had a different kind of slip labeled "credit" in large ...
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What's the stock of a gun?

I understand that the frame of a gun is the large piece in the middle, and the slide is the large piece in the top, but I am not sure what the stock of a gun is. Also, did I make any mistake? The ...
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Meaning of “To Lase”

There is a verb that I am unable to translate with google translator .. It is "To lase" .. For the context, I found it in this phrase: "In these special cases if You have no suitable power meter You ...
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Straight or linear helix

If a helix is discontinued for a short while and then continues in a different direction, I prefer to call in "kinked". If the helix is simply uniformly following one direction, I prefer to call it "...
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What is this “opened” cube called?

I can't find the right definition for the thing that you see on the right. If we put all parts of it together we will get a box that we can rotate (this picture is taken from a quiz for kids - they ...
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Why “multi-band antenna”, not “multi-bands antenna”?

Why do you say "multi-band antenna", not "multi-bands antenna"? It seems to me there are multiple bands for an antenna. And, are "multi-band antenna" and "multi-band antennas" different?
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How to properly mention that a line of business with a different name is licensed under a company?

Let's say B services is a line of business which is licensed under A company. When promoting B services, how to properly mention that it is licensed under A Company (with very small font size)?
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Which is correct, Facilities Management Agency, Facilities Management Company or Facility Mangement Company?

I would like to know which one is suitable and correct from both language and business perspective. Facility management (or facilities management or FM) I found it on Wikipedia. What is the ...
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What do we formally call “Dear XXX” and “Best regards,” parts of an email?

I wonder if there are terminologies for different parts of an email. Say an email goes like this: title: Help needed Dear Mr. XXX, I have trouble. Could you help me? Thank you! Best ...
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Fraction line vs stroke

In mathematical fractions, what is the correct and proper term (in British English in case of more variants) for the horizontal division line between the numerator and the denominator? What I find in ...
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Name for words originating from the same source but concurrently denoting unrelated concepts

I was contemplating how the word confuse and refuse sound similar and realized that there's also defuse. I couldn't figure out what the abstract epi-meaning of fuse was so I tried to google for its... ...
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The precise meaning of comma splice

I was told by one supporter that there is a case of comma splice in the following sentence: When he was able to crack the Trident code, that was deemed by many as his major achievement in his ...
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Syndrome or disease?

Of late, I was reading about AIDS which is the abbreviation of "acquired immune deficiency syndrome". This got me into thinking that AIDS isn't a disease (a disease in itself). It is a set of specific ...
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“a null pointer” VS “the null pointer”

In programming the null pointer is a pointer that is equal to 0. I.e. it is a pointer with a concrete value equal to zero. It is the only one of course. So I suppose we should always say: the null ...
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“resource exhaustive” vs. “exhaustive resource”

Method A exhaust a lot of resources. How can I say this in comparison sentence: method A has been viewed as a resource exhaustive compared to method B Or, method A has been viewed as an ...
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on using “to denote” to define a term

I want to define few terms but not sure how to use denote. For example: We use the term XYZ to denote websites consisting of ... Is the above correct statement?
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Fixing code review remarks

The code review is a process of inspection of a software code in order to find flaws, errors, defects etc. During a code review an inspector writes remarks about what is wrong and should be fixed. I ...
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Possessive 's with inanimate nouns (e.g. programming languages)

It has bothered me for a while. I am a software developer and I keep noticing things like the features of the Java 8's release during C++'s development period This method is one of the ...
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American English - what is the most precise term for that kind of division? [closed]

Is it a dialect? Sub-dialect? Something else?
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“A determinative factor”, “A determinant” and “A decisive factor”

To me, and based on dictionary definitions a "determinative factor", a "determinant" and a "decisive factor", imply a truely "crucial factor" which can lead you to make a decision about something. ...
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What is a Hanging Sentence?

I am having trouble understanding one of the comments made by my supervisor on the latest draft of our scientific paper. She commented on the first sentence of the draft (Introduction section), she ...
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Is 'vertex' the correct term for peak (and valley) point on a curve?

This is about mathematical terminology in English. A simple curving line can have a top peak and a bottom valley. What is the correct term to use for the top/bottom point? In my native tongue, we ...
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what is the terminology that describe the rate of user view over user order

assume I have a e-commerce website, and i need to know how many users that access my website, and how many of them make an order. the question is, what is the terminology describe the rate?
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Minus and plus a specific temperature degree (weather)

When we are going to say the weather temperature is below 0 degrees we use X degrees below zero or minus X degrees, but what about the contrary case? For instance we would probably say something ...
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“written assignment” vs “writing assignment”

What's the difference between "written assignment" and "writing assignment"? I was told just now this: "...written assignment (is) versus oral assignment, and writing assignment (is) versus ...
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What is the term for a physical division in a newspaper?

There are newspapers that are made up of several "mini-newspapers" (or "physical volumes"), for example, the "main news" "mini-newspaper", the "classifieds" "mini-newspaper", and the "sports" "mini-...
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sanctify or speak of sanctity… of God

While reading a text the following question occurred to me: Do we sanctify God? Or do we speak of sanctity of God? Actually I was reading a text in which I found the following: ...while praising ...
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Phoneme vs graphene vs IPA

I want to clarify my doubt on the difference between a phoneme and a grapheme. A phoneme is a sound unit while a grapheme is a written format of that sound unit. To the best of my knowledge, a ...
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What's the word for a new symbol, or usage of a new symbol?

Neologism is defined as: a new word, expression, or usage. In mathematics, there are new symbols created every year, and new usages for those symbols. Is there a word for a new symbol or usage, like ...
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The word 'lavra'

Where can I find a dictionary which contains an article on the word lavra? What does the word mean and is it really used?
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The handicapped VS Disabled!

Would it be offensive to say "The Ormerod School educates handicapped children from South"? Should I use "Disabled children" instead?
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economy based on selling non-raw materials

What's the best way to describe a sector of economy that is based on selling technologies or anything else, but not on selling raw materials? "non-raw-material economy"?
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What does the phrase “when to feather the throttle and when to pin in” mean in the given sentence? [closed]

Here is a sentence from a racer game: "You will need a sixth sense for knowing when to feather the throttle and when to pin in." Is it just about increasing or decreasing the speed of a car?
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Difference between character and char

I have learned English most on programmers forums, so please excuse me for a potentially stupid question. char - primitive data-type that store letter or other UTF-symbol Character - object data-type ...
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Meaning of the phrase “at range” in context

It is from this article. "He is happy to be at range but anyone who gets in there and thinks 'let's have it', they bring out a different Lomachenko. The man is a serious body puncher. Not many ...
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Is there a word that means “join bodies”?

I am not sure if there's a word for it, but it would make a lot of sense if there was, sometimes in the "acrobatic arts" people do this, so there might be a specific terminology for it, I suspect ...
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what's the meaning of the word stereographic?

does anyone know what is the meaning of the word stereographic? like stereographic projection? I want to translate it into another language and I want it to be accurate. it's like drawing something ...
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what do they mean when they say so?

DevOps aligns with iterative and agile project development models. I am trying to understand what are they really saying. iterative is repeating but still I am not able to catch the real meaning in ...
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What do “high sea” and “carry” mean in this sentence?

This is a line from Google's definition of "poop": (of a wave) break over the stern of (a ship), sometimes causing it to capsize. "carrying a high sea, we were badly pooped" This line doesn't ...
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Describing quantity: “code-length less than # lines” or “less than # lines code-length”

Which one is correct? code-length less than # lines Or less than # lines code-length Also, Should I write 'code-length' (with hyphen) or as separate words 'code length'?
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Definitions of “direction”

While I was in school we were explained (I think it was a physics class) that: "direction" is just a line (infinite) between two points, going either way; "sense" is the definite way of traveling, ...