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retail flotation

When it comes to using the environment to sell, the Body Shop is a pioneer. The Body Shop shot to fame in the 1980s. It stood for environmental awareness and an ethical approach to business. But its ...
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Meaning of “proposition” in “value proposition”

The concept of "value proposition" sounds a bit abstract to me. Does the "proposition" in "value proposition" mean the same as in "business proposition"? How is it different from "value creation"?
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What does POPs mean here?

I am reading a post about network, I don't know what "POPs" mean here: Our big, global, managed DNS network — the one most of our customers use — is spread across six continents and 17 POPs (with ...
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Taught Modules meaning

I have a question about the term taught modules.What does it mean?I have found it in an academic site of university and especially school of physics and astronomy. Can we say module tutor assistant ...
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“Management of read and unread” in programmer terminology

I'm not sure this is the right place to ask this question, but at least it is about English. I'd ask a question in this forum. In web service I need to manage read and unread information. Is there a ...
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What is the term used for adding an 's onto a name?

I realise the title doesn't make much sense, it's a hard one to ask, so I will describe the situation... The other day my ex's mother was sending me texts and said "it's always Dannies world". Of ...
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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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Why how 'old' are you, not how 'young' are you?

English (the language) always gives an impression of being positive. For example, when little kids are making mistake, it will refer to as 'being creative' instead of 'being incorrect'. So as my ...
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How to do reference to the floor in a building that's right below us?

I want to refer to the floor in a building that's right below us. I thought it is called "down stair", but not sure about it. Do I need to provide more information to make my question clear?
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Difference between “outlier” and “offset”

When talking about deviated points (values) from a line formed by points (values) changing in a consistent way in a graph, which word better describe them: outliers or offsets? What is the difference ...
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Difference between “noise cancellation” and “noise reduction”

Am I right to think that the expression "noise cancellation" is used for sound noise and "noise reduction" for image noise?
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What do “first-party” and “third-party” mean in a description of DMA?

In computing, bus mastering is a feature supported by many bus architectures that enables a device connected to the bus to initiate transactions. It is also referred to as "first-party DMA", in ...
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Which is the right variant for “bind” or “tie-in” in computing/IT?

I want a picture to appear simultaneously with the start of some applications. In this case, which verb should I use? Bind the picture to the start of the application. Tie-in the picture to the ...
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What's a better term to describe these “stripes” in blouse (Screen shot attached)

I am looking for the correct word for the stripes in the blouse below. Can someone help with any ideas ?
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If columnar is the adverb for column, what is the adverb for row?

Some linear algebra algorithms used for computing statistics or storing datasets deal with matrices on a column-by-column basis. As such, they can be referred to as being columnar. What would be the ...
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A word for 'independent episode'?

When we have a series of episodes where every one episode depends on and develops from the previous, we may call that a sequel, or maybe a continuum. Now let us say that we have a collection of ...
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Phrase describing a person's visit to receive food from a food distribution service

In an institute that has food distribution service and medical service: When a person goes to a clinic, we save his details in what we call a "Person's Visit". But the person also comes once a ...
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Touchdowns On The Season

I have a question about the usage of the preposition "on" here: His six touchdowns on the season lead the team and Smith's 446 yards receiving are second most on the Ravens. I cannot find a ...
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What do we call letters/images in printouts with less ink?

I'm looking for a term to describe the letters (or for that matter anything) that are not dark though readable. Somewhat faded. As I just typed, I know 'faded letters' could be an option but is there ...
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A steel glass Vs. A glass glass!

In India, it is quite common to serve water in a glass made of steel. Here it is... But then, we also have a glass made of glass(!) to serve it better. Here it is... My colleague asked that if '...
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What does “sticking (sticky) cover” mean?

About the Black Mesa mod: "Not For Those Who Want: An all-new experience. It looks new, but it's the same old Half-Life. There's no sticking cover or regenerating health here, kids." (Kotaku: The ...
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Name of dot over “i” and “j”

What is the name of the dot over "i"and "j"? I know it has a name but I can't remember what that name is.
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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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Should I say something (plural) were v+ed with something (singular)?

Is this sentence correct, which I want to express that all praising expressions were spoken in a fast way. Praising expressions were spoken with a relatively fast speaking rate.
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What do we call the entire project which is based on arranged kinetic actions?

I love that concept whenever any company comes up with it as a part of their marketing campaign but not sure what do we call such action. The action starts with one tiny thing (say striking a small ...
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how to create economies of scale for a city?

would anyone possibly explain through a vivid example how the size of a city could create such an economies of scale? In addition, I am learning English. Would you tell me your priceless explanations ...
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What is the term used when you debug by hand in software development?

During school I was shown a "technique" that would be like a debug by hand, writing down the names of the variables, and changing it's values as we moved through the pseudo-code/algorithm. Is there a ...
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What is the right term for a “transferred” force?

Imagine you pull a rope grabbing it with your hands. What happens is, that due to friction you can "transfer" a force onto the rope. This force is actually limited to a maximum force which can be "...
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What is the difference between college and university?

Some people use the term "college" instead of "university". Are they referring to a different type of university?
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Conjunction vs Subordinator vs Subordinating conjunction

The answer to https://ell.stackexchange.com/a/5236/8712 includes only 'subordinator'. Yet What are the similarities and differences between these three? Is there a hierachy? https://web.cn.edu/...
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Differences between adverb phrase, adverbial and adjunct

I'm trying to learn more about grammar and often come across these terms. Not sure the differences.
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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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Echoing of all variables is nearly foolproof - I can't quite get the meaning of “echoing of all variables”

Parameters send information to a function, and then the function executes the code. Functions can use anywhere from zero parameters to a whole list of them. In Example 5-1, you’ll use the echo ...
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determiner phrase

He is a child He is more than a child He is just a child He is such a child. Sometime I see one or more words precede the determiner. they can be adverbs or other determiners. Can ...
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Is there a term for nouns used as adjectives?

I know that a verb used as a noun is called a gerund. An example (from American baseball) is a "run," or a "home run," where a "run" across the plate scores a point. "Run" is the gerund. In the term ...
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How to call people with two racial backgrounds in English?

My mother is an American and my father is a Chinese, is there a term for people with two racial backgrounds in English? Update: Is "halfer" a good word for it? Is it kinda derogatory?
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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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dislocated screen

From Situated Software by Clay Shirky (The author talks about two student projects): Both Scout and CoDeck had the classic problem of notification -- getting a user to tune in requires interrupting ...
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How to call a customer who presents a good chance to acquire another customer after a succesful project?

I'm looking for a term/phrase used in business / business consulting that describes the following situation: If a successful project has been implemented with customer A, our company is likely to ...
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If 'get ready' is not proper here, what should it be?

In Indian dialect, the commonest phrase you find among us is get ready when we have plan to go out. It does not matter whether we are going to party, movie, outside eating or whatever... if we are ...
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Should I use “cool” to talk about up-to-date data?

I’m working on a REST project, so the “fraicheur” of data is quite important. I know that the translation of “frais” is “cool”. Should I use this word in an IT technical environment (not only for ...
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a word for algebraic symmetry

There is the algebraic expression a+b+c. If we replace under the rule {a->b, b->c, c->a}, the expression is left unchanged. But for expressions like 2a+b+c, the replacement will change the expression. ...
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Topmost-left or top-leftmost?

I am confused which term is correct. I was going to say to my friend See the topmost-left opened tab (as in browser). Then I realized why not say top-leftmost. Can I also say leftmost-top or left-...
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Is this question grammatically correct?

I want to ask; What are the first 3 question marks on your head while you enter into a store for the first time? Is this sentence correct grammatically? Isn't it clumsy or wordy? Is there a better ...
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What do we call the question underpinning a thesis or research?

Research can start with a specific question. What is the name of that specific question? Is it "the fundamental question", or is there another name for it that's used as standard?
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Is there any term used to denote singular and plural form

In our Nepali language a term वचन(read as: bachan) is used to denote singular and plural form. Is there any term used for this in English? What do I mean is : Singular -> one Plural -> more ...
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word choices related to Personal Protective Equipment

Could you help me with this sentence? I don't know if I am writing it right, specially the the bold words : Personal Protective Equipment ( PPE) is specialized clothing or equipment worn by ...
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What is the difference between curly braces and curly brackets?

I'm really confused about it, sometimes I read something and it refers to {} as curly braces and sometimes to curly brackets, what is the difference between those two terms? Are they referring to the ...
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A term used to describe “likewise” treatment in politics

This kind of treatment where, for example, a country X requires visas for citizens of country Y, then country Y will require a visa for citizens of country X, or the opposite, just to treat them in an ...
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Is the term “preposition phrase” replacing “prepositional phrase”?

I've noticed of late that the term preposition phrase is being preferred to prepositional phrase. Is this a movement or an idiosyncrasy?