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What do you call the pointy parts of a text bubble that's not the tail?

It represents the radio transmission of someone talking to the character using spikes, in this case a triple spike. Usually it is for announcements or sound effects. I don't think there is an official ...
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What do you call the pointy parts of a text bubble that's not the tail?

I would use the word "spike". (And in this particular case triple spike.) Here are some links: Metal speech bubble with spikes Wooden speech bubble with spikes Google Images search result
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How do I convey that I am bad at remembering things?

Of course you can say: I am bad at remembering things. ;-( But more commonly, you use: bad/poor/terrible memory A student with a poor memory may struggle in school. And if you have a really bad ...
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Always Almost or Almost Always?

Yes there is a difference: You nearly burn yourself every time you cook You burn yourself nearly every time you cook So the first means you nearly burn yourself all the time, but it does not ...
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How do I convey that I am bad at remembering things?

As you can see, there are lots of options, but "I have a bad memory" is also just fine. It does have that ambiguity, as a matter of the meanings of the words, but people will know what you ...
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How do I convey that I am bad at remembering things?

A common idiomatic expression is having the memory of a goldfish. To have an exceptionally poor memory. An allusion to the myth that goldfish can't remember anything for longer than a few seconds. ...
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How do I convey that I am bad at remembering things?

A good word for this is forgetful. DialFrost’s suggestion of absentminded or absent-minded is another great one. We often describe intelligent people as absent-minded. A few of the others have, to ...
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a priest and a historian

They both need clarification. a) would be fine if it went on "...a priest and a historian who met...." or "...a priest and a historian. They met..." As long as it's made clear they ...
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What's the meaning of "Turning back to the class at large" in this context?

At large has different meanings: (Oxford Dictionary) ​(of a dangerous person or animal) not captured; free Her killer is still at large. (used after a noun) as a whole; in general the opinion of the ...
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What do you call the pointy parts of a text bubble that's not the tail?

As a direct description of their appearance I agree with @PPH, however as @DialFrost points out, there are other levels of understanding. An artist is likely to refer to any changes (and just the ...
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How do I convey that I am bad at remembering things?

"I have a bad memory" sounds a lot like I remember something bad that happened to me. While that is grammatically speaking a correct possible interpretation, a listener will be perfectly ...
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What does the idiom "blood out of stone" mean?

The first definition is somewhat better because its broader field of meaning better reflects its broader usage. The literal meaning represents an IMPOSSIBLE task of any kind. In your personal ...
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How do I convey that I am bad at remembering things?

You have choices: I have a poor memory. I am forgetful. There are holes in my memory. My memory is often a blank. Those express the idea that memories are missing. Sometimes you want to say that you ...
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Always Almost or Almost Always?

DialFrost's answer is correct. I'm adding why. As with most adverbs in English, "almost" modifies whatever comes after it. I always [almost burn] myself when I cook. I [almost always] burn ...
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This is your room. You can/are able to use the towel hung on the wall - why does "be able to" sound unnatural here

“Can” and “may” have partially overlapping meanings. One of those meanings is “be permitted to.” There is, however, a long standing recommendation on usage to avoid using “can” in that sense. It is by ...
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Meaning of "Most of modern Finland still lay beneath the sea, which means that the first settlers must have arrived from the south and the south-east"

A common thing in English is to leave out phrases that "should" be understood. "Should" in scare quotes because even native speakers can often be confused. (I don't have enough ...
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What does "vector, 090 for bogey" mean?

In air navigation communications, a vector is an instruction to steer in a compass direction, given in degrees, and in military aviation, a 'bogey' is a possible enemy or opposition aircraft. You ...
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He mocked me for not speaking clearly - did "not speaking clearly" really happen ? or it is just a thought?

The sentence obviously says nothing at all about whether your speech was unclear as a fact generally agreed upon. Context would obviously change this. The microphone was defective, and Tom mocked me ...
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Is "beauty king" or "handsome king" the counterpart of "beauty queen"?

The is no general term for a man who wins a male "handsome" contest for the simple reason that such contests do not generally exist. I would not be surprised if some such contests exist (and ...
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a priest and a historian

This NGRAM graph shows that, when talking about a single person, both forms are common, though the form in sentence b is currently somewhat more common. Here are two actual examples: Alec Finlay is ...
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a priest and a historian

I fully agree with the points you have given and yes, (a) can be used to say one of his parents was both a priest and historian, but it also might be interpreted as the mother being a historian and ...
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To (lessen, improve, alleviate) Disadvantage

reduces the number of disadvantages works. You can also simply go with: the new method is an improved version of the old one. Your solution of overcome may work, but some people may view it as ...
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What does "Entangled life" mean?

The article says that the author of the book Entangled life is an expert on mycorrhizal fungi. Fungi grow a mass of threads under the surface of whatever they are growing on. He presumably intended ...
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"I am a policeman, so I am able to see crime scenes" - does "being able to" here mean "having the right to do something"?

Yes, “can” and “be able” are frequently used to denote “be permitted” or “be authorized.” That of course is also one of the meanings of “may.” Some people have called a rule of grammar what is really ...
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"I am a policeman, so I am able to see crime scenes" - does "being able to" here mean "having the right to do something"?

Many words in English have multiple definitions. The word "able" usually refers to a skill or capability. But yes, sometimes it is used to mean a right or privilege. For example, Collins ...
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Does "attempt" in past-tense imply failure?

Your two given contexts imply failure, yes. If it says something after the "attempt" to retry it, it implies that you have failed and have to wait for the next try. If one just says: I ...
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How do I convey that I am bad at remembering things?

"absentminded" is a perfect fit here: tending to forget or fail to notice things Source Strongest option as well on our sister site here
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Meaning of "Most of modern Finland still lay beneath the sea, which means that the first settlers must have arrived from the south and the south-east"

To build a bit on the comments, "still" is not limited to situations involving the present. It may apply to situations in the past or future. He will still love her after she leaves means ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase "plain style" in this context?

From https://preachingsource.com/blog/what-is-a-plain-style/ : Plain preaching is defined as much by what it lacks as what it contains. Plain preaching gets to the core of the message without an ...
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