Is “All MEEMIES are SCREAMING” a Strong Collocation?

Stormy Petrels: According to this article Elliott Moreton categorize particular group of words as “Stormy Petrels”. A stormy petrel, also known as a storm petrel, is an Atlantic seabird (also found in the Mediterranean). The term “stormy petrel” in general usage has come to refer to a harbinger of trouble; perhaps people believed that the … Read more

Can I bother someone “for” something?

If I want someone (in this case, a Professor) to do something for me that they don’t need to do (in this case, a second opinion on another Professor’s paper), can I ask whether I can “bother them for a second opinion”? The “for” would emphasize that I want the second opinion from the other … Read more

“What X is this?” vs. “What’s this X?”

What’s the difference between “What color is this?” and “What’s this color?”. If someone is asking a kid, which one is more appropriate? Should he use “Which” instead of “What”? Answer “What colour is this?” Can have two meanings. What is this colour called? What colour is this item? “What’s this color” only has the … Read more

Small mountain or low mountain?

What do you call something that is smaller than a mountain but bigger than a hill? There is a small mountain near my hometown. “Small mountain” sounds better than “low mountain” to me but I got confused on which word to use because some songs use high/highest mountains. If both “small mountain” and “low mountain” … Read more

Repeat/repeated offender

In legal talk, specifically regarding criminals, it is standard usage to call someone who has broken the law several times a “repeat offender.” However, I don’t understand why such a person wouldn’t be called a “repeated offender.” Indeed, I have found somewources that use “repeated offender,” but these sources appeared to be English-language newspapers from … Read more

“Slit one’s wrists” vs. “cut one’s wrists” [closed]

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“Following a suggestion” vs. “taking a suggestion”

I am going to be following your suggestion. I am going to be taking your suggestion. Do they mean the same thing? If not, what is the difference between them? If they do mean the same thing, which one sounds more natural in English? Which one would a native speaker prefer over the other? Answer … Read more

Gap fill: “Eventually”, “finally”, “ultimately” or “conclusively”? [closed]

Closed. This question is off-topic. It is not currently accepting answers. Want to improve this question? Update the question so it’s on-topic for English Language & Usage Stack Exchange. Closed 4 years ago. Improve this question Which word fits best in the following sentence: “Secondly, the ability to judge a character is vital, since a … Read more