How to say that food is hot (temperature) without the listener thinking that I mean “spicy”?

There is an excellent discussion of spicy vs. hot here: Difference between “spicy” and “hot” However, having read the previous question, I did not see any answer that tells how to say unambiguously that food is hot (temperature) without being misunderstood. If I say that my food is spicy, a listener will unambiguously understand that … Read more

What does a single letter “J” mean in emailing? [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. Locked. This question and its answers are locked because the question is off-topic but has historical significance. It is not currently accepting … Read more

“Lunch” vs. “dinner” vs. “supper” — times and meanings?

I’ve seen cases where a noon-time meal is referred to as dinner, and the evening meal is called supper. There’s also lunch around noon followed by dinner in the evening. Is there a particular difference between dinner and supper, or a circumstance where lunch becomes dinner? Answer Dinner is considered to be the “main” or … Read more

Is “women men girls love meet die” a valid sentence?

Is “women men girls love meet die” a valid sentence? If so, what does it mean? The sentence shows up in academic papers about the “Sausage Machine” for natural language processing. (A google will show up several results referring to this). The general comment is: (130) # Women men girls love meet die. Frazier & … Read more

Difference between “artifact” and “artefact”

Is there any usage preference between artifact and artefact? My understanding was that an artifact was properly applied to physical, historical objects, while an artefact was more correct for more abstract, intangible, error-ish concepts, for example a compression artefact. However, the couple of online sources I checked suggested that the difference was merely spelling, and … Read more

“Status” vs. “state”

Can anyone explain what the difference between status and state is when I talk about the condition or situation of an object? Here’s what I got from Longman English Dictionary. status: a situation at a particular time, especially in an argument, discussion etc. state: the physical or mental condition that someone or something is in … Read more

“Unregister” vs “Deregister”

The concept of “undoing a registration” is widely used in my line of work. While most dictionaries define unregister as the proper verb for it, several widely used and highly considered sources also use the verb deregister. Do both verbs exist? Are they synonyms? Is there a slight difference in their meaning? Answer This is … Read more