Is there a clear difference between generic and general?

I saw this question What's the difference between "general" and "generic"? but it did not make it clear for me. I named a music folder like “General music”. It includes music of different artist and genres. Would it be better to name it “Generic music” or in this context they are completely interchangeable? Answer “Generic” … Read more

Why would “an mule” be used instead of “a mule”?

As generally agreed and as extensively discussed in this question, "an" should be used in place of the more common "a" where the following word begins with a vowel sound. I have just encountered for the first time an instance of the phrasing an mule in the book Why Chemical Reactions Happen (James Keeler and … Read more

Less ‘aggressive’ phrasing/word for “ruthlessly remove unnecessary complexity” from requirements

Note – there is currently some misreading of this question, reflected in the given answers – it’s referring to the removal of unnecessary detail, from requirements, not a word for ‘simplifying the code’, or ‘simplifying the codebase’. Also I’ve now removed a paradoxical error that was previously present in the question I’m a software engineer, … Read more

Is it multilingualism in India or multilinguality in India?

I know that multilingualism is the ability to speak more than two languages by a person or a group of persons. India is a classic example of multilingualism. I have seen the word multilinguality. I have searched on google to know the difference between those two words. I could not find answer for my doubt. … Read more

Is there a word for somebody who’s fond of hard alcohol as opposed to beer or wine?

I’m currently writing a birthday invitation in which I want to state that I’ll also provide hard alcohol for those who prefer it over beer. Is there a word to describe people with this preference? As it will be in an invitation, I’d prefer a word that comes across as witty and sophisticated without a … Read more

Draw, drawed, and drewn

Is drewn an english word? Can we use it as a past participle of draw? Answer It needs to be understood that words arrived in the English language through about a hundred different paths — starting from Latin, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Dutch, Scandinavian, Scottish, or Irish, then often ping-ponging back and forth between Old … Read more

When would one use the word “participance” in place of “participation”?

The Oxford English Dictionary includes three words that all appear to have the same meaning: participation, participance, and participancy. I’m curious if there is a difference between the three. participation n. The process or fact of sharing in an action, sentiment, etc.; (now esp.) active involvement in a matter or event, esp. one in which … Read more