Questions tagged [word-choice]

This tag should be used for questions about choosing the right words for the context of your writing. Questions about etymology and grammar are off-topic.

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Is there a word or a phrase for faking a laugh

I want to know how to describe someone faking a laugh without having to say "faking a laugh"
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Onomatopoeia for a noise people make when shutting someone up?

When someone wants to shut someone else up, they often make a noise that sounds kind of like "up-up-up," or "ah-ah-ah," often while putting a finger to the person's mouth. How ...
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When to use adjective forms of anatomical nouns in scientific writing?

Consider the following anatomical parts of crustacean: carapace, abdomen, and areola. In much of published literature, you'll see the phrases "carapace length", "abdomen length," ...
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When writing a piece that will be published in multiple languages, are there any concessions a writer should make in tone, word choice, or style?

The piece in question aims to be accessible, informal, and conversational. A bit of slang strikes the right tone to my American ear. Will it come off alright to other English speakers? Will ...
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'Finally' in penultimate paragraph

I'm writing a professional essay for an argument, and I'm trying to find a good paragraph starter to use for the penultimate essay. I'm leaning towards writing something similar to 'finally,' or 'last ...
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Thoughts on using "looking to" in marketing content

I've been writing content for years, and over the last 6 or so, in marketing for software companies. Very often, I'll see sentences include "looking to" as a way to explain that the reader ...
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Use of "set down" in a formal document

I was recently asked to translate a Spanish letter of recommendation into English. Not being an English native speaker, I was bound to make a few mistakes. According to a reviewer, one of these was ...
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Why use "a throb of sensation" when referring to arousal?

I found this in Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas, set in Victorian England. She felt a throb verb of sensation noun. Shouldn't "sensation" be an adjective instead?
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describing a child's footsteps on stairs

I am trying to write a scene where dad is trying to get house ready for his mother visiting, so he has got up early to tidy and sweep stuff under the sofa (not literally lol) His daughter has woken up ...
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How to describe types of hum a character uses to convey their thoughts and opinions

I have a character who struggles to put his thoughts, feelings and opinions into words - he finds words somewhat too contained and specifically defined to adequately convey what he wants to say. He ...
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