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How can I decline this trip?

I just spent the weekend in Paris with a friend, which was... okay. It wasn't great. We have another trip planned in a month's time but haven't booked tickets yet. How can I weasel out of this without hurting my friend's feelings? [more inside]
posted by teststrip on Apr 20, 2015 - 18 answers

"The Chinese" or "Chinese people"? Confused about wording!

When referring to Chinese people, what is the correct wording to use? I'm writing a paper, and noticed a couple of times that I wrote "In this study, the Chinese..." which somehow rubbed me the wrong way (although I'm not sure why, maybe it's the definite article?!). So what should I write, "the Chinese," "Chinese people," or something else entirely?
posted by twill on Oct 7, 2014 - 17 answers

Is "matrimony" a religious term?

I've been asked by a friend of mine who is a marriage officiant to translate his marriage ceremony speech into English, and I have a question about wording. In a secular marriage, can you say "joined together in matrimony", or do you have to say "joined together in marriage"? [more inside]
posted by gkhan on Feb 9, 2014 - 7 answers

How to word a party invitation without sounding tacky?

My husband mentioned to me some years ago that he'd never had an actual, cake-and-candles, friends from the neighborhood invited, hats and horns birthday party in his entire life. I'd like to give him a small surprise birthday party for his upcoming birthday in late March, but I have questions about how to actually word the invitations. [more inside]
posted by Oriole Adams on Feb 26, 2013 - 14 answers

What's your theory on this term?

I'm trying to think of a word.... Is there a term for a 'theory' (in the scientific sense) that explains the majority of the data/observations, but is not fully complete? [more inside]
posted by mockjovial on Dec 14, 2012 - 14 answers

Web Server Wording

"Serving-out" a web-based GUI: more natural wording? [more inside]
posted by Paquda on Oct 25, 2012 - 10 answers

pretty PLEASE gimme the report on time

Please hope me! I need help wording a reminder for an official to give in a report on time. [more inside]
posted by mirileh on Oct 11, 2010 - 12 answers

Calling Ms Manners

We've eloped, everything is great! Except, of course, I forgot to figure out how to word the announcements and am now panicking! [more inside]
posted by cestmoi15 on Feb 16, 2009 - 18 answers

If she calls herself an actor, does she have some 'splainin' to do?

When did actresses start calling themselves actors? [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep on Mar 5, 2006 - 37 answers

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