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What is the wife of a henpecked husband called?

No idea why you are classifying my response as plagiarism. Really none at all.

  • Not everyone can see deleted posts, so we don’t have any idea why either. – ColleenV Feb 28 at 16:59
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    There is a slight argument for the lack of a source being attributed to a quote. But I find no reason to see why that couldn't have been addressed with a friendly comment rather than a deletion. Many people will say give opinion without backing it with a source (or attribution), and have it be considered acceptable. I don't think that anybody can reasonably say that the word harridan couldn't have been looked up in any dictionary and be found to be what you said it was. – Jason Bassford Feb 28 at 17:56
  • Thought the link and quoted text box would have been sufficient. Thanks for the clarification. – K Dog Feb 28 at 20:58
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The principal problem is that you did not cite your quote. I've done that for you on this occasion in order that the post can be undeleted.

Quoting from a search engine is insufficient. You need to cite the original source. This is explained in the Meta.SE question to which MetaEd linked in his comment and in the ELU Help page on referencing. We also have relevant questions on Meta.ELU: What to do about missing source attributions? and "New attribution rules"

— Oxford Dictionaries ([Definition](https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/harridan) and [synonyms](https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/thesaurus/harridan)) via [Bing](https://www.bing.com/search?q=harridan&PC=U316&FORM=CHROMN).

— Oxford Dictionaries (Definition and synonyms) via Bing.

Note also what the Meta.SE page says:

Remember, you still have to write an actual answer, in your own words. A post that consists only of copied text, even when attributed, is not your work either.

That may mean that your post will be deleted again, even with the attribution added. In order to avert that possibility, edit it to explain why you like "harridan" and why "a strict, bossy, or belligerent old woman" is someone who henpecks.

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    Some take an even stricter view, for example tchrist: "SWR responses with only copied-in text, howsoever duly attributed, are not actual answers anywhere in Stack Exchange. You haven’t written anything, so you were given notice of this in order that you might have the opportunity to do something to fix.". Not sure if it's policy now given the many down votes but I remember him feeling quite strongly about it (in the comments). – JJJ Feb 28 at 17:56
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    It's SE policy, given the [highly upvoted] Meta.SE post; that's why I've warned that deletion is still possible. I suppose a bossy woman might be a henpecker, but it would be good to see the answer itself justify the choice. – Andrew Leach Feb 28 at 18:03
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    @jjj I find this application to be inconsistent and, therefore, capricious in this particular context. (I also don't agree with this, to me, seemingly ultra-conservative approach.) A simple friendly comment would have sufficed. The deletion of this particular post at least appears to have been part of a campaign that had every single post criticized as *subjective*—and the question itself put on hold, until it was restored by community opinion. While arguably justifiable on its own, the overall moderation of this thread as a whole has the appearance of a biased ulterior motive. – Jason Bassford Feb 28 at 18:04
  • @AndrewLeach if you're referring to the accepted answer in that thread, that seems to be aimed more specifically at the OED because not everyone has access to it. In this case, at least after your edit, everyone can follow the link. Personally, I think whether a dictionary definition needs explaining depends per case. If you asked what 'leave like' means and some dictionary or other book explains just that and you quote it with proper attribution that should be just fine (in my opinion). – JJJ Feb 28 at 18:21
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    @JJJ It's not just fine, because SE policy says it's not. I'm not sure what the "leave like" question has to do with this, because I correctly cite the question and don't make any other quotations. – Andrew Leach Feb 28 at 21:07
  • @AndrewLeach suppose I find a dictionary explaining what it means. I quote it with proper attribution. You get your answer, the source gets some attention, SE gets some rep for being a site where people get answers and everyone goes home happy. As for the Meta link, I think you need to re-read the first few lines of that answer: passing off other people's work as your own is plagiarism, quoting with attribution without adding anything to it yourself is not. – JJJ Feb 28 at 21:41
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    Will Davo's answer be undeleted too? The source is clearly attributed, the quotation is formatted correctly, it is an answer. – Mari-Lou A Feb 28 at 22:04

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