If I have a question about the history of English like “When did [some thing] become incorrect?” or “Was [some thing] different during [some time]?”, would that be off-topic?

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    Those seem fine to me. Plus, bonus, interesting.
    – Dan Bron
    Commented Jun 18, 2019 at 10:38
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    Very relevant: Are Old and Middle English on on topic?
    – Mitch
    Commented Jun 18, 2019 at 12:41
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    There are some of us here who love those types of questions. Although they may not garner much rep, they are usually interesting and fun, and make the site a better place. Commented Jun 18, 2019 at 21:20
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    @Cascabel Yeah, I've got a good one I'm going to ask soon and just wanted to make sure it was alright. Commented Jun 18, 2019 at 21:23
  • I look forward to it! Please make sure you do a little research first, especially on sites like Etymonline, which is considered General Reference here. Commented Jun 18, 2019 at 21:24
  • @Cascabel Dang, just realized it's a dupe of this as I did a little research lol Commented Jun 18, 2019 at 21:29
  • yepper...that's why we ask for a little research first, just to avoid that issue. That said, maybe there is a unique way you can phrase your Q to keep it on-topic...note that that Q is very old, and still has no accepted answer. Commented Jun 18, 2019 at 21:30
  • lemme know if I can help in some way. Commented Jun 18, 2019 at 21:36
  • Questions that dig into the history of the English language and the origin of English terms are on-topic on ELU. Unfortunately users tend to dislike this sort of questions, probably because it is often difficult to give precise answers being the facts often lost in the mist of time.
    – user 66974
    Commented Jun 19, 2019 at 17:32

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Yes, history of the language is very much on topic.

For example, mentions of Old English has ~6200 results, asked starting from the very inception of the site.

I don't think this is an exact duplicate but here's a meta question Are Old and Middle English on on topic? (full disclosure: the main answer there is mine).

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