Why was this post quickly migrated to ELL? I think the question posed is just apparently an elementary one. It may well find a proper answer on ELL, of course, but why was it out of place on ELU?

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    It isn't. It drives me nuts when people migrate a Q because they think it might suit different Stack better. That isn't the point. We should be fighting to retain all Qs that are on topic here. – Phil Sweet Feb 8 '20 at 18:31
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    It's asking for a reason for the presence or absence of a particular affix in a fixed-phrase idiom. "Nobody knows" is the answer. I don't want to fight to retain it. – John Lawler Feb 8 '20 at 21:14

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