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"Lexico" will be gone in less than a month

Not sure what the implications for our site will be, but it seems relevant news that Lexico (formerly "Oxford Living Dictionaries", formerly "Oxford Dictionaries Online") is ...
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Is "There is no answer" an acceptable answer?

I am of the opinion that there is no (unique) answer to the question below. Essentially, the PO asks what the last person in a roll-call says. Clearly, many answers could be given, all depending on ...
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Tag solution by voting (tag merge, rename or remove): [terminology] vs. [vocabulary] vs. [technical]

I believe there is ambiguity (and confusion) regarding the meaning and the usage of these tags; and a considerable overlap as well: terminology, vocabulary, technical. Current tag infos: terminology ...
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Should we add more abbreviations to "the list"?

Background: A recent question used the abbreviations "NP" (noun phrase) and "AP" (adjective phrase) without expansion. A commenter objected, recommending that such abbreviations ...
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Why has my question been closed as "Opinion Based"?

Why has this question been closed as “opinion based”? What did I put in the question that is making it an opinion?
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Do Q&A sites fit the definition of a forum?

I've been in multiple debates on what a forum is and if a Q&A site like this one is a forum, so I'm trying to get a real world definition. The below various actual definitions of "forum" ...
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Canonical post tag?

I am pretty sure this site does not have this tag. Why though? ELL has this tag, in which a person can post a canonical post intended as a reference for questioners.
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An English dictionary that lists examples of the word used throughout history

In my language, there's a dictionary that for each word not only defines it, but gives multiple examples of usage from actual newspapers, books, etc. The best thing about it, is that it usually ...
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"Why don't we close these duplicates?" vs "Why do we not close these duplicates?" vs "Why do not we close these questions as duplicates?"

I found a bunch of questions about these grammatical formulations: "Why don't we close these duplicates?" (Negated question using a contraction) "Why do we not close these duplicates?&...
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Dictionaries that do a good job explaining nuances in how words are used [duplicate]

I find dictionaries tend to provide definitions that are too general and don't cut to the heart of how words are distinctly used. Is there a dictionary that does a better job defining words or ...
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Online collocations search engine? [duplicate]

What's the best collocations search website you've used? I recall there being one associated with Oxford but can no longer find it. It returned results from classical and modern English sources, ...
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What is the recourse when mods delete comments without notice?

This question had a score of 3 before someone initiated a 'close vote' followed by the score being reduced to 0. I posted in comments asking the people who did it (both the close vote and downvote) to ...
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Prescriptivist versus descriptivist?

On this site, particularly if mine is to be the first answer, I believe it is the accepted approach for me to supply an answer to a question in as much detail as I can muster, for example: a) this ...
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If the question is worth answering, it is worth upvoting

Just a gentle reminder to all users/contributors here... I have said this a number of times in comment on the main, but as basic netiquette, if a question post is worth your time to do the research ...
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Mnemonics should be considered "Usage" instead of "Opinion"

It takes time and effort to create a good mnemonic. There is usage involved with respect to vocabulary and sentence formation where one needs to keep the words other than the necessary ones at a ...
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Website that identifies different sentence types

I am trying to find a website that I used a while ago that identified different sentence types. You paste the text into the text box and then through a selection of buttons on the right, you could ...
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Do the moderators of the site monitor and attempt to bring consistency among voting behaviour of contributors?

I have compiled some stats concerning a few regular contributors to the site and have discovered a huge variation in the frequency with which they up-vote, and also down-vote other's contributions. ...
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Can my answer ban please be lifted?

I last answered over a year ago, and I've recently returned to the site as I want to help and share my knowledge of the English language. However, I still can't answer. I understand that some of my ...
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Vote to close plus an answer

The post that highlights this is When is "sex" sex, and when is it "gender"? I both voted to close and answered the question (apparently not my finest answer). This is not the ...
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What is wrong with a discussion of opinion?

The question I raised here has already suffered one vote to close - for being "opinion based". Does not "opinion" lie at the heart of the way language develops? There seems to me a ...
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Feature Request: Answer/User tags

From time time to time I take a break from this site, and in one of those more-recent breaks, I 'discovered' Reddit. After a couple of months, and one unjustified ban, I came to the realization that ...
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Why was a helpful comment removed?

I posted a comment under the following question giving , I presume, some helpful indications on the subject asked by the OP (clearly a new user). The question was off-topic for a number of reasons, ...
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Wasn't your issue with so called "opinion based" question opinion based?

I have a question about my English Language & Usage Stack Exchange post: Punctuation rule in U.S. English My post wasn't by any means opinion-based. How it is different from questions about "...
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What should ELU's criteria be for removing a question from the HNQ list?

In the announcement of changes to the Hot Network Questions list (HNQ), it says: We're putting the power in the hands of our moderators to remove questions that don't set a good example for their ...
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Why was this question removed from the HNQ list?

I would like to know why What is the origin of "playing into someone's hands"? was removed from the HNQ1 list. According to the guidance given in this post In general, we recommend that ...
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Does self-deletion of a comment flagged as 'unkind' lock in the flag?

Quite some time ago, a hi-rep user told me in a comment on meta that self-deletion of a comment on the main which has already been flagged as "unfriendly or unkind" will lock in that flag, ...
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2022 Community Moderator Election Results

Moderator election #6 on English Language & Usage has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderators are: They will be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them ...
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Worth noting: “Staging Ground” coming to Stack Overflow

SO is initiating the trial of a new feature, the “Staging Ground”. This effectively acts as a review process that occurs before a question asked by a new user appears on the main page. It’s something ...
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If I am NOT running for Mod, but would like to state my personal platform

Recently, Meta has become a little confusing for me... We have Mod elections, and Question collection, but if I am not actively seeking election yet would still like to post my opinion vis a vis site ...
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How can I get my candidate score, as in Mod elections

See any election page. Out of curiosity, is this an HTML thing? ...or is this a function of Flair?
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Why are "Questions that can be answered using commonly-available references..." off-topic?

I recently had a question closed for lack of research/ answers being in "commonly-available references". My question is, why is this considered a good reason to close a question? Surely, the ...
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WD-40 pronunciation question treated badly

We had a potentially interesting question based on pronunciation of a common house-hold chemical.... The question was quickly shoved off without much ado to the closed questions queue and closed.. It ...
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Why I enjoy EL&U users more than dictionaries [closed]

I need to share my heart. Maybe this is a therapy post, but I really mean it. I don't like Dictionary-only answers I don't want to single out any users as examples, because that's not my point. I want ...
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This community should include opinion and subjects which fall under creative English

Creative English and public opinion is a part of English and of communication. If you do not allow for such communication on this site, you will soon become irrelevant and ineffective as happens to ...
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2022 Community Moderator Election

The 2022 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...
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Can you recommend some books on recreational wordplay, like Alphabet Avenue? [closed]

So far, I have found these: The Game of Words by Espy Alphabet Avenue The Dictionary of wordplay by Dave Morice Are there other books like these? Not necessarily in English, other languages (French, ...
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2022 Moderator Election Q&A – Question Collection

The purpose of this thread was to collect questions for the questionnaire. The questionnaire is now live, and you may find it here. English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is scheduled for an ...
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Can I get my question reopened please?

My question: In English, are trains female? has been closed due to apparently being a duplicate of What is the gender of an aircraft? Obviously, aircraft and trains are not the same thing, and my ...
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How to stop links in comments taking up the entire character allowance

I don't know if this has happened to you, but I find it excruciatingly annoying when, in a relatively short comment, a link I've included takes up a hundred or even two hundred characters, thereby ...
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How can I edit my question that was closed as opinion based?

I asked the question Mnemonic for the planets in Indian English about back in 2020. The question has been closed as opinion-based after less than 2 years. However, I need to ask something about this &...
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Why is my question about "aboot" locked? [duplicate]

Are Canadianisms like "aboot" equally common on the American side of the border, adjacent to it? I understand that people can still answer it, but at first glance it looks like there is some ...
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Should this oxymoron question be reopened?

Oxymoron pronunciation This question is closed for not including research. Is this because the specific dictionaries are not cited? I think the question is fine, if that is the only problem. I think ...
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A resource for finding letter frequencies with certain restrictions

I'm looking for a resource where I can see the frequencies of letters in with respect to their position inside the word and the length of the word. I'd also like to see the frequencies of different ...
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Do you like the new layout?

A few days ago the layout of SE sites front pages has changed, to a considerable extent IMO. I know that it is probably the result of a hard and carefully thought process of programmers and site ...
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Who will take up the mantle?

Happy new year! tl;dr: there will be a moderator election some time in March. Start thinking about if you'd like to be elected. UPDATE The community management team have let me know they are working ...
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Any good POS tagging websites?

I thought I had found one that was pretty good (Parts-of-speech.info), but I just entered the sentence "The kids hoot." and it told me "determiner noun noun." If it can't identify &...
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Metaphor classification

When I asked a metaphor related question, that is now closed, I was told to read the following article by Richard Nordquist about the different metaphor types. I am now looking for a more ...
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Do we cover history *of the use* of phrases? "Who-said-it-first" research questions?

I just suggested that this question, regardless of edits, might never be on-topic here, because "When did this phrase first appear in print" isn't really etymology, or even linguistics; it's ...
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Would a question about a specific English language tool be on topic?

Can language tools (typically, but not exclusively, software tools) be asked about on English SE? I have a question about how I can work out where a term is used. It's along the lines of: A common ...
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2021: a year in moderation

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here are aware, sites on the Stack Exchange ...
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