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Other words for 'said'?

Okay, I admit; I like quotative verbs. Of course, I would prefer to avoid using 'said' all the time. AFAIK there is no canonical question asking for general alternatives to 'said'. I've compiled ...
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For any word, see constituent roots; for any root, see composite words

Definition lookup in Google will show the origin or etymology of a word, usually based on root. Is there an application, web or otherwise, that returns composite words for any given root?
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Voting abuse - why is a perfectly good question being down-voted?

I asked a question on EL&U which was taken upon negatively. It is linked here: “Is "tell advice" not idiomatic over "give advice"?” Let's look up the definition of "idiomatic" from the OED: (...
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Why are (advanced) users answering poor questions in comments? [duplicate]

I just went through the close review queue and found the following questions which are typical of a problem I've been seeing recently: 'In tone' meaning A question that relevant to commas ...
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Grammaticality and Proofreading

I had a question about the grammaticality of a specific two-word phrase. The information here explicitly instructs me to use the tag grammaticality for such questions. But the question was closed ...
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Search engine for English idioms?

I am looking for a resources which can provide related English idioms/phrases. For instance, if I were looking up 'to help out', I would find 'to pitch in', etc. Does any such resources exist online (...
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Need for alternative/addition to “Off topic”

I'm fairly new here, but I've seen a bunch of questions closed for being "off-topic" When I click on the off topic link, the only thing that ever seems to apply would be that the question belongs in ...
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Off-putting comments to new users

I don't want this to be seen as a personal criticism of the relevant commenter, since I'm often guilty of the same "careless" behaviour myself. But I think there's something not quite right about how ...
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Why do ELU users upvote so little, and how can we fix this?

I participate in a number of StackExchanges, and ELU stands out in a negative way compared to the rest: lack of upvotes. Consider this question. At time of writing, six (6) users apparently found it ...
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Too many questions that qualify for “Please include the research you’ve done”

I feel that this has been discussed before, and that this problem is never going to go away. I've been going through the review queues since a recent Meta.ELU post about too many questions needing ...
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Are users told about the existence of English Language Learners on their first post?

When a user wants to post their first question here, are they told that our sister site English Language Learners exists and they should consider which of the two sites would be most appropriate for ...
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How can I come up with the family words from a specific word?

For example, I need to list all of the family of words for the giver like gift. For bleed the list would include blood. For speak the list would include speech. For stick it would include sticky. For ...
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How can I improve my contributions

I'm not looking for general recommendations, but specific criticism due to the recent deletion of a comment. In a Question about the Etymology of *Cervix Why was my comment about the neck and uterus ...
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Can a post not be closed for the reason that it is gratuitously disgusting or offensive?

This was recently posted, but closed for the reason that insufficient research had been done. Do I say butthole or butt hole?
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Would ELU like to start a trial of only need 3 votes to close/reopen a question?

Many sites in the network are currently considering whether they would like reduced close/reopen vote requirements, from 5 down to 3, for a one month trial. As the close vote queue almost always has ...
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Why was a question about two English words closed and returned to another site, without comment?

This question, terminology - As adjectives, not in math: 'different' vs 'differential' - English Language & Usage Stack Exchange, has been marked as closed. But no explanation, other than "This ...
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About the use of international English (namely the word 'dear')

In a comment to He must be asleep for there is no light in his room. What does “for” mean here?, tchrist writes to me: Calling a stranger dear is at best horribly patronizing with condescending ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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What is a good resource for how American women talked in the 1940s?

You can find some pretty good diaries for men, from the war. But I'm not sure what a reliable source is for female American vernacular of the '40s. Movies of the time sanitize conversations, and use ...
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Why was my Groucho Marx question closed?

Why was https://english.stackexchange.com/q/516777/334589 closed? I would've accepted this comment if posted as answer. The usual Groucho Marx quote is "I don’t want to belong to any club that ...
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Is there a policy about political messages in usernames?

Is there a policy about political messages in usernames? Of course the answer should be the same regardless of whether I agree with the message. The question applies in general. This time it was ...
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I cant delete my question

Sorry I have been unable to delete due to lack of knowledge.
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Please consider reopening a question about a fairly recent, politics-specific meaning of 'pivot' [Question has been reopened]

The question is what did Mr. Tester mean by saying to Dennis Muilenberg that you are 'pivoting' in the Congressional testimony of 737 Max? It was closed nine days ago with the following ...
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Rep for questions

As I understand it, folks are going to get their rep for questions adjusted. This has already happened for some users. When will this process be complete?
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Should we do anything about people answering with Google Trends?

I just read a couple of answers on the same question where both users used Google Trends as evidence of word/phrase usage. The problem is that Google Trends shows search trends, not usage trends. ...
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Has ELU accomplished its mission (so far)?

After a decade and more than 100k questions and related answers, to what extent has ELU reached its goal? which, as stated in the tour link, appears to be: we're working together to build a ...
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What should be done with the questions that contain their own answers?

From time to time, people come to this site to seek confirmation of something that they already believe about some aspect of English language. That is, they post questions of the following kind: I ...
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Fun educational book about English language with a wide spectrum of knowledge and facts

I am looking for a fun educational book about English language with a wide spectrum of knowledge and facts. I did some research but there are too many books and too many directions, I cannot read them ...
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Reopen “How can a word for 'the act of Xing', semantically shift to mean 'the thing Xed'?”

How can a word for 'the act of Xing', semantically shift to mean 'the thing Xed'? isn't a duplicate. I ask about obligation, never mooted at How did 'consideration' ...
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Is this word order question a duplicate of this AAVE question? If so, how?

The question Why you're laughing vs Why are you laughing? asks (paraphrasing): Is the word order "Why you're laughing?" acceptable in colloquial spoken English? The question African American ...
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A few thousand rep points more in one single day are a nice thing, but why?

This morning I found my total rep increased by some four thousand points. I felt it must have been some sort of miscalculation but later I saw this blog post about rewarding the question askers. ...
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Using Abbreviations In The Questions [duplicate]

Is it disrespectful to use abbreviations like sth to ask questions on this site?
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Support for Monica Cellio

Monica Cellio, an active and valued member here for years and a moderator on several other sites, was abruptly dismissed last month, without any reason given but apparently because Stack Overflow (the ...
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John Lawler's ELU answer links, by topic

This is more of an announcement than a question. But it's intended for Meta. For a class I'm giving, I've recently made up links to my answers here, on various grammatical topics. This list is on my ...
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Do we need a better guide to culture than the tour?

I know this has been asked in one form or another, but I think I'm trying to put a new spin on it. We seem to have a chronic issue of people who just don't seem to understand the culture and purpose ...
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Do we have any information on what the “preferred pronouns” are?

As far as I can tell, this whole mess started with a dispute about not using the pronoun a person wanted to be used to refer to them, but using instead, their name or some other neutral and polite ...
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Have we lost some moderators as a result of recent events?

There's been a very unpopular sacking of a very popular moderator on Stack Exchange, and it seems that "about 35 moderators have either resigned in protest or gone on strike in relation to the chain ...
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Is there any way for a user to know if there is a report on them? [duplicate]

I just had a user comment on a question I posted that there was a 'Report' on myself. He/she deleted the comment fairly quickly, but it left the question as to whether what he/she said was correct? ...
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Can sub-15 rep users flag their own content?

I wondered whether it was possible for a user without flagging privileges to cast flags on their own posts, like how users can delete their own posts. The reason being some people accidentally post ...
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Is it correct that a post is deemed 'well received' if it has comments?

I'm very much trying to understand how this site operates as it feels very inconsistent. In another post (link below) it was stated that a post is somewhat deemed 'well received' if it has comments. ...
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Migration of question

I recently had a question of mine migrated from the English Site to the Linguistics site (link below). The question relates to the field of Computational Linguistics which is an amalgamation of ...
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Why was my question and account deleted?

It's this question: “He 'is to be' here by six o'clock.” (deleted) I made an account some days ago trying to find out the answer to a question about what the name of the verb conjugation be + ...
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Grammatical vs incorrect usage

I'm posting this on meta because I think it's POB and more of a discussion of site behavior than on the actual usage of the word. Frequently on this site, the word grammatical is used to mean ...
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Answer no longer shows? [closed]

I had an 'answer' to question I posted (link below) and it's no longer showing. Is there anyway to know whether is this a result of the user deleting the answer and/or removal from admins. If it's the ...
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Is it really true that those who down / up vote and/or close a question do not have to provide any reason why? [duplicate]

I have a question about my English Language & Usage Stack Exchange post: Seeking clarification on the use of “They/Them/Their” as a personal gender pronoun The title is the total question. I ...
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Should we do something about the heavily downvoted answer on “take the biscuit”?

Currently, the question Why is "taking a biscuit" a bad thing in the UK? has an answer which is heavily downvoted (with a score of -19 last I saw), describes activities many people would ...
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Can I undo a bounty that I accidentally opened for the wrong question?

I wanted to endorse a good answer to a question (Why is "taking a biscuit" a bad thing in the UK?) that currently has a seemingly bad answer as the accepted answer—but unfortunately I ...
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When is it reasonable to reject a suggested edit that fixes a broken link in a LQ post?

In most situations, fixing a broken link is a good thing. But a couple of times in the last month I've been unsure whether to approve an edit in the Suggested Edits Queue where the only change was to ...
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How to know how well known (by average american) a word is?

Helping someone with a book title. The best words (like Distilled) are ones he has found people don't know. It occurred to me there might be some sort of resource for that: plug in a word and it ...
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How far on the right side of the 'rude' line is implying that British people are irrational?

As a Brit, I found this post rude: I flagged the post and the flag was declined, which is fair enough, but I'd like to know what degree of insulting towards the British is acceptable light-hearted ...

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