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Word Frequency on the Web

I was wondering if anyone is aware of a similar service to Google Ngram for words used on the web. To clarify, I'm not looking for the frequency of search terms used on the web (i.e.Google Trends) ...
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'grammatically (in)correct' … potentially conflicting meanings

'Is . . . grammatically correct?' or a variant is a commonly asked question on the site. Though most people seeking to give a reasonable response often give answers such as 'This is not a question of ...
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In what circumstances should I provide two answers to a question? (if any that is)

I know that the feature is there, and pops a little warning dialog box, and my feeling is 'never' but I haven't found any examples, or much guidance. For example, on this question about a word ...
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Why was my question closed as being “too broad”?

Is there a word in English for a man who leaves his pregnant wife and child? Similar, highly-rated questions do exist, and it seems no more or less specific than those, so I can't understand why this ...
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A service that delivers common vocabulary daily?

I have subscribed to Merriam Webster, dictionary.com, and a few other online dictionaries to send me words daily, but frankly, they send me vocabulary that I have never come across in my life and ...
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Request to reopen a question

I don't do this often, but can this question please be reopened? The question now shows the required research. It might be a better fit on ELL, but it would need to be reopened to be migrated. What's ...
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Notes to Reviewers [Trial, version 2.1]

English Language & Usage (ELU) is a community for etymologists, linguists, and English enthusiasts. As a Stack Exchange community, ELU shares Stack Exchange's goal to build libraries of high-...
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I can't ask questions because my previous question was not asked properly as is implied. what should i do?

Please show what the problem is when my question is blocked?
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Would the following question be on-topic?

Alright, I wonder whether a question like the following would be deemed on-topic. I am posting below the question as it would appear on the actual site. The opening credits for episodes of TV ...
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Voted to reopen due to incorrect closure reason

I voted to reopen this philosophical question (Opinion vs. Fact). I do agree it could be off-topic for this site, despite the fact I have enjoyed the experience of thinking about it and providing an ...
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Looking For an Excellent Resource for People Learning Linguistics

Was wondering if anyone knows of a solid resource (site) on the web or even an app in the play store that would be a good place to go to supplement my learning in school...i.e. someplace that has a ...
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confused if this question be asked here or in ELL

Sometimes I get confused where to ask questions, here or on English Language Learners. Anyway, could "What is the term of someone who like to have the center of attention, talks about him self and ...
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tag: function word

I miss a tag like function word. The most difficult words in the dictionary of English and all other languages are function words. The thread "Is this subjunctive?" in ELU concerned with "come+time" ...
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Why does this site fall under “culture/recreation”?

If you look at the StackExchange footer - shown at the bottom of all the network sites - you will see that English Language & Usage is categorised under "Culture/Recreation". I'm not sure if it is ...
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Closure of question that cited Etymonline, OED, & a logic textbook?

Why was this closed, in view of claims to 'please include the research you've done...'? As stated in my OP, I consulted Etymonline, OED, and a logic textbook. Update on 2015 May 6: I thank the five ...
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Is unattributed material being deleted on sight?

I noticed that the 'delete on sight' threat was used in this question "Robust" as a noun as a comment on this answer https://english.stackexchange.com/a/234368/71783 Whom are you quoting? ...
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Is an english.stackexchange user expected to have searched at onelook.com?

Is an english.stackexchange user expected to have searched at onelook.com before asking a question about a word? If so, should it not mention such an expectation in the Help or Tour sections of the ...
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Can we allow questions asking for expressions or words that do not, or may not, exist (yet)?

In the comments to this question, a user mentions that he feels duty-bound to downvote. If I understand the arguments correctly, he basically feels that questions that might encourage a neologism (or ...
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Can we prevent this question from being deleted, please?

A veteran SE member recently posted this question here on ELU — an increasingly rare and and very welcome syntax question, worthy of our site: Are these parts of speech correct? This question ...
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endure, perdure, persist: why not keep open?

Closure should not necessarily follow Protection, nor should Deletion necessarily follow Closure. These are three independent steps. “endure” vs “perdure” vs “persist” was protected 23 hours ago, ...
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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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English Morphology

Please refer to me the seminal or the most popular book for practicing Morphological word structures (English) with tree diagrams.
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Is letter-writing still on topic?

Is the letter-writing tag still something we want to do? This answer says that letter-writing is more on-topic than the email tag, but that was 2 years ago, and Interpersonal Skills started as public ...
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I'm asking about how to make a math expression from (ambigous) phrase. Is this off-topic?

This is my question: “3 times a is increased by b” vs “3 times a increased by b” As I stated in a comment to SrJoven, this question is not about how to read (or speak) a mathematical expression, it ...
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“Controversial” Question Untag

I am unsure of the pejorative-language retag to the question Word meaning "likely to cause controversy?" I would like to see this tag removed, but I think my reasons for doing so are nuanced enough to ...
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Is there an online example sentence database or search engine to translate LIST of words?

I need to find sentence examples for list of words that includes in about 1500 words.So it is not easy to use online services that find examples only for one word(like Google translate or some other ...
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Reopen request for “how to order food that is hot temperature but not hot amount-of-capsaicin”

How to order food that is hot (temperature) but not hot (amount of capsaicin)? The author has edited the question.
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Not clearly stated in the Help Center - Asking

On the Help Center | Asking page it states: "Be constructive: name-calling is as likely to drive folks away as it is win them to your cause." Should this be changed to state that name-calling is more ...
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Reopen request: “An interjection for expressing nostalgia”

I would like to request to reopen this question: An interjection/expression for expressing nostalgia It is not in the review list anymore. I also rephrased for re-consideration. There is an answer ...
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discussing meaning in language - poetry and song lyrics

Not really a language question (probably more of a meta question really), but where is the best forum to discuss meaning / interpretation of poetry / song lyrics - pragmatics, inference, metaphor, ...
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What sources can be used to document usage, and isn't that highly context-dependent?

The 'usage' part of EL&U is still not well-defined, and I read the FAQ and searched all of meta (citations 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6). Which of the following distinct types of 'usage' are/ are not allowed?...
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Why was this question closed?

"Introduce person to object" or "introduce object to person"? I'd like to know what may have been considered off topic. The question is about the "usage", so I believe it's right ...
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Abbreviations like MWV, MW, etc

I see the list of common abbreviations, but neither of the following are on it: Most would argue that 'chance upon', though a MWV, is MW Is there a second list on the site, or elsewhere, that ...
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Is there too much emphasis on historical usage?

Has anyone noticed that some correct answers on current usage of a particular English word are down-marked in favor of later comments and answers that simply show off historical research, but do not ...
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Perplexed by bitransitive verbs of transfer answer

As I attempted to ask there https://english.stackexchange.com/a/90534/19659 and in the original edit of this very question: What part of linguistics does this concept "bitransitive verbs of transfer" ...
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Request to re-open “Rosie the Riveter”

I'm writing to request to re-open the question Rosie the Riveter. It was closed as off-topic, but there is an interesting association between the cultural icon of Rosie the Riveter and the expression "...
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Why is this question closed as duplicate?

https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/64947/may-not-vs-can-not-on-websites Note that the title has been changed (not by OP). But look at the context and give me an idea, why is this duplicate ...
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Should not the flag history page report that “disputed flags” include also the flags that have been marked as invalid from the user?

As far as I understood, when I flag a flag as invalid, my flag will always be marked as disputed. If this is the case, should not the flag history page report that fact? For example, a note as the ...
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“is that correct?”

I used to always ask "is that correct?", here for example Using quotes when referring to word as word this is the old habit from stackoverflow, because they enjoy closing questions saying "not a real ...
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Where can I find the word link of a word?

With eJoy pages, I can see the word's word link information like this: This info really helped me memorize vocabulary. Do any dictionary sites provide this information?
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Should this ELL question be migrated to ELU?

I've seen many questions migrated from ELU to ELL, but I don't recall ever seeing a question go the opposite way. I also admit I don't know if my question here should more properly be asked on ELL ...
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What is the appropriate state of this question regarding feminizing girls?

Is there any verb for making a girl more girly? is closed, but I am having difficulty placing my finger on just why that is. I am not suggesting that it is a great question, but it does seem to meet ...
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Best-Practices for posting a follow-on question?

Are there best-practices for posting a follow-on question? I am new to ELU. I have searched ELU meta for this subject and have not yet found any information. From my novice vantage, here are ...
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Is it valid to discuss freeform non-grammatical slang on ELU?

https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/329120/what-is-the-meaning-of-like-mom-what-do-you-mean-i-cant-go-get-tacos-at-3-am The quote is hardly proper English, it is a slang usage which doesn't ...
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Why cant I answer or comment on a question/answer without being “approved” by someone whom YOU deem fit?

For instance.....The question where does the saying "The bees knees" come from was posed on this site. The answers were senseless dribble at best. The correct answer. Ever wondered why we say this ...
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Is there a happy medium for editing of post formatting?

This question arose from What are the commonly accepted guidelines specific to this site (2015)?. User A has a strong aesthetic ideal of what posts should look like, in terms of colors, bold, ...
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Why was this question voted to be put on hold as being POB by a user while his question is far from being objective?

Why was this question(https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/225083/on-referring-to-a-specific-definite-person-whose-gender-is-known-as-they) voted to be put on hold as being POB by a user while ...