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Should queriers of etymology declare awareness of linguistic traps?

This meta question motivated this. By linguistic traps, I mean those listed at https://linguistics.stackexchange.com/a/12077/5306, such as the Etymological Fallacy. For me, though it'd be easier not ...
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What is this “ɹɐʍɯɐq” nonsense?

EDIT: Rewrote offending word in upsidedownascript so as not to provide free advertising for the spamvertiser. I may be seeing this only today. Maybe it's been going on since a long time but the only ...
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Why was my question closed as 'off-topic'?

I recently asked this question on ELU: Should there be a comma in "You again?"? The answer to this question may be obvious to some of you, but for me, it isn't. I tried searching on ELU and ...
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Should Humor and Jokes tags be synonyms?

I was surprised to learn that humor and jokes were not synonyms. Humor Questions about humorous expressions, jokes, puns, etc. 38 questions Jokes For questions about jokes. But be careful, many ...
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Boilerplate Comment Etiquette

There is an app for making boilerplate comments on SE. This makes quickly posting identical comments easy, which helps with site maintenance tasks like flagging or suggesting improvements to posts. In ...
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Seeking for penmanship advice

Before criticizing my post being in the wrong section or whatsoever, I want to say: within my knowledge, I judged this to be the most reliable platform for this question. If I am banned from the ...
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Who is user 19341?

I asked the same question at Stack Exchange Meta, and I think it is also good to ask the question here. I found that Google Chrome omnibox suggests me "english stackexchange users 19341" when I ...
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Should [meaning] and [meaning-in-context] be mutually exclusive?

meaning-in-context and meaning have a fairly high overlap rate of 26% which means that 26% of all questions tagged meaning-in-context are also tagged meaning. The full list of ~375 don't reveal ...
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Duplicate Comments & Un-flagging Comments

I've three related questions: If I believe a comment is essentially a duplicate of an earlier one, what is the proper etiquette, if any? I assume it's better to up vote a comment I agree with, rather ...
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Migrate a question after it is answered

The question in question here was: https://ell.stackexchange.com/questions/14967/can-i-use-on-when-i-add-the-content Although the question on this forum was from a person trying to learn English, ...
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Oh Sunday morning, you gave me no warning of what was to be

I am new here (6th day) but love it. Today is Sunday, and I notice that the quality of the questions is way down. I'm guessing that it's crunch time, and a lot of people with homework questions are ...
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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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Allophones and Intonation transcripts

I bump into this website on Google, and it has pretty good examples of IPA transcripts with allophones and intonation; however, I could not find such elsewhere. I am grateful for the recommendations ...
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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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Suggestions about books after assessing the level of English I stand at

Is there a website or something that would suggest me some books to read after assessing the level of English skills I have?
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Are requests for analyses restricted to single sources (eg McCawley, CGEL) acceptable on ELU?

Are requests for analyses, interpretations, restricted to single sources (eg McCawley, CGEL) acceptable on ELU? Most of McCawley, and all of Huddleston and Pullum, for instance, are not available to ...
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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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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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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 ...