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The abbreviation of words

Is there a comprehensive dictionary of abbreviations out there or, failing that, a document wherein one can find the accepted "rules" to abbreviate words in the English language? Please, let me ...
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free online etymological dictionary with good coverage of details [duplicate]

Currently I use www.etymonline.com but this reference does not show details. For example prefix pro- in the meaning of "in place of" comes from Latin prō- (and not pro-)
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How useful are Ngrams in exploring English? (The case of “fit down”) [duplicate]

I've noticed that Ngrams feature quite often in threads I've been involved with (I've used it myself) but, allowing that the Ngram program can be useful, how cautious should we be in using it? An ...
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Is there a comprehensive and authoritative reference on whether or not an article is appropriate?

The question of whether an article should be omitted seems to be quite complicated and subject to numerous conventions. Moreover, it appears that there are acceptable variations: e.g., both The ...
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How could we create extended discussion on EL&U that could be used as reference material to back up Q&A

When you come on to EL&U (or any other SE site) and you're not necessarily a member, you are faced with a cold wall of questions and their answers. This is usually very helpful - it is the reason ...
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Should I down-vote an accurate answer that lacks references?

I commented on this answer to a question about the long-ago evolution of the thorn (þ) into a "y". @Jon Hanna answered the question very well, with an answer that is, to my knowledge, perfectly ...
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What are some good and authoritative reference/data source for modern usage examples of words?

What are some good and authoritative references/data sources for modern usage examples of words? My typical workflow of learning a new word is to look it up on OED and read the definitions and example ...
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Are answers that only cite personal experience acceptable for questions about dialects?

In general, answers on this site are supposed to have references. This was established early on by the top answers to the following Meta post: Since it isn't in the FAQ, are we as answerers ...
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Is Google Dictionary a valid definition reference (in particular in answers)?

In my answer to this question, another user was adamant that Google is not a citable source and that that is a policy of ELU. The link given as evidence for that was Is TFD a RTFM online source? - a ...
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Is there an online etymology dictionary more comprehensive/detailed than Etymonline?

Douglas Harper, creator of Etymonline, considers himself an amateur linguist and warns ... if you're a professional linguist or a serious student of linguistics, you shouldn't be doing your ...
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“Removed OED definition as it is not allowed under my license agreement”

I noticed on this answer: https://english.stackexchange.com/a/182362/37273 the phrase is used a couple of times. What is this about?
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Giving a source for something which we reword or type by our mind

Is it necessary to give a "source" for something while answering on ELU which we are getting it from some website but rewording it or typing it without looking at the material. For example: Doltish - ...
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What to do about missing source attributions?

Copying, Linking, Attributions, and Plagiarism I have two related questions that I would like to see some discussion on: Do we need to improve our Help Center’s text to remind people that they have ...
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Examples of “Great subjective questions”

From EL&U Helpcenter about asking: Some subjective questions are allowed, but “subjective” does not mean “anything goes”. All subjective questions are expected to be constructive. What does ...
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On-line list of productive Latin-Greek roots?

Inspired by this question What is the meaning of the suffix 'don'?, I wonder if there is an easy on-line reference that would make this a 'general reference' question. It could easily be on an ESL ...