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Why was my suggested edit rejected?

With reference to this suggested edit, why did one of the reviewers select 'reject and edit' (the other reviewer approved the suggested edit), thus rejecting my edit and then apply the exact same edit ...
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Why was this question downvoted and who downvoted it?

Why was this question downvoted and who downvoted it? I don't understand the reason of downvoting this question. And I can't read the name of the user who downvoted (too small reputation score I think)...
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The English SE font is unable to display letters with macron and acute correctly

I do not mind the font choice on English SE at all; it provides character to the community and is, if I am not mistaken, Georgia, which was specifically designed for screens. However, it is lacking. ...
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"I'm against this question primarily because of the username and icon"

Is this type of racism and bigotry allowed here? Why is “cold X” a bad thing and “hot X” a good thing in English? I'm against this question primarily because of the username and icon, but it's ...
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Book of literary genres and character types?

Saw a writer interviewed once and he talked about having a well known reference book that delineates story genres and fundamental character types. Unfortunately, I neglected to write down the title. ...
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Etymology - Specifically for medical science and/or adjacent studies

I absolutely love recommending the study resource "Etymonline" to students seeking to build their vocabularies in topics with very old and eclectic dictionaries, like medicine. However, the ...
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Why was this question about the stylistic usage of 'grow into it' closed?

Why was this question closed. I can't understand that, actually! ". . . , but thinks by Easter he'll have grown into it"?
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Where did my old question go?

I wrote a well sourced, well thought out question for the English StackExchange, and you guys didn't like it. OK, whatever, you guys never like what I have to say, so that's not new. I'd like to ...
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Are questions about APA formatting on-topic?

I have a question relating to the proper formatting for multi-paragraph block quotes under APA-7. This would appear to fall under "usage", but I know that StackExchange communities tend to ...
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Gratuitous personal attacks by poster

The question is similar to: Why did you murder the man? Instead of: Did you murder him? I have never seen spill the tea, and I do get around. – @XXX Apr 27 at 14:37 crudely questioning my experience. ...
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Is there a comprehensive grammar of British English from the early twentieth century that you recommend?

I am a native English speaker and I would like to read an old-fashioned grammar of British English: one that is prescriptive, one that predates generative linguistics I have been enjoying "The ...
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How can we know what dictionary an entry on Dictionary.com is from?

Dictionary.com just got a lot worse. For example, looking up helium gives you entries from four dictionaries, labeled "American", "British", "Scientific", and "...
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What resources do I need to consult before asking a question?

Many Stack Exchange sites require that users do some research before asking a question. Does English Language & Usage have such a policy? If yes, what resources should users consult before asking ...
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What good reference works on English are available?

Questions that can be answered using commonly-available references are off-topic. What good reference works on English are available, and what kinds of questions are they good at answering? General ...
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Want to complain about a gratuitous personal attack on the main site

I have been accused of anti-Semitism: I’m voting to close this question because it is an excuse to link to an anti-semitic post. If the commenter is a mind-reader, he/she should post his/her ...
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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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We should not be pasting definitions from online dictionaries into answers when their terms of service prohibit such use

Some online dictionaries prohibit such copying of their content. Some examples below (not meant to be an exhaustive list, and any bolding for emphasis is mine) : First, from the Stack Exchange terms ...
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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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Is there a reference/archive of English verbs and their argument structure (± their theta roles)?

Is there a reference/archive of English verbs and their argument structure? That is to say, how many and what categories of arguments they require. And maybe even their theta roles? I don't expect ...
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Is requesting a English word or saying back to its native language on-topic?

Currently my understanding is that is completely on-topic to request a translation of a non-English word or phrase to an equivalent word or phrase in English; e.g, single-word-requests,idiom-requests. ...
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Split migration off from the closure tree?

There has been a string of meta questions about ELU migrating low quality questions to ELL. The most recent was this one. This question stems directly from that one. To help prevent poor questions ...
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The Reader Over Your Shoulder by Robert Graves

Does anyone know if there is a contemporary book that explores style in a similar way to The Reader Over Your Shoulder?
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What is the [reason-why] tag used for?

A recent question used the reason-why tag for what was really an etymology question, so I retagged it appropriately. (Or at least I think it was appropriate.) Now I'm wondering what the tag is even ...
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Tag merge request: [expressions] tag into [phrases] tag

Previously, expression-requests tag was merged into phrase-requests tag. Pertaining Meta post: What are [expression-requests] tag for? In that respect, the expressions tag should be merged into the ...
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Does the community think that we need a 'grammar, but too basic for ELU: almost any book on grammar will answer this clearly' close-vote reason?

A recent question on ELU: Is a noun always preceded by a determiner? I believe that this is so easily answered by looking at virtually any book on grammar (it could be argued that even dictionaries ...
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What are the highest quality textbooks for learning English grammar? [duplicate]

I am a native English speaker, but I think my grasp of grammar is too weak. So, I want to know what textbooks or reference books others deem worthy of using to deepen and broaden their understanding ...
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Problematic migrations to ELL (an ongoing thing)

Why does ELU keep migrating this type of question? Are they too cowardly to close them? A recurrent issue on ELL. It's like we are the poor relation that can have the awful questions dumped on us. See ...
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Please don't migrate obviously off-topic questions to ELL - it just makes things harder on the author

This isn't a complaint about the overall migration of questions from EL&U. I think taken as a whole, the migration path is a positive thing. I have started to see a few real stinkers getting ...
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Replacing our "research" close reason: Completed

Update: Closing remarks The phrasing I suggested in an answer below is now live: Background We have a massive problem with close votes. There's no sense in placing blame — we've been on this path ...
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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How to find particular topics in CGEL?

How can I find a topic I have a question about in CGEL? I often have problems but can't find the topic when I go to CGEL. Is there any better way to deal with a problem like this? How do you search in ...
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Stack Exchange cannot be excluded from the sociocultural evolution of language, correct?

Being a long-evolved language, missing definitions are rare within English. Nevertheless, meanings are sometimes missing, resulting in the formation of new words to fill those gaps. This occurs ...
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How can I delete an "accepted answer"?

I tried to delete the linked "answer" but failed as it was accepted. There are some comments I can't take any more and I would like to delete it. Your help will be much appreciated.
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What happened to a question I (might have) posted about the word 'feminazis'?

I posted a question (at least, I think I posted one) about the usage of the term 'feminazi'. Where is the question? Is it deleted? What was wrong with it? If it was inappropriate, can I get a private ...
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Should tag definitions be mandatory?

I understand that a tag's name should make it clear what the tag is for, but this is often not the case. For example, we now have grammar and grammaticality. Users will probably need to read the ...
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Why was my question on neologisms put on hold?

I asked one simple question (Are there any general rules or guidelines for using newly coined word(s)?) and it was put on hold. Nobody answered it and the moderator says that it will generate opinion. ...
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Thank you, Professor Lawler and Rest in Peace!

I am saddened to announce the passing of John Lawler on Saturday November 25. Many of us here were friends with him, and countless more helped by his answers. For those of you who aren't familiar with ...
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'Answerable by a dictionary' unsuitable for grammar questions

In a very welcome post, long overdue: Replacing our "research" close reason: Final review ... one of the new close-vote reasons is given as "answerable by a dictionary." Now, if ...
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What's off-topic about the question regarding the history of a slur?

The question When did Western newspapers stop using the term “Japs” in their publications? was asked yesterday and has really been riding the closure-rollercoaster: Expanded details: The first time, ...
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Is posting a word game accepted?

Can I post word games (as community wiki) on this site? It will improve vocabulary. I would like an answer from a moderator.
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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 with respect to their position in a word and the length of the word. I'd also like to see the frequencies of different ...
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How many unique four-letter words are in the English language that fall within the major word classes?

To better clarify: I would like to find some way (be it just the raw information itself in a pastebin, a dictionary crawler, a website search function, or something else) to determine how many words ...
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Is Merriam Webster dictionary an outdated and unreliable dictionary?

An experienced user posted this comment under an answer that cited M-W dictionary. You say Btw, MW is the worst, most out-of-date dictionary on the planet!, but GKP regularly sings its virtues in ...
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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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Request for undeletion and reopening of a question on the main site: "Retriable or retryable?"

A poster asked the question Retriable or retryable? on February 9, 2016. It was closed for lack of research on February 15 of that year. On November 9, site participant sumelic edited the question to ...
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Please fix the standard sans-serif page title

Once again the site design has been disrupted by a standard change. This is how Help pages used to look: They now have really bold titles: Because of the size of the heading, this unbalances the ...
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How was an OED page made available free of charge?

I have access to OED through the public library system of the UK and I am aware that others without subscriptions cannot verify my citations. There is a comment on the second answer to this question ...
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Why is there no name on this comment except for "delete"?

The first comment under this answer is seemingly by someone with the name "delete". And yet, no tooltip/message appears when you mouse over this name. Screenshot: For convenience, here is ...
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May I speculate in comments?

The question What does "make the Iacke go" mean? has received four answers, all of which propose theories as to what the phrase means. Under it are also some comments that, to me, raise an ...
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Are we being encouraged to answer very old questions, or are they just being made more visually pleasing?

Some time ago, perhaps still, new answers to old questions were put under review (in a review queue), as if to imply: 'This question has been addressed, at length; what could possibly be the value-add ...

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