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Does Lexico have dictionary entries in American English?

My recollection is that the old Oxford Dictionaries site had entries in both American English and "British & World English", which could be accessed through different urls. Lexico has British &...
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What's missing on the answer flag options?

There used to another option: Low Quality Where did it go? Is it only me? Or am I confused? It happens.
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Make blockquotes inside blockquotes better distinguishable

Given the nature of this site, it happens that one wants to quote something that contains a blockquote itself, e.g., as an example sentence. For example: A run-on sentence is something like this: ...
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Why was this closed? (And should it be reopened?)

I have come across this question in review, in the Reopen Queue: Why do we say “I would appreciate it if you paid in cash,” but not “I will appreciate it if you pay in cash”? [closed] It was closed ...
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He asked me who was my father [closed]

I raised the topic whether He asked who was my father is correct. It is considered a duplicate but I gave an explanation that it is not a duplicate. Please see that the topic is not closed. ...
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How did this question ever get so much attention?

There is a question of mine that sometimes makes me chuckle. A trivial, very non-urgent question with little to no practical value. A question on why names starting with "J" are more common than words ...
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Can Mods (or anyone) see deleted comments?

I tried to look this up on meta, and found no good answer. If comments have been self-deleted, are they gone forever? And if so...what about all the revisions permitted in the first 4-5 minutes? ...
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I am new here ..! Could I ask something? [duplicate]

I found https://english.stackexchange.com/ https://ell.stackexchange.com/ they are a little bit different :o ... where do I have to ask English questions? Thank you for reading !
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Compendium of Exemplary Paragraphs/Sentences [closed]

I'm looking for a book that is little more than a book - like a chapbook - of exemplary paragraphs and sentences. I want to use this book for some experimental teaching of English composition. I'm ...
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Can mods cast non-binding close votes?

This question, The meaning of "did not immediately respond to requests for comment" [closed], was closed by the following users, in this order: Janus Bahs Jacquet, tchrist♦, Rory Alsop, user66974, ...
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Is a rescue edit possible for this question?

Two users said they had a rescue edit in mind for this question Ghost, I sheet you not. I'm so ready for Halloween but they didn't follow through with attempting to rescue the question (which is ...
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What is meant by the tag “reference”?

The reference tag has no description yet. Is it intended to be used for a question that asks for a reference where one might learn more about a certain topic, or document one's intuitive ...
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Why can't I edit this question?

Not that I want to exactly, I just noticed there is no option to edit this question: I do have the edit privilege as of writing - what's going on here?
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Revised: Is a question about the Economist's article “Silly Sausages” on topic, or are we too serious to enjoy a linguistic laugh?

This may be too funny to be the subject of a valid question, but see The Economist's article Silly Sausages of June 29, 2019. Silly sausages Europe heroically defends itself against veggie ...
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List request tag review

I propose we kill the tag list-request since it is not a good fit for the ELU scope. These questions tend to be too broad or primarily opinion based. This meta was prompted by this recent question on ...
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Should 'word-substitution' be made a synonym of 'SWR's?

I think word-substitution is redundant since we already have single-word-requests, and phrase-requests, if necessary. The 60 or so tagged questions do not disagree with me by much. Its current info ...
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Did I ask a question, now deleted, tagged [psycholinguistics]?

My Deleted Recent Questions page exhibits no questions tagged [psycholinguistics], but I thought I asked one?
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Introducing the “custom filter”

Do you remember back in the day when you could navigate easily between pages showing newest, featured, frequent, votes, active, and unanswered questions? ca. 2017 Introducing Custom Filters With ...
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Reminder: 10K tools on anonymous post feedback

This post is part of the hidden-feature series started by Mari-Lou A. These posts highlight features of this site that not everyone may know about but can certainly help get an insight into our ...
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Flag has not been processed for 2+ months

On May 20 at 18:47:13Z I raised a flag on this answer concerning a possible migration to the comments section due to a lack of authoritative evidence. It has been 2+ months and there have been no ...
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Best answers (most highly voted) rise to the top? Not always. Why not?

Related questions have been asked. But clearly the answers are not ordered by the most votes, The answers to this question, Where were "should", "shall", and "must" in ...
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Is there a free online Canadian English Dictionary? [duplicate]

All Canadian English dictionaries appear to be under a paywall model. Can anybody help?
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Where can I find a list of words in their singular and plural form?

There is a variable naming rule that I would like to enforce in my software: Variable names of scalar types should be written in singular form. Variable names of collection types should be ...
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Moving questions to other SE [duplicate]

When reviewing questions, it is sometimes apparent that they would be best asked in a different (Mathematics, Biology, Law etc) SE from EL&U. However when I try to flag this I am only offered ELL ...
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Chat Room ID feature request

It’s hard to locate a chat room by topic (question or answer) by chat-room title, as the title area is taken up by introductory material. Could the intro be shortened to show some content? I ...
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“we tried to fix it”

EL&U needs rescuing A few days ago I posted the following: The new theme still sucks. There I said it, and in American English, too. There's an overall sense of claustrophobia, oppression, the ...
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I would like to report an abuse of mod power

I’m reporting @tchrist for the abuse of his mod power, for the following reasons: Deleting comments that were helpful but didn’t serve his question well: All the comments from different users above ...
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Our help page incorrectly states that it takes 6 spam / abuse flags to delete a post

I learned after posting this question that our help page is incorrect. It currently states the following: The spam and abusive flags are designed to automatically eliminate truly disruptive posts ...
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Review result page did not show the actual post

I did a review and, when I realized it didn't really "look okay", I wanted to take a second look at it. But this is the screen shown -- the question body is not shown below the review result. This ...
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Has anything changed regarding voting to close for lack of research?

A recent question asked Is it valid to use "We will be pending for her return" instead of, for example: " We look forward to her return"? I was going to vote to close but then I noticed a comment ...
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Payable bounty, but no answers

I don't mean to advertise How did 'consideration' shift to signify grounds and the act of deliberation, then inducer of a grant or promise?, and I don't know how else to ask this, but there ...
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How the heck do you do superscript (and subscript)?

I have been trying to reformat a recent post which calls for superscript to a footnote, and I will be danged if I can see how to do it without getting into (sup) with the little wedgie thingies — ...
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How should the new Lexico-hosted Oxford dictionary be cited?

I noticed that not long ago (in June) Oxford University Press changed the server that hosted what they used to call "Oxford Living Dictionaries". I used Oxford Living Dictionaries a bit in the past. ...
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Posts pending review, now around 250

The review queues could use your help. It's up to 250 now. Yours truly.
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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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A question about “people reached”

The system tells me I have 'reached' about half a million people on EL&U in 21 months, which is quite a remarkable figure. Can anyone tell me if this is done on the basis of IP addresses, that is ...
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How can you search pronunciations of words on Youtube?

I'm not sure this is on-topic, but I'm giving it a shot because it's a useful tool in hearing how different people pronounce words. There was a site I used to use where I could type in a word into a ...
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I'm questioning this odd post notice

In response to this question, the following moderator post notice was added: We're looking for long answers that provide some explanation and context. Don't just give a one-line answer; explain why ...
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Vote to reopen 'gradations of beautiful' question

A question was asked about ranking the strength of the synonyms of 'beautiful'. It was closed very quickly as 'Primarily Opinion Based'. I think this is misguided. Questions about nuances of words ...
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Is this Folk-Etymology Dictionary a reliable source?

I’ve come across the Revd A Smythe Palmer's Folk Etymology (first published 1882) which defines itself as a Dictionary of verbal corruption or word perverted in form or meaning by false derivation ...
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Is this a translation question?

This question about the phrase no stinkin' way has the translation tag. Here is the tag description for translation: Determining English equivalents for words or phrases in other languages (that ...
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Have you seen ELU's Greatest Hits Page?

Here it is, whether we're ready for it or not. https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/greatest-hits Chosen by algorithm, according to sources, so one must assume they're ranked in order of ...
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Let's fix the concentration camp question and reopen it

This is the subject question which was closed for being POB -Are US detention centers in the US-Mexico border "concentration camps"? The question has room for improvement, but I feel it is ...
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What's the average score for questions in 2019?

Recently I posted an update which asked UPDATE Sunday 23 June, 2019 […] Is it just me or has the quality of questions by new contributors dropped even further? Is there a way to measure this ...
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List of initial-stress-derived nouns

The Wikipedia page for Initial-stress-derived noun says: Initial-stress derivation is a phonological process in English that moves stress to the first syllable of verbs when they are used as nouns ...
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Why was the following question automatically deleted as “spam or offensive”?

For anybody without 10K reputation, here is the original question: spelling mistakes A 'sticking plaster' word used by Americans to cover over the huge gaps in their vocabulary. It is one the ...
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What makes this question off-topic for ELU?

I was surprised that this question was migrated to ELL: Is there a word where ‘w’ can not be replaced? It seemed to generate some interesting answers, and other than maybe a lack of research (...
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Is this type of spammy Q&A permitted here?

This question (now deleted) about the difference between the terms legalization and attestation was posted yesterday. It was posted simultaneously with a self-answer. I thought it was spam immediately,...
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Is there a tool that provides/suggests words that come before or after a word?

Are there any tools/APIs that provide this service? Example: (After) Free Free beer Free pizza Free stuff (Before) Beer Craft Beer Draft Beer Free Beer Cheap Beer Thanks.
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I think that upvoting more questions will produce better questions

Introduction It makes a lot of sense to me that if people are more generous with their upvotes—even with questions that are just "okay" and fall slightly short of the standard—then the people asking ...

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