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I'm speechless: how could this question by an English learner get misinterpreted as a serious linguistics topic?

Is "the" ever pronounced "knee"? To begin with, it's illogical, and no dictionary or book that I'm aware of has been cited to prove that the consonant portion of "the" should or ...
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Proposal for narrowing the scope of the “reference” close vote

I strongly disagree that "questions that can be answered using commonly available references" should be considered "off-topic" at all, but I can at least understand why someone would want to close ...
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Does the system track and chastize a user after a certain number of NAA flags?

Without naming and shaming… we have a “newish” and very enthusiastic user on the main who seems to suffer from impulse control and keeps posting LQ “answers”. Many of these answers are critiques of ...
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english.yoda.stackexchange.com belongs on this question does

Why has the "belongs on" message changed to Yoda speak? english.meta.stackexchange.com belongs on ell.stackexchange.com belongs on
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How did this bizarre edit come to be approved?

A question was posted (no longer visible) , and another user took exception to the format and edited to provide what I would consider to be a defacement. It was certainly never the OP's intent, and ...
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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 an example of a good proofreading question?

I see a lot of potentially poor quality questions when I go through the review queue, but I don't know how I'd recognise a good quality proofreading question. The close message says a specific source ...
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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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Is philosophy of language on-topic?

Philosophical semantics also. They are both related with philosophy and the language. I see that philosophy tag is used only 2 times but they are not related with philosophy of language actually. ...
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As a single-word enthusiast, what links/blogs should I follow?

I am looking for resources to follow online for language and single-word hobbyists as myself. Do you have any good suggestions? Mailing list subscriptions, twitter feeds, etc?
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What is the current policy for answering questions?

The Issues I encountered two related issues within the last 24 hours. I'm only using these instances to highlight what some contributers who do not have a high reputation get met with. Earlier ...
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Can we stop voting to close word request questions as opinion based?

While going through the review queue, I've seen a few word/phrase request questions being marked for closure because of being opinion based. Since English is such a rich language, almost every word/...
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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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Why is my reputation getting smaller?

So I recently started to post questions on ELU. No prob there. Anyways, when I reached about 95 reputation, it started to shrink for some reason until it was about 83. I ignored it, as usual, and ...
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Can anything be done about mean-spirited requests for terminology?

tl;dr: Mean people suck, and we should not help them. EDIT: I don’t actually believe anything mechanical can be done here, and I certainly don’t expect a “closed due to meanness” reason. That’s just ...
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Why was this highly on-topic question closed as “off-topic” and downvoted?

I asked this yesterday: Is "say me" really correct English? Not only was it downvoted, which is weird in itself, but it was actually closed a "off-topic". This time, I simply need to know: ...
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How does the ELU community define a century? When did this century start 2001 or 2000?

This discussion arose (well, for me at least) when I was confronted with one of the definitions used for defining centuries. This definition is relevant for defining community tags on specific ...
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Community Promotion Ads — 2020

2020 has come! But… oops, where did the time go? It’s already March! Belated as it is, it’s time for a refresh of Community Promotion Ads! What are Community Promotion Ads? Community Promotion Ads ...
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How did a 1 rep user post a comment?

How did this 1 rep user (Phillip Mitchell) who has asked no questions and posted no answers manage to post a comment? Opposite of benefit of the doubt? Is this a bug?
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Move “dont ask” list out of the “do ask” help page

A while ago, I noticed that the Help Center page, What topics can I ask about here? contained a long list of things that users shouldn't ask about. However, there is a different Help Center page that'...
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Coming soon: improvements to close-voting

For those of you who have been following or peripherally aware of the drama around the network the last few quarters, a new chapter has opened, and it seems a brighter one. The company hired a new ...
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Style guide for questions, answers, and comments

Style guides such as those on Wikipedia, Stack Overflow, Ask Ubuntu have been greatly helpful for me (and many in those communities) in creating well-written, well-formatted, easy-to-understand, ...
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Changes to block quotes in the pipeline

For some reference as to how block quotes used to look like on EL&U before the the theme was overhauled, see English Language & Usage's updated site theme is ready for testing! and Make ...
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Tools for parsing (diagramming)

A number of questions are of the type: 'Can you diagram this sentence?', or 'How do you parse this sentence?'. On the same order of the Google ngram tool, are there any diagramming or parsing tools? ...
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What emphasis to use when referring to words?

Let's say I'm asking a question about the word "cheese". Which of the following should I use? I see various versions being used all over, and it'd be nice to have something consistent. Does the word '...
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How can I come up with the family words from a specific word?

For example, I need to list all of the family of words for the giver like gift. For bleed the list would include blood. For speak the list would include speech. For stick it would include sticky. For ...
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Other words for 'said'?

Okay, I admit; I like quotative verbs. Of course, I would prefer to avoid using 'said' all the time. AFAIK there is no canonical question asking for general alternatives to 'said'. I've compiled ...
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Voting abuse - why is a perfectly good question being down-voted?

I asked a question on EL&U which was taken upon negatively. It is linked here: “Is "tell advice" not idiomatic over "give advice"?” Let's look up the definition of "idiomatic" from the OED: (...
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For any word, see constituent roots; for any root, see composite words

Definition lookup in Google will show the origin or etymology of a word, usually based on root. Is there an application, web or otherwise, that returns composite words for any given root?
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Why does (almost) every answer in this question have a banner?

I admit I'm not overly familiar with how these banners work, but I was reading "What is the word that is used to describe the oversimplification or non-academic discussion of a complex issue?" and ...
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Grammaticality and Proofreading

I had a question about the grammaticality of a specific two-word phrase. The information here explicitly instructs me to use the tag grammaticality for such questions. But the question was closed ...
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Why are (advanced) users answering poor questions in comments? [duplicate]

I just went through the close review queue and found the following questions which are typical of a problem I've been seeing recently: 'In tone' meaning A question that relevant to commas ...
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Why do ELU users upvote so little, and how can we fix this?

I participate in a number of StackExchanges, and ELU stands out in a negative way compared to the rest: lack of upvotes. Consider this question. At time of writing, six (6) users apparently found it ...
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Search engine for English idioms?

I am looking for a resources which can provide related English idioms/phrases. For instance, if I were looking up 'to help out', I would find 'to pitch in', etc. Does any such resources exist online (...
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Irksome review pop-up window size/design

When working with the review queue, the windows that actually contain the Close Button are sized and designed so that you have to scroll down to get to the Close Button. There is usually plenty of ...
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Quick migration to ELL

Why was this post quickly migrated to ELL? I think the question posed is just apparently an elementary one. It may well find a proper answer on ELL, of course, but why was it out of place on ELU?
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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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Off-putting comments to new users

I don't want this to be seen as a personal criticism of the relevant commenter, since I'm often guilty of the same "careless" behaviour myself. But I think there's something not quite right about how ...
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Drafts should save in Edit forms

I was under the impression that drafts of edits were saved. Is that not the case? Now I lost one of my better answers in its inception because being on mobile and a bit clumsy I sometimes accidently ...
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Too many questions that qualify for “Please include the research you’ve done”

I feel that this has been discussed before, and that this problem is never going to go away. I've been going through the review queues since a recent Meta.ELU post about too many questions needing ...
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How can I see how many posts are truly in the review queue?

This question: Would ELU like to start a trial of only need 3 votes to close/reopen a question? mentions that the review queue is too long, approximately 160 posts. Since reading that, I have upped ...
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Would ELU like to start a trial of only need 3 votes to close/reopen a question?

Many sites in the network are currently considering whether they would like reduced close/reopen vote requirements, from 5 down to 3, for a one month trial. As the close vote queue almost always has ...
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Are users told about the existence of English Language Learners on their first post?

When a user wants to post their first question here, are they told that our sister site English Language Learners exists and they should consider which of the two sites would be most appropriate for ...
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About the use of international English (namely the word 'dear')

In a comment to He must be asleep for there is no light in his room. What does “for” mean here?, tchrist writes to me: Calling a stranger dear is at best horribly patronizing with condescending ...
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How can I improve my contributions

I'm not looking for general recommendations, but specific criticism due to the recent deletion of a comment. In a Question about the Etymology of *Cervix Why was my comment about the neck and uterus ...
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First proposal tag wiki rejected

I added an informative text to a tag which had no excerpt. (click to see the case, should be publicly available) To me this seems a reasonable excerpt which is not superfluous, not harming ...
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Why was a question about two English words closed and returned to another site, without comment?

This question, terminology - As adjectives, not in math: 'different' vs 'differential' - English Language & Usage Stack Exchange, has been marked as closed. But no explanation, other than "This ...
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Poll: additional question types that should or shouldn't be added to help/on-topic

Today, I saw that Help Center/on-topic has this text: Proofreading ("Is this right?", "Are there any mistakes?"), unless a specific source of concern is clearly specified. See below for hints on ...
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Can a post not be closed for the reason that it is gratuitously disgusting or offensive?

This was recently posted, but closed for the reason that insufficient research had been done. Do I say butthole or butt hole?
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...

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