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Are questions about local dialects necessarily “opinion-based”?

Are questions about local dialects necessarily "opinion-based"? (If not, I believe my question was closed without proper justification)
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What type of American accent does this person have? [closed]

I was listening to a podcast of a 20yr old man who has lived in East Africa, the U.S. and Ireland but definitely has an identifiable American accent. What is it? It sounds to me like General American/...
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Resource for grammatical rules pertaining to mid-17th century English

Salutations to all during this tragic time where all feels quite, quite down, Firstly I hope all are well. Now, onward to my question: I have, for the past half-year or so writ a play based in London ...
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Single-word requests. The annoying and constant problem of inexactitude

Here's a simple example of the problem: "What is a word that describes someone who covers the ground quickly" What's wrong with that? Well we don't know what part of speech is required. We ...
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Naming vs. Single word requests

It seems that naming is off-topic and single words requests are on-topic on this site. How do I identify whether I'm asking a naming question or I have a single word request?
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Are there any resources for 18th and 19th Century English Grammar?

I recently asked a question regarding archaic English grammar and one of the comments recommended that I make a resource request here on the Meta. I'm looking for any books or websites that ...
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Would “Is 'maiden name' now considered sexist” be off-topic? Can I ask if née replaces it in the same question?

In a comment I wrote because of the inherent implications of "maiden", these days née is often used instead though it still caries a gender reference, e.g. Sunita Lyn Williams (née Pandya; ...
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Let's discuss this edit

Here's a question from a new user: About the word "race" when talking about bike headset It looks unclear, and currently has four close votes for Please include the research you’ve done. It ...
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Finding snippets on Ngrams before 1800

This is probably off-topic, but recently Ngrams made a schlimmbesserung on their site, and now I cannot find snippets before 1800. example https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=broadcast&...
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How to avoid an “opinion based” question regarding listening comprehension?

As a non-native English speaker I pronounce "bomb", "climb", "thumb" etc... with a clear B at the end. I know I shouldn't, but it's automatic. So, I was interested in ...
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Delete a question on this site [duplicate]

How can you delete a question on this site?
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What are the free resources to learn english online?

My wife wants to improve her English. It's a paid site to learn english https://id.engbreaking.com/ I wonder if there is any like that that is free?
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Is changing quotation marks from German style to English style a constructive edit?

Would exchanging quotation marks in the German tradition for conventional English quotation marks be considered a constructive edit on English Language & Usage? This is what I mean by German style ...
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Theme of stack exchange sites [closed]

I wonder, what was the first Stack Exchange site? I use Stack Overflow and Server Fault quite a lot. Their names suggest that you have a problem and you need to solve it. If those were among the first ...
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Can we please close this offensive question?

The author of this post has suggested that autism and mutism are defects. “Extremism” sounds like an ideology, by analogy with Marxism for example; or possibly it’s more akin to a behavioural state ...
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What happened to 'protecting'?

Not very long ago, quite a few questions on this site were 'protected', i.e. they were closed to the visitors with no reputation, but were otherwise open. Nowadays one doesn't see that anymore, and ...
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Online Dictionary that shows “Word Family”?

I want an online dictionary where I will look for a word and it will show the definition with the word family. For example: If I search "Enigma" It will show the definition along with the ...
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Why does Google Ngrams show pronoun usage drop and rise over time?

I was using Google Ngrams to investigate whether feminine pronouns have been used more often in English literature over time, relative to masculine pronouns. I was surprised to find that the ...
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Why was a question about the origin and meaning of a phrase closed because the origin is known?

Note: The question in question has been reopened. The question 'What’s the origin/meaning of “from belt buckle to shoe sole”?' was closed because Mr Biden consistently gives the origin - his uncle. ...
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Why was “What is the difference between '[I] may [be] …' and 'even though … '?” locked?

Overview The question What is the difference between “[I] may [be] …” and “even though … ”? was recently locked. I had posted the following comment: In this context, may normally implies the ...
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I want to study the various usages of the 17th and 16th century verb “atone”. Other than oed.com, where can I study this verb and adverb?

I'm looking specifically for works that discuss the sense of a cessation of quarrels as found in oed.com's definition for the verb "atone": 1555 W. Waterman tr. J. Boemus Fardle of Facions ...
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Why was “What's the word for something that is purposefully generalised and understated?” locked?

I'm trying to understand the rationale for locking What's the word for something that is purposefully generalised and understated? As it is, the question is lacking a degree of necessary detail. My ...
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Grammar error in Review

FYI, I noticed this on ELL this morning, and it shows up here as well: This question doesn't meet a [sic] English Language & Usage Stack Exchange guideline. Eddie Kal has posted on Meta SE about ...
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Resources for finding early uses of words?

I have a strangely deep admiration for archaic language and its usage and find that when working on period-piece writings, sources (catalogs of old books) for researching words used in the period (And ...
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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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Is it possible to get publication dates from the BNC?

I was looking up some things in the British National Corpus, and was trying to find the earliest occurrence of a word pattern. Unfortunately I couldn't find any way of seeing publication dates of the ...
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New user asks: Are requests for proverbs and sayings (as opposed to single-word idiom requests) on-topic?

I am new here since this year; this question is to help me understand the culture. I answered a new question, asking for an equivalent of Catalan 'Gent jove pa tou' or 'Young people soft ...
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Is there a service to find out if my phrase is used online like corpora, but not exactly?

I work as a copywriter. Sometimes I have several options of a phrase and I want to check which one is more widespread and more commonly used. Surely, I can google it, but google will search ...
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I'm trying to find credible sources for the etymology of the word “naughty” Any tips?

I have to write a paper for a class of mine, and it's about the definition of a word and its usage through time. I was assigned to write about the word "naughty", and I am trying to find ...
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How can I edit this question and start the reopening process to make additional answers possible?

dog-leg, dogleg, or dog leg? has one well-received and currently accepted answer but was quickly closed for lack of research. It was only my second question here, over three years ago now. I'd ...
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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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What's happened to post formatting?

Posts look different: the most immediate and obvious change is that line-spacing has changed. Quotes are now indented a bit more, too. Old (from here): New: What just happened?
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Was the question “etc. etc. usage” closed correctly?

This question was closed as being "opinion-based". But I thought that usage questions were on-topic for this site. After all, the asker says "Is there any rule…", not "How do ...
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How to enter phonetic transcriptions?

I was impressed of some answers (as well as comments) which used phonetic transcriptions. My Question is how can I enter them in the text editor? Maybe it's not possible with an ipad, how do you do ...
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My first question

I have a question about my English Language & Usage Stack Exchange post: Planets of the Solar System So far, this is the only question I have asked on English Stack Exchange. But my question is ...
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Can I ask for help in lyrics for songs?

My hobby is to write lyrics on genius.com. I mostly listen to Hip Hop music. Sometimes I find it somewhat challenging to understand what they're saying because a lot of rappers do not enunciate the ...
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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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Accepted an answer but didn't receive the two reputation award

I have accepted an answer to my question, but my reputations didn't increase by 2. Why did that happen? I haven't reached the daily reputation limit; I think.
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Can an old account be 'merged' if it is no longer accessible by the user?

I am asking on behalf of someone who is locked out of their account due to problems with their Internet Provider and the fact that their email address is with said Provider. Is there any way to access ...
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How to ask questions about the languages themselves?

I have a question about two languages. I want to compare them because they are related to each other. Which SE site fits this type of question? in other words, an SE site for asking about the language,...
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Can we add a category to the current flagging imperatives?

Currently, we have two categories for flagging of posts that should be deleted ASAP: "spam" and "rude/abusive." Posts so flagged get the bum's rush on out of here as soon as ...
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Can someone please help me edit my question better?

I just can't help it. I tried and seems I can't explain well maybe because my English sucks. I understand that maybe my question is not written well and it is not fitting well here, but I quite don't ...
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Why doesn't a letter show up when enclosed in < and >?

I've just discovered that the answer I had given on EL&U was missing something. When I pressed the edit button, I saw that I had written a V and enclosed in < and > i.e. < v > (...
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How to remove an inappropriate lock on this site?

A specific question has been locked inappropriately and without good reason. How can the lock be removed? I know the question I am asking is not a typical question and would fall foul of the rules if ...
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Can I control the font size?

The font size I am getting for ELU is too small. I do not recall that it was like this before. Have I somehow made a change to my profile that will reduce the size? The font size for ELU is smaller ...
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Using internet search engines (Google/Yahoo) 'News' results to count frequency of a word

I'm trying to find a way to export the results/ count the frequency of a specific word 'homeless' in News articles in my country over the past 10 years. I am aware of Google Books NGram viewer for ...
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Answers in comments

There are quite a large number of Meta.ELU questions about answers in comments, but none which definitively settles community opinion, mainly because they are rather old now, but also because they don'...
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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 “Removed OED content as it is not allowed under my license agreement” is used a couple of times. What is this ...
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What is the legal position re cut & pasting OED entries?

The most recent posts I can find on this subject date from 2015 and earlier. Does anyone know the authoritative up-to-date advice on whether that which is posted to the EL & U site constitutes &...

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