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I agree with Andrew Leach's comment that closure as opinion-based is a bit odd, given that to some degree all SWRs are seeking an opinion on what might be the right word to use. However, I'm guessing that what triggered the VTC was the question being based on your own purely personal (and possibly idiosyncratic) opinion, i.e. that an alternative to a word ...


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This question was correctly closed as off-topic and should not be re-opened. It has nothing to do with English language or usage: the same problem exists if you're writing in Spanish. However, Stack Exchange does have a site where this kind of question would be on-topic: Writing.SE. The site's Help Centre says that "Questions about specialized writing ...


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As Chappo answered, it's not a question for ELU: it's not about English. But as asked, it's not for Writers either: it's a question about how to get MS Word to behave sensibly. Writers' questions about formatting of footnotes refer to how to format the citation itself (in MLA format, for example). Questions about how to get MS Word to behave sensibly are off-...


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Close votes happen, even on etymology questions that show research, which are arguably some of the most on-topic questions for this site. That’s nothing new, though in this case I really have no guess as to why, not with the specific close reason given. (You could have written an online etymology dictionary and you would still have gotten 3 close votes on ...


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There are generally two courses of action possible. If there are no answers which will be invalidated by an edit, then edit the question to make it clear exactly what you are asking about. You can phrase the question in such a way that it cannot be answered by the nominated duplicate. That is, don't say, "This question is not a duplicate of X because I'...


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The banners that purport to state the reasons for closing on this site are, more often than not, misleading. This is because (1) the banner displays only one 'reason' from a short menu or standard reasons, which is chosen by some algorithm out of the different reasons that different voters may have picked from the menu, and (2) people often vote on the basis ...


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I think "opinion-based" generally means "there are a large number of answers which are possible and all of them will answer the question in some way or other." Which answer is given and accepted is purely subjective. Pronunciation is not standard, even within what might be termed "RP". Narrowing it down to "Southern British&...


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