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How common is it to use the term “overland” to refer to transport by either land or sea only excluding flying?

I know I've personally used the term "overland" in the context of travel to mean travelling by any means other than air travel. In fact I thought I picked up this usage by seeing others use it this ...
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“For” with the meaning of “because”

In the sentence "For I shall learn no more of him" (Edgar Allan Poe, The Man of the Crowd), for means because. Is it acceptable to use the conjunction with this meaning nowadays?
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“The mixture was added water”: Is “add” a double-object verb?

The mixture was added water. This sentence, written by a non-native speaker, seems somehow odd to me, but I cannot say that I find it at all ambiguous. This example sentence is written by a ...
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What's a word to describe topics that would be impolite to talk about?

What's a word for this? I thought of taboo (or from MW - taboo). But I'm not sure that this is the right word. Examples of this kind of topic include: money sex other people not present Is there a ...
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Looking for a word for something like “blind acceptance”

I am looking for a word for (the act of) someone accepting information as fact without ever checking. For example, I read an article in newspaper and believe it without fact checking. I tell my ...
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“a question impossible to answer” and “a situation possible to arise” Are they grammatical?

To be possible/impossible can be followed by an infinitive verb only when the subject of the finite verb is the introductory "it". With any other subject the infinitive would be wrong, so I've ...
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Can 'holidays' take a singular verb form?

In the thread accompanying the question The holidays are a good time to be with family, Colin Fine writes The holidays is a good time..., which I don't think is idiomatic even in the US I'd ...