How and why certain words are used in varying ways within various contexts.

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“Insight into whether” vs “insight as to whether”

I've seen the expressions insight into whether and insight as to whether used. Are both correct? If so is there any difference between them?
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“I can't help it.” Why help?

Why do we use the verb help in sentences such as the following to mean something like refrain from? I try not to eat junk, but I can't help it. I couldn't help laughing. I can't help but admire her ...
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What does “higgledy-piggledy” mean? [closed]

What does "higgledy-piggledy" mean? Does higgledy and piggledy means anything separately? How to use these two words?
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What are the replacements for “i.e.” and what are their differences?

I can think of "that is to say", "in other words", "put differently". And I'd like to know if there are any subtle differences in the usage of these synonyms. Can they always be used interchangeably ...
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Use “Hi gents” in an e-mail? [closed]

I would appreciate if someone could tell me if it would be appropriate English to write "Hi gents" in an e-mail to fellow directors? It's in a very informal context.