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I am a native speaker of American English that dabbles in older English. I have no degrees in English, linguistics, or anything related; but love words and putting them together.


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comment Capitalizing the names of different animal breeds?
The easiest thing to do might be simply to look it up on Wikipedia and see if it's capitalized there.
May
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comment What is the meaning of “one of those shilling in the slot affairs”?
Your edit almost certainly captures the sense of OP's second quote. It carries the idea that some picnic spots are free of charge, while others (the coin-in-the-slot affairs) are not. However, I've never heard the term before, so I can't throw any more light on the subject.
May
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comment Is this a subject verb agreement error?
I had to reread it a couple of times to find the subject as well. It's grammatically correct, but adding "the number of" before "recorded hate crimes" would probably go a long way towards making your sentence more readable.
May
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comment Is it “damping” or “dampening” when referring to sound?
@chaiguy, why should such a distinction exist?
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comment Is it “damping” or “dampening” when referring to sound?
Ummm . . . Merriam-Webster explicitly refers dampen 3 to damp 1c. I agree that damp is the more correct word, but M-W acknowledges and sanctions the use of dampen.
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revised Is it “damping” or “dampening” when referring to sound?
clarify
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answered Is it “damping” or “dampening” when referring to sound?
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comment Origin of the term “understudy”
@Paola, since it's closed, I can't answer, but I would go (in the absence of anything more substantive) with some lesser senses of under- and study that NOAD lists: "lower in status; subordinate" and "[with adj. ] a person who learns a skill or acquires knowledge at a specified speed : I'm a quick study. [ORIGIN: originally theatrical slang, referring to an actor who memorizes a role.]"
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comment Origin of the term “understudy”
Could somebody please explain how this is general reference or post a link to a standard internet reference source that answers the question?
May
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comment “Who or where leave that to”
@Kris, it looks like it's about the entire boldface phrase, not just to/with.
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comment What is the aural equivalent of eye-witness?
It kinda depends on how you define eyewitness. I go for Simon Jester's answer, but cf. the definition JeffSahol found.
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comment Can one meet criteria, or satisfy requirements?
True, but "meet" seems to be the more common word for both criteria and requirements.
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comment “Warm” is to “warmth” as “cool” is to what?
@Kaz, that was the noun definition from the NOAD. M-W defines as a noun meaning, "a condition of low temperature" (def. 2).
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answered “Warm” is to “warmth” as “cool” is to what?