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comment Is there a reason behind the ordering of letters in the English alphabet?
@Mitch: Indeed, I should have said "Old World" writing systems, since these are by far the most extensive, well-documented, and most intensively studied historically. However it seems like several independent writing systems (logographic as far as I can tell) developed in Mesoamerica, independent of Old World systems. Whether all they can be traced back to a single Mesoamerican common ancestor, I do not know (quite possibly even scholars are not sure yet).
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comment Any term for an indirect reference/name for something?
You also just prompted another possible term in my mind: periphrasis. Encouragingly, the OED lists it as a count noun even: an indirect and circumlocutory phrase.
Feb
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comment Any term for an indirect reference/name for something?
Yes, I considered this too. Of course, it expresses more the act or habit of speaking indirectly, more than a specific word or phrase. Nonetheless, you're close, so have an up-vote at least!
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asked Any term for an indirect reference/name for something?
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comment Is there a word for a class of circular shapes?
@MystiSinha: You're wrong, and if you don't trust me as someone who has a degree in mathematics, a quick gander at Wikipedia will help confirm. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellipse DING. Better luck next time. ;)
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comment What does the British idiom “taking the piss” mean?
Yeah, doesn't surprise me... we seem to share more slang in common with the Antipodeans than Americans, in many ways.
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comment What is the correct way to pluralize an acronym?
@JuanMendes: that's bad usage in my view. It's done often enough though.
Feb
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comment “Forgot” vs “Forget”
@BenCrowell: No, it's not. Both prescriptively and in common usage, it's correct.
Feb
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comment Using “ran” as a past participle
Dialectical? I think you're being too generous, but alright, I'll accept that it's commonly used in certain dialects. (Not any I've encountered, but still.) English may not have an official body to standard the language, but it does have a de facto standard. If it would jar the average reader of English when written, I would consider it wrong. As it would indeed jar me.