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I'm in the United Kingdom, and I'm interested in (or amazed at) the differences between "British" English and American English.


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comment Is there more monosyllabic lexis in the English Language than polysyllabic lexis?
Perhaps he didn't consider it newsworthy, but Prof Lawler has published his monosyllable database on his website -- it's a 7MB zip file.
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comment Etymology: “main” meaning sea or ocean
No, I believe main there has its normal meaning (or at least a sense closely related to it) of "principal, major, large".
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answered Etymology: “main” meaning sea or ocean
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comment Larry Trask says commas should not come after dialog tags - do you agree?
Could you edit your question to use > marks so that what is quoted from Trask is clearly indicated?
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revised Is it correct to ask “who needs a *dragons* ”?
Formatting; tags; removed chat
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comment Why is oral sex considered sex, given that no intercourse is involved?
But everyone else did. @carolun Sexual activity can involve intercourse, but doesn't have to. There are a number of sexually-satisfying activities possible.
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comment Why is oral sex considered sex, given that no intercourse is involved?
I've added in a relevant quote from the Wikipedia article originally mentioned. How does that not answer the question? "Oral sex is sexual activity" NB: Please don't answer that query in a comment: edit the question to include the relevant information. What is unclear about that Wikipedia sentence?
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revised Why is oral sex considered sex, given that no intercourse is involved?
Corrected grammar; provided relevant quote; corrected link
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comment can someone tell me if i am right in identifying the odd word out from these group of words?
Sorry, we don't do this sort of homework. If you can rework your question to show what you think is correct and why, it may be possible to re-open it.
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comment Correct translation for the light switch for a website
Each of those terms might be valid. Could you edit your question to include a picture and indicate exactly which part of a wall-mounted light switch you're asking about?
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comment Can [sic] be used to show an omission or error in punctuation?
Sic means you are quoting an error exactly as it was, and the error you show is not yours. You appear to be altering the original quotes here, which means that "sic" is inappropriate, whether or not it can be used with punctuation (which is extremely doubtful, in my opinion).
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comment my colleague insists
Please do not repost questions.
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comment one of my “innovations” or “innovation”?
The link you refer to has innovation as a count noun (as well as mass noun).
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comment Please advise on below and do explain which is correct and why
The revised question is now a duplicate. See this question and the others linked there.
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comment What's the general term for street/lane/alley/avenue etc?
@WS2 An entire OED definition. But comments are not answers, and my answer still beat your comment by 40 seconds.
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comment What's the general term for street/lane/alley/avenue etc?
@HotLicks True, and true for UK too. But the question asks about something which "joins two places together". A dead-end alley doesn't really do that.
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comment Phrase for “false conceptual framework”
That said, @Blrp it would probably be a good idea to reframe this question so you don't make use of such an emotive issue. How about using something innocuous like whether dragons exist, or something?
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comment Phrase for “false conceptual framework”
We are not here to discuss abortion. Comments should be restricted to clarification. Even if politics and/or religion are involved, they can be excluded from a discussion about language. If you want to discuss the politics or religion or ethics or whatever of the question, please use a chat room.
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comment What's the general term for street/lane/alley/avenue etc?
Come on. What does this add to my answer?!
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comment What's a Word for “Very Sick”?
You used the [single-word-requests] tag. Please check the tag info and especially the four check points at the end of that. These requests need especial care.