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awarded  Nice Answer
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awarded  Editor
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comment How come 'ou' was reduced to 'o' in the US?
...or open to change, and classical-minded. It all depends on your viewpoint, I guess; to the person with mud all over his glasses, everything seems gray and disgusting. :)
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revised How come 'ou' was reduced to 'o' in the US?
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answered How come 'ou' was reduced to 'o' in the US?
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answered When is it correct to not use the irregular form for a plural? e.g. mouses vs. mice
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answered How do I report speech containing “must not”?
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comment Is there a reason behind the ordering of letters in the English alphabet?
I can just imagine the UK version of the alphabet song: "A bed ced ded ee ef ged... double-you, ex, why, and zed. Now I know my A-Bed-Ced, next time won't you sing with med!" :)
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answered What's the rule for punctuating quoted words or phrases?
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answered Is there a word for the uncanny ability to find one's way home when extremely drunk?
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comment Is there a reason behind the ordering of letters in the English alphabet?
@Noldorin (comment about the ordering possibly having appeared after the Phoenician stage): not necessarily. The Arabic alphabet derives from the Phoenician too, but is reordered according to the shapes of the glyphs (except for when it's used for numeration like the Greek and Hebrew alphabets). Devanagari could have been reordered in the same way.
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comment “Memorial” as a non-sad word?
@psmears, good point - I actually never realized that there was a memorial (in the usual sense) associated with this bridge.
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comment Is it “bear the shame” or “bare the shame”?
Indeed, the actual phrase "bear shame" is found in a few places in the King James Version, as a literal translation of the Hebrew נשא כלמה: Ezek. 36:6-7 and 44:15.
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awarded  Commentator
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comment “Memorial” as a non-sad word?
How about the Delaware Memorial Bridge? That doesn't seem to have any negative connotation (presumably the state isn't dead).
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answered Which one should I use (“suggesting” or “to suggest”) in the example provided?
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accepted Does “precluded from” require a direct object?
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comment When does a mistake become standard usage?
Neither was Warren G. Harding much known for his English usage (see Mencken's famous putdown of one of his speeches), yet his "normalcy" is accepted as a, well, normal word.
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asked Does “precluded from” require a direct object?
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answered How is the word “qua” used?