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I have a degree in Linguistics, but I work as a programmer. Most of my expertise about English is self-taught, plus lots of random trivia I've acquired here and there.

This is my favorite EL&U comment ever:

This isn't really a question about English so much as a question about hugs. Source


Feb
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revised I work “in a grocery store” or “at a grocery store”
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Feb
7
revised Is this correct English or is it slang from a particular region?
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Feb
6
revised Adjectives for Calmness levels
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Feb
6
comment Are there words native speakers don't use?
The answer is "yes", but there's not really any exhaustive way to answer this question other than giving a long list of words.
Feb
5
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
5
revised How do definitions of words imbue meaning?
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Feb
5
answered How do definitions of words imbue meaning?
Feb
4
revised What verb form is contained in 'books are written by authors'?
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Feb
3
reviewed Edit suggested edit on What is the difference between 20$ and $20?
Feb
3
revised What is the difference between 20$ and $20?
More specific, added parens for clarity
Feb
3
revised Verbs with Inanimate Subjects
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Jan
30
awarded  Guru
Jan
30
revised What is the difference between a variant and a variation?
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Jan
30
revised Is the verb 'inquire' bitransitive?
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Jan
30
revised “Can I” vs “May I”
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Jan
29
revised Reported Speech with was and were
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Jan
29
revised Number usage in a series
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Jan
29
revised Word for thing whose parts are independently movable?
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Jan
29
revised If the letter J is only 400–500 years old, was there a J sound that preceded the design of the letter?
reworded for correctness on the first iteration of J/I
Jan
29
comment If the letter J is only 400–500 years old, was there a J sound that preceded the design of the letter?
@Cerberus, I didn't know that about the origin of J. I'll update the answer. In French, at least, the pronunciation of J was originally [dʒ], later reduced to [ʒ], and English retains the older version. I'm not sure if Spanish ever actually had [dʒ]; the Wiki on en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Spanish_language suggests that it didn't.