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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.

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


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revised How do definitions of words imbue meaning?
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answered How do definitions of words imbue meaning?
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revised What verb form is contained in 'books are written by authors'?
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reviewed Edit suggested edit on What is the difference between 20$ and $20?
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revised What is the difference between 20$ and $20?
More specific, added parens for clarity
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revised Verbs with Inanimate Subjects
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revised What is the difference between a variant and a variation?
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revised Is the verb 'inquire' bitransitive?
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revised “Can I” vs “May I”
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revised Reported Speech with was and were
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revised Number usage in a series
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revised Word for thing whose parts are independently movable?
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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
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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.
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revised I have no/I don't have any
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comment If the letter J is only 400–500 years old, was there a J sound that preceded the design of the letter?
@Cerberus, also, the letter I was pronounced as both [j] and [i] since antiquity, and I believe that even the earliest usage of J was for [j] and not [i]. Are there early examples of the J glyph which clearly indicate [i]?
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comment If the letter J is only 400–500 years old, was there a J sound that preceded the design of the letter?
@Cerberus French, as Ledda mentions, and also Spanish. In medieval Spanish j spells [ʒ], which subsequent sound changes have changed to modern [x].
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