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comment Why does “impregnable” mean *cannot be impregnated*?
@JoeBlow I completely agree that "fill, permeate, imbue, soak, etc" has no hint or suggestion of "penetrate, break in to, enter by force etc", and never, not even while asking the question, have I thought or suggested otherwise. But when you assert that even calling these sets of meanings close (at a stretch) is "simply quite wrong", you seem to be using a definition of "close" (and "stretch") that is somewhat different from that of at least a few people. But I understand what you mean. Cheers,
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comment What is origin of suffix '-stan', as in Hindustan, Afghanistan?
In addition to etymonline that @JanusBahsJacquet mentioned, also see the Wikipedia article on the suffix -stan. It is from Persian -stān, which is cognate with Sanskrit स्थान (sthāna). (That is, the suffix -stan in the place names is not from Sanskrit, but both the Persian root and the Sanskrit root have a common origin.)
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comment Longest word in English without repeated letter
An anonymous user suggested an edit rewriting this answer to include the word "hydropneumatics"; I'm just placing the word as a comment here.
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reviewed Reject Longest word in English without repeated letter
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comment Indian-English usage of “Kindly”
It's not a mistake.
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comment What is meant by “steep learning curve”?
@Peter: The technical meaning of "learning curve" is well-established in the literature, so we can't just swap the axes without adding to the confusion. (Besides, it seems weird to have something so regularly increasing as time on the y-axis, and have the actually variable quantity (learning) on the x-axis. Usually if one of the axes is time, it's drawn on the x-axis.)
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