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comment When a dagger is used to indicate a note, must it come after an asterisk?
@Kris, although I had heard of the Chicago guide before, I didn't know that it was considered authoritative (and I certainly didn't have a subscription to it). The resources I did check didn't address this issue at all, although I could have looked harder.
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revised “Welcome to Q&A for …” or “Welcome to a Q&A site for …”?
Markdown doesn't work in titles
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comment What is the term for police officers in command positions?
That argument is a non sequitur. You are of course completely right that police departments and armed forces didn't evolve in the same way, but that's immaterial. A term with analagous meaning and different etymology could have evolved over time, or someone could have even created one out of the blue after seeing the need for one.
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comment What is the term for police officers in command positions?
I'm not looking for the name of a particular rank, though. I'm looking for a single word or term that refers collectively to all the ranks listed in that Wikipedia entry except for detectives/corporals/deputies/patrolmen.
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comment What is the term for police officers in command positions?
This is true, but "brass" in this context is a slang term. I was hoping for something a bit more formal.
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comment What is the term for police officers in command positions?
I feel like I've asked this question before, but I don't see it on my profile. I apologize if I'm re-asking a deleted question; I'm hoping I just asked it somewhere else.
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asked What is the term for police officers in command positions?
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comment What do you call a definition in which some (but not necessarily all) criteria must apply?
The example presented is of a simple diagnosis (patient has RA vs. patient does not have RA), not a differential diagnosis (patient has RA vs. patient has some other condition).
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answered “For a long time” vs “in a long time”