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Why is home electricity supply called "mains"?

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Etymology and Elizabethan English connotations of "sat at meat" (Mark 2:15, KJV)

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If a word is coined / popularized / used only or mainly by second-language speakers of English, is it still considered to be an English word?

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What's the origin of the phrase "bubble gum and shoe strings"

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Origin of "Indent" as in inventory or request

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