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Lexicon Valley: Fave episode and [closed]

I am listening all the way through Lexicon Valley and love it. What is your favorite episode and why? Any other podcasts similar?
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What is a name for statistical indicators such as GDP annual rate, unemployment rate?

I have a question regarding the common general name of statistical indicators such as GDP annual rate, inflation rate, unemployment rate, etc. For example, in the following sentence, what would fill ...
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English minimal pair words by syllabification [closed]

Are there English minimal pairs created by different syllabification, specifically of lexical words?
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How homogeneous was Old English spelling?

Are varying spellings available, or was Old English rather uniform, as far as the sources show? Variant spelling may have indicated different verbal dialects, but written dialects, involuntary eye ...
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What is this thing in the picture called in English? [closed]

What is that thing that opens usually on top of the window called?
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Is ‘affinative’ a word?

The Microsoft .NET Framework API¹ has a curiously named interface ILogicalThreadAffinative. According to their naming standard, namely concatenating capitalized meaningful English words into a single ...
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Correction regarding a sentence

John Esposito writes in his "Makers of Contemporary Islam" that: Faruqi's Palestinian roots, Arab heritage, and Islamic faith made the man and informed his life and work as a scholar. My ...
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An artificially sweetened drink

I have to differentiate drinks with sugar and drinks with non-nutritive sweeteners. It seems to me that a sweetened drink can refer to both, and that sweet drinks only contain sugar. Is there any ...
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Lexis: How to derive new words by applying affixes to old ones? [closed]

At university I learned the process and some of the details of how to derive new words from old ones using prefixes and suffixes, and how this process makes words change their part of speech, but I ...
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What's sentimental lollipop?

Here's a harsh remark on Kerouac by Norman Mailer: His rhythms are erratic, his sense of character is nil, and he is as pretentious as a rich whore, sentimental as a lollypop. I like the sound of ...
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Appropriate word for “refloating” a space vessel? [closed]

This very well may just be outside our lexicon at the moment, due to the fact that space travel is extremely limited, but I am looking for the proper terminology to refer to a space vessel that had ...
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Like as a preposition and prepositional phrase sub categorization rules

I'm trying to figure out how the sentence "My hands are shaking like crazy," breaks down into lexical categories. I know "like" can function as a preposition, meaning "similar to", but I'm not sure if ...
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I need a deeper understanding of the state of being and the quality of being?

the word "approvableness" means - The state or quality of being approvable When is approvableness used as a state of being approvable? And when is approvableness used as a quality of being ...
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Lately vs. Recently lesson plan

I am currently taking linguistics and am required to tutor a student based on errors within a writing sample she has provided me. Currently, I am developing activities for determining when to use ...
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The name for a type of punishment: e.g a child is forced to consume the illegal or prohibited substance

(This punishment may or may not be fictional.) Boy A has a bottle of alcohol in his room which his Dad finds. His Dad then forces him to drink the entire bottle in order to punish him. What is this ...
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Term for area affected by/endangered by a wildfire

Is there a conventional term (regardless of its level of formality) referring to the area which is (currently) affected by and/or endangered by a wildfire? — a roughly analogous term in the case ...
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What is a word to describe something that belongs exclusively to or is used only by one person or a group of people?

I'm trying to find a word (or idiom or phrase) that describes something which is perceived as belonging to one person or group of people only. To contextualise this question I'll provide the paragraph ...
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Usage of the word “yummy”

I've been recently hearing foreigners ( for the most part in their speech) use the word yummy very much . I don't know why this word sounds horrible to my ear, that's why I want to know if this ...
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What is the future for the Word *“Womyn”*? [closed]

The Word "womyn" has an interesting and debated history. It has become ever more pertinent since it's creation. My question is: Does "womyn" have a future?
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Do “empirical” and “imperial” share a common etymology? [closed]

Nothing more to my question, really. I just wonder if the words share an etymological root. Thanks.
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Guide to alphabetizing upper case versus lower case? [closed]

Does there exist a general guide to the alphabetization of degenerate cases? For example, which is to be listed first, "hamburger" or "Hamburger"?
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Difference between “compact” and “accord”

What's the difference between those two words? But the Marshall Islands holds an important card: Under a 1986 compact, the roughly 70,000 residents of the Marshalls The debate over loss and ...
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What's the accuracy of these sentences? [closed]

Could you guys tell me if these sentences are ok? 1) I graduated, in 2014, as a Industrial Designer; 2) This area of work brings me to achieve, every day, technical and mental skills improvements. I ...
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Am I a “rising junior” or a “rising sophomore”?

On an application it’s asking which rising class standing I am. I’m in college and came in with a full semester (half a year) of credits. Thus after finishing my first semester and at time of ...
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Creable vs. creatable

Apparently, both creable and creatable are used in English as adjectives. What, if any, are the differences?
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What is the word that describes the middle part of a presentation?

My presentation has three parts. I want to use "prologue" and "epilogue" to say part 1 is the introduction and part 3 is the conclusion of a presentation. I am wondering if there is a specialist ...
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Should “unmeasurable” be used to describe missing data due to obstacles in obtaining measurements?

I am seeing the term "unmeasurable" used occasionally to describe measurements that could not be taken due to unusual circumstances. For example, audio qualities might not be measurable if there is a ...
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Linguistic term for all existing words [closed]

I really didn't know how to name this thread so I apologize about it. My question is: what is the linguistic term that refers globally to the words "vocabulary", "words", "phrases", "collocations", "...
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Are products of wordsmithing proper English?

Several languages in which English has its roots have easily definable rules. For example, sticking "a" in front of an adjective can mean the opposite of that adjective (symmetrical - asymmetrical), ...
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What is the keyword used to designate a semantic field specific to a certain period of time?

When the words 'bowler hat, shilling, bobby...' appear in a text, they tend to show that it is from a certain time period. What's the word used to describe this sort of giveaway? It's kind of ...
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Definition of “ How Shakespearian” [closed]

Could you explain what " How Shakespearian" means? I've heard it recently but I can't remember in which situation the phrase was used.
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Why does common usage of “random” feel so incorrect?

I am bothered by the modern usage of the term "random", and am wondering if "it's just me" or if there is a reason for my being discomfited. Take for instance, this lovely bit: The column and table ...
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When did beast become a verb?

In recent times, people have started using the word beast as a verb (i.e., beast it, you've got to beast harder). Is there any information about when this trend started and how it came about?
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What lexical relationship lies between the days of the week?

I'm confused, What is the lexical relationship between "Monday" and "Tuesday"? I mean is the relationship hyponymy, prototypes, polysemy, homophones, metonymy etc?
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Swearwords and their strength degree [closed]

"J*rk", "f*ggot", "*sshole", "b*stard", "idiot", "stupid"... All these words are offensive. "B*tch", "wh*re", "c*nt", "sl*t" and others are offensive words for girls as well. However, as in most of ...
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meaning of “whereof” [closed]

I have therefore whereof I may glory through Jesus Christ in those things which pertain to God. (Romans 15: 17) I would like to know what whereof means in this context. I would also like to know what ...
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separated unto the gospel of God

I would like to know what separated unto means in this context. This is taken from Romans 1:1.
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Why is “pineapple” in English but “ananas” in all other languages?

Why is "pineapple" in English but "ananas" in all other languages?