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“Amid concerns” vs. “Among concerns”

I’ve always been taught that the word “amid(st)” should be used exclusively with singular, specifically singular and uncountable nouns, especially those which express an abstract idea, (e.g. “His ...
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What does the term "antisemitic" mean and how did it arrive at it's modern definition? [closed]

I ask this question for two reasons. One, it's being used a lot currently in western media and online spaces such as twitter, so maybe if I could fully grasp it's definition I could understand why it'...
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Why and when did people start omitting "The" from "The United States"? [closed]

From federal officials to NPR news hosts (and at many points between), I'm hearing American people (who should know) refer to our country as "United States", whereas I was taught (about 40 years ago) ...
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When did 'post' become a popular replacement of the word 'after'

I am trying to determine when 'post' became a popular replacement of the word 'after'. I have found 'post' being prefixed to words used in the medical and other professional disciplines, and in ...
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When was "Guru" - sanskrit term meaning teacher - popularized?

I was interested to know about term Guru, when it was popularized really in Western countries ? At first I was trying to do a google books search of a word which showed that popularity of phrase ...
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Is it bead art or beads art? (Popular Usage) [duplicate]

It seems that both terms are used to refer to beadwork but beads art seems really weird to me (think Dogs Food). To be clear, I am not only referring to the rules of usage. I would like to know what ...
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Growing popular misuse or change in definition of the phrase "conspiracy theory"?

Has there been a subtle shift in the definition of the phrase "conspiracy theory" in recent years? I've noticed the phrase popping up occasionally in conversations or in online forums, YouTube, etc., ...
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A word used to describe something that is popular and generic

There is a word that for some reason I forgot. It is used to describe something that is popular, generic and people maybe only do it because it is popular. Like when you see someone’s playlist and ...
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Why did the present participle become more popular than a regular active verb?

I've been studying Latin by myself as a kid in middle school, and I've gotten fairly advanced with it. However, in Latin and most other languages, the present participle is/was almost never used in ...
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"Side effects", or "Side-effects"? [duplicate]

Merriam-Webster implies both are correct: side effect (without hyphen) side-effect (with hyphen) Which is more common? My go-to litmus test, google searching both and comparing the number of results,...
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Is there any authoritative source on the most popular words in English, and what percentage of written material they account for?

I ran across a couple claims that relatively only a few words make up most of the written material in English -- namely, that the most popular 100 words account from a third to a half of all content ...
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Is "executive assistant" still much rarer than "secretary"?

According to Google NGrams, the term "executive assistant" is much less common than "secretary". Even if I try prefixing both with "his", to avoid meanings such as Secretary-General of the UN, the ...
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Does "He do what he do." make grammatical sense?

According to a DMagazine.com headline, it reads: Ron Washington: He do what he do. Is there any case we have to use he do or does it mean something different?
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Safe as Houses - Popular consideration of this phrase's etymology

So as not to bury the lede (yes that's the spelling apparently): My question: According to the wiktionary the phrase "safe as houses" refers to something being as safe as investing in house ...
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Why is "Grab" so common in advertisments (and other places where it might not make much sense)?

We area bombarded by advertisements which say "grab these offers NOW !" or "grab 2 @ 20% Discount or grab 3 @ 30% Discount !". Dictionary meanings of Grab : Take hold of so as to seize, ...
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why was there a surge in the name 'Tiffany' in the late 1980s?

Last night Tiffany Porter won a gold medal for Britain in the European Athletics Championships (Womens 100m hurdles). It came as no surprise to discover that she began life as an American. Apart from ...
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When did replacing "yes" with "absolutely" come into common usage?

Replacing simple, concise words with longer, more obscure ones has long been a hallmark of bureaucratic reports and student papers. Consider the response "yes" (and its other less formal variants) ...
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Usage frequency for "gambit"

Not sure if the tag I've selected is appropriate. Feel free to correct. Google's definition of gambit is shown below. Interestingly, the ngram usage graph shows that the popularity of the term ...
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"<verb> off of" expressions [duplicate]

It seems there is a relatively recent trend of using expression "〈verb〉 off of": https://www.google.com/search?q=%22*+off+of%22 https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=off+of&year_start=...
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Is ‘12ers’ well-established alias for 2012 Presidential candidate?

I puzzled over the first line of the article of December 9’s Time magazine titled "Des Moines Dust-Up", which reads; '12ers (minus Huntsman) square-off at Drake University for ABC News/Yahoo! News/...
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Strong Wind(s) or High Wind(s)?

Which one is more popular? I always used strong wind, but I found high winds also used some times.
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