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Questions tagged [popularity]

Topics related to the popularity of a term

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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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Typed / written + why / by + (a) + phone

I'm translating the signature for the email App into English. I want it short but correct! I have tried different searches in Google and Linguee. However, none of the following possibilities seem ...
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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 ...
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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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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.