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What is the 1896 source for the origin of “dyke”?

I've been doing research on LGBTQ+ terminology recently and I've come across pretty much the same sentence about the origin of the English derogatory/reclaimed term "dyke": a source from 1896 lists ...
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Pronunciation of gunwale

I was watching an episode from 2007 of the Science Channel's How It's Made in which a canoe was being constructed*. The narrator consistently pronounced "gunwale" as /ˈɡʌnheɪl/ (gunhale) with an ...
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What does “calculated income tax” mean?

"Dividend on share of profit which is exempted from calculated income tax" I'm Japanese and I'm trying to translate my husband's withholding tax certificate into Japanese to apply for his visa in ...
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Name for the phenomenon where only the top few priority levels are used

I work as a software developer, and we have a ticketing system. Tickets can have "priority levels", with labels like "Critical", "Highest", "High", "Medium", "Low" and similar. It is my experience ...
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How to determine if a pre-head dependent of a noun is a complement or a modifier

These examples are from CGEL*. a linguistics student a first-year student CGEL says 'linguistics' is a complement of the noun 'student', whereas 'first-year' is a modifier of the noun '...
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“…nicer than any other…” vs “…as nice as any other…”

On a practice test, this sentence was given with the instructions to select the correct version: The English teacher, Mrs. Jensen, is nicer than any teacher in the whole school. This is obviously ...
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I used to go to Brighton

I understand what 'used to' means What is the origin of the 'used to" as in "I used to go to Brighton". I understand what it means but why 'used to'
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How to reference to a numbered list item

In my language when I need to add more context/explanation to an item in a numbered list, I write it like so: First. Second. ad 1. [text augmenting Item 1]. The ad is from Latin; thus,...
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Can the Past Perfect be substituted with past simple + time reference only with state verbs?

As an English teacher, I often find students unclear about the use of the past perfect. It seems that this is sometimes optional if there is a time reference. I take both these sentences to be correct ...
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Syntax of fused relative construction with 'what'

I really liked what she wrote. According to CaGEL* (Page 1073), what she wrote is not a clause but a noun phrase (NP). The reason I believe is that the head of what she wrote is not the clause she ...
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Can I literally uproot _to_ somewhere, even if the verb doesn't explicitly say the subject goes there?

Can I literally 'uproot' to somewhere, even if the verb doesn't explicitly say the subject goes there? For example, can I say The flowers have been uprooted to the greenhouse. Obviously I can ...
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use of the pronoun 'it' in extraposition

I really don't know about this it in the sentence: […] I didn't know why I resented it so intensely to have them think of me as something newly minted, but it was – I am certain – echoes of that ...
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On the phrase “You wouldn't think it to [look at him]”

There is an oft-used phrase structure that appears odd to me, but I can't tell if it qualifies as a set phrase, idiom, a mere grammatical fluke, or an archaic grammatical structure. The superstar ...
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Using ‘first’ pre-verbally: ‘When I first wake up, I…’, ‘When we first saw them, we…’

Sorry, I don't have a clear question so much as I'm just looking for info on this construction. I just realised how odd this construction is to think about, even though it feels perfectly idiomatic. ...
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What does “high colors” mean?

I ran into this expression when reading Jon Meacham's Art of Power, He(Jefferson) was usually a master of his emotions. "I know of no gentleman better qualified to pass over the disagreeables of ...

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