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123 votes
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What’s a “handegg”?

105 votes
4 answers
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Why does the multi-paragraph quotation rule exist?

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Do footnoting superscripts go inside or outside punctuation?

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Why don’t we write poetry like Beowulf any longer?

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When did periphrastic tenses stop being tenses?

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When did we stop translating proper names?

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What’s going on with “drink > drench”? Is it like “passage > passenger”?

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6 answers
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Time and tide wait for no man

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4 answers
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Why do photons and protons exhibit such anomalous behavior?

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What did we gain in return for the loss of phonemic vowel length from Old English?

17 votes
5 answers
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Come on, don’t be such a nimrod!

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7 answers
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How did “to wish that” come to hate the present tense in the subordinate clauses it governs, and why is it alone in this?

15 votes
12 answers
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How many parts of speech can a word be at the same time?

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3 answers
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Where does the word “jism” come from?

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6 answers
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During what period of history did English use “ß”, the “sharp s” ligature?

13 votes
2 answers
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What kind of form is “don’t anyone”?

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4 answers
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When is Christmas Eve Eve?

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3 answers
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Where does the word “*ag” come from?

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4 answers
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Where does the word “snogging” come from?

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Looking for a minimal triple

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If a “tittle” sits atop an “i” or a “j” (“ı” or “ȷ”), then where do “jots” sit?

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Is “-th” still a productive suffix in English?

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Where does the word “wankers” come from?

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1 answer
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Are there any Germanic cognates to "lithe"?

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What’s the geographic distribution of different pronunciations of the word "experiment"?

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Where did the word “quim” come from?

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What is “long” doing in “all (time-period) long”?

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What did Old English use Ꝥ for?

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“Non-rhotic” is to R-droppers as “non-?????” is to L-droppers

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When did we start naming our dogs Rover, and why?