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41 votes
5 answers
68k views

"On the other hand" without the first hand

30 votes
7 answers
4k views

Are there resources or tools for "reverse etymology"?

29 votes
8 answers
4k views

Are there shibboleths specific to native Russian speakers?

25 votes
7 answers
19k views

Of the difference between zeugma and syllepsis

25 votes
6 answers
126k views

How derogatory is “chicks” when used to refer to women?

25 votes
4 answers
79k views

“Let's burn that bridge when we come to it” – is this sort of idiom mixing considered a pun, and if so, does it have a specific name?

22 votes
8 answers
10k views

How should foreign words (with foreign characters) be written in English text?

22 votes
2 answers
13k views

How should I pluralise “as is”?

20 votes
2 answers
7k views

Was the “Ye Olde Shoppe” ever used or is it just an ancient-looking construct of modern times?

19 votes
4 answers
7k views

What is the history of adding the a- prefix to form words?

19 votes
9 answers
55k views

British usage of “cha”, “char” or “chai” to mean “tea”

19 votes
4 answers
3k views

Etymology of “dude” and progression in language

16 votes
4 answers
8k views

What did Old English writing (letters and formatting) typically look like?

16 votes
8 answers
10k views

Is there an idiom that conveys the meaning of the French “mi figue mi raisin”?

15 votes
3 answers
34k views

What's the most appropriate name for non-italicized text: "roman" or "upright"?

15 votes
7 answers
1k views

Non-religious mentions of God (or religious concepts) in the American English language

13 votes
6 answers
1k views

How common is the confusion between "affect" and "effect"?

12 votes
3 answers
3k views

“Open sesame”: how widely understood is it, and how else to put it?

11 votes
5 answers
18k views

"Unicorn": what other words have this "cornus" etymology?

11 votes
1 answer
8k views

What name for bowdlerisation with asterisks (e.g., “f*ck”)?

10 votes
8 answers
7k views

What's the longest monosyllabic word? And disyllabic?

9 votes
9 answers
4k views

Are there idioms specific to one English dialect? [closed]

8 votes
2 answers
109k views

Where does the slang adjective “peng” come from?

8 votes
3 answers
2k views

Do the verb "muse" and the noun "Muse" have a common etymology?

7 votes
2 answers
2k views

Are there other verbs like “be” and “go”?

7 votes
3 answers
326 views

Humour through repeated use of a construct, with a final variation?

7 votes
3 answers
635 views

Is “If I would have X” an Indian shibboleth?

6 votes
2 answers
3k views

Why does appraisal have so little to do with praise?

5 votes
3 answers
31k views

Alternative (short) way of saying “a three-pronged approach to X”

4 votes
8 answers
4k views

Should Philip have P. or Ph. as an initial?