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80 votes
8 answers
130k views

Is there a reason the British omit the article when they "go to hospital"?

33 votes
3 answers
40k views

What is the distinction between “role” and “rôle” [with a circumflex]?

31 votes
3 answers
171k views

The British pronunciation of the word "schedule"

31 votes
4 answers
187k views

How does one use the Latin word "cum" in a sentence?

30 votes
3 answers
50k views

How does the "be-" prefix change the words to which it is applied? How did it come about?

30 votes
5 answers
10k views

What is the origin of the "-th" suffix? What is the linguistic term for the meaning it adds to words?

30 votes
8 answers
17k views

Is it true that iambic pentameter is "natural" to English? If so, why?

30 votes
4 answers
63k views

What happened to the “‑est” and “‑eth” verb suffixes in English?

27 votes
5 answers
18k views

How and in what way did the Danes come to influence English?

27 votes
4 answers
11k views

Do accents still play a role in British class distinctions to the present day? How have things changed since the 1960s and Received Pronunciation?

27 votes
7 answers
72k views

How does one correctly use "q.v."?

27 votes
3 answers
76k views

Why is putting some spin on a ball described in some circles as giving it some "English"?

26 votes
3 answers
22k views

Is the "-b" to be pronounced in the word "limb"? What about "thumb"? "Crumb"?

26 votes
5 answers
26k views

Is there any other way you can "wax" as you do when you "wax philosophical"?

25 votes
6 answers
202k views

Has "segway" become an acceptable substitute for "segue"?

24 votes
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10k views

Is the adjective "abject" ever found with any word other than "poverty"? Does it mean something other than "very" or "utterly"?

24 votes
3 answers
11k views

Why did Old Testament scholars choose to employ "to know" in a sexual sense?

22 votes
7 answers
2k views

Has English adopted any common morphemes from languages that are not Greek, Latin, or French?

21 votes
5 answers
149k views

"Please advise" -- why is this a common turn of phrase for foreign speakers of English?

21 votes
8 answers
80k views

Can you still call a woman "handsome"?

20 votes
5 answers
52k views

Is "wot wot" or "what-what" an authentic British expression? If it's supposed to be mocking, what is it mocking?

20 votes
4 answers
130k views

What is the origin of "giving [it] the old college try"?

19 votes
3 answers
111k views

What is the origin of the British "guv"? Is it still used colloquially?

18 votes
7 answers
76k views

Where did the "trick" in the phrase "turning tricks" come from?

18 votes
4 answers
4k views

How do you proceed from pronouncing "t" in the regular way to t-glottalization, as found in various English accents?

17 votes
3 answers
38k views

If someone says "Do not pass go" to you, what do they mean?

17 votes
4 answers
4k views

Are the verbs that are conjugated to end in "-n" in the past participle related?

17 votes
6 answers
3k views

What are the principles that make certain lists sound euphonious?

17 votes
8 answers
3k views

Are there any archaic words in older strands of English that approximate the modern term "badass"?

17 votes
3 answers
104k views

What's the difference between "cardinal" and "ordinal" as adjectives?

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