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23 votes
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Is there another meaning for the phrasal verb “jerk off,” besides “masturbate”?

17 votes
4 answers
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What should we call language that intentionally conveys the opposite of the literal meaning?

10 votes
2 answers
603 views

How old is the practice of hyphenating compound adjectives?

9 votes
2 answers
354 views

Do reflexive verbs often evolve into intransitive usage?

7 votes
2 answers
625 views

Can something be "vapid of" something?

6 votes
1 answer
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Whence comes increasing usage of "do" for "have" in ordering food?

5 votes
2 answers
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Is the term "Christian name" in decline in British English?

5 votes
3 answers
389 views

Do we have established terms yet for persons either addicted or averse to social media?

4 votes
2 answers
13k views

What is the proper pronunciation for Kipling's character-name "Mowgli"?

3 votes
2 answers
620 views

Does "relatable" (without "to s.t.") say anything that "understandable" does not say as well or better?

3 votes
2 answers
618 views

Do I so often encounter simple past for past participle (e.g., “I have went,” “what was did to her”) because of where I am or when?

3 votes
3 answers
364 views

What might this example teach us about singular "they"?

3 votes
0 answers
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How authentic is the EModE in T. Nesbit's novel Beheld? [closed]

2 votes
1 answer
569 views

In what sort of rhyme do matching consonants precede last stressed vowels?

2 votes
1 answer
12k views

Why is the tendon named after Achilles?

2 votes
2 answers
177 views

What do you call a subordinate clause that follows its main clause but is wrongly punctuated as a separate sentence?

2 votes
1 answer
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Is it grammatical to say of some potential meaning that it is "able to be said" or "trying to be said"?

1 vote
2 answers
504 views

Is "reform" (v. and n.) losing its positive connotation?

0 votes
1 answer
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What does plate mean in "we're running you in two plates"?

0 votes
1 answer
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Is usage of "deserve" without reference to subject’s individual conduct or character a separate sense? [closed]