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544 How do you quote a passage that has used '[sic]' mistakenly? 2011-05-11T03:00:11.577

428 Which word begins with "y" and looks like an axe in this picture? 2017-06-23T21:51:34.650

381 Did English ever have a formal version of "you"? 2011-01-24T17:11:35.553

286 Is there a correct gender-neutral singular pronoun ("his" vs. "her" vs. "their")? 2010-08-05T20:46:46.833

270 Is there a phrase that means sleeping with someone without sex? 2014-01-28T05:38:53.753

265 What is the rule for adjective order? 2010-08-17T11:05:46.337

251 How many spaces should come after a period/full stop? 2010-09-04T18:25:09.970

249 When should I use an em-dash, an en-dash, and a hyphen? 2010-08-28T18:28:18.880

246 What is the correct way to pluralize an acronym? 2010-08-12T20:43:59.133

234 Is there a word or phrase for the feeling you get after looking at a word for too long? 2010-12-03T18:42:31.873

229 How are "i.e." and "e.g." pronounced? 2010-08-12T22:52:57.543

217 What is the factual basis for "pirate speech"? (Did pirates really say things like "shiver me timbers"?) 2010-08-18T00:51:52.103

199 Do you use "a" or "an" before acronyms? 2010-08-16T08:05:52.117

191 Are "whores" and "horse" homophones? 2016-08-11T11:16:58.450

184 Which words in a title should be capitalized? 2010-08-05T19:51:46.757

184 What is a feminine version of 'guys'? 2011-04-02T13:51:31.777

178 Do most languages need more space than English? 2010-09-14T10:19:35.660

171 What is the origin of ZOMG? 2010-10-15T10:00:21.247

159 Where were "should", "shall", and "must" in the 18th Century? 2011-08-28T14:22:14.387

147 What is the plural form of "status"? 2010-08-14T11:23:37.793

147 When "etc." is at the end of a phrase, do you place a period after it? 2011-01-10T15:21:26.467

145 What do you call a disk with a hole in the middle? 2011-08-24T19:01:57.157

144 When is it appropriate to end a sentence in a preposition? 2010-08-05T19:54:22.990

144 What the #$@&%*! is that called? 2012-10-15T01:09:12.607

142 Why are the vowels in Christ and Christmas different? (and other strange diphthong behaviour) 2016-06-01T09:07:16.270

141 How do the tenses and aspects in English correspond temporally to one another? 2011-04-20T02:37:25.517

141 "Unregister" vs "Deregister" 2011-05-18T15:13:34.993

139 Why do English writers avoid explicit numerals? 2010-08-15T22:54:17.460

139 What is wrong with the word "performant"? 2011-08-23T02:41:56.047

137 What’s the rule for using “who” and “whom” correctly? 2010-08-05T20:57:34.770

136 What's the difference between "requester" and "requestor"? 2011-06-09T14:42:34.510

133 Why is “cannot” spelled as one word? 2010-10-29T01:37:38.637

131 Should I put a comma before the last item in a list? 2010-08-10T15:43:52.930

130 What are your favorite English language tools? 2010-08-20T09:59:45.797

129 Why is "bicycle" pronounced differently from other obviously related words? 2011-05-19T12:22:23.250

128 When to use "If I was" vs. "If I were"? 2010-08-13T08:13:40.367

128 Why is "Pokémon" written with an accent? 2016-07-12T22:21:27.177

127 Is there an English idiom for trying to do two things at the same time and failing at both of them due to splitting your effort? 2015-01-12T23:23:39.360

125 Is it "bear" or "bare" with me? 2010-08-18T15:03:54.600

125 Can "doubt" sometimes mean "question"? 2010-09-02T21:16:47.467

125 Is there any English/American equivalent for the Hungarian phrase "beating the nettle with someone else's penis"? 2015-01-16T14:32:43.403

124 What is it called when experts think they only know a small part of a topic and amateurs think they know almost all of a topic? 2017-04-20T16:30:16.467

123 Why does "quadratic" describe second power when "quad" means "four"? 2014-02-11T11:32:27.357

120 When to use “that” and when to use “which”? 2010-08-05T21:54:53.477

119 I don't get this joke. Is it some kind of play on "water, too?" 2014-02-18T22:29:37.893

118 "My wife and I's seafood collaboration dinner" 2010-10-20T12:43:53.553

118 What’s a “handegg”? 2014-12-17T15:22:21.013

117 "log in to" or "log into" or "login to" 2010-11-19T19:16:31.687

117 Did English ever have a word for 'yes' for negative questions? 2011-06-04T21:56:29.213

116 When should I use "a" vs "an"? 2010-08-06T02:07:07.467

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