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  1. Fickle Ns and Ses
  2. What's the third English word that ends in -gry?
  3. What's the longest place name in the world?
  4. What's the longest word in the English language?
  5. What does "antidisestablishmentarianism" mean?
  6. How do I say [a common phrase] in language X?
  7. I need a boy's/girl's name in language X.
  8. What does this name mean?
  9. I have something in mind but can't think of the word for it.
  10. Is it "judgment" or "judgement"?
  11. Are "imply" and "infer" synonyms?
  12. What is the difference between "its" and "it's?"
  13. What is the difference betweem "may" and "can?"
  14. What is the difference between "there" and "their?"
  15. What is onomatopoeia?
  16. What is the difference between an epithet and an epitaph?
  17. What is an eponym?
  18. What is an acronym?
  19. What is a synonym and a homonym?
  20. What is a thesaurus?
  21. What is PIE?
  22. What does the suffix -stan mean in words like "Afghanistan?"
  23. What does 'kumbaya' in the song, "Kumbaya, my Lord" mean?
  24. What is the difference between sit/set and lie/lay?
  25. Will I go to jail if I end a sentence with a preposition?
  26. When should I say "X and I" and when "X and me?"
  27. How can I help stomp out the use of "ain't?"
  28. How many words are in English?