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Messages - Alan W

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Motorhome is in a few dictionaries, but it's in a lot more as two words, so I'll accept it, but only as a rare word.

Yes, farseeing is in a few dictionaries, but then it's already accepted in Chihuahua. The dictionaries identify farseeing as an adjective, not a verb, so this doesn't necessarily imply the existence of a verb farsee.

Farsee and farseer are in Wiktionary. Farseer is in as a run-on entry from farseeing.

The usage of these words seems to be almost entirely related to fantasy and science fiction, especially the Farseer trilogy by Robin Hobb. Perhaps the earliest example is in an 1887 translation of the Odyssey by William Morris, referring to "Zeus the Farseer".

I did dig up one non-fantastic use of farseer, in a 1957 book called America Needs an Ideology:

The future belongs to the farseers. Henry Ford and Thomas Edison were both farseers - and both friends of Frank Buchman.

I'll add farseer as a rare word, but I'm not convinced farsee has really made it into the language. Wiktionary gives the origin of farseer as far + seer.

Words / Re: Saturday 18 June 7-by-many QUIESCENCE puzzle
« on: June 30, 2022, 05:06:54 PM »
The link you give is to the Merriam-Webster medical dictionary. Wiktionary has cunnus, but only as a Latin word. I didn't find it in any general dictionary of English. I'm not persuaded it ought to be added to Chi.

Words / Re: Saturday 18 June 10-letter ADJUSTMENT puzzle
« on: June 30, 2022, 04:56:45 PM »
The online Oxford gives two senses for unmate:

  • To cause to be no longer mated; to deprive of a mate.
  • To separate or disconnect (what had been connected or joined).

In practice the word seems to be mainly used with the second meaning, in relation to electronic equipment, as noted by RTT. An example, from the website of Digi-Key Electronics:

To unmate, a button-style lever on the housing top is pushed down to allow the wire to be disengaged.

Unmate and unmating will be added as rare words.

Word Games / Re: Chihuahua books
« on: June 30, 2022, 12:04:09 PM »
Chihuahua Express Volume 9 now available from Amazon UK and other Amazon sites.

Words / Re: Saturday 18 June 10-letter ADJUSTMENT puzzle
« on: June 29, 2022, 03:31:05 PM »
I suspect dismast would be used more often than unmast. Nevertheless unmast is in some dictionaries. Unmasted is sometimes used as an adjective describing a ship that has no masts by design, as in this quote from the British Hansard in 1873:

Controversy still continued as to the merits of masted iron-clads, masted turret ships, unmasted turret ships, and broadside iron-clads...

I'll add unmast, unmasting and unmasted as rare words.

We already accept the -Z- form, along with the related words reutilized, reutilizing and reutilization.

The -S- versions are given in a few dictionaries - Collins and the online Oxford, as well as Wiktionary - sometimes labeled as British variants. In fact it looks like the -Z- versions may be the more frequently used, in Britain as well as in the US. Still, the -S- forms are sometimes used. An example is from a Reuters report from November 2021:

"Relevant data related to pipelines, facilities and wells will also be shared to evaluate potential reutilisation of existing infrastructure for transport and storage in selected locations," Petronas said.

I'll add reutilise, reutilised, reutilising and reutilisation as rare words..

Word Games / Re: Chihuahua books
« on: June 27, 2022, 03:36:05 PM »
Well, I suppose it's coming up to 200 days since the last one. I'll put out another Chihuahua Express shortly, Madeleine. I'll let you know when it's released.

Words / Re: Thursday 17 March 7-by-many FORESWORN puzzle
« on: June 26, 2022, 04:28:06 PM »
Maudland queried why soonness is not accepted. The word is in Wiktionary and the Shorter Oxford, labeled "now rare". A usage example is from Kangaroo by D.H. Lawrence:

He did not sleep well in Australia, it seemed as if the aboriginal daimon entered his body as he slept, to destroy its old constitution. Sleep was almost pain, and too full of dreams. This night he woke almost at once from a vivid little dream. The fact of the soonness troubled him too, for at home he never dreamed till morning.

Soonness will be added as a rare word.

Words / Re: Wednesday 15 June 10-letter FICKLENESS puzzle
« on: June 26, 2022, 02:55:16 PM »
This word is also in the OED, but I'm not sure if it's in any other dictionaries. In fact some dictionaries don't include flecky. We do accept flecky. The OED has a single citation, from 1833, about the surface of a sword blade. The word was used by Herman Melville in his novel Mardi, also talking about a blade:

And though tempered not in Tagus or Guadalquiver, it yet revealed upon its surface that wavy grain and watery fleckiness peculiar to tried blades of Spain.

I suppose there have been some more recent uses of the word, but I didn't spot any. I'll allow it as a rare word.

Lignan is in a few dictionaries. The Collins dictionary online defines it as "a substance, found in plants, which has estrogenic and anticancer effects". A usage example is from an article updated in May this year in the Canadian paper the Globe and Mail:

Flaxseeds are rich in fibre, omega-3 fats, and phytochemicals called lignans. Add ground flax to smoothies hot cereal or yogurt.

I'll add it as a rare word.

Words / Re: Monday 7 March 7-by-many ARSEHOLE puzzle
« on: June 24, 2022, 03:50:42 PM »
A bit surprising that earhole isn't already accepted. It seems to be more often written as two words, but appears as a single word too. And, as RM notes, it's in dictionaries. I'll add it as a rare word.

Words / Re: Wednesday 16 March 7-by-many CRANBERRY puzzle
« on: June 24, 2022, 03:41:14 PM »
Carab is in Merriam-Webster. I'll add it as a rare word.

Words / Re: Thursday 17 March 7-by-many FORESWORN puzzle
« on: June 24, 2022, 03:21:40 PM »
...after viewing the solution...
...if forswornness and forswornnesses are words, why aren't FORESWORNNESS and FORESWORNNESSES??? Asking for a friend...  ??? ??? ???

Tell your friend forswornness is in some dictionaries but foreswornness isn't. Possibly related to the fact that foreswear and all its derived terms ore less frequently used.

Words / Re: Thursday 17 March 7-by-many FORESWORN puzzle
« on: June 24, 2022, 02:44:28 PM »
Sossos was raised again later, and dealt with.

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