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Words / Re: Twee not common?
« on: June 08, 2020, 01:01:48 PM »
I know the word, but twee is not common to me nor to Americans in general.

Words / Nuts to Alan (hopefully)
« on: April 28, 2020, 10:39:32 AM »
So I am going to try again to get "nuts" approved for Chi.  What brings this up is yesterday's 9 letter puzzle: "Guts" is not only allowed but a common word.  Lets compare Nuts to Guts:  From Collins dictionary:

Definition of 'nuts'
Word Frequency
nuts in British English
(nʌts ) slang
1.  offensive
2. sometimes humorous
eccentric or foolish in behaviour
3. (foll by about or on)
extremely fond (of) or enthusiastic (about)
4. an expression of disappointment, contempt, refusal, or defiance

Now look at guts from the same source

in British English
plural noun
1. the bowels or entrails, esp of an animal
The entire carcass - hide, guts, and bones - was devoured.
By the time they finish, the crewmen are standing ankle-deep in fish guts.
2.  informal
courage, willpower, or daring; forcefulness
It takes guts to stand up to her.
The new Chancellor has the guts to push through unpopular tax increases.
It takes more guts than I've usually got to go and see him.
3.  informal
the essential part
the guts of the problem
She has a reputation for getting at the guts of a subject and never pulling her punches.
The guts of the reactor have to be hauled out of the pressure vessel.

To allow Guts but not Nuts is inconsistent!  Both should be allowed.  QED

Whatever / Re: Quota of tricky words
« on: February 20, 2020, 01:56:26 PM »
Bummer, Jackie.  But YOU know what you did even if the game gave you 98% and you should feel proud.  As to the rest, when I get to LWS I get a little frantic, and most of the time its not a tricky word but a blatently ordinary word that 1) I was sure I had played but it didn't "take" or 2) ARMB - Age Related Mind Blindness.

Words / Nuts
« on: December 07, 2019, 02:48:30 PM »
I played nuts again, even though it does not work.  I am stubborn.  I will continue to play it until Alan finally changes his mind an allows it. Anyone want to join me in this act of rebellion?

Words / Re: Brainteaser
« on: October 13, 2019, 10:52:12 AM »
One precesses to the correct answer, I suppose.

Words / common words - just a muse
« on: September 17, 2019, 02:04:06 PM »
So, this is a topic that is forever a source of consternation.  I have learned to live with it and ignore it.  Palmy a common word?  Maybe across the pond, not in the US.  I missed it, but that's OK; I do not suggest it has to be common in all English speaking countries to be common.  I have learned to play "lino" which is a term virtually unused in the US,  and tyre = tire, etc.  What I wish is an asterisk on common word counts to indicate there is one or more common words therein which are not universally common.  Too much to ask for, I am sure, and it still wouldn't necessarily help anyone.  Oh well.....

Word Games / Acronyms
« on: March 12, 2019, 12:05:05 PM »
As I understand it, abbreviations pronounced as words without any accent or punctuation marks and in lower case (example: scuba) are OK.  But it does seem to me that this is too restrictive.  Some acronyms are widely used as words and follow the rules except for the lowercase requirement, and I believe they should be allowed.  Examples I can think of are SETI and SARS.  Note the automatic spell checker highlights SETI but not SARS (but sars is highlighted).  For anyone not in the loop SETI is Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence and SARS is Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.

Alan is and always will be the final arbiter (  :police:), but what do you folks think of the idea?

Word Games / Re: Chihuahua working again on both sites
« on: February 03, 2019, 12:49:27 PM »
Sorry, not for me its not.  Alternate site only.

This Forum / Re: Can't load game
« on: February 02, 2019, 05:36:16 AM »
Thanks "mom."  I had never gone to the other site, don't always read forum messages, and just managed to get to the forum after a google search.  Nothing was obvious to me.  You saved my day.

This Forum / Can't load game
« on: February 02, 2019, 02:17:11 AM »
I cannot load the game using either Firefox or Chrome - it says the security code is improperly configured and won't load anything even when I give it a security exception.  Since the web site was unavailable to me, I got here by googling Alan Walker and looking through a number of hits.  Alan: If you see this, please check on that configuration.  Thx

Words / just a fun word
« on: January 29, 2019, 01:38:17 PM »
I was only about 3 words into today's puzzle when I threw in "wulst" and it was rejected.  Initially, it surprised me, but on reflection it would be such a rare word its not worth being added.  I know the word from my profession as a neuropsychologist (Emeritus). The wulst is part of bird brains. 

Here is one description:  "The Wulst is a part of the telencephalic pallium in birds that forms an elevated protuberance on the dorsomedial surface of the cerebral hemisphere. It has caudal and rostral divisions that are in receipt of ascending visual and somatosensory information respectively."  Put simply its the sensory cortex of the bird brain. 

Unlikely you will ever run across it, but if you like rare words you can add this to your vocabulary.

Whatever / American v British v Aussie
« on: January 20, 2019, 06:08:44 PM »
Since we have players from all over the world in English, this little article in the Sydney Morning Herald might be interesting.
Sorry, don't know how to post it as a hot link in the format.

Words / Re: A new record - of sorts - now autocorrect
« on: December 25, 2018, 02:42:46 PM »
Those autocorrect fails have become so  common you could probably insult someone on purpose, then blame autocorrect and get away with it.  ;D

Words / Re: Word suggestion - spoiler Dec 13 9 letter puzzle
« on: December 16, 2018, 11:57:39 AM »
I am not a woman but I have it on authority (my wife) that slacks are indeed a common item in a woman's wardrobe.

Words / Word suggestion - spoiler Dec 13 9 letter puzzle
« on: December 15, 2018, 11:52:16 AM »
I would like to suggest adding "axes" as an acceptable rare word.  Yes, axes is the plural of axe, but it is also the plural form of axis.

Axes is the only way to make the noun axis plural. Confusion arises because some mistakenly believe that all nouns ending in s should form a plural that adds es to the end of the word. ... Of note, the plural axes is also the plural form of the noun axe.
The Plural of Axis - Grammar Monster

Any math person knows that plural and it does not violates the rules as a plural of axis.

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