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Words / Re: Monday 30 January 7-by-many EXULTANT puzzle
« on: February 01, 2023, 04:25:46 AM »
The OED lists the word as obsolete (in all its forms).

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Words / Re: Saturday 28 January 7-by-many BANISHES/SHABBINESS puzzle
« on: January 31, 2023, 04:16:08 AM »
Better to be a hasbeen, than a neverwas.
🤣🤣🤣

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Words / Re: Vise
« on: January 27, 2023, 04:50:10 AM »
Do a search on the forum. It has been discussed in the past — quite a bit, IIRC.

Unfortunately, AFAIK, a search cannot be done on just the word, it is always done on the combination of letters in order so the search results require examination of each hit. :-(

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Words / Re: DRUTHERS in yesterday’s UNDERSHIRT ten letter game
« on: January 24, 2023, 03:48:48 AM »
I grew up in the US Central states (Kansas, Nebraska).  I often heard the phrase "Given my druthers, I'd ..." and I've probably used it on occasion.  I didn't play it because I didn't think it would be common.

My father (grew up in New Jersey) used it. My mother (grew up in Québec and Maryland) did not. Neither my wife nor I use it.

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Words / Re: DRUTHERS in yesterday’s UNDERSHIRT ten letter game
« on: January 23, 2023, 05:40:18 AM »
To me, the word DRUTHERS is quite common in the US; my laptop dictionary marks it as "North American informal." That seems to be reason enough to omit it, as I infer from ther subtext of more than a few of the comments above. I have no problem with removing all North American informal words, as long as all UK informal words, Australian informal words, New Zealand informal words, and all informal words used in whatever community of native English speakers are likewise removed.

I believe Alan's goal has been to ensure informal words are not classified as 'common' (i.e. as 'rare'). IMO, he has done an excellent job (and of the whole operation of these games!).

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Word Games / Re: 7 by many club
« on: January 22, 2023, 04:21:27 AM »
All my missed words I may have got in a lower scoring game, but brain overload set in. And courtesy of the #1 ladies detective agency I kept seeing Gaborone. And I would never consider baronage common! Probably unknown in the US.

I think baronage is well-known in the USA. We may not have them, but we read enough / see enough stories with them! And we have plenty of [robber] barons!

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Whatever / Re: More or Les (was Bloody Plurals)
« on: January 21, 2023, 08:20:52 AM »
Oh TRex that does conjure up a funny picture!  I know it's not a laughing matter but it did make me chuckle.  So very pleased you're on the mend :)

I'm sure an observer would have had been laughing. I went head-first into the wife's dresser and, naturally, several things fell off on to the back of my head (I was face-down). After several seconds of quiet, a huge crash came down on me — I'd dislodged the mirror from the back of the dresser and it had fallen on me (without breaking!), taking a few more things from the top of the dresser down on top of me. I stayed face down for awhile, afraid of what might still be coming (not realising I'd brought down the mirror). My wife came running into the room, saw me face down not moving and tentatively called my name, worried. Still face down, I told her I thought I was okay, but worried I might have re-injured the ankle (I had not, fortunately, but it was a few days before x-rays revealed that bit of good news). I can only imagine how the second wave of falling items, including the mirror, would have looked to an observer, but it probably was like slapstick comedy!

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Whatever / Re: More or Les (was Bloody Plurals)
« on: January 21, 2023, 03:34:42 AM »
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Biggest thing is developing confidence that ankle is nearly healed

I know exactly what you mean, TRex (I love writing that name, they were my absolute favourite band way back).  I started off with a walking frame which made me feel about 150 years' old and then progressed to two crutches and then down to one.  I remember thinking how on earth am I ever going go feel confident enough to walk unaided but of course I have got there eventually.  The physio said walking is great but you are still relying on your other leg to do some of the work (!) so the Pilates is designed to strengthen the muscles and other stuff they cut through on the bad leg only.  I suppose they know what they're talking about.   Some days are better than others but they say it could take up to 18 months before I'm fully back to where I was as I have had "invasive and traumatic" surgery - yikes!  >:D

I was completely useless at crutches (too big a klutz) — practically fell flat on my face trying to use them. The indispensible tool for getting around the first couple of months was a knee scooter (though I managed to fall off it a few times and once went head-first over the handlebars!).

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Whatever / Re: More or Les (was Bloody Plurals)
« on: January 20, 2023, 07:09:33 AM »
Physio went ok, Pen.  Have been given some Pilates exercises which can be done lying down - my kind of exercise!! Trying to snow here so have ramped up the heating, despite the cost.  >:D

Glad to hear, Linda. I was given the option of physio at yesterday's appointment, but told simple walking could be sufficient. Guess what this lazy-bones chose?  >:D I got the okay to start walking without the enormous boot and started immediately. Using a 'Hinged Wraptor Ankle Brace' (what a lot of words!) without even a cane, except when going up/down stairs; getting up during night I'm skipping brace and just using a cane. Biggest thing is developing confidence that ankle is nearly healed — still not cleared for more extreme stuff like table tennis! Doc says my right calf muscles are visibly atrophied but using them should restore them to something normal.

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This Forum / Re: Punctuation wrongly displayed
« on: January 18, 2023, 03:14:46 AM »
Being an Apple user, I had assumed it was an IOS vs Windows incompatibility.

I'd actually be surprised if the server hosting the forum ran either iOS or Windows. Much more likely to be some form of Linux.

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Whatever / Re: More or Les (was Bloody Plurals)
« on: January 16, 2023, 10:54:33 AM »
You're quite welcome. Glad to be able to help.

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Whatever / Re: More or Les (was Bloody Plurals)
« on: January 16, 2023, 06:02:15 AM »
The problem does not appear, so it confirms that the problem only occurs when the characters were first typed on Word.

The other question is I nearly always draft on word for posts of any length and I have not noticed it before.  Why now?

I don't have the technical knowledge to see if it something to do with the fonts, so unless somebody can come up with a solution, we will just have to work around it.

P.S.  It is not only a Word problem.  I tried text generated by IOS Notes.  It converts apostrophes to question marks too.

Do you have an option to turn off 'smart quotes'? All software (AFAIK) can handle ' " quotes, but some software will convert those to things like ‘ ’ ‛ “ ” ‟ which some software doesn't handle (I'm betting those won't appear correctly so will attach an image of them.)

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Words / chignon is common?
« on: January 10, 2023, 05:10:40 AM »
The five least-played 'common' words in the anchoring game were
155 conga
145 nacho
114 rhino
 82 chagrin
 47 chignon

ISTM that should be sufficient evidence for reclassification. (I had to look up the word.)

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Words / Re: cascara
« on: January 10, 2023, 05:03:57 AM »
I have to admit that I haven't heard of cascara.

Nor have I.

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Word Games / Re: 7 by many club
« on: January 10, 2023, 05:03:32 AM »
I don’t know about anyone else but, being a fan of Doctor Who, I was disappointed that tardis wasn’t allowed…

But dalek is accepted in Chihuahua!  ;D ;D ;D

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