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Whatever / Re: More or Les (was Bloody Plurals)
« on: July 05, 2020, 12:24:38 PM »
The Castle and Backyard Ashes are two others that Jack recommended some time ago.
Both very good indeed.

I don't know 'The Dish'. I'll look out for it.

Whatever / Re: More or Les (was Bloody Plurals)
« on: July 05, 2020, 09:49:04 AM »
'What We Did on Our Holiday' is an excellent film, helped by an outstanding cast of actors including a former Doctor Who and the wonderful Annette Crosbie, who, as Margaret Meldrew knows all about dealing with cantankerous old men!

I'm surprised the film is not better known

Words / Re: Compound words
« on: July 05, 2020, 09:42:11 AM »
I've probably come to regard taproom as common through seeing it so often in historical fiction - Dickens, Hardy and the like.

palmtop, like walkman, has probably had its day.

Maybe they are not as common as I thought.

I still should have seen them, though!

Words / Re: Compound words
« on: July 05, 2020, 02:29:25 AM »
I for one have no knowledge of palmtop being a common word. I think taproom, which I got, and lamppost, which I didn't are at least known to me. Common? Well if Mike didn't get it, I don't think so!

I think you may be missing the point, Jackie.
In fact I think all three words - taproom, palmtop and lamppost - are quite correctly classified as common. [I would add spotlamp, if it were to be allowed, to that list.]

My point is simply that, in general, compound words such as these are often much harder to find than 'normal words'.

Words / Compound words
« on: July 04, 2020, 06:34:02 PM »
Yesterday's protoplasm game confirmed for me something that I have always suspected, namely that compound words are among the hardest to spot in Chi games.
I missed both taproom and palmtop.

While on the subject of compound words, it is sometimes difficult to predict which ones Chi will accept.
There seems to be no consensus on which words need a hyphen, which can be written as one single word and which written as two words..

lamppost is classed as 'common' although COD (in which we trust) clearly shows it as two separate words.
Conversely spotlamp ('sorry, not known' in Chi). is written as one word!


Words / Re: Common? Really??
« on: June 27, 2020, 03:27:35 AM »
... oldpaul, who's been having trouble posting to the forum.

A pity.
From a personal point of view, oldpaul has been one of my 'benchmark' players for some time now.
It would be very interesting to hear more from him on the forum.

Whatever / Re: More or Les (was Bloody Plurals)
« on: June 26, 2020, 11:18:37 AM »
Well, what can I say?

Words / Re: caboose -common?
« on: June 20, 2020, 08:25:01 PM »
Ah, now I see.
Yes. I fully support your campaign!!

Words / caboose -common?
« on: June 20, 2020, 07:12:30 PM »
Having found 96 of the 97 common words in scoreboard, I was denied a rosette by caboose!!!!

I have only one thing to say! - grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!

 >:D >:D >:D

Sorry, Linda, This icon is not demonic enough!!

It was played by only 58 (from 327).

The game yielded only four rosettes (plus my honorary one which I award myself whenever I'm denied a rosette by a word which (imvho) should be classed as rare).


Whatever / Re: More or Les (was Bloody Plurals)
« on: June 19, 2020, 07:40:31 PM »
Will no one else join our 'Bring Back the Old Demon Icon' petition? >:D

Sorry, but actually I quite like the new one.

Whatever / Re: More or Les (was Bloody Plurals)
« on: June 16, 2020, 04:29:37 PM »
Two more classic Aussie films, the 'top' one probably better known than the other.

Top - two words [9 and 6]
Bottom - two words [4 and 5] I've ignored a punctuation mark

I can't think of a link between the two, but if anyone can find one, shout it out.

Whatever / Re: More or Les (was Bloody Plurals)
« on: June 16, 2020, 02:46:04 PM »
Very well spotted, Rose.

Words / Re: Rehire/rehired
« on: June 16, 2020, 08:35:25 AM »
Seconded on both points.

Words / Re: TOURNEY in yesterday's ROUTINELY Challenge game
« on: June 15, 2020, 09:47:13 PM »

 Hill delights in throwing in some very obscure words, such as hydriotaphic earlier in the same book.

I could have probably told you what it meant fifty years ago when Sir Thomas Browne's 1658 book on the subject was on my Eng.Lit. syllabus.
I really don't think I've seen the word since then, but, having looked it up, I do see how it might feature in a Dalziel and Pascoe novel!


Whatever / Re: More or Les (was Bloody Plurals)
« on: June 15, 2020, 06:04:21 PM »
Hi Jack

I remembered a film I'd seen years ago called Dead Calm.  I have a suspicion that Sam Neil was her husband.  I recall it being one of the scariest films I've ever seen.  That doesn't say much as I'm easily frightened :laugh:

I remember it being a very scary film.
Alfred Hitchcock, who knew a thing or two about unnerving his audience, is quoted as saying 'it's not what you see that scares you; it's what you don't see'
This film has some good examples of that.

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