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Whatever / Re: More or Les (was Bloody Plurals)
« on: September 21, 2020, 07:37:19 PM »
What's green & dangerous?  A gooseberry with a machine gun!

What's yellow and dangerous? - Shark-infested custard.

The old ones are definitely the best.

Words / Re: Dralon
« on: September 19, 2020, 06:03:58 PM »
  She is always fossicking around on eBay trying to find it. 

fossick. What a wonderful word - and it's in COD along with fossicker, one who fossicks.

There is a Northern English word with much the same meaning - firkle, although as I have never seen it in print it might conceivably be spelled furkle or ferkle,

Are there any Lankies or Yorkies who can enlighten me? It's not Geordie, as far as I know.

Whatever / Re: More or Les (was Bloody Plurals)
« on: September 14, 2020, 08:08:18 AM »

,,,,,but man with hole in two pockets not feel too cocky all day!

Words / stretching a point?
« on: September 13, 2020, 07:19:05 PM »
re yesterday's subversive 7-by-many game.....

I think allowing rubberier as a common word is perhaps.....'stretching a point'??

 ;D ;D

Words / arrears - uncommon
« on: September 12, 2020, 02:46:27 PM »
I played arrears in yesterday's 7-by-many and was quite surprised to see that it was classed as 'uncommon'.

Going by our normal rule of thumb, I would have been fairly sure that arrears or the phrase 'in arrears' would be familiar to most educated native speakers everywhere.

According to the COD, arrears is a plural noun, which generally means that it has no singular.
It does, however, also mention the phrase 'in arrear' but points out that this is 'chiefly law' ie lawyers' jargon.
arrear was also classed as 'uncommon'

Words / Re: caboose -common?
« on: September 08, 2020, 06:48:02 PM »
Possibly the most famous use of the word  - I think that's where I learned it - is an old song with the wonderful title of 'In eleven more months and ten more days, I'll be out of the calaboose'. Quite popular when I was a child, as I remember. It's sung to a tune reminiscent of the 'Twenty Bottles of Beer on the Wall' epic, so possibly an American servicemen's drinking song?

Words / Re: caboose -common?
« on: September 07, 2020, 05:27:50 PM »
Thanks, Alan, obviously I accept your decision.

At least, I now know the difference between caboose and calaboose.
I had assumed that they were one and the same thing.

Words / Re: I'm curious
« on: September 02, 2020, 03:47:25 PM »
Another term of abuse fir Italians, used several times in 'The Godfather', sounds like 'guinea'. Not sure how it was spelled or where it was derived from.
'Dago' is from 'Diego' or 'James' in Spanish/Portuguese.

Words / selectmen?
« on: August 30, 2020, 04:23:12 PM »
The COD defines selectman as 'a member of the local government board of a New England town'


I did actually manage to play it, but only as a guess,  in desperation, after exhausting all other possibilities!

It may be common in New England, but I can't remember ever seeing it in Olde England.
There we call such people 'councillors'.


Words / Re: schusses??
« on: August 29, 2020, 05:40:24 PM »

For future reference, schussboomer is also an acceptable rare word.

...but is it (whatever it means!) ever like to appear in a Chi game?
At 12 letters, it's too long for the normal games, and being composed of 8 different letters, it's not going to appear in the '7-by-many'
Unless future plans include an '8-by-many'?

Words / Re: Lampshade game - Thursday 20th August Challenge puzzle
« on: August 28, 2020, 09:38:04 AM »
Well done!

Words / schusses??
« on: August 27, 2020, 05:43:18 PM »
I think for once the statistics don't lie.

Played by 13 from 290. I really don't know by what criterion this can be a common word?

Best of all, the singular / base form (schuss) was played by 18 and was classified 'uncommon'!!

Whatever / Re: More or Les (was Bloody Plurals)
« on: August 27, 2020, 05:31:55 PM »

 we’ve got plenty of our own idiots available

What did you expect when the only requirement for being a member of Johnson's cabinet was to support Brexit?

Words / Re: Lampshade game - Thursday 20th August Challenge puzzle
« on: August 27, 2020, 05:26:40 PM »
An abbreviation, Les.
An abbreviation is a shortening of a longer word: 'influenza' becomes 'flu' for example.

A contraction is when two words combine to become one. The most common contractions in English are negatives; 'have' + 'not' becomes 'haven't'

Next lesson - acronyms, mnemonics  and portmanteau words,


Words / Re: Lampshade game - Thursday 20th August Challenge puzzle
« on: August 26, 2020, 07:43:42 PM »
It may also be known by those who have worked in the desert countries of the Middle East.

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