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Words / Re: Pauraque
« on: July 15, 2020, 06:04:35 AM »
It sure would have been hard to see that outside a moth trap, Calilasseia.  It would have blended right in with the leaves.

Words / Re: Vesper
« on: June 19, 2020, 06:35:25 AM »
I'm more familiar with the plural form - because of the church service schedule - than the singular, though I do know the word as part of the common name of the vesper sparrow.

Words / Re: Pauraque
« on: June 19, 2020, 06:24:19 AM »
Lying on the warm asphalt that attracts the heat-loving moths in the evening - such big eyes (and mouths) those parauques have!

Words / Re: Rehire/rehired
« on: June 19, 2020, 06:22:13 AM »

Words / Re: Twee not common?
« on: June 19, 2020, 06:21:34 AM »
I've known the word for many years because of my elevated literary habits: Mills & Boone romances!  What may be interesting is that my English-living-in-America-for-many-years friend had never heard of it - it must have become popular after she left England in the '60s.

Words / Re: Fistula and fistulae common?
« on: June 19, 2020, 06:16:20 AM »
I don't remember seeing the word on a regular basis, but since I had one for over 30 years, I certainly know the word well.  In spite of two surgeries, I had a constant oral abscess, which, to the amazement of everyone who heard about it, never bothered me.  The abscess kept getting infected, but since there was a fistula, it drained, and never built up pressure to cause pain. So they are not always bad.

Words / Re: TOURNEY in yesterday's ROUTINELY Challenge game
« on: June 19, 2020, 06:08:03 AM »
I am surprised that so many Chihuahuans aren't familiar with this word.  I hear the word occasionally in news on sports (which I don't follow much), but I've seen it so often in my reading, mostly in medieval romances/historical fiction.

It would be interesting to see a comparison of the relative vocabularies  of those of us who like genre fiction - romance, mystery, historical fiction, science fiction and fantasy - and those who stick to more non-genre writing - literature, biography, history, social issues, politics, technology, etc.

Whatever / Re: An insect question...
« on: May 06, 2020, 12:06:50 PM »
They seem to outdo cockroaches in relative unchangeableness then - 400 million years boggles the mind.

Whatever / Re: Anti-covid face masks
« on: May 06, 2020, 11:56:05 AM »
Being at the epicenter (Brooklyn) of the U.S. epicenter (New York City), I've been wearing a face mask any time I go out of my apartment for the last month and a half. My first ones were homemade - a folded bandanna attached around my ears with rubber bands - simple but they work. Right now, I'm using the ones the cops in the park gave me last weekend, masks being distributed for free to anyone who wants them. Most people are wearing masks now, though it's been gradual.  And some people are still in denial and won't wear them, like the man in my building who mocked the idea - and who died, along with his mother and sister, a week or so ago.

I am staying in my apartment probably more than 95% of the time each week - well more than that, since I'm out only about 3 hours a week. The masks make me feel a little safer when I do go out, and they are required if we go out of our apartments, even just to get the mail.  And I only go out to the "senior hour" at the grocery store once a week, and to the local park once every week or two.

Do whatever you need to to stay safe, folks - the virus is no joke.

Words / Re: 'miladies' common?
« on: May 06, 2020, 09:39:49 AM »
I see the word fairly often in the historical romances I read.

Happy Birthday, Alan - though I suspect it's already tomorrow in your area.

Words / Re: chaebol
« on: April 09, 2020, 05:28:52 AM »
I do like that quote!

And then Wikipedia's needed page will also need a section for which part of the English-speaking world "acquired" the stolen word.

Whatever / Re: Emergency Coronavirus games
« on: April 05, 2020, 04:08:32 PM »
So glad to hear that you are home safe, Pat!  My flight to Costa Rica still hasn't been cancelled, though I cannot imagine why. Maybe they are waiting to see if the country extends the anti-tourist ban (well, you can come if you want to stay housebound for 14 days).  I can't imagine that they would let me in anyway since I'm coming from the epicenter in the U.S.

Words / Re: Yesterday's 7-by-many
« on: April 05, 2020, 03:59:19 PM »
Most ominous of all was the 10 letter word three days ago, reelecting!

Oh my goodness, Alan, don't I have enough to worry about being at the USA's epicenter of the Covid 19 pandemic?  Will I ever sleep again?

Say Hello / Re: Am I allowed back?
« on: April 05, 2020, 03:54:49 PM »
Hi Binkie/Binks, some of us are still around but I tend to be on the forum more often than playing the game, and more often commenting on "words" than chatting in general.  Just a matter of how much time I have, I guess.  I'm in touch with T and BBB and they are doing fine. T let her kids out of the garden shed and they are quite grown up now - I see them on FB.

Good to see you back!

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