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Words / Runniness
« on: July 11, 2020, 07:42:49 PM »
I think this might warrant inclusion in Chiís lexicon.

Words / Pauraque
« on: May 24, 2020, 05:59:43 PM »
The pauraque is a type of nightjar found in the Americas. While it's a word probably known only to people with an interest in birds I don't think it's too obscure for Chi. I'd like to suggest it for inclusion (rejected by the parquet puzzle).

Whatever / An insect question...
« on: April 24, 2020, 02:01:22 AM »
for our resident entomologist. This fly, maybe a couple of centimetres long, excluding its legs, was vibrating very fast on the underside of a leaf for at least an hour. Any idea what it would have been doing?

Words / Notehead
« on: April 06, 2020, 02:09:07 AM »
Rejected in yesterday's headstone puzzle. A word that musicians familiar with printed music will know. It's sometimes spelt note-head, sometimes note head, but usually notehead.

Whatever / Mystifying comment
« on: March 03, 2020, 10:22:07 PM »
I belong to several Facebook groups for wildlife photography. People's comments on photos are generally about the photo itself but more than a few people feel the need to bring their god into the equation, with comments like 'Only God the Creator could create something so beautiful', or 'God really went to town with his paintbox when he created that bird' and so on. Each to their own. But one comment that mystified and amused me in equal measure was from someone who didn't comment on the photo at all but simply wrote 'GOD IS SO POWERFUL. HE COULD THRO A BOAT RIGHT OVER A HEDGE'.

Words / Inamorata
« on: February 09, 2020, 11:04:22 PM »
Common. Really?

Whatever / Windows 7
« on: January 15, 2020, 09:37:42 PM »
Support for Windows 7 came to an end yesterday and I must say I'm a bit disgusted with Microsoft's suggestion that we all dump our perfectly usable computers and buy new ones with the Windows 10 operating system. Have they not been keeping up with the state of the planet?

Like everyone else I was offered a free upgrade to Windows 10 when it first came out, and at one point it installed itself on my PC without my permission, due to the sneaky way that Microsoft had set up the update procedure. Unfortunately my music software that I use probably more than anything else on my PC wouldn't work properly so I used Microsoft's uninstall program to get rid of Windows 10.

I'm sure there must be other forumites who have Windows 7 and are perfectly happy with it. What's your view on the security issues? Some say that if you have antivirus software and take the usual common sense precautions there shouldn't be too much of an issue.

Words / Unfulfilling
« on: November 13, 2019, 08:36:56 PM »
Rejected in yesterday's 7-by-many game. I played it, assuming it would be a common word so was surprised it wasn't even accepted. (I know your views on people being 'surprised' that words are rejected, Alan, but to me this word would have been a no-brainer for inclusion in the original imported list.)

I think it should be accepted and would go so far as to say as a common word (although I beg to be differed with!) ;D

Whatever / Can anyone help?
« on: October 19, 2019, 06:45:35 PM »
This is a really long shot but worth a try. Many, many years ago I read a novel about a man who lived in a remote place where there was a group of sandhill cranes (I think that was the species). Amongst them was a single rare crane of another species. He knew that because the single crane was so rare he ought to inform the authorities but he was reluctant to do so because the bird seemed quite content with the others. I'd love to read this book again  but I can't remember who the author was. Anyone?

Words / Brulee
« on: October 15, 2019, 03:35:53 AM »
In a recent puzzle, brule was accepted but brulee wasnít. It may be that brule has some other meaning than brŻlť, but if it doesnít then Iíd like to suggest that brulee should also be accepted.

Words / Malope
« on: September 19, 2019, 07:03:38 AM »
Iíd like to suggest malope for inclusion as a rare word. Itís very familiar to me because I remember my father planting them when I was a child but I suspect it wonít be familiar to those who arenít keen flower growers. Worth a try nevertheless.

Words / Pennon
« on: August 09, 2019, 07:29:15 PM »
This was one of two words I missed in the ovenproof 7-by-many game and the reason I missed it is that I've never heard of it. Pennant, yes, pennon, no. It might just be due to my ignorance but as only 21 people got it I suspect it possibly isn't all that common.

Word Games / Playing on Samsung tablet
« on: August 02, 2019, 12:08:38 AM »
Have you made improvements to playing on a Samsung tablet, Alan? Although the keyboard still doesn't work many of the other issues seem to have disappeared.

Words / Nepenthe
« on: July 30, 2019, 07:31:32 PM »
Common. Really? Played by 9 out of 210 people, or just over 4%.

Whatever / Odd use of verb 'to see'.
« on: June 26, 2019, 09:27:58 PM »
In a Facebook group I belong to, which predominantly consists of Americans (at least the posts come mostly from Americans), I've often seen people write "I seen" rather than "I saw" or "I have seen". Is this normal usage in some parts of the country or is it simply a lack of understanding of the language?

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