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Words / Nuts to Alan (hopefully)
« on: April 28, 2020, 10:39:32 AM »
So I am going to try again to get "nuts" approved for Chi.  What brings this up is yesterday's 9 letter puzzle: "Guts" is not only allowed but a common word.  Lets compare Nuts to Guts:  From Collins dictionary:

Definition of 'nuts'
Word Frequency
nuts in British English
(nʌts ) slang
1.  offensive
2. sometimes humorous
eccentric or foolish in behaviour
3. (foll by about or on)
extremely fond (of) or enthusiastic (about)
4. an expression of disappointment, contempt, refusal, or defiance

Now look at guts from the same source

in British English
plural noun
1. the bowels or entrails, esp of an animal
The entire carcass - hide, guts, and bones - was devoured.
By the time they finish, the crewmen are standing ankle-deep in fish guts.
2.  informal
courage, willpower, or daring; forcefulness
It takes guts to stand up to her.
The new Chancellor has the guts to push through unpopular tax increases.
It takes more guts than I've usually got to go and see him.
3.  informal
the essential part
the guts of the problem
She has a reputation for getting at the guts of a subject and never pulling her punches.
The guts of the reactor have to be hauled out of the pressure vessel.

To allow Guts but not Nuts is inconsistent!  Both should be allowed.  QED

Words / Nuts
« on: December 07, 2019, 02:48:30 PM »
I played nuts again, even though it does not work.  I am stubborn.  I will continue to play it until Alan finally changes his mind an allows it. Anyone want to join me in this act of rebellion?

Words / common words - just a muse
« on: September 17, 2019, 02:04:06 PM »
So, this is a topic that is forever a source of consternation.  I have learned to live with it and ignore it.  Palmy a common word?  Maybe across the pond, not in the US.  I missed it, but that's OK; I do not suggest it has to be common in all English speaking countries to be common.  I have learned to play "lino" which is a term virtually unused in the US,  and tyre = tire, etc.  What I wish is an asterisk on common word counts to indicate there is one or more common words therein which are not universally common.  Too much to ask for, I am sure, and it still wouldn't necessarily help anyone.  Oh well.....

Word Games / Acronyms
« on: March 12, 2019, 12:05:05 PM »
As I understand it, abbreviations pronounced as words without any accent or punctuation marks and in lower case (example: scuba) are OK.  But it does seem to me that this is too restrictive.  Some acronyms are widely used as words and follow the rules except for the lowercase requirement, and I believe they should be allowed.  Examples I can think of are SETI and SARS.  Note the automatic spell checker highlights SETI but not SARS (but sars is highlighted).  For anyone not in the loop SETI is Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence and SARS is Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.

Alan is and always will be the final arbiter (  :police:), but what do you folks think of the idea?

This Forum / Can't load game
« on: February 02, 2019, 02:17:11 AM »
I cannot load the game using either Firefox or Chrome - it says the security code is improperly configured and won't load anything even when I give it a security exception.  Since the web site was unavailable to me, I got here by googling Alan Walker and looking through a number of hits.  Alan: If you see this, please check on that configuration.  Thx

Words / just a fun word
« on: January 29, 2019, 01:38:17 PM »
I was only about 3 words into today's puzzle when I threw in "wulst" and it was rejected.  Initially, it surprised me, but on reflection it would be such a rare word its not worth being added.  I know the word from my profession as a neuropsychologist (Emeritus). The wulst is part of bird brains. 

Here is one description:  "The Wulst is a part of the telencephalic pallium in birds that forms an elevated protuberance on the dorsomedial surface of the cerebral hemisphere. It has caudal and rostral divisions that are in receipt of ascending visual and somatosensory information respectively."  Put simply its the sensory cortex of the bird brain. 

Unlikely you will ever run across it, but if you like rare words you can add this to your vocabulary.

Whatever / American v British v Aussie
« on: January 20, 2019, 06:08:44 PM »
Since we have players from all over the world in English, this little article in the Sydney Morning Herald might be interesting.
Sorry, don't know how to post it as a hot link in the format.

Words / Word suggestion - spoiler Dec 13 9 letter puzzle
« on: December 15, 2018, 11:52:16 AM »
I would like to suggest adding "axes" as an acceptable rare word.  Yes, axes is the plural of axe, but it is also the plural form of axis.

Axes is the only way to make the noun axis plural. Confusion arises because some mistakenly believe that all nouns ending in s should form a plural that adds es to the end of the word. ... Of note, the plural axes is also the plural form of the noun axe.
The Plural of Axis - Grammar Monster

Any math person knows that plural and it does not violates the rules as a plural of axis.

Words / Word suggestion
« on: October 08, 2018, 12:54:38 PM »
I propose "dibs" as a legitimate word for Chi.  It is described as a plural noun, but it has a completely different meaning than dib.  That is, adding the s does not give you the plural of dib.  Sort of like new and news.

Definition of Dibs by Merriam-Webster

Definition of dibs. 1 slang : money especially in small amounts. 2 : claim, rights I have dibs on that piece of cake.

Dib | Definition of Dib by Merriam-Webster

Dib definition is - to fish by letting the bait bob and dip lightly. How to use dib in a sentence.

This may have been proposed before; sorry if its a duplicate.

Words / Spoiler Sunday standard - rare versus common
« on: September 17, 2018, 10:53:00 AM »
This one I don't quite get:  Orate is rare, Recto is common.  Both are in the bottom 30% of usage according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, but I just don't believe that recto is more common than orate.  The reverse I would believe, but they either should be both rare or both common.  I vote for common, and a lot more people played orate than recto in the Chi community.  What say you, Alan?

Whatever / I am distressed
« on: July 18, 2018, 09:44:28 AM »
I don't know what else to title this.  I had worked hard on Tuesday's standard game, still had six common words to go, finally just looked at the solution.  So, here are the six words I had left (no spoiler needed for this one):  Loss, list, slit, slot spelt and spiel.  I have a clear and distinct memory of playing all of those words.  And lets face it, they are pretty obvious words.  Yeah, I could miss a really simple word, and sometimes do, but this set?

I play by entering the word by typing letters, then hit enter - its faster that way.  Unless an error message comes up I just assume they get entered.  Somehow, though, they are not making it or are getting removed along the way.  I usually just shrug my shoulders and let it go, but this puzzle was egregious.  I am not saying I always get the words; Lord knows I am no TRex.  But come on!  Surely I cannot be the only player with this experience.  Has anyone else ever had this happen?  I guess I have to double check with each word I play just to make sure it really went in.

Words / British versus American
« on: April 11, 2018, 12:53:36 AM »
I'm not sure if this belongs in whatever or words, but found a new article in the Guardian that may be of interest:

Sorry, not sure how to make that a hot link in Chi, so you have to copy and paste.

Words / Word suggestion standard 22/2 puzzle
« on: February 23, 2018, 01:20:24 PM »
Was really surprised Comm was rejected.  c.f.,  I am familiar with this as referring to some version of communication or a communication device.  What say you, Alan?

Words / past tense v. plural
« on: January 20, 2018, 11:28:48 AM »
I have been idly thinking about what is a sort of peculiarity in the rules of Chi.  I missed tongs the other day.  I should not have, but you get used to the rules and get tong, singular, so your mind just rejects without much thought tongs.  Of course, tongs is a thing, not just a plural of tong.  Likewise pants is both a plural of pant and a thing in itself.  So the rule is that if you just add "s" to get the plural, it doesn't count, but if you add "es" it works.

Now you get to this: adding a "d" to get a past tense is allowed.  So you get
tone = tones not OK but toned is
dome = domes not OK but domed is

Should just adding an "s" be allowed, or, to make it symmetrical, should just adding a d to get a past tense be denied?  I'm going to go back to sleep now.

Words / standard puzzle common word spoiler
« on: December 31, 2017, 12:48:25 PM »
So I missed four words in yesterday's standard puzzle (Dec 29), three of which I should have gotten, but not the fourth.  Sixer as common??  I don't mind cardinal numbers as words, but I seriously doubt they are common words.  Sixer as a proper noun might be common to Americans due to sports teams like the Philadelphia 76ers, but not otherwise.

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