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Words / Jan 19 standard -s word (not exactly a spoiler
« on: January 20, 2021, 02:01:48 PM »
Plural words with the rules of Chi can cause anomalies such as today.

The plural of Axe is Axes - banned by rule.  I get it.  But
Ax is also a word, and its plural is Axes
Axis is a word, and its plural is Axes.

Based especially on the latter, I suggest an override that add axes to the acceptable word list.

Words / plurals question
« on: November 20, 2020, 01:50:45 PM »
I'm curious about rules for plurals (which I think I basically understand).  I did try to search the forum, but the results with all the "......." parts just sort of confused me.  Anyway, take these three words:  Live, Life, Lives.  Lives is the plural of life and is not made by adding an s to life.  Live, meaning not dead, living, or in real time does not seem to have a plural for those meanings.  If that is correct, is lives disallowed because there is a word (live) and this different meaning (lives) just because of the adding s rule?  Somehow that doesn't seem right to me. 

Any thoughts anyone?

Words / common v. uncommon - a moot point
« on: November 08, 2020, 12:10:35 PM »
I don't know why I bother - I never win these arguments.  For that matter, I do not know/understand the criteria that Alan uses to determine the commonality of word usage.  Anyway, a few days ago, Moot was a common word.  I agree.  But in the process of flailing around I stuck in Mooting and it was a common word.  My jaw nearly hit the floor.  Mooting is the process of arguing in Moot Court in law school.  I have a very hard time believing anyone not in the legal profession (at least in this country - maybe across the pond?) would know that word.  It was a miracle I got it, but I think it was unfair.  IMO mooting should be a rare word.

Word Games / Who picks these words?
« on: August 03, 2020, 01:14:25 PM »
The most common letter in the English language is E.  Once again, a word with no e's.  I feel like the shark attacking manikins after a ship wreck who turns to a companion and says "What is this? Some kind of cruel hoax?"  [Farside cartoon]  C'mon, guys - I need some e's to work with!

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.

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