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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 / 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 / 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'!!

Words / Word suggestion - pharma
« on: August 20, 2020, 08:28:06 PM »
The COD defines the word as 'pharmaceutical companies collectively as a sector of industry' and notes that it is often used in the phrase 'big pharma'.
A secondary meaning is simply 'a pharmaceutical company'

The word is also in Wiktionary

Words / Fizziness -not known.
« on: August 15, 2020, 05:06:10 PM »
I tried ''fizziness' in yesterday's 7-by many, but got 'sorry, not known'
COD has it, as well as fizzily which might be worth remembering for future games, perhaps.

Words / missing word? -racialize
« on: August 12, 2020, 06:30:33 PM »
I tried both racialize and racialized in yesterday's radicalize game, but got the sorry, not known reply both times.
They are in COD, along with the '-ise/-ised' variant spellings, as verbs derived from racialism.

Words / salut!
« on: July 30, 2020, 06:54:42 PM »
I thought I might have suggested this some time ago, but it doesn't seem to be on the list of suggestions.

Chi certainly knows prost and I seem to remember he picked up slainte from his travels in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Britain.

salut is in the COD; I'm sure it's familiar to many of our forumites.
Could it be added to the list?

Whatever / At last - some good news
« on: July 30, 2020, 09:36:00 AM »
With so much depressing news around, finally something for all of us to be pleased about


Words / Compound words
« on: July 04, 2020, 06:34:02 PM »
Yesterday's protoplasm game confirmed for me something that I have always suspected, namely that compound words are among the hardest to spot in Chi games.
I missed both taproom and palmtop.

While on the subject of compound words, it is sometimes difficult to predict which ones Chi will accept.
There seems to be no consensus on which words need a hyphen, which can be written as one single word and which written as two words..

lamppost is classed as 'common' although COD (in which we trust) clearly shows it as two separate words.
Conversely spotlamp ('sorry, not known' in Chi). is written as one word!


Words / caboose -common?
« on: June 20, 2020, 07:12:30 PM »
Having found 96 of the 97 common words in scoreboard, I was denied a rosette by caboose!!!!

I have only one thing to say! - grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!

 >:D >:D >:D

Sorry, Linda, This icon is not demonic enough!!

It was played by only 58 (from 327).

The game yielded only four rosettes (plus my honorary one which I award myself whenever I'm denied a rosette by a word which (imvho) should be classed as rare).


Word Games / heterodox
« on: June 08, 2020, 11:41:31 AM »
I'm not suggesting that heterodox should be re-classified, of course; it's a perfectly common word, although it is quite unusual for a seed-word to also be the least-played word in a game.

Words / lathed-uncommon?
« on: June 04, 2020, 07:25:10 PM »
Most common tools have a matching verb, the inflected forms of which are almost always common too:

hammer -  hammered / saw - sawed / drill - drilled / plane - planed  etc.

However in yesterday's mothballed 10-letter game, lathe was common, but lathed was rare.

lathed was actually played by more than 50% of those taking part [176/333] and indeed got more hits than several other words [ method, debt, delta etc] whose common status cannot be argued with.

A suitable case for an 'upgrade' perhaps?

This Forum / Scoreboard inconsistency
« on: May 31, 2020, 12:46:08 PM »
I recently had problems accessing Chi on my old steam-driven desktop computer;
 consequently I now use my laptop/notebook most of the time for playing Chi.
However there do seem to be quite major inconsistencies as far as the scoreboard is concerned.
[Using] I have just got a rosette on today's Standard game; the scoreboard quite clearly shows a rosette next to my name.
[switching to,] the scoreboard shows that I have played only 4 words, two of which I have entered in the last few minutes.

Also, the Lexigame scoreboard shows that I am one word short of a rosette on the 10-letter game, whereas the Chihuahua-puzzle scoreboard shows, correctly, that I have a rosette in that game too.

Another strange thing; on the Chihuahua-puzzle frame, the times when the different games start have been blacked out.

Very strange!

Words / 'miladies' common?
« on: May 05, 2020, 08:14:58 PM »
re the disclaimed 10-letter game.

Played by 27 from 334, just over 8%. I only saw it because I tried to play maladies and realised that the vowels were wrong.

Is it even a real English word? I'd always thought that both 'milady' and her partner 'milord' were words coined by the French to refer disparagingly to the English aristocracy who idled away their days on the beaches of the Riviera.

As for servants addressing their masters, in print I think they are usually written as two words ['Yes, My Lord' or 'No, My Lady'] or with an apostrophe ['Yes, M'lord'' and 'No M'lady]

Most famous of all. of course was the song 'Milord' by the immortal 'Little Sparrow' - Edith Piaf

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