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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

Words / Balls
« on: May 03, 2020, 10:42:43 AM »
….or in Spanish bolas…….…… or bola according to some dictionaries, referring to the device used by South American cowboys to bring to the ground a running beast.
COD, for example, does not show bola, but it does say that bolas can be both singular and plural.

Whatever. It did create a slight anomaly in the abolishes game, where the plural form bolases was allowed as uncommon, while its singular bolas was unknown!!

I know that this word has been discussed before, by me and others, but the fact remains that there is an anomaly.
Perhaps the  easy answer is to allow all three forms [bola, bolas, bolases] as uncommon.

Whatever / Anti-covid face masks
« on: May 01, 2020, 08:15:47 PM »
I'm surprised, reading the UK newspapers on line, that there is so much debate about whether wearing face-masks serves any useful purpose or not in the fight against covid-19..
Here in Thailand everybody wears a mask in public and, while there is no law about it, it is a fact that you won't be able to get on a bus or train or go into a supermarket, bank or any other public building without one.

Fortunately for those who live here, Thailand seems to have escaped very lightly in terms of numbers of fatalities.
Perhaps wearing face-masks is not the reason for there being so few deaths, but I can't see that it has done any harm;

it's certainly preferable to self-medicating with household bleach - or, indeed, any of the other moronic suggestions that those who should know better have come up with!


Words / deskill- ? common?
« on: April 27, 2020, 10:59:26 AM »
It has been a very good couple of  weeks for making additions to my 'Words that I have never heard of that are common in Chi' list.

First there was nucleate (now classed as uncommon), then garnishee, which I foolishly assumed had something to do with what vegetables were added to a meal.

Now we have deskill;
According to the COD it means 'to reduce the level of skill required to carry out (a job)'

How can you reduce somebody's actual ability to do a job?
Or is it one of these time and motion/ business jargon terms that means you lower the level of qualifications required for someone to do that job?

In any case, the wretched word cost me a rosette in the unskilled game, so, as I always do in these situations, I awarded myself an honorary rosette and wrote to the forum suggesting that it be reclassified.

Words / Nucleate - common?
« on: April 15, 2020, 11:21:21 AM »
re the petulance standard game

nucleate was played by 63 from 712, approximately 8.8% of those taking part.

When you look at some of the supposedly 'rare' words that got far more hits (luna? / lunate? / caul?), you have to wonder why nucleate is classified as 'common'.

There were far fewer rosettes than normal in this game.
However, with words like pentacle and the 'American' spelling of epaulet (plus nucleate of course) perhaps it's just surprising there were so many!


Words / missing word - spittier?
« on: April 02, 2020, 07:33:51 PM »
re the prettifies 10-letter game.

COD does show the adjective spitty and, knowing how much Chi likes comparative and superlative forms of adjectives, I tried spittier but got the 'sorry, not known' response.

Not common, certainly, but I'm sure I have encountered spitty before.

Words / whoops!
« on: March 10, 2020, 09:22:54 PM »
oops - informal exclamation - used to show recognition of a mistake or a minor accident. Common in Chi.

whoops - another way of saying 'oops' - Not known in Chi.

grrrrr - expression of annoyance at losing my 100% hitrate due to non-recognition of 'whoops'


Words / 'wash again'
« on: March 07, 2020, 04:02:34 AM »
From the watershed challenge game:

rewash played by 182 from 414 - rare
rewashed played by 147 from 414 - common


 ??? ??? ???

Words / ternary - common?
« on: February 29, 2020, 04:34:16 AM »
re the carpentry challenge game.

ternary was played by 23 from 411, roughly 5.5% of those taking part.

Surely a suitable candidate for reclassification?

Words / Missing word? - soloes
« on: February 11, 2020, 11:32:45 AM »
re the blossomed game

solo can be both a noun and a verb.
The plural of the noun is solos, which is obviously not allowed.

According to the COD, however, the verb has three inflected forms - soloing, soloes (3rd person singular, present simple) and soloed
(preterite / past participle).

In the blossomed game, soloed was allowed (common), but soloes got 'sorry, not known'.

radio is another word which behaves in the same way.
This was Alan's verdict on that:

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