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Whatever / Birdy, you're the best host ever!
« on: February 09, 2014, 10:15:47 PM »
Just wanted to let our forumites know what a great host our regular, birdy, was to me on my trip to the east coast! Made me walk my butt off, touring the lower east side, Brooklyn and the 9/11 memorial! Birdy, you were magnificent -- treated me to breakfast, crossed the Brooklyn bridge, and enjoyed the beautiful views and weather. Thanks again, birdy -- YOU ROCK!

I know people will be offended by this word, but I believe it should be allowed, as are its variants. (If you don't know them, look them up, because I don't really want to repeat them in public more than what I wrote here.). So the dilemma - if it is socially unacceptable, will it still be technically acceptable in chi word list???

As seen in --

nig·ga  /ˈnɪgə/  [nig-uh] Usage note. Nigga is used mainly among African-Americans, but also among other minorities and ethnicities, in a neutral or familiar way and as a friendly term of address. It is also common in rap music. However, nigga is taken to be extremely offensive when used by outsiders. Many people consider this word to be equally as offensive as nigger.The words niggerand niggaare pronounced alike in certain dialects, and so it has been claimed that they are one and the same word.noun Slang: Usually Disparaging and Offensive. a black person.

Words / possible spoiler - 10-letter Oct. 7
« on: October 07, 2011, 11:19:19 PM »
fricking -- I was shocked this was not on the list!! Well, perhaps just mildly miffed.

It's all over the internet, in various dictionaries, and I've heard it on the street, movies and TV.

Pretty much it's a derivative of "freaking" or a euphemism ..

The Farley free online dictionary even lists it, making it more surprising why it was not accepted, and is listed thus:

fricking [ˈfrɪkɪŋ] .. adj ... Slang (intensifier) surrounded by fricking idiots

I sacrificed several points from accuracy double-checking that it would not go through. Hmmmmmmm.

Words / Oct. 2 - suggestion for new word
« on: October 03, 2011, 12:32:42 AM »
"oscar" - besides being a proper /noun name for a person, it is also a fish, as found in Wikipedia, and not written with a capital:

Astronotus ocellatus is a species of fish from the cichlid family known under a variety of common names, including oscar, tiger oscar, velvet cichlid, or marble cichlid.[1] In South America, where the species naturally resides, A. ocellatus specimens are often found for sale as a food fish in the local markets.[2][3] The fish can also be found in other areas, including China, Australia, and the United States. Although its slow growth limits its potential for aquaculture, it is considered a popular aquarium fish.

Can this be considered for an entry, perhaps as a "rare" word, although there are plenty of references to it in the fish universe?

Words / 'nother rejected word from Sept 30 - spoiler?
« on: September 30, 2011, 11:27:05 PM »
How about "yarder" ??

 -- per wikipedia: A yarder is piece of logging equipment which uses a system of cables to pull or fly logs from the stump to the landing. It generally consists of an engine, drums, and spar, but has a range of configurations and variations such as the Swing yarder.

I've been hearing about this machine since watching a "reality" show "Swamp Loggers" ... Obviously, the equipment is highly specialized so I'd expect the word would be considered rare. I'm pretty sure it's legit, though and should be added to the acceptable word list.


Words / Spoiler, sort of - Sept. 29 --
« on: September 29, 2011, 09:13:33 PM »
I expected that "sexting" would be allowed, although it might be that the term is too regional. However, I've been hearing it as a term for years regarding sending sexual images/messages on cell phones and other electronic devices. It has inflamed a big debate especially in context of banning its use among minors.

I would be surprised if you did not accept it as a legitimate word.

Words / broast not acceptable?
« on: June 11, 2011, 09:35:42 PM »
Just wondering why "broast" was not accepted, from the June 8th puzzle 10-letter puzzle. I believe it is a cooking term, a blending, I daresay, of "broil" and "roast."

Anyone else heard of it? If not common, I would venture that it could at least be considered a rare word.

Say Hello / Happy Mother's Day
« on: May 08, 2011, 11:15:09 PM »
Since I wasn't able to find this thread in any recent topic, I just want to wish all the mothers out there, and their mothers, and theirs as well, a


Words / BEWARE!!!! Query re puzzle of Aug. 15 -- 2 rejections
« on: August 16, 2010, 03:06:10 AM »
I wondered if topix could be allowable, since it has become a frequent substitute for topics lately.

The other word I thought would be accepted is ionate ... which is used in chemistry/physics circles.

I defer to your wisdom, Alan, and await your verdict.

Cheers --


Whatever / Happy July 4th, Yanks!
« on: July 04, 2010, 12:53:05 AM »
Let's enjoy the spirit of the day and hope we get to keep the freedoms that have been so hard-fought  -- then and now!!

Words / septicide
« on: June 21, 2010, 02:36:56 AM »
It's been so long since I've really read over all the long-ago posts, gang, so I can't remember if this word was ever suggested.

One of yesterday's 9-letter puzzle answers was pesticide. So how about septicide for an alternate 9-letter word? As in a kind of disinfectant.

Whatever / Off on holiday -- brief but delightful
« on: July 04, 2009, 12:20:02 AM »
We landed our mini-van last night at the home of our two cherubic grandchildren, so if my posts become inappropriately silly and lighthearted, you'll know the reason.

Since our grandboy had tubes put in his ears (remedy for severe allergies), his hearing has improved 5000% and he is jabbering up a storm with his new-found senses. It's absolutely magnificent to watch him blossom!

Hope all of you in the US enjoy your July 4, and the rest of you around the world, just the weekend!

Whatever / Happy Father's Day!
« on: June 21, 2009, 03:37:31 AM »
It's father's day on Sunday, so for all you dads -- enjoy!

Words / rebagging?
« on: June 05, 2009, 10:09:39 AM »
This would seem to be a fairly common word, as a variant of rebag. Did anyone ask about it from Thursday's puzzle? I only had a few seconds before it closed and was completely confident that it was the 9-letter word, but nOOOOOOO ... so I'm just asking if it can be considered for the list.

After all, we do rebag things quite often ... do we not??  >:D

Words / goil
« on: May 31, 2009, 08:03:34 AM »
Goil pops up sometimes on the Net as a proper name, but it's also slang (Brooklynese, Bronxese, New Jersey-ese, etc.) for "girl," as in -- "Olive Oyl was Popeye's goil."

e.e. cummings wrote one titled, "Jimmy's got a goil," from 1925, published in the collection, "is 5." It later was written into a song.

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