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The Daily Quest / Do you find *your* words?
« on: June 19, 2020, 05:19:11 AM »
During the thirteen years that I have been playing Chihuahua, I have suggested a number of new words that have become part of the Chihuahua lexicon. Once "my" words have been accepted, it always gives me great pleasure to encounter them during play. It also gives me pleasure when I see that I am not the only one playing them, and the more the better. In a very recent 7-by-many, more players had found "my" word that most of the other less common words. Yippee! Sometimes I notice other "new" words and think of the player who submitted it.

The words I submit are words that I know very well, but sometimes it seems to me that some suggested words are born in moments of desperation, when one simply can't find that last common word. It looks like a word, so it ought to be one! This leads me to wonder if others who have submitted words later find "their" words during game play.

Words / peloton
« on: December 04, 2018, 03:27:24 AM »
Periodically I try to play the word peloton, and every time it fails to be accepted, I make mental note to myself to request its addition to the Chihuahua lexicon. Such an occasion occurred last week, but my mind being what it is, the note failed to stir any action until today. For those unfamiliar with the word, it is the main cluster of cyclists in a bicycle race. RF also refers to clusters of cars on an expressway as pelotons, which is where I first learned the word.

Words / carboy
« on: May 22, 2018, 02:07:48 AM »
A few days ago, in the ROCKABILLY puzzle of 16 May 2018, I missed the word carboy, which was classified as common. I did not know this word, and when I looked it up, I recognized what it was, although seeing the picture still did not jog any memory of the word in my mind. Since fewer than ten percent of the players found the word, I want to know whether most people know this word and just didn't find it, or is it actually not common?

Words / bolshy/bolshie
« on: May 22, 2018, 01:15:09 AM »
I would like to propose that the word bolshy, found as a common word in the HOSPITABLY puzzle of 20 May 2018, along with its companion spelling, bolshie, be reclassified as less common. I was not familiar with these words prior to their appearance in Chihuahua, and dictionaries indicate that their usage is primarily in the UK. The Google nGram viewer shows that usage in the UK is approximately six times greater than in American English. While not a scientifically based indicator, bolshie has been used only once in the Forum, and that was by a native and resident of the UK.

Words / Servery
« on: November 13, 2017, 03:55:55 AM »
I believe that servery, a word that appeared in the 10-letter puzzle for Saturday, 11 November, should be removed from the common word list, on the basis that this word is not used in the United States. I have never seen this word to the best of my recollection. The Oxford Dictionaries website and others specify that it is British. It is apparently the equivalent of what we in the U. S. would call a buffet table or buffet bar.

Words / Dustmen
« on: August 11, 2016, 12:56:51 AM »
I would like to suggest that dustmen, from yesterday's 10-letter puzzle (DISMOUNTED), as well as its singular form, dustman, should be reclassified as less common. These words are not used in the United States or Canada, where garbage men, garbage collectors and trashmen are the more commonly used words for this occupation. Thanks!

Say Hello / Happy birthday, roberts!
« on: December 23, 2015, 05:04:54 AM »
Happy birthday, Robbie! I hope your day is everything you want it to be and nothing you don't want.

Words / repurpose
« on: September 05, 2015, 04:45:12 AM »
I'd like to propose an addition to the Chihuahua lexicon, repurpose, which can be derived from the recent 10-letter puzzle SUPERPOWER. This is a verb which means to find an alternate use for an item. The past tense is in itself a 10-letter word, but I doubt it could be used as a seed word, not common enough.

Words / Cyberscape
« on: February 22, 2015, 04:07:41 AM »
I wonder if I am the only person who tried cyberscape in yesterday's ten-letter puzzle (CYBERSPACE). It is perhaps too new a word to be included in print dictionaries, but Wiktionary has several quotes dating back to 1997.

Words / Baccy
« on: February 22, 2015, 04:02:00 AM »
Only eight out of two hundred twenty players in yesterday's ten-letter challenge (CYBERSPACE) got a rosette, and most of those were the usual suspects at the top of the scoreboard. I suspect that baccy was the primary culprit.

If the Google n-gram viewer is to be believed, the word baccy is used twice as often in British English as in American English. Even then it is not common, since it occurs less than 0.0000040% of the time. My opinion is that baccy should be removed from the list of common words.

Say Hello / Happy birthday, a non-amos!
« on: January 20, 2015, 12:31:53 AM »
Happy birthday, A! I hope your company gave you the day off today and that Mrs. A is treating you right. May your day be full of yummy things!

Say Hello / Happy Birthday, roberts!
« on: December 23, 2014, 07:40:04 AM »
I have to keep having birthdays every year just to make sure you don't catch up with me =:o Here's hoping your day is jolly good!

Words / An interesting test of your English vocabulary
« on: June 22, 2014, 11:24:40 PM »
I have stumbled upon an interesting English vocabulary test, which is part of a study being run at the University of Ghent. They present you with a set of letter combinations (one at a time), which you indicate whether you recognize the combination as an English word or not. At the end of the test you can review various aspects of your personal results. You can take the test more than once.

I found the test by following links in a couple of blogs. One of the blog entries highlighted the gender differences for people who recognized various words. Modesty does not prevent me from sharing that first time through I recognized 96% of the real words and did not misidentify any of the non-words. I suspect that that my vocabulary is fairly gender neutral.

Words / dekko
« on: April 26, 2014, 07:47:35 AM »
Dekko made an appearance in a puzzle recently, listed as a common word. I would like to suggest that it be classified as less common, on the basis that it is regional slang.

Words / stroppier
« on: April 26, 2014, 07:44:42 AM »
I have never heard of stroppier, which was listed as common in the properties 10-letter puzzle. In my opinion, it ought to be banished to the less common category on the basis that it is regional slang.

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