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Words / nonstandard
« on: May 13, 2021, 02:25:36 AM »
Is that a non-standard spelling ?  :D

Words / Plurals (again)
« on: April 18, 2021, 10:53:48 PM »
I couldn't help but notice that in last week's "yummiest" 7-by-many game, "titties" was marked as "rare" whereas in the "scarcity / sacristy" game, "titty" was marked as "common". Surely this must be one of those cases where the plural is more common than the singular, rather than the other way round  ;)

Words / Metric units
« on: October 31, 2020, 06:25:55 PM »
In yesterday's 7-by-many, "gramme" was marked as rare and yet "milligramme" was common. I think "gram" and "gramme" are both acceptable spellings, with the former being more common. But I would have thought that if "milligramme" was considered common then "gramme" would have been too.

Words / Archaic adverbs?
« on: October 06, 2020, 08:35:55 PM »
Yesterday’s 7-by-many contained the triplet “hereat / whereat / thereat” and whereas (is that archaic?  ;)) “thereat” was deemed common, the other two were considered “rare”. Now, we could have a discussion as to whether they are all rare, or all common (each word got 81, 100, and 84 “hits” respectively, and  I personally feel an educated person would be aware of them, even if he or she never uses them), but I would have thought if one were common, then all three were common, or vice versa…

Words / Word suggestion: summons
« on: August 08, 2020, 03:28:51 AM »
This was not accepted in the MOMENTOUS 7 by many, whereas its plural "summonses" was! I guess this is because it's also  the second person singular of the verb "to summon", but it is nonetheless a fairly common singular noun in its own right and should be allowed, I  think.

Words / Word suggestion: lossless
« on: August 01, 2020, 03:37:27 PM »
"Lossless" (and its opposite, "lossy ") qualify data compression algorithms where the original data can be faithfully recovered, or is irretrievably lost, respectively (.mp3 files are "lossy" and .wav files are "lossless" for example).

Yes, they are technical terms but they have been around for quite a while and would be good candidates for "rare words", at least.

Words / Hippies
« on: July 27, 2020, 07:09:07 AM »
Not accepted, presumably because it's the plural of "hippie". However it is also the plural of "hippy" (which dictionaries list as a variant of "hippie" and which as an ageing hippy myself I am more familiar with!).

I accept that "hippie" might be more common, but I'd be curious to know if there is any rule governing cases where a word (such as hippies) is the plural of two different singular words (hippy, hippies) ?

Words / Anatomical adverbs
« on: May 30, 2020, 02:52:13 PM »
Aurally, anally, orally etc. are all accepted as words, even common ones, but "renally" comes up as unknown. It might not be as common as those above, but it's still a word, I think.

Words / felafel v falafel
« on: March 05, 2020, 08:44:27 PM »
According to yesterday’s 7-by-7 the game, the former is common whereas the latter gets the italic treatment. I had always seen is spelled “falafel” and indeed, if you click on the definition for “felafel”, it says: "(less common) alternative spelling of falafel". Also, if you google “felafel” it immediately pops up with “did you mean “falafel?”.

Candidates for reclassification? I think so....

Words / Emcee v Compere
« on: February 10, 2020, 07:17:17 PM »
Apparently the former is "common" (despite being a phonetic transliteration of "M.C." (master of ceremonies)) whereas the later is "rare".

I guess it must be a US v UK thing...

Words / Unmute (vb.)
« on: December 21, 2019, 12:49:03 AM »
A term with which anyone who has ever struggled with teleconferencing systems will be all too familiar, but nevertheless rejected by the 7-by-many yesterday!.

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