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Words / Re: nucleoli common?
« on: September 17, 2021, 02:47:51 AM »
I agree with Mike — nuclei is common, but nucleonic and nucleoli should be rare.

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Words / Re: two word suggestions
« on: September 17, 2021, 02:45:47 AM »
https://www.spanishdict.com/translate/derecho

Hispanics appear to be taking over US English while reclaiming the country!

Although American English has adopted a lot of Spanish words (of course, English has a long history of adopting words from other languages!), the term derecho was created by Gustavus Detlef Hinrichs, a Danish-born (now Germany) scientist who 'was fluent in Danish, French, German, Italian, and English, and knew some Greek and Latin' in 1888.

Derechoes are similar to squall lines, but tend to be more severe, longer in duration, and travel faster. They are very destructive.

Derecho, maybe not so.  We have stuck by Cyclones instead of having Hurricanes and Tornados

Meteorologists use the term cyclone to refer to any system of low barometric pressure. Some areas in the U.S. refer to tornadoes as 'cyclones'. But hurricanes (aka tropical cyclones) and tornadoes are very specific types of cyclones.

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Words / two word suggestions
« on: September 16, 2021, 02:27:29 AM »
derecho — a term which should be familiar to those with an interest in meteorology.

edamame — should be familiar to foodies, definitely growing in popularity.

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Word Games / Re: 7 by many club
« on: September 15, 2021, 11:06:40 AM »
I think tannoy as a generic term meaning speakers may be peculiar to the UK - I know Tannoy as a manufacturer of speakers but, probably, only because I was interested in hi-fi in my youth...

I think it is peculiar to the UK. In the U.S., the usual term is 'public address (system)' usually shortened to 'PA'.

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Word Games / Re: 7 by many club
« on: September 15, 2021, 02:29:19 AM »
re tannoy
I think it's a trademark and probably should have a capital; however the same could be said for  roneo and xerox and they are both allowed.

I've seen tannoy spelt without a capital often. I think it has become a 'generic trademark' like xerox and even google (though, probably because I do not use the Google search engine, I use the initial capital — and initially missed it as a word in the 7-by-many).

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Word Games / Re: Request for help re Chi books
« on: September 11, 2021, 02:22:47 AM »
All three appear available to me here in the U.S.

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Word Games / Re: Thank you Ppilot
« on: September 10, 2021, 01:58:25 AM »
How does one create a 7-by-many puzzle with specific letters? When I place a check along 'Allow letters to be reused (7-by-many puzzle), the Puzzle letters section is greyed-out.

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Word Games / Re: 7 by many club
« on: September 08, 2021, 10:25:07 AM »
The semi-literate spell-check attached to the forum has red-squiggly-lined it.

Actually, the spell-check is part of your web browser. If you right-click on a word so marked, you can almost certainly add the word to its dictionary.

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Words / Re: woolier / woollier inconsistency
« on: September 07, 2021, 03:41:11 AM »
A disappointed thanks, Alan. Perhaps this discussion will be remembered the next time I encounter those letters.

There are multiple reasons why I try to play only common words. When comparing results with my much better half, since we only compare common words it is easier if I don't need to sift through words we aren't comparing. Also, playing 'as many words as you can' would mean even more time spent on this addictive game and not doing things I ought to be doing. But, perhaps more importantly, my vocabulary is extremely eclectic and many words, were I to attempt to play them, would get a 'not known' response — and I'm not even including the many re- and un- words which aren't included in Chihuahua's dictionary. (Also, I try to not be too irritating with word suggestions.)

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Words / Re: word suggestion: avoidant
« on: August 26, 2021, 01:48:46 AM »
Thanks, Alan.

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Words / woolier / woollier inconsistency
« on: August 24, 2021, 11:46:12 AM »
Playing a Your Puzzles 7-by-many game. When woolier came up as rare, I didn't bother to try woollier. Got a surprise when the latter came up as common. Shouldn't they be the same?

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Words / Re: pyorrhoea common?
« on: August 20, 2021, 02:30:24 AM »
Thanks, Alan!

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Words / Re: faerie
« on: August 18, 2021, 12:47:38 AM »
It seems like Spenser's spelling didn't catch on all that widely for 400 years or so, but it has been much more widely used in the last 20 years or so. Check out the ngram chart. As others have suggested, many modern fantasy writers have adopted that spelling to get away from the Tinkerbell connotations of fairies.

Interesting that in the last decade Ngram shows the usage has declined in British English whilst continuing to increase in American English.

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Words / monsieur
« on: August 17, 2021, 01:58:56 AM »
Quite some time ago, senor was changed from common to rare. I think the same should be done with monsieur. In American English se๑or is w-a-y more common than monsieur.

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Words / Re: hotbox / hotboxes
« on: August 16, 2021, 10:41:33 AM »
In that case, perhaps both should be classified as rare!

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