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Words / Re: Two reclassification requests
« on: March 21, 2023, 11:56:43 AM »
One other recent usage of orate is as the opening word in Wordle, favoured by some of those who like to check out most of the vowels ASAP. E.g. The best Wordle opener is ORATE. (I prefer arise myself.)


fifteen different letters, covering (last time I calculated) over 83% of the letters used in the words Wordle had used since its beginning.

Words / Re: Common vs. Uncommon pangrams form March 18th
« on: March 20, 2023, 01:07:52 PM »
I'll review this issue in due course, but I would argue that it's not inconceivable for a poly- word to be more common than its base word. Consider polyester and ester.

But, IIRC, both polyester and ester are common words in Chi.  >:D

Words / Re: Two reclassification requests
« on: March 19, 2023, 03:35:35 AM »
I'm of two minds regarding orate.

One thought is that I dislike adding common words because it makes attaining a rosette more difficult.

OTOH, reclassifying orate from common to rare has always struck me as a 'dumbing down' of Chihuahua because it seems — at least to me — that it is a word which any 'well read' person should know without having to resort to a dictionary.

Words / Re: chignon is common?
« on: March 14, 2023, 02:21:00 AM »
Thank you, Alan.

Words / Re: Shoosh
« on: February 25, 2023, 02:20:58 AM »
Merriam-Webster and the best dictionary in the world,the Macquarie  >:D, allow both spellings.  A small selection of British dictionaries that I consulted did not acknowledge Shoosh.

The best dictionary of the English language is the Oxford English Dictionary!

When I submitted 'shoosh' to the OED, it asked if I meant hoosh, skoosh, sloosh, swoosh, or whoosh. It did not recognise 'shoosh'.

When I was in my teens (many years ago), I expected to be living on Mars by now.  Was anyone else a Robert Heinlein fan?

Not particularly a fan of Heinlein, but when men walked on the moon I was in my teens and thought people would be living on Mars (as well as the moon) by now. So disappointing.

Words / Re: Wednesday 12 January 7-by-many GOVERNESS/ES puzzle
« on: February 11, 2023, 10:02:42 AM »
Can’t claim to understand that, but it is impressive.
Lear, Milligan, Carroll or closer to home?

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Words / Re: Wednesday 12 January 7-by-many GOVERNESS/ES puzzle
« on: February 09, 2023, 03:14:41 PM »
I much preferred the Vorlon (B5) to the Vogon. Even the Vorgon (STNG) were more interesting than the Vogon, IMO.

Words / Re: Thursday 13 January 7-by-many BREEZINESS puzzle
« on: February 08, 2023, 03:23:41 PM »
However, such examples are few and far between, so I think the word should remain rare, unless someone can come up with an offer that might change my mind.

 ;D ;D ;D ;D

Words / Re: Monday 30 January 7-by-many EXULTANT puzzle
« on: February 01, 2023, 04:25:46 AM »
The OED lists the word as obsolete (in all its forms).

Words / Re: Saturday 28 January 7-by-many BANISHES/SHABBINESS puzzle
« on: January 31, 2023, 04:16:08 AM »
Better to be a hasbeen, than a neverwas.

Words / Re: Vise
« on: January 27, 2023, 04:50:10 AM »
Do a search on the forum. It has been discussed in the past — quite a bit, IIRC.

Unfortunately, AFAIK, a search cannot be done on just the word, it is always done on the combination of letters in order so the search results require examination of each hit. :-(

Words / Re: DRUTHERS in yesterday’s UNDERSHIRT ten letter game
« on: January 24, 2023, 03:48:48 AM »
I grew up in the US Central states (Kansas, Nebraska).  I often heard the phrase "Given my druthers, I'd ..." and I've probably used it on occasion.  I didn't play it because I didn't think it would be common.

My father (grew up in New Jersey) used it. My mother (grew up in Québec and Maryland) did not. Neither my wife nor I use it.

Words / Re: DRUTHERS in yesterday’s UNDERSHIRT ten letter game
« on: January 23, 2023, 05:40:18 AM »
To me, the word DRUTHERS is quite common in the US; my laptop dictionary marks it as "North American informal." That seems to be reason enough to omit it, as I infer from ther subtext of more than a few of the comments above. I have no problem with removing all North American informal words, as long as all UK informal words, Australian informal words, New Zealand informal words, and all informal words used in whatever community of native English speakers are likewise removed.

I believe Alan's goal has been to ensure informal words are not classified as 'common' (i.e. as 'rare'). IMO, he has done an excellent job (and of the whole operation of these games!).

Word Games / Re: 7 by many club
« on: January 22, 2023, 04:21:27 AM »
All my missed words I may have got in a lower scoring game, but brain overload set in. And courtesy of the #1 ladies detective agency I kept seeing Gaborone. And I would never consider baronage common! Probably unknown in the US.

I think baronage is well-known in the USA. We may not have them, but we read enough / see enough stories with them! And we have plenty of [robber] barons!

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