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Words / Re: An anomaly?
« on: June 07, 2023, 02:56:47 AM »
Yesterday's 10 letter puzzle included the words hereof, hereon, hereto, hereunto, thereof, thereon, thereto and thereunto.  All of them were classed as common except hereon.  That seems anomalous to me.  If all the others are common, shouldn't hereon be common too?  I think it should.

Thank you — saved me having to write the same thing!!  :D

Words / Re: Saturday 20 May 7-by-many PASTIME puzzle
« on: May 24, 2023, 01:48:33 AM »
Absurdly common words like TIMESTAMP and SITEMAP aren't in this game's database, yet words that are obscure-to-me such as "beerier" and "sisal" are considered "common". There seems to be no rhyme nor reason to what makes a word common or not in this game. That said, both TIMESTAMP and SITEMAP deserve to be common words.

Different people have different vocabularies and different ideas as to what constitutes commonness.

Whatever / Butterflies
« on: May 17, 2023, 01:42:40 PM »
Thought a few forumites would find this of interest:
The Origin of Butterflies: A 100 Million-Year-Old Mystery Unraveled

Words / Re: Daily Puzzle 14 May 2023 - SPOILER ALERT!
« on: May 16, 2023, 01:27:04 AM »
Hi Alan,

In today's Daily Puzzle, I put in the word 'gallow' which came up as a rare word = fair enough. I put in 'gallows' which came up as unknown. Yes, it is adding a simple 's' to the word but it is a 'gallows', used as a single word where people are hung or other stuff is hung up. I believe there is a case for adding 'gallows' as a common.

Same here. I was planning on bringing it up after the puzzle closed.

Words / Re: word suggestion: isolect
« on: May 04, 2023, 02:32:00 AM »
Thanks, Alan.

Whatever / Re: More or Les (was Bloody Plurals)
« on: May 02, 2023, 01:15:13 AM »
May i suggest getting all electric appliances? Induction cooktops are great and so easy to clean and avoid the toxic combustion by-products of fossil gas (which i understand is pretty pricey over there at present)

We were leaning towards an induction cooktop when looking to replace the old appliance a couple of years ago — until we learnt that induction cooktop can be a problem for those with a pacemaker (my wife).

Words / Re: An interesting anomaly
« on: April 20, 2023, 01:38:01 AM »
I agree with Alan's suggestion. Scooter and creosote to remain common and all other verb tenses of those words to be rare.

I agree.

Words / Re: Words disallowed in NYT Spelling Bee puzzle
« on: April 15, 2023, 01:56:20 PM »
FWIW, my office productivity software suite (LibreOffice) offers the following versions of English:
English (Australia)
English (Belize)
English (Botswana)
English (Canada)
English (Denmark)
English (Gambia)
English (Ghana)
English (Hong Kong)
English (India)
English (Ireland)
English (Israel)
English (Jamacia)
English (Kenya)
English (Malawi)
English (Malaysia)
English (Mauritius)
English (Nambia)
English (New Zealand)
English (Nigeria)
English (Philippines)
English (South Africa)
English (Sri Lanka)
English (Trinidad)
English (UK)
English (USA)
English (Zambia)
English (Zimbabwe)

And I'm sure someone could point out a version which wasn't included!  ;D

Words / Re: An interesting anomaly
« on: April 15, 2023, 08:09:22 AM »
I found scootered before creosoted (as did my much better half). Her reaction to finding creosoted was 'it was an odd word'.

I have my doubts about creosoted being 'common'.

Words / Re: Words disallowed in NYT Spelling Bee puzzle
« on: April 15, 2023, 05:31:58 AM »
This smug and breezily tossed off indictment of an entire country should be called out for what it is   — unabashed prejudice   
Not witty. Harmful and unworthy of the readers of these pages


Hear! Hear!

Interestingly, according to the UK has only the sixth largest population (by country) of English speakers — behind USA, India, Pakistan, Philippines, and Nigeria.

Word Games / Re: 7 by many club
« on: April 07, 2023, 12:36:18 AM »
3 errata for me. With karat I was weighed down by the American spelling handicap, but if I tried to find such an excuse for aerate I'd be blowing in the wind...

? ? ?

The words karat and carat refer to two different things.

Words / Re: AQUIVER in yesterday’s QUAVERING game
« on: April 05, 2023, 08:51:07 AM »
The word aquiver is one of those words whose meaning is easily enough sussed out because the word quiver is definitely common. But it isn't a word I would know was a word and I don't typically play shots in the dark (lest I'm really, really desperate). If I missed a rosette because I'd missed aquiver as a common word, I'd be dismayed.

Words / Re: AQUIVER in yesterday’s QUAVERING game
« on: April 05, 2023, 01:11:55 AM »
I'd say it's less well known than astir except, perhaps, for those readers of the type of books that Jackie mentioned. I know the word but I wouldn't say it's common.

What Pat said.

Whatever / Re: Daylight savings
« on: April 02, 2023, 12:36:56 PM »
pet peeve: there is no 'savings' of daylight; the name is STUPID. And I hate messing around with the clocks.

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