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1  General Category / Words / Re: Omicron on: February 15, 2020, 03:00:15 AM
Whenever I hear omicron, I think of the Futurama TV show:

Omicron, kappa, epsilon, and others are also used in fraternity and sorority names and in honor societies, so Greek letters will show up in pop culture over here too.
2  General Category / Words / Re: Locum on: February 13, 2020, 11:59:45 PM
I've never heard of locum before. A teacher who looks after classes in the absence of the regular teacher is a substitute. I'm not sure what a "stand-in" doctor is or what they do. Are they also a substitute? If that's the case, I don't know that I've ever had a doctor substitute for another one. We have practices where there are several doctors, and if one is out you might go to another one, but it's not necessarily because they're substituting for the other ones. They just all work together.
3  General Category / The Daily Quest / Re: Yesterday's GRANARIES game on: January 01, 2020, 02:25:33 AM
One of the words I missed for the supernova game was "arose." Do you know how many times I've read that word this last month to my young daughter?!
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
4  General Category / Words / Re: Whatsit in the WRISTWATCH game on: December 04, 2019, 04:37:28 AM
This whole thread has me thinking The Little Mermaid:
5  General Category / Word Games / Re: Chihuahua problems - fixed on: November 02, 2019, 12:13:39 AM
Yes, that's what happened to me. It wouldn't do anything (I couldn't type words or click on letters or links).
6  General Category / Words / Re: Word suggestion on: June 26, 2019, 03:37:24 AM
Thanks, Alan!
7  General Category / Words / Word suggestion on: June 05, 2019, 05:56:45 AM
8  General Category / Whatever / Re: More or Les (was Bloody Plurals) on: May 17, 2019, 12:31:37 AM
Oh Christine you are spot on!  I'd forgotten that the BBC fund it - waste of TV Licence (I always want to put an 's' not a 'c' no idea why!) money Roll Eyes
My upper lip is getting stiffer by the minute...

It's always with an S in the states. Come join us.  Demon
9  General Category / Words / Re: PAINTERLY on: April 06, 2019, 02:05:16 AM
Is it even a legit word?
Well, Tom, it is a real word - at least it's in the COD, meaning (a) 'of or appropriate to a painter' or (b) 'demonstrating effective use of paint'.
The problem, it appears to me, is that it still doesn't really seem to mean much.

How to use it in a sentence?
How about 'Van Gogh painted in a painterly way.' Of course he did; he was a painter - one of the greatest the world has ever seen.

The M/W examples of 'painterly used in a sentence' are not much better:
'He has a painterly eye.' and 'a painterly picture of the sea

In short, I get the impression that it's a word the English Language could do without.

But wait; maybe, skulking in the darkest recesses of the OED, there are similar words, pertaining to the other arts -
How about
'Rodin sculpted in a sculptorly way.'
'Nijinsky danced in a dancerly manner.'
'Caruso sang in a singerly fashion.'
or even
'Miles Davis trumpeted in a jazz-trumpeterly style'

I somehow suspect we won't be seeing any of these in a Chi game any time soon.

I agree with tpc, the term is used frequently in art history. And although I agree that it's's not overused in the way you describe here, Mike.

It doesn't refer to everything that was painted. It's usually a pretty distinct style where the brush strokes are visible, like with Van Gogh's or Monet's works.

In contrast, I generally wouldn't consider works from Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Mondrian, etc., as painterly artists.

10  General Category / Word Games / Re: New shuffling features on: March 26, 2019, 03:25:27 AM
11  General Category / Word Games / Re: New shuffling features on: March 20, 2019, 12:33:31 AM
Not really. Something on the right would be nice since most other commands are over there. Perhaps 8, so it's not too close to 0, for example.
12  General Category / Word Games / Re: New shuffling features on: March 19, 2019, 04:22:59 AM
Cool! Is there a keyboard command for Mix?
13  General Category / Word Games / Re: Dictionary on: March 13, 2019, 06:01:03 AM
Aha, that solved it. Thanks! I didn't even notice that was an option before; not sure how it got unchecked.
14  General Category / Word Games / Dictionary on: March 13, 2019, 12:21:11 AM
The popup dictionary doesn't work for me on Chi any more. Anyone else?

15  General Category / Words / Re: Thursday’s 7-by-many on: March 09, 2019, 05:11:47 AM
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