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Words / Re: parolee - common?
« on: February 20, 2017, 11:28:35 AM »
Parolee is very familiar to me.
Plectra? Not so much


Whatever / Re: 2017
« on: January 01, 2017, 01:48:43 PM »

Happy New Year to all🍾🍾🍾

Words / Re: Spadework
« on: November 16, 2016, 05:06:21 AM »
For What (Little) It's Worth,

Sorry to see 'spadework' become rare on Chi. It is familiar to me in the sense described by RM. sigh. I've noticed that I tend to favor 'common' words staying 'common.' I enjoy exploring the richness of our language and think that it's just the extreme outward edges of the language ('Scrabble words' and highly specialized terms) that should be considered rare.

Best Wishes to All,


Whatever / Re: Voting in elections
« on: November 13, 2016, 03:41:20 AM »
Dear Pat,

None of those characteristics are distinguished on our ballot papers. In some primary elections, ballots are distinguished by party affiliation, but less and less often now that many of those races are open to all voters.
I think all the demographic information results from polls of one kind and another.

Best Wishes,


Whatever / Re: Good luck, America
« on: November 10, 2016, 03:27:02 AM »
Dear Fellow Chi Folk,

With trembling fingers, I write this. Nearly paralyzed with grief. Devastated. Never really understood that word until last night.
Consolation? It appears that Hillary Clinton actually won the popular vote. (I think it's the 5th time that's happened. The electoral college is a strange animal.) So, more than half of the voters are sharing this morning of desolation and near-despair.
Must stop now and try to breathe.

Word Games / Re: schlock
« on: September 22, 2016, 02:19:34 AM »
Dear Alan,

You are such a treasure! Thanks for all the research and thought you put into this game.



Word Games / Re: schlock
« on: September 19, 2016, 02:49:51 AM »
Schlock:One of those highly useful Yiddish words (schlock, schlep, schlemiel, schmaltz, chutzpah, glitch, klutz, shtick, spiel, maven, kvetch, etc.)
Love 'em all!


Words / Re: kohl
« on: September 18, 2016, 12:47:58 PM »
A familiar word to me. A powder used to darken the area around the eyes. I think of it as Middle Eastern, but I think it's used in other areas, too.

Whatever / Re: Birthday Boy!
« on: April 10, 2016, 12:40:21 AM »

Alan: Happiest of happy birthdays! Please don't think of this wish as belated; just think of it as extending the celebration. Best, best wishes and thank you for making this wonderful game possible.


Word Games / Re: New additions ... progress report?
« on: January 31, 2016, 06:40:30 PM »
Dear Alan,

Not bothered.


Words / Re: Word suggestion: blogger
« on: November 10, 2015, 04:24:48 AM »
re: blogger: gosh, yes!

Words / Re: repurpose
« on: September 06, 2015, 12:41:57 PM »
I'd call 'repurpose(d) pretty common in my word-world.


Words / Re: Well I never...
« on: August 28, 2015, 07:29:05 AM »
If I recall correctly, 'virgule' is French for 'comma.' That's the only context in which I've encountered it.


Words / Re: Orate/orated
« on: May 13, 2015, 04:45:23 AM »
I wondered the same thing...


Words / Re: Inconsistency?
« on: May 02, 2015, 04:03:13 AM »
Hi, Alan,

Thanks for your thoughtful discussion of customary spelling variations.

'Tyre' is familiar to me (as is 'storey,' not to open another can of worms).

Equally familiar are the 'ise' and 'ize' spelling variations, but I am much more likely to miss them in the puzzles. Who knows why?


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