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Words / peppery poser
« on: Yesterday at 08:24:35 PM »
In yesterday's 7-by- many game the 'keyword' was peafowl. It provided another example of variant spellings of an Arabic word. (Remember kebab / kabob a week or so ago?)

felafel (which my semi-literate spell-checker has just redlined) scored 59 hits (from 297) and was awarded 'common'.
falafel  (an alternative spelling, which my spell-check has also redlined, suggesting I might mean 'fella'), got 97 hits and was given 'rare'.

A glance at Google Ngram viewer would suggest that falafel is the more common of the two by some way in both British and American English.
Certainly during my time in the Middle East falafel seemed to be the 'accepted' transliteration.

Would a 'swapover' be in order for these two words?

Words / Re: Baldie/baldies
« on: October 24, 2020, 06:37:05 PM »
Would it cause too many problems to have a rule along the lines of:
'If a word classed as common which ends in consonant+y has an inflected form ending in '-ies', then that inflected form should also be allowed as common, regardless of whether there is alternative form of the word ending in '-ie'.?

A precedent, which I have mentioned before are the three words panty, pantie and panties, all of which are allowed in Chi. I can't remember which of them are common, however.

Words / Re: Saurian common?
« on: October 21, 2020, 10:15:54 PM »
I know the word well enough, but for some reason I always try to misspell it saurean!

Words / Re: Prevalence of words in US and UK
« on: October 21, 2020, 07:51:16 PM »
I think the word is from 'knacker', the slaughter-man who was responsible for disposing of large animals such as horses and cattle that were unfit for human consumption. The carcasses would be dismembered and turned into pet food or glue. Not a very nice profession, but, as they say, somebody had to do it. Orwell uses the word in 'Animal Farm', referring to the fate that awaits Boxer, the loyal, hard-working carthorse.

The secondary meaning of 'knackers' ('testicles') apparently may be from a dialect word meaning 'castanets'. 

Words / Re: Word suggestion: titsup
« on: October 21, 2020, 10:58:17 AM »
It's a very common expression, usually with 'go/going/gone', comparable to 'it's gone pear-shaped' or 'go belly-up'.

I can't remember ever seeing it in writing; I suppose I'd always assumed it would be written as two words - "Be careful it doesn't go tits up!"
The expression 'make a cock-up of something' is probably British, as is 'make a balls-up'; both of these colourful phrases are, I think, hyphenated.

Words / Re: Prevalence of words in US and UK
« on: October 18, 2020, 10:12:13 PM »
It was interesting to see that chiropody isn't much known in the US. Presumably the same would apply to chiropodist (a practitioner of chiropody). What word do Americans have for the treatment of feet?

podiatry /podiatrist I believe.

Words / Re: Prevalence of words in US and UK
« on: October 18, 2020, 10:09:21 PM »
re kwanza / Kwanzaa

Both words are in the COD, the Angolan currency kwanza with a small 'k' at the beginning and a single 'a' at the end.
Kwanzaa, on the other hand, the African-American holiday is written with a capital 'K' and a double 'aa' at the end.

The word in the original 'Separated by a Common Language' article is most definitely Kwanzaa, written with a capital 'K' but that may just be because it's the first word in a sentence.

Words / Re: Prevalence of words in US and UK
« on: October 18, 2020, 09:45:33 PM »
You're right, mkenuk, kabob is certainly a weird spelling. It's normally كَبَاب‎

Although I spent a fair bit of my working-life in the Arabic-speaking world, I never got round to learning to read the script.
One thing I did learn is that vowels are not normally written (except in the Q'uran) so that differences in spelling can occur when words are transliterated into English. The country Oman and the Jordanian city Amman look identical in written Arabic  apparently.

Words / Re: Prevalence of words in US and UK
« on: October 17, 2020, 10:23:12 PM »

Will be interested to see the British list.

It's not a secret. Click on the links that Alan provides in his message,

Words / Re: Prevalence of words in US and UK
« on: October 17, 2020, 08:28:33 PM »
I'm with you on this, Pat.
I don't think I knew any of these before I started playing Chi apart from chigger (a flea) and staph .
I knew kebab, of course but not this weird spelling of it.
I've since learned a couple of others: - (tamale and luau) which I have come across from time to time in films

By my reckoning, twelve of the twenty words relate to food, plus luau, at which I'm sure there's plenty of food.
I wonder if that's significant.

And I'm perplexed as to why the name for the Angolan currency (kwanza) would be common in the US?
I wouldn't have thought the two countries had much in common!


Words / Re: New word suggestion
« on: October 15, 2020, 04:24:51 PM »
I've never heard of unfinancial - (even my semi-literate spell-checker has put a red line under it)
Neither COD nor Chambers has an entry for it.
But then I'm neither an Aussie nor a Kiwi.

A few seconds' research shows that COD does have a secondary meaning for 'financial' :-
 (Australia / New Zealand  informal) - 'possessing money'.
Rather similar, perhaps, to the banking expression 'in funds'?

Whatever / Re: More or Les (was Bloody Plurals)
« on: October 09, 2020, 03:16:17 PM »

Stanley Baxter was the undisputed King of the 'Glesca patter merchants'

Fortunately there is still a fair bit of his material available.

Words / There's just no escape.....
« on: October 08, 2020, 03:50:20 PM »
There's just no escape from Trump and his buddy Bojo Johnson, even when playing Chi.

The key word in yesterday's 7-by-many? -- narcissism!

Words / Re: Archaic adverbs?
« on: October 07, 2020, 09:17:05 PM »
I'm sure we'll know your decision in the hereafter .


Words / Re: Archaic adverbs?
« on: October 07, 2020, 04:24:42 PM »
If ALL such words are to have the same classification, then it will have to be 'common'.

There is no way that therefore can be classed as 'rare'!


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