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Words / Re: Please tell Trump
« on: October 06, 2020, 11:19:18 AM »
The word 'retweet' got 'sorry, not known' in the current 7-by-many game.

That's all it means.

Words / Re: Please tell Trump
« on: October 05, 2020, 03:40:46 PM »
I think the only message I would pass on to Trump would be the one which appeared in the 'Guardian' recently -- 'Get well soon and prepare to get hammered in next month's election'

Words / Re: gulag?
« on: October 04, 2020, 01:35:27 PM »
I'm not saying the word should be rejected, simply that, as Gulag is more common than gulag (the evidence for this is on Google Ngram Viewer) its status should be at best 'uncommon'.

It would appear that the word gulag has, for some users, become a countable noun meaning 'forced labour camp' in which case it would be written in lower-case; I'm still not convinced, however, that the word should be common, especially as most of these horrific places have, hopefully, ceased to exist,

Words / Re: gulag?
« on: October 04, 2020, 11:14:26 AM »
That's not what the Google Ngram Viewer says, however.
It consistently shows Gulag (with a capital) to be more common than gulag (no capital) in both British and American English.

Wikipedia has this in its page on Gulag:
  'Although the term Gulag originally referred to a government agency, in English and many other languages the acronym acquired the qualities of a common noun, denoting the Soviet system of prison-based, unfree labor'.

However in both this article and in its article on Solzhenitsyn's 'The Gulag Archipelago'  the word is used either in its capitalized form (Gulag) or in its fully-capitalized form (GULAG) throughout .

Words / gulag?
« on: October 03, 2020, 08:39:39 PM »
A bit surprised to see gulag included as a common word (in yesterday's tautology 7-by many), not least because I'd always seen it capitalized.

Apparently the word is a Russian acronym meaning 'Chief Administration for Collective Labo(u)r Camps' 
Certainly sounds as though it should   be capitalized


Whatever / Re: More or Les (was Bloody Plurals)
« on: September 21, 2020, 07:37:19 PM »
What's green & dangerous?  A gooseberry with a machine gun!

What's yellow and dangerous? - Shark-infested custard.

The old ones are definitely the best.

Words / Re: Dralon
« on: September 19, 2020, 06:03:58 PM »
  She is always fossicking around on eBay trying to find it. 

fossick. What a wonderful word - and it's in COD along with fossicker, one who fossicks.

There is a Northern English word with much the same meaning - firkle, although as I have never seen it in print it might conceivably be spelled furkle or ferkle,

Are there any Lankies or Yorkies who can enlighten me? It's not Geordie, as far as I know.

Whatever / Re: More or Les (was Bloody Plurals)
« on: September 14, 2020, 08:08:18 AM »

,,,,,but man with hole in two pockets not feel too cocky all day!

Words / stretching a point?
« on: September 13, 2020, 07:19:05 PM »
re yesterday's subversive 7-by-many game.....

I think allowing rubberier as a common word is perhaps.....'stretching a point'??

 ;D ;D

Words / arrears - uncommon
« on: September 12, 2020, 02:46:27 PM »
I played arrears in yesterday's 7-by-many and was quite surprised to see that it was classed as 'uncommon'.

Going by our normal rule of thumb, I would have been fairly sure that arrears or the phrase 'in arrears' would be familiar to most educated native speakers everywhere.

According to the COD, arrears is a plural noun, which generally means that it has no singular.
It does, however, also mention the phrase 'in arrear' but points out that this is 'chiefly law' ie lawyers' jargon.
arrear was also classed as 'uncommon'

Words / Re: caboose -common?
« on: September 08, 2020, 06:48:02 PM »
Possibly the most famous use of the word  - I think that's where I learned it - is an old song with the wonderful title of 'In eleven more months and ten more days, I'll be out of the calaboose'. Quite popular when I was a child, as I remember. It's sung to a tune reminiscent of the 'Twenty Bottles of Beer on the Wall' epic, so possibly an American servicemen's drinking song?

Words / Re: caboose -common?
« on: September 07, 2020, 05:27:50 PM »
Thanks, Alan, obviously I accept your decision.

At least, I now know the difference between caboose and calaboose.
I had assumed that they were one and the same thing.

Words / Re: I'm curious
« on: September 02, 2020, 03:47:25 PM »
Another term of abuse fir Italians, used several times in 'The Godfather', sounds like 'guinea'. Not sure how it was spelled or where it was derived from.
'Dago' is from 'Diego' or 'James' in Spanish/Portuguese.

Words / selectmen?
« on: August 30, 2020, 04:23:12 PM »
The COD defines selectman as 'a member of the local government board of a New England town'


I did actually manage to play it, but only as a guess,  in desperation, after exhausting all other possibilities!

It may be common in New England, but I can't remember ever seeing it in Olde England.
There we call such people 'councillors'.


Words / Re: schusses??
« on: August 29, 2020, 05:40:24 PM »

For future reference, schussboomer is also an acceptable rare word.

...but is it (whatever it means!) ever like to appear in a Chi game?
At 12 letters, it's too long for the normal games, and being composed of 8 different letters, it's not going to appear in the '7-by-many'
Unless future plans include an '8-by-many'?

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