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Words / Re: Lampshade game - Thursday 20th August Challenge puzzle
« on: August 28, 2020, 09:38:04 AM »
Well done!

Words / schusses??
« on: August 27, 2020, 05:43:18 PM »
I think for once the statistics don't lie.

Played by 13 from 290. I really don't know by what criterion this can be a common word?

Best of all, the singular / base form (schuss) was played by 18 and was classified 'uncommon'!!

Whatever / Re: More or Les (was Bloody Plurals)
« on: August 27, 2020, 05:31:55 PM »

 we’ve got plenty of our own idiots available

What did you expect when the only requirement for being a member of Johnson's cabinet was to support Brexit?

Words / Re: Lampshade game - Thursday 20th August Challenge puzzle
« on: August 27, 2020, 05:26:40 PM »
An abbreviation, Les.
An abbreviation is a shortening of a longer word: 'influenza' becomes 'flu' for example.

A contraction is when two words combine to become one. The most common contractions in English are negatives; 'have' + 'not' becomes 'haven't'

Next lesson - acronyms, mnemonics  and portmanteau words,


Words / Re: Lampshade game - Thursday 20th August Challenge puzzle
« on: August 26, 2020, 07:43:42 PM »
It may also be known by those who have worked in the desert countries of the Middle East.

Words / Re: Word suggestion - pharma
« on: August 24, 2020, 06:53:20 PM »
Thanks. Alan.
I suspect I might have first seen the word in John le Carre's 'The Constant Gardener', which was published in 2001.
The novel is largely an attack on the methods and practices of these multi-national organizations.

Words / Re: Lampshade game - Thursday 20th August Challenge puzzle
« on: August 24, 2020, 06:27:49 PM »
I'd go along with that.
It can be one of a set along with detox and decaf.

Words / Word suggestion - pharma
« on: August 20, 2020, 08:28:06 PM »
The COD defines the word as 'pharmaceutical companies collectively as a sector of industry' and notes that it is often used in the phrase 'big pharma'.
A secondary meaning is simply 'a pharmaceutical company'

The word is also in Wiktionary

Words / Fizziness -not known.
« on: August 15, 2020, 05:06:10 PM »
I tried ''fizziness' in yesterday's 7-by many, but got 'sorry, not known'
COD has it, as well as fizzily which might be worth remembering for future games, perhaps.

Words / Re: missing word? -racialize
« on: August 12, 2020, 07:08:14 PM »
Yes; if someone were to compile a list of 'Words the English Language Could Well Do Without, I think diarize would be at least in the top five!

Words / missing word? -racialize
« on: August 12, 2020, 06:30:33 PM »
I tried both racialize and racialized in yesterday's radicalize game, but got the sorry, not known reply both times.
They are in COD, along with the '-ise/-ised' variant spellings, as verbs derived from racialism.

Words / Re: Word suggestion: summons
« on: August 08, 2020, 03:53:36 AM »
It's been suggested before, Jancsika, by me and others. It's currently on the list of suggestions awaiting a decision.
You can read all about it here:

Whatever / Re: More or Les (was Bloody Plurals)
« on: August 07, 2020, 07:47:50 PM »
Old English sheepdog, known to most Old English people such as me as either the Dulux Dog, or as Boot, from the old 'Daily Mirror' cartoon strip, 'The Perishers'.

Wonderful dogs, wonderful temperament and very good with small children whom they sometimes try to herd like sheep!


Words / Re: Word suggestion: lossless
« on: August 01, 2020, 05:04:05 PM »
I'm far from being an IT buff, but even I have heard of FLAC (Free lossless audio codec).

Mind, I'm not saying I know what it means.

Words / Re: salut!
« on: July 31, 2020, 09:23:21 PM »
Thanks Alan

In Thai, the normal 'clink glasses' greeting is pronounced 'Chokdee' and it means 'good luck'

I'm not asking for it to be added to the Chi list!

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