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Words / You say 'chapatti', I say ... what?!!!
« on: September 04, 2010, 11:12:14 PM »
Earlier this week there was a puzzle in the Your Puzzles section for which one of the less common words in the solution was chapati, the well known Indian bread. No issue here. I was pretty pleased with myself that I found it. But -- I missed the rosette by one word, and that word was chapatti! Who knew that chapati could be spelled with two t's? This is common? Maybe in Britain. If you search on chapatti in Google, it says "Did you mean: chapati?" Wikipedia spells it chapati or chapathi. I would like to suggest that this word be reclassified to less common.

Say Hello / Happy Birthday, CornflakeGirl!
« on: June 21, 2010, 11:35:06 AM »
CornflakeGirl, here's hoping your friends put some extra sprinkles on your cornflakes in honor of your special day. Happy birthday!

Say Hello / Happy Birthday, Colhad!
« on: June 21, 2010, 11:31:30 AM »
Colhad, your birthday may be over where you are, but it's still party time here at Inside the Beltway. So -- happy birthday, and party on, Dude!

Say Hello / Happy Birthday, bobbi!
« on: May 30, 2010, 12:14:11 AM »
Happy birthday, bobbi, wherever you are! Here's hoping only good things are coming your way.

Words / Get shirty!
« on: April 28, 2010, 01:48:35 AM »
Actually, I don't mean to get shirty, maybe just 'whinge' a bit. I would like to suggest that shirty, which appeared as a common word in yesterday's standard puzzle, is not a common word in the United States. I would go so far as to suggest that it is rare, even, in these parts.

Say Hello / Happy Valentine's Day!
« on: February 15, 2010, 02:03:41 AM »
Happy Valentine's Day to one and all <3 <3 <3 Any forum mate who can make it to the Rogue residence today may share in the box of chocolates that RF has lovingly bestowed on me. After that, all bets are off!

Say Hello / Happy New Year, Tiger!
« on: February 15, 2010, 01:53:42 AM »
Happy Chinese New Year to all you Tigers and friends of Tigers!

You can read about Tigers here,, and if you're not a Tiger, this will lead you to a description of your own Chinese zodiac sign. I myself am a Rat, as I revealed in this forum a couple of years ago.

Words / Quod
« on: December 23, 2009, 11:04:48 PM »
I did not pass GO. I did not collect $200. I didn't even go directly to quod! Another sample of British slang that has infiltrated the Common list...

Words / One if by land, two if by sea, three if by Chi ....
« on: August 04, 2009, 07:27:40 AM »
Alan, one of the "common" words in the standard puzzle for 2 Aug 09 was chinwag. I would submit that this is uncommon, even unknown (generally), in the United States. Per the Free Dictionary: Brit, Austral & NZ informal.

Words / erging
« on: July 11, 2009, 04:49:21 AM »
Alan, I know you're not too fond of words that aren't in dictionaries, but I would like to propose the word erging, prounounced with two hard g's, not rhyming with urging. This is the present participle and gerund of the verb to erg, which means to exercise on an indoor rowing machine (ergometer). I first learned this word more than a decade ago when one of the Rogue Daughters went out for her high school's crew team. They spent the winter months erging in preparation for spring, when they could put their boats out on the water. When one googles "erging crew," one gets 408,000 hits, and erging has been cited in Double-Tongued Dictionary

Say Hello / Happy birthday, bobbi!
« on: May 29, 2009, 03:09:23 PM »
Happy birthday, bobbi! Here's hoping you can take a little time from your studies to have a little fun, even if you can't be with your forum mates. It's Friday, after all...

I saw a license plate the other day that reminded me of you. It was on a very sporty convertible, and it read GO-DIVA!

Words / Alpha, beta, gamma ...
« on: April 01, 2009, 10:36:27 PM »
Quite a number of Greek alphabet letters are listed as common in Chihuahua, as they should be, the notable exceptions being those with only two or three letters. I was a little startled though, to find that zeta was listed as less than common -- rarer than such luminaries as omicron and upsilon. Now I'm curious if there are any other Greek letters that are classified as rarer.

I will say on its behalf that math majors use zeta quite frequently, as do various university fraternities and sororities. Granted, it isn't as widely used by the general populace, but is it alone among its peers in its relegation to less than common status?

Words / The Lord giveth, and Chi taketh away
« on: February 22, 2009, 02:17:46 AM »
Alan, I was shocked, shocked I tell you, to discover that giveth is not accepted in Chi. I tried it twice, just to make sure I hadn't misspelled it the first time. I know one can't go around adding -eth to any old word and claiming it's legitimate, but I think this one's a keeper.

Words / Wodge it all about, Alfie?
« on: January 25, 2009, 03:37:29 AM »
... the common word list is highly vulnerable to unintentional bias, stemming from my limited exposure to the way English is spoken around the world.

Alan, as I have written before, when these regional words come up, I tend to try to learn them rather than complain. I keep a list, though, so here are a few currently on the common list that have stumped this Yankee gal: boyo, chunter, demob, toff and wodge. Innit, nowt, and summat are also very English, but at least I saw them pretty frequently while reading Thomas Hardy. And thanks to Harry Potter, I doubt there are very few American young people who don't know the word snog.

Say Hello / Happy birthday, roberts!
« on: December 23, 2008, 09:02:40 AM »
And many happy returns to a man of uncertain age from a woman of a certain age. ;)

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