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 on: Today at 09:13:14 PM 
Started by pat - Last post by Alan W
There's no doubt in my mind that unfulfilling should be accepted in future. The only question is: rare or common?

The word was, oddly, little used until the tail end of the 20th century, which probably explains why it was not accepted previously. (Although words of over 10 letters were added to the list only recently, for use in 7-by-many puzzles, they were derived from the same word list I used for the original words, back in 2005. That list was then a few years old, and had been based on dictionaries published some years earlier, which reflected word usage from some time before that...)

The OED has not fully updated its entry for unfulfilling since it first appeared in 1924. It gives one citation, from Shelley: "Alas! for Liberty! If numbers, wealth, or unfulfilling years, Or fate, can quell the free." The OED assigns the word to frequency band 3, explained as follows:

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These words are not commonly found in general text types like novels and newspapers, but at the same they are not overly opaque or obscure. Nouns include ebullition and merengue, and examples of adjectives are amortizable, prelapsarian, contumacious, agglutinative, quantized, argentiferous...

I'm willing to go out on a limb and say that unfulfilling is quite a bit better known than any of those words. Furthermore, the word is now quite often found in novels ("Lauren's life has been so much like a short, unfulfilling magic show, full of failed tricks and disappointing illusions." - The Christmas Town, 2017, by Donna VanLiere) and newspapers ("An absolute slog of a summer would seem to point to an unfulfilling end for manager Joe Maddon's club." - Chicago Sun-Times, September 2019).

Recently my views about which words are common have been influenced by a word list called 3of6game, which seems to match fairly closely my ideas of common words. This list includes the word  unfulfilling, but with a notation identifying it as a "signature word". These are words that the compiler of the list, Alan Beale, believes should be included even though they don't meet the relevant criteria. So presumably unfulfilling was in fewer than 3 of the dictionaries used in compiling the 3of6game list. But perhaps that's because the word's usage has been increasing over recent years, and not every dictionary has caught up with it.

Or maybe some dictionaries feel there's no need for an entry for the word since fulfilling is listed, and unfulfilling just means "not fulfilling".

In any case, I'm adding unfulfilling to our list as a common word.

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 on: Today at 01:54:39 AM 
Started by Les303 - Last post by Hobbit
back again...
Is it 'chickens are coming home to roost'?

Nearly home time Smiley




You were right - works a treat Smiley

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 on: Today at 12:54:47 AM 
Started by Les303 - Last post by Hobbit
Hi Jack

I liked the explanations of my previous puzzle.  Especially knuckle down!  I was going to use a picture of a bullet from a gun but I thought that might make it far too easy Demon  I found the motorbike by accident.  I'd heard of Royal Enfield but not a bullet!

I loved the joke laugh  I always especially enjoy the play on words jokes and a


Didn't have to scrape my windscreen this morning.  It was a tropical 3c!

     


A couple go to see a film and find that a few seats to their right is a man and his dog. The dog seemed well behaved enough so they didn't call an usher to complain. They watch the movie and notice that during the action scenes, the dog is on the edge of his seat, watching intently. During the the happy scenes, the dog wagged his tail happily. In the sad scenes, the dog would whimper. And in the scary scenes, the dog hid under the seat. When the movie was over, the couple approached the dog owner. The wife said "We can't believe how much your dog enjoyed the movie." The dog's owner replied "Me either. He didn't like the book."

I haven't got your puzzle yet but I will return to it a bit later...meanwhile do you want your martini


Bit miffed I couldn't find Roger Moore as he was my favourite Bond laugh



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 on: Yesterday at 02:20:03 PM 
Started by Les303 - Last post by Ozzyjack
It's funny some days I find stuff quite easily & then others as you say it's much harder to find material that is worth posting.

Hi Pen,

I know exactly what you mean – it’s either feast or famine – a bit like my golf.  In the past, I have tended to make longer posts on the “feast” days and shorter posts on the “famine” days.  I try hard not to use repeat material or put rubbish in to fill up the space.  Rubbish of course is in the eye of the beholder, so I won’t  always be seen to succeed.  In future, on “feast” days, I will store some material for the “famine” days.

That was a great puzzle, Pen.  If it hadn’t been for Google Image I never would have twigged the name of the motorbike.

This is a good write up on the first part

Here is a write-up of the second part.

Sounds like you will need to put a cover over your windscreen at night for a few months. Wink


Blue likes to demonstrate how an Ocker can also be a cosmopolitan and this is one of his favourite stories.

Quote from: Blue
During the collapse of the USSR, there were shortages everywhere – and they were using a coal fired locomotive to escape to the West.  They didn’t have much fuel, and they were traveling on a dark and storm night, because who knew how long the border would be open.
 
We can’t go much further,” the fireman told the engineer. “We’re down to running on the heat from the coals.”  The engineer asked the fireman to fetch the porter.
 
You’re from around here, aren’t you?”  The porter nodded.  “You know where we could buy some coal?”
 
My uncle runs a coal yard.  He owes me a favor.”  The engineer asked where the coal yard was.  “I think we’re a couple of miles from there.  He’s right close to the train station.
 
Which station would that be?”  “Well,” the porter said, “they called it Danzig before WWII, when they charged the name back to Gdansk, but the locals keep tearing down the new sign that covers the name painted directly on the station, so it could be either one.”
 
They could see they were approaching a community in the infrequent lightning bolts, so the engineer sent the fireman to hang over the railing at the front of the locomotive with an oil lantern, and try to read what the station house said.
 
As they got close, the engineer shouted, “What’s it say?”
 
Hard to tell, but I think it’s DANZIG IN THE DARK
 
So the engineer jerked on the brakes, and yelled, “Buy coal, porter!”


       



I”ll leave you with this one  8,6,4,2,5

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 on: Yesterday at 01:59:45 PM 
Started by a non-amos - Last post by a non-amos
I will probably not save any for planting. 

I learned that this is actually an invasive species.  The native variety is far less productive and does not taste as good.  That means it's our civic duty to eat as many as we can in order to reduce the spread of invasive species.  Twist my arm.

This might be the first time that an invasive species helped the local ecology.  The bears love them, too.  Likewise many other critters.  What had been a famine is now a feast.

I don't need to worry much about planting them.  The birds to that.  On windshields, sidewalks, pedestrians, and on every square inch of viable soil.  It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven . . . but from the south end of northbound birds.

- A

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 on: Yesterday at 05:44:42 AM 
Started by Les303 - Last post by Hobbit
Sorry Jack I wasn't being mean!  honest Demon  I got busy & finished in a hurry & totally forgot!  You are correct about it being 4, 3, 6, 3, 7 4.

It's funny some days I find stuff quite easily & then others as you say it's much harder to find material that is worth posting.  I will take any suggestions and/or guidance from you.  I never thought about using the search bar which is why I probably end of repeating myself sometimes.

I found the article about 'big girl's blouse' interesting Smiley  Odd how some things end up as part of our language. 

Have a fab Wednesday Smiley

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 on: Yesterday at 04:23:28 AM 
Started by Les303 - Last post by Ozzyjack
You have an amazing memory Smiley  I'd totally forgotten about our previous discussion!  It wasn't that long ago either Roll Eyes  Was your challenge 'big girl's blouse'?  Took me a couple of visits to suss it.  I was starting with poster & that flummoxed me laugh

Actually, Pen, I have a poor memory which is why I make extensive use of the tools at hand. It doesn’t always work but the search tool at the top of the page has saved me many times from posting repeat material.  I certainly don’t have the time or the energy to go back through previous posts page by page. I don’t know about you but I am finding it harder and harder to get new material of acceptable standard.

You nailed my puzzle. I thought the pattern would be a dead giveaway. WWW gave it an interesting write-up

I notice you have been mean and stopped using patterns.  Wink  Was your last puzzle 4,3,6,3,7,4.

Must go.  I  might have time to get an hour’s kip in.

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 on: Yesterday at 12:57:12 AM 
Started by Les303 - Last post by Hobbit
Hi Jack

Just gearing myself up for a busy afternoon on fracture clinic!
 

You have an amazing memory Smiley  I'd totally forgotten about our previous discussion!  It wasn't that long ago either Roll Eyes  Was your challenge 'big girl's blouse'?  Took me a couple of visits to suss it.  I was starting with poster & that flummoxed me laugh

I loved the animal pictures Smiley  Made me really chuckle & cheered up a very cold, grey day.  I had to scrape the ice of my car this morning.  Just the start of things to come I'm guessing Sad

     

I'm going to
and

Penx


 9 
 on: November 19, 2019, 09:45:13 PM 
Started by Les303 - Last post by Ozzyjack
Hi Pen,

I think the answer to your puzzle is one of your favourite idioms.

It's funny (I'm sure we've had this conversation before!) how we use funny expressions without barely thinking about it.  One of my favourites is "it's black over Will's Mother's" or "I'll go to the foot of our stairs".

Well remembered, Pen.  Because on 5 February you asked why we say it?  The best I could do was quote from this source.  It was often used by George Formby and although nobody seems to know why, it was reserved for some surprising but not earth-shattering news.

You’ve cracked my puzzle again,  The WWW write-up is worth a read.

Blue got arrested in the supermarket yesterday.  Apparently when the Checkout chick said “strip down, facing me” she was referring to his visa card.

Actually, Blue is noted for his gracious manners.  He was woken up one morning at 4.44 A.M. by his ringing telephone… “Your dog’s barking, and it’s keeping me awake,” said an angry voice. Blue thanked the caller and politely asked his name and number before hanging up. The next morning at precisely 4.44 A.M., Blue called his neighbour back.  “Good morning, Mr. Williams… Just called to say that I don’t have a dog.

 

I’ll stick with WWW for today’s puzzle  3,4’s,6




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 on: November 19, 2019, 09:44:17 PM 
Started by a non-amos - Last post by yelnats
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This spring we had a bumper crop of wild raspberries.

I just realised that spring was six months ago for you. We're only just finishing spring.

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