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 on: Today at 06:00:43 AM 
Started by Les303 - Last post by Ozzyjack
Hi  Pen,

Glad you enjoyed your movie and  massage. 

I find I am getting lazier by the day even though I have got on the treadmill for fifteen minutes for the last two days.  I didnít know I could sweat so much.

I liked your puzzle.  Here a couple of funnies:


 on: Today at 04:08:04 AM 
Started by Les303 - Last post by Hobbit
Hi Jack

You & Moyra are making me hungry Hungry  Dinner's in the oven & Zoe's in the shower so I thought I'd take the opportunity to drop you a quick line.  You're spot on with the answer to her puzzle Smiley  Skyscraper was hilarious laugh  Totally far fetched & improbable but enjoyable with a nice glass (or 2 Demon) of pink pinot Smiley  He had a prosthetic leg which he ripped off a couple of times & put to good use opening panels & ramming it in closing doors laugh

We've been out to Buckingham this afternoon enjoying a relaxing massage.  It was a Christmas present to ourselves & very nice too.  I'm now a little short of time so a very easy puzzle today & Zoe's leaving a tricky one for tomorrow laugh

This is a painting by the artist whose garden I visited on holiday.  It's 4 words.  The word pattern is 5, 4, 1, 7.  You only want half of the 2nd picture!

I'm being told to move myself & my laptop so we can have dinner laugh

I loved your pictures by the way laugh

So I'll simply say have a cracking day & see you soon Smiley

 on: Today at 02:26:12 AM 
Started by TRex - Last post by mkenuk

I think we are at cross-purposes here, Linda.

'Nonce' is certainly British slang for a child molester, but that's a fairly recent word.
COD says '1970s, origin unknown'.

The other, much older, meaning of 'nonce' is 'occasion' - hence the linguistic term 'nonce word' - a word that is invented by an author for literary reasons.

 on: Today at 01:41:22 AM 
Started by TRex - Last post by Linda
To me, the word is far more sinister:

(Britain, slang, derogatory, prisons) A sex offender, especially one who is guilty of sexual offences against children.

 on: Yesterday at 05:16:29 PM 
Started by Les303 - Last post by auntiemo
Hi Jack,
You said hotel and I "assumed"....The Lighthouse is a favourite of ours and has been for many years. We don't dine-in very often, but when we do, we're rarely disappointed.
There's plenty of history between The Grand View, The Lighthouse and The Courthouse Restaurant and all within a 1.7 kms stretch.
We are spoiled for choice in the Redlands. So many places to choose from, and you made a good choice yesterday.

 on: Yesterday at 12:22:57 PM 
Started by Les303 - Last post by Ozzyjack
Hi Moyra,

I looked at Google maps to work out where we had lunch and got it wrong. i remembered some conversation about the Grand View but I checked with the family and we had lunch at the Lighthouse.  We ate our seafood out on the verandah next to the bar.  They do a great family pack which we supplemented with extra calamari and John Dory. The restaurant looked nice and we put it on our bucket list.

 on: Yesterday at 10:52:17 AM 
Started by TRex - Last post by TRex
The phrase 'nonce word' is  not meant to be dismissive in any way. It's simply a term in linguistics for 'a word or expression coined for one occasion'. (COD)

Which suggests, IMO, that it is a one-time usage and not suitable for Chihuahua. That is why I used 'dismissive'. That's all.

 on: Yesterday at 10:46:20 AM 
Started by TRex - Last post by Jacki
Yep, when my son was little and we would roll up the hems on his jeans, he would call them "pags". And pags it is from now on in our house. Not sure it would qualify for Chi but it is cute!

 on: Yesterday at 10:08:05 AM 
Started by Les303 - Last post by auntiemo
Aaahh Jack. We drive past The Grand View to get our seafood !   Takeaway fish and chips  from The Lighthouse (eaten in the park) or Sandcrab Lasagne if we're hobnobbing in the restaurant...with a cold glass of a crisp white.

 on: Yesterday at 08:49:07 AM 
Started by TRex - Last post by mkenuk
The phrase 'nonce word' is  not meant to be dismissive in any way. It's simply a term in linguistics for 'a word or expression coined for one occasion'. (COD)

There are plenty of examples of nonce words in literature - 'yahoo' for instance from the fourth part of 'Gulliver's Travels', not to mention 'houyhnhnm' from the same book.
The first has survived to the present with the meaning of 'ill-mannered lout'; the second is less well-known, perhaps because so few people know exactly how to pronounce it!!

Writers of fantasy and science-fiction are constantly inventing new concepts and are, as you say, of necessity inventing new (nonce) words to name these concepts.
I mentioned J.K. Rowling's 'Floo powder'. Other examples from the same author would be 'muggles' (non-magical people) and 'portkey' (an ordinary object such as an old boot which may be used by witches and wizards for travelling to other places)

Lewis Carroll's famous  'Jabberwocky'  from 'Alice' contains many nonce words - 'brillig', 'slithy', 'toves', 'gyre','gimble' and 'wabe' - and that is only from the first two lines!
Many an English teacher has spent many an English lesson getting his/her students to suggest what Carrol's words might mean.
At least one nonce word from the poem, 'chortle' has made it to common status on Chi!
No mean achievement.

Finally, the immortal bard himself is credited with the longest nonce word in English - 'honorificabilitudinitatibus' from 'Love's Labours Lost'.

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