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missing word - minueted
« on: September 04, 2014, 06:32:57 PM »
I tried 'minueted' in the recent 'Inducement' game and got 'sorry, not known'. My first thought was that the word probably needed a double 't' (minuetted), but a quick check in the COD later showed that 'minueted' (one 't') was correct, as indeed was 'minueting'.

Looks like Chi is slightly 'out of step' with the COD.


ps - still on a dance theme,  I also tried 'tendu' a term from ballet meaning 'stretched out and held tautly'.
Likewise it met with 'sorry, not known'.
I know that 'plie'  is accepted as uncommon - it comes up very regularly; maybe 'tendu' could join it?


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Re: missing word - minueted
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2020, 09:45:40 PM »
Quite a few dictionaries don't recognize minuet as a verb, but in COD we trust. It's also in the online Oxford and in Wiktionary, which provides three supporting quotations. I'll add minueted and minueting as rare words.

Tendu is in quite a lot of dictionaries, so I'm a bit surprised it wasn't in our original word list. But when I looked for usage examples, I found a lot of them were about "tendu leaves". It turns out that, in addition to its ballet meaning, tendu, sometimes written with a capital T, is the name of a tree found in many parts of India. The tendu leaves are used as the wrappers in the little cigarettes known as bidis, or beedis. The word will be allowed in future, as a rare word.
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