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« on: May 22, 2018, 02:07:48 AM »
A few days ago, in the ROCKABILLY puzzle of 16 May 2018, I missed the word carboy, which was classified as common. I did not know this word, and when I looked it up, I recognized what it was, although seeing the picture still did not jog any memory of the word in my mind. Since fewer than ten percent of the players found the word, I want to know whether most people know this word and just didn't find it, or is it actually not common?
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Re: carboy
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2018, 02:26:16 AM »
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Re: carboy
« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2018, 02:52:30 AM »
I have vague memories of learning the word in school chemistry lessons many years ago.

I think demijohn is a much more common term nowadays.
At least that's what I call the 20-litre containers that we use on water cooler / dispensers.

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Re: carboy
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2018, 04:23:58 AM »
My memory is even vaguer. I think I've come across this word, perhaps when reading about John George Haigh, but it's not common to me.

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Re: carboy
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2018, 08:38:53 AM »
I only knew the word becasue one of my uncles was a pharmacist, and he decorated his shop window with large carboys containing brightly-coloured liquids. I remember puzzling over the word when I heard it as a child, and it has stuck with me.

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Re: carboy
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2018, 12:10:06 PM »
I agree it's not really common. The word is used fairly infrequently, and mainly in specialist outlets, like websites about winemaking or brewing.

Carboy will be treated as rare in future.
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Re: carboy
« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2018, 08:08:01 PM »
How can you see how many players played a particular word?

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Re: carboy
« Reply #7 on: May 29, 2018, 08:29:38 PM »
Click the 'counts' box at the bottom of the board,

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Re: carboy
« Reply #8 on: May 29, 2018, 08:38:16 PM »
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Re: carboy
« Reply #9 on: May 29, 2018, 09:59:27 PM »
This is so exciting - another element to keep me fascinated with this engaging puzzle!

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Re: carboy
« Reply #10 on: June 15, 2018, 12:27:00 AM »
I vaguely know the word "carboy" as a container of liquids (not even sure of that), but I agree that it is not common.