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Jacki

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Re: inconsistent antelopes?
« Reply #15 on: February 09, 2020, 04:03:27 PM »
Eland should be common.

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Re: inconsistent antelopes?
« Reply #16 on: February 10, 2020, 07:10:08 AM »
I always play ELAND when I can, should be common.

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Re: inconsistent antelopes?
« Reply #17 on: February 10, 2020, 11:36:36 AM »
To be honest I wouldn't know the difference between an eland, a springbok, a reebok, an impala and a gazelle.

 I do know all of the words and it seems a bit inconsistent that some of them are common and some are rare - and one of them (springbok) is now extinct - at least in Chi!!


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Re: inconsistent antelopes?
« Reply #18 on: February 11, 2020, 03:22:17 AM »

... and one of them (springbok) is now extinct - at least in Chi!!


Let's hope that Chi remains the only place where it's extinct.

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« Reply #19 on: February 11, 2020, 04:02:18 AM »
Indeed.

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Re: inconsistent antelopes?
« Reply #20 on: February 12, 2020, 09:40:55 PM »
If eland is rare, then what about coypu? - 31 hits from 287 in the compulsory game.

(Yes, I know it isn't a deer or an antelope)!!

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Re: inconsistent antelopes?
« Reply #21 on: February 13, 2020, 08:16:39 AM »
Yep another one of those quirky Chi words you learn if you play regularly.

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Re: inconsistent antelopes?
« Reply #22 on: February 13, 2020, 09:06:45 AM »
I'd have no problem with demoting coypu to rare. The animal isn't even called coypu everywhere!

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Re: inconsistent antelopes?
« Reply #23 on: February 13, 2020, 10:12:04 PM »
I'd vote for eland to be common.

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The animal isn't even called coypu everywhere!

I had to look it up and Google said its alternate name is Nutria which is Spanish for otter (Spanish crosswords!).

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Re: inconsistent antelopes?
« Reply #24 on: February 21, 2020, 02:59:22 PM »
I like animals, so I know all the species mentioned above.  I do know springbok, though I know eland a lot better, maybe because it's one of a relatively few animal species that begins with an "e" - a requirement in the games my family played at the dinner table as I was growing up.

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Re: inconsistent antelopes?
« Reply #25 on: February 21, 2020, 11:57:32 PM »
In a recent 7 by many dikdik came up (rare of course). A childhood devouring any book about animals paying off 50 plus years later!

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Re: inconsistent antelopes?
« Reply #26 on: March 07, 2020, 06:22:23 PM »
Well there doesn't seem to be anyone in favour of eland remaining rare, so it will be treated as common once again from now on.

The standard for making a word common has drifted somewhat over the years. My original thinking is reflected in this explanation, which is still found on the Q&A page:

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What do you mean by "common" and "rare" words?

The terms are relative - the words classed as "common" are meant to be more widely known and used than those classed as "rare". The aim is that a reasonably well-read English-speaking person will be likely to have encountered all of our "common" words at some time. There are indicators to show you how many of these common words you've found, and how many still haven't been found.

But the list relies on subjective judgement, so don't get angry if it includes some words you've never seen. You'll know them next time, right? (If you have any complaints or suggestions about the word lists, send them in, or post a message on the forum.)

There was a clear implication that not every common word would be known to every player. Perhaps it was when I began producing Chihuahua books, using the same common/rare word classification, that I started becoming more cautious about which words were treated as rare. In any case, I do seem to have ended up feeling that a word should be rare if there's any risk that some players wouldn't know it.

I'm not sure where exactly eland sits on the scale, but it's obviously a word that many people around the world are familiar with, so I'm restoring it to common status.
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Re: inconsistent antelopes?
« Reply #27 on: March 08, 2020, 07:31:10 AM »
Thank you, Alan. Good to see an animal moved off the endangered list, at least in Chihuahua!

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Re: inconsistent antelopes?
« Reply #28 on: March 08, 2020, 08:39:13 AM »
That's funny! And yes, thanks for listening and responding. I'll have to get used to it being common especially when I have LWS!