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mkenuk

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caboose -common?
« on: June 20, 2020, 07:12:30 PM »
Having found 96 of the 97 common words in scoreboard, I was denied a rosette by caboose!!!!

I have only one thing to say! - grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!

 >:D >:D >:D

Sorry, Linda, This icon is not demonic enough!!

It was played by only 58 (from 327).

The game yielded only four rosettes (plus my honorary one which I award myself whenever I'm denied a rosette by a word which (imvho) should be classed as rare).



 

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Re: caboose -common?
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2020, 07:45:15 PM »
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Sorry, Linda, This icon is not demonic enough!!

I know!  That is our point.  The old version demon was cute but demonic.  The new one looks like a grinning idiot!  >:(

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Re: caboose -common?
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2020, 08:25:01 PM »
Ah, now I see.
Yes. I fully support your campaign!!

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Re: caboose -common?
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2020, 08:32:28 PM »
Is that better?
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Re: caboose -common?
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2020, 09:11:46 PM »
Not really!  Where is the old, lovely demon, Alan?

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« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2020, 10:35:40 PM »
Is this the one you're after?  >:D >:D >:D
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« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2020, 10:41:58 PM »
That's more like it!  Thanks, Alan, you've made my day ... doesn't take much, obviously!  >:D

I did have my doubts that he wasn't quite the same old demon but Pen thinks he is and, on closer inspection, I agree.  Will put him to good use!!  >:D >:D
« Last Edit: June 21, 2020, 12:27:34 AM by Linda »

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« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2020, 06:37:35 PM »
Meanwhile ... even though it's probably restricted to American usage, I'm familiar with the word caboose being used to describe a guard's van type unit of railway rolling stock.
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Re: caboose -common?
« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2020, 05:13:23 PM »
I'm not convinced that caboose should cease to be counted as a common word. I feel most players, wherever they are, would have heard of the word. The reason it was played by only about one in six of the players in the recent puzzle is probably partly because it's a tricky word to think of.

It has a number of dated and otherwise obscure meanings, but the main one is for a carriage occupied by crew members at the end of a train. As Cal says, the term guard's van is the roughly equivalent term outside North America. But in America or elsewhere, the word is quite likely to be used in a broader sense, often for something going behind other things, such as a sports team that's trailing its competition or a person's backside.

And then there's the classic children's book The Little Red Caboose, written in the 1950s by an American, Marian Potter, but sold around the world, e.g. W.H. Smith in the UK and Big W in Australia.
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Re: caboose -common?
« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2020, 05:27:50 PM »
Thanks, Alan, obviously I accept your decision.

At least, I now know the difference between caboose and calaboose.
I had assumed that they were one and the same thing.

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Re: caboose -common?
« Reply #10 on: September 07, 2020, 06:52:05 PM »
At least, I now know the difference between caboose and calaboose.

I don't think I've ever heard of either word.  :-R

Just possibly caboose (although I wouldn't have been able to say what it meant) but definitely not calaboose.

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Re: caboose -common?
« Reply #11 on: September 08, 2020, 08:05:08 AM »
I am familiar with the word caboose, probably due to my work history in the rail industry but i also vaguely know it as an American term for the backside & like Mike, i mistakenly thought it could also mean a prison which leads to the question is calaboose also classified as common?


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Re: caboose -common?
« Reply #12 on: September 08, 2020, 09:00:54 AM »
Trains in the US no longer have cabooses. They were eliminated decades ago.

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Re: caboose -common?
« Reply #13 on: September 08, 2020, 09:26:59 AM »
Definitely heard of caboose and thought it is a section of a train - calaboose not really.

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Re: caboose -common?
« Reply #14 on: September 08, 2020, 09:29:45 AM »
Over the years governments of all political parties have told us that we would have driver only trains in Queensland by 2010.
That did eventuate for freight trains but we still have guards on our passenger services.