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Morbius

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Cozened common?
« on: November 07, 2021, 09:59:19 PM »
Found by only 15 of 312 players in the recent RECOGNIZED puzzle.  It's certainly not common to me.  I'd suggest reclassification might be in order.

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Re: Cozened common?
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2021, 10:59:28 PM »
Was just about to post the same sentiments. Apparently it means to become cozy, or to cheat.
Either way it sure ainít common to me!
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Re: Cozened common?
« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2021, 07:46:07 AM »
Missed that word too. Never heard of it.

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Re: Cozened common?
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2021, 01:13:04 PM »
Iím familiar with it but only because I studied literature eg Jonsonís The Alchemist. Understand that may be a bit niche Ö itís a fine word though!

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Re: Cozened common?
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2021, 04:59:36 PM »
I agree this is quite a rare word. The online Oxford labels it as literary, but other dictionaries generally have no usage note.

Mostly it is used to mean cheat or defraud. A fairly recent, non-literary, use was in an opinion piece by Nick Cohen in the Guardian in February this year:

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The Sun and much of the rightwing press would rather tell us fairy stories with happy-ever-after endings than admit their mistake in selling Brexit to their cozened readers.

I'll change cozened and cozening to rare status. Cozen has always been rare.
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Re: Cozened common?
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2021, 08:01:49 PM »
Good thinking and thank you!
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