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#635695 - Tue Jun 21 2011 07:47 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: dsimpy]
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Okay, I know the "correct" definition can be found deep into the 4th synonym, but why is it paired with an answer that is a stronger match?

Slacken
Your answer: loose off

loose off means "fire as from a gun"

The correct answer was dowse

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#635875 - Tue Jun 21 2011 08:17 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: twosleepy]
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Have you ever seen a dowsing rod when it finds water? Viagra could not change it's position lol.

Have you played paintball or participated in an archery or gun club? If so, you probably wouldn't have picked "loose off" for slacken. "Loose off" in reference to those three, pretty much equates to "fire at will".


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#636212 - Thu Jun 23 2011 06:06 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: Jakeroo]
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bleeding

flow of blood from a ruptured blood vessels


Either delete the 'a' or the final 's'. The singulars and plurals do not match.
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#639071 - Tue Jul 05 2011 08:18 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: ozzz2002]
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15. Graft
Your answer: place athe organ of a donor into the body of a recipient

Small typo- 'the'.
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#639076 - Tue Jul 05 2011 09:21 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: ozzz2002]
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Or, how about: "Place an organ of a donor into the body of a recipient."? The 'the' response is specific, the 'an' is general.
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#639588 - Fri Jul 08 2011 03:12 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: mehaul]
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15. A casual meeting with a person of thing
Your answer: encounter

It should read "person or thing".
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#639696 - Sat Jul 09 2011 09:03 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: reeshy]
reeshy Offline
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15. And edge tool having two crossed pivoting blades
Your answer: scissors

Should be "an".
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#640006 - Mon Jul 11 2011 01:31 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: reeshy]
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10. The principal character in a work of fiction

Your answer: agonist

I was correct, but it should be antagonist. Wiki defines 'agonist' as "a classification used to describe a muscle that causes specific movement or possibly several movements to occur through the process of its own contraction."

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#640010 - Mon Jul 11 2011 01:43 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: klinski_1987]
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That's just one definition.

Agonist: "a person engaged in a contest, conflict, struggle, etc., especially the protagonist in a literary work." (dictionary.com)
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#640013 - Mon Jul 11 2011 01:53 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: LadyCaitriona]
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I should've dug deeper, my apologies. At least now I know. I just realized antagonist would be the primary bad guy anyway. Silly Travis... Thanks for the correction.

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#640736 - Thu Jul 14 2011 12:44 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: klinski_1987]
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I swore I wouldn't be posting anymore about these things, since it appears that nothing is ever done about it and all it does is frustrate me further. However, this one is patently ridiculous:

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8. A feeling of jealous envy (especially of a rival)

Your answer: green

green means "street names for ketamine"

The correct answer was green-eyed monster

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What on earth? Sure, some authors, especially in the 17th century, used the phrase "green-eyed monster" to describe envy. However, I would wager that using "green" to describe envy (admittedly, almost exclusively when it appears as "green with envy") is a much more common usage. I would further wager that no one has used "green" to refer to ketamine in at least 50 years. And, yes, I know that the given definition appears in the free online dictionary the database uses specifically as the definition of "green-eyed monster", but, as has been pointed out many times, that dictionary is not entirely accurate.

At the very least, these options shouldn't appear together.

And now, back to dealing with entirely too many "I"s (though I have been holding on to a "C" and an "N" in the hopes that I will get a "Z" sometime this month).

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#640954 - Thu Jul 14 2011 05:35 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: abechstein]
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14. Weirdness

Your answer: a strange attitude or habit

a strange attitude or habit is the definition for "oddity"

The correct answer was strikingly out of the ordinary


Those two are very close to be in the same answer set.

From: Thesaurus.com, "oddity" is listed as a synonym for "weirdness"
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#641082 - Fri Jul 15 2011 02:17 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: cydonia325]
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These are also too close in meaning to be in the same set:

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10. Harbinger

Your answer: advance evidence for

advance evidence for is the definition for "adduce"

The correct answer was foreshadow or presage

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If you read "advance" as an adjective rather than a verb, "harbinger" (in its noun form) fits just as well with "advance evidence for" as "foreshadow or presage". That is, "harbinger" certainly can be taken as meaning advance evidence for an event. Also, I think it's interesting to note that many online dictionaries (e.g., Oxford and Cambridge) do not even list a verb form for "harbinger"; it's only listed as a noun. Thus, it's more accurate (certainly in modern usage) to match "harbinger" with "advance evidence for" rather than "foreshadow or presage".

At any rate, these definitions don't belong in the same set.

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#641845 - Tue Jul 19 2011 10:54 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: abechstein]
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Your answer: one who hesitates (uaually out of fear)

Ought to be 'usually'.
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#642776 - Sat Jul 23 2011 09:13 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: martin_cube]
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Informal terms for a human `tooth'
Your answer: chopper

Unnecessary (and mismatched) quotation marks.
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#642811 - Sun Jul 24 2011 02:41 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: ozzz2002]
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I think this is plain wrong. At the very least, "heaven" matches both of the given definitions equally. Also, "beatification" almost always refers to the process of canonization in the Catholic church. The great majority of the online dictionaries I consulted do not match the given definition for "beatification". Nor does my print Random House unabridged, for that matter.

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Heaven

Your answer: a state of supreme happiness

a state of supreme happiness is the definition for "beatification"

The correct answer was any place of complete bliss and delight and peace

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#642839 - Sun Jul 24 2011 08:39 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: abechstein]
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Aside from beatification being a separate process from canonization, I agree with your point. "Heaven" definitely fits both. "To beatify" can be used to mean to make someone extremely happy, but I wouldn't say it means the state of happiness itself. In any case, the question is ambiguous.
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#642990 - Sun Jul 24 2011 09:32 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: reeshy]
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I'm waiting for the word "ambiguous" to come up in a question, just to see how many complaints get posted LOL
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#643062 - Mon Jul 25 2011 08:06 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: Jakeroo]
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Stentor
Your answer: a speaker with an unusually laoud voice

Typo- 'loud'.
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#644027 - Sat Jul 30 2011 09:09 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: ozzz2002]
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Anyone want some consonants? I have ZZDDORGXTNG. smile
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#644087 - Sun Jul 31 2011 04:36 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: ozzz2002]
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I have only one thing to say to that. SGGBFFPHYVD! mad
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#644097 - Sun Jul 31 2011 05:01 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: flopsymopsy]
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Can I add GGGQJDTVZEQV?
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#646199 - Tue Aug 09 2011 11:42 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: looney_tunes]
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I had this question with one the possible answers repeated:

symptom consisting of a breaking out and becoming visible

eruption
dungaree
sea power
dearth
waver
waver

Well I was confused by it anyway!


Edited by martin_cube (Tue Aug 09 2011 11:44 AM)
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#646201 - Tue Aug 09 2011 11:48 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: martin_cube]
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15. A grotesque black doll

Your answer: golliwogg

I realize that one of the web definitions does read as such, but most definitions refer to the black rag doll without adding "grotesque".

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gol·li·wog

noun&#8195;/&#712;gäl&#275;&#716;wäg/&#8195;
golliwogs, plural

A soft doll with bright clothes, a black face, and fuzzy hair


Web definitions

a grotesque black doll

wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn

The "Golliwogg" (later "Golliwog", "golly doll") is a character of children's literature created by Florence Kate Upton in the late 19th century, inspired by a blackface minstrel doll which Upton found as a child in her aunt's attic in Hampstead, North London. ...

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golliwog

"Golliwog" ("Gulleplutt") was one of the first attempts by Agnetha Fältskog to enter the charts outside Sweden. The eight German-language music singles she released didn't enter the charts. But with Golliwog the intention was that not only Germany but all of Europe would get to know Agnetha.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golliwog_(song)

(The Golliwogs) The Golliwogs were an American rock band that eventually became Creedence Clearwater Revival.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Golliwogs

A rag doll or mascot in the form of a caricature of a black minstrel; A black person; A hairy caterpillar; A receiver of stolen goods; this sense?) (Rhyming slang as "the" golliwogs): greyhound racing

en.wiktionary.org/wiki/golliwog

an insulting term, given to a loud un mannerly person

www.bajanfuhlife.com/dictionary/a_m.html

or gollywog British/Aussie nickname for a black rag doll dressed in formal attire. The originally gollywog was a black man cloth doll in fancy dress that was one of the beloved playthings of British children's author Florence Upton. ...

www.stensrude.com/Oz.html

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I find it offensive as worded currently and would appreciate an edit.

Thanks,

Sue


Edited by shuehorn (Tue Aug 09 2011 11:48 AM)
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#646208 - Tue Aug 09 2011 12:57 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: shuehorn]
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Martin, if two options are identical, it is never the correct answer.

I agree with Sue re the offensive entry for "golliwogg".
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