Rules: Read Me!
Admin: sue943
Legal / Conditions of Use

Page 4 of 51 < 1 2 3 4 5 6 ... 50 51 >
Topic Options
#510497 - Sun Feb 07 2010 06:52 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: abechstein]
sue943 Offline

Administrator

Registered: Sun Dec 19 1999
Posts: 35397
Loc: Jersey Channel Islands        
The French call us rostbif as far as I know, and I don't mind.
_________________________
Many a child has been spoiled because you can't spank a Grandma!

Top
#510498 - Sun Feb 07 2010 10:21 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: sue943]
abechstein Offline
Enthusiast

Registered: Sun Apr 19 2009
Posts: 414
Loc: Athens Georgia USA            
Is it helpful to point out the recurring double apostrophes? It seems like I'm getting at least one every round...

-----

8. Coil

Your answer: a contraceptive device placed inside a woman''s womb

-----

And, in an incorrect answer:

shop selling women''s hats

Top
#510499 - Sun Feb 07 2010 10:50 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: abechstein]
CellarDoor Offline
Multiloquent

Registered: Sat Feb 12 2000
Posts: 4892
Loc: Seattle
  Washington USA   
Here's one that's rather out-of-date:

Men

Your answer: the force of workers available

Er, no. That would be "adults."
_________________________
Just because there's twilight doesn't mean we can't tell the difference between night and day

Top
#510500 - Sun Feb 07 2010 11:01 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: CellarDoor]
Terry Offline

Head Honcho

Registered: Wed Dec 31 1969
Posts: 17633
Loc: USA
No, ignore apostrophes. It is simple to fix them all at once.

Removed men, frog, poof, etc.

Top
#510501 - Sun Feb 07 2010 11:06 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: Terry]
Terry Offline

Head Honcho

Registered: Wed Dec 31 1969
Posts: 17633
Loc: USA
Also did a more general query to remove 30 entries where the definition had to deal with racial slurs or potentially unfriendly nicknames.

Top
#510502 - Sun Feb 07 2010 05:37 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: Terry]
JMElston Offline
Prolific

Registered: Sat Aug 05 2006
Posts: 1574
Loc: Grayslake
Illinois USA    
5. Street names for ketamine

Your answer: honey oil

At minimum 'names' should be 'name', but other than the usual 8 copycat dictionaries, I find no relationship between ketamine and honey oil. Honey oil is another name for hemp oil or hash oil, not ketamine.

Happy Drug Trivia!
_________________________
Immortal #4, #8, #15, #18, #6, #6, #5, #5, #4, #7, #4, #12, #15, #48, #26, #19, #__, #__, #16 (GC2-20)
Who Am I? Editor since June 17, 2008 - June 30, 2013

Top
#510503 - Sun Feb 07 2010 07:05 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
abechstein Offline
Enthusiast

Registered: Sun Apr 19 2009
Posts: 414
Loc: Athens Georgia USA            
Another botanical entry missing at least one word (capitalization errors, too):

-----

8. Gray_alder

Your answer: native to europe but introduced in america

Top
#510504 - Mon Feb 08 2010 10:22 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: abechstein]
JMElston Offline
Prolific

Registered: Sat Aug 05 2006
Posts: 1574
Loc: Grayslake
Illinois USA    
9. Partridge

Your answer: valued as a game bird in eastern united states and canada

The 'valued as' while true probably doesn't belong in a definition.


10. Smalleye_hammerhead

Your answer: fished for the hide and vitamin-rich liver

Another typical incomplete animal definition.

Happy WW Trivia!
_________________________
Immortal #4, #8, #15, #18, #6, #6, #5, #5, #4, #7, #4, #12, #15, #48, #26, #19, #__, #__, #16 (GC2-20)
Who Am I? Editor since June 17, 2008 - June 30, 2013

Top
#510505 - Mon Feb 08 2010 11:21 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
twosleepy Offline
Explorer

Registered: Thu May 29 2008
Posts: 75
Loc: Mendon New York USA           
Quote:

5. Street names for ketamine

Your answer: honey oil

At minimum 'names' should be 'name', but other than the usual 8 copycat dictionaries, I find no relationship between ketamine and honey oil. Honey oil is another name for hemp oil or hash oil, not ketamine.

Happy Drug Trivia!



Funny, I decided to pursue that one, too. Here's where they got it (I think..) http://www.thefreedictionary.com/honey+oil

Overall, it's quite obvious that changes have been made that positively affect the game. It seems much more "normal" now, and the ones I'm missing are ones I just don't know, so I'm pretty pleased with it. Just thought I'd toss in a compliment...

Top
#510506 - Mon Feb 08 2010 11:54 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: twosleepy]
guitargoddess Offline


Registered: Mon Jul 09 2007
Posts: 32916
Loc: Ottawa Ontario Canada         
Eurasia except southern Russia
Your answer: buffeting

buffeting means "repeated heavy blows"

The correct answer was wood horsetail

----------

It's a plant that is *native* to Eurasia except Southern Russia.. could use a little bit more detail there to be less confusing.
_________________________
Editor: Television and Animals

Top
#510507 - Mon Feb 08 2010 12:01 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: twosleepy]
JMElston Offline
Prolific

Registered: Sat Aug 05 2006
Posts: 1574
Loc: Grayslake
Illinois USA    
I looked further also:

http://www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov/streetterms/ByAlpha.asp?strTerm=H

I guess that I'm wrong, except for the 'names' part.

My comment on copycat dictionaries refers to these:

Wordnik [www.wordnik.com]
Dictionary.com
Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia
Rhymezone [www.rhymezone.com]
Free Dictionary [www.freedictionary.org]
Mnemonic Dictionary [www.mnemonicdictionary,com]
LookWAYup Translating Dictionary/ Thesaurus [www.lookwayup.com]
Dictionary/thesaurus [www.thefreedictionary.com]

When I check 'word oddities' through www.onelook.com, the above 8 sources tend to all have identical definitions, often flawed in some manner.

Happy WW Trivia!
_________________________
Immortal #4, #8, #15, #18, #6, #6, #5, #5, #4, #7, #4, #12, #15, #48, #26, #19, #__, #__, #16 (GC2-20)
Who Am I? Editor since June 17, 2008 - June 30, 2013

Top
#510508 - Mon Feb 08 2010 04:23 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
JMElston Offline
Prolific

Registered: Sat Aug 05 2006
Posts: 1574
Loc: Grayslake
Illinois USA    
10. Pooch_out

Your answer: outbuilding that serves as a shelter for a dog

outbuilding that serves as a shelter for a dog is the definition for "kennel"

The correct answer was round one's lips as if intending to kiss

Not an error really, but a somewhat humorous juxtaposition.

Happy WW Trivia!
_________________________
Immortal #4, #8, #15, #18, #6, #6, #5, #5, #4, #7, #4, #12, #15, #48, #26, #19, #__, #__, #16 (GC2-20)
Who Am I? Editor since June 17, 2008 - June 30, 2013

Top
#510509 - Mon Feb 08 2010 06:46 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
JMElston Offline
Prolific

Registered: Sat Aug 05 2006
Posts: 1574
Loc: Grayslake
Illinois USA    
3. Scrub_typhus

Your answer: transmitted by larval mites and widespread in asia

Another type of incomplete definition. The word 'disease' is perhaps assumed.

Happy WW Trivia!
_________________________
Immortal #4, #8, #15, #18, #6, #6, #5, #5, #4, #7, #4, #12, #15, #48, #26, #19, #__, #__, #16 (GC2-20)
Who Am I? Editor since June 17, 2008 - June 30, 2013

Top
#510510 - Mon Feb 08 2010 07:16 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
darthrevan89 Offline
Mainstay

Registered: Tue May 13 2008
Posts: 760
Loc: Texas USA
I just had these two entries (ironically enough, right in a row) that I thought might not be appropriate.

Quote:

10. A woman sold into prostitution
Your answer: white slave




Quote:

11. Someone who patronizes prostitutes

The correct answer was wencher



Top
#510511 - Mon Feb 08 2010 09:06 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: darthrevan89]
agony Offline

Administrator

Registered: Sat Mar 29 2003
Posts: 11433
Loc: Western Canada
Just found "blowjob" as an incorrect option.

Top
#510512 - Mon Feb 08 2010 10:19 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: Terry]
Lochalsh Offline
Forum Adept

Registered: Wed Jan 13 2010
Posts: 130
Loc: USA
Here are a couple of answers from a recent game that just aren't correct:

"6. A severe or incapacitating emotional disorder

Your answer: nervous breakdown

nervous breakdown means "a severe or incapacitating emotional disorder"

The correct answer was looter"

______________________

"9. Rocking chair on a stationary base

Your answer: platform rocker

platform rocker means "rocking chair on a stationary base"

The correct answer was myonecrosis"

________________________

My true score would be 15 correct in 59 seconds, not 13 in 59, as currently listed


Edited by Lochalsh (Mon Feb 08 2010 10:26 PM)

Top
#510513 - Mon Feb 08 2010 10:22 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: Lochalsh]
twosleepy Offline
Explorer

Registered: Thu May 29 2008
Posts: 75
Loc: Mendon New York USA           
Yeah, I got screwed twice in one quiz, and my numbers are so unfairly low now:

11. A symbol of cowardice

Your answer: white feather

white feather means "a symbol of cowardice"

The correct answer was rank and file


12. Continue a term of office past the normal period of time

Your answer: hold over

hold over means "continue a term of office past the normal period of time"

The correct answer was invalidism

Ready to cry here.... :0(

Top
#510514 - Mon Feb 08 2010 10:28 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: twosleepy]
Lochalsh Offline
Forum Adept

Registered: Wed Jan 13 2010
Posts: 130
Loc: USA
Post deleted by Lochalsh

Top
#510515 - Mon Feb 08 2010 10:32 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: Lochalsh]
bubblesfun Offline
Mainstay

Registered: Thu Jan 15 2009
Posts: 645
Loc: New York USA
11. A friendly understanding between political powers
Your answer: entente cordiale

entente cordiale means "a friendly understanding between political powers"

The correct answer was shilling

I don't get it? Glitch? Or am I missing something?
_________________________
"We mock what we are to become"

Top
#510516 - Mon Feb 08 2010 10:35 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: bubblesfun]
cubswin2323 Offline
Mainstay

Registered: Sun Jan 31 2010
Posts: 931
Loc: Omaha, Nebraska
12. Continue a term of office past the normal period of time
Your answer: hold over

hold over means "continue a term of office past the normal period of time"

The correct answer was invalidism

That's not a typo folks!
_________________________
-Dave

December 23rd is Festivus. A Festivus for the rest of us! Get the aluminum pole out from the crawl space. A donation has been made in your name to The Human Fund. The Human Fund. Money for people.

Top
#510517 - Mon Feb 08 2010 10:47 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: cubswin2323]
lilyalli Offline
Prolific

Registered: Fri Apr 20 2007
Posts: 1038
Loc: Norfolk UK      
Insomnia strikes 4.40am, so cuppa and quick game of NWW to lull me back to sleep, but now I'm well and truly awake after this. Something seriously wrong here....

Three consecutive X's:

11. Mail that can neither be delivered nor returned
Your answer: dead letter

dead letter means "mail that can neither be delivered nor returned"

The correct answer was shooter

12. Wear away
Your answer: rub off

rub off means "wear away"

The correct answer was astrocyte

13. Advance stealthily or unnoticed; "Age creeps up on you"
Your answer: sneak up

sneak up means "advance stealthily or unnoticed; "Age creeps up on you""

The correct answer was hubbub.

Maybe I'm not awake at all and it's just a dream....
_________________________
"If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there." Lewis Carroll

Top
#510518 - Mon Feb 08 2010 10:58 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: lilyalli]
queproblema Offline
Mainstay

Registered: Mon Sep 25 2006
Posts: 868
Loc: Kenny Lake Alaska USA     
I came to report those same word, lilyalli, plus another. (Hey, I didn't think we all got the same ones?) Also,

1. Small intestines of hogs prepared as food

Your answer: knackwurst

knackwurst means "small intestines of hogs prepared as food"

The correct answer was chitlins

I really got them all correct, but I'm scored as having missed four. Odd that one excellent player got all correct in 45 seconds.

Top
#510519 - Mon Feb 08 2010 11:07 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: queproblema]
Lones78 Offline
Prolific

Registered: Mon Apr 27 2009
Posts: 1399
Loc: Forrestfield Western Australia
Here's another few...

___________________________________
Lens used to concentrate light on an object

Your answer: optical condenser

optical condenser means "lens used to concentrate light on an object"

The correct answer was verticality

____________________________________
The bathroom loofah

Your answer: vegetable sponge

vegetable sponge means "the bathroom loofah"

The correct answer was decennary

__________________________________
Something achieved (or escaped) by a narrow margin

Your answer: close shave

close shave means "something achieved (or escaped) by a narrow margin"

The correct answer was choreography


___________________________________
Smooth-leaved kale

Your answer: fennel

fennel means "smooth-leaved kale"

The correct answer was digitalis

___________________________________
If these 4 were marked correctly, I would have had 15/15 in 45 seconds instead of 11/15.



_________________________
In the process of thinking up something deep and meaningful to have as a signature line... grin

Top
#510520 - Mon Feb 08 2010 11:09 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: queproblema]
queproblema Offline
Mainstay

Registered: Mon Sep 25 2006
Posts: 868
Loc: Kenny Lake Alaska USA     
Uh-oh, same thing happened this hour. I got them all correct but had 4 marked wrong. All but one were different numbers from last time. Think I won't play again till this gets fixed: my ratings plunged 7 points last hour and who knows how far this hour.

It's too early in the hour to post those mistakes now. It's the same kind as previously reported, just different words, so I assume the problem isn't in the database itself but in the scoring.

Top
#510521 - Mon Feb 08 2010 11:10 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: queproblema]
Lochalsh Offline
Forum Adept

Registered: Wed Jan 13 2010
Posts: 130
Loc: USA
Like the obsessed WW player that I am, I threw caution to the wind, did the quiz again, and was counted wrong for FOUR correct answers this time, as follows:

1. Lens used to concentrate light on an object

Your answer: optical condenser

optical condenser means "lens used to concentrate light on an object"

The correct answer was verticality


5. Smooth-leaved kale

Your answer: fennel

fennel means "smooth-leaved kale"

The correct answer was digitalis


10. The bathroom loofah

Your answer: vegetable sponge

vegetable sponge means "the bathroom loofah"

The correct answer was decennary


13. Something achieved (or escaped) by a narrow margin

Your answer: close shave

close shave means "something achieved (or escaped) by a narrow margin"

The correct answer was choreography


Edited by Lochalsh (Mon Feb 08 2010 11:19 PM)

Top
Page 4 of 51 < 1 2 3 4 5 6 ... 50 51 >

Moderator:  Terry