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#510697 - Sat Apr 24 2010 01:26 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: looney_tunes]
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I've just posted this in the wrong place (sorry to the purists!) but this confusing question was in Word Wizard...

4. Call forth
Your answer: summons

summons means "call in an official matter, such as to attend court"

The correct answer was breed
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#510698 - Sun Apr 25 2010 09:07 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: looney_tunes]
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These two seem a little too close for comfort...

1. Show off

Your answer: premiere

premiere means "perform a work for the first time"

The correct answer was vaunt

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#510699 - Mon Apr 26 2010 11:02 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: mike32768]
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This one was a little odd:

Plump
Your answer: the act of soaking thoroughly with a liquid

the act of soaking thoroughly with a liquid is the definition for "saturation"

The correct answer was the sound of a sudden heavy fall

ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!
(plump.)

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#510700 - Mon Apr 26 2010 01:32 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: abechstein]
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Revised dictionary based on feedback to this point.

Also cut out some medical/anatomy terms that some people felt were inappropriate.

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#510701 - Mon Apr 26 2010 07:20 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: Terry]
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9. The quality of being adequate or suitable

Your answer: unsatisfactoriness

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
That was marked correct. Seems more like an antonym to me!

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#510702 - Tue Apr 27 2010 07:28 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: mike32768]
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These seem pretty close as well...

12. A domestic servant

Your answer: man friday

man friday means "the most helpful assistant"

The correct answer was dogsbody

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#510703 - Wed Apr 28 2010 01:48 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: mike32768]
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Not even sure what this one means.

"2. Cosmopolitan in temperate regions except North America

The correct answer was star-duckweed"
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#510704 - Wed Apr 28 2010 05:18 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: ozzz2002]
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I was puzzled by that one too, so I did a bit of looking up.

From http://www.wordwebonline.com/en/STARDUCKWEED

Noun: star-duckweed

1. Cosmopolitan in temperate regions except North America
- Lemna trisulca

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmopolitan_distribution

In biogeography, cosmopolitan distribution is a state of being found almost anywhere around the world.


So, star-duckweed seems to be a kind of duckweed found in temperate regions everywhere except North America.
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#510705 - Wed Apr 28 2010 11:22 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: looney_tunes]
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13. An act of undue intimacy

Your answer: hook up with

hook up with means "take in marriage"

The correct answer was indecorum
+++++++++++++++++++

The way I hear the phrase "hook up with" used, it's never regarding anything as formal as marriage!

Maybe in a Puritan dictionary

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#510706 - Fri Apr 30 2010 12:07 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: mike32768]
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3. Dekko

The correct answer was british slang

While it may be British slang, that's hardly a definition

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#510707 - Tue May 04 2010 09:11 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: mike32768]
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Definition was "endure to the end", and answer given was "sit out", which is the *opposite* of "endure to the end".

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#510708 - Thu May 06 2010 11:19 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: chessart]
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Quote:

14. A cause of great suffering and distress

Your answer: brutality

brutality means "the trait of extreme cruelty"

The correct answer was affliction




I think one could easily argue that brutality is "a cause of great suffering and distress."

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#510709 - Thu May 06 2010 11:56 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: mike32768]
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I find some of the definitions on Word Wizard to be just a bit odd lol. But I guess that just serves to make it interesting. I leave that game sort of bewildered sometimes.

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#510710 - Thu May 06 2010 01:47 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: justguru]
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I thought I read somewhere that all the racist stuff had been purged. I got this one today:

A poor white person in the southern United States

Your answer: cracker

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#510711 - Fri May 07 2010 09:39 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: twosleepy]
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And an incorrect spelling:

Mexican bean

Answer: frijole

Should be "frijol".

And if it's in the database, the singular of "tamales" is "tamal". Common mistakes....

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#510712 - Sun May 09 2010 09:13 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: twosleepy]
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1. A state of gloomy sorrow
Your answer: discontentedness

discontentedness means "a longing for something better than the present situation"

The correct answer was ruthfulness


Not sure about this but it definitely stumped me!
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#510713 - Sun May 09 2010 05:44 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: gillimalta]
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Noun 1. ruthfulness - a state of gloomy sorrow
Synonyms:
mournfulness, sorrowfulness
woefulness, woe - intense mournfulness
sorrow - an emotion of great sadness associated with loss or bereavement; "he tried to express his sorrow at her loss"
plaintiveness - expressing sorrowfulness


Discontent is more restless, less sorrowful.
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#510714 - Sun May 09 2010 08:36 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: looney_tunes]
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"Capitualtion". Surely you mean "capitulation"?

(I see it when I google, but that's wrong, too. Guess they've all been copied from the one typo.)

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#510715 - Tue May 11 2010 04:57 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: fufan]
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5. Minge
Your answer: vulgar term for a woman's pubic hair or genitals

Can this please be removed? Thanks.

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#510716 - Wed May 19 2010 07:21 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: darthrevan89]
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Not sure how this couplet works.

12. A pickup truck with a gun mounted on it
Your answer: horseback

horseback means "a narrow ridge of hills"

The correct answer was technical


Neither answer makes much sense to me.
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#510717 - Fri May 21 2010 03:23 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: ozzz2002]
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This is one of those incomplete definitions with the potential to be confusing...

15. Made in the Netherlands
The correct answer was geneva

Ozzz, I've never heard of it either, but this page confirms that definition of "technical":

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technical_(fighting_vehicle)

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#510718 - Fri May 21 2010 03:33 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: darthrevan89]
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Anyone else have a problem with this? To me, "unsatisfactoriness" was the one answer I was SURE was incorrect. I understand unsatisfactoriness to mean INadequate and UNsuitable.

5. The quality of being adequate or suitable

The correct answer was unsatisfactoriness

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#510719 - Fri May 21 2010 05:16 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: MotFaux]
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That one, MotFaux, left me open-mouthed in astonishment!

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#510720 - Sat May 22 2010 10:41 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JaneofGaunt]
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I can only assume that there is a word missing... it probably should read:

5. The quality of (not) being adequate or suitable
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#510721 - Thu May 27 2010 11:59 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: Jakeroo]
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Updated dictionary based on feedback to this point.

Also removed 4400 botanical terms.

Thanks for the feedback, and keep it coming!

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