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#510597 - Sun Feb 21 2010 03:41 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: abechstein]
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My apologies for any misunderstandings. I assumed 'Name of Letter' (As in the Wikipedia Hebrew Alphabet article) meant just that. Similar to English aitch or double-u, or Greek alpha or omega. I claim no expertise in this area.

The 'vav', 'waw', etc. do occur in various standard dictionaries (Websters and others). I don't have ready access to an OED, but I assume they are also included in it.

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#510598 - Sun Feb 21 2010 07:10 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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3. A person of subnormal intelligence

The correct answer was changeling

My dictionary defines a changeling as a child believed to have been left in place of a human child by fairies. I've heard of a number of words used to describe a person of subnormal intelligence, most of which aren't very complimentary.
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#510599 - Sun Feb 21 2010 07:36 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: Lottie1001]
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As an example:
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http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/changeling

Main Entry: change·ling
Pronunciation: \&#712;ch&#257;nj-li&#331;\
Function: noun
Date: 1537
1 archaic : turncoat
2 : a child secretly exchanged for another in infancy
3 archaic : imbecile

— changeling adjective
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So, the 'imbecile' - 'person of subnormal intelligence' definition is archaic.
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Another example:

http://lookwayup.com/lwu.exe/lwu/d?s=f&w=changeling#n/7148583

Changeling:
1. [n] a child secretly exchanged for another in infancy .
2. [n] a person of subnormal intelligence
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Here is the exact same definition with no archaic indicator.
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#510600 - Sun Feb 21 2010 01:52 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: abechstein]
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... I would say it's not really a English word at all.




So would I. I understand that "waw" is used only in India, which must make it one of the most obscure entries in the whole Word Wizard database. It's called "vav" everywhere else.
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#510601 - Sun Feb 21 2010 02:15 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: lesley153]
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11. Scampo

Your answer: caught in european waters

Another incomplete definition. The full text reads: 'caught in European waters; slenderer than American lobster'.

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#510602 - Sun Feb 21 2010 10:14 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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Not sure if this is the place to post this but Word Wizard does not appear to have reset? Or is it just me

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#510603 - Sun Feb 21 2010 10:18 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: cazza2902]
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No, it hasn't.

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#510604 - Mon Feb 22 2010 06:18 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: queproblema]
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11. Moon_about
Your answer: have a daydream

have a daydream is the definition for "woolgather"

The correct answer was be apathetic, gloomy, or dazed


I'd say daydream fits too - so 2 definitions for one word.

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#510605 - Mon Feb 22 2010 03:57 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: Mink]
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Quote:

a coarse sieve (as for gravel)

vena canaliculi cochleae
cock
[censored]
sequel
poniard
riddle




Answer 3 should be culled. The filter found it- it was a***hole.
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#510606 - Mon Feb 22 2010 05:00 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: ozzz2002]
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A couple of incomplete definitions in my last set:

3. Garden_strawberry
Your answer: widely cultivated

6. Battle_of_Pharsalus
Your answer: caesar defeated pompey in 48 bc

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#510607 - Mon Feb 22 2010 07:47 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: darthrevan89]
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13. The realm of a khan

Your answer: khnate

This is another typo. It only occurs in Rhymezone & LookWayUp. Elsewhere it is 'khanate'.

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#510608 - Tue Feb 23 2010 02:11 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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12. Arnica

Your answer: used especially in treating bruises

Another incomplete definition. The full form is: 'an ointment used especially in treating bruises'.

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#510609 - Tue Feb 23 2010 08:14 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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8. Spawn
Your answer: originate or come into being

originate or come into being is the definition for "bob_up"

The correct answer was call forth

Can't get my head round these, but maybe I'm just tired - it's gone 2am...
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#510610 - Wed Feb 24 2010 01:05 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: lilyalli]
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This is definitely an incomplete definition:

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6. Moke

Your answer: a shoe that has a strap that wraps around the heel

a shoe that has a strap that wraps around the heel is the definition for "slingback"

The correct answer was british informal

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Well, as I learned, "moke" is British slang for "donkey". Also, according to some online dictionaries, a disparaging term for a black person.

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#510611 - Wed Feb 24 2010 02:49 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: abechstein]
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This one comes with an "offensive" label, so I'm thinking it should go...

13. Piccaninny
Your answer: (offensive) a black child

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#510612 - Thu Feb 25 2010 09:00 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: darthrevan89]
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Here's a typo:

13. Rangeland
Your answer: lan suitable for grazing livestock

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#510613 - Thu Feb 25 2010 09:29 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: darthrevan89]
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15. Estimate

The correct answer was place

I don't understand this definition and I am having a hard time finding estimate defined as "place" anywhere. Is it missing words, or am I missing an alternate definition?
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#510614 - Thu Feb 25 2010 09:48 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: bubblesfun]
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http://www.yourdictionary.com/place
(verb)5. to make or give as an estimate

http://www.rhymezone.com/r/rhyme.cgi?Word=place
(verb) estimate

The second source does have 'estimate' as a definition, but I think that it is an incomplete version of the first (or something like it).

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#510615 - Thu Feb 25 2010 11:32 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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Quote:

<a href="http://www.yourdictionary.com/place" target="_blank">http://www.yourdictionary.com/place</a>
(verb)5. to make or give as an estimate

<a href="http://www.rhymezone.com/r/rhyme.cgi?Word=place" target="_blank">http://www.rhymezone.com/r/rhyme.cgi?Word=place</a>
(verb) estimate

The second source does have 'estimate' as a definition, but I think that it is an incomplete version of the first (or something like it).

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I have now read the definition multiple times, and I still don't get it. Could you use estimate in a sentence where it means place?
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#510616 - Thu Feb 25 2010 01:04 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: bubblesfun]
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This was a wrong answer...

[censored]-up means "vulgar expression for a bout of heavy drinking"

Okay, it censored me. It was "P*ss-up".

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#510617 - Thu Feb 25 2010 04:05 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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Took out borderline / offensive stuff.

Also removed approximately 300 snakes and dinosaurs.

Will have to get to plants and birds next.

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#510618 - Thu Feb 25 2010 04:39 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: Terry]
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OT, Terry. But thanks for adding the report correction feature to FMI. It is a tremendous addition and makes reporting a lot easier. Thanks!
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#510619 - Thu Feb 25 2010 06:30 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: Lones78]
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JMHO Seems a lot of focus going into censorship. I can't believe that someone who values the English language would be offended by a term found in Webster's Dictionary. To me, there is no word that could possibly offend me. Only when someone uses a word in a derogatory way does it become offensive.

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#510620 - Thu Feb 25 2010 07:02 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: h_munster]
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<< To me >>

Precisely.

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#510621 - Fri Feb 26 2010 11:38 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: Terry]
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3. Place athe organ of a donor into the body of a recipient

Your answer: graft

A typo in the definition, obviously.

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