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#563928 - Mon Nov 08 2010 01:26 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: ozzz2002]
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3. Any long and arduous undertaking

Your answer: grind

grind means "hard monotonous routine work"

The correct answer was endurance contest

These seem rather close to me.

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#563937 - Mon Nov 08 2010 01:57 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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Spelling error:

15. An ice containing milk

Your answer: sherbert [should be SHERBET]

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#563940 - Mon Nov 08 2010 02:07 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: twosleepy]
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I know it's technically wrong, but my dictionary lists "sherbert" as an alternative spelling, though that might be because so many people get it wrong. I'm using Encarta ® World English Dictionary that comes with my Microsoft Works Word Processor.
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#563943 - Mon Nov 08 2010 02:10 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: twosleepy]
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Following on JMElston's point

3. Any long and arduous undertaking
Your answer: grind
grind means "hard monotonous routine work"
The correct answer was endurance contest

An endurance contest is a marathon and wasn't that one of the other possible answers? The multiple word questions usually have a single word reply and 'endurance contest' doesn't fit that norm. I cannot get back to check that since I navigated away and over to here. But somewhere I thought Marathon was mentioned. Was it and not endurance contest the possible answer?
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#564070 - Mon Nov 08 2010 06:43 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: mehaul]
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5. Sough

The correct answer was: introduce into an environment


This one has me a bit puzzled. I am familiar with "sough" as a derivative of the Old English verb, "swogan" , meaning to moan or sigh (Merriam-Webster). I searched several dictionaries, and I could not locate the definition that was provided in the Word Wizard game.

From Datasegment.com:

sough - Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

Sough \Sough\, n.
A sow. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
[1913 Webster]

Sough \Sough\, n. [Etymol. uncertain.]
A small drain; an adit. [Prov. Eng.] --W. M. Buchanan.
[1913 Webster]

Sough \Sough\ (?; 277), n. [Cf. Icel. s?gr (in comp.) a rushing
sound, or OE. swough, swogh, a sound, AS. swogan to rustle.
Cf. Surf, Swoon, v. i.]
1. The sound produced by soughing; a hollow murmur or
roaring.
[1913 Webster]

The whispering leaves or solemn sough of the forest.
--W. Howitt.
[1913 Webster]

2. Hence, a vague rumor or flying report. [Scot.]
[1913 Webster]

3. A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in
preaching or praying. [Scot.] --Jamieson.
[1913 Webster]

Sough \Sough\, v. i.
To whistle or sigh, as the wind.
[1913 Webster]

sough - WordNet (r) 2.1 (2005) :

sough
v 1: make a murmuring sound; "the water was purling" [syn:
sough, purl]


Edited by cydonia325 (Tue Nov 09 2010 04:18 AM)
Edit Reason: Edited to remove the diacritic which doesn't show up, anyway!
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#564096 - Mon Nov 08 2010 08:21 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: cydonia325]
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This is one of those weird loops that only happens on the Internet. Quite often the guilty party is Princeton, whose dictionary seems to have many definition that are totally absurd - do they let undergraduates type in their own definitions?

Anyway, this one seems to be a Chinese whisper. I googled the definition Cyd quoted rather than the word and this is what I got:

"No definitions of introduce into an environment were found in English

Definitions of introduce into an environment on the Web in Chinese (Simplified):

* sough , sow: sow suspicion or beliefs"

There's a link on that page to an online Chinese/English dictionary and on that the 'sough' is clearly shown as a pronunciation of the word 'sow'.


Edited to remove Chinese characters that don't show up anyway.


Edited by flopsymopsy (Mon Nov 08 2010 08:22 PM)
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#564155 - Tue Nov 09 2010 04:50 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: flopsymopsy]
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flopsy,

My goodness; you are a true word detective! Now I can sleep, knowing that you have solved The Mystery of Sough.

Thank you for taking the time to investigate the "Chinese whisper".

Should I be on the lookout for Romanian screams or Hungarian giggles? I am just wondering if WW has been kicked up a linguistic notch or two. smile
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#564568 - Wed Nov 10 2010 12:46 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: cydonia325]
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Exactly. Our Points are derived from the previous month PLUS this month (NOV). Surely under the screen "scoreboard" in World Wizard, it shows last months plus this months numbers combined. Under "YOU" it shows a combination of Oct. and Nov. scores erroneously as this months score.

Whatever.

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#566195 - Sun Nov 14 2010 03:45 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: undudelike]
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1. An man-made opening

Your answer: aperture

I really think that this should be "A man-made opening".

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#566198 - Sun Nov 14 2010 05:09 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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2. Usually stuffed and roasted

Your answer: breast of veal

15. Flavored with sour orange peel

Your answer: curacao

There are several of this type of incomplete definitions dealing with various meats, drinks or foods.

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Edited by JMElston (Sun Nov 14 2010 11:06 AM)
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#566317 - Sun Nov 14 2010 02:16 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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2. Tweet

Your answer: a week chirping sound as of a small bird

"Week" should be "weak". I think I've seen this before.

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#566322 - Sun Nov 14 2010 02:30 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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12. Majesty

Your answer: the state of being noble

the state of being noble is the definition for "ennoblement"

The correct answer was impressiveness in scale or proportion

A synonym of "majesty" is "grandeur" which has synonyms of "nobility" & "nobleness".

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Edited by JMElston (Sun Nov 14 2010 02:31 PM)
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#566535 - Mon Nov 15 2010 07:49 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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3. A woman's sleeveless undergarment

Your answer: teddies

This needs to be "teddy" or "undergarments".

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#566829 - Mon Nov 15 2010 05:25 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: Terry]
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If "a large shawm" is a "bombardon" as Word Wizard just told me (grrr) please let me know how the connection is made. Definitions for "bombardon" always seem to relate to a brass tuba; definitions for "shawm" seem to relate to a woodwind instrument or a reeded (in some cases, double reed) instrument. A brass tuba & a woodwind are hardly the same class of instrument. Is there a problem here?

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#566855 - Mon Nov 15 2010 06:00 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: TinyDetail]
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A bombardon is also an early type of bassoon. That is where the large shawm reference comes from. See

http://www.yourdictionary.com/bombardon

among other definitions.

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#566880 - Mon Nov 15 2010 07:08 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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5. A ostentatious and inappropriate display of learning

Your answer: pedantry

Probably should be "An ostentatious".

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#566882 - Mon Nov 15 2010 07:15 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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Aren't you being pedantic, JME? smile


Edited by ozzz2002 (Mon Nov 15 2010 07:15 PM)
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#566917 - Mon Nov 15 2010 11:01 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: ozzz2002]
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Nah! It DEFINITELY should be "An ostentatious..." would have been pedantic.
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#567396 - Wed Nov 17 2010 02:44 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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I'm surprised that nobody picked up on one from yesterday - 'O.D.'. I didn't have a clue where that was heading when I saw the first clue was 'O.'.
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#567508 - Wed Nov 17 2010 11:23 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: martin_cube]
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Wasn't that from Crystal Ball, not the Word Wizard day of yester? There was a whole thread on it.
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Edited by mehaul (Wed Nov 17 2010 11:28 AM)
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#567660 - Wed Nov 17 2010 04:13 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: mehaul]
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14. Gnaw_at

Your answer: consume

consume is the definition for "partake"

The correct answer was become ground down or deteriorate

Perhaps it is not as close as I think, but 'gnaw at' & 'consume' are both synonyms of 'eat'.

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#567698 - Wed Nov 17 2010 04:41 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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I agree - because I just got that one wrong as well, JME.
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#567764 - Wed Nov 17 2010 05:18 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: rossian]
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I got that one wrong as well frown
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#567780 - Wed Nov 17 2010 05:29 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: Lones78]
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I do not believe animals that gnaw at things actually consume what they gnaw. It is just an exercise to keep teeth down to size.
edit: to say that is an unresearched input. It was to the recollection I had from Wildlife management courses.


Edited by mehaul (Wed Nov 17 2010 08:36 PM)
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#568256 - Fri Nov 19 2010 12:05 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: mehaul]
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8. Captain

Your answer: the pilot ins charge of an airship

Obviously "ins charge" should be "in charge".

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