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#997901 - Mon Jul 22 2013 05:43 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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Brain can be used as a verb in the UK - it's slang and means to beat someone around the head, to give them a head injury.

And Spirituality does have the meaning as given - all the property or income owned by a church (as opposed to property or income owned by the state).
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#997925 - Mon Jul 22 2013 10:23 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: flopsymopsy]
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Originally Posted By: flopsymopsy
Brain can be used as a verb in the UK - it's slang and means to beat someone around the head, to give them a head injury.


This meaning exists in the US as well, especially in '40s detective novels...


Edited by shuehorn (Thu Jul 25 2013 05:37 AM)
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#998434 - Thu Jul 25 2013 04:52 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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15. Tussle

Your answer: make messy or untidy

It was the closest, but a tussle is a fight
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#998552 - Thu Jul 25 2013 12:59 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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Tussle also can have the meaning given, as a variant way of writing tousle.
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#998734 - Sat Jul 27 2013 03:33 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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Can anyone help me understand this one?

'Come to understand'
My answer: realise
Correct answer: bottom

Yes, there is 'get to the bottom of something', but the single word 'bottom'?
And why is 'realise' incorrect?

Or is this just another one of 'those' definitions?

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#998736 - Sat Jul 27 2013 03:53 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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Yeah, I think it's going to take a while for me to bottom ones like that.

That didn't come out right.

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#998781 - Sat Jul 27 2013 07:34 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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I'll have to bottom down some fresh ones to get the point. Glou glou glou.
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#998802 - Sat Jul 27 2013 11:02 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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Ah, but "bottom" is quite a fun word to say. Do it several times in a row (preferably with a Brit accent) and you'll see how silly it is lol

as for "realise", perhaps the definition that day was making something real, rather than animated.
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#998806 - Sat Jul 27 2013 12:38 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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Fathoming comes close to a similar meaning as bottom. In any case we could all say "Bottoms up" as Jan has.
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#998890 - Sat Jul 27 2013 11:50 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: Jakeroo]
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Originally Posted By: Jakeroo
Ah, but "bottom" is quite a fun word to say. Do it several times in a row (preferably with a Brit accent) and you'll see how silly it is lol


I very much like the idea but am in two minds about how to proceed. Do I choose the Rowan Atkinson 'Mr Bean' version or perhaps even better, Graham Chapman testing it out as a 'woody word' in Monty Python's 'The Woody Sketch', where the caribou were nibbling the croquet hoops?

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#998995 - Sun Jul 28 2013 05:02 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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10. Perch
Your answer: freshwater fish
freshwater fish is the definition for "speckled_trout"

The correct answer was a square rod of land

Noun
A thing on which a bird alights or roosts, typically a branch or a horizontal rod or bar in a birdcage.
An edible freshwater fish (genus Perca) with a high spiny dorsal fin, dark vertical bars on the body, and orange lower fins.
A linear or square rod.

So, never take the better definition, always take the one from the bottom of the list. Such nonsense.


Edited by ssabreman (Sun Jul 28 2013 05:03 PM)

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#999231 - Mon Jul 29 2013 06:01 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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Well, this is unfortunate...

2. Transfer power to someone
Your answer: handing over

handing over means "the act of passing something to another person"

The correct answer was delegate
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#999234 - Mon Jul 29 2013 06:17 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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The clue there is the verb form - transfer and delegate match, handing over does not.
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#999254 - Mon Jul 29 2013 11:50 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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'minimal brain damage is a condition (mostly in boys) characterized by behavioral and learning disorder'

This one is offensive and unevidenced, please remove it.
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#1003516 - Thu Aug 15 2013 10:19 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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Rowdy
Your answer: a reckless impetuous irresponsible person

a reckless impetuous irresponsible person is the definition for "daredevil"

The correct answer was a cruel and brutal fellow.

I don't think the definition of rowdy as cruel and brutal fellow is correct any longer (if it ever was)...

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#1003614 - Thu Aug 15 2013 05:03 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: Jabberwok]
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Originally Posted By: Jabberwok
'minimal brain damage is a condition (mostly in boys) characterized by behavioral and learning disorder'

This one is offensive and unevidenced, please remove it.



But what was the word?

It is evidenced in every psych book & teaching course for special needs & all medical literature that boys do indeed outpace girls in the learning disorder race, no matter what label said learning disorder has.

And when a brain does not work "normal" and causes problems in all aspects of life, including behavior and learning, it is medically classified as damage to the brain.

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#1004791 - Tue Aug 20 2013 09:21 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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omission or suppression of parts of words or sentences

eclipsis

no, it's ellipsis

eclipsis is an Irish initial mutations (or something!)

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#1004843 - Tue Aug 20 2013 12:55 PM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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This isn't just one of the typos often found in the dictionary used for the game - Merriam-Webster has the definition given, too.

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eclipsis
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#1005756 - Fri Aug 23 2013 05:15 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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The admissible arrangement of sounds in words
Answer: Morphology

OK, that's not what morphology is at all in the linguistics sense. What the clue is describing is phonotactics. Morphology is about minimal grammatical units, not sounds.

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#1005802 - Fri Aug 23 2013 09:51 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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Very often the problem is in the question and (correct) answer not matching up well as singular to plural and v.v., or otherwise grammatically out of sync. And, I totally agree, other answers that fit just as well should NOT be included. Then it becomes a matter of preference, context or opinion as opposed to right or wrong. Giving preference to an obscure interpretation over a more widely used one is also not equitable. And this is not a rare occurrence, but a common one in W W. frown
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#1005804 - Fri Aug 23 2013 09:54 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: MikeMaster99]
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Have NEVER heard 'bottom' used as a verb. Fathom, yes, but 'realise' s/b the correct answer. I would have bottomed out, too. crazy

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#1006179 - Sun Aug 25 2013 01:53 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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I have heard "bottom out " before - as in having your car so low it "bottoms out" out when going over a speed bump. Just because you haven't heard a term before, doesn't mean it isn't in use somewhere else in the world smile
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#1009164 - Fri Sep 06 2013 07:39 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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I think it's just a little unfair to have two alternate spellings of the same word - gild and guild - both with the identical meaning in the solutions, and we have to decide which has been allocated to the two appropriate answers!

Sorry - should have been in Mind Melt!


Edited by dippo (Fri Sep 06 2013 08:12 AM)
Edit Reason: Posted in wrong place!

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#1009581 - Sun Sep 08 2013 04:17 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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8. Schilling

Your answer: formerly the basic unit of money in austria

Austria
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#1009584 - Sun Sep 08 2013 04:49 AM Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues [Re: JMElston]
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The dictionary used in this game, which is not onsite here at FunTrivia, does not capitalise proper nouns.
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