Word Wizard - Content Issues

Posted by: JMElston

Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Feb 01 2010 10:26 PM

Since the Word Wizard database has been changed, a new Comment/Complaint thread seems in order. Please post Word Wizard comments, suggestions & complaints here.

Happy Word Wizard Trivia!
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Feb 01 2010 10:32 PM

Copied from the old thread:
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From abechdtein:

This is from the new(?) database.

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3. Rebuke formally

Your answer: discipline

discipline means "training to improve strength or self-control"

The correct answer was criminate

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This definition is one of those questions where there are two possibly correct answers. Arguably, "criminate" is a better word for "rebuke formally", but, as the second definition of "discipline" is "the act of punishing", I don't think that these two words should be in the same answer set for this definition, for the reason that there's only a minor semantic difference between "rebuke formally" and "the act of punishing". That is, is not a formal rebuke a punishment?

Another one from the new game -- this one seems to be an incomplete definition:

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6. Early_winter_cress

Your answer: boreal or alpine sandwort

boreal or alpine sandwort is the definition for "mountain_daisy"

The correct answer was of southwestern europe; cultivated in florida
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From lilyalli and me:

Birdbrain
Your answer: a stupid foolish person

a stupid foolish person is the definition for "nincompoop"

The correct answer was a person with confused ideas

Either definition is valid as most definitions state both, e.g.
1 : a stupid person 2 : scatterbrain. — bird-brained\adjective.
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Happy WW Trivia!
Posted by: Terry

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Feb 02 2010 12:55 AM

were lots of "of XYZ" entries, from some flora section of the dictionary. all removed.
Posted by: abechstein

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Feb 02 2010 05:21 PM

An interesting occurrence in the latest round -- two words came up which each had the same definition as the correct answer. Neither was an incorrect definition for that word, but I thought I would mention this as a possible adjustment.
Posted by: Terry

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Feb 02 2010 05:56 PM

<< two words came up which each had the same definition as the correct answer >>

In two different questions, so both were answerable, right?
Posted by: abechstein

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Feb 02 2010 06:57 PM

Sure, not a problem there. I was just commenting on it in case it's something that wasn't desirable. I don't think it needs to be fixed; it was just an interesting occurrence.
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Feb 03 2010 01:12 AM

There were a few cases in the old database of words with multiple definitions. I'm sure that most people never noticed it. If there are more of these in the new database, it will make the game a little trickier.

Happy WW Trivia!
Posted by: lilyalli

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Feb 03 2010 04:50 AM

13. Direct
Your answer: indicate by signs

indicate by signs is the definition for "omen"

The correct answer was guide the actors in (plays and films)

Duplicate definition for 'direct'?
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Feb 03 2010 08:04 AM

There may be a typo or two in the new database.

14. A lively dance originating in France in the 18th century

Your answer: cotilion

Cotilion does occur in 8 online dictionaries, but those entries may have derived from one source. It doesn't appear in any of the standard works (Websters, etc.)

Cotillion occurs in 24 online dictionaries including the standards.

Not a big deal, but I thought that I would note it here.

Happy WW Trivia!
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Feb 03 2010 12:23 PM

9. Hanuman
Your answer: short-tailed monkey of rocky regions of asia and africa

short-tailed monkey of rocky regions of asia and africa is the definition for "macaque"

The correct answer was langur of southern asia

A langur is a monkey. I suppose the africa part might have ruled out that definition, but it does seem ambiguous in this case.

Happy WW Trivia!
Posted by: abechstein

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Feb 03 2010 12:32 PM

I was going to comment on that, too. I answered in exactly the same way.

Here's a typo from that set:

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1. Play_a_joke_on

Your answer: subject to a palyful hoax or joke

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Should be "playful".
Posted by: twosleepy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Feb 03 2010 01:11 PM

I notice that many UK colloquialisms have been used so far; noticeably more than in the former quizzes. Will it remain this way? Thanks.

Also, I must be thick, because I don't understand how "bottom" means "come to understand"...
Posted by: dippo

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Feb 03 2010 03:27 PM

I'm surprised to read the suggestion that UK colloquialisms have been used. I'm finding that it's more a case of finding the word or meaning that differs least from the one I was looking for, not the best match, and I thought that was probably because of Americanisms!
Posted by: Snowman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Feb 03 2010 03:40 PM

Quote:


Also, I must be thick, because I don't understand how "bottom" means "come to understand"...




Possibly by "getting to the bottom" of something?
Posted by: DomiNeyTor

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Feb 03 2010 04:32 PM

2. Gnat
Your answer: necklace that fits tightly around a woman''s neck

necklace that fits tightly around a woman''s neck is the definition for "dog_collar"

The correct answer was british usage

None of the choices made sense, so I assume some relevant words got dropped before "british usage".
Posted by: queproblema

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Feb 03 2010 05:05 PM

Yes, DNT, I came to report that one; guess the definition's incomplete:

2. Gnat

Your answer: british usage

Guessing it should be:

2: (British usage) mosquito

http://onlinedictionary.datasegment.com/word/gnat

Re. "bottom," which I didn't get:

v 1: provide with a bottom or a seat; "bottom the chairs"
2: strike the ground, as with a ship's bottom
3: come to understand [syn: penetrate, fathom, bottom]

http://onlinedictionary.datasegment.com/word/bottom
(I learned something here.)


But I did get
3. Fuddy-duddy

Your answer: a bore

A bore? I agree with this dictionary:
one that is old-fashioned, unimaginative, or conservative
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fuddy-duddy

Qp may be old-fashioned, unimaginative, and conservative, but is not consistently boring. Hey! Stop yawning!

This game is fun!
Posted by: flopsymopsy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Feb 03 2010 05:22 PM

Quote:


Qp may be old-fashioned, unimaginative, and conservative, but is not consistently boring. Hey! Stop yawning!





*Yawns*

Oh, sorry, qp, I must have the attention span of a {British usage}.
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Feb 03 2010 05:44 PM

11. Prairie_rattler

Your Answer: widely distributed between the mississippi and the rockies

The definition seems to be missing the word 'snake' or something like that.

Happy WW Trivia!

PS: Terry, it looks like I'm going to need thar Edit Option after all.
Posted by: 22crows

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Feb 03 2010 06:10 PM

I just got stung by the Gnat too LOL
Posted by: queproblema

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Feb 03 2010 07:09 PM

Yawn too wide and you'll swallow a gnat!
Posted by: twosleepy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Feb 03 2010 08:57 PM

Okay, I got it right, but come on! How does "144" qualify as even being a word? *sheesh*...
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Feb 03 2010 10:03 PM

Ugh! Gross!

13. Lead a passive existence without using one''s body or mind

Your answer: vegetate

one''s should be one's, of course.

Happy New WW Trivia!
Posted by: abechstein

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Feb 03 2010 10:53 PM

I was going to post that it seems all of the apostrophes seemed to be displayed as a single quotation mark (or double apostrophe).

Quote:

Ugh! Gross!




I didn't know whether to laugh or cry at that one...
Posted by: Terry

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Feb 03 2010 11:22 PM

lol, it's only a matter of time before something truly offensive pops up.

I manually trimmed out every swear word I could think of, as well as the racial slurs, etc. I'm sure I missed a few though.

Anyway, please keep reporting these things. I'm trying to generate some general rules to trim not only your specific examples, but other similar entries.
Posted by: Terry

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Feb 03 2010 11:25 PM

P.S. there are over 190,000 entries in this lexical database / dictionary. So to remove specific examples isn't entirely useful... it's much more important for me to be able to weed out everything else LIKE the problem.

For example, I just removed 520 entries containing numbers and dates from the word dictionary.
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Feb 03 2010 11:31 PM

Wow! I had guessed 40,000 to 50,000 for the old WW database. I suppose I underestimated that one too. I don't suppose that you want to tell us the source or sources of the current DB? The oddities keep coming from the same 8 possibilities when I check through www.onelook.com for them. Of course, the source could be something else entirely.

I'll keep reporting 'problems' that I find, of course.

Happy New WW Trivia!
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Feb 04 2010 04:49 AM

Wrong answer: a message transmitted by means of the sun''s rays

As Abechstein noted above it does seem that apostrophes are doubled.

Happy Punctuation Trivia!
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Feb 04 2010 05:17 AM

14. The basic unit of money in Syria
Your answer: pound

What are the capitalization criteria in the current WW? Syria was capitalized in the question in this case. It seems that as in the old WW that if the definition was to be selected, it would not be capitalized. Since the questions are not being capitalized currently should Syria and other similar cases be lower case?

Happy Capitalization Trivia!
Posted by: abechstein

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Feb 04 2010 11:37 AM

These definitions seem to be way too close together in meaning to be included in the same answer set:

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1. Aberrancy

Your answer: an event that departs from expectations

an event that departs from expectations is the definition for "discrepancy"

The correct answer was a state or condition markedly different from the norm

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I know it's got to be tough to figure out how to exclude semantically equivalent definitions from appearing in the same set, but at least I get a little bit of venting out of the way by posting these here...
Posted by: Terry

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Feb 04 2010 12:34 PM

<< Since the questions are not being capitalized currently should Syria and other similar cases be lower case? >>

Proper nouns should be capitalized.
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Feb 04 2010 05:15 PM

Incredibly minor consistency issue:

15. (meteorology) altitude of the lowest layer of clouds

Your answer: ceiling

On the Result Report as in the above example, if the definition begins with a '(', the first word is not capitalized as other entries are.

I see that some (all?) "''" have been corrected to "'".

Happy WW Trivia!
Posted by: queproblema

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Feb 04 2010 08:22 PM

In the Champion level, the last hour's scores can't be seen. At least not by Qp, who tends to leave her glasses on top of her head.

I can see other levels' scores from the previous hour, but not my own. The WW page shows who won the last hour, and I can see my own results as well as the winners for the last 12 hours or whatever it is, but not the list of players from the last hour at Champion level. I can see a list of last hour's players, but no Champions are in it.

I do like that seal with the horse's head and laurels! (Laurels? I dunno, maybe it's a blanket of roses.)

This doesn't belong here, but while I'm at it, the winner's list on Who's the Smartest says I just won Smartest of the Smart. I actually won it Feb. 15, 2009. If that doesn't matter, fine.
Posted by: twosleepy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Feb 04 2010 09:08 PM

Quote:

For example, I just removed 520 entries containing numbers and dates from the word dictionary.




Hey! I was useful!

Here's an error the makes me cringe:

"deep-dye"

answer: "die thoroughly"

I got it right, but it slowed me down checking all the answers carefully in case there was another that had to do with pigments... oy
Posted by: abechstein

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Feb 05 2010 01:42 AM

Just a typo here:

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13. A window shash that is hinged (usually on one side)

Your answer: casement

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"shash" should be "sash".
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Feb 05 2010 03:51 AM

8. A period in a man''s life corresponding to menopause

Your answer: climacteric

I see that there are still cases of double apostrophes in the database.

9. Hold_one's_own

Your answer: maintain one''s position and be in control of a situation

Single apostrophe in the word and double in the definition.

Happy WW Trivia!
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Feb 05 2010 03:55 AM

15. Distilled rather than fermented

Your answer: liquor

The definition is missing the lead-in phrase: 'an alcoholic beverage that is' for some reason.

Happy WW Trivia!
Posted by: Lochalsh

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Feb 05 2010 06:25 AM

Rhabdomyoma

Your answer: benign rumor of striated muscle

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I believe that should be "tumor" rather than "rumor."

This was on a WW quiz I took just a few minutes ago. I'm afraid I didn't copy the item number, but I hope my comment still helps.
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Feb 05 2010 06:45 AM

1. Common_European_earwig

Your answer: sometimes destructive to cultivated bulbs

Although the 8 online dictionaries agree with the definition the word 'insect' or something equivalent really needs to be added here.

12. Rhabdomyoma

Your answer: benign rumor of striated muscle

Although the regular online dictionaries have 'rumor', fortunately(?) the medical dictionaries correct it to 'tumor'.

Happy WW Trivia!
Posted by: Windswept

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Feb 05 2010 11:48 AM

It is great to update the data base to add new words. I love this quiz--am a writer and professor. Sometimes, I stare and stare at some q's either because
their meaning is idiomatic--be it American or British vernacular or slang,
or because
the answers do not contain an noun synonym so that one is forced to interpret which meaning best completes a definition--and this may be very subjective.
Here is one example "absent-minded dreaming while awake"--
Choices(and I don't have all of them)
guilt
common European earwig
black buffalo crater
the correct answer is "castle in the air"
That is an example of what kind of mental action can happen when day-dreaming , but it is not the only one, not a synonym for the action in the question. Not all absent-minded dreaming while awake become castles in the air.

Another one from today
Grizzle--the right answer is given as "a grey wig"
Searching on-line dictionaries, one finds "to make or become grey," or archaic: "gray hair." not specifically a grey wig. Admittedly, the other choices had nothing to do with grey/gray, but, when looking for answers, it is jarring to see wig in the mix.

One last one from today
cacodyl
the answer is "the univalent group derived from arsine."

However when reading the choices, nothing says specifically that it is a chemical compound--"univalent group" is a very general term.

Sometimes, the answers can be a big leap from the word to define. There is I'm saying sometimes a lot of leniency in terms of levels of colloquialisms and/or levelling out the layers of root definition. It would be clearer (if anyhing can be clear about the defitions of words) if it felt less like one were jumping off a diving board into a sometimes blurred soup of answers (I'd say about 20-30 percent on some quizzes--others this does not happen at all).
Windswept
Posted by: darthrevan89

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Feb 05 2010 12:03 PM

1. Dekko
Your answer: ...

The correct answer was british slang

Should be, "British slang for a look."
Posted by: Windswept

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Feb 05 2010 12:09 PM

Wickedness=
The right answer was said to be "estrangement from god." I thought of that too long;that is one possible meaning of wickedness--
Could it not be, should it not be 'estrangement from good." Possibly is there a letter left out?
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Feb 05 2010 12:21 PM

For 'Grizzle' check www.onelook.com as an example.

www.freedictionary.org lists 'a grey wig;' as the only noun definition of 'Grizzle'. However, I'm suspicious of that trailing semicolon. I would guess that there might be a missing piece to the definition.

'castle in the air' Def: 'absent-minded dreaming while awake' shows up in 14 online dictionaries, but I can sympathize somewhat with your complaint.

'cacodyl' seems like a very technical term. It does occur in 18 of the searched dictionaries, but would seem that it wouldn't be known to other than chemists.

The weeding process has just begun.

Happy WW Debate Trivia!
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Feb 05 2010 01:24 PM

6. The male is chestnut-and-black

Your answer: orchard oriole

Something seems to be missing here.

Strangely, the old 1913 Websters has a much better definition:

Orchard oriole (Zool.), a bright-colored American oriole (Icterus spurius), which frequents orchards. It is smaller and darker thah the Baltimore oriole.

Except for that pesky 'thah' typo.


Happy WW Trivia!
Posted by: Windswept

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Feb 05 2010 01:36 PM

Thank you for your great reply.
With "grizzle," no where is it clear that it's a noun. If that were clear, it would change everything into thinking of some "thing" versus a verb action.
Maybe there is some way, any way to clarify- as in n. vt, vi to demonstrate that what way to consider.
I didn't write about "necessitate" for fear of writing too much--necessitate to become or make necessary or some relative thereof like "to require or to compel" is the standard way to come into this verb action.

I think the verb versus noun difference is at the heart of any difficulties.
Posted by: Windswept

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Feb 05 2010 01:47 PM

Here is one in this hours Word Wizard:

structure where a wall or building narrows abruptly

ash grey
cosmetics
set-back
corpulence
peel
squiggle

The answer given is "set-back." Of course a set-back can be an adverse effect, a loss in battle, in a life course, in anything. In this one, it feels like one must eliminate the ones that can't fit--like ash grey, cosmetics, corpulence, peel, squiggle. My question is since more idioms and slang terms are in here, seeing this q puts one on alert because of the usual use of the term as a negative outcome.

After posting this, I'll look up and study the "set-back" one.

It really does not jump out at one that the question is calling for an architectural kind of set-back; probably it would help if other answers were somehow related to buildings. I guess in the course of time, Word Wizard time, our minds will try to make these jumps, leaps into new ways of defining.

And I'm not complaining really--just trying to see how everything is fitting or not fitting together and playing as much as I can.
Posted by: Terry

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Feb 05 2010 02:00 PM

<< I think the verb versus noun difference is at the heart of any difficulties. >>

But don't we want difficulties in this game?
Posted by: Windswept

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Feb 05 2010 03:12 PM

Yes, of course we do want lots of challenges. The word 'difficulty' was not right before.

Don't we also want a clear field of competition with the lanes evenly marked for our swiftest racing?

I'll be quiet and let the chips fall as as they may.
Posted by: Windswept

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Feb 05 2010 04:39 PM

4. Gentile

"The correct answer was a person who does not acknowledge your god" ???

Almost always the term refers to someone who is not Jewish.

The word gets hopelessly mixed up with genteel which has to do with people with pristine manners and airs.

On this one, I really think there needs to be some kind of adjustment.

Sorry for my sudden loquacity.
Windswept
Posted by: Terry

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Feb 05 2010 04:41 PM

<< Don't we also want a clear field of competition with the lanes evenly marked for our swiftest racing? >>

Hmm not really I like the challenge of not entirely knowing what usage of a word is being requested. It means that you really have to think about more than just one thing. Uses a different part of the brain I think.
Posted by: Windswept

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Feb 05 2010 05:04 PM

As a right brained poet, ok, then, I'm all for flamboyant illuminated synchronous guessing.
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Feb 05 2010 05:09 PM

15. Used especially in treating bruises

Your answer: arnica

This is missing 'an ointment' in the definition.

Happy WW Trivia!
Posted by: flopsymopsy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Feb 05 2010 05:41 PM

Just for clarity's sake, could the title of this thread be left alone? It's really quite hard to spot a thread one is interested in when someone keeps changing the title.

I don't agree, by the way, that a definition always has to be complete to be included (apart, of course, from obvious errors where the word is missing). The definitions of some words are long, varied, and occasionally different in different varieties of the language. The ability to accommodate variations and change is one of the elements that has made English one of the world's most successful languages. As long as the definition given is a recognised use of the word, and the list of options doesn't include more than one correct definition of the same word, then that should be enough.
Posted by: Windswept

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Feb 05 2010 07:04 PM

Have re-read the whole thread, see what you've wanted to do, Terry, and I agree with you about getting more thinking, a new kind of thinking going on.


Certain words and stuff can readily be edited. The principle is in the basic change.

People have to think "outside the box" to get answers here sometime, and that's a good thing.
Posted by: queproblema

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Feb 06 2010 01:24 AM

Quote:

In the Champion level, the last hour's scores can't be seen. At least not by Qp, who tends to leave her glasses on top of her head.




Either it's fixed now-- --Thanks!--or I can see clearly now-- --Whew!
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Feb 06 2010 07:06 AM

8. A small round woman''s hat

Your answer: turban

Double apostrophe.

From player Markswood:

Got this question today:

15 Eurasia except southern Russia

express joy
manual of arms
fund
wood horsetail
fortune hunter
top

The answer was wood horsetail??

Another case of something missing.

Thread Title restored.

Happy WW Trivia!
Posted by: twosleepy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Feb 06 2010 08:03 AM

This one is just plain unfair! I had no clue at all:

"Eurasia except southern Russia"

Choices:

express joy
manual of arms
fund
wood horsetail
fortune hunter
top

I picked "top", thinking at least if it's not SOUTHERN Russia... The answer is "wood horsetail". ?????????
Posted by: EmmaF2008

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Feb 06 2010 08:20 AM

Just got this one

2. Build
Your answer: the act of putting something in a certain place or location

the act of putting something in a certain place or location is the definition for "emplacement"

The correct answer was constitution of the human body

Of course, I think both definitions could be used for 'build'. It could just be me whining though
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Feb 06 2010 09:17 AM

The Not Yet page could use a little work. The following text shows up:

Answer accurately and quickly to gain the most points!

Timer started!

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And this text is effectively invisible:

Not yet!

You have already played in this hour's game. Try again when it resets!
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A back link to the main game page would be nice.

Happy WW Suggestions Trivia!
Posted by: Terry

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Feb 06 2010 02:09 PM

Looks like a lot of the issues are these weird botanical things where the definition is just its location. Should be a way for me to weed a lot of that out all at once. Hm.
Posted by: agony

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Feb 06 2010 02:19 PM

Or maybe the first few words of the definition are getting cut off? "Woody perennial of Eurasia except southern Russia" would be perfectly fine as a definition, and these would be OK words for the game, then. How is it presented at the source?
Posted by: Mink

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Feb 06 2010 03:07 PM

Just had this:

3. Europe
Your answer: dwell

dwell means "think moodily or anxiously about something"

The correct answer was wild strawberry
Posted by: twosleepy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Feb 06 2010 03:30 PM

Quote:

Just had this:

3. Europe
Your answer: dwell

dwell means "think moodily or anxiously about something"

The correct answer was wild strawberry




Here are all the choices:

prefer
craps
wild strawberry
saw
dwell
afters

Just to brag, I got it right! I decided to pick the most out-there answer and voila! He he...
Posted by: Mink

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Feb 06 2010 04:25 PM

I had it randomly and changed it!

Oh, and re: the arnica one above - there IS ointment but there's also tablets of arnica for bruises
Posted by: darthrevan89

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Feb 06 2010 05:09 PM

Quote:

2. Bring down with a blow to the legs
Your answer: take

take means "proceed along in a vehicle"

The correct answer was submarine





Quote:

5. Accept or undergo, often unwillingly
Your answer: take




I'm confused...should "take" have two definitions showing up in this game?
Posted by: queproblema

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Feb 06 2010 05:26 PM

Yes, I think more than one definition should be allowed as long as they don't show up on the same question. That way we think about what we're doing instead of mindlessly checking off letter patterns we've memorized.

The more I play this game, the more I like it. I'm almost ready to take off my black mourning veil for the old one's demise.
Posted by: Terry

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Feb 06 2010 05:37 PM

<<
Or maybe the first few words of the definition are getting cut off? "Woody perennial of Eurasia except southern Russia" would be perfectly fine as a definition, and these would be OK words for the game, then. How is it presented at the source? >>

It's precisely the incomplete definition in the source database too.

A lot of those botanical / biological entries are simply incomplete definitions. I guess they must come from a sub-project where everyone KNEW they were plants.
Posted by: Terry

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Feb 06 2010 05:40 PM

<< I'm confused...should "take" have two definitions showing up in this game? >>

Yes. In fact, some words have up to NINE definitions in the dictionary.

What I really should do if there are enough entries with lots of definitions is make a 3rd hourly game type...

It would present a word, then list 5 definitions. You'd have to pick the one that is NOT a valid definition of the word.
Posted by: queproblema

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Feb 06 2010 07:46 PM

Yes, yes!!

"Run" has 30 definitions as a verb, 12 as a noun, and 3 as an adjective, according to Merriam-Webster, and not including phrases, which adds dozens more.

I LOVE ENGLISH!
Posted by: Terry

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Feb 06 2010 11:43 PM

This database has 57 entries for "run".
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Feb 07 2010 02:27 AM

12. An abusive attack on a person''s character or good name

Your answer: aspersion

14. Any member of a ship''s crew

Your answer: sailor

More doubled apostrophes.

Happy WW Trivia!
Posted by: bucknallbabe

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Feb 07 2010 02:49 AM

Terry - I found definitions for "wild strawberry" and "wood horsetail' on a site called synonym.com that gave a botanical definition for each followed by the exact wording as quoted as the Word Wizard definition in brackets, presumably showing the range. This suggests a common source for that and this site. It seems that the bits in brackets are being picked up, not the definitions.
Posted by: sue943

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Feb 07 2010 05:37 AM

This complaint was received on main site feedback...

On the "Word Wizard" section, it has the question "a person of French descent" followed by the answer "Frog". This is a racist term and needs to be removed! How could you allow this to get approved?
Posted by: ren33

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Feb 07 2010 06:32 AM

Well who objects to "limey"? I don't.
Posted by: flopsymopsy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Feb 07 2010 06:41 AM

Quote:

Well who objects to "limey"? I don't.




You beat me to it, Ren, but 'Pommy' must be on here somewhere... I am shocked in advance of finding it!

Actually that database includes words like 'poof' and 'dike' (I've seen both of those already) so if the only word for the French is 'Frog' I think they got off lightly, lol.

(signed)

rosbif rabbit
Posted by: abechstein

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Feb 07 2010 06:41 AM

If we're mentioning all of the double apostrophes...

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13. Sibling

Your answer: a person''s brother or sister

9. Corset

Your answer: a woman''s close-fitting foundation garment

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Posted by: sue943

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Feb 07 2010 06:52 AM

The French call us rostbif as far as I know, and I don't mind.
Posted by: abechstein

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Feb 07 2010 10:21 AM

Is it helpful to point out the recurring double apostrophes? It seems like I'm getting at least one every round...

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8. Coil

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

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And, in an incorrect answer:

shop selling women''s hats
Posted by: CellarDoor

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Feb 07 2010 10:50 AM

Here's one that's rather out-of-date:

Men

Your answer: the force of workers available

Er, no. That would be "adults."
Posted by: Terry

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Feb 07 2010 11:01 AM

No, ignore apostrophes. It is simple to fix them all at once.

Removed men, frog, poof, etc.
Posted by: Terry

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Feb 07 2010 11:06 AM

Also did a more general query to remove 30 entries where the definition had to deal with racial slurs or potentially unfriendly nicknames.
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Feb 07 2010 05:37 PM

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!
Posted by: abechstein

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Feb 07 2010 07:05 PM

Another botanical entry missing at least one word (capitalization errors, too):

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8. Gray_alder

Your answer: native to europe but introduced in america
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Feb 08 2010 10:22 AM

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!
Posted by: twosleepy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Feb 08 2010 11:21 AM

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...
Posted by: guitargoddess

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Feb 08 2010 11:54 AM

Eurasia except southern Russia
Your answer: buffeting

buffeting means "repeated heavy blows"

The correct answer was wood horsetail

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It's a plant that is *native* to Eurasia except Southern Russia.. could use a little bit more detail there to be less confusing.
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Feb 08 2010 12:01 PM

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!
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Feb 08 2010 04:23 PM

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!
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Feb 08 2010 06:46 PM

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!
Posted by: darthrevan89

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Feb 08 2010 07:16 PM

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


Posted by: agony

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Feb 08 2010 09:06 PM

Just found "blowjob" as an incorrect option.
Posted by: Lochalsh

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Feb 08 2010 10:19 PM

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
Posted by: twosleepy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Feb 08 2010 10:22 PM

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(
Posted by: Lochalsh

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Feb 08 2010 10:28 PM

Post deleted by Lochalsh
Posted by: bubblesfun

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Feb 08 2010 10:32 PM

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?
Posted by: cubswin2323

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Feb 08 2010 10:35 PM

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!
Posted by: lilyalli

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Feb 08 2010 10:47 PM

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....
Posted by: queproblema

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Feb 08 2010 10:58 PM

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.
Posted by: Lones78

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Feb 08 2010 11:07 PM

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.



Posted by: queproblema

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Feb 08 2010 11:09 PM

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.
Posted by: Lochalsh

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Feb 08 2010 11:10 PM

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
Posted by: nannaTracey

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Feb 08 2010 11:11 PM

Do I win for a record three in one quiz?
2. A color that has hue
Your answer: spectral colour

spectral colour means "a color that has hue"

The correct answer was plyboard

12. A failure of the seller''s guarantee of good title
Your answer: breach of the covenant of warranty

breach of the covenant of warranty means "a failure of the seller''s guarantee of good title"

The correct answer was rave

15. The study and creation of visual works of art
Your answer: fine arts

fine arts means "the study and creation of visual works of art"

The correct answer was melancholy
Posted by: lilyalli

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Feb 08 2010 11:13 PM

Quote:

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 had the 'chitlins' one also, but that was ok - duplicate definition?

Quote:

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.




Yeah, I got (should have got) 15/15 also.
Posted by: Lochalsh

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Feb 08 2010 11:16 PM

My standing doesn't seem to have been affected, but I do wonder when we can safely "go back in the water." Hope there'll be some sort of announcement to that effect.
Posted by: cazza2902

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Feb 08 2010 11:16 PM

Hi

I just did the latest round of WW and got the following responses:

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: collard greens

collard greens 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

Umm not sure what is going wrong here - but it is a bit disappointing to have posted what seem to be the right answers and then get told they are wrong.

Hope somebody can look into to it for future games.

Cheers

Carol/Cazza
Posted by: cazza2902

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Feb 08 2010 11:19 PM

Sorry I didn't realise that someone else had already posted these.
Posted by: abechstein

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Feb 08 2010 11:56 PM

I would say that something is up...

I got this one, and was confused, but I guess I should count myself lucky that I only got one of these in my set.

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3. One related on the father''s side

Your answer: patrilineal kin

patrilineal kin means "one related on the father''s side"

The correct answer was domine
Posted by: Terry

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Feb 09 2010 12:15 AM

lol, thanks agony. removed! also used some creativity to remove other possibilities.
Posted by: 22crows

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Feb 09 2010 12:15 AM

I also got the patrilineal kin one "wrong" and also
Everything stated or assumed in a given discussion
Your answer: diffusor
diffuser means "everything stated ..."
The correct answer was universe
Bother!
Posted by: Terry

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Feb 09 2010 12:18 AM

Hmm definitely looks like a bug. Will close the game for a few mins while I track it down.
Posted by: Terry

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Feb 09 2010 12:56 AM

Ok, think I found it. Will put changes in for the new hour, and monitor to make sure it all looks sensible.
Posted by: queproblema

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Feb 09 2010 01:27 AM

Thanks, Terry! It worked fine for me a minute ago.
Posted by: cazza2902

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Feb 09 2010 01:43 AM

Thanks Terry

I will dip my toe back in the WW water now
Posted by: agony

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Feb 09 2010 05:18 AM

That's funny, because I got the close shave, and was marked right on it.
Posted by: dippo

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Feb 09 2010 08:14 AM

15. Unsatisfactoriness
Your answer: merchandise that is shoddy or inferior

merchandise that is shoddy or inferior is the definition for "dreck"

The correct answer was the quality of being adequate or suitable


Either this answer is wrong, or I did a lot better in school that I thought when I was being told my performance was unsatisfactory.
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Feb 09 2010 08:26 AM

11. Jargon

Your answer: lan suitable for grazing livestock

lan suitable for grazing livestock is the definition for "rangeland"

The correct answer was a colorless (or pale yellow or smoky) variety of zircon

For 'rangeland' - 'lan suitable for' should be 'land suitable for', of course.

Happy WW Typo Trivia!
Posted by: darthrevan89

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Feb 09 2010 12:06 PM

I don't know what the word is, but I ran across "obscene terms for female genitals" as a wrong answer.

This was another incorrect answer, I think something's missing: southern variety is the definition for "canebrake_rattlesnake".
Posted by: Terry

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Feb 09 2010 12:14 PM

Thanks, toasted a whole set of genitalia nicknames. lol. didn't realize there were so many!
Posted by: twosleepy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Feb 09 2010 03:19 PM

14. A very evil man

Your answer: judas

judas means "a one-way peephole in a door"

The correct answer was hellhound

I don't get it. Can someone help me out?
Posted by: flopsymopsy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Feb 09 2010 03:29 PM

What's the problem? A judas is a peephole in a door and a hellhound is a fiend or very evil person.

Of course the judas does take its name from the Biblical Judas but if it had meant him, his name would have been capitalised.
Posted by: queproblema

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Feb 09 2010 10:10 PM

Anybody else having really slow loading times? Or is it just my network? Word Wizard was by far the slowest of the last dozen pages.
Posted by: twosleepy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Feb 09 2010 10:19 PM

Obviously, the problem is that I didn't know I'm an idiot. Thanks for letting me know...
Posted by: abechstein

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Feb 10 2010 01:46 AM

It seems both of these definitions are missing word(s):

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2. Found in warm waters of western Atlantic

Your answer: phytonadione

phytonadione means "a form of vitamin K"

The correct answer was timucu

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6. Used also in making gasoline components

Your answer: isobutylene
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Feb 10 2010 01:27 PM

15. Infection by a disease-causing ameba

Your answer: amoebiosis

Amoebiosis is an obsolete variant of amebiasis. Whether to leave obsolete words in the game is a question.

Happy WW Obsolete Trivia!
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Feb 10 2010 02:08 PM

3. Woolly_alder_aphid

Your answer: attacks alders

Another incomplete but obvious entry.

Happy WW Trivia!
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Feb 11 2010 07:48 AM

2. Tropical Africa to Australasia and Polynesia

Your answer: climbing bird's nest fern

A typical incomplete plant definition.

9. A week chirping sound as of a small bird

Your answer: tweet

The word 'week' should be 'weak', obviously.

Happy WW Correction Trivia!
Posted by: abechstein

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Feb 11 2010 12:19 PM

One more incomplete entry (I'm actually getting good at guessing these now!):

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6. Giant_pigfish

Your answer: found around the great barrier reef
Posted by: abechstein

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Feb 11 2010 07:11 PM

9. Scarlet_tanager

Your answer: the male is bright red with black wings and tail

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I think this definition is missing something, too.

Also, in that set, I got two questions about "street names" for drugs. I know the selection should be essentially random, but getting 13% drug slang seems a little odd.
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Feb 12 2010 03:11 PM

4. Hold back
Your answer: bottleneck

bottleneck means "a narrowing that reduces the flow through a channel"

The correct answer was cumber

'bottleneck' could easily be 'hold back'

Happy WW Trivia!
Posted by: Terry

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Feb 12 2010 03:41 PM

Trimmed some birds and fish out
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Feb 12 2010 05:10 PM

11. Disorderly fighting

Your answer: dogfingt

Should be 'dogfight' or 'dogfighting'.

Happy WW Typo Trivia!
Posted by: queproblema

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Feb 12 2010 09:50 PM

Oral stimulation of the vulva or clitoris

Your answer: cunnilinctus
Posted by: Terry

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Feb 12 2010 11:44 PM

Thanks for the report -- I clearly forgot about the good old clitoris.

Just nuked 11 entries dealing with it. And 13 testicles. And 10 vulvas.
Posted by: Lones78

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Feb 13 2010 05:19 AM

Quote:

I clearly forgot about the good old clitoris.




I bet you're not the first person to ever say that!

Quote:

Just nuked 11 entries dealing with it. And 13 testicles. And 10 vulvas.




So not thinking of branching out into gynaecology then?
Posted by: Mink

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Feb 13 2010 06:40 AM

"cunnilinctus"

I bet Boots don't sell it!
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Feb 13 2010 06:08 PM

7. Sheepshead_porgy

Your answer: from florida and bahamas to brazil

There are still a few incomplete animals around.

Happy WW Error Trivia!
Posted by: Terry

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Feb 14 2010 12:54 AM

<< There are still a few incomplete animals around. >>

yep, probably more to go. Am weeding them out and any similar ones as they are reported here. thx!
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Feb 14 2010 05:19 PM

2. Informal:leave
Your answer: peel of

I think this should be 'peel off'.

'Informal:leave' should be 'Informal: leave' or '(informal) leave'.

'Peel of' does occur in two sources: Rhymezone & LookWAYup, but I think it is a typo.

Happy WW Trivia!
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Feb 14 2010 09:50 PM

13. (Yiddish) unbelievable gall
Your answer: hutzpah

I think it is missing the first letter- a 'C'.
Posted by: tezza1551

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Feb 15 2010 12:30 AM

I just tried to play Mind Melt - it's telling me I have already played for today.. and I know I haven't.
Grrr @ Mind Melt !
Posted by: Terry

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Feb 15 2010 12:49 AM

<< I just tried to play Mind Melt - it's telling me I have already played for today.. and I know I haven't.>>

Daily games reset a little later today. I had to hook in the new statistic gathering stuff and reset them manually.
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Feb 15 2010 10:05 AM

5. A grotesque product of the imagination
Your answer: boogeyman

boogeyman means "an imaginary monster used to frighten children"

The correct answer was chimera

I suppose with a few seconds more thought/reading I would have gone for 'chimera' over 'boogeyman'. There probably isn't much more that can be about close cases like this.

Happy New WW Trivia!
Posted by: bubblesfun

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Feb 15 2010 11:34 AM

Quote:

13. (Yiddish) unbelievable gall
Your answer: hutzpah

I think it is missing the first letter- a 'C'.




I think "hutzpah" is acceptable as well. It is like how some people spell Hanukkah with a C -- it depends on the translation.
Posted by: agony

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Feb 15 2010 11:47 AM

I think you're right, bubblesfun. It is after all pronounced with an "H", sort of. With that clearing-of-the-throat sound, that's more "H" than anything else in English, anyway.
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Feb 15 2010 01:18 PM

7. The act of dividing by cutting or splitting

Your answer: hack

hack means "kick on the arms"

The correct answer was scission

Other definitions of 'hack' are 'cut away' & 'cut with a hacking tool'.

Again, I suppose with a few seconds more thought/reading I might have gone for 'scission' over 'hack'. As with the previous case, there probably isn't much more that can be done about close cases like this.

Happy New WW Trivia!
Posted by: darthrevan89

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Feb 15 2010 03:19 PM

An incomplete entry:

7. Sometimes destructive to cultivated bulbs
Your answer: common european earwig
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Feb 15 2010 03:53 PM

Quote:

I think "hutzpah" is acceptable as well. It is like how some people spell Hanukkah with a C -- it depends on the translation.




Thanks, Bubbles. You are quite right, and I sit corrected.
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Feb 15 2010 09:12 PM

6. A man who is a stupid incompetent fool

Your answer: brute

brute means "a cruelly rapacious person"

The correct answer was zany

Although 'zany' has the given definition in some sources, I wouldn't have chosen it over 'brute' in this case.

Happy New WW Trivia!
Posted by: Lones78

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Feb 15 2010 09:13 PM

I dont know if this one is a database issue?

even up the edges of a stack of paper, in printing

pall
pall
paramour
plugger
universal resource locator
square up
Posted by: fufan

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Feb 16 2010 06:27 AM

"10. Common_wallaby
Your answer: height 30 inches"

Another case where some answer is missing, I think.
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Feb 16 2010 02:55 PM

4. Garden_strawberry
Your answer: widely cultivated

True, but incomplete.

Happy New WW Trivia!
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Feb 16 2010 03:24 PM

11. Tightly woven fabric with raised cords
Your answer: gabardine

gabardine means "(usually in the plural) trousers"

The correct answer was pique

Another definition for 'gabardine' is 'a firm durable fabric with a twill weave' which fits the original definition.

Happy New WW Trivia!
Posted by: darthrevan89

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Feb 16 2010 05:10 PM

Incomplete definition:

2. Includes spinach and beets
Your answer: goosefoot family
Posted by: lilyalli

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Feb 17 2010 08:12 AM

6. Stud
Your answer: a man participant in his own marriage ceremony

a man participant in his own marriage ceremony is the definition for "bridegroom"

The correct answer was an upright in house framing

Of course! I think I may have overstretched my lateral thinking....
Posted by: fufan

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Feb 17 2010 08:16 AM

My dictionary does not mention trousers, but describes a medieval cloak or frock as the second definition.
Gabardine (which I, incidentally, would spell "gaberdine") is a woven fabric, but does not have raised cords. Pique definitely does. Corduroy would also fit the definition. Believe me, I have sewn and worn them all.
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Feb 17 2010 08:35 AM

Twill weave - 'a cloth with parallel diagonal lines or ribs'. I took ribs to mean something like 'raised cords' but I guess they wouldn't have to be raised, merely visible as ribs. I'll defer to the cloth expert on this.

I'm obviously 'pique'd.

Happy New WW Trivia!
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Feb 17 2010 11:07 AM

8. The noise made by the forcefaul impact of two objects

Your answer: slam

Of course, 'forcefaul' should be 'forceful'.

Happy New WW Typo Trivia!
Posted by: Terry

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Feb 17 2010 11:39 AM

deleted 250 more botanical entries, deleted some of the entries with typos.
Posted by: lesley153

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Feb 17 2010 02:11 PM

This one made me laugh, even though I made a wild guess at the answer, and got it wrong.

" 6. Cock_up
" The correct answer was raise "


In Britain, "cock" is a mildly vulgar word for penis, and the verb "to cock up" means to do something badly. Noun "a cock-up" is the result. I don't think a teacher would use any of these words to a class of five-year-olds.
Posted by: lesley153

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Feb 17 2010 02:20 PM

Intrigued by the debate over gabardine/gaberdine, because I too would have spelt it with an e. I had a bottle green gaberdine mac as part of my school uniform. (That's why I haven't worn green since I left school.)

Wiki explains the difference:

The fabric takes its name from the "gaberdine", spelled with an 'e', which is a long, loose overgarment tied at the waist.

It also says that it was invented in the late 19th century by Thomas Burberry, founder of the Burberry fashion house.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gabardine
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Feb 18 2010 02:13 AM

15. Hog_molly

Your answer: widely distributed in warm clear shallow streams

Another incomplete definition.

Happy New WW Trivia!
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Feb 18 2010 02:14 AM

I did not pick that answer because I did not think pigs could swim that well...
Posted by: darthrevan89

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Feb 18 2010 01:53 PM

I just had this question, these definitions seem rather close in meaning to me. I looked up "pompous," "puffed up" was even part of its definition.

1. Exaggerated praise (as for promotional purposes)
Your answer: claptrap

claptrap means "pompous or pretentious talk or writing"

The correct answer was puff
Posted by: abechstein

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Feb 18 2010 06:11 PM

The "(as for promotional purposes)" would indicate to me right away that "puff" is a better answer than "claptrap". "Puffery" is a term which specifically indicates overblown praise or claims for a product.

I don't disagree that "claptrap" might be an appropriate answer for "exaggerated praise", but I think that the specific reference to promotional purposes makes "puff" a better answer.
Posted by: lesley153

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Feb 18 2010 08:45 PM

That's interesting - I've always heard claptrap used to describe speech that is nonsense, but it seems that it didn't start out meaning that. Take your choice!

Pretentious, insincere, or empty language:
"I hate ... that air/Of claptrap, which your recent poets prize" (Byron).
[Obsolete meaning: a theatrical trick to win applause : clap + trap.]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language,


n Informal
1. contrived but foolish talk
2. insincere and pretentious talk politicians' claptrap
[C18 (in the sense: something contrived to elicit applause): from clap1 + trap1]
Collins English Dictionary


Noun 1. claptrap - pompous or pretentious talk or writing
Synonyms: blah, bombast, fustian, rant
Related Words: grandiloquence, grandiosity, magniloquence, ornateness, rhetoric - high-flown style; excessive use of verbal ornamentation; "the grandiosity of his prose"; "an excessive ornateness of language"
Thesaurus Based on WordNet 3.0


noun (Informal) nonsense, rubbish, rot, crap (slang), garbage (informal), trash, bunk (informal), b*llsh*t (taboo slang), b*lls (taboo slang), bull (slang), s**t (taboo slang), hot air (informal), tosh (slang, chiefly Brit.), flannel (Brit. informal), pap, c*bbl*rs (Brit. taboo slang), bilge (informal), humbug, drivel, twaddle, tripe (informal), affectation, guff (slang), blarney, bombast, moonshine, insincerity, hogwash, hokum (slang, chiefly U.S. & Canad.), piffle (informal), poppycock (informal), bosh (informal), eyewash (informal), tommyrot, horsefeathers (U.S. slang), bunkum or buncombe (chiefly U.S.) He talks a lot of pretentious claptrap.
Collins Thesaurus

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/claptrap
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Feb 19 2010 01:59 AM

1. British slang

Your answer: dekko

While it is 'British slang', it is slang for a look or glance, not a definition of British slang.

Happy New WW Trivia!
Posted by: abechstein

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Feb 19 2010 11:13 AM

I think this is another incomplete definition:

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2. Thickness

Your answer: used of a line or mark

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Also, this definition raises an interesting point:

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4. Waw

Your answer: the 6th letter of the hebrew alphabet

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This pronunciation of the name of this letter is Sephardic. However, the Ashkenazi pronunciation of this letter is "vav". It's hard to say which is the "standard" -- most Hebrew speakers of Central European background would pronounce that letter as "vav", but many Israeli Hebrew speakers would pronounce it as "waw". This isn't a "correction", per se, but should words like this be in the game? After all, the 6th letter of the Hebrew letter is the character itself, not an English transliteration of the pronunciation of the letter in a certain dialect or accent. Regardless, "hebrew" should be capitalized.
Posted by: lesley153

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Feb 19 2010 05:21 PM

Current set:

13 a long-acting barbiturate used as a sedative
- nihilist
- snicker
- butcher
- anglophil
- purple heart
- jambon

The right answer is purple heart, also known as Drinamyl, except it isn't a sedative: it's a combination of amphetamine and barbiturate, and it's a stimulant.
Posted by: lesley153

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Feb 20 2010 09:41 AM

Current set:

10. Someone who helps another person commit a crime
Your answer: accessary

Normal spelling is accessory, and I couldn't find it spelt with an 'a' anywhere.



5. A long slender cigar
Your answer: panetela

I hadn't seen this before - I've only ever seen it spelt panatella - but I know now that this is the Spanish spelling. Gosh FT is educational!
Posted by: Lottie1001

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Feb 20 2010 01:25 PM

I've just had:-

1. The right to enter

Your answer: accession

I think the correct word should be 'access'. 'Accession' means the act of entering on high office, something acquired or added (e.g. a library book) or the act by which a nation becomes party to an agreement already in force.
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Feb 20 2010 04:19 PM

In the case of 'accessary', <a href="http://www.onelook.com" target="_blank">www.onelook.com</a> finds 23 sources with a reference. Here is an example:

<a href="http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/accessary" target="_blank">http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/accessary</a>

It is usually a variant, so that is why you probably didn't find it.

Happy New WW Trivia!
Posted by: abechstein

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Feb 20 2010 09:23 PM

Another incomplete definition:

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12. Southern variety

Your answer: canebrake rattlesnake
Posted by: lesley153

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Feb 20 2010 09:27 PM

John, what a brilliant website - thank you, I have snagged it! All those references to a word I had no idea even existed!

I clicked a few of them, and they all took me to accessory. Do you suppose anyone actually uses the variant spelling in real life?
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Feb 20 2010 10:12 PM

Lesley153, 'define accessary' has 390 hits vs 90,700 for 'define accessory' in Yahoo! searches. A search for 'accessary' gets 6,500 hits vs 3,500,000+ for 'accessory'. So, I would say that it isn't used very much, but it does exist.

Commenting on Abechstein's post on other language characters, I would say that they should be included. They are the English names of those characters. Most likely there is a 'vav' entry as well as the 'waw' entry for the Hebrew character. Just my opinion.

Happy New WW Trivia!
Posted by: lesley153

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Feb 20 2010 11:02 PM

Oh yes - I wasn't arguing about its existence, but I've never seen it before, and agree that it can't be used very much. Perhaps in word puzzle clues.

By the way, I was a little taken aback when I saw waw. I've always known the letter as vov or vav, so waw was a very strange variation. How on earth would you pronounce it?
Posted by: abechstein

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Feb 21 2010 03:11 AM

Sephardic Hebrew speakers pronounce that letter just like you'd think -- the "v" sound is replaced with a "w" sound. So, the name of the letter is pronounced sort of like the English interjection "wow".

The only reason I don't think it's necessarily appropriate to have "words" like this included in the game is highlighted by JMelston's post -- "waw" is not the "English name" of the character, it is merely the English transliteration of the pronunciation of the character by speakers of one Hebrew dialect. For this reason, I would say it's not really a English word at all.
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Feb 21 2010 03:41 AM

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.

Happy New WW Controversy Trivia!
Posted by: Lottie1001

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Feb 21 2010 07:10 AM

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.
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Feb 21 2010 07:36 AM

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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Happy New WW Trivia!
Posted by: lesley153

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Feb 21 2010 01:52 PM

Quote:

... 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.
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Feb 21 2010 02:15 PM

11. Scampo

Your answer: caught in european waters

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

Happy New WW Trivia!
Posted by: cazza2902

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Feb 21 2010 10:14 PM

Not sure if this is the place to post this but Word Wizard does not appear to have reset? Or is it just me
Posted by: queproblema

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Feb 21 2010 10:18 PM

No, it hasn't.
Posted by: Mink

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Feb 22 2010 06:18 AM

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.
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Feb 22 2010 03:57 PM

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.
Posted by: darthrevan89

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Feb 22 2010 05:00 PM

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
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Feb 22 2010 07:47 PM

13. The realm of a khan

Your answer: khnate

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

Happy New WW Typo Trivia!
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Feb 23 2010 02:11 AM

12. Arnica

Your answer: used especially in treating bruises

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

Happy New WW Trivia!
Posted by: lilyalli

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Feb 23 2010 08:14 PM

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...
Posted by: abechstein

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Feb 24 2010 01:05 AM

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.
Posted by: darthrevan89

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Feb 24 2010 02:49 PM

This one comes with an "offensive" label, so I'm thinking it should go...

13. Piccaninny
Your answer: (offensive) a black child
Posted by: darthrevan89

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Feb 25 2010 09:00 AM

Here's a typo:

13. Rangeland
Your answer: lan suitable for grazing livestock
Posted by: bubblesfun

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Feb 25 2010 09:29 AM

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?
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Feb 25 2010 09:48 AM

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).

Happy New WW Trivia!
Posted by: bubblesfun

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Feb 25 2010 11:32 AM

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).

Happy New WW Trivia!




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?
Posted by: darthrevan89

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Feb 25 2010 01:04 PM

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".
Posted by: Terry

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Feb 25 2010 04:05 PM

Took out borderline / offensive stuff.

Also removed approximately 300 snakes and dinosaurs.

Will have to get to plants and birds next.
Posted by: bubblesfun

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Feb 25 2010 04:39 PM

OT, Terry. But thanks for adding the report correction feature to FMI. It is a tremendous addition and makes reporting a lot easier. Thanks!
Posted by: h_munster

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Feb 25 2010 06:30 PM

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.
Posted by: Terry

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Feb 25 2010 07:02 PM

<< To me >>

Precisely.
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Feb 26 2010 11:38 AM

3. Place athe organ of a donor into the body of a recipient

Your answer: graft

A typo in the definition, obviously.

Happy New WW Trivia!
Posted by: abechstein

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Feb 26 2010 07:24 PM

Although it's great to have multiple definitions for words in the database, it complicates questions like this:

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13. A light shade of gray

Your answer: oyster

oyster means "a small muscle on each side of the back of a fowl"

The correct answer was silver grey

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"Oyster" is also a light shade of gray. The Compact OED has the following three definitions for "oyster":

1 a bivalve marine mollusc with a rough, flattened, irregularly oval shell, several kinds of which are farmed for food or pearls.
2 a shade of greyish white.
3 an oval morsel of meat on each side of the backbone in poultry.

I admit, I stopped reading the answers when I saw "oyster", or else I probably would have picked "silver grey", but it's still an accurate answer.
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Feb 27 2010 12:16 AM

5. Scampo

Your answer: caught in european waters

An incomplete entry. This one may have been posted before.

Happy New WW Trivia!
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Feb 28 2010 06:49 AM

5 sanctimoniousness

a mark to indicate a direction or relation
the first canonical hour
the first canonical hour
the link between two lenses
an act of deliberate betrayal
the quality of being hypocritically devout

Two identical wrong answers. This should be simple to prevent. I think someone posted a similar case earlier.

Happy New WW Trivia!
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Mar 04 2010 05:19 PM

14. Located near the base of the neck

Your answer: thyroid

A true but incomplete definition. The word gland or something like it should be noted.

Happy New WW Trivia!
Posted by: bubblesfun

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Mar 04 2010 08:23 PM

3. Belabor
Your answer: harsh criticism or disapproval

harsh criticism or disapproval is the definition for "censure"

The correct answer was beat soundly

Dictionary definition of belabor? attack verbally with harsh criticism
Posted by: abechstein

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Mar 04 2010 10:40 PM

From Webster's New World College Dictionary:

1. to beat severely; hit or whip
2. to attack with words; scold
3. to spend too much time and effort on; develop in too great detail to belabor the issue

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And, not to belabor the point (sorry, but I couldn't resist!), I could find no definition of "belabor" which was a noun; judging by the definition given, the correct answer would have to be a noun.
Posted by: bubblesfun

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Mar 04 2010 11:11 PM

Quote:

From Webster's New World College Dictionary:

1. to beat severely; hit or whip
2. to attack with words; scold
3. to spend too much time and effort on; develop in too great detail to belabor the issue

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And, not to belabor the point (sorry, but I couldn't resist!), I could find no definition of "belabor" which was a noun; judging by the definition given, the correct answer would have to be a noun.




Except that we know how many partial answers there are in the system. So, when you have two identical words from the definition, I think the assumption is there. Often when it is a plant or animal it merely says "found in the African rainforest". How are we supposed to know what is complete and what isn't?
Posted by: abechstein

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Mar 04 2010 11:50 PM

A valid point, to be sure, though I've been seeing fewer incomplete definitions lately.
Posted by: Mink

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Mar 05 2010 06:39 AM

I think there have been some very obscure definitions recently and have had to make some wild guesses. Just had this one though and, for the life of me, can't see why the "right" answer is right.

12. Livestock
Your answer: bounder

bounder is the definition for "perisher"

The correct answer was "not used technically"
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Mar 05 2010 10:15 AM

5. Blue_pickerel

Your answer: variety inhabiting the great lakes

Almost a complete definition, but lacking the word fish or something like it.

The 'livestock' definition above is also incomplete. The full definition is:

livestock: not used technically; any animals kept for use or profit

Happy New WW Trivia!
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Mar 05 2010 12:07 PM

3. Thyroid

Your answer: located near the base of the neck

This looks very familiar, but still incomplete (and frequent).

Happy New WW Trivia!
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Mar 05 2010 03:17 PM

Incomplete definitions are only a problem when they lead to two answers cross-matching. I can almost always work out how they match, even if some of the answers feel incomplete or a little strange. I have just considered it part of the game. And it doesn't take that long - I usually score 28-30 in under 250 seconds, even when I feel I have agonized endlessly over a decision. (28 has happened a couple of times when there were two synonyms to match with definitions, and random guessing as to which went with which was required - now THOSE are frustrating!)
Posted by: abechstein

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Mar 05 2010 04:36 PM

I think the incomplete definitions are much more of an issue in WW than in MM; you can't work the same process of elimination in WW that you can in MM. Vide bubblesfun's problem above -- I didn't consider that the answers might include a incomplete definition, and, thus, the answer was fairly obvious. But the choice she made, if it was an incomplete definition, was just as correct.

The incomplete definitions will shake out eventually, but, without the process of elimination available, there is the potential for confusion in WW.
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Mar 06 2010 02:43 PM

Some definitions are more 'incomplete' than others. Most can probably be figured out with some thought, but others certainly can fit a wide variety of words. It looks like the ';' in some original definitions may have caused part of the definition to be lost when the database was constructed.

The problems will go away eventually, if they are reported and fixed in some way.

Happy New WW Trivia!
Posted by: darthrevan89

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Mar 06 2010 07:11 PM

Something's missing...

13. Height 30 inches
Your answer: common wallaby
Posted by: queproblema

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Mar 06 2010 08:51 PM

Good one:

3. John M. Elston (JMElston)

Your answer: American FunTrivia player; Who Am I? editor; send me your comments & suggestions

German physicist; engineer; inventor of the mercury thermometer (Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit)
Russian Revolutionary; Communist leader; killed in Mexico (Leon Trotsky)
Spanish pro golfer; currently playing on the European Seniors Tour (Jose Rivero)
Romanian-born French playwright (Eugene Ionesco)
Trinidadian-born British journalist; TV newsreader (Trevor McDonald)
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Mar 06 2010 09:35 PM

I put that in quite a while ago to give players a chance to know who to complain or comment to with their problems or suggestions.

I don't claim to be important, like the other names mentioned above.

Of course, with the once a day frequency, now, my name won't turn up that often. Still, when it does, everyone in the set gets to see it.

Thanks for the notice.

I just noticed this was in the wrong thread. Oh well...

Happy New WAI Trivia!
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Mar 07 2010 02:14 AM

Not an error, but an interesting coincidence in the set I just had:

10 sty

snug trousers ending at the calves
a verse line having eight metrical feet
a pen for swine
a person of no influence
great and constant diligence and attention
give a spanking to

11 sty

wear away
resolute adherence to your own ideas or desires
an optical device for obtaining interference fringes
an infection of the sebaceous gland of the eyelid
an enzyme involved in transamination
be in a state of action

Happy New WW Trivia!
Posted by: whee

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Mar 08 2010 12:46 PM

8. Type_B
Your answer: a style that involves indirect ways of expressing things

a style that involves indirect ways of expressing things is the definition for "circumlocution"

The correct answer was the blood group whose red cells carry the b antigen


I believe that Type B personality is more indirect, am I correct? If so, a fix is needed here to avoid this scenario.
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Mar 09 2010 02:44 PM

9. Diethylaminoethyl_cellulose

Your answer: used for chromatography

Fairly easy to figure out, but another incomplete definition.

Happy New WW Trivia!
Posted by: abechstein

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Mar 09 2010 09:22 PM

This seems to be another incomplete definition:


When planning or deciding something

Your answer: consult
Posted by: abechstein

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Mar 10 2010 03:37 AM

Another incomplete definition...

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3. Depresses the function of the thyroid gland

Your answer: thiouracil
Posted by: fredsixties

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Mar 11 2010 08:01 PM

Any very successful means of achieving a result
Your answer: collectivist

collectivist means "a person who belongs to the political left"

The correct answer was open sesame

Not sure about this one. Open sesame?
Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Mar 12 2010 03:21 AM

This is a paste from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Advanced Learner's Dictionary (although you can certainly find it elsewhere online):

open sesame [singular] British English
an easy way to achieve something that is usually very difficult

usage example:
A university degree isn't always an open sesame to a good job.
Posted by: Snowman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Mar 12 2010 04:46 AM

It's an anglicisation of "Open, Simsim" from "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves".
Posted by: Mink

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Mar 12 2010 12:15 PM

Teeny typo:

Play_a_joke_on

Your answer: subject to a palyful hoax or joke

Should be playful
Posted by: Terry

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Mar 12 2010 12:48 PM

Just did a big cutdown. Removed thousands of fish, chemicals, cows, bacteria, insects, etc.
Posted by: whee

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Mar 14 2010 10:10 PM

5. Retarding_force
Your answer: oppose with equal weight or force

oppose with equal weight or force is the definition for "counterbalance"

The correct answer was the phenomenon of resistance to motion through a fluid


These two are close enough synonyms that they should not come up in the same answer (counterbalance and Retarding Force)
Posted by: twosleepy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Mar 17 2010 05:43 AM

I know that The Free Online Dictionary is the favored source of many of these words, but there are errors there which are apparently copied and pasted without checking. Here's one example:

"The semantic relation of being a manner of does something"

I honestly cannot say for sure how that is supposed to read, but it is exactly how it appears on the above-cited website...
Posted by: darthrevan89

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Mar 17 2010 03:29 PM

Small typo...

11. Place athe organ of a donor into the body of a recipient
Your answer: transplant
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Mar 17 2010 09:59 PM

Foray seems to be the word of the hour! It was the correct answer to 1 question, an incorrect option for another, and appeared as TWO of the incorrect options for a third:

cause to arise

faience
bring on
regression
pulmonary plexis
foray
foray
Posted by: twosleepy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Mar 19 2010 01:10 PM

There are 2 appropriate choices, and the more appropriate* (in my opinion), is marked wrong...

a church endowment

indecent exposure
shaytan
asset*
patrimony
stink out
gunny sack
Posted by: bubblesfun

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Mar 19 2010 02:41 PM

I got that one wrong as well, and I agree with you.
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Mar 20 2010 08:59 PM

Quote:

9. Fratricide
Your answer: the act of murdering your own brother or sister




Partially true. The murdering of your sister is 'sororicide'.
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Mar 25 2010 01:05 AM

To that is free for leisure activities

Your answer: spare time

Surely 'To' is not the correct word in that definition.
Posted by: whee

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Mar 25 2010 07:55 PM

Could someone explain this one to me?

15. A natural consequence of development
The correct answer was offset

I'm not saying it's wrong, just I don't understand the usage.
Posted by: abechstein

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Mar 25 2010 09:40 PM

The only online dictionary I saw with this definition was this one:

http://www.freedictionary.org/?Query=offset

The synonyms listed for this definition seems to indicate that this meaning is in the sense of an offshoot or outgrowth, but I've never seen "offset" used like that. It's odd and confusing -- I don't know why someone would use "offset" in this context when there are many more accurate words to express this concept.
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Mar 26 2010 07:48 PM

Quote:

The activity of treating someone savagely or vicisouly
Your answer: brutalisation




Typo- viciously
Posted by: tezza1551

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Mar 30 2010 01:19 AM

In the current set, the definition was a "Malay dagger with a curved blade".
I was looking for the answer of "kris" which is what I learned when I studied Malay.
I couldn't find it, so entered some other word I was unfamiliar with.
The correct answer was "crease",and nowhere am I able to find a definition of "crease" as a Malay dagger.
From Wikipedia: The kris or keris is an asymmetrical dagger indigenous to Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Brunei. It is known as kalis in the southern Philippines. The kris is famous for its distinctive wavy blade, but many have straight blades as well. Both a weapon and spiritual object, kris are often considered to have an essence or presence, with some blades possessing good luck and others possessing bad.
I'm confused !
Posted by: abechstein

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Mar 30 2010 01:57 AM

This dictionary seems to be the source of a lot of words over which I've often scratched my head. Not that it really answers your question, but at least it's a source...

http://www.freedictionary.org/?Query=crease

I suspect it's a bad transliteration into English.
Posted by: cubswin2323

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Apr 01 2010 12:07 AM

When is this tournament going to end?! It's April now. It needs to reset.
Posted by: cubswin2323

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Apr 01 2010 12:12 AM

I'm putting in a claim for the monthly badge now. I'm currenty 19th for the month of March.
Posted by: cubswin2323

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Apr 01 2010 06:27 AM

The badges were rewarded; however, the standings list is still calculating for last month.
Posted by: whaddya

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Apr 01 2010 11:21 AM

In this current set, the definition was 'The quality of being adequate or suitable'. The correct answer was 'unsatisfactoriness'.

Is that right? I was looking for the closest synonym and didn't consider that an antonym might be the right answer.
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Apr 04 2010 06:27 PM

14. Hoodoo

Your answer: bring back luck

Surely it should have been bad luck?
Posted by: Tizzabelle

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Apr 05 2010 06:13 PM

In the current set the "gulden" is stated as the currency of Suriname. From the CIA World Factbook: "in January 2004, the government replaced the guilder with the Surinamese dollar, tied to a US dollar-dominated currency basket". Other references online also say the currency is now the Surinamese dollar.
Posted by: mike32768

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Apr 07 2010 06:28 AM

8. Inoculate

Your answer: give or apply (medications)

give or apply (medications) is the definition for "dispense"

The correct answer was insert a bud for propagation
Posted by: chessart

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Apr 07 2010 11:21 AM

"Very hot and finely tapering pepper of special pungency", answer was given as "chilly".
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Apr 08 2010 07:16 PM

An incorrect definition:
13. A quadrilateral with no parallel sides
Your answer: trapezium

Trapezium was the only quadrilateral for me to choose from, but a trapezium has one pair of parallel sides!
Posted by: queproblema

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Apr 08 2010 07:32 PM

That's one of those British/American confusions. Compare Oxford and Webster.
Posted by: Mink

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Apr 10 2010 05:30 AM

Teeny typo

15. A fat-soluble vitamin that prevents rickets

Your answer: cholecarciferol

Should be Cholecalciferol
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Apr 10 2010 03:53 PM

This seems to be missing something.

Quote:

1. Someone who spells words
Your answer: poor speller



Posted by: lilyalli

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Apr 13 2010 04:28 AM

5. Postmortem
Your answer: surgical removal of a body part or tissue

surgical removal of a body part or tissue is the definition for "cutting_out"

The correct answer was discussion of an event after it has occurred

Strictly, yes, but somewhat ambiguous.
Posted by: robert326

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Apr 13 2010 03:09 PM

A tricky one this hour that I got wrong:

9. Fit tightly and fasten
Your answer: tag on

tag on means "fix to"

The correct answer was coapt

"Fix to" seems quite similar, at least in connotation, to "fit tightly and fasten." Anyone agree/disagree?

Thanks, Rob.
Posted by: mike32768

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Apr 14 2010 10:31 AM

3. Immobilize

Your answer: stop or halt

stop or halt is the definition for "delay"

The correct answer was make defenseless
Posted by: Starlord

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Apr 14 2010 12:09 PM

Esteban Echeverra

Not to sure what the symbol is doing in the surname, is she related to Prince?
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Apr 14 2010 12:43 PM

Quote:

Esteban Echeverra

Not to sure what the symbol is doing in the surname, is she related to Prince?




This is from the Who Am I? game. The square is an accented 'i'. It has been fixed in the database, but evidently it is cached and will show up throughout today's game. There were three other cases of that symbol. They were also corrected.

Happy New WAI Trivia!
Posted by: twosleepy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Apr 14 2010 03:02 PM

*holding up a finger* I object. Strenuously.

15. Circulate, move around

Your answer: mingle

mingle means "be all mixed up or jumbled together"

The correct answer was troll
Posted by: markswood

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Apr 15 2010 04:12 AM

Twosleepy, I had exactly the same thought and strenuous objection when I got the same question wrong.

I doth protest loudly!

Mark
Posted by: whaddya

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Apr 15 2010 10:10 AM

This one made me laugh:

Dumpiness
Your answer: the property of having a plump and round body

the property of having a plump and round body is the definition for "chubbiness"

The correct answer was a short and stout physique

Between the two choices, it's funny that shortness would make you dumpy!
Posted by: gillimalta

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Apr 15 2010 10:37 AM

You beat me to it! I was just about to post almost the exact same thing!
Posted by: spanishliz

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Apr 15 2010 11:50 AM

Speaking as one who fits the description, it is indeed the shortness that makes one dumpy. Tall people can carry the weight better.
Posted by: tezza1551

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Apr 16 2010 05:16 AM

12. Die
Your answer: succumb

succumb means "consent reluctantly"

The correct answer was buy the farm

Huh ?
Please explain !
Posted by: spanishliz

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Apr 16 2010 07:50 AM

"To buy the farm" is a slang term that I first came across when reading memoirs about WWII. A shot down pilot would be said to have "bought the farm", "gone West" or "gone for a Burton". All meant that he had died, usually in combat.
Posted by: tezza1551

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Apr 16 2010 05:32 PM

Thanks Liz.. i grew up with two WW2 ex RAAF guys around, and heard "gone west" and "gone for a burton" regularly.. in fact going back to early nursing days and working in a repatriation hospital, I think "gone west" may date back to WW1.
I have never encountered the "buy the farm" - obviously didn't make it as far as Australia !
Posted by: mike32768

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Apr 16 2010 08:06 PM

Disaccord

Your answer: failure to conform

failure to conform is the definition for "nonconformity"

The correct answer was be different from one another
++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Seems to me that being "different from one another" means the same thing as "nonconformity".
Posted by: mike32768

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Apr 17 2010 12:27 PM

desist

choose no to consume
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Probably should be:
choose NOT to consume
++++++++++++++++++

Also, one of the choices was
"be discouraging or negative about"
which seems to fit as well.
Posted by: queproblema

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Apr 17 2010 01:03 PM

I got this right, as all the other choices were worse, but this sounds more like the definition of "friendly fire" to me:

10. Fratricide

Your answer: fire that injures or kills an ally

Friendly fire and fratricide could be matched on a Mind Melt, but I don't see how this entry on Word Wizard could be correct.
Posted by: twosleepy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Apr 17 2010 03:55 PM

It must be a true Americanism, because I've heard it all my life. In fact, people sometimes change it up to be funny: bought the business, bought the whole shebang, and also, just plain "bought it". I've never, though, heard "gone for a burton" (is that a trade name for something, like cigarettes?) or "gone west", either. When something's getting worse, we say it's "going/headed south", and I suppose it could used "gone south", but here it doesn't necessarily mean dead, just badly off. I love words! :0)
Posted by: spanishliz

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Apr 17 2010 09:38 PM

I was going to say that "bought the farm" was probably North American, I have definitely heard it in Canada, but it might have originated south of the border I believe the Burton reference might be to a brand of ale, but I'd have to dig around to find the source of that belief.
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Apr 17 2010 10:57 PM

'Gone for a burton' has a number of possible origins, as is so often the case! I like the suit, myself, although the beer seems popular as well.

http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/gone-for-a-burton.html
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Apr 17 2010 11:08 PM

"Gone west' similarly has a much-ddbated history, but seems to have ancient roots. Both Egyptian and Roman cultures, among others, considered West to be the direction of death (the sun dies in the west each night, and is reborn in the east each morning). Popular attribution to WWI British soldiers going west towards home when wounded is far too recent, although it seems to provides a convenient reason for the phrase.

http://www.theaerodrome.com/forum/other-wwi-aviation/19095-gone-west-origin.html
Posted by: Starlord

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Apr 20 2010 08:35 AM

Waistline

answer: the narrowing of the body between the ribs and hips.

Really! Mines disappeared. lol
Posted by: Jennings

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Apr 20 2010 01:53 PM

Typo

an entertainer who performs along

cross
rightness
nutrify
psilosis
monologist
middy


along should be alone
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Apr 23 2010 10:21 PM

Monologist

Your answer: an entertainer who performs along

'Along' should be 'alone'. It worked in this direction and with the options I had in my question because it is the only possibility, but could be a problem in reverse, or with other terms/definitions in the group.
Posted by: gillimalta

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Apr 24 2010 01:26 PM


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
Posted by: mike32768

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Apr 25 2010 09:07 AM

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
Posted by: whaddya

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Apr 26 2010 11:02 AM

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.)
Posted by: Terry

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Apr 26 2010 01:32 PM

Revised dictionary based on feedback to this point.

Also cut out some medical/anatomy terms that some people felt were inappropriate.
Posted by: mike32768

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Apr 26 2010 07:20 PM

9. The quality of being adequate or suitable

Your answer: unsatisfactoriness

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
That was marked correct. Seems more like an antonym to me!
Posted by: mike32768

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Apr 27 2010 07:28 AM

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
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Apr 28 2010 01:48 AM

Not even sure what this one means.

"2. Cosmopolitan in temperate regions except North America

The correct answer was star-duckweed"
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Apr 28 2010 05:18 AM

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.
Posted by: mike32768

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Apr 28 2010 11:22 AM

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
Posted by: mike32768

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Apr 30 2010 12:07 PM

3. Dekko

The correct answer was british slang

While it may be British slang, that's hardly a definition
Posted by: chessart

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue May 04 2010 09:11 AM

Definition was "endure to the end", and answer given was "sit out", which is the *opposite* of "endure to the end".
Posted by: mike32768

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu May 06 2010 11:19 AM

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."
Posted by: justguru

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu May 06 2010 11:56 AM

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.
Posted by: twosleepy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu May 06 2010 01:47 PM

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

!
Posted by: twosleepy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri May 07 2010 09:39 PM

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....
Posted by: gillimalta

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun May 09 2010 09:13 AM

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!
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun May 09 2010 05:44 PM

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.
Posted by: fufan

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun May 09 2010 08:36 PM

"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.)
Posted by: darthrevan89

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue May 11 2010 04:57 PM

5. Minge
Your answer: vulgar term for a woman's pubic hair or genitals

Can this please be removed? Thanks.
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed May 19 2010 07:21 AM

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.
Posted by: darthrevan89

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri May 21 2010 03:23 PM

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)
Posted by: MotFaux

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri May 21 2010 03:33 PM

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
Posted by: JaneofGaunt

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri May 21 2010 05:16 PM

That one, MotFaux, left me open-mouthed in astonishment!
Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat May 22 2010 10:41 PM

I can only assume that there is a word missing... it probably should read:

5. The quality of (not) being adequate or suitable
Posted by: Terry

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu May 27 2010 11:59 PM

Updated dictionary based on feedback to this point.

Also removed 4400 botanical terms.

Thanks for the feedback, and keep it coming!
Posted by: george48

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Jun 05 2010 07:14 PM

Influence by slyness

The correct answer was juggle

I looked up the meaning for this
and nowhere did the word juggle appear
as a definition.
Most puzzling
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Jun 05 2010 09:36 PM

Look up juggle - you will find references to manipulate in order to deceive, use trickery, practice deceptions,trickery for a dishonest end, and, under the Thesaurus section:

Verb 1. juggle - influence by slyness
beguile, hoodwink
cheat, rip off, chisel - deprive somebody of something by deceit; "The con-man beat me out of $50"; "This salesman ripped us off!"; "we were cheated by their clever-sounding scheme"; "They chiseled me out of my money"

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/juggle
Posted by: george48

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Jun 06 2010 05:21 AM

Who knew?
I certainly didn't.
It's all about the learning.
Thanks!
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Jun 10 2010 07:10 PM

This one had me scratching my head!

12. Benign rumor of striated muscle
Your answer: waste of energy

waste of energy means "a useless effort"

The correct answer was rhabdomyoma

---------------

'Rumor' should be 'tumor', or even better, 'tumour'.
Posted by: abechstein

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Jun 10 2010 09:48 PM

I think there's something missing in this definition:

10. To protect clothing

Your answer: table napkin
Posted by: abechstein

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Jun 10 2010 11:44 PM

I think the given answer in this case is plainly incorrect.

-----

11. Fasten with a rope

Your answer: hitch

hitch means "any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome"

The correct answer was leash

-----

Whereas I can see where "leash" can have the connotation of "fasten", "hitch" is a much more fitting answer for "fasten with a rope".

From the Cambridge Online Dictionary definition of hitch (v.):

"to fasten something to another thing by tying it with a rope or using a metal hook"

I think the problem arises because the database seems to link the definition of "hitch" to the noun usage only, and not the verb.
Posted by: twosleepy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Jun 11 2010 04:55 PM

Don't like it....

15. Adherence
Your answer: acting according to certain accepted standards

acting according to certain accepted standards is the definition for "conformity"

The correct answer was faithful support for a religion or cause or political party
Posted by: tezza1551

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Jun 13 2010 08:56 PM

From the game I just played:

8. Supporting_players
Your answer: a cast other than the principles

Er, shouldn't that be "principals" ?
Posted by: abechstein

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Jun 13 2010 10:00 PM

I think this definition is lacking something:

-----

Used especially by artists

Your answer: acrylic paint
Posted by: abechstein

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Jun 13 2010 10:22 PM

One more which seems to be incomplete:

-----

Heaviness

Your answer: used of a line or mark
Posted by: Gumrat

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Jun 14 2010 03:35 AM

Someone who helps another person commit a crime

I think the spelling of "accessary" should be corrected!
Posted by: abechstein

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Jun 15 2010 10:03 AM

I don't believe this definition is accurate.

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12. Unfriendly behavior that causes anger or resentment

Your answer: frostiness

frostiness means "a silvery-white color"

The correct answer was irritation

-----

From the Cambridge Online Dictionary: "If someone or their behaviour is frosty, they are unfriendly and not welcoming."

I suppose I can see where "irritation" is a possible answer, but I think "frostiness" is leaps and bounds a better answer.
Posted by: skunkee

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Jun 15 2010 10:45 AM

I've heard of and talked about frosty attitudes or behaviours before.
Posted by: abechstein

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Jun 15 2010 10:55 AM

That's why I think "frostiness" would have been a better answer than "irritation" -- fitting "irritation" into the given definition seems a little awkward, given the more familiar usage of "frostiness".
Posted by: tezza1551

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Jun 16 2010 07:30 PM

6. Mild mental retardation
Your answer: moronity


I can't say the above definition & answer impress me much, and besides, it's incorrect, according to my sources.
Mild retardation used to equate to an IQ of 70 - 80, while "moronity" equalled an IQ of 50 - 69. 20 - 49 rated you as an imbecile, while less than 20, you were officially classified as an idiot !
Posted by: twosleepy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Jun 21 2010 09:09 PM

I will freely admit I am completely stumped. Can anyone enlighten me? Please?

11. The square of a body of any size of type
Your answer: fault (couldn't find any I liked... :0(

fault means "put or pin the blame on"

The correct answer was mutton (???)
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Jun 21 2010 09:15 PM

I googled 'mutton' and got the same answer. I have no idea what the context is, but I am guessing it is to do with typeset printing.

Silly me thought it was meat from a sheep.
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Jun 21 2010 11:20 PM

In printers' slang, mutton is lengthened from em, to help distinguish it from en, another printing measure. An em is defined as:

(Also called mut, mutton. Printing.)

a. the square of any size of type used as the unit of measurement for matter printed in that type size.

b. (originally) the portion of a line of type occupied by the letter M in type of the same size.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/mutton
Posted by: twosleepy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Jun 22 2010 06:29 AM

Thanks, Looney! You best believe I'll never forget that one! :0)
Posted by: AlanHill2306

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Jun 29 2010 01:22 AM

Word Wizard - 24 June

Q: Be lazy or idle
A: [censored] about

I don't think the answer is a correct definition and also the use of '[censored]' on this family is inappropriate so I would like to see the question removed.

The new Word Wizard is so much better the the old one with so many obsure words. It's Grrrrreat!
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Jul 03 2010 08:22 PM

Quote:

9. Khnate
Your answer: the realm of a khan




Should be 'khanate'.
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Jul 09 2010 07:45 PM

Quote:

10. A roughly cylindrical that is vessel open at the top
Your answer: bucket




The words are a bit muddled up.
Posted by: pyonir

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Jul 09 2010 11:04 PM

2. A bill for an amount due

Your answer: check

check means "obstructing an opponent in ice hockey"

The correct answer was reckoning

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Not sure how it is in other parts of the US/World, but around here when you dine out at a sit down restaurant you ask for the "check" when it's time to pay...
Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Jul 10 2010 07:19 PM

hard to say, since you didn't specify the OTHER one you got wrong by the game's "reckoning". Here in Canada, you don't ask for the check at a restaurant, it's either the "cheque" or the "bill", usually the latter : )

But if you think about it, a request for payment due is, indeed, a reckoning (i.e. problem solving/tally regarding numbers/quantities)

I can sympathise however because, being Canadian myself, "check" could certainly relate to hockey, since supposedly we come out of the womb knowing the rules LOL
Posted by: pyonir

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Jul 10 2010 07:37 PM

I'm not saying reckoning is wrong, I'm saying that "check" would mean the same thing, which would mean there were two correct answers.

I'm sure the reasoning behind it is that reckoning is "more correct". I hated "more correct" exams in college, and hate them even more on a trivia site. :P
Posted by: Midget40

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Jul 11 2010 02:13 PM

I guess it makes a difference out of which dictionary the word was taken from. In Australia (which uses mostly UK English) we ask for the bill at a restaurant. We may use a 'cheque' to pay for a bill but 'check' in relation to a bill or money owed has no correlation what-so-ever so it makes perfect sense to me that it was incorrect.
Posted by: evil44

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Jul 12 2010 11:07 AM

I noticed a grammatical error in a Word Wizard game.

"a saying that widely accepted on its own merits"

The answer is axiom

There should be an "is" between "that" and "widely".
Posted by: twosleepy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Jul 12 2010 04:12 PM

This is just a shame; I guessed wrong:

5. voidance
~share the feelings of
~the property of an attractively thin person
~a prominent supporter
~eliminate (substances) from the body
~the act of removing the contents of something
~reversal of normal word order (as in `cheese i love')

Not fair, I cry!
Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Jul 12 2010 05:09 PM

voidANCE is the act of removing the contents of ANYthing, whereas voidING is getting rid of bodily waste material. Close? Yes, but still different enough to select one over the other.
Posted by: twosleepy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Jul 13 2010 08:22 PM

Again, too much hair-splitting going on, and too close to be included together:

12. serious trouble
~deep water
~prodigality
~passe-partout
~peril
~fragrance
~challenge

In fact, I chose the "correct" answer initially, then changed it to the "incorrect" answer because the one I had chosen could mean several things, but my second choice has only one meaning. Screwed by my own logic. *sigh*
Posted by: Ghosttowner

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Jul 13 2010 11:42 PM

I question this one:

"work out" correct answer is germinate.

I guessed wrong but began searching. Went through a dozen on-line dictionaries and found 55 definitions of "work out" and never was germinate listed anywhere. I was wondering where this came from? I always like researching missed answers afterword and this is the first one in three years where I could not find any reference what the quiz said was the correct answer.
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Jul 14 2010 03:59 AM

I find it best to start with:

http://www.onelook.com/

Most if not all FT words/definitions (esp. typos & odd words) turn up in LookWayUp or RhymeZone.

http://lookwayup.com/lwu.exe/lwu/d?s=f&w=germinate#v/249716

[verb] work out; as of a theory or an idea.

Happy WW Trivia!
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Jul 14 2010 05:19 AM

A useful general tip if you can't find a definition of one side ('work out') that seems to match is to look up the other half ('germinate') and look the the match in part of one of its alternative definitions. That would get you to where JMElston's links show the connection, and often helps when the 'forwards' definitions don't seem to be getting anywhere.
Posted by: Ghosttowner

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Jul 14 2010 11:34 AM

Thanks, appreciate the advice!
Posted by: george48

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Jul 14 2010 08:22 PM

Pusher-An unlicensed
dealer in illegal drugs.
There be Licensed dealers
in illegal drugs??
Just Saying.
Posted by: twosleepy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Jul 14 2010 09:47 PM

Quote:

I guessed wrong but began searching. Went through a dozen on-line dictionaries and found 55 definitions of "work out" and never was germinate listed anywhere. I was wondering where this came from? I always like researching missed answers afterword and this is the first one in three years where I could not find any reference what the quiz said was the correct answer.




I do the same! The first place I look now is The Free Dictionary. It never fails me. Yours is there:

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/germinate

Scroll down to the Thesaurus entries, #2.
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Jul 16 2010 03:51 AM

Quote:

9. Two instead of one
Your answer: split

split means "a bottle containing half the usual amount"

The correct answer was twin bill



A bit confusing, methinks.
Posted by: agony

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Jul 16 2010 06:50 AM

Maybe it's because I worked in restaurants for so long, but I'd immediately match bottle/split - it's by far the best match of those given.
Posted by: twosleepy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Jul 18 2010 08:21 PM

This one is totally wrong:

Last_resort

Answer: French for "worst going".

What? "last resort" is not French no matter how you look at it! Sheesh! :0(
Posted by: abechstein

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Jul 18 2010 08:44 PM

This entry is an example of an incomplete entry from an online dictionary. It's not been uncommon for the full text of the entry for a given word or phrase to be truncated on the answer screen.

The definition of "last resort" from freedictionary.org:

1. an expedient adopted only in desperation;
- Example: "`pis aller' is French for `worst going'"
[syn: pis aller, last resort]

That being said, I don't even understand why the example is being used in the first place. How does the usage of "pis aller" illustrate the meaning of "last resort"?
Posted by: Ghosttowner

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Jul 19 2010 01:11 AM

Just had a strange thing happen on Word Wizard. Quiz came up and only showed the first two questions and nothing below it. Nothing I could do about it but it sure won't help that average!
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Jul 19 2010 06:58 AM

Quote:

10. Ofactory_impairment
Your answer: a disorder in the sense of smell




Should be olfactory.
Posted by: twosleepy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Jul 21 2010 07:11 PM

Quote:

Just had a strange thing happen on Word Wizard. Quiz came up and only showed the first two questions and nothing below it. Nothing I could do about it but it sure won't help that average!




There are a few things you can try:

1. Reload the page
2. Go back, then click again
3. Don't submit (it won't be recorded)
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Jul 22 2010 04:57 AM

Quote:

14. Casement
Your answer: a window shash that is hinged (usually on one side)




Should be sash.
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Jul 30 2010 07:54 PM

Quote:

9. Get the opinions (of people) by asking specific questions
Your answer: canvas



The answer should be canvass. Canvas is a tough fabric, or an artist's workplace.
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Aug 06 2010 12:05 PM

12. Spinach
Your answer: dark green leaves

While true this seems incomplete. The full entry should be:

Spinach: dark green leaves; eaten cooked or raw in salads.

Happy(?) Word Wizard Trivia!
Posted by: sherry1946

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Aug 07 2010 04:07 AM

"spirt" to move quickly - think this should be "spurt"
Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Aug 07 2010 11:05 AM

While the spelling "spurt" may be more familiar to most folks, the word "spirt" is listed in 19 different dictionaries as one of the following definitions:

noun: the occurrence of a sudden discharge (as of liquid)
verb: gush forth in a sudden stream or jet
verb: move or act with a sudden increase in speed or energy
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Aug 09 2010 06:31 AM

Quote:

15. Sclaff

The correct answer was strike (a gold ball) such that the ground is scraped first




'gold' should be 'golf'.
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Aug 09 2010 04:32 PM

You mean you DON'T play with gold golf balls?
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Aug 09 2010 04:35 PM

Gold sinks. Every time I attempt to play golf, I usually find the water. I am just waiting for someone to invent wooden golf balls!
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Aug 10 2010 03:10 PM

Souvlakia: made of lamb.

While true, it seems to be lacking something.

Webster's 4th gives:

a Greek version of shish kebab, for which the meat is marinated before broiling.

Dictionary.com has:

a dish similar to shish kebab made with lamb.

I would say the latter is a fine compromise.

Happy Word Wizard Trivia!
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Aug 11 2010 09:34 AM

Variety inhabiting the Great Lakes

Your answer: blue walleye

Something missing here, maybe 'of fish'.

Happy Word Wizard Trivia!
Posted by: Terry

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Aug 11 2010 02:35 PM

Revised dictionary to this point. Thanks for the feedback!
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Aug 11 2010 03:26 PM

If you have a usable WW edit routine, I continue to volunteer to do the edits for you. I would rather you spent your time on fixing programs, unless you enjoy correcting WW entries.

The WAI edits are few and far between recently, although I hope to put together 700+ more entries to get to 10,000+ total.

Happy WW Edit Trivia!
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Aug 12 2010 11:11 AM

Typo:

Graft: Place athe organ of a donor into the body of a recipient.

Obviously 'athe' should be 'the'.

Happy WW Typo Trivia!
Posted by: sherry1946

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Aug 13 2010 10:14 AM

13. Partridge
Your answer: flesh of either quail or grouse


http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/birdguide/families/partridges.aspx
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Aug 14 2010 10:24 AM

13. Take_up_arms
Your answer: a state of conflict between persons

a state of conflict between persons is the definition for "clash"

The correct answer was commence hostilities

These seem pretty close to me, but I could be wrong.

Happy WW Trivia!
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Aug 14 2010 02:20 PM

2. Chevre
Your answer: made from goats' milk

While true the more complete definition from Dictionary.com:

Chevre: any cheese made from goats' milk

Would seem to be a better choice.

Happy WW Definition Trivia!
Posted by: agony

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Aug 14 2010 03:22 PM

"Take up arms" means to begin the conflict, while "clash" means the conflict itself, in both the broader and narrower sense, I'd say.
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Aug 15 2010 02:09 PM

Ignore this 'Dulness' is a variant. I miss entered the search.

15. Dulness
Your answer: the quality of being slow to understand

Typo: 'Dulness' should be 'Dullness'.

Happy(?) WW Error Trivia! - My mistake!
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Aug 15 2010 07:27 PM

1. Whicker
Your answer: characteristic of horses

While true this seems to be lacking something. Perhaps, 'sound characteristic of horses' would be more definitive.

Happy Incomplete WW Trivia!
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Aug 19 2010 05:17 AM

2. An abrupt and unceremonious dismissal
Your answer: knockout

knockout means "a very attractive or seductive looking woman"

The correct answer was conge

I would contend that a 'knockout' can also be 'An abrupt and unceremonious dismissal'. Just ask any losing prize fighter. wink
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Aug 19 2010 05:22 PM

13. Variety inhabiting the Great Lakes
Your answer: blue pikeperch

The above, while true, is somewhat lacking in specificity.

The Dictionary.com definition is -- a variety of the walleye inhabiting the Great Lakes.

This definition or using 'of fish' after 'Variety' would seem to be needed.

Happy WW Definition Trivia!
Posted by: JanIQ

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Aug 20 2010 12:11 PM

On viewing the latest comments, I get the impression that many animal definitions are lacking crucial information.
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Aug 21 2010 10:42 AM

7. Broach
Your answer: a request for information

a request for information is the definition for "inquiring"

The correct answer was bring up a topic for discussion

These seem rather close to me.

Happy WW Trivia!
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Aug 23 2010 09:24 AM

7. Baked or roasted with a spicy sauce
Your answer: spareribs

Another incomplete definition. The word 'meat' or something similar should be added to the definition.

Happy WW Definition Trivia!
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Aug 23 2010 10:51 AM

Or maybe some nice Walleye in a herbed butter sauce roasted over an open fire. Doesn't that sound good to a bear?


__Baked__
__FI_RE__



Baked over an open fire!
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Aug 23 2010 10:56 AM

Paw caught salmon. Fresh from a mountain stream. Yum!

Happy Bear Food Trivia!
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Aug 23 2010 10:34 PM

11. Liquor
Your answer: distilled rather than fermented

Continuing the trend of incomplete definitions -- 'beverage' or 'alcoholic beverage' or something like that should appear in the above definition.

Happy WW Trivia!
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Aug 24 2010 12:30 PM

12. Banzai
Your answer: a yell intended to rally a group of soldiers in battle

a yell intended to rally a group of soldiers in battle is the definition for "war_cry"

The correct answer was a japanese cheer of enthusiasm or triumph

While "a japanese cheer of enthusiasm or triumph" is rather obvious "a yell intended to rally a group of soldiers in battle" is also correct.

Happy WW Trivia!
Posted by: veryeavy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Aug 24 2010 06:27 PM

Apparently a "custom" is not "a car modified to increase its speed and acceleration". Hmmm - it sure is where I come from. Could this be removed from the list of possible answers please?

BTW: apologies for my mispost to the new topic area.
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Aug 26 2010 10:10 PM

6. Shutout
Your answer: complete victory

complete victory is the definition for "checkmate"

The correct answer was a defeat in a game where one side fails to score

It seems to me that a "Complete victory" is a "Shutout", but then maybe it's just me.

Happy WW Trivia!
Posted by: agony

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Aug 27 2010 09:03 AM

I don't think so - the "one side fails to score" aspect is integral to "shutout". A score of 3 - 0 is a shutout, while 27 - 3 is not, though it is a complete victory.
Posted by: JanIQ

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Aug 28 2010 11:57 AM

In chess there is only complete victory (or a draw, of course - GrandMaster level has more draws than victories). So checkmate would be a shutout as well.
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Aug 29 2010 01:02 PM

14. Invigilate
Your answer: as of students taking an exam, to prevent cheating

I think 'watch over' or some such needs to be added to the above definition.

Happy WW Definition Trivia!
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Aug 29 2010 01:25 PM

13. Caught in European waters
Your answer: scampo

Another incomplete fish. A complete version might be:

Caught in European waters; slenderer than the American lobster

Happy WW Definition Trivia!
Posted by: Mandy2

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Sep 02 2010 11:36 AM

I posted this in the wrong place the first time. Hopefully this one will work!

Is there any possibility of having a second list of standings based on average score only for those of us who can only play 3-4 times a day? I'm currently at no. 108 and at least 25 ahead of me have lower average scores.
Posted by: veryeavy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Sep 04 2010 09:15 PM

Question: Hit violently, as in an attack

Answer: lace into

One of the other 5 options: pommel

Definition of the verb "pommel" from dictionary.com "to beat or strike with or as if with the fists or a pommel"

Therefore suggest this is removed from the list of "wrong" answers for this question please.
Posted by: abechstein

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Sep 10 2010 08:31 PM

Just a typo:

"Immovability: no capable of being moved or rearranged"

It looks like it should be "noT capable of being moved or rearranged".
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Sep 11 2010 02:10 AM

4. Vena_epigastrica_superficialis

Your answer: empties into the great saphenous vein

1. Empties into the external iliac vein

Your answer: vena epigastrica inferior

These seem incomplete to me, but various dictionaries have the exact same definition. I would add 'vein which ', but perhaps that is redundant.

Happy WW Definition Trivia!
Posted by: Anton

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Sep 11 2010 02:04 PM

4. Grossness

Your answer: a state characterized by foul or disgusting dirt and refuse

a state characterized by foul or disgusting dirt and refuse is the definition for "nastiness"

The correct answer was the quality of lacking taste and refinement


If it is lacking in taste, it fails to be gross. Sorry, but that is the truth.
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Sep 12 2010 06:07 AM

9. Adjustable_wrench

Your answer: can be changed to different settings

While true the definition is incomplete. Including 'tool that' or something similar would help.

Happy Word Wizard Trivia!
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Sep 12 2010 11:26 AM

9. Sound is not amplified by electrical means

Your answer: acoustic guitar

A similar incomplete definition. Adding 'musical instrument whose' or something like that to the definition would complete it.

Happy Word Wizard Trivia!
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Sep 12 2010 12:14 PM

....__..____. _ ..___, Sorry, just doing my imitation of a non-electric, acoustic guitar. Shall I turn up the volume on the external amplifier?
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Sep 13 2010 09:10 PM

I bumped into this and wondered if it was an instumentation question:

11. the pilot ins charge of an airship (answer: captain)



A typo with the extra 's' in 'ins' I presume?

I
__G________
__E________
__N________
__U________
__F________
__L_E_C_T__

In thanks
Posted by: LeoDaVinci

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Sep 14 2010 09:08 AM

Typo: 11. A speaker with an unusually laoud voice

Your answer: stentor

Should be "loud"
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Sep 15 2010 12:12 AM

1. Double_feature

Your answer: two instead of one

Although many of the online dictionaries seem to have copied the above defintion a more complete version would be something like:

a movie program with two main films - from Websters 11th.

a programme showing two full-length films - from thefreedictionary.com

Happy Word Wizard Trivia!
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Sep 15 2010 06:45 PM

3. Club_sandwich

Your answer: made with three slices of usually toasted bread

This may be ok, but I'd prefer something like:

snack of three slices of bread with two layers of meat

Happy Word Wizard Trivia!
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Sep 16 2010 05:12 AM

5. The quality of affording easy familiarity and sociability
Your answer: good-neighbourliness

good-neighbourliness means "a disposition to be friendly and helpful to neighbors"

The correct answer was chumminess

I ran across "good-neighbourliness" first and it seemed to fit well. I should have checked further, I suppose, but then I would have had a toss-up.

Happy Word Wizard Trivia!
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Sep 16 2010 07:07 AM

13. A feeling facetious merriment

Your answer: jocularity

The definition is missing a word or two. Perhaps "A feeling of facetious merriment" would suffice.

Happy Word Wizard Trivia!
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Sep 16 2010 02:46 PM

In this hours Word Wizard this was posed: 11. Purple_Heart

said it was a longlasting barbiturate used for sedation.



From Wikipedia (Note no cap in Heart, no underline between the two terms and the use of a plural:::
"Purple hearts", slang term for dexamyl, an obsolete antidepressant occasionally used as a recreational drug"

To many people a Purple Heart is a medal earned in service to country where the recipient's blood was spilled. This derogatory use of the term, as stated by wikipedia, is obsolete, now serves no functional role in current language and perhaps that definition should be dropped. Was the underline in the middle used to covertly separate it from the honorable use?





Edited for to do separation between the Wiki bit and commente moi.
Posted by: abechstein

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Sep 16 2010 03:32 PM

For whatever reason, the answer screen places an underscore between multiple-word entries when they are displayed. I don't know the reason for this, but it's been true for every one I've seen.

I also don't see the slang as being all that derogatory. I have a great deal of respect for soldiers who have earned the Purple Heart, but I don't see that a 60's slang term for a kind of speed, which incidentally references a military medal, is really all that disrespectful. "Christmas Trees" was slang for the Dexamyl Spansule (the long-acting capsule form). Should we ban this term as being derogatory to the birth of Christ? Also, just because the commercial drug is discontinued doesn't mean the slang referring to it ceases to exist.

Generally speaking, I don't think any words should be excluded from the database.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Sep 16 2010 03:40 PM

You missed the capping the "H" in hearts which to me indicates the medal. The lower case would be fine if always lower and the plural also was used all the time when wanting the drug to be the item. But "Purple Heart" means one thing not both and that's the recognition of service above and beyond the call of duty.
Posted by: flopsymopsy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Sep 16 2010 03:58 PM

Purple Heart as a medal means nothing to me. I've heard of it of course but I've no idea where to place it in my mental image of what medals mean in terms of what it takes to get one.

Purple Heart as a term for a drug means nothing to me either. I've heard of it but as I don't do drugs about the level of an aspirin I've no experience of it.

I've heard of both meanings - that doesn't mean any disrespect to the first, nor approval of the second. I guess it just means I stand more chance of getting the word when it comes up. wink

The use of capitals can't be relied on to mean anything - I've seen places and people's names in this game, in lower case.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Sep 16 2010 05:18 PM

Purple Heart = a medal; Purple Hearts = multiple medals

Purple heart = a pill in heart shape; Purple hearts = drugs


Placing the second term in caps is an honorific usually reserved for things of significant note. Ex: Green Beret = Highly trained soldier; Green beret = a hat.
Posted by: flopsymopsy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Sep 16 2010 05:23 PM

If it puts a name or title in lower case, such as england sic, then it will do what it likes to a medal. It shouldn't but it will. This is not a classy dictionary, it's a free online dictionary with no grammar.
Posted by: abechstein

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Sep 16 2010 07:00 PM

Flopsy's right on this one -- there are pages all over the internet which don't observe standardized capitalization rules. The fourth result in a Google search for "dexamyl" yields this page: "Dexamyl : dextroamphetamine with amobarbital ; 'Purple Hearts'".

I've never seen a WW question which depends on the capitalization of one word.
Posted by: ArlingtonVA

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Sep 16 2010 07:10 PM

wink I'm just in shock, stunned, flabbergasted. A family-oriented website with a Word Wizard entry of...

A demanding woman who destroys men's confidence.

The word? BALL-BREAKER

laugh
Posted by: ChinaCatmama

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Sep 16 2010 07:10 PM

15. A demanding woman who destroys men's confidence

Your answer: ball-breaker

Maybe this is technically correct, but I find the wording and the terminology highly offensive.
Posted by: Ghosttowner

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Sep 16 2010 07:35 PM

A demanding woman who destroys men's confidence

Your answer: ball-breaker

Have to admit, I couldn't stop chuckling after seeing this (sorry, China) and given past situations, I got it right!
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Sep 16 2010 08:05 PM

That's another kind of Purple!
Posted by: abechstein

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Sep 17 2010 12:19 AM

Another incomplete definition:

Adjustable_spanner

Your answer: can be changed to different settings

It should be something along the line of "a tool for tightening nuts which can be changed to different settings".
Posted by: Tizzabelle

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Sep 17 2010 03:16 PM

The 300th anniversary (or the celebration of it)

Your answer: triennial

Triennial is only three years, not 300. A 300th anniversary is a tercentenary. At least according to the OED and dictionary.com smile
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Sep 17 2010 08:33 PM

12. Black-eyed_pea

Your answer: eaten fresh as shell beans or dried

This definition just seems strange.

"Fruit or seed of the cowpea plant" is another definition in various dictionaries.

Happy Word Wizard Trivia!
Posted by: CellarDoor

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Sep 18 2010 08:48 PM

Brutalization

Your answer: the activity of treating someone savagely or vicisouly

"Viciously" is misspelled.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Sep 18 2010 10:55 PM

vicisouly, from the Latin vici ('I conquered') and the inner spirit of English origins (soul adverbial form).
Haven't you never been dealt with vici-souly? Having your spirit conquered? I know I have in the GC and KO.
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Sep 19 2010 08:13 AM

3. Langoustine

Your answer: caught in european waters

Another incomplete animal entry. The word "prawn" or "shrimp" should be included.

Happy Word Trivia!
Posted by: flopsymopsy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Sep 19 2010 09:22 AM

A langoustine is not a prawn or a shrimp! It's a lobster. Small, yes, but not that small. Although some are called Dublin Bay Prawns... oh well, whatever, but lobster is more accurate.
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Sep 19 2010 01:00 PM

For Langoustine, several of the dictionaries had "prawn" in their definitions, but evidently they are wrong.

12. Pulmonary_tuberculosis

Your answer: involving the lungs with progressive wasting of the body

This definition would seem to need "disease" or something like it added.

Happy Word wizard Trivia!
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Sep 19 2010 10:31 PM

Quote:
5. Ensemble
Your answer: a cast other than the principles

Should be 'principals'.
Posted by: Snowman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Sep 20 2010 06:32 AM

An inappropriate one popped through the system this morning;

Sodomise - to copulate with an animal.
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Sep 23 2010 01:36 AM

3. Pay back
Your answer: amortise

amortise means "liquidate gradually"

The correct answer was return

This was a toss up to me.

Happy Word Wizard Trivia!
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Sep 23 2010 01:49 AM

12. Utter a harsh abrupt scream
Your answer: skreak



Should this be shriek? Possibly shreak (not in two dictionaries) or screech but definitely not sKreak.
Posted by: abechstein

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Sep 23 2010 02:29 AM

"Skreak" appears in the free dictionary many of these entries seem to come from: http://www.freedictionary.org/?Query=skreak
Posted by: triviapaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Sep 23 2010 05:58 AM

"4. The status of a religious leader
Your answer: faithful
faithful means "any loyal and steadfast following"
The correct answer was fatherhood"

Fatherhood being the status of a religious leader seems a bit of a stretch to me.
Posted by: salami_swami

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Sep 23 2010 01:10 PM

Just a minor typo to report.

9. No capable of being moved or rearranged
Your answer: immovableness


Should be "not" capable. smile
Posted by: LadyCaitriona

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Sep 23 2010 04:20 PM

The word in question was "Shyness":

Your answer: a disposition that is confused or nervous and upset

a disposition that is confused or nervous and upset is the definition for "fluster"

The correct answer was a feeling of fear of embarrassment
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Sep 24 2010 06:10 PM

Quote:
Auld_langsyne
Your answer: past times remembered with nostalgia

Should be three separate words, not two.
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Sep 27 2010 01:37 PM

1. Star-duckweed

Your answer: cosmopolitan in temperate regions except north america

This definition would seem to need "plant" or something like it added.

Happy Word Wizard Trivia!
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Sep 29 2010 09:06 AM

11. Used especially by artists

Your answer: acrylic

This seems incomplete. Maybe adding "medium" or something like that would suffice.

Happy Word Wizard Trivia!
Posted by: twosleepy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Sep 29 2010 01:21 PM

I just don't think this is fair:

7. Expenditure

Your answer: pay out

pay out is the definition for "disburse"

The correct answer was money paid out


Yes, it doesn't say "pay-out", but that kind of punctuation is missing so often, it's not even funny, so I tend to ignore it. Why juxtapose them?
Posted by: mike32768

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Sep 30 2010 04:01 PM

Simple typo


one who hesitates (uaually out of fear)
Posted by: abechstein

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Oct 01 2010 02:01 PM

14. Commander

Your answer: naval service at land bases

naval service at land bases is the definition for "shore_duty"

The correct answer was an officer in the airforce

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There is no officer in the US Air Force referred to as "Commander". The RAF has an officer referred to as a "Wing Commander", the ALA (the French air force) has an officer referred to as a "Commandant", and the RAAF also has a "Wing Commander". I can't think of any other air force that might use this terminology. I note that this is the 4th definition given for "commander" at freedictionary.org, so I think this definition should either be linked to the 1st definition given ("an officer in command of a military unit"), or retired. The site does not give any reference for its definition, so I would argue that this definition is incorrect.

I chose what I did, by the way, because there is a US Naval rank of "Commander", and I figured there might be a word or two missing from the definition...
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Oct 02 2010 03:45 AM

1. A week chirping sound as of a small bird

Your answer: tweet

Although the sound may last 7 days, it is rather obvious it should be "weak" rather than "week".

Happy Word Wizard Trivia!
Posted by: abechstein

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Oct 02 2010 05:50 PM

Just a typo:

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And edge tool having two crossed pivoting blades

Your answer: pair of scissors

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It should be "An" instead of "And".
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Oct 02 2010 09:12 PM

Semiformal evening dress for men
Your answer: tuxedo


I could have sworn a tuxedo was a formal attire for men, not semiformal.
I know someone's going to say unless there is a sash or cumberbund accessory, it is semiformal. Arggh.
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Oct 02 2010 10:11 PM

15. Spareribs

Your answer: baked or roasted with a spicy sauce

Another incomplete definition. "Meat" or "A cut of pork" would help here.

Happy Word Wizard Trivia!
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Oct 03 2010 12:15 AM

Typo in the definition:

Graft
Your answer: place athe organ of a donor into the body of a recipient
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Oct 03 2010 04:37 AM

Another typo in the definition:
Play_a_joke_on
Your answer: subject to a palyful hoax or joke
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Oct 03 2010 05:17 AM

1. Transmitted by larval mites and widespread in Asia

Your answer: scrub typhus

Another incomplete definition. "Disease" should be added.

Happy Word Wizard Trivia!
Posted by: JanIQ

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Oct 03 2010 06:51 AM

"Palyful"? I thought this kind of typos was reserved to European players, who excel in palying around.
Posted by: Julia103

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Oct 03 2010 04:19 PM

Hunch_forward
Your answer: arch one's back

This seems backwards. Hunching forward is rounding one's back with head and shoulders in front, rather than arching it which has the head and shoulders pulled back. (I got it right because it was the only option relating to the body, but I still think it's wrong.)
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Oct 03 2010 08:07 PM

4. Oven_stuffer_roaster

Your answer: a brand name for a roasting chicken

I'm curious why this is in the database.

Happy Word Wizard Trivia!
Posted by: cydonia325

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Oct 03 2010 11:03 PM

I also take ssue with "hunch forward":

9. Hunch_forward
Your answer: arch one's back

According to the Princeton Dictionary and the OED:
hunch forward, hunch over (round one's back by bending forward and drawing the shoulders forward)
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Oct 04 2010 01:37 AM

Arches can flex to be concave or convex, so hunching forward does produce an arched back, just not the direction in which we usually picture it.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Oct 04 2010 01:58 AM

5. A coarse sieve (as for gravel)
Your answer: extract
extract means "separate (a metal) from an ore"
The correct answer was riddle\

No a riddle is what puzzles me about this answer,


This really brings to mind that with the incorrect answers given, the computer does not always show all the possible answers that must be in it's base of data. As in this example, "extract" is what they say but it also is a fluid separation in medicine, a concetration of flavors suspended in a carrier (usually alcohol like vanilla) and probably more. Why it the response on the incorrects limited to only one of the possible definitions?
In this question, I was thinking of sieve as a verb not the noun and the verb of sieve means to extract or separate according to a certain size of the openings of the sieve.

I do not know if that backslash after riddle is from my copy or was a piece of the answer, sorry.
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Oct 04 2010 02:28 AM

Quote:
rid·dle 1 (rdl)
tr.v. rid·dled, rid·dling, rid·dles
1. To pierce with numerous holes; perforate: riddle a target with bullets.
2. To spread throughout: "Election campaigns have always been riddled with demagogy and worse" (New Republic).
3. To put (gravel, for example) through a coarse sieve.
n.
A coarse sieve, as for gravel
.


From an online dictionary. I have no dramas with this meaning of 'riddle'.
Posted by: reeshy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Oct 04 2010 10:47 AM

Just a small typo:
Vacillator
one who hesitates (uaually out of fear)

Should of course be "usually"
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Oct 04 2010 11:31 AM

Originally Posted By: ozzz2002
Quote:
rid·dle 1 (rdl)
tr.v. rid·dled, rid·dling, rid·dles
1. To pierce with numerous holes; perforate: riddle a target with bullets.
2. To spread throughout: "Election campaigns have always been riddled with demagogy and worse" (New Republic).
3. To put (gravel, for example) through a coarse sieve.
n.
A coarse sieve, as for gravel
.


From an online dictionary. I have no dramas with this meaning of 'riddle'.



Nor did I. I said that extract is close to being an acceptable answer, too. But the main point was the lack of the other definitions on the Wrong answers. You gave 3 for riddle, the right one. I'd like to see the computer show all three (or however many) it has for wrong words. In this manner we'd be able to see the definition we were thinking of (in this case, to separate out) as well as the others. It only costs a couple of electrons and we'd all maybe learn something through our errors.

About that dictionary of yours, didn't it contain a definition where riddle meant to puzzle?
Posted by: Anton

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Oct 04 2010 03:15 PM

12. Offering goods and services for sale

Your answer: commerce

commerce means "social exchange, especially of opinions, attitudes, etc."

The correct answer was supply


From thefreedictionary.com:

com·merce (kmrs)
n.
1. The buying and selling of goods, especially on a large scale, as between cities or nations.

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/commerce
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Oct 04 2010 03:32 PM

The site I used was Free Dictionary , and it does show the 'conundrum' definition also. My Encarta dictionary that sits on my desk shows similar definitions, as would most other sources.

As far as the quiz itself, I have been frustrated many times by off-the-wall definitions, but as we all have to play the same game, the playing field is as level as it could be.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Oct 04 2010 05:56 PM

I have not complained of an unlevel playing field (well I have before about time penalties, but that is not part of this). I suggested that with the addition of the entire list of definitions on the WRONG answers we may get to learn something from our mistakes. Providing the list for the CORRECT answer would also teach but would not seem that beneficial. Anyway, it'll never happen. So, thanks for doing that look-up and posting. I hope I can return the favor some day.
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Oct 04 2010 07:02 PM

One of the obvious problems with posting the entire list of definitions is that there are so many possible definitions for some words! The databse clearly does not use a single definition for each word, as I have seen the same word with different definitions on a number of occasions.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Oct 04 2010 09:17 PM

If the answer was a verb, give us the top three verb descriptions (make tht four since I'm daydreaming) A noun, the top ones. or if less than four total, verb, noun adj & adverb. The space is already alotted. The Processor looks at all the answers when it surveys, so no extra time. Just a matter of telling (Strike that, it may have become sentient so:) politely ask the Computer to display X sub n up to n = 4.
Posted by: mike32768

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Oct 04 2010 09:17 PM

Extra 's'

... Cut a furrow into a columns ...
Posted by: blisters

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Oct 05 2010 02:29 AM

I believe I found another error

11. Blackjack
Your answer: exert pressure on someone through threats

The question should have been blackmail not blackjack...
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Oct 05 2010 02:46 AM

That's what I thought, too, but here's a link to a definition that shows that sense of blackjack:

http://www.answers.com/topic/blackjack

A blackjack is a leather-coated bludgeon used as a hand weapon. As a verb, it means to hit or threaten with such a weapon. The metaphorical extension to apply to other forms of coercion is clear, although I haven't taken the time to trace it thoroughly.
Posted by: rossian

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Oct 05 2010 05:33 AM

Some of the definitions do seem odd and certainly not in common usage in the UK. I usually find elimination works, and if it doesn't there's always another quiz in an hour.
Posted by: JanIQ

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Oct 05 2010 12:00 PM

Not only some definitions seem odd. Some of the words have quite limited use, too. Have anyone of you ever heard of the word "shilallah"?
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Oct 05 2010 12:57 PM

I would not have spelled it that way, but would expect to find a definition that related to that of a shillelagh, which is "a wooden walking stick and club or cudgel, typically made from a stout knotty stick with a large knob at the top, that is associated with Ireland and Irish folklore."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shillelagh_%28club%29

There are a number of words with variant spellings used, which look strange to my eye, but which can be matched by elimination or by similarity to the more expected variant.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Oct 05 2010 11:10 PM

3. A spot caused the staining with rust or ink
Your answer: iron mould


Should there be a use of the word 'by' between caused and the?
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Oct 06 2010 04:08 AM

A wrong answer typo:

"a speaker with an unusually laoud voice"

This may be hard to locate.

Happy Word Wizard Trivia!
Posted by: TinyDetail

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Oct 06 2010 05:42 PM

From Word Wizard 10/06/10 Time: 6 PM to 7 PM Level: 61 - 150
I could find no definition that matched these words as they are in WW in this section & time.

Preceding in time "The correct answer was priority"


A mountain mahogany "The correct answer was hardtack"

~~TinyDetail
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Oct 06 2010 09:40 PM

Quote:
And edge tool having two crossed pivoting blades
Your answer: pair of scissors


Should be 'An edged...'
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Oct 06 2010 11:33 PM

Without finding an online dictionary that provides the definition of priority as coming first in time, it is clearly a possible usage in reference to an event which occurs prior to another - the condition of being earlier could certainly be referred to as priority. (Old-fashioned, certainly, but English.)
Posted by: reeshy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Oct 07 2010 10:05 AM

The dictionary with my word processor (Microsoft Works Word Processor) has this:

4. earlier occurrence: the state of having preceded something else
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Oct 07 2010 10:13 PM

4. Lunar_time_period

Your answer: there are usually two high and two low tides each day

This doesn't seem to be a proper definition.

9. Graft

Your answer: place athe organ of a donor into the body of a recipient

A typo from the same set.

Happy Word Wizard Trivia!
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Oct 08 2010 02:37 AM

13. Tsutsugamushi_disease

Your answer: transmitted by larval mites and widespread in asia

This seems incomplete.

Happy Word Wizard Trivia!
Posted by: abechstein

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Oct 08 2010 04:46 PM

Another incomplete definition:

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5. Kirsch

Your answer: from fermented juice of black morello cherries

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I think the definition is missing "liqueur" or something similar.
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Oct 08 2010 08:08 PM

12. Nervus_oculomotorius

Your answer: supplies extrinsic muscles of the eye

This seems incomplete. Adding "nerve which" or something like that would seem necessary.

Happy Word Wizard Trivia!
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Oct 08 2010 09:25 PM

4. A metrical unit with unstressed-unstressed syllables

Your answer: pyrrhic

This is somewhat confusing. Replacing "unstressed-unstressed" with "two unstressed" would be much better.

Happy Word Wizard Trivia!
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Oct 12 2010 10:16 AM

1. Canon

Your answer: a ravine formed by a river in an area with little rainfall

This is the definition of "Canyon". Although the above definition does occur in some online dictionaries, I'm fairly sure that the above is due to a typo which propagated.

Happy Word Wizard Trivia!
Posted by: reeshy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Oct 12 2010 10:43 AM

Instead of a typo, it could be to represent "cañon" which is an alternative spelling of "canyon" from the Spanish; my dictionary has this for etymology:

[Mid-19th century. Via Mexican Spanish cañón < Spanish , "large tube" < caña "pipe" < Latin canna (see cane)]
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Oct 12 2010 12:16 PM

7. Niblick:
an iron with considerable loft


For getting those high points on a shirt when doing pressing?

A reference to it being a golf club would seem to improve this definition.
Posted by: cydonia325

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Oct 12 2010 05:06 PM

6. Charity
Your answer: the quality of being kind and gentle

the quality of being kind and gentle is the definition for "graciousness"

The correct answer was a kindly and lenient attitude toward people


These choices are a bit ambiguous, especially when they are presented together. I know that "gentle" and "lenient" do not have the same meaning, but "an act of kindness" might be a stronger definition.
Posted by: lilyalli

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Oct 13 2010 12:00 PM

8. Isolate or separate
Your answer: separation

separation means "the act of dividing or disconnecting"

The correct answer was close off

So separation does not mean separate?
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Oct 13 2010 12:33 PM

Originally Posted By: lilyalli
8. Isolate or separate
Your answer: separation

separation means "the act of dividing or disconnecting"

The correct answer was close off

So separation does not mean separate?



Separate is either a verb or an adjective, depending on how you pronounce it. Separation is a noun describing the state produced by the verb. Therefore the verb response 'close off' is a closer fit. It's sometimes tricky to decide between alternatives with similar meanings, and that kind of grammatical hint is often useful.
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Oct 13 2010 01:18 PM

7. Sound is not amplified by electrical means

Your answer: acoustic guitar

This may have come up before. "Musical instrument in which" or something like that would complete this.

Happy Word Wizard Trivia!
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Oct 13 2010 05:51 PM

Richie Havens, Woodstock, "Freedom", Acoustic guitar, people in the back heard him. Acoustic does not necessarily mean unamplified.
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Oct 13 2010 07:14 PM

3. A burn cause by hot liquid or steam

Your answer: scald

Should be "caused".

Happy Word Wizard Trivia!
Posted by: cydonia325

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Oct 13 2010 09:33 PM

Quote:
Arches can flex to be concave or convex, so hunching forward does produce an arched back, just not the direction in which we usually picture it.


This interpretation is unusual, as far as a definition contained in standard medical dictionaries. Most people would not have access to a medical dictionary, and "hunch forward" is the intuitive response and the one found in most non-medical dictionaries.
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Oct 13 2010 10:30 PM

Originally Posted By: cydonia325
Quote:
Arches can flex to be concave or convex, so hunching forward does produce an arched back, just not the direction in which we usually picture it.


This interpretation is unusual, as far as a definition contained in standard medical dictionaries. Most people would not have access to a medical dictionary, and "hunch forward" is the intuitive response and the one found in most non-medical dictionaries.


A lot of the definitions used in the database for Word Wizard (and a lot of the spellings of words) are unusual, to say the least. That makes it more challenging to find the match, but not incorrect. I reckon that playing it 10times a day, 7 days a week, in an effort to collect letters for the word game would become quite boring if all the definitions were the obvious ones!
Posted by: rossian

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Oct 14 2010 02:03 AM

Some of the definitions are bizarre. I read, a lot, and studied Latin at school, which does give a basis for many words I wouldn't otherwise know. Despite this, I fail to score enough to win a letter far more often than is good for my blood pressure (or self esteem),
Posted by: flopsymopsy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Oct 14 2010 06:58 AM

One explanation for some of the strange matches is a colon. What's happening is that the free dictionaries often list synonyms for a word and then define the synonym after a colon. So if the word is Monster, it might be matched with the word Beast, which would be fair enough. But one definition of the word Beast in the Google dictionary is

"Animal: a living organism characterized by voluntary movement"

When the Word Game uses that definition it only uses the part after the colon. So the Word Game definition of Monster might be shown as "a living organism characterized by voluntary movement" which is not what we would take the word Monster to mean. We would recognise the definition of the word "monster" as including the words "beast" or "animal" but we don't associate it with the more generic definition of the word "animal".

I don't know if the problem lies with how the Word Game is programmed or in how definitions are fetched from the dictionary but something is discarding words before a colon - and that leads to some definitions which are wrong.
Posted by: JanIQ

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Oct 14 2010 12:28 PM

Here's another incomplete definition.

8. Marble_cake
Your answer: made of light and dark batter very lightly blended

Someone left out the cake...
Posted by: rossian

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Oct 15 2010 02:14 AM

Pigman - 'a herder or swine'. I think this is meant to be 'a herder of swine'.
Posted by: martin_cube

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Oct 15 2010 02:51 AM

I spotted a couple of questions which could do with tweaking:

Pigman - A herder or swine. Should be 'A herder OF swine I think

Detainee - Some held in custody. Ought to be something like 'A person held in custody' perhaps? 'Some' suggests that the answer would be plural. Or something.

And now I'll return you to the usual posters. Thank you for your indulgence in putting up with me. smile
Posted by: martin_cube

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Oct 15 2010 02:56 AM

Note to self: check previous posts to avoid duplication.
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Oct 15 2010 04:15 AM

5. Polished_rice

Your answer: having husk or outer brown layers removed

This seems incomplete. "Grain" would make this clear.

A previous comment about a main word followed by a colon being missing seems to be a possibility for these incomplete definitions.

Happy Word Wizard Trivia!
Posted by: TinyDetail

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Oct 15 2010 04:11 PM

I knew mine wasn't the right answer, but excuse me? I cannot understand this question and answer at all.

This came from Word Wizard today between 5 PM & 6 PM CDT.

5. Street names for gamma hydroxybutyrate

Your answer: harquebus

harquebus means "an obsolete firearm with a long barrel"

The correct answer was grievous bodily harm

~~Tiny
Posted by: TinyDetail

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Oct 15 2010 04:18 PM

Something misspelled here?

8. Camise
Your answer: a loose shirt or tunic


So I got it right, but should that be chamise or chemise?

From WW today between 5 PM & 6 PM level 61+ CDT

~~Tiny
Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Oct 15 2010 04:21 PM

I ENJOY this game and prefer it to the way it was before. In some ways, I even find it easier as well (I certainly never had a glimmer of hope in winning the monthly badge previously).

Other than obvious typos, I can't complain about the words themselves either. Spelling variants don't bother me in the least. Sure, on RARE occasions, some clues or answers appear to be incomplete. However, you can almost always eliminate the other possibilities and choose the one expected.

This game has been made even BETTER by the mini challenge (which has surely gotten folks to play who had given up on it once they had won all the "normal" badges).

So now there are two ways to play the game. If you're going for the regular badges, you have to play pretty quickly and get 14/15 correct every time. But if you're just playing the game for the mini challenge, you can actually play at quite a leisurely pace compared to other games and have plenty of time to read each and every question twice. You only need 1150 as a score in order to get a letter, so if folks just slow down a little (keeping in mind they can't be concerned about finishing in number 1 spot every hour) they'd probably find they can re-read q's/think about them longer and end up "winning" a letter almost every go.

The letter swap ability is a hoot - makes me laugh every time I make a change - so thanks very much for the creation of it AND the game : )
Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Oct 15 2010 04:43 PM

Tiny: "Camise" is a perfectly valid word. Originating from Arabic qamis and from Late Latin camisia. The word camisole (sleeveless tunic style undergarment) comes ultimately from the same roots, with a little Italian/French influence.

The word "chemise" has the same origins, but with heavy anglo/french influences. However, it generally refers more often to a woman's dress (or slip) style, rather than a shirt.

It can't be "chamise" because that's an evergreen shrub.
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Oct 15 2010 06:33 PM

Originally Posted By: TinyDetail
I knew mine wasn't the right answer, but excuse me? I cannot understand this question and answer at all.

This came from Word Wizard today between 5 PM & 6 PM CDT.

5. Street names for gamma hydroxybutyrate

Your answer: harquebus

harquebus means "an obsolete firearm with a long barrel"

The correct answer was grievous bodily harm

~~Tiny


The party drug called Grievous Bodily Harm, or GBH for short, has the chemical name gamma hydroxybutyrate. Hence, Grievous Bodily Harm, or GBH would be called a street name for this drug. You'll find more of these strange street names in the database if you play enough hours!
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Oct 15 2010 10:00 PM

Gamma hydroxybutyrate is GHB not GBH. (Grievously Harmed Body?)

Since that definition doesn't really tell us what drug they're talking about out on the street, I copied this bit of entry from the non-medical uses article at wiki for gHB (CNS is Central Nervous System):::

GHB is a CNS depressant used as an intoxicant. It has many street names, including "Georgia Home Boy", "Liquid Ecstasy", "Liquid X", and "Liquid G", as well as "Fantasy" and the reordered initialism GBH.
Posted by: rossian

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Oct 16 2010 01:14 AM

I've just had the identical definition twice in one game: 'Eat a lot and without restraint'. The first answer was 'gluttonise' and the second was 'fress'. I just hope that both answers don't appear together. I must admit that 'fress' is new to me - it's not listed in 'Chambers' and I haven't had time to search online for its derivation.
Posted by: dippo

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Oct 16 2010 03:58 AM

It's probably from the German verb 'fressen', which means 'to eat', but is used for animals, rather than people, where the verb is 'essen'.
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Oct 16 2010 04:16 AM

4. Blue_pike

Your answer: variety inhabiting the great lakes

Another incomplete entry. Adding "Fish" would suffice.

Happy Word Wizard Trivia!
Posted by: rossian

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Oct 16 2010 04:44 AM

Dippo - your derivation for 'fress' is spot on - Urban Dictionary refers to German and Yiddish and quotes both 'fressen' and 'essen' with the distinction between animals and humans. I love learning new things - it's one of the many reasons I enjoy FT so much.
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Oct 17 2010 01:13 AM

15. Capable of become practical and useful

Your answer: viability

"become" should be "becoming".

Happy Word Wizard Trivia!
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Oct 17 2010 02:15 AM

6. Panchayat
Your answer: a village council in india or southern pakistan

14. Punchayet
Your answer: a village council in india or southern pakistan

Nothing wrong here, but these came up in the same quiz.

Happy Word Wizard Trivia!
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Oct 18 2010 06:09 AM

1. Breast_of_veal

Your answer: usually stuffed and roasted

Another incomplete definition. "Calf meat" would complete this.

Happy Word Wizard Trivia!
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Oct 19 2010 03:52 AM

Quote:
Financing a commercial enterprise by bond or stock shares
Your answer: floatation

There is only one 'a' in 'flotation'.
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Oct 19 2010 11:15 AM

2. Social or verbal interchange (usually followed by `with')
Your answer: palaver

palaver means "loud and confused and empty talk"

The correct answer was traffic

Another defintion of palaver is

verb: have a lengthy discussion, usually between people of different backgrounds

That would seem to fit and "palaver with" is certainly used.

Happy Word Wizard Trivia!
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Oct 19 2010 08:10 PM

Brutalization
Your answer: the activity of treating someone savagely or vicisouly

Typo in the definition - viciously rather than vicisouly

Posted by: TinyDetail

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Oct 19 2010 09:57 PM

Haha, looney_tunes! Don't you just hate it when you do a misspelling correction and then misspell something in the correction? blush "rather" gained an "r" in your note above. I've done this and it is embarrassing. Guess I couldn't resist yours.

~~Tiny
Posted by: TinyDetail

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Oct 19 2010 09:59 PM

Of course, it might be more grammatically correct for me to say "spelling correction", too. crazy
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Oct 19 2010 10:49 PM

I overlooked that in my relief at getting both viciously and vicisouly right on the third attempt!
Posted by: DGirlSlim

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Oct 20 2010 06:50 AM

Today's Word Wizard had an incorrect spelling. "Broach" is not a decorative pin-that word is spelled "brooch." Some dictionaries to list broach as an alternate spelling, but since it is another word, I think this was incorrect. "Broach" means to bring up or mention for the first time, as in "he was reluctant to broach the difficult topic."
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Oct 20 2010 09:15 AM

2. Capable of become practical and useful

Your answer: viability

"become" should be "becoming".

Happy Word Wizard Trivia!
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Oct 22 2010 07:49 PM

6. A thin stew of meat and vegetables

Your answer: mulligan

mulligan means "Irish version of burgoo"

The correct answer was slumgullion

"burgoo" is a thick spicy stew of whatever meat and whatever vegetables are available

True, one is thick and the other is thin, but they are both stews.

Happy Word Wizard Trivia!
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Oct 23 2010 10:06 PM

typo in the definition:

13. Pigman

Your answer: a herder or swine
Posted by: Tizzabelle

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Oct 28 2010 02:21 PM

Hyphema
Your answer: bleeding into the interior chamber of the eye

'Interior' in the answer should be 'anterior'. smile
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Nov 01 2010 07:33 PM

9. Made of lamb

Your answer: souvlakia

This seems incomplete. Other dictionaries have "a Greek version of shish kebab" as a definition. "Shish kebab made of lamb" might be a happy medium.

Happy Word Wizard Trivia!
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Nov 01 2010 09:16 PM

Shish kebab is also usually made of lamb. The different name just reflects the different region of origin. If you want a complete definition, you need something like "skewered lamb pieces".
Posted by: undudelike

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Nov 03 2010 08:27 AM

Forgive me if I'm asking in the wrong place, but when does Word Wizard start each month? It sounds like a foolish question but it's Nov. 3rd and scores are still being shown for last month. Are they counting, and just not showing them yet?
Posted by: reeshy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Nov 03 2010 08:58 AM

As far as I know they begin at the start of each month - there's another thread where several people have mentioned that the scores haven't reset this month.
Posted by: maninmidohio

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Nov 03 2010 11:59 AM

There is a confusion with Word Wizard in that there are actually two separate games being played. The regular Word Wizard game for which there are monthly badges given out is running smoothly and restarted on November 1 as it was supposed to. You can see results of this by clicking "standings" on the main Word Wizard page.

The second game is the Word Wizard Mini-Game which has been around for less than two months. Since no monthly badges are being awarded in this game the actual restart of the game is really artificial. There never may be a monthly badge given out for it. There is currently two recognitions available - a badgelet for forming an 8 letter word and a badge for accumulating 30 points. Terry has said there will be another badge for some larger number of points won in this game, but that target has not been set.
Posted by: undudelike

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Nov 03 2010 01:31 PM

I went to "standings", clicked it, but still the scores are like 469 points. Heck, I still show 99. That can't be right. Is it a glitch or something related to Standard Times? I see nothing reset to zero. The scores are still from October.
Posted by: maninmidohio

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Nov 03 2010 01:52 PM

If you look at the top of the "standings" page it explains how the scoring in done for the monthly badge. It has to with ranking total scores and average scores and being assigned a position value of from 1 to 500 (500 is the top score), these are then added together to arrive at a total rank. So from day 1 there will be high ranking scores for the month. You currently have 117 points from Average and 280 from Total Points making a total of 397. That many points currently rates you in position 321.
Posted by: reeshy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Nov 03 2010 02:53 PM

Ah, sorry, I thought undudelike was referring to the Mini-Game, which is why I mentioned the turnover hadn't gone as it perhaps should have.
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Nov 03 2010 03:00 PM

Typo in a WW question. Spelling of 'written' in -

Communication (writen or spoken) intended to deceive - snake oil

Should it be - Communication (written or spoken) intended to deceive?
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Nov 05 2010 06:06 PM

Quote:
2. Cottage
Your answer: a small house with a single story

A cottage may have more than one tale to tell, but in this instance the word should be storey.
Posted by: abechstein

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Nov 05 2010 06:12 PM

Actually, "story" is an acceptable US spelling for the level of a building.
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Nov 05 2010 06:39 PM

Oh, I did not realise that! My apologies to all the Americans here. smile
Posted by: flopsymopsy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Nov 05 2010 07:01 PM

The real error is that a cottage doesn't have to be small or have only one stor(e)y, lol.
Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Nov 05 2010 09:04 PM

The word referring to a "level" is spelled "storey" here in Canada too, but I still find it amusing that one of my friends, who is a librarian, married a man by the surname of "Storey" : )
Posted by: TinyDetail

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Nov 06 2010 09:29 AM

Today, Nov.6, group 51-60, between 10 AM & 11 AM CDT, same 2 questions in WW, different answers. Confusing to say the least.

8. Artillery designed to shoot upward at airplanes
The correct answer was pom-pom

10. Artillery designed to shoot upward at airplanes
Your answer: antiaircraft

(A pom-pom in the USA is a decorative ball of "fluff". Pom-poms come in many colors, sizes & varieties. They are made from many different materials, including fabric, paper, plastic, etc. The most widely-recognized use is generally in cheerleading or by fans during spectator sports. Guess pom-pom must be a slang term for antiaircraft fire in the British or European fields of battle, as I seem to vaguely remember it from reading historical novels with many British pilot heroes. Of course, if British, then recognized all over the world because of the history of British colonization. except here in good old rebellious USA ;))

~~Tiny
Posted by: TinyDetail

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Nov 06 2010 09:31 AM

Sorry, guess the HTML is disabled, that was supposed to be an emoticon wink.

~~Tiny
Posted by: flopsymopsy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Nov 06 2010 09:42 AM

The sound made by anti-aircraft guns makes a noise "pom pom... pom pom... pom pom..." hence the name of the guns.

And also balls of fluff - best not to get confused between the two, one sort of pom-pom makes a nasty mess. wink
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Nov 06 2010 10:53 AM

I recall the origins of the pom-pom gun as that it was those side by side guns used by all the naval forces in WWII b(ut more in the US Pacific fleet against dive bombers) the reciprical advance and reload of the double barreled gun fired flack shells that when they exploded in the sky looked like a pair of pom-poms. The artillery man would pull the trigger, and two shells were launched. I'm sure you've seen the guns in old movies where one guy is sitting in the middle manning the sights and a second gunner is cranking like crazy to bring the gun around to bear on a subsequent target. Pom-poms for the little side by side clouds of smoke left in the air when they fragmented.
And the sound was there too.
Posted by: flopsymopsy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Nov 06 2010 12:05 PM

The first pom-pom guns were land artillery, used by the Boers against the British in the Second Boer War. Similar guns were then developed by Vickers for use against the Boers.
Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Nov 07 2010 08:41 AM

Tiny Detail: They were two DIFFERENT questions, correct? So I assume they each had a different set of possible answers as well. If so, then it is NOT confusing in the least. Now, if there was only ONE question out of 15 which read: "Artillery designed to shoot upward at airplanes" and BOTH "pompoms" and "antiaircraft" were choices in the SAME question, then yes, that would be unfair.

As for HTML, no you can't use it (it says so over there on the left of the reply window). UBBC, however, IS enabled and there are a few emoticons you can use like this (there are more):
smirk grin

You can also do italic and underline, amongst other things.

In order to actually "see" the list of "enhancements" you can choose from, you need to click on "switch to full reply screen" before submitting anything. "Preview post" is a useful button as well.

Hope this helps.
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Nov 08 2010 04:38 AM

Quote:
14. Brute
Your answer: a self-centered person with little regard for others

a self-centered person with little regard for others is the definition for "egocentric"

The correct answer was "a living organism characterized by voluntary movement"


Seems to be drawing quite a long bow.
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Nov 08 2010 01:26 PM

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.

Happy Word Wizard Trivia!
Posted by: twosleepy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Nov 08 2010 01:57 PM

Spelling error:

15. An ice containing milk

Your answer: sherbert [should be SHERBET]
Posted by: reeshy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Nov 08 2010 02:07 PM

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.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Nov 08 2010 02:10 PM


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?
Posted by: cydonia325

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Nov 08 2010 06:43 PM

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]
Posted by: flopsymopsy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Nov 08 2010 08:21 PM

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.
Posted by: cydonia325

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Nov 09 2010 04:50 AM

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
Posted by: undudelike

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Nov 10 2010 12:46 PM

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.
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Nov 14 2010 03:45 AM

1. An man-made opening

Your answer: aperture

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

Happy Word Wizard Trivia!
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Nov 14 2010 05:09 AM

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.

Happy Word Wizard Trivia!
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Nov 14 2010 02:16 PM

2. Tweet

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

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

Happy Word Wizard Trivia!
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Nov 14 2010 02:30 PM

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".

Happy Word Wizard Trivia!
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Nov 15 2010 07:49 AM

3. A woman's sleeveless undergarment

Your answer: teddies

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

Happy Word Wizard Trivia!
Posted by: TinyDetail

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Nov 15 2010 05:25 PM

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?

~~Tiny
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Nov 15 2010 06:00 PM


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.

Happy Word Wizard Trivia!
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Nov 15 2010 07:08 PM

5. A ostentatious and inappropriate display of learning

Your answer: pedantry

Probably should be "An ostentatious".

Happy Word Wizard Trivia!
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Nov 15 2010 07:15 PM

Aren't you being pedantic, JME? smile
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Nov 15 2010 11:01 PM

Nah! It DEFINITELY should be "An ostentatious..." would have been pedantic.
wink

Happy Word Wizard Trivia!
Posted by: martin_cube

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Nov 17 2010 02:44 AM

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.'.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Nov 17 2010 11:23 AM

Wasn't that from Crystal Ball, not the Word Wizard day of yester? There was a whole thread on it.
Forum - Feedback - Crystal Ball error? - (mike32768)
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Nov 17 2010 04:13 PM

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'.

Happy Word Wizard Trivia!
Posted by: rossian

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Nov 17 2010 04:41 PM

I agree - because I just got that one wrong as well, JME.
Posted by: Lones78

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Nov 17 2010 05:18 PM

I got that one wrong as well frown
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Nov 17 2010 05:29 PM

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.
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Nov 19 2010 12:05 PM

8. Captain

Your answer: the pilot ins charge of an airship

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

Happy Word Wizard Trivia!
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Nov 22 2010 03:42 AM

10. Adhereing to the concrete construal of something
Your answer: literalness


A wee typo in a rather verbose question- Adhering
Posted by: JanIQ

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Nov 22 2010 12:49 PM

Verbosity is not a major crime, only a minor felony.
Posted by: TinyDetail

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Nov 22 2010 11:41 PM

2. The state of being held in high esteem and honor
Your answer: adulation

adulation means "servile flattery"

The correct answer was reputation
*************************************************

Sometimes this game can be very frustrating:

From the World English Dictionary
adulation

— n
obsequious flattery or praise; [b]extreme admiration [/b]
******************************************************
Reputation usually means good, but in practical use, it also can be used like this: "Sam has a bad reputation in our town"

I love Word Wizard but at times, it can be frustrating! Just saying!

~~Tiny
Posted by: TinyDetail

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Nov 23 2010 12:44 PM

Today WW has the definition of a "waterspout" as "a heavy rain". This is a pretty poor definition. It is certainly MUCH more than a heavy rain in most any part of the world. It always involves a revolving spout of air that carries water with it, or even water that rises into the air above the water surface as a revolving phenomenom. Rising in the air does not make it a heavy rain. On dry land they are called tornadoes. The definition should include something about revolving or circling or something to that effect, in my humble opinion.

~~Tiny
Posted by: supersal1

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Nov 23 2010 04:46 PM

"3. Buffet
Your answer: cause to be confused emotionally

cause to be confused emotionally is the definition for "throw"

The correct answer was usually inexpensive bar"

Ok, so my answer was stretching it a bit, but I'm sure its more accurate than the 'correct' answer.

I can't find any reference to a buffet being an inexpensive bar, but one site gave the following definitions:

buf·fet 1 (b-f, b-)
n.
1. A large sideboard with drawers and cupboards.
2.
a. A counter or table from which meals or refreshments are served.
b. A restaurant having such a counter.
3. A meal at which guests serve themselves from various dishes displayed on a table or sideboard.
adj.
Informally served: a buffet luncheon.

buf·fet 2 (bft)
n.
A blow or cuff with or as if with the hand.
v. buf·fet·ed, buf·fet·ing, buf·fets
v.tr.
1. To hit or beat, especially repeatedly.
2. To strike against forcefully; batter: winds that buffeted the tent. See Synonyms at beat.
3. To drive or force with or as if with repeated blows: was buffeted about from job to job by the vagaries of the economy.
4. To force (one's way) with difficulty.
v.intr.
To force one's way with difficulty: a ship buffeting against the wind.

(1) Refers to a meal or a piece of furniture. The reference to 'refreshments' is the only link to a bar, and it is very tenuous.
Posted by: Lones78

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Nov 25 2010 06:18 PM

Not a complaint as such but more for interest sake:

12. Celibacy
Your answer: an unmarried status

(my answer was correct by the way)

I would have thought that celibacy had more to do with marriage than not being married! grin
Posted by: twosleepy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Nov 27 2010 09:51 PM

I think there is a word missing in that answer. An inexpensive FOOD bar, in the US, would be a buffet. They're not always inexpensive (a Mother's Day brunch buffet we go to is nearly $40 per person, and includes Mimosas, crab legs, made-to-order omelettes, carved lamb/salmon/prime rib etc. etc....), but many are $10-15, and are, unfortunately, quite popular.
Posted by: dsimpy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Nov 28 2010 06:23 AM

Originally Posted By: twosleepy
I think there is a word missing in that answer. An inexpensive FOOD bar, in the US, would be a buffet. They're not always inexpensive (a Mother's Day brunch buffet we go to is nearly $40 per person, and includes Mimosas, crab legs, made-to-order omelettes, carved lamb/salmon/prime rib etc. etc....), but many are $10-15, and are, unfortunately, quite popular.


Sounds great. I'd pay $40 for that. Right now, in fact, if New York wasn't a bit far ... shocked (There's no smilie for hungry, so this one with the mouth open will have to do!)
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Nov 29 2010 01:35 AM

14. Caught along the Atlantic coast of the United States

Your answer: striper

Another incomplete definition. Mention of 'fish' would help here.

Happy Word Wizard Trivia!
Posted by: skunkee

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Nov 30 2010 12:26 PM

But that would givce the answer away. I think the point is not to make it too easy!
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Dec 03 2010 07:33 PM

15. A statement that represents something in words

Your answer: literary composition

literary composition means "imaginative or creative writing"

The correct answer was verbal description

These seem to both match the definition.

Happy Word Wizard Trivia!
Posted by: abechstein

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Dec 07 2010 04:22 AM

This pairing seems a little too close...

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Stepping_down

Your answer: changing to a lower state (a less respected state)

changing to a lower state (a less respected state) is the definition for "degradation"

The correct answer was the act of abdicating
Posted by: romeomikegolf

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Dec 07 2010 03:49 PM

6. A member of the House of Commons who is not a party leader

Your answer: backbencher



A backbencher is an MP who is not part of the ministerial team. It applies to both the party in power and opposition. It does not apply to anyone that is not a party leader. In UK politics a minister is not regarded as being a party leader.
Posted by: dino335

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Dec 07 2010 07:31 PM

My complaint is regarding the Fun Trivia Dictionary used in the minigame-- the word "olio" was rejected. This certainly is a word found in most dictionairies, and is known to anyone who does crossword puzzles.
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Dec 07 2010 08:33 PM

Originally Posted By: dino335
My complaint is regarding the Fun Trivia Dictionary used in the minigame-- the word "olio" was rejected. This certainly is a word found in most dictionairies, and is known to anyone who does crossword puzzles.


The 'dictionary' is quite unexpected at times. It does not contain some very common words (actinium, a fairly normal chemical element if not in everyday household use, was not there when I tried to submit it), almost no plurals or verb forms ending in -ed, not many ending in -ing, etc.), but it does contain some incredibly obscure words. It's all part of the challenge - you have to guess a word it knows, not just one you know!
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Dec 08 2010 11:21 AM

Play_a_joke_on
Your answer: subject to a palyful hoax or joke

Spelling error - playful
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Dec 08 2010 10:40 PM

Snake_oil - communication (writen or spoken) intended to deceive

correction - spelling of written
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Dec 09 2010 05:10 AM

13. The act of committing a crime

Your answer: hold up

hold up means "rob at gunpoint or by means of some other threat"

The correct answer was perpetration

"Hold up" would seem to also fit the definition.

Happy Word Wizard Trivia!
Posted by: twosleepy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Dec 10 2010 09:41 AM

Originally Posted By: dsimpy
Sounds great. I'd pay $40 for that. Right now, in fact, if New York wasn't a bit far ... shocked (There's no smilie for hungry, so this one with the mouth open will have to do!)

There's a ton of items I didn't mention, and it's awesome! We only go on Mother's Day. You wouldn't be hungry after, believe me! :0)

And a new complaint... This one seems 100% unfair, as my answer is also correct. I'll admit I didn't know "abreact", but it shouldn't be paired with "bluster":

1. Discharge bad feelings or tension through verbalization

Your answer: bluster

bluster means "a violent gusty wind"

The correct answer was abreact
Posted by: abechstein

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Dec 13 2010 01:49 AM

Here's another that seems a little too close:

------

Stop or halt

Your answer: abatement

abatement means "an interruption in the intensity or amount of something"

The correct answer was detain

------

In retrospect, a clue to "detain" would be the fact that "detain", "stop", and "halt" are all verb forms, as opposed to "abatement", which is a noun form. Nevertheless, I don't think WW is an appropriate place for options which turn mainly on the part of speech of a word -- there's much more of an emphasis on speed, which isn't particularly conducive to an in-depth evaluation of parts of speech.

That issue aside, I think a closer definition for "detain" is "hold back". The connotation of the word implies a temporary state; "abatement" has more of a connotation of stopping or halting than "detain".
Posted by: twosleepy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Dec 14 2010 07:10 PM

Once again, two words that should NOT appear together, and I even question the "correct" answer:

11. Loud and confused and empty talk
Your answer: mumbo jumbo

mumbo jumbo means "language that is unnecessarily difficult to understand"

The correct answer was palaver

I always thought "palaver" just meant talk, conversation. Not a happy camper here...
Posted by: abechstein

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Dec 17 2010 02:42 PM

Not that this one is wrong, per se, but it struck me as amusing. Sure, I got it wrong because I just didn't read through all the options, and I could argue the correctness of my answer, but it's not worth it on this one. wink

------

6. Devil_dog

Your answer: a very evil man

a very evil man is the definition for "hellhound"

The correct answer was a member of the united states marine corps
Posted by: TinyDetail

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Dec 18 2010 06:37 PM

6. Brickbat
Your answer: a weapon that is thrown or projected

a weapon that is thrown or projected is the definition for "missile"

The correct answer was blunt criticism


From Free Online Dictionary:
brick·bat (br k b t) n. 1. A piece, especially of brick, used as a weapon or missile. 2. An unfavorable remark; a criticism.

brickbat - Definition of brickbat at YourDictionary.com
noun. a piece of brick, esp. one used as a missile; an unfavorable or critical remark

Define Brickbat at Dictionary.com
–noun 1. a piece of broken brick, esp. one used as a missile. 2. any rocklike missile. 3. an unkind or unfavorable remark; caustic criticism:


Just a note to say that the primary definition of brickbat fits the answer I chose, just saying.

~~TinyDetail

PS: When one is scrambling to stay in the monthly top ten for a badge, this kind of thing is frustrating, to say the least.
Posted by: Tizzabelle

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Dec 28 2010 12:27 AM

14. Broach

Your answer: a decorative pin worn by women

I got it right but it's wrong smile Brooch is a pin worn by women. Broach has several meanings including to bring up a subject for discussion for the first time.
Definitions as per the OED online and dictionary.com .
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Dec 28 2010 01:13 AM

10 a reflex that expels intestinal gas through the anus

discharge
toad-in-the-hole
commercial traveler
discharge
flatus
materialization

I think this has come up in the past, but I don't recall the discussion. Obviously, the duplicate 'discharge' is not the answer, but should there have been a duplicate choice at all?

Happy Word Wizard Trivia!
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Dec 28 2010 05:01 PM

The opposite of leanness is fat

You said: fatty

leanness means "the property of having little body fat"
fat means "excess bodily weight"

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The opposite of fatless is fatty
You said: fat

fatless means "without fat or fat solids"
fatty means "containing or composed of fat"

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It goes without saying that I pulled the wrong rein. smile


EDIT- Copied to the Mind Melt thread, where it belongs.
Posted by: reeshy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Dec 28 2010 06:08 PM

Ozzz, that's one of the worst I've seen yet!
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Dec 28 2010 06:22 PM

Where those from Mind Melt?
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Dec 28 2010 06:33 PM

Oops, they were. My apologies!
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Dec 28 2010 06:57 PM

No need for that. Just wanting to see a correct placement so effective corrective action might be taken. That won't happen from here. It is weird. It would seem the word they should have instead of fatless to go as an opposite to leanness would be fatness. Fatless isn't even close to the opposite of leanness. In fact, it's a synonym!
Posted by: reeshy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Dec 28 2010 07:02 PM

I didn't even notice they were in the wrong thread! Shows how attentive I am...
Posted by: Tizzabelle

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Jan 01 2011 09:54 PM

8. The 300th anniversary (or the celebration of it)
Your answer: triennial

Triennial means every three year or lasting three years. A tercentenary or tricentenary (less common but acceptable) is the term for a 3ooth anniversary.
Posted by: Scooby55

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Jan 02 2011 04:35 AM

re Gold Member Word Wizard Mini-Game: Words accepted:

The dictionary in use confounds me. It will accept words such as
androecium, pachuco and shogunate but tells me that "mundanities" is not in the dictionary. Seriously?

I've spent ages playing this game and finally come up with an 11 letter "normal" word and this must be the only English speaking dictionary it's not in.
Posted by: JanIQ

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Jan 02 2011 07:59 AM

Scooby,

most dictionaries don't accept plural as a separate lemma. Neither will conjugated verbs be accepted.

Think about taking a printed dictionary in hand. If the word you're thinking of is in the printed dictionary in bold letters, it will probably pass the WW mini game. If not, it will most probably be rejected.
Posted by: Scooby55

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Jan 02 2011 02:04 PM

Thanks JanIQ. I'm just getting really frustrated - I thought I had it with "Transducing" but that wasn't allowed either, yet greasily, cobwebby, astutely, boozing etc are fine. Grr!
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Jan 02 2011 06:54 PM

spelling typo - usually

Vacillator - one who hesitates (uaually out of fear)
Posted by: twosleepy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Jan 04 2011 01:27 PM

*sigh* Things seem to be getting worse...

the attribute of having a strong offensive smell

1. overcharge
2. foulness
3. nauseatingness
4. plica
5. parcel
6. squanderer

Come on! I don't even know which is "correct". I bailed... :0(
Posted by: rossian

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Jan 04 2011 01:32 PM

The *right* one was foulness. I, of course, chose the other one.
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Jan 06 2011 09:58 PM

5. A speaker with an unusually laoud voice

Your answer: stentor

Typo: 'laoud' should be 'loud'.

Happy WW Typo Trivia!
Posted by: reeshy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Jan 07 2011 06:15 PM

9. Hemorrhage
Your answer: flow of blood from a ruptured blood vessels

That should be "vessel", not "vessels".
Posted by: Lones78

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Jan 09 2011 06:11 PM

I think this is an issue:


stick on

apply a heavy coat to
lose consciousness due to a sudden trauma, for example
a medicine used to relieve pain
an ordinary person who accepts the leadership of another
excessive and profuse perspiration
excessive and profuse perspiration

Obviously the doubled up option is wrong but that's not the point...
Posted by: mike32768

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Jan 10 2011 06:29 PM

12. Immovability

Your answer: no capable of being moved or rearranged

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Should be "not" capable
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Jan 11 2011 01:37 AM

These were in a set this morning:

5. Flavored with sour orange peel

Your answer: curacao

This is incomplete, Mention of "liquor" or "spirits" seems needed.

8. Move with slow, sinuous movements

Your answer: undulation

undulation means "(physics) a movement up and down or back and forth"

The correct answer was wreathe

The word "undulation" seems a good fit here.

Happy WW Trivia!
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Jan 11 2011 03:00 AM

Originally Posted By: JMElston
These were in a set this morning:

8. Move with slow, sinuous movements

Your answer: undulation

undulation means "(physics) a movement up and down or back and forth"

The correct answer was wreathe

The word "undulation" seems a good fit here.

Happy WW Trivia!


Except that undulation is a noun, while wreathe is a verb, and therefore makes a better match for the definition. (As I decided after getting it wrong!)
Posted by: queproblema

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Jan 12 2011 11:27 AM

9. The 300th anniversary (or the celebration of it)

Your answer: triennial

I got it right, since there was no better choice, but of course triennial means every 3 years.
Posted by: DGirlSlim

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Jan 12 2011 11:49 AM

Just logged on to make this same comment. Tricentennial would have been my answer.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Jan 12 2011 12:33 PM

All wrong. The correct answer is 1/10 of a trimillenium.
Posted by: queproblema

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Jan 13 2011 02:26 PM

Tricentennial was not a choice.
Posted by: queproblema

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Jan 13 2011 02:31 PM

New one.

Terror

Your answer: the savage and excessive killing of many people

the savage and excessive killing of many people is the definition for "slaughter"

The correct answer was a very troublesome child


Both of these are true.

4. violent or destructive acts (as bombing) committed by groups in order to intimidate a population or government into granting their demands <insurrection and revolutionary terror>

Webster
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Jan 14 2011 04:43 AM

4. Legion

Your answer: a very large number (especially of people)

a very large number (especially of people) is the definition for "multitudinousness"

The correct answer was archaic terms for army

"Legion" seems as acceptable as "army" in this case.

Happy WW Trivia!
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Jan 16 2011 11:26 AM

7. a farewell remark

good fortune
wizardry
rate of payment
sanctum
arrivederci
shift

Although "arrivederci" is the obvious choice, "good fortune" also fits the definition.

Happy WW Trivia!
Posted by: darthrevan89

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Jan 16 2011 12:22 PM

Caught this typo in an incorrect answer:

"a governor in india during the mogual empire" is the definition for "nawab"

Bolded word should be either Mughal, Moghul, or Mogul.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mughal_Empire
Posted by: postcards2go

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Jan 16 2011 12:50 PM

6. Self-depreciation
Your answer: a feeling of being of little worth


It was clear what was meant, but the word is 'self-deprecation', without the first 'I'.
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Jan 18 2011 06:06 PM

Quote:
15. Tweet
Your answer: a week chirping sound as of a small bird

'Week' should be 'weak'.
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Jan 18 2011 07:07 PM

Originally Posted By: ozzz2002
Quote:
15. Tweet
Your answer: a week chirping sound as of a small bird

'Week' should be 'weak'.


Although sometimes they do seem to go one endlessly tongue
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Jan 18 2011 08:02 PM

Groan! smile
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Jan 19 2011 03:12 PM

Typo:
A casual meeting with a person of thing
Your answer: encounter

'of' should be 'or'
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Jan 19 2011 07:33 PM

13. Made of lamb

Your answer: souvlaki

This seems incomplete.

Happy WW Trivia!
Posted by: JanIQ

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Jan 20 2011 01:04 PM

Are we back to the many incomplete definitions?
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Jan 20 2011 06:08 PM

Typo in this definition:

11. Play_a_joke_on
Your answer: subject to a palyful hoax or joke

palyful should be playful
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Jan 21 2011 01:48 PM

Another typo:

9. The pilot ins charge of an airship

Your answer: captain

ins should be in
Posted by: gable

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Jan 22 2011 03:55 PM

I don't think members of the Catholic church consider one of their worship services a fake pill:

3. (Roman Catholic Church) vespers of the office for the dead
Your answer: menadione
menadione means "a form of vitamin K"
The correct answer was placebo

--------
Gable
Posted by: reeshy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Jan 22 2011 05:59 PM

Placebo is a correct definition for "vespers of the office for the dead", actually. It's pronounced "pla-chaybo", rather than "plaseebo".
Posted by: 1muffy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Jan 25 2011 06:33 PM

Recent word wizard question ...fleabag?
answer a rundown hotel
??????????????????????????????????????????
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Jan 25 2011 08:07 PM

flea·bag (fl&#275;&#712;b&#259;g&#716;)
noun
Informal

1. A seedy, rundown hotel or other lodging place.
2. An animal considered to be inferior or in poor condition.

http://www.yourdictionary.com/fleabag
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Jan 26 2011 09:28 PM

Originally Posted By: looney_tunes
Typo:
A casual meeting with a person of thing
Your answer: encounter

'of' should be 'or'


This one appeared again today.
Posted by: mlcmlc

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Jan 30 2011 12:11 PM

typo found

Tweet

Your answer: a week chirping sound as of a small bird
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Jan 30 2011 12:21 PM

And another:

Brutalization

Your answer: the activity of treating someone savagely or vicisouly
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Jan 30 2011 09:05 PM

14. Place athe organ of a donor into the body of a recipient

Your answer: graft

An obvious typo.

Happy WW Trivia!
Posted by: 1muffy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Feb 01 2011 05:11 PM

Word wizard spelling error
A juice pressed from apples--cyder s/be cider
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Feb 01 2011 05:13 PM

'Cyder' is actually a variant of 'cider', albeit archaic, but still a legitimate word.
Posted by: DaisiJ

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Feb 04 2011 04:16 AM

Just got these two in the same game:

2. A rectangular groove made to hold two pieces together
Your answer: rabbet

14. A rectangular groove made to hold two pieces together
Your answer: quadrant
quadrant means "the area enclosed by two perpendicular radii of a circle"
The correct answer was rebate

Something not quite right there.
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Feb 04 2011 04:35 AM

It looks as if rabbet and rebate are two variants of the same word. I assume you didn't have them both in the same set of options. If that is the case, I don't see the issue. There are many words in this game that offer multiple variant spellings.

"A rabbet (also known as rebate) is a recess or groove cut into the edge of a piece of machineable material, usually wood. When viewed in cross-section, a rabbet is two-sided and open to the edge or end of the surface into which it is cut."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabbet
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Feb 04 2011 11:18 PM

3. An exciting or stimulting experience

Your answer: head trip

I think 'stimulating' was the word intended here.

Happy WW Trivia!
Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Feb 05 2011 12:54 PM

If you're "tripping", you probably wouldn't notice the typo LOL
Posted by: Tizzabelle

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Feb 05 2011 01:19 PM

5. Modify one' opinion, make it less strong
Your answer: backpedal

I think there should be an 's' in there to make it read "one's". smile
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Feb 06 2011 05:11 AM

Quote:
15. Edge tool used in shaving
Your answer: razor

Probably should be 'edged'. Either way, it is not a good clue.
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Feb 07 2011 11:55 AM

6. Be opposite to
Your answer: contradict

contradict means "prove negative"

The correct answer was delimit

"Contradict" seems to fit at least as well as "delimit" here.

Happy WW Trivia!
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Feb 07 2011 07:59 PM

8. The study humans prior to the invention of writing

Your answer: protohistory

An "of" needs to be added here.

Happy WW Trivia!
Posted by: mlcmlc

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Feb 08 2011 03:41 PM

totally flummoxed on this one.

5. The semantic relation of being a manner of does something

Your answer: troponymy

so, i looked it up and in the "free dictionary" on-line that's exactly what it says. I still don't know what that line means though! luckily the dictionary also had other examples.
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Feb 08 2011 03:49 PM

Originally Posted By: mlcmlc
totally flummoxed on this one.

5. The semantic relation of being a manner of does something

Your answer: troponymy

so, i looked it up and in the "free dictionary" on-line that's exactly what it says. I still don't know what that line means though! luckily the dictionary also had other examples.

I just looked up "The semantic relation of being a manner of does something" and it gave the definition as
"convoluted gibberish". smile

Wiki defines it as "Troponymy is the presence of a ‘manner’ relation between two lexemes" which really explains it all, agreed?
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Feb 10 2011 10:17 PM

Quote:
9. Ensemble
Your answer: a cast other than the principles

Should be 'principals'
Posted by: twosleepy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Feb 12 2011 12:12 AM

chanson de geste

Sorry, but this looks like french to me. Oy!
Posted by: reeshy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Feb 12 2011 08:56 AM

There are many foreign language words and phrases used in English. They're quite valid in the game.
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Feb 14 2011 01:25 AM

2. Caught in European waters

Your answer: langoustine

An incomplete definition that has probably turned up here before.

Happy WW Trivia!
Posted by: JanIQ

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Feb 14 2011 12:51 PM

Apparently the incomplete definitions are all related to fauna and flora.
Posted by: twosleepy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Feb 15 2011 07:11 PM

This one makes me mad:

4. Gratify
Your answer: indulge

indulge means "yield (to)"

The correct answer was feast

Say what? Even the FOD has "indulge", with "feast" nowhere to be seen. :0(
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Feb 15 2011 08:26 PM

But if you look up Feast, you will find references to gratification. To feast is to experience something with gratification or delight. Maybe not the connection you think of, but it is there.
Posted by: twosleepy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Feb 16 2011 07:32 AM

Originally Posted By: looney_tunes
But if you look up Feast, you will find references to gratification. To feast is to experience something with gratification or delight. Maybe not the connection you think of, but it is there.

Okay, so "it is there", but isn't the point of the game to give the CLOSEST definition or word that fits the given item? If that is not the case, I'm playing the wrong game! "Indulge" and "feast" do NOT belong together as answers for "gratify". Period. And even put together, "indulge" is the closest.
Posted by: reeshy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Feb 16 2011 08:22 AM

Any definition is valid. How do you define the "closest definition"? Each entry has its own answer that appears among other answers. The answer will be whatever is matched up to the entry in the database, as I understand it. If another answer also looks close, then, yes, mention it here, but it's not the case that the answer given was wrong, just that another was also close.
Posted by: twosleepy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Feb 16 2011 04:04 PM

I didn't say it was wrong; I said the two do not belong together as answers for that particular item.
Posted by: reeshy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Feb 16 2011 05:56 PM

Yes, but I also said that each entry has its own answer in the database. The game doesn't look for which is the closest match in each set. It's a coincidence that another word would be close too. I don't think they should be together in the same set either, but it's randomly generated.
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Feb 22 2011 07:47 AM

I just had these two questions come up in the same quiz:

1 a distinguishing trait

vainglory
repugnance
speciality
hemisphere
talk of
slice

9 a distinguishing trait

dandle
go down
equilibrium
dispassionateness
rip up
specialty

The answer was "specialty" in both cases.

Happy WW Trivia!
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Feb 22 2011 12:26 PM

One was specialty, the other was speciality - close but not identical!
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Feb 23 2011 11:44 AM

Oh well... Nevermind.

Happy WW Trivia!
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Feb 25 2011 02:20 AM

Quote:
12. Unpick
Your answer: undo (the stitches) of (a piece of sewing)

I do not think the brackets are really necessary.
Posted by: reeshy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Feb 25 2011 10:24 AM

If anything there should only be one set of brackets, starting at "the stitches" and ending at "sewing". Taking the sentence without the brackets gives "undo of" which makes no sense!
Posted by: JMElston

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Mar 04 2011 05:04 PM

12. One who hesitates (uaually out of fear)

Your answer: vacillator

Typo: 'uaually' should be 'usually'.

Happy WW Trivia!
Posted by: LadyCaitriona

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Mar 30 2011 09:06 PM

Quote:
10. Represent as less significant or important

Your answer: denigrate

denigrate is the definition for "belittle"

The correct answer was downplay


I would think these two terms mean more or less the same thing.
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Mar 30 2011 11:54 PM

I would have thought that both denigrate and belittle have negative connotations that are not necessarily there for downplay. You can downplay the danger of the radiation in Tokyo, but that doesn't mean you are casting aspersions on it.
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Mar 31 2011 08:02 AM

Informal terms for journalists
Your answer: penman

Should it be [term]?
And the answer plural? penmen
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Apr 06 2011 06:49 AM

Quote:
15. Perimeter
Your answer: a line enclosing a plane areas

The final 's' is not required.
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Apr 18 2011 12:52 PM

Quote:
Captain
Your answer: the pilot ins charge of an airship

'in', not 'ins'.
Posted by: reeshy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Apr 19 2011 10:49 AM

Typo in the definition for "graft":

place athe organ of a donor into the body of a recipient

Of course it should be "the", not "athe".
Posted by: reeshy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Apr 25 2011 01:20 PM

Typo in the definition for "hemorrhage":

Flow of blood from a ruptured blood vessels

"A" should be removed, or "vessels" made singular.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Apr 25 2011 09:08 PM

I vote for the singular, otherwise, what difference would there be from multiple ruptures (hemorrhages)?
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Apr 25 2011 09:12 PM

One could use the singular word hemorrhage to refer to a single incident of bleeding whether it involves a single blood vessel or several of them in close proximity to each other. Still, the singular form is more appropriate, as it allows for a plural entry as well.
Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Apr 26 2011 07:30 PM

mehaul: the difference would depend on whether your HMO thought the first hemorrhage was a "pre-existing condition" ~~~
Posted by: reeshy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Apr 30 2011 08:08 AM

Devoice
Your answer: utter with tense vocal chords

The definition should read "vocal cords", not "chords".
Posted by: reeshy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Apr 30 2011 12:13 PM

Immovableness
Your answer: no capable of being moved or rearranged

The definition should read "not capable" instead of "no capable".
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Apr 30 2011 02:39 PM

Or, 'no capability' of being moved. One way is from our point of view and the other is from the object's point of view. Since brevity rules in these issues, you have probably the better correction.
Posted by: reeshy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun May 01 2011 11:25 AM

Actually, I think "no capability" would probably be better as it describes immovableness in its noun form. I didn't notice that until you mentioned it, actually.
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed May 04 2011 12:45 AM

Quote:
11. Loadstar
Your answer: something that serves as a model or guide

Should be 'Lodestar'; A Loadstar is a brand of truck. smile
Posted by: twosleepy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri May 06 2011 11:12 AM

It's been a while since I've complained, but this one makes me mad:

2. Leave slowly and hesitantly
Your answer: recede

recede is the definition for "retreat"

The correct answer was linger


These answers should NOT be together. My answer is more accurate (yet judged "incorrect") because it speaks to leaving, whereas linger speaks more to staying... Bah!
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri May 06 2011 07:38 PM

On the other hand, there is no sense of slowly and hesitantly associated with recede. I would have definitely matched them the way the game did, and not even considered the other option, a word I associate with inanimate things like waves receding from the beach.
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri May 06 2011 10:32 PM

Quote:
12. Acrobatics
Your answer: the performance of stunts while in flight in an aircraft

Perhaps a bit hair-splitty, but I would call that aerobatics.
Posted by: cydonia325

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun May 08 2011 06:26 AM

2. Niceness

Your answer: the quality of being kind and generous

the quality of being kind and generous is the definition for "bigheartedness"

The correct answer was a courteous manner that respects accepted social usage


I thought that this one was a bit ambiguous and could go either way. I went the wrong way. smile
Posted by: lorance79

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue May 10 2011 10:23 PM

Autumnal_equinox.

Answer is September 22.

Not in the southern hemisphere, it's not. Obviously we antipodeans can figure out what the answer is supposed to be, but this is another example of the annoying "North America/Europe = the world" fallacy. Can the answer be phrased differently? I'll cop to accepting the majority view when it's a matter of how a word is interpretted in different countries, but in this case the answer is fflat-out wrong for half the world.

Ta.
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue May 10 2011 11:57 PM

And there's also an entry for the vernal equinox, which I haven't bothered to correct since I know the answer is March, but that's the autumnal equinox in our part of the world.
Posted by: cydonia325

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed May 11 2011 12:17 AM

7. Immovableness

Your answer: no capable of being moved or rearranged


Small typo - "no" should be "not"
Posted by: LadyCaitriona

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu May 12 2011 11:05 AM

9. A serious quarrel (especially one that ends a friendship)

Your answer: break up

break up means "close at the end of a session"

The correct answer was bust-up

I think these two should not be used together for this definition.
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu May 12 2011 05:59 PM

Wrap around with something so as to cover or enclose
Your answer: bundle

bundle means "sleep fully clothed in the same bed with one's betrothed"

The correct answer was bandage

(I had better watch what I carry around in a bundle from now on. No telling what's going on inside.)
Maybe the two words 'bundle' and 'bandage' should not be in the same set.

dictionary.com
Bundle
1. several objects or a quantity of material gathered or bound together: a bundle of hay.
2. an item, group, or quantity wrapped for carrying; package.
Posted by: reeshy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat May 14 2011 07:07 AM

7. A cross-country skier
Your answer: langlauffer

That should be "langlaufer".
Posted by: twosleepy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat May 14 2011 08:03 AM

I really didn't need my day ruined by this [expletive deleted] item:

4. Fluency
Your answer: the property of flowing easily

the property of flowing easily is the definition for "runniness"

The correct answer was powerful and effective language
Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat May 14 2011 02:33 PM

Well, if I had the choice between "the property of flowing easily" and "powerful effective language", I'd certainly have picked the latter. Fluency/fluent is almost always used in connotation with something human (as in language, speechmaking, writing or seemingly effortless human motion such as dancing, figure skating etc).

Flowing easily (rarely used in relation to humans except for several bodily functions that don't need mentioning here lol) is usually a defintion for inaminate objects or their properties (as in: fluidity, liquidity, oily, slippery, suspension etc).

In any case, I find it hard to fathom why getting any question wrong would "RUIN" one's whole day : )
Posted by: gillimalta

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat May 14 2011 03:10 PM

1. And edge tool having two crossed pivoting blades
Your answer: pair of pincers

pair of pincers means "a hand tool for holding consisting of a compound lever"

The correct answer was pair of scissors



I was going to moan about the definition but have decided that it is correct so will, instead, vent my spleen and point out a little typo - should be 'An' not 'And'
Posted by: lorance79

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon May 16 2011 04:20 AM

I just had a game where two separate questions had the same "correct" answer:

Loveliness & Fairness-->both "the quality of being good looking and attractive".

I assumed there was a one-to-one match between words and definitions, so changed my answer for fairness when loveliness came up a few questions later.

It was pretty annoying to see the answers.
Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon May 16 2011 09:09 AM

But if they were two separate questions, then that is not a problem or an error.
Posted by: Buddy1

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon May 16 2011 10:37 PM

Scissors
Your answer: and edge tool having two crossed pivoting blades

And should be an.
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue May 17 2011 04:03 AM

Quote:
15. Villain
Your answer: the principle bad character in a film or work of fiction

Should be principal.
Posted by: Buddy1

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue May 17 2011 08:19 AM

Detainee
Your answer: some held in custody

"some" should be either someone (or maybe either something or both).


Vacillator
Your answer: one who hesitates (uaually out of fear)

"uaually" should be usually.
Posted by: Buddy1

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue May 17 2011 11:55 AM

2. Change the arrangement or position of
Your answer: seigneur
seigneur means "a man of rank in the ancien regime"
The correct answer was agitate

"ancien" should be ancient. (I'm not saying I'm right even though I have been told I am wrong--I'm just pointing out a spelling mistake on what happens to be the defintiion of my incorrect guess.)


3. Subject to a palyful hoax or joke
Your answer: play a joke on

"palyful" should be playful.
Posted by: JanIQ

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue May 17 2011 11:57 AM

Buddy, ancien regime is indeed correct. It is an expression lent directly from the French.
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue May 17 2011 11:57 AM

Originally Posted By: ssabreman
Play_a_joke_on
Your answer: subject to a palyful hoax or joke

Spelling error - playful


Got this one again, in reverse.

3. Subject to a palyful hoax or joke
Your answer: play a joke on

Should be playful
Posted by: Buddy1

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue May 17 2011 03:40 PM

Originally Posted By: JanIQ
Buddy, ancien regime is indeed correct. It is an expression lent directly from the French.

Interesting. You learn something new every day.
Posted by: LadyCaitriona

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed May 18 2011 10:30 AM

2. Dramatis_personae

Your answer: the actors in a play

Shouldn't this be "the characters in a play"?
Posted by: satguru

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed May 18 2011 08:03 PM

Rabbet
:cut a rectangualr groove into

bit of a typo there (rectangular)
Posted by: martin_cube

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon May 23 2011 12:55 AM

12. Kitty

Your answer: the combined stakes of the betters

Should it not be 'bettors'?
Posted by: lorance79

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon May 23 2011 04:11 AM

Had a question where a possible answer came up twice:

5 pallium

cloak or mantle worn by men in ancient rome
cultivated as feed for livestock
time without end
time without end
the leader of a group meeting
beat soundly
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon May 23 2011 04:42 AM

When that happens in THIS game, you know that neither is the correct answer. The shuffling algorithm bars identical answers appearing as one right and one wrong, but allows two identical wrong answers.
Posted by: Buddy1

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon May 23 2011 08:15 PM

cut a rectangualr groove into is the definition for "rabbet"

"rectangualr" should be "rectangular".
Posted by: twosleepy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue May 24 2011 05:15 AM

This verbiage is copied straight from the Free Online Dictionary, and it doesn't make any sense to me:

"the semantic relation of being a manner of does something"


Does anyone know what it's supposed to say?
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue May 24 2011 12:57 PM

Change the does to doing. It is the definition of a relation between two words (troponyms) which are precise descriptions of different ways of doing the same thing. One example cited here is that nibble and gorge are both more precise words describing the way in which one might eat.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troponymy
Posted by: Buddy1

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue May 24 2011 07:37 PM

Communication (writen or spoken) intended to deceive
Your answer: humbug

writen should be written.
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue May 24 2011 11:08 PM

7. The pilot ins charge of an airship
Your answer: captain

Should be 'in charge'
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed May 25 2011 07:10 AM

Quote:
3. Adjust and aim (a golf ball) at in preparation fo hitting
Your answer: address

Should be of or perhaps for. A badly worded clue.
Posted by: Dave42007

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu May 26 2011 10:49 PM

Hi, I just had to "rubbish" this one,

Rubbish

Your answer: invalid or incorrect reasoning

invalid or incorrect reasoning is the definition for "illogic"

The correct answer was attack strongly

my dictionary states as meaning as its third definition

a noun:

Absurd, nonsensical, or worthless talk or ideas
- I suppose you believe that rubbish about vampires

or as verb:

Criticize severely and reject as worthless
- he has pointedly rubbished professional estimates of the development and running costs



I thought I was wrong, I was obviously mistaken.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri May 27 2011 02:07 AM

To ozzz2002:

It could also be "...in preparation to hitting."
Posted by: rossian

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri May 27 2011 02:56 AM

There seems to be rather too many references to street names for illegal drugs in the game. I've just had one in the game I've just played, and now feel as if I'm something of an expert on these.
Posted by: Buddy1

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat May 28 2011 12:56 PM

When I played Word Wizard this hour, one choice was "united states baseball player (born in 1931)".
I didn't pick it nor was it the right answer, and I don't know the right answer, but shouldn't people's names not be a part of Word Wizard?
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun May 29 2011 04:05 AM

Quote:
Graft
Your answer: place athe organ of a donor into the body of a recipient
Delete the leading 'a'.
Posted by: Buddy1

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun May 29 2011 12:06 PM

In last hour's Word Wizard, I had the question:
2. Caesar defeated Pompey in 48 BC
Your answer: battle of pharsalus

Does the name of a battle really belong in Word Wizard?
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun May 29 2011 01:10 PM

There are several of them, primarily famous battles of antiquity whose names have become used idiomatically in the English language, such as marathon. They get in because they are part of the alternate word uses listed in the dictionary.
Posted by: Buddy1

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun May 29 2011 03:49 PM

In that case, shouldn't it be just "pharsalus" and the definition of the word rather than a description of the battle?
In your example, "marathon", I would assume that a definition of the word "marathon" is given (a race of some kind) rather than a description of an event.
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun May 29 2011 07:35 PM

The dictionary being used has a number of incomplete and strange entries. Marathon appears both as a single word matched with the race (and with other definitions, such as an arduous task) and as the battle of Marathon (I forget how it is described, but it is similar to the entry you cite for the battle of Pharsalus). You might question whether the entry belongs in the original dictionary, but Word Wizard does not discriminate between better and worse definitions, it takes all of them at different times. You will see the same word with quite a number of different definitions, some of them pretty obscure and tangential. That is just the way the algorithm works. If the dictionary lists it, Word Wizard will eventually use it. smile
Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun May 29 2011 08:19 PM

Regardless of whether you "feel" an entry belongs or not, was there ANY OTHER ANSWER on the list of choices you were given that would have fit EQUALLY as well? Were there other battles mentioned? I highly doubt it and if not, what are you complaining about? An Encyclopaedia is really pretty much just a dictionary with extra/embellished details lol.
Posted by: Buddy1

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon May 30 2011 09:36 AM

Just to be clear, I know and accept the fact that there will be words with multiple definitions and multiple words with the same definition.

@Jakeroo: I don't think I am complaining, just pointing out a mistake (the purpose of this thread). Yes, you are correct in that there were no other battles, but that still doesn't necessarily mean it's an okay entry. Suppose we were playing Mind Melt and in the Opposites section, one column read "in, up, correct" and the other column read "out, down, right". Through process of elimination, it can be discovered that correct and right match up even though they aren't opposites and that needs to be fixed. Likewise, I thought that even though I could discover the right answer through process of elimination, a battle (in my opinion, not a word or phrase) matches up to its description, it doesn't belong in Word Wizard.
Just like names belong in Who am I? and not Word Wizard.
Posted by: reeshy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon May 30 2011 10:05 AM

I agree that it probably doesn't quite belong in the game, but I don't think anything needs to be done about it. Take it as a free point. smile
Posted by: Buddy1

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon May 30 2011 10:11 AM

Are you saying you believe it doesn't belong in the game but nothing should be done about it? This is not an argument for trying to take names of battles out of the game, but I would think that if someone believes something doesn't belong in the game, then that person also believes something should be done about it.
Posted by: reeshy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon May 30 2011 11:37 AM

I did write "doesn't quite belong". I don't have a problem with names of battles and various other things appearing in the game, but I can see vaguely why others would. I just think that it's not a huge priority to have them removed either way. It's probably a big job for something that doesn't come up very often and also doesn't actually cause any problems. It doesn't bother me if it's there at all.
Posted by: twosleepy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Jun 03 2011 06:11 AM

Just looking for an explanation on this one. I am always wrong when I think the answer is screwy, so I'd just like help understanding why the correct answer is better than what I picked:

6. Sharpness
Your answer: shrewdness shown by keen insight

shrewdness shown by keen insight is the definition for "acumen"

The correct answer was the attribute of urgency

Thanks for any help...
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Jun 03 2011 06:23 AM

I made that same incorrect choice! It seems to me that sharpness could be used in either of those contexts, and it is just unfortunate that the two possibilities came up in the same batch. At this link, definition 2 relates to the use of sharp as a synonym of shrewd, while definition 4 relates to its use in a context that could relate to urgency. (I don't think either is actually better, they are just alternate possibilities. Since acumen is a synonym for sharpness, it's not surprising that they come up with similar definitions.) If this had been Mind Melt, and you had to match pairs, then it would be clear that acumen doesn't match with urgency, even if both of them could match with shrewdness.

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sharpness

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/acumen?show=0&t=1307103623
Posted by: satguru

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Jun 03 2011 07:14 AM

I second that 6. Sharpness
Your answer: shrewdness shown by keen insight

shrewdness shown by keen insight is the definition for "acumen"

The correct answer was the attribute of urgency

Sometimes there are two similar definitions but one is accurate while the other is similar. I'd say this is the wrong way round as well. And agree there isn't a lot of urgency in sharpness, it's either a physical quality or a mental quality of, well, shrewdness and perception.
Posted by: satguru

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Jun 04 2011 06:26 PM

Just needs a capital A in Africa

Veldt
Your answer: elevated open grassland in southern africa
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Jun 05 2011 04:25 PM

Along the same lines as the satguru:

14. Mariachi
Your answer: a group of street musicians in mexico

mexico should be Mexico.
Has something happened that continent and country proper nouns are no longer in caps?
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Jun 05 2011 07:05 PM

In whatever dictionary is used for this game, there are no capital letters for any of the proper nouns - people's names, countries, etc.
Posted by: twosleepy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Jun 05 2011 07:45 PM

Couldn't find this anywhere.... is the correct answer even listed?

a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance

assure
color blindness
adulation
swell
quartette
gizmo
Posted by: cubswin2323

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Jun 05 2011 07:48 PM

It might be "swell", even though "dandy" is a term I probably would use instead.
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Jun 05 2011 07:49 PM

Yes, a swell is a (somewhat old-fashioned) word for a dandy, a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance. Georgette Heyer's Regency romances are full of them.
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Jun 07 2011 05:57 PM

8. A speaker with an unusually laoud voice

Your answer: stentor

Spelling - loud
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Jun 07 2011 05:58 PM

15. No capable of being moved or rearranged
Your answer: immovability

Spelling - Not
Posted by: mixit

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Jun 15 2011 12:24 AM

I recently completed the hourly word wizard, and one of the questions required the definition to "redundancy". One of the clues was "out of date or of no further use", which was my selection. i was appalled to see that the answer was "to continue on needlessly", which, after checking 2 dictionaries, is not the definition of "redundancy". In Word Wizard, there is no avenue for issuing a correction, or ascertaining who the author is.
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Jun 15 2011 02:56 AM

This is the avenue for querying an entry - these questions do not come from authors, they are from a dictionary database, and include a whole lot of very strange things! The game often throws up fourth or fifth definitions, rather than the ones you would expect to see. Redundancy can refer to systems that continue despite being no longer needed. It does not refer to things being out of date.

To see a range of definitions, check out this online dictionary source. It is not the one in the game, and does not include the exact wording from the question, but you can see that some of the definitions given are n that part of the world.

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/redundancy

Edited to add link to some definitions.
Posted by: satguru

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Jun 20 2011 11:11 AM

Just a nitpick, this was the correct answer:

7. Two instead of one

Your answer: doubleheader

but another possible was brace,

one of the many definitions is:

"a pair; couple: a brace of grouse."

Now a doubleheader I worked out is when you go to a show and get two events instead of one, but technically I would think brace would be so close as to warrant a right answer as well- I presume the incorrect answers are random (although often appear in the same quiz in bunches which is helpful) so can't pick and choose what comes up, but that was a particularly close one.
Posted by: dsimpy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Jun 21 2011 05:09 AM

Just came across this in the current game (5AM CST):

13 a spiritual leader in a non-Christian religion

priest
screw
low frequency
disagree
enragement
bestialize


Non-Christian? confused


Note added: O-kay ... I can see now that it could ALSO refer to a non-Christian priest, it just reads a bit odd though.
Posted by: twosleepy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Jun 21 2011 07:47 AM

Okay, I know the "correct" definition can be found deep into the 4th synonym, but why is it paired with an answer that is a stronger match?

Slacken
Your answer: loose off

loose off means "fire as from a gun"

The correct answer was dowse
Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Jun 21 2011 08:17 PM

Have you ever seen a dowsing rod when it finds water? Viagra could not change it's position lol.

Have you played paintball or participated in an archery or gun club? If so, you probably wouldn't have picked "loose off" for slacken. "Loose off" in reference to those three, pretty much equates to "fire at will".
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Jun 23 2011 06:06 AM

Quote:
bleeding

flow of blood from a ruptured blood vessels


Either delete the 'a' or the final 's'. The singulars and plurals do not match.
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Jul 05 2011 08:18 PM

Quote:
15. Graft
Your answer: place athe organ of a donor into the body of a recipient

Small typo- 'the'.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Jul 05 2011 09:21 PM

Or, how about: "Place an organ of a donor into the body of a recipient."? The 'the' response is specific, the 'an' is general.
Posted by: reeshy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Jul 08 2011 03:12 PM

15. A casual meeting with a person of thing
Your answer: encounter

It should read "person or thing".
Posted by: reeshy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Jul 09 2011 09:03 AM

15. And edge tool having two crossed pivoting blades
Your answer: scissors

Should be "an".
Posted by: klinski_1987

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Jul 11 2011 01:31 PM

10. The principal character in a work of fiction

Your answer: agonist

I was correct, but it should be antagonist. Wiki defines 'agonist' as "a classification used to describe a muscle that causes specific movement or possibly several movements to occur through the process of its own contraction."
Posted by: LadyCaitriona

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Jul 11 2011 01:43 PM

That's just one definition.

Agonist: "a person engaged in a contest, conflict, struggle, etc., especially the protagonist in a literary work." (dictionary.com)
Posted by: klinski_1987

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Jul 11 2011 01:53 PM

I should've dug deeper, my apologies. At least now I know. I just realized antagonist would be the primary bad guy anyway. Silly Travis... Thanks for the correction.
Posted by: abechstein

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Jul 14 2011 12:44 AM

I swore I wouldn't be posting anymore about these things, since it appears that nothing is ever done about it and all it does is frustrate me further. However, this one is patently ridiculous:

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8. A feeling of jealous envy (especially of a rival)

Your answer: green

green means "street names for ketamine"

The correct answer was green-eyed monster

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What on earth? Sure, some authors, especially in the 17th century, used the phrase "green-eyed monster" to describe envy. However, I would wager that using "green" to describe envy (admittedly, almost exclusively when it appears as "green with envy") is a much more common usage. I would further wager that no one has used "green" to refer to ketamine in at least 50 years. And, yes, I know that the given definition appears in the free online dictionary the database uses specifically as the definition of "green-eyed monster", but, as has been pointed out many times, that dictionary is not entirely accurate.

At the very least, these options shouldn't appear together.

And now, back to dealing with entirely too many "I"s (though I have been holding on to a "C" and an "N" in the hopes that I will get a "Z" sometime this month).
Posted by: cydonia325

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Jul 14 2011 05:35 PM

14. Weirdness

Your answer: a strange attitude or habit

a strange attitude or habit is the definition for "oddity"

The correct answer was strikingly out of the ordinary


Those two are very close to be in the same answer set.

From: Thesaurus.com, "oddity" is listed as a synonym for "weirdness"
Posted by: abechstein

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Jul 15 2011 02:17 AM

These are also too close in meaning to be in the same set:

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10. Harbinger

Your answer: advance evidence for

advance evidence for is the definition for "adduce"

The correct answer was foreshadow or presage

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If you read "advance" as an adjective rather than a verb, "harbinger" (in its noun form) fits just as well with "advance evidence for" as "foreshadow or presage". That is, "harbinger" certainly can be taken as meaning advance evidence for an event. Also, I think it's interesting to note that many online dictionaries (e.g., Oxford and Cambridge) do not even list a verb form for "harbinger"; it's only listed as a noun. Thus, it's more accurate (certainly in modern usage) to match "harbinger" with "advance evidence for" rather than "foreshadow or presage".

At any rate, these definitions don't belong in the same set.
Posted by: martin_cube

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Jul 19 2011 10:54 AM

Vacillator
Your answer: one who hesitates (uaually out of fear)

Ought to be 'usually'.
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Jul 23 2011 09:13 PM

Quote:
Informal terms for a human `tooth'
Your answer: chopper

Unnecessary (and mismatched) quotation marks.
Posted by: abechstein

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Jul 24 2011 02:41 AM

I think this is plain wrong. At the very least, "heaven" matches both of the given definitions equally. Also, "beatification" almost always refers to the process of canonization in the Catholic church. The great majority of the online dictionaries I consulted do not match the given definition for "beatification". Nor does my print Random House unabridged, for that matter.

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Heaven

Your answer: a state of supreme happiness

a state of supreme happiness is the definition for "beatification"

The correct answer was any place of complete bliss and delight and peace
Posted by: reeshy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Jul 24 2011 08:39 AM

Aside from beatification being a separate process from canonization, I agree with your point. "Heaven" definitely fits both. "To beatify" can be used to mean to make someone extremely happy, but I wouldn't say it means the state of happiness itself. In any case, the question is ambiguous.
Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Jul 24 2011 09:32 PM

I'm waiting for the word "ambiguous" to come up in a question, just to see how many complaints get posted LOL
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Jul 25 2011 08:06 AM

Quote:
Stentor
Your answer: a speaker with an unusually laoud voice

Typo- 'loud'.
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Jul 30 2011 09:09 PM

Anyone want some consonants? I have ZZDDORGXTNG. smile
Posted by: flopsymopsy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Jul 31 2011 04:36 AM

I have only one thing to say to that. SGGBFFPHYVD! mad
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Jul 31 2011 05:01 AM

Can I add GGGQJDTVZEQV?
Posted by: martin_cube

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Aug 09 2011 11:42 AM

I had this question with one the possible answers repeated:

symptom consisting of a breaking out and becoming visible

eruption
dungaree
sea power
dearth
waver
waver

Well I was confused by it anyway!
Posted by: shuehorn

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Aug 09 2011 11:48 AM

15. A grotesque black doll

Your answer: golliwogg

I realize that one of the web definitions does read as such, but most definitions refer to the black rag doll without adding "grotesque".

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gol·li·wog

noun&#8195;/&#712;gäl&#275;&#716;wäg/&#8195;
golliwogs, plural

A soft doll with bright clothes, a black face, and fuzzy hair


Web definitions

a grotesque black doll

wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn

The "Golliwogg" (later "Golliwog", "golly doll") is a character of children's literature created by Florence Kate Upton in the late 19th century, inspired by a blackface minstrel doll which Upton found as a child in her aunt's attic in Hampstead, North London. ...

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golliwog

"Golliwog" ("Gulleplutt") was one of the first attempts by Agnetha Fältskog to enter the charts outside Sweden. The eight German-language music singles she released didn't enter the charts. But with Golliwog the intention was that not only Germany but all of Europe would get to know Agnetha.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golliwog_(song)

(The Golliwogs) The Golliwogs were an American rock band that eventually became Creedence Clearwater Revival.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Golliwogs

A rag doll or mascot in the form of a caricature of a black minstrel; A black person; A hairy caterpillar; A receiver of stolen goods; this sense?) (Rhyming slang as "the" golliwogs): greyhound racing

en.wiktionary.org/wiki/golliwog

an insulting term, given to a loud un mannerly person

www.bajanfuhlife.com/dictionary/a_m.html

or gollywog British/Aussie nickname for a black rag doll dressed in formal attire. The originally gollywog was a black man cloth doll in fancy dress that was one of the beloved playthings of British children's author Florence Upton. ...

www.stensrude.com/Oz.html

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I find it offensive as worded currently and would appreciate an edit.

Thanks,

Sue
Posted by: reeshy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Aug 09 2011 12:57 PM

Martin, if two options are identical, it is never the correct answer.

I agree with Sue re the offensive entry for "golliwogg".
Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Aug 09 2011 02:35 PM

The word "grotesque" describes the doll very well and I don't find the word (in this particular context) to be offensive.

(edited because I was being boring again lol)
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Aug 09 2011 09:07 PM

Quote:
12. A territory that is controllled by a ruling state
Your answer: possession

Just a wee typo- 'controlled' only really needs two 'l's.
Posted by: abechstein

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Aug 11 2011 11:16 PM

11. Make imperfect

Your answer: crack

crack means "make a sharp sound"

The correct answer was deflower

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I would say that "crack" would be a better answer for "make imperfect". "Deflower" has a very specific connotation, which I think has a much more limited context than "crack". While the WW database may equate "crack" with making a sound, it just as commonly means "damaging".
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Aug 12 2011 09:08 AM

4. What a communication that is about something is about
Your answer: subject matter

Somewhat clumsy wording.

The content of a communication?
What a communication is about?
Posted by: reeshy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Aug 13 2011 05:08 PM

Cut a rectangualr groove into
Your answer: rabbet

A typo; of course it should be "rectangular".
Posted by: malik24

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Aug 13 2011 05:32 PM

14. No capable of being moved or rearranged

Your answer: immovableness


'No' should be 'Not'.
Posted by: flopsymopsy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Aug 13 2011 05:48 PM

Originally Posted By: malik24


'No' should be 'Not'.


Is it no a Scottish dictionary? wink
Posted by: reeshy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Aug 13 2011 06:42 PM

Originally Posted By: flopsymopsy
Originally Posted By: malik24


'No' should be 'Not'.


Is it no a Scottish dictionary? wink


Haha, this amuses me laugh
Posted by: agony

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Aug 13 2011 07:19 PM

Me too, and I'm not a Scot.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Aug 14 2011 10:26 AM

This came up before and again I'll chime in that it could also be fixed to read: "No capability of being moved or rearranged."
Posted by: Humanist

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Aug 23 2011 12:02 AM

13. The semantic relation of being a manner of does something

Your answer: troponymy

I may have selected the right answer, but I had no idea what the question meant!

This is my first post here, probably not my last. Thanks to my teammate romeomikegolf for pointing me in the right direction.

Chevy
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Aug 23 2011 10:28 AM

I'll try a troponymy:
To shake hands is a way to greet, to kiss on each cheek is another manner of greeting.

Whichever you feel comfortable with, I wish a virtual welcome to you Humanist.
Posted by: JanIQ

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Aug 23 2011 12:29 PM

The definition posted here for troponymy is at least grammatically incorrect. "A manner of does something" should be "a manner of doing something" or "a manner in which one does something".

The 'semantic relation' escapes my mind. It doesn't seem to relate to the question.
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Aug 23 2011 01:09 PM

The semantic relation bit refers to the fact that the word troponymy is a relationship between two words - the more general one, and the troponym which offers the more precise example. This definition has been discussed at least once before pages ago. It is an example of a badly-pasted definition on the web source from which the game draws its definitions. Attempts at brevity for a definition can be ambiguous!
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Aug 25 2011 04:49 PM

Quote:
12. Waverer
Your answer: one who hesitates (uaually out of fear)
Should be 'usually'.
Posted by: cydonia325

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Aug 26 2011 01:17 PM

Quote:
1. Italian salt-cured ham usually sliced paper thin

Your answer: prosciuto


Slight typo: The correct spelling is "prosciutto"
Posted by: Tizzabelle

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Aug 30 2011 04:32 PM

Half-brother

Your answer: a son of your stepparent by a former marriage

A son of a stepparent would be a step-brother not a half brother surely? smile
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Aug 30 2011 06:20 PM

Only when you are your own Step-Grandfather by a previous marriage! Then you are related to everyone so you cannot be half-to anybody not also a sibling once removed. Then the geneological lines turn to circles.

Edit: Actually, if your father had sired a son with a woman not your mother, then married that woman later, her son would be both your step-brother and half-brother.
Posted by: spanishliz

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Aug 30 2011 09:33 PM

Not so, he'd simply be your half-brother. My father had the full set, brothers, step-brothers and half-brothers. Two parents the same = full brother; one parent the same = half brother; no parents the same, but one of his parents married one of yours = step-brother. Simple really...
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Aug 31 2011 12:13 AM

Half-brother through blood, step-brother through marriage. I think my scenario covered it. You brought up a second situation of a marriage, that neither parents are blood and yes that is a step-brother but it does not mean the situation I outlined is wrong.
I had a step-sister that did not come with my step-father into his marriage with my mother. She stayed with her mother. We were not quite kissing cousins, but did... well, I'd rather not kiss and tell.
Posted by: spanishliz

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Aug 31 2011 08:22 AM

The whole meaning of "step" in this case is that there are no parents in common (no blood relation), so it is not possible to be both. It is expained fairly well here
http://oakroadsystems.com/genl/relation.htm#Step .
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Aug 31 2011 12:01 PM

Did I miss something here? Maybe if it was 'product'.

12. Produce
Your answer: yield

yield means "bring about"

The correct answer was effect
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Aug 31 2011 12:52 PM

When used as a verb, 'to effect' something could certainly mean 'to produce' it, as in the phrase 'to effect a change'. Not the way you usually read the word, but quite possible.
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Aug 31 2011 03:03 PM

Almost as possible as 'to bring about a change', but not quite as close. I hope it will 'yield' better results for me next time.
Posted by: shuehorn

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Aug 31 2011 11:55 PM

Originally Posted By: mehaul
Half-brother through blood, step-brother through marriage. I think my scenario covered it. You brought up a second situation of a marriage, that neither parents are blood and yes that is a step-brother but it does not mean the situation I outlined is wrong.


Actually, the closer relationship applies and trumps all others. Though the brother is step if viewed only as the offspring of the step-mother, the brother has to be half because of the relationship to the father (by blood). If my sister and I were in the same class one year, I could call her a classmate, but that wouldn't mean that the more appropriate denomination for her would be as my sister.

Sue
Posted by: Tizzabelle

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Sep 01 2011 01:49 AM

Originally Posted By: Tizzabelle
Half-brother
Your answer: a son of your stepparent by a former marriage
A son of a stepparent would be a step-brother not a half brother surely? smile


There's a comedy song around in which a man becomes his own Grandpa through a complicated string of marriages and births. Sure, a half-brother can be a step-brother and a man can become his own grandfather but the question only states that the son is the offspring of a stepparent. Assuming there is a blood connection is assuming facts not in evidence. The son in question is the son of the stepparent "by a former marriage". No blood connection is implied.
Posted by: spanishliz

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Sep 01 2011 07:43 AM

Quote:
No blood connection is implied.


That is precisely why it is wrong. "Half" implies one shared parent, and therefore a blood connection.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Sep 01 2011 10:14 AM

edit: was a step-posting to the one below.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Sep 01 2011 10:17 AM

"a son of your stepparent by a former marriage"
Let's break this down. A 'stepparent by a former marriage' can mean that your were once married and one of your spouse's parents (your in-law) was not a blood relation to your spouse. In this case a 'son of' that situation would be your step-brother-in-law. Also, why doesn't it say 'a son of a stepparent' by a current marriage? The use of former may be entirely inappropriate. A divorce does not sever sibling relations, does it? Isn't that bond, once made on a group of children, unbreakable?
Posted by: Tizzabelle

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Sep 01 2011 10:59 AM

The question says "son of *your* stepparent" not the son of your spouse's stepparent, stepgrandmother or step second cousin twice removed. A half-brother can be a stepbrother but won't be in all cases. The son of a stepparent will always be a stepbrother. It's like the old story of "All dogs have four legs. My cat has four legs. My cat is a dog." What works in one sense won't work in all examples.

Thank Heavens the Brady Bunch never became this complicated wink
Posted by: JanIQ

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Sep 01 2011 12:09 PM

You've never seen "The Bold and the Beautiful", I suppose? Some of the wives there work their way through marriages with all the males in a family...
Posted by: spanishliz

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Sep 01 2011 12:17 PM

Please see the link I posted above. A half-brother is not, never will be, a step-brother to the same person. He's one or the other, but not both.

Here's the relevant paragraph from that link:

Quote:
Do you see the difference? If you are the child of my stepparent, you will be either my stepsibling or my half sibling. “Half” means you are the child of my parent and my stepparent; “step” means you are the child of my stepparent and someone else (not my parent). Half siblings have one parent in common; stepsiblings have no parents in common.


My bolding.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Sep 01 2011 12:33 PM

It's not fair when spanishliz and shuehorn take the same side of an issue. One can't just look at the avatar and know who's saying what. Are you folk step-avatars or half-avatars? Who's the third puppy in that family portrait? A true sibling or just a litter-mate? Or should that be a question for Who Am I?
Posted by: spanishliz

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Sep 01 2011 12:35 PM

Oh, mehaul, thank you so much for the wonderful laugh I just had! But don't you think we're a cute litter of pups, really?
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Sep 01 2011 01:05 PM

Adorable.
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Sep 05 2011 08:20 PM

Chawbacon
Your answer: an awkward stupid person

an awkward stupid person is the definition for "lummox"

The correct answer was not very intelligent or interested in culture

Basically the same. Maybe they shouldn't be in the same set.
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Sep 05 2011 10:17 PM

They aren't really that close, aside from both being derogatory. Chawbacon refers to mental attributes, while lummox is primarily physical. I wouldn't necessarily have even included the 'stupid' bit in its definition.
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Sep 05 2011 10:51 PM

dictionary.com - lummox - a clumsy, stupid person - (therefore, not just physical attributes)
chawbacon - not very intelligent or interested in culture

They do seem close to me.
Posted by: shuehorn

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Sep 06 2011 02:34 PM

Originally Posted By: mehaul
It's not fair when spanishliz and shuehorn take the same side of an issue. One can't just look at the avatar and know who's saying what. Are you folk step-avatars or half-avatars? Who's the third puppy in that family portrait? A true sibling or just a litter-mate? Or should that be a question for Who Am I?


Now it's my turn to laugh! Yes, spanishliz and I may well be step-relatives of some sort. I think we both speak Spanish, and we both love beagles and have had special pooches pass away. It's an honor to be confused with her!

Not meaning to confuse you, though, mehaul! smile

Sue
Posted by: shuehorn

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Sep 06 2011 02:36 PM

Originally Posted By: spanishliz
Oh, mehaul, thank you so much for the wonderful laugh I just had! But don't you think we're a cute litter of pups, really?


I don't know if it happens to you, but sometimes I'll be reading a post with "my" avatar and I'll say, "I don't remember posting that." Turns out it isn't my post but yours. smile
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Sep 06 2011 04:19 PM

I came across this one again. It was actually first mentioned back on page one, in Feb 2010. and then 4 more times since then. It just won't go away.

13. Subject to a palyful hoax or joke
Your answer: play a joke on

typo - playful
Posted by: spanishliz

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Sep 06 2011 05:07 PM

Quote:
I don't know if it happens to you, but sometimes I'll be reading a post with "my" avatar and I'll say, "I don't remember posting that." Turns out it isn't my post but yours.


Yes, I have done that more than one time smile
Posted by: agony

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Sep 06 2011 06:46 PM

Ahhhh..... Suddenly, things which previously confused me are making sense....
Posted by: CellarDoor

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Sep 16 2011 01:45 PM

Quote:
A small byte

Your answer: nibble


I'm pretty sure this byte is spelled with an I!
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Sep 21 2011 05:21 PM

12. A line enclosing a plane areas
Your answer: perimeter

Should be singular - area
Posted by: bubblesfun

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Sep 21 2011 09:58 PM

Originally Posted By: ssabreman
12. A line enclosing a plane areas
Your answer: perimeter

Should be singular - area


If you look at it another way, areas could really refer to multiple areas which all could be enclosed, so I think you are missing the nuance of areas which really makes the statement valid and the game much better. I have my degree in areas, so you really are missing a lot. But, the Yankees won, so it is all moot, or mute as some say. Ha.
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Sep 21 2011 10:24 PM

With the 'a' it should be singular, shouldn't it? 'A line enclosing a plane area'

In your case, you probably want 'A line enclosing plane areas'
Very punny, I'm missing a 'lot'.

I got the answer correct. I just thought it was grammatically incorrect.
Posted by: bubblesfun

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Sep 21 2011 10:28 PM

LOL! You are so right on. I am just messing with you after the last few wannabe corrections!!
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Sep 22 2011 12:39 AM

In Differential Calculus it is all the smaller and smaller areas that make up the whole Area (Note cap A vs low case a) enclosed by a line. The real question is "Does the thickness of the line add to the Area or is the Area only that which lies within?" The meditation on this point is why so many math teachers appear to be asleep in class.
---On the other hand---
A line enclosing 'a'(singular) plane area's' (lower case a, plural) is the stripe painted around the sides of aircraft that makes it go faster, which the ssabreman should know! (edit: This would be an even better answer if the typo of the 's' was not an additional letter but a misplaced one, ie, '"a plane's area")
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Sep 22 2011 11:40 AM

Originally Posted By: bubblesfun
...after the last few wannabe corrections!!


hahaha - Mine or yours?

"We mock what we are to become"

Why in heaven's name do you aspire to be me? One of me is enough.
Posted by: pyonir

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Sep 22 2011 09:15 PM

Quote:
9. One who hesitates (uaually out of fear)

Your answer: vacillator



typo: Should be usually
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Sep 24 2011 04:51 PM

2. Captain
Your answer: the pilot ins charge of an airship

typo - 'ins'; should be 'in'
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Sep 25 2011 01:28 AM

Since airships are often in the air for more than eight hours, could the 's' just be misplaced, as in "The pilots in charge of an airship"? Airplanes, one pilot; Airships, a contingent of pilots sharing the title Captain, holding it while on duty.
Posted by: reeshy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Sep 25 2011 06:01 AM

If that was the case, mehaul, I'd say the entry should be "captains" in the plural. I think it should all be kept singular.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Sep 25 2011 08:42 AM

No, in the context, the position is singular. There may be several who work as Captain but there is only one at a time acting in the capacity.

This way (example):
I am an airship pilot. My cousin is also an airship pilot and, coincidently, we both Captain the WAS Blimp. He does the day work and I do the difficult night celestial navigating duty. The WAS Blimp only has one Captain but two pilots. We exchange command of the bridge, and Captaincy, on a routine schedule. Since we are not in the military we hold no 'rank' as captain. The job we perform is one of being Captain. We both need raises by the way. My cousin and I are much like Station from the 'Bill and Ted' movies, two individuals acting in concert.
Posted by: reeshy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Sep 25 2011 10:09 AM

O.k., I get that, but the entry doesn't state it is all the pilots who captain in one journey - if the entry said "sergeant" you wouldn't feel the need to include everyone who holds the position, surely?
Posted by: shuehorn

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Sep 25 2011 02:42 PM

Also, only one person is acting as Captain at any one point in time, so I am inclined to agree with reeshy that the singular is more normal grammatically, logically and factually, even though we can think of a set of circumstances that might allow the plural.
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Sep 25 2011 06:27 PM

Why are we being so convoluted about what is clearly a typo in the database?
Posted by: bubblesfun

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Sep 25 2011 08:41 PM

Originally Posted By: looney_tunes
Why are we being so convoluted about what is clearly a typo in the database?


Amen. I think that about at least 50 percent of the responses here.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Sep 25 2011 11:45 PM

Isn't this where obscure definitions have to be accepted? If one of the definitions of Captain describes the role played by multiple personages, then it should be accepted here as a possible response even though its not the most well known.
My initial post on this was only to show that the ins typo may not be the only way an error occurred in this instance (An extra letter s versus a misplaced s). Why do we bother at all to post errors here? Nothing can be done to change anything since the content is not FT's to control. I understood these posings are from an outside source. There is no database that we can correct the content of. Unless Terry has editing power in his agreement to use the dictionaries that are the source. Why do the same errors keep coming up? Our input here doesn't fix them. That means this thread is just to discuss the errors encountered in the game. Discussing an error is all I did.
Posted by: shuehorn

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Sep 26 2011 07:39 AM

mehaul, I agree with you (even though I disagreed about the typo!). Could be that it is just an eggheaded linguist type of thing (guilty), but I like discussing obscure items in this thread. It's not so much about getting the database fixed, which is not a possibility right now, it's about having fun discussions. I guess they're not fun for all, but I figure if you aren't interested don't join in.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Sep 26 2011 05:55 PM

Stiffled giggle (SG) as opposed to an outright LOL. Eggheaded/smegheaded linguist's linguini is a fine repast/repartee. Is pleading guilty in this case a form of expressed retention of a sort?
So, why the specification of airship rather than just ship or ocean vessel in the answer?
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Sep 29 2011 08:35 PM

7. Stentor - a speaker with an unusually laoud voice

typo - loud
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Sep 30 2011 12:32 AM

If you say laoud loudly, it sounds even louder than loud does. I had to laugh.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Sep 30 2011 03:54 AM

Mark Anthony: "I come not to ...", an unusually laud voice. looney_tunes, shouldn't that be laough?
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Sep 30 2011 09:05 AM

I think it can only be said with certain southern accents.
Posted by: spanishliz

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Sep 30 2011 09:09 AM

I don't know, I think Eliza Doolittle could have said "laoud" quite effectively. smile
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Sep 30 2011 10:49 PM

5. Blank
Your answer: keep the opposing (baseball) team from winning

Usually it refers to keeping the opponents from SCORING, which ultimately will cause them to lose. It usually means the same as a shut-out. No score.

dictionary.com
20. Informal . to keep (an opponent) from scoring in a game.
Posted by: Creedy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Oct 02 2011 06:07 AM

Word Wizard didn't award me a letter - I've just played and met the criteria. Hiccup?
Posted by: Creedy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Oct 02 2011 07:03 AM

Oh never mind - my Gold Membership expired. I've sent a transfer. How can I find out if it's arrived?

And I thought the FT program notified Gold Members 7 days before the membership expires each year? If so, it didn't.
Posted by: Creedy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Oct 02 2011 05:36 PM

OK (sorry to be so dense with technical stuff), I've got an email from my bank saying that the amount has been transferred to my paypal account (another minefield for me) and willl be processed by 5th October.

Does that mean it automatically goes to FT, or do I then have to go back to my paypal account and transfer it to FT myself?

Help!
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Oct 02 2011 07:49 PM

9. A positive feeling of wanting to push ahead with something
Your answer: drive

drive means "(sports) a hard straight return (as in tennis or squash)"

But DRIVE also means:
17. to strive vigorously toward a goal or objective; to work, play, or try wholeheartedly and with determination.


The correct answer was avidity
which means
1.
eagerness; greediness.
2.
enthusiasm or dedication.

Pick one. It's a toss up.
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Oct 05 2011 05:10 AM

Quote:
9. Disturbance usually in protest
Your answer: catcall

catcall means "a cry expressing disapproval"

The correct answer was 'excitement'

Not sure that this match makes a lot of sense- excitement usually does not imply protest, or even disturbance.
Posted by: twosleepy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Oct 06 2011 09:03 AM

Just wrong, wrong, wrong to have two acceptable and interchangeable answers:

10. Pinprick
Your answer: cause a stinging pain

cause a stinging pain is the definition for "twinge"

The correct answer was a minor annoyance
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Oct 06 2011 12:00 PM

Those two answers aren't exactly interchangeable - one is a verb (twinge matches with cause a stinging pain) and one is a noun (pinprick matches with a minor annoyance).
Posted by: twosleepy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Oct 06 2011 03:14 PM

I do disagree, however. I feel pinprick can be used as a verb, just as prick. Twinge is also a noun. So both are both. Too confusing and should be avoided together.
Posted by: Humanist

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Oct 15 2011 05:43 PM

Here is the question and the answers:

estrangement from god

colloquy
lower respiratory tract
wickedness
tit for tat
roisterer
dispatch

The correct answer was "wickedness".

I am definitely "estranged" from god, but I don't consider myself "wicked"!

That's like an atheist saying that love of god is insanity.

I would strike this question.

I needed to give a little feedback on this one, the first time I've done so.

Chevy
Posted by: LadyCaitriona

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Oct 22 2011 07:14 PM

Typo:

Quote:
4. A speaker with an unusually laoud voice

Your answer: stentor
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Oct 23 2011 12:15 AM

Quote:
10. Accept the unpleasant consequences of one's actions
Your answer: carry-the can

Hyphen is not necessary.
Posted by: twosleepy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Oct 24 2011 11:53 AM

Don't like this one:

7. A mental pain or distress
Your answer: disquietude

disquietude means "feelings of anxiety that make you tense and irritable"

The correct answer was sting
Posted by: shuehorn

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Oct 24 2011 05:07 PM

Originally Posted By: twosleepy
Don't like this one:

7. A mental pain or distress
Your answer: disquietude

disquietude means "feelings of anxiety that make you tense and irritable"

The correct answer was sting


I got the same one wrong. smile
Posted by: TabbyTom

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Oct 30 2011 04:35 PM

I think something has gone wrong with the syntax in this definition:

Quote:
The semantic relation of being a manner of does something.


The answer was "troponymy".
Posted by: habitsowner

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Oct 30 2011 07:56 PM

I thought the same thing, but figured it must be me. I read it a few times, which took time, but it still didn't make much sense to me.

Lee
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Oct 30 2011 08:01 PM

A troponymy of 'to respond' (I hope):
I respond to your post by typing like this. ---or---
I respond to your post in the most emphatic way I can. Both are ways of 'does (or doing)' something with the same verb but to different outcomes or methods.
Another try: to drink:
John can get to drink by sipping at something or John can get to drink by guzzling at a gallon container. In both cases John does something (drink) but does them in different ways.
To go from here to there you can walk, crawl or run.
To look at the moon you can squint or use a telescope.
To learn you can read a book or watch a documentary.
To teach you can be a martinet or you can sugarcoat everything.

The assemblage of the site's definition could be better, it is hard to wrap an understanding around and thusly possess it, but it is a true statement of what a troponymy is.

Please, disagree with this in a troponymic manner if you are wont.

From Wikipedia:
Noun troponymy
1.(semantics) The semantic relation between troponyms.
Then same source:
Noun troponym (plural troponyms)
1.(grammar) A verb that indicates more precisely the manner of doing something by replacing a verb of a more generalized meaning.

It is easy to see the troponym part of the concept. The troponymy part needs a little extension of belief.


Edit: to return the thread title to it's original state. I think changing the thread title is frowned upon. How did you pull a thread posting of over a year ago to Re: to in this thread?
Posted by: TabbyTom

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Oct 31 2011 02:53 AM

Quote:
Edit: to return the thread title to it's original state. I think changing the thread title is frowned upon. How did you pull a thread posting of over a year ago to Re: to in this thread?

I've no idea how the thread title was changed. It certainly wasn't my doing.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Oct 31 2011 11:23 AM

If you click on the (Re: Windswept) to the right of the title on your post, it will take you to that Winswept posting you responded to (Last time?)
Posted by: satguru

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Oct 31 2011 05:14 PM

The quality of being slow to understand
Your answer: dulness

should of course be 'dullness'
Posted by: twosleepy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Nov 01 2011 12:32 PM

Honestly, I searched the internet, and found none of the choices as a meaning:

3. sough

-cause to smell or be smelly
-an irresistible urge to pull out your own hair
-surrender, as a result of pressure or force
-loss of color from the hair
-introduce into an environment
-something won (especially money)

All I could find is related to sounds, and the word "sigh"

*sigh*
Posted by: AlexxSchneider

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Nov 01 2011 12:57 PM

I can pull the most tenuous of links out of that, twosleepy, and still it doesn't make much sense. I think you were right to pull it up. 'Sough' as a noun can mean a rumor, so I suppose "introduce into an environment" can be used in the context of starting a rumor, but as I said, it's rather tenuous, and at any rate, here it needs to be a verb, and my suggestion is used as a noun. What did the game say the meaning was?
Posted by: twosleepy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Nov 01 2011 05:18 PM

I didn't dare to find out....
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Nov 01 2011 06:54 PM

I remember that one! It wanted 'introduce into an environment'.
Posted by: AlexxSchneider

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Nov 03 2011 12:59 PM

That's the one that most makes sense, but there still seems to be something odd about it, doesn't there? I've never seen a verbal form of the word that makes any sense with that definition, but as I said before, as a noun meaning 'rumor', it makes a bit of sense, if a rather tenuous link.
Posted by: tatwood

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Nov 11 2011 08:57 AM

Confusing issue:

Ruddle
my answer: 'tie or link together'
"the correct definition for 'tie or link together' is entwine."

Correct answer was 'redden as if with a red ocher color'

FreeDictionary.com defines ruddle as:
Noun 1. ruddle - a red iron ore used in dyeing and marking
raddle, reddle
iron ore - an ore from which iron can be extracted
Verb 1. ruddle - twist or braid together, interlace
raddle
interweave, weave - interlace by or as if by weaving

2. ruddle - redden as if with a red ocher color
redden - make red; "The setting sun reddened the sky"

Seems maybe both definitions should not appear as choices for this word.
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Nov 12 2011 09:40 PM

8. Subject to a palyful hoax or joke
Your answer: play a joke on

playful...or is this the joke? Will this ever be corrected?
Posted by: tatwood

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Nov 15 2011 09:05 AM

Another confusing, duplicitous answer:

"A time of difficulty"

Your answer: straits

straits means "a bad or difficult situation or state of affairs"

The correct answer was "hard times"

Needs editing, don't you think?
Posted by: twosleepy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Nov 17 2011 10:57 AM

Okay, back to "sough"...

Is it possible that someone mispronouncing it as SOH, instead of "SOW" might have been thinking "sow", which could have the definition of "introduce into an environment"? It's the only thing i can think of, but it's a pretty long shot...
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Nov 17 2011 02:37 PM

Here is a noun meaning to the word. It is the beginning of the wikipedia encyclopedia entry for the word. It does have to do with moving stuff around in an environment:

"A sough is an underground channel for draining water out of a mine. Its ability to drain a mine depends on the bottom of the mine being higher than a neighbouring valley. If the mine sump is lower, water must be pumped up to the sough."

Edit to add: The pronunciation rhymes with enough, sounds like suff.
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Nov 18 2011 08:08 AM

An extended area of land
Your answer: strip
- a narrow piece, comparatively long and usually of uniform width: a strip of cloth, metal, land, etc.

The correct answer was parcel
- a distinct, continuous portion or tract of land.
- a distinct portion of land

Strip sounds closer, or at least don't have these together in the same set.
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Nov 20 2011 11:14 AM

14. On of siblings who have only one parent in common
Your answer: half blood
typo - one of siblings...
Posted by: alexkmahns

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Nov 24 2011 10:26 PM

Word Wizard is one of my favorite games. I enjoy expanding my vocabulary. The only thing that I find disconcerting is the use of drug slang.(LSD=window pane) Honestly, nowadays, just about any word can be connected to drugs.(I actually chose "dirty linen") Drug slang, even more so than regular slang, is ever evolving and dependent on too many variables.Age, region, and social class are only a few. Plus, alot of drugs use interchangeable slang.

This is definitely not a complaint. (just observing)
You guys do a great job and I'm grateful to play. wink
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Dec 03 2011 02:08 PM

6. Elegance by virtue of fineness of manner and expression
Your answer: grace
grace means "a short prayer of thanks before a meal"

The correct answer was gentility

BUT:
grace
Noun: Simple elegance or refinement of movement

gentility
Noun: Genteel manners, behavior, or appearances.

When one of the definitions of the 'wrong' answer is closer than the supposed 'right' answer...You pick 'em.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Dec 04 2011 06:56 AM

I came across this word in a subtitle of Brigitte Bardot's "Plucking the Daisy" and thought this might be an a propos venue to share it with those who already knew it or with those, like me, who were unaware of its notion before.

From Wiktionary:
Noun
pettifogger (plural pettifoggers)

1.Someone who quibbles over trivia, and raises petty, annoying objections. &#8195;[quotations &#9660;]
1809, Washington Irving, Knickerbocker's History of New York, ch. 39: Hence the cunning measure of appointing as ambassador some political pettifogger skilled in delays, sophisms, and misapprehensions, and dexterous in the art of baffling argument.

That should settle the issue in a graceful, genteel manner!
Posted by: LadyCaitriona

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Dec 05 2011 06:22 AM

Quote:
1. Imbue

Your answer: give qualities or abilities to

give qualities or abilities to is the definition for "empower"

The correct answer was suffuse with color


I believe both definitions are correct.

Quote:
14. Immovability

Your answer: no capable of being moved or rearranged


"No" should be "not".
Posted by: JanIQ

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Dec 05 2011 12:33 PM

This typo regarding the definition of immovability has popped up several times before.
Posted by: bubbatom1

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Dec 06 2011 04:59 AM

Wow! It's pretty hard getting up in the monthly winners if you have a job!

Don't you lot work smile
Posted by: LadyCaitriona

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Dec 06 2011 06:04 AM

Originally Posted By: bubbatom1
Wow! It's pretty hard getting up in the monthly winners if you have a job!

Don't you lot work smile


I know what you mean. I'm lucky if I can get three letters a day.
Posted by: tatwood

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Dec 07 2011 08:09 AM

Hello, I just played starting with a rating of 1877.58. I came in # 7 on the leaderboard, and my rating went DOWN to 1877.46. Why would that happen? I am totally confused, and probably don't know something important.
Thanks!
tat
Posted by: tatwood

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Dec 14 2011 05:05 PM

This makes NO sense:

7 the semantic relation of being a manner of does something
hod carrier
rote learning
primus
cozey
curve
troponymy


I've posted oddities before and received no response. Is anyone listening?
Posted by: twosleepy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Dec 14 2011 09:17 PM

And this:

"what a communication that is about something is about"

Getting tired of obscure definitions and unintelligible wordings.... :0(
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Dec 14 2011 10:06 PM

Originally Posted By: twosleepy
And this:

"what a communication that is about something is about"

Getting tired of obscure definitions and unintelligible wordings.... :0(


I made note of that one 4 months ago, and have seen it at least a couple of times since. That and the 'palyful' hoax.

I think the phone has gone dead.
Posted by: shuehorn

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Dec 15 2011 05:05 AM

We are noting inconsistencies here for future reference, in case this database can ever be edited. I know JMelston has expressed a desire to do so, but for now, since the dictionary that pulls the words and definitions is not produced by FT, we are simply documenting the inconsistencies we find and maybe someday the will be fixed. I don't think the phone has gone dead at all, it's just that FT doesn't own the material and cannot edit it.
Posted by: shuehorn

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Dec 15 2011 05:06 AM

Any Who am I? issues are dealt with immediately, since that is a question-answer set that was prepared in-house and is edited by JMelston.
Posted by: twosleepy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Dec 16 2011 09:14 AM

What about Mind Melt? And thanks for the info :0)
Posted by: shuehorn

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Dec 16 2011 12:13 PM

I think that Terry has something that he can do to ensure that certain offensive items don't show up in mind melt, and he can tweak when entries appear together or not, at least that is my understanding. I could be wrong though. The actual entries themselves do come from a different external source.

Anyone who knows more, please feel free to chime in!
Posted by: tatwood

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Dec 19 2011 12:14 PM



Another head-scratcher:

2 banch

effort expended in rubbing one object against another
an easy victory
a community of people smaller than a town
a viral disease (usually fatal) of rabbits
tightly woven fabric with raised cords
(law) the seat for judges in a courtroom


I'm guessing 'bench' was meant here, as in answer #6. Can't find 'banch' in dictionary.
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Dec 19 2011 01:16 PM

It's a matter of finding the right dictionary. (Some of the entries are downright wrong, but that is the fault of the dictionary used, which is not here on site.) That definition for banch can be seen at this link.

http://lookwayup.com/lwu.exe/lwu/d?s=f&w=banch
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Dec 25 2011 09:13 PM

Quote:
10. A territory that is controllled by a ruling state
Your answer: possession

We seem to have a surfeit of 'L's.
Posted by: highfells

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Dec 29 2011 12:42 PM

Skyscraper -

"a very tall building with many stories"

While skyscrapers may have many stories to tell, I believe that the correct word here should be "storeys".
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Dec 29 2011 01:45 PM

Highfells,

I remember this one coming up before, and was told that 'story' is an acceptable alternative spelling for 'storey' in American. (I know, it looks strange to me, too. smile )
Posted by: shuehorn

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Dec 29 2011 04:09 PM

I'm American, and I always use "storey" for this meaning.
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Dec 29 2011 04:18 PM

Sue, it sounds like you may be an exception. smile

From Wiki-
Quote:
A storey (British English) or story (American English) is any level part of a building that could be used by people (for living, work, storage, recreation, etc.). The plurals are storeys and stories, respectively.



A slight digression just to confuse people even more- A multi-storey building in Australia will start at the Ground floor, whereas an American building will have street level at the First floor.
Posted by: highfells

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Dec 29 2011 06:30 PM

Thanks for clearing that up - yet another example of two nations divided by the same language! grin
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Dec 29 2011 09:49 PM

The Erase Extraneous Es Society Extraodinair (EEESE-easy) is doing what it can to exfoliate the vowels left over from the language's teething stage.
Posted by: tatwood

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Dec 30 2011 04:08 PM

Another duplicitous question:

5 surety
decorate the surface of by inserting wood, stone, and metal
one who provides a warrant or guarantee to another
a senior clergyman and dignitary
large and often sumptuous tent
a speaker with an unusually laoud voice
a written promise to repay a debt

Correct answer was 'one who provides a warrant or guarantee to another'

I answered 'a written promise to repay a debt'

According to freedictionary.com,

surety [&#712;&#643;&#650;&#601;t&#618; &#712;&#643;&#650;&#601;r&#618;t&#618;]
n pl -ties
1. (Law) a person who assumes legal responsibility for the fulfillment of another's debt or obligation and himself becomes liable if the other defaults.'
Posted by: tatwood

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Dec 30 2011 04:11 PM

I actually think that 'banch' was a misspelling on that website, as I could not find any other source to back it up.
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Dec 30 2011 05:45 PM

Originally Posted By: tatwood
I actually think that 'banch' was a misspelling on that website, as I could not find any other source to back it up.


It almost certainly is, but it's there in the external source this game uses, so you just have to recognise it when it surfaces.
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Dec 30 2011 05:47 PM

Originally Posted By: tatwood
Another duplicitous question:

5 surety
decorate the surface of by inserting wood, stone, and metal
one who provides a warrant or guarantee to another
a senior clergyman and dignitary
large and often sumptuous tent
a speaker with an unusually laoud voice
a written promise to repay a debt

Correct answer was 'one who provides a warrant or guarantee to another'

I answered 'a written promise to repay a debt'

According to freedictionary.com,

surety [&#712;&#643;&#650;&#601;t&#618; &#712;&#643;&#650;&#601;r&#618;t&#618;]
n pl -ties
1. (Law) a person who assumes legal responsibility for the fulfillment of another's debt or obligation and himself becomes liable if the other defaults.'



The definition you supply supports the game - it says that the term refers to a person, not to a written statement. I probably would have made your response, though.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Dec 30 2011 07:02 PM

There's that darn laoud again.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Jan 05 2012 12:49 PM

To me a demon is a noncorporeal entity while a bogey is a person in an airplane or such attacking from some angle. How can a person be inhuman (human is the definition of person)? Did they mean inhumane?

14 demon
a cruel wicked and inhuman person
a carriage for hire
a sum total of many heterogenous things taken together
an evil spirit
take one's time
the power to foresee the future

answer:
Demon
Your answer: an evil spirit
an evil spirit is the definition for "bogey"
The correct answer was a cruel wicked and inhuman person

PS (from Wikipedia result of Daemon input) Daemon, dæmon, or demon may refer to:
Demon, a supernatural being who is generally described as a malevolent spirit

PPS: ... cruel(comma) wicked ...
Posted by: reeshy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Jan 05 2012 01:47 PM

"Inhuman" can mean "cruel and unfeeling" as well as "non-human", so a human can certainly be "inhuman" as well as "inhumane". However, I would say that "an evil spirit" goes just as well with "demon", and the two options shouldn't be in the same set.
Posted by: tatwood

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Jan 16 2012 09:49 AM

My original post came through as gibberish. This is what I had included from freedictionary.com:

4.surety - one who provides a warrant or guarantee to another
guarantor, warranter, warrantor
sponsor, supporter, patron - someone who supports or champions something
5.surety - a guarantee that an obligation will be met
security
guarantee, warranty, warrantee, warrant - a written assurance that some product or service will be provided or will meet certain specifications


So, it seems that a 'surety' can either be a person or entity that provides a guarantee, or a written assurance of a guarantee. That's duplicitous to me ;>)
Posted by: highfells

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Jan 17 2012 02:22 PM

Well, you can call me fuddy-duddy, old fashioned, over sensitive or prudish, but I really think that words like "sodomize" and its definition ("copulate with an animal") should not be included in Word Wizard.

Can it be removed, please?
Posted by: rossian

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Jan 18 2012 02:23 AM

I don't think you're prudish, and I don't like this one or the many drug related ones. I'm glad I don't know the street names for various drugs. I don't think the dictionary is under Fun Trivia's control, though, so I doubt anything can be done.
Posted by: highfells

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Jan 18 2012 07:16 AM

Thanks for the support, rossian - I would also like to see the street drugs references removed.

If you look back at the first page of this thread, Terry does ask that offensive/inappropriate words and definitions continue to be reported. It looks like they have to be pruned manually.
Posted by: Anonymous

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Jan 18 2012 11:33 AM

I would like to see the derogatory definition of "pansy" removed.

Also, I just had

13. Utter with vibrating vocal chords
Your answer: shriek

shriek means "sharp piercing cry"

The correct answer was sound.

Do you think this is a correct definition?
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Jan 18 2012 12:21 PM

The verb 'to sound' is used in describing speech to describe normal speech as opposed to whispering, which is defined in the database used for this game as 'utter with tensed vocal chords'. It's an uncommon, but perfectly correct, usage.
Posted by: Anonymous

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Jan 18 2012 01:33 PM

OK - thanks. Sorry to sound off about it.
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Jan 20 2012 07:08 PM

Quote:
6. Cause a disturbance

Your answer: disturb

disturb means "change the arrangement or position of"

The correct answer was rumpus


Heads you win, tails I lose. frown
Posted by: twosleepy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Jan 28 2012 02:29 PM

Here is an error that needs to be corrected:


short ribs
1. love of or taste for fine objects of art
2. give encouragement to
3. rib ends between the rib road and the plate
4. insensibility resulting from cold
5. obtain through intimidation
6. a small hole made by a sharp object

The answer is 3, but it should read "rib ends between the rib ROAST and the plate"
Posted by: dsimpy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Feb 02 2012 07:29 AM

Grrr! I just got tripped up on informal usage:


14. A very pretty girl who works as a photographer's model
Your answer: clinker

clinker means "a hard brick used as a paving stone"

The correct answer was pin-up



Yeah okay, I should have scanned ALL the possible answers before clicking, but where I come from "she's a real clinker" is synonymous with "A very pretty girl ..."

Ah well! whistle
Posted by: odo5435

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Feb 06 2012 01:31 AM

I just played the game at 1:20AM CST and got the following question:


14. A week chirping sound as of a small bird


The answer was, of course, tweet, but, if a quiz about words can't get the spelling of questions right, it makes you wonder about the answers.
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Feb 06 2012 02:38 AM

You must remember that these questions do not come from FunTrivia, but from an external database which has many inaccuracies in it, as has been noted here. As I understand it, the external source cannot be edited, all that might be done is to filter out entries that are noted as incorrect. But there are so many of them (I haven't even bothered to post a lot of not-quite-accurate definitions that have arisen, as long as you can still work out what the match has to be) that the game might almost disappear should all the dodgy entries be removed.
Posted by: odo5435

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Feb 06 2012 10:08 AM

Originally Posted By: looney_tunes
...these questions do not come from FunTrivia, but from an external database which has many inaccuracies in it [and] the external source cannot be edited, all that might be done is to filter out entries that are noted as incorrect. But there are so many of them...
(emphasis added)

Like you, and apart from the many reported here, I've also come across a quite a few inaccuracies that I've not previously bothered to report; for much the same reasons as you.

To be frank though, if the database is so flawed and it can't be corrected (as has been noted in several previous posts), should it be being used? There seems to be so much contention over the definitions and interpretations in this game that, perhaps, it might not be such a bad idea to abandon it completely until something better can be found.

At the very least, there should be some provision for correction of the many errors that obviously exist. Why bother having this forum thread at all? Does it serve any purpose?
Posted by: shuehorn

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Feb 06 2012 04:34 PM

I think the thread is in place in case we are able to edit the items in the future. For all its faults, the game is still a lot of fun to play for many on the site, which is why I think it still exists, warts and all. I for one would be sorry to see it go.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Feb 06 2012 04:35 PM

What's the ANSWER?








42, of course!
Posted by: shuehorn

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Feb 06 2012 04:42 PM

Originally Posted By: mehaul
What's the ANSWER?


42, of course!


I guess I missed the question????
Posted by: habitsowner

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Feb 06 2012 05:13 PM

I used to love the quiz, but now, although I still play it daily, it's become annoying and there's a good chance I'll spend that time playing other things, or...doing things elsewhere. And, it's all because of the incorrect answers as well as spelling and grammar errors.
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Feb 07 2012 12:39 AM

That's why I originally got tired of it, but now that I am sucked into gathering letters for the mini-game, I try to ignore the small irritations. If and when I ever get a twelve-letter word, I might relapse into apathy.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Feb 07 2012 06:16 AM

Isn't part of the fun in this game the searching for errors? I thought the Wizard hid them for us to find. Then we report them here for all the gold we can scrape off our monitor glass.
Posted by: satguru

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Feb 14 2012 01:39 PM

Missing letter here

2. The quality of being slow to understand
Your answer: dulness
Posted by: highfells

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Feb 14 2012 02:22 PM

Not necessarily a missing letter: "dulness" is listed in some as an obsolete spelling of "dullness".
Posted by: dg_dave

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Feb 14 2012 02:37 PM

I've not seen that word spelled in that fashion. I don't play this game as much just because I don't seem to have enough time. frown
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Feb 15 2012 02:37 AM

Could a moderator put this thread's title back to what it should be, please?
Posted by: dg_dave

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Feb 15 2012 05:54 AM

It's not too much different than what it was, but in this case, and only this case, a moderator doesn't have to do it. They do, however, have to change all previous posts, but with over 900 in this thread, that's too time-consuming.

I've changed it and I'm not staff.
Posted by: sue943

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Feb 15 2012 07:17 AM

Actually with this software it is easy to change the whole thread so it took me less than a minute to so it.
Posted by: dg_dave

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Feb 15 2012 08:21 AM

Wow, Sue. No wonder everyone calls you "Superwoman"!

I remember in the previous version that couldn't be done though.
Posted by: MikeMaster99

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Feb 16 2012 04:29 PM

Hi everyone, before I blame the much maligned and frequently wrong database, could I get second opinions on this one please?

"6. Revoke

Your answer: waste time

waste time is the definition for "wanton_away"

The correct answer was the mistake of not following suit when able to do so"

I've always used the word 'renege' when not following suit when able to do so. Is that an Australian-only usage (and others use revoke) or is it more widespread. Ignore the answer I gave, I would have chosen 'none of the above' if it was available!

Many thanks
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Feb 16 2012 07:30 PM

It is not an Australian usage, but it is a common usage, from what I found when I first encountered that definition. I also have only used the word renege, but that is in bridge. I understand that some other games use the term revoke. Wikipedia actually lists revoke (or renege) as its entry.
Posted by: MikeMaster99

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Feb 16 2012 09:39 PM

Many thanks for the clarification looney_tunes! I'm relieved I didn't sound off at the database without checking :-)
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Feb 17 2012 03:57 AM

Thank you dg and sue.
Posted by: har28low

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Feb 18 2012 01:05 AM

Today I did the Word Wizard and 1 of the questions was.
'Make off with Belongings of Others' Answer 'Sneak'
I chose 'Knock Off'(Q/A Definition- cut the price of)

Being an Aussie 'Knock Off' can also mean -
Finish work...
and also
Steal(which I think would be 'Make off with belongings of others)
Just a thought...
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Feb 18 2012 05:37 AM

Most words have lots of alternative definitions, and local slang and informal usage can certainly introduce ambiguity in some of the answer sets. Play the game religiously so you can harvest letters and play the mini-game, and you will become familiar with most of them. I still, however, sometimes get a word I haven't seen before, with definitions that all refer to something else in my mind. When that happens, one of them, of course, also relates to the word in question.
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Feb 25 2012 09:15 PM

Sometimes I hate this game. I have 12 letters
Quote:
R D M O Q N N F D W S S
and have to change two- guess which two? frown
Posted by: zorba_scank

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Feb 25 2012 09:17 PM

You could probably make something like FROND(S) and save at least one S. smile
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Feb 25 2012 09:26 PM

I bit the bullet and got an O. Not too bad, as I now have DROWNED. The next letter gives me a few eights, and a T will give me a 9- DOWNTREND!

It works every time- whinge and win. smile
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Feb 25 2012 09:55 PM

Aha, so that's what this thread is for!
Posted by: tatwood

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Feb 27 2012 01:13 PM

Another definition/question problem:


"Come to terms"
Your answer: reconcile
reconcile means "accept as inevitable"

The correct answer was bargain


The freedictionary.com defines reconcile like this:



3. reconcile - come to terms ; "After some discussion we finally made up"

This question needs to be rewritten.
Posted by: tatwood

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Mar 06 2012 04:08 PM

Me again, a pest. I know this game is supposed to be challenging, but does it have to be *this* challenging?

4 fluorouracil
variegate with different colors, shades, or patterns
an antibiotic used as an anticancer drug
a small hairpiece to cover partial baldness
an antimetabolite used to treat certain cancers
large watertight chamber used for construction under water
compress into a wad

The correct answer is an antimetabolite, as opposed to an antibiotic. I didn't fall for it, but I easily could have and probably will in the future. Gee whiz...
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Mar 06 2012 04:48 PM

Tough combination. I got the same word in the last hour, but with only one anticancer option to select, so had no problem with it.
Posted by: dippo

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Mar 06 2012 05:22 PM

It got me!
Posted by: tatwood

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Mar 06 2012 05:47 PM

My sympathies, dippo! I backed off and didn't finish, in a totally cowardly way. It'll get me next time, though. Pure luck this game...as many are. Better luck next time!
Best, tat
Posted by: Tizzabelle

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Mar 10 2012 05:34 PM

Excessive and profuse perspiration
Your answer: hyperidrosis

Answer should be hyperHidrosis with a second 'h'.

As for the fluorouracil question, that's nasty with a capital N! I would have picked antibiotic but it would have been the result of an educated guess that went awry. eek
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Mar 14 2012 05:50 AM

Quote:
15. Mildly acid red or yellow pulpy fruit eaten as a vegetable
Your answer: tomato


I have never seen a yellow tomato, and I thought that the US government had declared that a tomato was a fruit! smile
Posted by: highfells

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Mar 14 2012 05:56 AM

Originally Posted By: ozzz2002
Quote:
15. Mildly acid red or yellow pulpy fruit eaten as a vegetable
Your answer: tomato


I have never seen a yellow tomato, and I thought that the US government had declared that a tomato was a fruit! smile


Well, whether fruit or vegetable, yellow tomatoes (and other colours, too) exist. I have grown them in the past, although I prefer the red varieties.

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-are-yellow-tomatoes.htm
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Mar 14 2012 06:24 AM

Well, cut off my legs and call me 'Shorty'! Thanks, Highfells.

I am allergic to tomato, but as far as I know, it is only the red version.
Posted by: Tizzabelle

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Mar 14 2012 07:00 AM

Intelligence is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting tomato in a fruit salad. wink
Posted by: JanIQ

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Mar 14 2012 12:24 PM

A tomato is considered a fruit because of the way it grows. But it is principally *used* as a vegetable (as the question correctly states). And indeed, there are other colour varieties, almost red tomatoes are the most common.
Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Mar 18 2012 02:35 PM

All tomatoes start out green. Whether they end up green, yellow, orange or red when fully ripened is a matter of genetics. Generally, the yellow and orange ones are less acidic (which in some people's minds makes them "sweeter"). I love them all (and grow them all). In fact I have 48 peat pots with various tomato varieties growing in them right at this moment (just waiting for hubby to move his storage crap out of the greenhouse so I can turn on the heater and move the pots out of my kitchen and into some real dirt lol).

In case you were wondering (probably not lol) BELL peppers (not the hot types) are the same way. They start out green (tangy) and end up red. If you've noticed, red bell peppers are usually the most expensive in a grocery. It's all rather silly since if you leave the one that is already yellow/orange on the vine a bit longer it will end up red anyway.

by the by, I have put yellow pear (cherry-sized) tomatoes in "fruit" salads and no one has EVER complained.

All that being said, yes a tomato is, botanically, a fruit, not a vegetable.
Posted by: raine_d2007

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Mar 18 2012 03:13 PM

The complete removal of the ovaries.
The supposed correct answer was neuter.
It should have been spay, a neuter is the removal of the testicles.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Mar 18 2012 03:45 PM

To neuter applies to both genders.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neutering

Do not spay or neuter your tomatoes or peppers. They will come out brown.
Posted by: raine_d2007

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Mar 18 2012 04:52 PM

Wikipedia is not always right, and although the sight does claim it is considered use of both genders, it is commonly known for males. I am a tech at a verterinary hospital, I have neutered cats. If a surgery came in as a spay, it would be considered female, no if's or but's about it. I still believe the true answer should be spay. That is the "technical" term, it shouldn't be so vague.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Mar 18 2012 05:04 PM

This game deals with words which you may be familiar with one definition but which word has a dozen obscure meanings, all viable as correct answers. This is not a game of current vernaculars. It is a test of knowledge of several large dictionaries. Nothing in the original posit asked that a male be spayed. Neutering, from the latin, means to remove any sexual organs, male or female. Bob Barker or the Network Pooh-Bahs are to blame for not saying "Have your animal neutered, by either spaying or castration."
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Mar 18 2012 05:07 PM

Thank you for your challenging work.
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Mar 21 2012 08:10 PM

This typo in the database gave me a laugh.

12. Cunning
Your answer: drafty artfulness (especially in deception)
Posted by: shuehorn

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Mar 21 2012 09:19 PM

Love it! Drafty artfulness might come in useful sometimes! Hot and humid days or when you want to air out the attic...
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Mar 22 2012 10:10 AM

I thought it was an errant Spoonerism as in rafty dartfullness, an incongruous oxymoron if the raft is inflatable and thus a cunning observation.
Posted by: tatwood

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Mar 26 2012 06:42 PM

14 bulwarks

an expert in soil management and field-crop production
a site where people on holiday can pitch a tent
the act of removing the contents of something
feed as in a meadow or pasture
a fence-like structure around a deck
a fortification of earth


The last two choices are equally defensible - needs editing.
Posted by: JanIQ

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Mar 27 2012 11:22 AM

I remember having seen somewhere that the possible answers are picked randomly from a database. So editing is not in order, but the random factor has presented you with an awkward pairing.
Posted by: tatwood

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Mar 30 2012 07:17 AM

13 the semantic relation of being a manner of does something

whack
economy
exteriorization
brick
sop up
troponymy

Anyone care to guess?
Posted by: tatwood

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Mar 30 2012 07:21 AM

I see. It came straight from the freedictionary.com:

ThesaurusLegend: Synonyms Related Words Antonyms

Noun 1. troponymy - the semantic relation of being a manner of does something
semantic relation - a relation between meanings
2. troponymy - the place names of a region or a language considered collectively

troponomy
place name, toponym - the name by which a geographical place is known
aggregation, collection, accumulation, assemblage - several things grouped together or considered as a whole
Posted by: tatwood

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Mar 30 2012 07:52 AM

Oh, how embarrassing. This is old hat - it's already been discussed. Sorry! I tried to delete but wasn't allowed. Maybe early-onset Alzheimer's...
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Mar 30 2012 11:42 AM

That's what you might call a 'typonymy', typing something in the manner of does something by typing of something or something done like that.
Posted by: tatwood

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Mar 30 2012 02:15 PM

Thanks for clearing that up, and so eloquently!
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Mar 30 2012 07:51 PM

(I blush)
Posted by: eyhung

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Apr 02 2012 07:16 PM

Winning all or all but one of the tricks in bridge
Your answer: sweep

I got it right but no bridge player would ever use the word "sweep" to denote this. The correct terminology for this is "slam", and the two terms are not interchangeable.
Posted by: George95

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Apr 03 2012 06:37 PM

No really an issue, but more of a coincidence. If one of these two definitions could be changed perhaps.

Graveyard
Your answer: a tract of land used for burials

Cemetery
Your answer: a tract of land used for burials

I had this pair in the Word Wizard this hour. It is a case of UK and US words, so maybe delete one?
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Apr 04 2012 06:15 AM

Not sure if this one has come up before.

Quote:
13. Pigman
Your answer: a herder or swine

'or' should be 'of'.
Posted by: TimBentley

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Apr 09 2012 07:02 PM

Quote:
13. Waverer

Your answer: one who hesitates (uaually out of fear)

Note the word "uaually".
Posted by: cairnster

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Apr 09 2012 09:49 PM

This just happened in the same game:

Quote:

sambuca is related to liqueur


You said: liquor

sambuca means "an Italian liqueur made with elderberries and flavored with licorice"
liqueur means "strong highly flavored sweet liquor usually drunk after a meal"


Quote:


aquavit is related to liquor


You said: liqueur

aquavit means "Scandinavian liquor usually flavored with caraway seeds"
liquor means "distilled rather than fermented"



I don't know.. not every liquor is a liqueur, but still it's quite confusing.
Posted by: sportsherald

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Apr 22 2012 11:17 PM

The "correct answer" is provided as:

13. The 300th anniversary (or the celebration of it)
Your answer: triennial

This of course is a word for a three-year event, not 300 (should instead be tricentennial, tercentenary).
Posted by: sportsherald

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Apr 22 2012 11:21 PM

Coincidence? The question numbers included in the errors noted on this page are almost all #13 (and 12 and 14 average out)...
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Apr 23 2012 12:09 AM

Coincidence - the issues have been noted before, and in different sets.
Posted by: stedman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue May 08 2012 04:13 AM

From today's set:

11. Banch
Your answer: (law) the seat for judges in a courtroom

I think this probably should be "bench".

Luckily I assumed it was a typo - none of the other answers seemed to fit the non-existant word "banch" either!
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue May 08 2012 01:11 PM

If you go back to an earlier page of this thread, I did actually track down an online source that is probably where it comes from. This game uses an external source, not a FunTrivia database.
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed May 23 2012 06:35 AM

Quote:
13. Chopper
Your answer: informal terms for a human `tooth'

A rather novel use of quotes/apostrophes.
Posted by: reedy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed May 23 2012 07:56 AM

Not a biggie, but:

4. A territory that is controllled by a ruling state

3 'l's in controlled?
Posted by: CheeryDog

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed May 23 2012 11:09 PM

10. Works for an expert to learn a trade
Your answer: prentice

It appears to missing missing the AP at the start.
Posted by: spanishliz

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu May 24 2012 08:23 AM

There's nothing missing, it's just an older way of saying apprentice.
Posted by: Ghosttowner

Word Wizard Letter Anomaly? - Mon May 28 2012 08:40 PM

Just seeing if anyone else is having interesting draws for the letters for the Mini-Game. In the last week, it seems like it is all vowels. Had a streak of 11 straight vowels then 2 consonants and now am working on 13 out of 15 vowels again! Been running about 90-95 percent vowels. Makes it interesting having to trade in 6 vowels or more just to make a short word!
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard Letter Anomaly? - Mon May 28 2012 09:13 PM

These things happen - there has been quite a bit of discussion about it on another thread. The last time I ended up with 12 consonants I did some trades, and by the time I was back up to 12 letters was able to play my first (and, so far, only) 12-letter word, so there is hope.

edited to remove typo
Posted by: Terry

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue May 29 2012 11:18 AM

We use a database provided by Princeton's dictionary project.

I think the "free dictionary" you folks sometimes refer to is also derived from that same project, which is why you can often find words there that match what we use.
Posted by: Terry

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue May 29 2012 12:26 PM

Yikes -- it has been a while since I did a prune.

But it has been done...

Over 500 entries removed based on all of the feedback to this point. Lots of drug street names removed, lots of fish / types of meat, and entries with errors.

Thanks for posting the errors you have found. Something that is very nice to see is that there was actually quite a lot of duplication of errors found over the months. That means we're actually covering most of the word database, and lots of errors have come out. Hopefully we've trimmed out most of the "obvious" stuff by now. Well, fingers crossed at least!

As for why we used this obviously error-filled database: well, for one it was free. It is simply prohibitive to use say Webster's dictionary in our games. It's simply not available. And even if we had a more thoroughly edited dictionary, we'd still have every single one of the "ambiguity" issues, because those are a function of extracting random words from any dictionary.

The other reason is that I like some of the weird definitions that make their way into word wizard. This is a trivia site after all, and trivia is all about strange, unexpected bits of information. This Princeton dictionary is filled with bits of culture and history, and to me at least, that's pretty cool. Keeps things interesting.

Terry

Posted by: habitsowner

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue May 29 2012 01:58 PM

Raine D2007,

No, the technical term is "panovariohysterectomy" for a female cat or dog.

Spay is usuable for both genders, but is usually used only for females with neuter for males.

30 years in a Veterinary Hospital...

Edited to address to whom the message was meant.
Posted by: shuehorn

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue May 29 2012 07:07 PM

Originally Posted By: Terry
Yikes -- it has been a while since I did a prune.

But it has been done...

Over 500 entries removed based on all of the feedback to this point. Lots of drug street names removed, lots of fish / types of meat, and entries with errors.

[...]As for why we used this obviously error-filled database: well, for one it was free. It is simply prohibitive to use say Webster's dictionary in our games. It's simply not available. And even if we had a more thoroughly edited dictionary, we'd still have every single one of the "ambiguity" issues, because those are a function of extracting random words from any dictionary.

The other reason is that I like some of the weird definitions that make their way into word wizard. This is a trivia site after all, and trivia is all about strange, unexpected bits of information. This Princeton dictionary is filled with bits of culture and history, and to me at least, that's pretty cool. Keeps things interesting.


I agree with the strange definitions being in keeping with linguistic trivia. Thanks for the pruining!

Sue
Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed May 30 2012 07:26 PM

I think it's nice that Terry did some pruning. However, I honestly didn't mind the game as it was. I didn't mind drug references (there isn't a policeman on earth who wouldn't recommend that all parents learn every "nickname" for stuff sold on the streets) or any other seemingly "obscure" stuff.

Word/phrases have many different meanings and I think it's cool that some of those "different" meanings will still be included. Sure, there might be a typo here or there - who cares? Most of the folks under 25 these days don't use real English anyway when messaging LOL! Regardless of the "nitpicky" errors, I'd have to say that in most cases, those situations wouldn't cause you to get the actual question WRONG : ) And I really don't care what dictionary is used, but it's good that Terry explained about it.

If I can get the monthly word wiz badge, then I suspect most other people can too (although perhaps not on the first attempt) - regardless of how many typos they might find. Very very few answers are illogical. I still like the game (and will keep playing it because I need a zillion or so points to get the WordWhatever mega badge) and I quite honestly don't know why people still continue to complain about it.
Posted by: Barbarini

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Jun 04 2012 08:08 PM

Just came across this in WW...

"Prudence
Your answer: the quality of being prudent and sensible
the quality of being prudent and sensible is the definition for "wisdom"

The correct answer was discretion in practical affairs"

Six of one and half a dozen of the other.... frown
Posted by: Aedan57

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Jun 30 2012 03:14 PM

I'm trying to turn in the word "adulthood". The word is rejected because of a "missing" letter "d".
The "d" is not missing, it's there!
The word is accepted by FT dictionary. What's my solution!
Posted by: Aedan57

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Jun 30 2012 03:22 PM

It's OK, problem solved. Thanks for being patient!
Posted by: wonderputz

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Jul 14 2012 01:39 PM

5. Technical terms for pregnancy

Your answer: replication

replication means "the persistence of a sound after its source has stopped"

The correct answer was gravidity

Sure, I missed the word gravidity when I chose replication (which would be a correct answer), but the given definition for replication doesn't make sense. According to the New Oxford American Dictionary:

replication |&#716;repli&#712;k&#257;SH&#601;n|
noun
1 the action of copying or reproducing something.
• a copy: a twentieth-century building would be cheaper than a replication of what was there before.
• the repetition of a scientific experiment or trial to obtain a consistent result.
• the process by which genetic material or a living organism gives rise to a copy of itself: HIV replication | a crucial step in cold virus replications.
2 Law, dated a plaintiff's reply to the defendant's plea.

I believe your definition is for reverberation.
Posted by: JanIQ

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Jul 20 2012 08:16 AM

"8. Toner
Your answer: the purple or black-and-blue area resulting from a bruise

the purple or black-and-blue area resulting from a bruise is the definition for "ecchymosis"

The correct answer was a lotion for cleansing the skin and contracting the pores"

I only thought of ink toner, which is clearly not appropriate for cleansing the skin - quite au contraire, I dare say.
Posted by: skunkee

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Jul 20 2012 09:13 AM

grin
Posted by: Chavs

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Jul 20 2012 09:17 AM

Originally Posted By: wonderputz
5. Technical terms for pregnancy

Your answer: replication

replication means "the persistence of a sound after its source has stopped"

The correct answer was gravidity

Sure, I missed the word gravidity when I chose replication (which would be a correct answer), but the given definition for replication doesn't make sense. According to the New Oxford American Dictionary:

replication |&#716;repli&#712;k&#257;SH&#601;n|
noun
1 the action of copying or reproducing something.
• a copy: a twentieth-century building would be cheaper than a replication of what was there before.
• the repetition of a scientific experiment or trial to obtain a consistent result.
• the process by which genetic material or a living organism gives rise to a copy of itself: HIV replication | a crucial step in cold virus replications.
2 Law, dated a plaintiff's reply to the defendant's plea.

I believe your definition is for reverberation.


Hi wonderputz,

I thought exactly the same as you but, looking at online dictionaries, it turns out that WW is correct.

From "The Free Dictionary by Farlex":

rep·li·ca·tion (rpl-kshn)
n.
1. A fold or a folding back.
2. A reply to an answer; a rejoinder.
3. Law The plaintiff's response to the defendant's answer or plea.
4. An echo or reverberation.
5. A copy or reproduction.
6. The act or process of duplicating or reproducing something.
7. Biology The process by which genetic material, a single-celled organism, or a virus reproduces or makes a copy of itself: replication of DNA.
8. In scientific research, the repetition of an experiment to confirm findings or to ensure accuracy.


smile
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Jul 20 2012 11:58 AM

Also wonderputz, be aware that the dictionary source for this game and other word games on the site is outside the control of Fun Trivia. We cannot make corrections to any errors found. I think the only game using individual records that we can influence is the database maintained by jmelston for the Who Am I? Game.
Back to the other games, Terry can and does I think block some content (for vulgarity?) from those other sources but cannot control their content once accepted. The other entities have copyrights on the material, meaning our use precludes changing anything even if we wanted to on our side of the virtual curtain.

Note also that you will encounter many archaic definitions to words in widespread use under different definitions (example not included since thinking of those things hurts the brain and brings back memories of a puppy I once had who...sob! Now see what you've done?)
Posted by: Chavs

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Jul 21 2012 09:25 AM

This might only interest me but I am sticking it up in case anyone else is interested.

"And when you saw his chariot but appear,
Have you not made an universal shout,
That Tiber trembled underneath her banks
To hear the replication of your sounds
Made in her concave shores?"


~ from Shakespeare (Julius Caesar)




But so far I can find nothing reliable for "Banch":



Originally Posted By: stedman
From today's set:

11. Banch
Your answer: (law) the seat for judges in a courtroom

I think this probably should be "bench".

Luckily I assumed it was a typo - none of the other answers seemed to fit the non-existant word "banch" either!




A couple of online dictionaries list it like this but I suspect (as Terry says upthread) they are using the same database and have copied a typo.

A court can sit "en banc" or "in banc" and a judge's seat is a "bench". But no banch.

This is just for interest because I find it interesting that accidentally repeated typos on the internet may be responsible for future changes in our language.
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Aug 08 2012 07:36 PM

French for `worst going' - typo
The first quotation mark is an accent.
Posted by: tatwood

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Aug 19 2012 02:07 PM

3. Aberration
Your answer: something abnormal or anomalous
something abnormal or anomalous is the definition for "miscreation"
The correct answer was a disorder in one's mental state

ab•er•ra•tion ( b -r sh n)
n.
1. A deviation from the proper or expected course. See Synonyms at deviation.
2. A departure from the normal or typical: events that were aberrations from the norm.
3. Psychology A disorder or abnormal alteration in one's mental state.
4.
a. A defect of focus, such as blurring in an image.
b. An imperfect image caused by a physical defect in an optical element, as in a lens.
5. The apparent displacement of the position of a celestial body in the direction of motion of an observer on Earth, caused by the motion of Earth and the finite velocity of light.
6. Genetics A deviation in the normal structure or number of chromosomes in an organism.

Arrrggg....
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Aug 19 2012 06:02 PM

Though you highlighted definition 2, definition 3 paraphrases almost word for word what was given as the correct answer.
"A disorder or abnormal alteration in one's mental state."
vs
"a disorder in one's mental state".

(You should cite your source of information to allay plagiarism and copyright infringement claims. I don't think anyone would accuse you of claiming to have written these definitions yourself, but the work of others needs to be acknowleged by attribution (found those two 'A' words while looking in the A's in Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (1993), tenth edition). wink wink )
Posted by: tatwood

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Aug 20 2012 07:48 AM

I know that. I highlighted the second definition because it was closest to the answer I submitted. 'A departure from the normal' would be something 'abnormal' or an 'aberration.'

Source: freedictionary.com
Posted by: Barbarini

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Aug 24 2012 07:20 PM

Thanks Terry for getting rid of the mostly objectionable street slang, especially illegal drug names for which I have no reference for.

Could you also please consider removing some of these obscure slang expressions that no one in a million years (i.e., me) would ever be familiar with.

Corporation....The correct answer was slang terms for a paunch.

Besides, I thought PAUNCH was slang for protruding belly...so is CORPORATION slang for a slang term? How's a girl supposed to keep up? wink


I know it's a big job but is it perhaps possible to eliminate everything that has the word "slang" in the definition? Just a suggestion, I know you're pretty busy right now.

Thanks!
Barbara
Posted by: spanishliz

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Aug 24 2012 07:34 PM

Umm, I'd have got that one, actually. I think eliminating all slang would make it a much duller game.

Edited to add that "paunch" is not slang, it simply means a protruding belly, or even just the belly.
Posted by: Barbarini

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Aug 24 2012 08:32 PM

Originally Posted By: spanishliz
Edited to add that "paunch" is not slang, it simply means a protruding belly, or even just the belly.


I stand corrected! Although where we grew up it we viewed it as a slang term. Northern Irish English doesn't always come across as the same to others.
Posted by: abechstein

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Aug 24 2012 08:52 PM

Both of these incomplete definitions can be confusing. The definition for "serviette" is missing, perhaps, the words "cloth used" at the beginning, and the definition for "sacramental wine" is missing the word "wine" at the beginning. Otherwise, the definition "to protect clothing" for "serviette" is just wrong, as I can't find a usage of "serviette" as a verb in English.

Serviette

Your answer: used in a communion service

used in a communion service is the definition for "sacramental_wine"

The correct answer was to protect clothing
Posted by: sportsherald

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Aug 25 2012 11:30 AM

Typo:

3 an exceptional interest in and admiration for yourself

transmutation
bench
narcism
oddness
begrudge
brawl

"narcism" should be "narcissism" -the correct answer!
Posted by: maninmidohio

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Aug 25 2012 12:27 PM

narcism is listed by several sources on the web as an alternative for narcissism. It is a perfectly good answer.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Aug 25 2012 02:48 PM

Just to be difficult:

Although "narcism" is sometimes used, it is generally considered to be being used erroneously, and is not considered as valid as "narcissism". Its entry in any dictionary derives purely from the misspelling of "narcissism", it has no other history.

That may make it eligible for Word Wizard answers which include obscure words but we should bear in mind that we should all be using the correct spelling, even if we also pronounce it as "narcism", and that it's not a perfectly acceptable alternative in most circumstances, certainly not in the psychological profession where it is most used.

Unless we are staging a coup, of course.

http://wordinfo.info/unit/1368/ip:1/il:N

http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=narcissism
Posted by: kaddarsgirl

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Aug 25 2012 02:55 PM

I've studied the origins of the word while in classics classes in school. The word "narcissism" comes from the Greek "Narcissus" who was so in love with his own reflection that he starved to death because he forgot to eat. It is definitely spelled "narcissism". I've never seen it spelled any other way, and I've only ever heard it pronounced with three syllables: like "NAR-sis-ism".
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Aug 25 2012 03:53 PM

Is there a word missing?

The quality of being at a competitive disadvantage
Your answer: unfavorable position
Posted by: lorance79

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Aug 27 2012 07:34 AM

Lower middle class (shopkeepers and clerical staff etc.)

Petty bourgeoisie.


-----------------

Unless this is a legitimate American spelling that I'm unfamiliar with, shouldn't it be *petite* bourgeoisie?
Posted by: lorance79

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Aug 27 2012 07:37 AM

Re narcism: several sources on the web is not the same as authoritative sources.

Shall we allow "terrism" as an acceptable spelling because that's how "terrorism" is pronounced in a particular accent?
Posted by: Chavs

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Aug 27 2012 08:38 AM

Is "terrism" listed in any dictionary? "Narcism" is. My point is that it's used enough for it to be included in some dictionaries but that the use is still wrong! wink
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Aug 28 2012 07:47 AM

Don't anyone go nucular here.
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Aug 29 2012 12:17 PM

Canon - a ravine formed by a river in an area with little rainfall

This is not correct unless it is spelled cañon. Without the ~ accent, the meaning and pronunciation are very different. Entry should be removed or include the ~ mark.

dictionary.com
ca·ñon / [kan-yuhn]
noun
canyon
Posted by: AlexxSchneider

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Aug 30 2012 10:57 AM

Isn't substituting the tilde accent with the letter 'h' an acceptable substitution? Like in piranha, for example.
Posted by: shuehorn

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Aug 30 2012 08:39 PM

Or even just spelling it canyon. wink
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Sep 02 2012 11:18 AM

Got this one again. Doesn't it need 'at' in the phrase?

11. The quality of being a competitive disadvantage
Your answer: unfavorable position
Posted by: bloomsby

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Sep 02 2012 07:51 PM

Quote:
narcism is listed by several sources on the web as an alternative for narcissism. It is a perfectly good answer.


No. There is a lot of plagiarism in the internet, and very often several inaccurate 'sources' go back to one single bad source. So, 'several sources on the web' is often meaningless.


Edited to say:

Sorry! To my surprise, I see that Collins online dictionary in fact gives narcism as an alternative to narcissism .


http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/narcism
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Sep 03 2012 12:26 AM

Part of a word missing? - 'one'
11. Counsellor
Your answer: some[one] who gives advice about problems
Posted by: sportsherald

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Sep 03 2012 10:42 AM

'13 pot likker

a nation that possesses formidable naval strength
wet thoroughly
a small ring-shaped friedcake
a sculptural relief between low relief and high relief
the liquid in which vegetables or meat have be cooked
(music) the relative duration of a musical note '

I have two issues with this one. First, "likker" instead of "liquor"? When I first saw this, I thought it might be a pejorative term for Protestants that slipped through. Second, the correct answer, "the liquid in which vegetables or meat have be cooked," surely should be, "the liquid in which vegetables or meat have BEEN cooked."
Posted by: kaddarsgirl

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Sep 03 2012 11:16 AM

"14. Place
The correct answer was instal"

"Install" is spelled with 2 "L"s, not 1.
Posted by: spanishliz

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Sep 03 2012 11:47 AM

Instal with one "l" is a (chiefly) British variant spelling, but is not incorrect.
Posted by: abechstein

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Sep 03 2012 12:25 PM

"Pot likker" is a regional term in the southern US, and though it looks wrong, that is the accepted spelling for the cooking liquid of vegetables (most often collard greens). I've never heard it used for the cooking liquid of meat, but...

There does seem to be a typo in the definition, though.
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Sep 03 2012 09:59 PM

Got this one again, too. Still an accent mark in place of a quotation mark.
10. French for `worst going'
Your answer: pis aller
Posted by: Mariamir

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Sep 10 2012 08:30 PM

Not sure if this is the right place to say, but when I submitted a word, it said, "Word succesfully submitted!"

Isn't "succesfully" missing an "s"?
Posted by: shuehorn

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Sep 11 2012 06:36 AM

Good eye, Marissa! I'd never seen that before.

Sue
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Sep 17 2012 07:21 PM

12. Informal terms for a human `tooth'
Your answer: pearly

Mix of accent mark and single quotation. The source needs to be changed and/or improved.
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Sep 20 2012 11:24 PM

Never bet money on these.

2. The property of copious abundance
Your answer: abound in

abound in means "exist in large quantity"

The correct answer was amplitude
Posted by: Chavs

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Sep 27 2012 06:21 AM

Well..to be technical... I suppose "abound in" is not a property whereas "amplitude" is.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Sep 27 2012 06:21 AM

Originally Posted By: Mariamir
Not sure if this is the right place to say, but when I submitted a word, it said, "Word succesfully submitted!"

Isn't "succesfully" missing an "s"?


That's funny! grin
Posted by: CmdrK

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Oct 04 2012 03:11 PM

This is in this hour's Word Wizard:

9. A pass to a receiver upfield from the passer
answer: lateral

This isn't right. While some dictionaries are nebulous in their description of which direction the pass is going in, in American football it's very specific:
lateral
(3) Football (also lateral pass) a pass thrown either sideways or backward from the position of the passer.

If it goes upfield from the passer, it's a forward pass, not a lateral.
Posted by: Julia103

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Oct 04 2012 05:01 PM

I was amused today to have the same word twice in a row with two different definitions:

3. Nightcap
Your answer: an alcoholic drink taken at bedtime

4. Nightcap
Your answer: the final game of a double header

I hope the system is set up so that both definitions don't show up in the same list of choices!
Posted by: moonraker2

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Oct 05 2012 09:39 AM


Whilst it's not of earth shattering importance I was just a tad aggrieved at a Word Wizard entry that went against me this afternoon, as follows:

................................................
5. Compensate
Your answer: offset

offset means "a compensating equivalent"

The correct answer was "get even".
...............................................

It seems slightly unreasonable to have these two alternatives available for selection, as either of them could arguably be correct.
Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Oct 05 2012 07:13 PM

LOL! I can actually see why your answer was incorrect in a "definitive" way, but even so I had to laugh, after all .. "don't get mad, get even" is rarely a statement regarded as conciliatory. Don't you love the game though? It reflects all the weird nuances of the English language : )
Posted by: moonraker2

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Oct 07 2012 09:04 AM

Agreed Jakeroo, the added problem I have with WW, although I'm addicted to the game, is that the English language I've lived with all my life on this side of The Pond does not include many of the American variations. laugh
Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Oct 07 2012 09:48 AM

yes, I have the same "problem" and I'm much closer to the US than you are. Every day my life is inundated by American spellings of words (not helped at all by the fact that I can't change my "work" default to Canadian English in Microsoft Office without contacting an IT Help(less) person smile. I plan to start a protest LOL
Posted by: moonraker2

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Oct 07 2012 11:13 AM

I fear any protest may fall on deaf ears as this first-rate site owes its origin to [and is based in] the USA. laugh

However, perhaps a peaceful sit-in on the WW steps may do the trick! ;)LOL

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"Don't be afraid your life will end; be afraid that it will never begin!"
Posted by: reeshy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Oct 07 2012 01:01 PM

The variety is part of the fun, in my opinion! I think the game is fine as is. Remember that slang varies even across a country, so many Americans won't know a lot of the so-called US slang and the same for any country.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Oct 07 2012 05:58 PM

Moonraker2,
The first step to a common understood language is to speak it to each other and find where the differences are. So, with that in mind and to wile away the hours during the sit in, may I ask what your definition of 'is' is? A lot depends on it. Some of our Rhodes Scholars on this side of the ocean can't seem to agree on that one.
Posted by: moonraker2

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Oct 08 2012 04:43 AM

Mehaul ... surely it is one of the requisites of a politician to impart ambiguous statements when being questioned? blush

Although, perhaps Mr Clinton was being particularly astute when offering his definition of the word!?

As suggested I will contemplate my interpretation during the sit in! confused
____________________________________________________

"Don't be afraid your life will end; be afraid that it will never begin!"
Posted by: cairnster

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Oct 08 2012 11:32 AM

Not really a content issue, but has anyone else ever noticed that it says "Word 'succesfully' submitted" when submitting a word? The dictionary right below would have an issue with that smilee
Posted by: gracious1

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Oct 09 2012 12:21 AM

"white-out" vs. "white out".....


There was a question on Word Wizard that presented the word "white-out". The correct answer was purported to be "widen the interlinear spacing by inserting leads".

I didn't get the question because I was unaware of this definition. However, more to the point, I checked this on the Free Dictionary Online, and it gives that defintion for "white out" without the hyphen, but not for "white-out" with the hyphen. I think this is a notable distinction.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Oct 09 2012 12:43 PM

I can picture the wordbot trying to cram two words into the space allotted for one. The hyphen must have been the lubricant to make it slip right in.
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Oct 09 2012 02:52 PM

Originally Posted By: gracious1
"white-out" vs. "white out".....


There was a question on Word Wizard that presented the word "white-out". The correct answer was purported to be "widen the interlinear spacing by inserting leads".

I didn't get the question because I was unaware of this definition. However, more to the point, I checked this on the Free Dictionary Online, and it gives that defintion for "white out" without the hyphen, but not for "white-out" with the hyphen. I think this is a notable distinction.

I doesn't really matter what information you find in other dictionaries, for this game you have to live with the (often slightly 'off') definitions and spellings used in the dictionary in the game. It is not on the FunTrivia site, so we cannot amend it, and the task of removing by filter everything that someone doesn't agree with would take up far too much of Terry's time to be worthwhile. Once you accept the oddities as part of the quirkiness that gives the game its charm, it's all a lot more fun. And learning the words and definitions here is a big help in Mind Melt!
Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Oct 10 2012 11:40 PM

Originally Posted By: moonraker2

I fear any protest may fall on deaf ears as this first-rate site owes its origin to [and is based in] the USA. laugh
However, perhaps a peaceful sit-in on the WW steps may do the trick! ;)LOL


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(giggles) - well, I meant I wanted to start a protest with the IT people at work, not FT, as I like the game just the way it is.

Speaking of the "IT guys", the last one I talked to was named "Guy".
Okay, (I) found that amusing, but perhaps I need to get out of the office more often ...
Posted by: sportsherald

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Oct 17 2012 08:17 AM

"11. Corporation
Your answer: a body of people doing the same kind of work

a body of people doing the same kind of work is the definition for "occupational_group"

The correct answer was slang terms for a paunch"


...Really???
Posted by: flopsymopsy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Oct 17 2012 08:19 AM

My father had quite a large corporation. He claimed it was all muscle. So yes, really, lol.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Oct 17 2012 01:50 PM

An unfortunate group of answers because both seem to be correct: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/corporation


(But perhaps that's why we say Fat Cats! cool )
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Oct 17 2012 02:34 PM

The business sense of corporation is more than just people working together - it implies a formal, usually legal, designation of a particular group. From memory, the group of people who work together is used as a definition for vocation (which I dislike every time I have to click it, since I think that term implies a calling, as its Latin root suggests) and also for colleagues, as well as occupational group. Those terms that do have exactly matching definitions in the dictionary used for the game will nt appear in the same set.
Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Oct 18 2012 12:13 AM

corpus (the root word) is latin for "body" - which can mean a body of anything: literal works, medical/physical, legal, religious and business-wise. But, as Chavs noted, it was an unfortunate coincidence that two seemingly equally likely answers were in the same set. Oh well, that's how it goes some days : )
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Oct 25 2012 08:04 PM

Quote:
Census
Your answer: a period count of the population

'periodic' would probably be a better word.
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Nov 14 2012 12:50 AM

1. Loathing
Your answer: intense aversion

intense aversion is the definition for "repugnance"

The correct answer was hate coupled with disgust

Right from dictionary.com
loath·ing
noun
strong dislike or disgust; intense aversion

Another example of 'the right answer is often wrong'
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Nov 20 2012 02:10 PM

8. Nitrazepam
Your answer: a drug that reduces excitability and calms a person

a drug that reduces excitability and calms a person is the definition for "downer"

The correct answer was a hypnotic and sedative drug of the benzodiazepine type

So Nitrazepam isn't a 'downer'...wait a minute. Yes, it is.
Posted by: martin_cube

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Nov 29 2012 03:20 PM

This may already have been posted here but I'll put it up anyway:

The doctrine that all violence in unjustifiable. That should be 'IS' I think.
Posted by: Creedy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Dec 07 2012 02:24 AM

Problem with Word Wizard. It's stuck and has been for a couple of hours smile
Posted by: Creedy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Dec 07 2012 02:25 AM

ie, it's counting down the minutes, but stuck on the one game from a couple of hours ago
Posted by: WesleyCrusher

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Dec 07 2012 09:16 AM

The reset problem is known; Terry will get to it as soon as he can. Please no further reports smile
Posted by: CmdrK

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Dec 18 2012 05:55 PM

From this hour's game:
12. The act of hitting vigorously
Your answer: pound
pound means "the basic unit of money in Lebanon"
The correct answer was knock

From the thesaurus on my dictionary:
knock
verb
1 he knocked on the door: bang, tap, rap, thump, pound, hammer; strike, hit, beat.
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Jan 08 2013 03:17 PM

Another fifty-percenter.

Quote:
11. Pave a road with cobblestones or pebbles
Your answer: cobbling

cobbling means "the shoemaker's trade"

The correct answer was causeway
Posted by: deaconblues63

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Jan 09 2013 03:09 PM

This is from this hour's Word Wizard

Quote:
12: Enter into a contractual arrangement

Your answer: formalize

formalize means "declare or make legally valid"

The correct answer was undertake


I actually think formalize is a better answer.
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Jan 10 2013 11:23 PM

Get ready for this one.

Offering goods and services for sale
Your answer: advertizement

advertizement means "a public promotion of some product or service"

The correct answer was supply
Posted by: Chavs

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Jan 13 2013 08:48 AM

I got the same word twice this hour. Does that happen much? I've never seen it before. Not a problem but...remarkable? smile

4. Hoariness -- a silvery-white color

6. Hoariness -- great age (especially gray or white with age)
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Jan 13 2013 11:33 AM

It's unusual - I've played a lot of games, and only remember it happening twice to me.
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Jan 16 2013 10:35 AM

Yeah but...

1. Dashing_hopes
Your answer: an act that does not achieve its intended goal

an act that does not achieve its intended goal is the definition for "nonaccomplishment"

The correct answer was an act (or failure to act) that disappoints someone

I was disappointed when I didn't get this one right because it didn't achieve my goal. frown
Posted by: zippolover

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Jan 18 2013 09:38 AM

A body of people doing the same kind of work

Your answer: project

project means "transfer (ideas or principles) from one domain into another"

The correct answer was vocation
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Jan 18 2013 04:23 PM

The word you read as a noun rather than a verb would refer to a group of people working on he same task, not just the same kind of work. Vocation is definitely a more appropriate match.
Posted by: Lottie1001

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Jan 19 2013 05:41 PM

10. A ravine formed by a river in an area with little rainfall

Your answer: canon

Shouldn't the word be 'canyon'?
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Jan 19 2013 07:16 PM

It's actually missing the ~ over the first n.
Posted by: AlexxSchneider

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Jan 19 2013 07:17 PM

"cañon" is an alternate spelling, and I suppose the system doesn't like the tilde, so it doesn't include it.
Posted by: Rowena8482

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Jan 31 2013 09:16 AM

Aha! I see other people have had the Canon/Canyon conundrum too - I was just coming to mention it myself. Could it be made canyon if the system won't do the "squiggle"? Since canon without accent is, well, a canon and most definitely NOT anything to do with dry rivers and what not laugh
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Jan 31 2013 12:06 PM

This game draws on an external source, which means that its imperfections just have to be learned and lived with, if not loved. Filters can be, and have been, applied to remove certain classes of words from being used on a family-friendly site, but they are still there in the original database being used. Single entries with spelling errors and typos and slightly inaccurate definitions just come through. They're part of the game, as I see it.
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Feb 03 2013 05:28 PM

With the variety of spellings used, and the numerous definitions they include, my eyes caught this one first and didn't even look at the other choices. I still may have stumbled.

A slipper that is soft and wool (for babies)
Your answer: booty

booty means "goods or money obtained illegally"

The correct answer was bootee
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Feb 04 2013 09:12 AM

I had a chuckle today on this one. I knew the answer, but one of the other choices was...hmmm

emit a cloud of fine particles
smoke
flatulence
Posted by: malik24

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Feb 05 2013 11:12 AM

Originally Posted By: Chavs
I got the same word twice this hour. Does that happen much? I've never seen it before. Not a problem but...remarkable? smile

4. Hoariness -- a silvery-white color

6. Hoariness -- great age (especially gray or white with age)



I've just had this too. No complaints but I think it's a first for me too.

2. Test the limits of

Your answer: strain

15. Make tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious

Your answer: strain
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Feb 05 2013 04:05 PM

Ssabreman,
Everyone knows that flatulence is the emission of not-so-fine particles!
Posted by: tobxan67

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Feb 05 2013 08:49 PM

I love the occasional possible answer that makes me stop and chuckle, just adds to the fun for me and stops me when I'm taking it too seriously.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Feb 09 2013 03:39 AM

I got one wrong in my last game.

15. Be reasonable or logical or comprehensible

Your answer: muliebrity

muliebrity means "the state of being an adult woman"


Well? That's what I said, didn't I ?!

wink

Posted by: rossian

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Feb 09 2013 03:42 AM

That's a perfectly reasonable, logical and wholly understandable answer Chavs.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Feb 09 2013 04:03 AM

You're so right.
Posted by: froggyx

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Feb 09 2013 04:08 AM

Originally Posted By: Chavs
I got one wrong in my last game.

15. Be reasonable or logical or comprehensible

Your answer: muliebrity

muliebrity means "the state of being an adult woman"


Well? That's what I said, didn't I ?!

wink




Love it! laugh
Posted by: Aedan57

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Feb 10 2013 09:43 AM

I have a question regarding order of letter use when a word is spelled.
My last two vowels were a's and my newest two vowels were also a's.
I spelled a word with two a's and the a's removed were my newest two a's.
I would of preferred my oldest two a's to have been used for the word.
That would of made an o and a u my oldest vowels which I might then trade for a consonant if needed.
Need one more critter for Word Safari, llama.
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Feb 10 2013 11:51 AM

It has always been the case that play uses the newer of two available letters, even though trading takes the older one. It can be very irritating when you are plotting your letters, and needs to be taken into account when playing a small words to manipulate your holding.
Posted by: Aedan57

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Feb 10 2013 02:39 PM

I was unaware, thought played & dropped letters would be treated the same way. Good information, thank you.
Posted by: froggyx

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Feb 22 2013 12:13 AM

This is not an issue, just a suggestion.
I think it would be really great, if there was a place where we (the members) can exchange letters between us (even if it'd be limited to say, only 1 a day).
Posted by: ASA

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Feb 23 2013 07:13 AM

Trainload is an acceptable word for trading in but trainloads is not.
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Feb 23 2013 02:18 PM

From the page where you submit letters: Valid words are those found in the FunTrivia dictionary, which includes all sorts of unusual and unexpected words. Note, however, that the FunTrivia dictionary does not include ALL plural forms or tense variations. You're going to have to get creative smile
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Mar 01 2013 08:26 AM

Got caught in traffic on this one. Way too close to call.

5. Main_line
Your answer: a major thoroughfare that bears important traffic

a major thoroughfare that bears important traffic is the definition for "artery"

The correct answer was the principal route of a transportation system
Posted by: salami_swami

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Mar 05 2013 10:04 AM

I can understand how my incorrect option fits better with convertible, but given the options for "vehicle", what I chose was certainly viable.

14. Vehicle

Your answer: a car that has top that can be folded or removed

a car that has top that can be folded or removed is the definition for "convertible"

The correct answer was a conveyance that transports people or objects


It is certainly easy to see "vehicle" as the question, and "a car" as the first two words of an incorrect answer and choose that one. smile
Posted by: CheeryDog

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Mar 06 2013 01:19 AM

I just got in the same quiz

2. Lightweight trousers worn in various Eastern countries
Your answer: pyjamas


3. Lightweight trousers worn in various Eastern countries
Your answer: pajamas

(and also a question about sweat pants, but that doesn't matter)
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Mar 07 2013 02:24 PM

maple-leaf - emblem of canada

maple leaf is not a hyphenated word
Posted by: Chavs

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Mar 07 2013 04:27 PM

May-be we can bring hy-phens back? smile
Posted by: salami_swami

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Mar 07 2013 04:34 PM

Per-haps.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Mar 07 2013 05:16 PM

Re-commended.
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Mar 07 2013 05:58 PM

Originally Posted By: mehaul
Re-commended.


I will agree as long as bald-eagle and sham-rock are included.
Posted by: Aedan57

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Mar 09 2013 05:54 AM

For some reason my name and scores have disappeared from the monthly "Cumulative Scores". All was well yesterday, just gone this morning. I've 96 points this month but would really not want to lose the over 2500 total points I've accumulated.
Edited as I also noticed it shows my total score since game began as 2409 tho am certain it was over 2500.
My router lost the connection while playing my last word game of the day, not sure if that could somehow be related.
Problem solved, my gold membership had expired at midnight. Score is still 2409 so perhaps I was wrong about it being higher.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Mar 09 2013 01:24 PM

Originally Posted By: ssabreman
Originally Posted By: mehaul
Re-commended.


I will agree as long as bald-eagle and sham-rock are included.


I like sham-rock - sounds like glam rock.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Mar 09 2013 04:08 PM

Only a week 'til pahty-for-pahty time!
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Mar 09 2013 04:19 PM

Not a benevolent question.

Benevolence
Your answer: the quality of being kind and generous

the quality of being kind and generous is the definition for "bigheartedness"

The correct answer was an act intending or showing kindness and good will
Posted by: Tekka

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Mar 11 2013 07:21 PM

On in my last set was:

'Make off with the belongings of others'

Answer: Cabbage

Never heard of that one.
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Mar 11 2013 10:13 PM

From http://www.thefreedictionary.com/cabbage :

cabbage Brit slang
vb
to steal; pilfer
[of uncertain origin; perhaps related to Old French cabas theft]
Posted by: ASA

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Mar 12 2013 10:10 PM

8. Toque


The correct answer was a small round woman's hat


If the woman is a bit bigger or not quite round can she still where a Toque ?
Posted by: Tekka

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Mar 13 2013 01:51 AM

Thanks for enlightening me Looney. I was born and raised in Britain but had never heard of the word cabbage being used that way - now I know:-)
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Mar 13 2013 03:28 AM

It's useful to remember that this game doesn't make up the definition on-site - they are taken from an online dictionary or database. And, unfortunately, sometimes that dictionary has definitions that are actually incorrect, or at least a bit askew. Nevertheless, there is really nothing constructive to do except to learn the 'wrong' definition so you will recognise it again in the future. As a bonus, you will also meet them in Mind Melt.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Mar 13 2013 05:23 AM

Originally Posted By: Tekka
Thanks for enlightening me Looney. I was born and raised in Britain but had never heard of the word cabbage being used that way - now I know:-)


Same here! Following your mention of it I had a google around and see that several sites link it to a 17th century use where a tailor would "cabbage" the bits of leftover material from a job and use them to make something else. Technically the material belonged to the customer so the tailor would technically be stealing.

Originally Posted By: ASA
8. Toque


The correct answer was a small round woman's hat


If the woman is a bit bigger or not quite round can she still where a Toque ?


lol ASA! I have often laughed at that one too. smile
Posted by: DocWhispers

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Mar 14 2013 04:52 PM

"track star is related to wizard"

Because Gandalf is just like Jesse Owens.

Riiiight.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Mar 14 2013 05:45 PM

So, is our word Cab (for taxi) derived from being taken for a ride? smile
Posted by: TimBentley

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Mar 14 2013 07:09 PM

Originally Posted By: DocWhispers
"track star is related to wizard"

Because Gandalf is just like Jesse Owens.

Riiiight.



One definition of wizard: someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field.
Posted by: bitterlyold

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Mar 14 2013 10:20 PM

I am an English teacher in the US. I know we all have our differences, and I appreciate that we can laugh at them. WW tickles me no end many days.
Posted by: Midget40

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Mar 15 2013 01:10 PM

The site of the World Trade Center before it was destroyed

Your answer: ground zero

This is terrible grammer - the site of the World Trade Centre BEFORE it was destroyed is the World Trade Centre.

Ground Zero is the Site of the World Trade Cente AFTER it was destroyed
Posted by: maninmidohio

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Mar 16 2013 11:28 PM

2. Make a rattling sound
Your answer: rattle

rattle means "make short successive sounds"

The correct answer was brattle

I think I have a good case to argue here. I was robbed. (At least I got my letter.)
Posted by: jickie

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Mar 17 2013 09:39 AM

Originally Posted By: maninmidohio
2. Make a rattling sound
Your answer: rattle

rattle means "make short successive sounds"

The correct answer was brattle

I think I have a good case to argue here. I was robbed. (At least I got my letter.)


I had the same set and totally agree. I understand both words are correct answers but I thought I was playing Word Wizzard not Obscurity.
Posted by: zippolover

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Mar 18 2013 03:27 PM

I just got this one:

14. A metrical unit with unstressed-unstressed syllables

Your answer: pyrrhic

I got it right because I knew that it was none of the other answers, BUT I do not understand the answer. I looked it up online and in a paper dictionary, but am still none the wiser.

Can someone please un-confuse me?
Posted by: flopsymopsy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Mar 18 2013 04:51 PM

It's in Webster's online dictionary:

"a metrical foot consisting of two short or unaccented syllables"

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pyrrhic
Posted by: agony

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Mar 18 2013 09:50 PM

I assume that is a foot as in poetry, not a foot as in inches and yards.
Posted by: zippolover

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Mar 19 2013 01:23 AM

Yes, I found that and do not get it
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Mar 19 2013 01:54 AM

Poetry is broken up into segments called feet, with characteristic rhythms or stress patterns. An iamb, for example, is an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed one (think Shakespeare's usual rhythm pattern of iambic pentameter, or lines with five feet each containing an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed one); a dactyl is a stressed syllable followed by two unstressed ones (my high school teacher told us that the Iliad was written in dactylic hexameter, and that was the rhythmic pattern used in the translation we read; Iliad is an example of a dactyl). Similarly, if a section has two unstressed syllables, it is called a pyhrric foot. A spondee has two stressed syllables, and there are a number of other common patterns, each of which is given a name to describe it.
Posted by: zippolover

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Mar 19 2013 02:44 AM

Thank you

Could you give me an example of "... two unstressed syllables, it is called a pyhrric foot"? because that is the part that I cannot get onboard
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Mar 19 2013 03:33 AM

Here's an explanation with an example. It should be noted that it is a very rare metrical pattern, and some would prefer to analyse the poetic line so as to avoid its use. Scansion is an art, not a science. The example given is pyhrric/spondee, which could equally be called ionic (unstressed, unstressed, stressed, stressed). It could also be scanned as unstressed, unstressed, stressed / stressed, unstressed, unstressed / stressed, stressed - anapest/dactyl/spondee.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyrrhic

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/metrical+foot
Posted by: zippolover

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Mar 19 2013 03:40 AM

Thank you very much, I think that I get it now. It looks to me like two filler words thrown in to add needed length to a line in a poem and unimportant in any other sense in the poem!
Posted by: flopsymopsy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Mar 19 2013 05:40 AM

I'm glad that Looney didn't quote any of my epic verses as an example of words thrown in any which way or she might have found herself with a starring role in the next Llamas Christmas Poem. laugh
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Mar 21 2013 07:20 PM

8. Inability to perceive written words
Your answer: dyslexia

dyslexia means "impaired ability to learn to read"

The correct answer was visual aphasia

Really? I had trouble reading that one...or was it an inability to perceive the written words.
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Mar 21 2013 08:15 PM

Dyslexia means an impaired ability to perceive words, while aphasia (also sometimes called alexia) refers to a complete lack of the ability.
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Mar 21 2013 08:50 PM

Inability, impaired ability, complete lack of ability...Maybe if they had offered your two definitions, I would have been able to read and perceive the words.
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Mar 21 2013 09:56 PM

Originally Posted By: ssabreman
maple-leaf - emblem of canada

maple leaf is not a hyphenated word


Got this one in reverse. Are these being attended to? Just asking.
15. The emblem of Canada
Your answer: maple-leaf
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Mar 21 2013 11:20 PM

No, corrections like that are not being attended to, as they are in the source dictionary (which is not here at FunTrivia). Terry can, and has, filtered out a lot of material that is unacceptable for one reason or another, but the database itself is just out there. Unless you can figure out which one it is, and get the corrections made there!
Posted by: froggyx

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Mar 23 2013 05:58 AM

Haha, this has never happened to me before. 3 times the same question in Word Wizard (I mean it happens in the Expert and the Easy Game quite often, but it's not that usual in WW, is it?)

5. A crime that undermines the offender's government

Your answer: treason

9. An act of deliberate betrayal

Your answer: treason

15. A crime that undermines the offender's government

Your answer: high treason
Posted by: ITSOUNO11

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Apr 04 2013 11:47 PM

Is subsidence gradual sinking or sudden collapse? Both were correct answers.

2. Subsidence
Your answer: a gradual sinking to a lower level

3. Subsidence
Your answer: the sudden collapse of something into a hollow beneath it
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Apr 05 2013 12:08 AM

It can be either, it just has to involve downward movement. In this game, you won't find both of those options on offer and need to choose between them.
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Apr 09 2013 04:20 PM

I think the wording here was cut short and produced an incorrect definition.

13. Cradle
Your answer: run with the stick

This is from dictionary.com in reference to lacrosse.
19. lacrosse - to keep (the ball) in the net of the stick, esp while running with it.

The intent is that you are holding the ball. Running with it is secondary. In either case, it should mention ball.
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Apr 18 2013 04:15 PM

Another chop job which makes the definition wrong.

Involution - correct answer is raising a number to a specified power

But from dictionary.com
Compare evolution an algebraic operation in which a number, variable, expression etc, is raised to a specified power
Compare involution an algebraic operation in which the root of a number, expression, etc, is extracted
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Apr 18 2013 06:18 PM

Extracting a root is mathematically equivalent to raising the number to a fractional power (square root is the power of 1/2, cube root is the power of 1/3, etc.) so involution and evolution could both be described as raising the number to a specified power.

edited to clarify wording and fix typo
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Apr 18 2013 06:53 PM

So you're saying that evolution = involution? To a non-math person at this level, they look like the opposite of each other. I'm sure many others would be happy if they used the actual dictionary definition when it becomes this technical. It's hard enough without reversing definitions to make it impossible.
I see it as taking the second half of the 'compare' entry under involution, word for word. This makes it a bad match, similar to my previous post.
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Apr 18 2013 10:14 PM

Dictionary.com actually has the two terms defined in the reverse of what you posted, but that is not really the point. Neither of these is a term that a contemporary mathematician would use, because they imply a very narrow understanding of what is involved in the concept of raising a number to a power. Extracting a root is one type of exponentiation, using a fractional exponent with a numerator of 1 (taking a square root uses the power of 1/2). The exponent can also be an integer (what most people expect to see, as in squaring the number with an exponent of 2), or a fraction such as 2/3 or 17/4, which produces an effect not simply summarised by a generic term. And it can get far more complex!
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Apr 18 2013 10:40 PM

Nope, I copied them straight from dictionary.com. Have you defended both answers now?

involution:
Compare evolution ... etc.
evolution:
Compare involution ... etc.

And what you are saying tells me that this is so complex that it should not appear in a WW game if a mathematician has trouble with it.

Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Apr 18 2013 11:44 PM

When I looked at dictionary.com, I saw the following definitions (in the Collins Dictionary section - there are multiple definitions):

ev·o·lu·tion
5. (Mathematics) an algebraic operation in which the root of a number, expression, etc., is extracted Compare involution [6]
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/evolution

in·vo·lu·tion
6. (Mathematics) an algebraic operation in which a number, variable, expression etc., is raised to a specified power Compare evolution [5]
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/involution

I have no trouble with the definitions, but the terms are archaic, and the wording is misleading in its implications (not its essence) when read by a layman. One would only have used evolution to refer to the process of raising a number to a fractional exponent whose numerator is 1, also called extracting a root. One could have used involution to refer to ANY process of raising a number to a power, so fractions are included in that term, even though most people only think of integers when they visualise it.

A rectangle is a four-sided polygon with two pairs of parallel sides, and four right angles.
A square is a four-sided polygon with four sides of identical length and four right angles. Since it also has two pairs of parallel sides, it is a rectangle. Many people, however, only use the word rectangle to refer to an oblong, one with a length different from its width.

All squares are rectangles, but not all rectangles are squares. Similarly, the mathematical process of evolution (as defined here) is a type of involution (as defined here).
Posted by: nizard

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun May 05 2013 10:47 AM

For the last month Word Wizard is no longer letting me collect letters, has anyone else had this problem and how to you resolve the problem. Thank you, Nizard
Posted by: flopsymopsy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun May 05 2013 11:46 AM

The Mini-Game, i.e. where you collect letters, is a Gold member feature. Non-GMs can play the ordinary Word game but not that one. So is you were able to collect letters before you must have had Gold Membership for a while but presumably it has now expired.
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri May 10 2013 12:07 AM

Pick one:
1. Negotiable_instrument

a security pledged for the repayment of a loan

an unconditional order or promise to pay an amount of money
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri May 10 2013 01:42 AM

I pick Door #2, an unconditional order or promise to pay an amount of money. A security is different from the promise - my house is the security for my housing loan.
Posted by: habitsowner

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri May 10 2013 11:42 AM

And I'd pick the other one because it's not "unconditional".
Posted by: CmdrK

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed May 15 2013 09:45 AM

One from the current session:

3. Hit with the hand
Your answer: smite

smite means "inflict a heavy blow on, with the hand, a tool, or a weapon"

The correct answer was whomp

I'm thinking both words mean the same thing. :-/
Posted by: sportsherald

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu May 16 2013 10:56 AM

I've seen this one several times, and it's easy enough to pick the "right" answer, but as I understand it, it has the before and after reversed:

ground zero

a young child
a man who has never been married
the site of the world trade center before it was destroyed
an entrance to an amphitheater or stadium
act of ascertaining or fixing the value or worth of
an act of deliberate betrayal


The World Trade Center was never called "Ground Zero" until AFTER it was destroyed...
Posted by: AlexxSchneider

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu May 16 2013 01:22 PM

I think the 'before it was destroyed' refers to the WTC not being in existence anymore, rather than the WTC being called Ground Zero pre-9/11. It's hard to explain; I mean that it says

the site of 'the World Trade Center before it was destroyed'
rather than
the site of the World Trade Center, before [the WTC] was destroyed

i.e. the site of what used to be the WTC, but then that was destroyed. Sorry if this is unclear - I know what I mean, but it's difficult putting it down in writing!
Posted by: mdurnanj

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu May 16 2013 08:32 PM

i.e., the site of the former World Trade Center
Posted by: mpkitty

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu May 16 2013 10:26 PM

Sometimes I wonder if a definition is a British expression, or spelling or just a misspelling. Since British and American spelling and terms are sometimes similar but different, perhaps both could be given. To me, the defs seem to be mostly British - is this true, or is it just me. One example is about the gas (petrol) tank, do you top off or tip off?

No big deal, but...











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Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu May 16 2013 10:57 PM

Here in Australia we top up. There are many varieties of English, the American-British differences are just the start. The Word Wizard game uses a database (not on this site) that seems to me to use primarily American terms, especially a lot of the less formal usages. Over time, you get used to all the not-quite-right definitions, and even the occasional ones that are downright wrong, since they are beyond the control of the site.
Posted by: rossian

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri May 17 2013 12:26 AM

We top up in the UK too - when we can afford to.
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri May 17 2013 02:34 AM

We do tip off at the start of a basketball game. I've never heard top off used other than in the phrase "to top it off", which means something like "The icing on the cake", the finishing touch.
Posted by: HoboKing

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun May 26 2013 01:37 PM



A leader who stimulates and excites people to action.
I picked firebrand which is defined in one dictionary as "A person who is passionate about a particular cause, typically inciting change and taking radical action."

The correct answer according to the quiz was "galvanizer". I found the word "galvanize" defined "Shock or excite (someone), typically into taking action: "his voice galvanized them into action". Also "to subject to the action of an electric current especially for the purpose of stimulating physiologically." I'm thinking Luigi Galvani here. I like my choice of firebrand much better. I'm pretty lousy at this game relatively speaking. I take lots of quizzes on the site knowing I'm going to bomb. However none of them frustrates the you know what out of me like this game. I've had many other answers marked wrong that left me shaking my head, but didn't want to bother. I'm going to try to have 3 or 4 good games in a row and then retire from this game.
Posted by: HoboKing

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun May 26 2013 06:58 PM

Batten 1
a : to grow fat
b : to feed gluttonously

I picked extreme gluttony for my answer. The definition accepted in the quiz was "a strip fixed to something to hold it firm." I admit that is probably the more commonly accepted version of the word but what can you do when faced with a situation like this? Very frustrating game indeed. Again I say I really don't mind taking my lumps, and I salute the many really good quizzers here. This game can be so frustrating.
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun May 26 2013 11:10 PM

15. Destroy or injure severely
Your answer: extirpate

Nope, even though extirpate means:
1. to remove or destroy completely

They like: cut up
Posted by: Calpurnia09

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Jun 07 2013 06:24 AM

I think that there is a spelling error in the original question. Perhaps it was meant to be canyon.

QUESTION:

11.Canon

a time unit used in industry for measuring work
a ravine formed by a river in an area with little rainfall
medieval plate armor to protect a horse's head
difficult or labored respiration
the trait of extreme cruelty
the property of strong in constitution

ANSWER:

11. Canon
Your answer: medieval plate armor to protect a horse's head

medieval plate armor to protect a horse's head is the definition for "chamfron"

The correct answer was a ravine formed by a river in an area with little rainfall

DEFINITION OF CANON:

can·on 1  (knn)
n.
1. An ecclesiastical law or code of laws established by a church council.
2. A secular law, rule, or code of law.
3.
a. An established principle: the canons of polite society.
b. A basis for judgment; a standard or criterion.
4. The books of the Bible officially accepted as Holy Scripture.
5.
a. A group of literary works that are generally accepted as representing a field: "the durable canon of American short fiction" (William Styron).
b. The works of a writer that have been accepted as authentic: the entire Shakespeare canon.
6. Canon The part of the Mass beginning after the Preface and Sanctus and ending just before the Lord's Prayer.
7. The calendar of saints accepted by the Roman Catholic Church.
8. Music A composition or passage in which a melody is imitated by one or more voices at fixed intervals of pitch and time.
Posted by: reeshy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Jun 07 2013 08:02 AM

I think this has been mentioned before. The "canon" spelling is supposed to have an N with tilde (ñ) to represent the "ny" sound. I guess there has been a problem with the symbol appearing in the game (or indeed, in the original dictionary, as many people seem to just eliminate diacritics instead of providing an alternative spelling).
Posted by: Calpurnia09

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Jun 09 2013 06:19 AM

Thank you. I was unaware that it was the Spanish spelling. Perhaps it could be altered to English to avoid confusion.
Posted by: LadyCaitriona

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Jun 13 2013 11:55 AM

Quote:
1. A feeling of ill will arousing active hostility

Your answer: contempt

contempt means "open disrespect for a person or thing"

The correct answer was bad blood


I thought I had this one. Maybe it's the "active hostility" that contempt is missing? They seem fairly close in meaning to me, however.
Posted by: CmdrK

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Jun 14 2013 04:00 PM

From the 4:00 PM game:

3. An agent who sells insurance
Your answer: underwriter

None of the other possible answers were remotely close but this is technically incorrect. An underwriter does not sell insurance, he or she assesses risk and determines whether the company will insure an applicant.
Posted by: joecali

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Jun 20 2013 04:07 PM

I try to use the word "geophone" in the minigame but isn't in the dictionary.
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/GEOPHONE
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Jun 20 2013 06:18 PM

There are lots of words that you can find in other dictionaries but not in the one this game uses. Since it is not a Funtrivia dictionary or database, we players can only shrug our shoulders when that lovely word that used up all the awkward letters we are holding shows up as not being in the dictionary.
Posted by: HairyBear

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Jun 24 2013 05:51 PM

Smooth and gracious in manner

Your answer: oleaginousness

oleaginousness means "consisting of or covered with oil"

The correct answer was blandness

I have seen oleaginous used to mean smooth and gracious, sometimes even as an insult (oily). I'm sure there's a dictionary that has the meaning for blandness associated here, but it isn't the commonly accepted one for someone who is bland. One or the other of these should go, preferably blandness.

The act of stripping and taking by force

Your answer: spoilation

Should be "spoliation," should it not?
Posted by: Chavs

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Jun 25 2013 04:01 AM

That's an interesting query.


Oleaginousness is an unpleasant version of smooth, I don't think I've ever noticed it being used as a particularly neutral or flattering description of someone's manner; whereas bland is the pleasant version of smooth, as is gracious.

Bland is like the word 'nice' in the way that fashionable cultural sensibilities have periodically relegated the trait to a negative, but the meaning is still the same, it's just that our culture doesn't value it at that time or in certain circumstances. When you talk about the commonly accepted meaning of bland, maybe you are talking about a cultural judgement on what is or is not desirable in a person or object of interest.

That's just my feeling anyway. I'd be interested to see what others feel.
Posted by: LadyCaitriona

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Jul 04 2013 08:46 AM

Has this one come up before?

12. Wildness

Your answer: rowdy behavior

rowdy behavior is the definition for "roughness"

The correct answer was a state of nature
Posted by: tatwood

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Jul 06 2013 07:50 PM

1. A very powerful blow with the fist

Your answer: [b]knockout

knockout means "a very attractive or seductive looking woman"

The correct answer was smacker
BUT:http://www.thefreedictionary.com/knockout
knockout [&#712;n&#594;k&#716;a&#650;t]

n
1. the act of rendering unconscious
2. (Individual Sports & Recreations / Boxing) a blow that renders an opponent unconscious
3.a. a competition in which competitors are eliminated progressively
b. (as modifier) a knockout contest
4. (Group Games / Games, other than specified) a series of absurd invented games, esp obstacle races, involving physical effort or skill
5. Informal a person or thing that is overwhelmingly impressive or attractive she's a knockout
vb knock out (tr, adverb)
1. to render unconscious, esp by a blow
2. (Individual Sports & Recreations / Boxing) Boxing to defeat (an opponent) by a knockout
3. to destroy, damage, or injure badly
4. to eliminate, esp in a knockout competition


I WANT MY LOST POINTS BACK!!!
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Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Jul 06 2013 10:36 PM

You have posted this in the thread for two games, but surely you only encountered it in one - the second time you would have remembered that the dictionary used in these games has that particular definition, and been on the lookout for it. Multiple postings of an issue serve no useful purpose, any more than does demanding your points back - they won't come. Like it or not, the game's decision is final.
Posted by: tatwood

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Jul 07 2013 05:13 PM

"You have posted this in the thread for two games..."
I don't know what you mean here. I have complained in the past (twice? three times?), but not about this particular absurdity. I don't see any "multiple postings". I *do* detect, however, a certain pleasure in scolding a frustrated FT player, and an interesting propensity for edicts. Middle-school teacher, perhaps? Je ne care pas, as we used to say to our middle-school French teacher, much to her enjoyment.
Consider me spanked, hopefully to *your* enjoyment.
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Jul 07 2013 05:20 PM

You posted here, too.

And I am not sure that patronising staff is such a good idea.
Posted by: tatwood

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Jul 07 2013 05:38 PM

That posting was a mistake. So sorry. You say that ".. patronising staff" isn't "such a good idea", but you think that patronizing paying members is OK? Please explain.
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Jul 07 2013 05:46 PM

Quote:
I don't see any "multiple postings".
I do, as just pointed out to you. I am sure others noticed it, too.

Quote:
I *do* detect, however, a certain pleasure in scolding a frustrated FT player, and an interesting propensity for edicts.
It was merely pointed out to you that a) there is nothing anyone can do about the small fault in the game, and b) that you had actually posted twice about it, in a very demanding manner.

Quote:
Middle-school teacher, perhaps? Je ne care pas, as we used to say to our middle-school French teacher, much to her enjoyment.
And you do not consider this as patronising?
Posted by: tatwood

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Jul 07 2013 06:23 PM

I apologized for the mistaken posting under 'Mind Melt' issues. What more can I do?

You have emphasized this mistake twice in your last post. Consider me duly castigated for that apparently egregious error.

You did not, however, respond to this: 'You say that ".. patronising staff" isn't such a good idea", but you think that patronizing paying members is OK? Please explain.'

Again, please explain. Patience required.
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Jul 07 2013 06:37 PM

Nobody patronised you (or any other paying member) at all.
Posted by: tatwood

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Jul 07 2013 06:58 PM

Editor, Humanities, Literature and Books For Children:
"You have posted this in the thread for two games, but surely you only encountered it in one - the second time you would have remembered that the dictionary used in these games has that particular definition, and been on the lookout for it."


Editor, Hobbies and Geography, and Forum Moderator:
"Nobody patronised you...at all."

Really?


Editor, Hobbies and Geography, and Forum Moderator:
"And I am not sure that patronising staff is such a good idea."

What??

Threatening FT members for any reason is very poor judgement on an editor's part. I'm done - no more $ from me.
Posted by: mdurnanj

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Jul 07 2013 08:20 PM

I got that knockout/smacker pair in Mind Melt and guessed wrong. I think all we can do is smile and shrug. These close calls are part of the charm of the game.
Posted by: ITSOUNO11

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Jul 22 2013 05:13 PM

How about this?

BRAIN:

the answer was 'kill by smashing someone's skull".

my answer was 'term for an attractive young woman', which was defined as 'wench'.


then:

SPIRITUALITY:

the definition was "property or income owned by a church".

the answers all made no sense, even the correct one, though the correct choice was the only one to mention a 'church'.

(Going to church every Sunday doesn't mean you are a good Christian, just as standing in your garage doesn't make you a car.)
Posted by: flopsymopsy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Jul 22 2013 05:43 PM

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).
Posted by: shuehorn

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Jul 22 2013 10:23 PM

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...
Posted by: zippolover

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Jul 25 2013 04:52 AM

15. Tussle

Your answer: make messy or untidy

It was the closest, but a tussle is a fight
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Jul 25 2013 12:59 PM

Tussle also can have the meaning given, as a variant way of writing tousle.
Posted by: MikeMaster99

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Jul 27 2013 03:33 AM

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?
Posted by: halekotsi

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Jul 27 2013 03:53 AM

Yeah, I think it's going to take a while for me to bottom ones like that.

That didn't come out right.
Posted by: JanIQ

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Jul 27 2013 07:34 AM

I'll have to bottom down some fresh ones to get the point. Glou glou glou.
Posted by: Jakeroo

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Jul 27 2013 11:02 AM

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.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Jul 27 2013 12:38 PM

Fathoming comes close to a similar meaning as bottom. In any case we could all say "Bottoms up" as Jan has.
Posted by: MikeMaster99

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Jul 27 2013 11:50 PM

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?
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Jul 28 2013 05:02 PM

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.
Posted by: twosleepy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Jul 29 2013 06:01 PM

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
frown
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Jul 29 2013 06:17 PM

The clue there is the verb form - transfer and delegate match, handing over does not.
Posted by: Jabberwok

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Jul 29 2013 11:50 PM

'minimal brain damage is a condition (mostly in boys) characterized by behavioral and learning disorder'

This one is offensive and unevidenced, please remove it.
Posted by: shuehorn

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Aug 15 2013 10:19 AM

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)...

Sue
Posted by: MiraJane

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Aug 15 2013 05:03 PM

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.
Posted by: Humanist

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Aug 20 2013 09:21 AM

omission or suppression of parts of words or sentences

eclipsis

no, it's ellipsis

eclipsis is an Irish initial mutations (or something!)

Chevy
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Aug 20 2013 12:55 PM

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
Posted by: halekotsi

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Aug 23 2013 05:15 AM

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.
Posted by: alexis722

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Aug 23 2013 09:51 AM

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
Posted by: alexis722

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Aug 23 2013 09:54 AM

Have NEVER heard 'bottom' used as a verb. Fathom, yes, but 'realise' s/b the correct answer. I would have bottomed out, too. crazy
Posted by: Lones78

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Aug 25 2013 01:53 AM

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
Posted by: dippo

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Sep 06 2013 07:39 AM

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!
Posted by: zippolover

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Sep 08 2013 04:17 AM

8. Schilling

Your answer: formerly the basic unit of money in austria

Austria
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Sep 08 2013 04:49 AM

The dictionary used in this game, which is not onsite here at FunTrivia, does not capitalise proper nouns.
Posted by: tatwood

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Sep 08 2013 03:26 PM

8. An assistant subject to the authority or control of another

Your answer: flunky

flunky means "a male servant (especially a footman)"

The correct answer was foot soldier

Aarrgghhh.
Posted by: OhGrateful0ne

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Sep 08 2013 04:15 PM

How does Fun Trivia add words to the Fun Trivia Dictionary?

There are a lot of words in the dictionary that Fun Trivia Dictionary does not recognize.
Posted by: alexis722

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Sep 08 2013 08:05 PM

GGGGGGGGGrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr and aaaaaaaaarrrrrrggggggghhhh! Definitions that are subject to wide interpretation should NOT be included with similar words. It becomes a matter of opinion then, not fact.
Posted by: MiraJane

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Sep 26 2013 11:18 PM




1. (Briticism) a grand formal party on an important occasion
Your answer: bunfight


Britishism, perhaps?
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Sep 26 2013 11:47 PM

'Briticism' is a valid description.
Posted by: MiraJane

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Sep 27 2013 09:41 AM

Originally Posted By: ozzz2002
'Briticism' is a valid description.


Okay. Hence, the "perhaps?"
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Sep 30 2013 01:04 PM

Quote:
12. Informal terms for a human `tooth'

Quotes are mismatched and are not really needed at all.
Posted by: Tizzabelle

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Oct 08 2013 10:54 PM

1. Narcism

The correct answer was an exceptional interest in and admiration for yourself

Narcissism, surely?
Posted by: JanIQ

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Oct 09 2013 10:47 AM

Tizza, Narcism is a correct term too.

See for instance http://www.thefreedictionary.com/narcism .
Posted by: ITSOUNO11

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Oct 19 2013 09:10 PM

Walloping
Your answer: an easy victory

an easy victory is the definition for "runaway"

The correct answer was a sound defeat


Well live and learn.
Posted by: Buddy1

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Oct 21 2013 10:53 AM

Bowline
Your answer: a loop knot that neither slips not jams

The "not" should be "nor".
Posted by: Tizzabelle

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Oct 22 2013 11:06 PM

14. Shell of puff paste
Your answer: bouchee

Puff pastry rather than paste? smile
Posted by: MiraJane

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Oct 28 2013 08:38 PM



10. Cousin-german
Your answer: the child of your aunt or uncle

And that was counted as correct. But does that mean the children of my Ukrainian uncle and Irish aunt aren't my cousins?
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Oct 28 2013 09:01 PM

Cousin-german is an old term (Webster's says 14th century) to refer to what we would just call a cousin or a first cousin. The word cousin was (and sometimes still is) also used more widely to refer to relations that can be more precisely described as (for example) second cousins, or third cousins twice removed, etc.
Posted by: MiraJane

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Oct 31 2013 10:32 PM

5. Seignior
Your answer: a man of rank in the ancien regime

Missing the T from ancient.
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Oct 31 2013 11:04 PM

Originally Posted By: MiraJane
5. Seignior
Your answer: a man of rank in the ancien regime

Missing the T from ancient.

from thefreedictionary: no 't'
an·cien ré·gime (ä -sy r -zh m ). n. 1. The political and social system that existed in France before the Revolution of 1789.
Posted by: ITSOUNO11

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Nov 01 2013 08:32 PM

Originally Posted By: ITSOUNO11
Walloping
Your answer: an easy victory

an easy victory is the definition for "runaway"

The correct answer was a sound defeat


Well live and learn.



blowout

a former british gold coin worth 21 shillings
a short respite
an easy victory
a light flintlock musket
a power tool used to buff surfaces
distilled rather than fermented


The definition for blowout was an easy victory. Walloping? runaway? blowout? all easy victories, and sound defeats.
Posted by: ssabreman

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Nov 02 2013 01:25 PM

Act stealthily or secretively - hugger mugger

All the online dictionaries show it hyphenated as hugger-mugger
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Nov 03 2013 03:22 PM

12. Feelings of anxiety that make you tense and irritable
Your answer: tetchiness

tetchiness means "feeling easily irritated"

The correct answer was inquietude

I should have called Tails instead of Heads... smile
Posted by: flopsymopsy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Nov 03 2013 04:14 PM

I had that one too, I felt quite tetchy when I got it wrong. wink
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Nov 04 2013 05:03 PM

Quote:
C A T M E O W


What a great set of letters, eh? smile
Posted by: alexis722

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Nov 04 2013 09:22 PM

It could also make COW MEAT... sick
Posted by: pent2go

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Nov 07 2013 06:49 PM

3. A bad or difficult situation or state of affairs

Your answer: can of worms

can of worms means "a source of unpredictable trouble and complexity"

The correct answer was strait
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Nov 07 2013 06:59 PM

Although it is more often used in the plural (in dire straits), strait can be used to describe a difficult situation. It is derived from the difficulty of navigating a boat through a strait.
Posted by: pent2go

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Nov 07 2013 07:07 PM

I realize that, but in this case, both definitions can fit the word. The only way to know which word fits is to memorize which definition means "can of worms" and which means "strait".
Posted by: MiraJane

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Nov 07 2013 09:45 PM

I disagree both words would fit the definition.

Opening a can of worms can put one into a strait. The can of worms is more a thing, whereas strait is a state of being.

All this being said, I probably would have gotten it wrong too.


Edited when I woke up and saw the typo added in by autocorrect.
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Nov 08 2013 02:33 AM

Can of worms is definitely complicated, but not necessarily as bad as a strait, so I would definitely pick it in preference. Then again, the dictionary for this game has some strange definitions! Playing it often enough to simply recognize them and not have to puzzle over them is definitely a help.
Posted by: pent2go

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Nov 08 2013 12:41 PM

Found the word "b****" a while back in this game. Probably cause not all of its meanings are offensive.
Posted by: MiraJane

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Nov 08 2013 06:12 PM

Originally Posted By: pent2go
Found the word "b****" a while back in this game. Probably cause not all of its meanings are offensive.


I found it too, but in my case the clue related to dogs which made it appropriate to be included.


edited because my autocorrect hates me.
Posted by: alexis722

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Nov 09 2013 04:50 PM

It's no worse than calling someone a dog, technically. But, by usage, it has become a 'bad word'. tongue
Posted by: C30

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Nov 22 2013 01:49 AM

In a recent game, the correct answer for unit of measurement of nautical depth, was "Cable" - I would dispute that.

A cable as a nautical measurement term, is 1/10th of a nautical mile, or 608ft. Thus it is a measurement of distance, not depth.
Posted by: Chavs

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Nov 22 2013 03:01 AM

Originally Posted By: C30
In a recent game, the correct answer for unit of measurement of nautical depth, was "Cable" - I would dispute that.

A cable as a nautical measurement term, is 1/10th of a nautical mile, or 608ft. Thus it is a measurement of distance, not depth.


It is apparently also 100 fathoms (and it used to be 120 fathoms, but there's a recession on).

http://www.pacificoffshorerigging.com/nautical_measurements.htm

http://www.hemyockcastle.co.uk/nautical.htm

http://web.archive.org/web/20080707042523/http://www.royal-navy.mod.uk/server/show/nav.3807#content
Posted by: C30

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Nov 22 2013 11:40 AM

Well, well.............I always thought "a cables length" was a surface measurement of distance......just proves one should research more thoroughly before opening mouth......I stand corrected!
Let it not be said FT is anything but educational. Lol
Posted by: Chavs

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Nov 22 2013 01:09 PM

I learned something new too - it was a very interesting thing to research and I'm glad I got the chance! Thank you. laugh
Posted by: C30

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Nov 26 2013 01:37 AM

Well Chavs - I spent 12 years of my life at sea, and whilst I never heard the term used for anything other than surface measurement, I was wrong! I guess nobody knows it all, not even when it used to be your profession! Lol
Posted by: twosleepy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Dec 13 2013 08:14 PM

This answer is wrong - it was copied incorrectly from the FreeOnlineDictionary:

diversity

1. a period of five years
2. the condition or result of being changed
3. an ardent follower and admirer
4. ride a horse such that it springs and bounds forward
5. the head of an annotation or gloss
6. laugh unrestrainedly

NONE of the answers is correct because the correct answer is: "the condition or result of being changeABLE"
Posted by: satguru

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Dec 24 2013 12:11 PM

Originally Posted By: pent2go
Found the word "b****" a while back in this game. Probably cause not all of its meanings are offensive.


Shame I didn't, it came up in crystal ball last night and I thought of it but didn't expect it to be there, but it was. Too late now. Mine was "b*******" though so maybe it wasn't in WW after all?
Posted by: Tizzabelle

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Jan 01 2014 06:59 PM

Quote:
Cruzeiro
Your answer: the basic unit of money in brazil

Seems it's the former currency of Brazil.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazilian_cruzeiro
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazilian_cruzeiro_real
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazilian_real
Posted by: tatwood

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Jan 02 2014 06:50 PM

It's January 2nd here in North America and the champion leaderboard has not been reset. It says on the site that, 'Ratings are reset Jan.1 of each year.' What's up with that?

Thanks,

tat
Posted by: tatwood

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Jan 05 2014 07:26 PM

Not even the courtesy of a reply? Anyone out there asking the same question?

tat
Posted by: twosleepy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Jan 05 2014 10:34 PM

Didn't realize that until I saw they must have reset today...
Posted by: satguru

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Jan 06 2014 10:12 AM

8. Deformation

Your answer: abnormal protuberance or localized enlargement

abnormal protuberance or localized enlargement is the definition for "puffiness"

The correct answer was a change for the worse

I'd say both answers covered the definition equally at the very least.

There was a separate thread in feedback as none of the hourly game ratings reset either till today.
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Jan 16 2014 05:26 PM

Quote:
Widen the interlinear spacing by inserting leads

The correct answer was white-out


From thefreedictionary.com.

Quote:
interlinear or interlineal
adj
1. (Journalism & Publishing) written or printed between lines of text

2. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) written or printed with the text in different languages or versions on alternate lines


I do not understand the question OR the answer. smile
Posted by: CmdrK

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Jan 16 2014 06:21 PM

I think the correct answer should be 'leading', as in a printer inserting strips of lead between lines of print to widen the space.
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Jan 16 2014 11:24 PM

A reference to movable type process in which strips of lead are inserted between rows of letters to adjust the spacing between the lines (interlinear space). Because it makes the white apace between the lines larger, it was also called whiting out in the trade. Not a particularly familiar use of the term white-out for me - I think of Liquid Paper and/or blizzards, but I know that matching term and definition from having encountered it and spent some time exploring.
Posted by: satguru

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Jan 19 2014 09:27 AM

4. An incomprehensible talk
Your answer: jabber

jabber means "rapid and indistinct speech"

The correct answer was double dutch

Aren't they virtually the same thing?
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Jan 23 2014 04:46 AM

Not really a problem, just a curious gathering, and all in the same quiz.

Quote:
10. Ducky
Your answer: a special loved one


Quote:
12. Deary
Your answer: a special loved one


Quote:
15. Dearie
Your answer: a special loved one
Posted by: MiraJane

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Jan 23 2014 09:33 AM

Originally Posted By: satguru
4. An incomprehensible talk
Your answer: jabber

jabber means "rapid and indistinct speech"

The correct answer was double dutch

Aren't they virtually the same thing?



I wouldn't have picked "double Dutch" for An incomprehensible talk. To me, double dutch is skipping rope with two ropes, held by two people.
Posted by: satguru

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Jan 25 2014 04:13 PM

5. Cauterise

Your answer: penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument

penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument is the definition for "pierce"

The correct answer was make insensitive or callous

Not in my dictionary, it's burning something away. No reference to anything else.

Originally Posted By: MiraJane



I wouldn't have picked "double Dutch" for An incomprehensible talk. To me, double dutch is skipping rope with two ropes, held by two people.


It's just another meaning, unlike I suspect any possible for cauterise.
Posted by: MiraJane

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Jan 25 2014 05:45 PM

[quote=satguru]5. Cauterise

Your answer: penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument

penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument is the definition for "pierce"

The correct answer was make insensitive or callous

Not in my dictionary, it's burning something away. No reference to anything else.[/quote=satguru]



I think this is another example of the words relating to something not mentioned in the game. Something like a cutting remark or penetrating stare.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Jan 25 2014 07:17 PM

You don't need the =name in the closing quote tag. Just the [/quote] works.
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Jan 25 2014 07:29 PM

Originally Posted By: satguru
5. Cauterise

Your answer: penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument

penetrate or cut through with a sharp instrument is the definition for "pierce"

The correct answer was make insensitive or callous

Not in my dictionary, it's burning something away. No reference to anything else.



Here's a dictionary with a second meaning that does not reference burning:

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/cauterised

cau·ter·ize (kô&#8242;t&#601;-r&#299;z&#8242;)
tr.v. cau·ter·ized, cau·ter·iz·ing, cau·ter·iz·es
1. To burn or sear with a cautery.
2. To deaden, as to feelings or moral scruples; callous.

Word Wizard often uses definitions from well down the list of alternatives.
Posted by: satguru

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Jan 26 2014 04:09 PM

I'm learning all the time, I just learnt what a gnome is as well (I won't reveal it before the hour), but I prefer to add anything not 100% certain just in case, I have some good dictionaries here but know they're far from definitive, but a good place to start.
Posted by: slytherinwitch

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Jan 27 2014 12:51 AM

Finding the use of regional slang words is not a good thing in this game. Just an opinion, so no need to behead me over it.
Posted by: MiraJane

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Jan 27 2014 09:44 AM

Originally Posted By: mehaul
You don't need the =name in the closing quote tag. Just the
works. [/quote]


Thanks, but I didn't add it in. I tapped the quote function and that's what showed up.


edited to add the following:
And I see quoting your post showed up oddly too.
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Jan 27 2014 02:42 PM

Maybe this should be reported in the UBB Update thread?
Posted by: dg_dave

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Jan 27 2014 04:05 PM

Quote:
Maybe this should be reported in the UBB Update thread?


No, because you used just an ending tag, and the system did exactly as it was supposed to.

I'm going to use the post above as a guide.

When posting the below with a "[", ignoring the "{", it will close the quote off the first tag, ignoring the second, and that is why the quoted post looks odd; the system saw the end tag and ended the quote there. See above without a name and it will still quote the post.

[{quote=mehaul}]You don't need the =name in the closing quote tag. Just the [/quote] Quote ends here works.[/quote]
Posted by: mehaul

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Jan 27 2014 11:31 PM

[quote[
Originally Posted By: dg_dave
Quote:
Maybe this should be reported in the UBB Update thread?


No, because you used just an ending tag, and the system did exactly as it was supposed to.

I'm going to use the post above as a guide.

When posting the below with a "[", ignoring the "{", it will close the quote off the first tag, ignoring the second, and that is why the quoted post looks odd; the system saw the end tag and ended the quote there. See above without a name and it will still quote the post.

[{quote=mehaul}]You don't need the =name in the closing quote tag. Just the /quote] Quote ends here works.
[/quote] which is how this reads in the text box - extra close tags with no /quote=dg_dave to be seen.

There are no { brackets used.
Here in editing mode (as I look at it) it starts with a [quite = n a m e ] (note my errors inserted intentionally to block a quote start) and ends with just a [/quote]. I infer therefore that [/quote=name] is an invalid closer. If Mira Jane typed it that way, fine - typo. If she used either quote or quick quote and the software put in the [/quote=name], that's a system error. Boy that's a mess of [] and [/].

If Mira Jane could go to that post, enter edit mode and copy the originally typed way it appears then enclose it in [quote][/quote] we might see what went wrong.

I started the above quote with a quote=Dave followed by a plain quote then after "Just the " used a slashquote no =name. Putting a slashquote =name doesn't seem to actually close the quote. Now where's that brain recovery medicine? Yeah, the one with Red Eye written on the label.
Posted by: MiraJane

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Jan 28 2014 12:13 AM

Mehaul,
Thank you for telling me the correct way to use UBB code in your first post. However, the only time I have ever used used it is in the Chain Games threads and only to bold. And even then, I do it wrong most of the time. I have never tried the quote one.

I have short term memory problems. Nothing can be done for it. I cannot remember what I just read in your last post even though I read it three times. I don't even understand what you suggested I do because I can no longer understand complicated instructions in sentences. If it wasn't for autocorrect, I wouldn't be able to even type out long words anymore.

Since the quote issue hasn't showed up for anyone else again, even for me, it probably was a one time glitch. Thank you for your concern.


Mira
Posted by: pent2go

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Jan 31 2014 07:18 AM

4. Make furious

Your answer: chafe

chafe means "become or make sore by or as if by rubbing"

The correct answer was incense



http://www.thefreedictionary.com/chafe

"3. to irritate or be irritated or impatient: he was chafed because he was not allowed out."

"3. to irritate; annoy."

"6. to become annoyed: He chafed at their remarks."
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Jan 31 2014 02:52 PM

Chafe implies a much lower level of irritation than being incensed, though. Annoyed is not the same as furious, by a long way.
Posted by: postcards2go

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Feb 04 2014 07:50 PM

This struck me as strange, since the whole idea is to understand the meaning of the words ~~

Given: "the property of being perpetual (seemingly ceaseless)"

I wonder if it was appropriate to define 'perpetual' LOL
Posted by: halekotsi

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Feb 18 2014 02:00 AM

This:

3. Hold back

Your answer: keep in

keep in means "cause to stay indoors"

The correct answer was cumber
Posted by: MiraJane

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Feb 18 2014 11:19 AM

Originally Posted By: halekotsi
This:

3. Hold back

Your answer: keep in

keep in means "cause to stay indoors"

The correct answer was cumber



Unfortunately, it looks like it is asking for a synonym -

cum·ber  (k&#365;m&#8242;b&#601;r)
tr.v. cum·bered, cum·ber·ing, cum·bers
1. To weigh down; burden: was cumbered with many duties.
2. To hamper or hinder, as by being in the way: was cumbered with a long poncho.
3. To litter; clutter up: Weeds cumbered the garden paths.
4. Archaic To bother; distress.
n.
A hindrance; an encumbrance.


From thefreedictionary.com
Posted by: halekotsi

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Feb 18 2014 07:18 PM

They both work as synonyms. That's the problem.
Posted by: nautilator

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Feb 27 2014 12:20 PM

Cruzeiro
the basic unit of money in brazil

Can this say the former basic unit of money in brazil? It's been the real for quite some time now.
Posted by: satguru

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Mar 03 2014 10:03 AM

I have to put this in. I'd say both definitions are equally valid and it's impossible to choose between the two as they are far too close. It shouldn't become a lottery.

9. Gopher

Your answer: a laborer who is obliged to do menial work

a laborer who is obliged to do menial work is the definition for "galley_slave"

The correct answer was a zealously energetic person (especially a salesman)
Posted by: zippolover

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Apr 02 2014 05:44 AM

Lie down on command, of hunting dogs

The correct answer was charge

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I know nothing about the subject, but to me this sounds like the complete opposite
Posted by: MiraJane

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Apr 09 2014 07:20 PM

15. Come to understand

The correct answer was bottom

------------------------------------------------------


Really? I read all 43 possible definitions of "bottom" and not one came close to "come to understand."

Using the given definition, I have not bottom how bottom means come to understand.
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Wed Apr 09 2014 09:18 PM

Definition 18 at this link.

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/bottom
Posted by: MiraJane

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Apr 10 2014 03:18 PM

Originally Posted By: looney_tunes




Thank you. I went to freedictionary.com.

With "fathom" added to the definition, it makes more sense.
Posted by: MiraJane

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Apr 13 2014 10:25 PM

Daughter-in-law
answer: the wife of your son


Not always now. It can also be the wife of a daughter.

And, yes, I know that the answer is not incorrect, only limited as the majority of definitions are.
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Apr 29 2014 02:12 AM

Quote:
a kind of heavy jacket (`windcheater' is a british term)

Quote are mismatched, and 'british' should be capitalised.
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue May 06 2014 05:29 AM

Quote:
12. A criminal who is a member of gang


Needs an 'a' between 'of' and 'gang'.
Posted by: George95

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue May 06 2014 12:21 PM

In the same set I had prang twice, with two different correct definitions. One was simply "crash" the other was "crash involving a car or plane". That suggests that prang is in the system twice.
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue May 06 2014 12:47 PM

It certainly is - quite a few words have multiple definitions.
Posted by: maninmidohio

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue May 06 2014 02:36 PM

There are many words that have different definitions in different sets - just like the English language.
Posted by: twosleepy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue May 13 2014 02:23 PM

This is very sloppy. The definition which is the correct answer is incomplete, rendering it useless:

anamnesis

1. a signal for attracting attention
2. the case history of a medical patient
3. an organized program of advertisements
4. a salesperson in a store
5. arteries that supply the liver
6. aromatic seeds used as seasoning especially in curry

The correct answer is #2, but it should read "the case history of a medical patient AS RECALLED/REMEMBERED BY THE PATIENT"

The word "anamnesis" refers to MEMORY, not to medical histories.... aaarghhh.
Posted by: pent2go

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue May 13 2014 02:45 PM

Anamnesis does refer to memory, but the definition given is also correct.

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/anamnesis
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Jun 03 2014 01:21 AM

Quote:
Conjoining contradictory terms (as in `deafening silence')


Mismatched quotes.
Posted by: twlmy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Jun 08 2014 09:19 PM

I cannot believe that word wizard does not accept the word "fajita" (one of my favorite meals)but "Zaftig" is acceptable.
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Jun 28 2014 06:22 AM

Quote:
Jocundity
Your answer: a feeling facetious merriment


Needs an 'of' in the middle of the definition.
Posted by: dippo

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Jul 04 2014 01:28 PM


Clue: hold dear

Possible answers:

hold dear
scatter
value
hoodwink
frequency
caddy

I would have thought the best match was fairly obvious, but apparently it's incorrect!
Posted by: JanIQ

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Jul 05 2014 02:23 AM


Oh dear.
Posted by: BarbaraMcI

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Jul 22 2014 12:09 PM

This may not be a content issue, and maybe it's been asked before, but if "the word wizard himself is awarding his valued gold members their very own letters," what's with the caveman guy hewing the letters out of rock? I don't see wizards and cavemen in the same general neighborhood. Is the wizard really the Great Gazoo?
Posted by: MiraJane

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Sep 07 2014 12:49 AM

From today:


10. Dinar
Your answer: the basic unit of money in yugoslavia


Since Yugoslavia is no more, perhaps this should be changed?
Posted by: spanishliz

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Sep 07 2014 06:50 AM

Why? It is still historically true.
Posted by: JanIQ

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Sep 07 2014 07:01 AM

Then it should be "former" basic unit of money in Yugoslavia.
Posted by: spanishliz

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Sep 07 2014 07:44 AM

Not really. It hasn't been replaced by anything. Would you say "former" monetary unit of ancient Rome?
Posted by: MiraJane

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Sep 07 2014 08:58 AM

Okay. I see the logic now. It's the money of the former country of Yugoslavia.
Posted by: gracious1

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Mon Sep 08 2014 10:41 PM

Originally Posted By: spanishliz
Not really. It hasn't been replaced by anything. Would you say "former" monetary unit of ancient Rome?


No, but notice that you said "ancient Rome" -- there is a qualifier there. So a better statement would be: "the monetary unit of the former country of Yugoslavia".
Posted by: HairyBear

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Oct 16 2014 01:50 AM

Two just now:

The oppressive influence of past events of decisions

Your answer: mortmain

Should be "OR decisions".

Brown oval fruit flesh makes excellent sherbet

Your answer: sapote

Should have a semicolon after fruit. The second part is really an opinion, not a definition, and shouldn't be in there anyway, but without it, you don't have much of a description.
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Oct 16 2014 02:39 AM

This dictionary is not on the site - changes to it are made by the people who maintain the online dictionary used by the game, so we cannot correct this type of error (and there are a lot of them!). Terry can filter out inappropriate content, which is why this thread says "Content Issues". The typos and slightly wonky definitions you come across are something to live with.
Posted by: gracious1

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Oct 18 2014 11:53 AM

Originally Posted By: looney_tunes
This dictionary is not on the site - changes to it are made by the people who maintain the online dictionary used by the game, so we cannot correct this type of error (and there are a lot of them!). Terry can filter out inappropriate content, which is why this thread says "Content Issues". The typos and slightly wonky definitions you come across are something to live with.


1. How can we contact the maintainers of the online dictionary so that they can correct these errors?

2. What kinds of "content errors" would FunTrivia be able to correct? Can you give some examples?
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Oct 18 2014 03:20 PM

Filters have removed a truckload of drug references, scatalogical terms, biological names for trees, and other things. If you go back to the start of this thread, you will find more information.
Posted by: MiraJane

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Oct 19 2014 08:48 PM

Um.... Because I'm feeling bored ... And I've found some odd words considered "acceptable" in the WW dictionary for the Gold Member mini collect letters-make word game ...... And because I have the letters with only two vowels, one of the vowels being U .... I, uh, indulged my inner obnoxious 12yr old self and checked to see if a four letter word with the vowel U that begins with F would be accepted.

It was.

Since I cannot type out the word here because it is one of those Not Allowed To Use That Kind of Language words, I hope you know what word I mean. Isn't this the type of word that should be blocked?
Posted by: nautilator

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Oct 26 2014 12:29 AM

Stand_fast
Your answer: resolute adherence to your own ideas or desires

resolute adherence to your own ideas or desires is the definition for "bullheadedness"

The correct answer was refuse to abandon one's opinion or belief


Is there any way that synonyms can be excluded from each others entries?
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Thu Oct 30 2014 04:07 PM

Quote:
Coming_upon
Your answer: a casual meeting with a person of thing

'of' should be 'or'.
Posted by: mcsurfie

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Nov 11 2014 06:24 AM

In todays Word Wizard ( 6 am game) it had a definition of the word "Hammock" as "a small natural hill"

The word to describe a small natural hill is "Hummock".
Posted by: looney_tunes

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Nov 11 2014 12:52 PM

That one makes me laugh every time I see it! Particularly since another definition says that clews are the ropes from which a hammock is suspended - the combination has a small hill hanging on ropes.
Posted by: MiraJane

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Nov 28 2014 06:31 AM

This definition seems to have changed.

7. Tchotchke
Your answer: (yiddish) a mistress

It was marked correct, but it was wrong! I've seen tchotchke several times in Word Wizard with the correct definition of a knickknack or small, useless item.
Posted by: hotdogPi

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Nov 28 2014 08:47 AM

Some words have more one definition, and some definitions have more than one word.
Posted by: MiraJane

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Nov 28 2014 10:23 AM

Originally Posted By: hotdogPi
Some words have more one definition, and some definitions have more than one word.


Yes, I know this. However, tchotchke is not Yiddish for mistress.
Posted by: flopsymopsy

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Fri Nov 28 2014 10:43 AM

According to Wikipedia there are several meanings for 'tchotchke' and some of those meanings are not very nice descriptions of women; it's not too much of a leap to include 'mistress' as a meaning, in fact that would be preferable to some.
Posted by: ozzz2002

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Nov 30 2014 12:09 PM

Quote:
The act of stripping and taking by force
Your answer: spoilation

Should be spoliation
Posted by: windrush

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sat Dec 13 2014 05:20 AM

Is there any way to have a low score struck out? I'm in a fight to the death with a friend in Wizard. Logged in to WW at 1 minute into the game, only to be told to get out because you were scoring the previous game. I did another game then returned, only to be scored at over 6 minutes - 900 points, obviously timed from my first attempt to play. It's ruining my standing and my rating.
Posted by: MargW

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Sun Dec 14 2014 01:30 PM

Just played a quiz with the question "A man who is unusually successful at an early age"

I choose boy wonder. Unfortunately the answer was "wonder boy" with the definition given for boy wonder as "an extremely talented young male person"

Since there is basically no difference, is it possible to ensure that definitions like this do not appear in the same quiz?
Posted by: bubbatom1

Re: Word Wizard - Content Issues - Tue Dec 16 2014 02:23 AM

My word "convenor" wasn't in the dictionary, but the word "convener" was. Once again we seem to be only taking the American way to spell words. The dictionary that is being used for this game surely needs to be updated.