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 on: Today at 09:35:53 PM 
Started by Jacki - Last post by Alan W
I'm just guessing here - perhaps Alan will confirm or deny it? - that archaic forms such as hath, hast, doeth, seest etc are classed as uncommon by default.

Maybe the pronouns thou and thee and the possessive pronoun thine are classed as  common because, although most of us never use them, they remain in active use, for example among religious groups such as the Society of Friends?

The closest I think I've come to pronouncing on that issue was in this post last year:

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There are a few archaic words we treat as common because people are very likely to be familiar with them. Examples are thee and thine, which are regularly encountered in old books and historical fiction and movies.

You may recall, MK, that the proposal you made earlier this year to reclassify prithee from common to rare sparked some lively discussion. That suggestion remains open.

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 on: Today at 07:12:12 PM 
Started by Jacki - Last post by mkenuk
I'm just guessing here - perhaps Alan will confirm or deny it? - that archaic forms such as hath, hast, doeth, seest etc are classed as uncommon by default.

Maybe the pronouns thou and thee and the possessive pronoun thine are classed as  common because, although most of us never use them, they remain in active use, for example among religious groups such as the Society of Friends?

ps 'Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. ' is so well known it has become proverbial;
in reality it's a modification of a line from a Restoration tragedy.

The original line (from Congreve's 1697 tragedy The Mourning Bride) reads

'Heav'n has no rage, like love to hatred turn'd
Nor hell a fury, like a woman scorn'd.'


The same play, by the way, also gave us another famous quotation:

'Music has charms to soothe a savage breast'


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 on: Today at 06:42:43 PM 
Started by Les303 - Last post by Hobbit
Hi Jack

It's a manky, wet miserable monday morning & I'm properly grumpy!

I did look at the rest of the gravestones.  As you rightly say some were sad & some were funny. 

Thanks for the tips on posting YouTube clips.  I'll see if I can give it a whirl after dinner Smiley

There was an interesting article on the BBC news website this morning with a picture of all your papers with the front pages blacked out.

Like Arnie I'll be back Wink  Meanwhile it's

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 on: Today at 06:23:22 PM 
Started by Jacki - Last post by Jacki
It's like the other day I played HATH as in "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned", and it was rare. But I would have thought just based on the number of times you hear that phrase alone it should be common. And I'm very familiar with the phrase "selling like hot cakes" but yes I would have thought two words.

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 on: Today at 05:47:12 PM 
Started by Morbius - Last post by Morbius
Thanks Alan.  Smiley

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 on: Today at 05:12:22 PM 
Started by Les303 - Last post by Ozzyjack
Have ones guts for garters?

Spot on.  Read the interesting write-up here.

Did you have a look at the extra gravestones?  Some are funny, some are sad.

YouTube Problems.

I think I’ve solved what went wrong with your clip.  The problem is not with YouTube but with the way google search handles YouTube. For Example, I googled The parrot juke youtube and took a screenshot.(see the attachment)

Code:
The URL “https://www.youtube.com › watch” that shows up under the heading is the same for every clip and it only takes you to the clip when it is clicked within the Googles search result.
You used this URL on its own and nothing happens. 

What you need to do is open the clip ready to play and then you can get the full URL for the clip from the URL space at the top of the browser or get a shortened version by right clicking on the video and clicking the menu option “copy video URL”

I opened the Ronnie Corbett clip and you get this

The clip

and
Code:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94MHFI-Cztg

is the url you need to use.


I have to dash now but with a bit of luck I'll be back later to finish the post  otherwise see you tomorrow.


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 on: Today at 02:17:04 PM 
Started by Morbius - Last post by Alan W
Thanks for telling me about that, Morbius. I think I can see a way that could happen. It could be an inadvertent consequence of something I changed a while back, to fix another problem. I'll see if I can devise a method of tightening things up to avoid anything like that happening.

Sorry about that.

To set your mind at rest a little, a player's word is immediately logged on the central scoreboard if it's a word that uses all the letters or if it qualifies the player for a rosette or trophy.

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 on: Today at 12:53:02 PM 
Started by Jacki - Last post by Katzmeow
I wouldn't have thought of either hotcake or trackshoe.  I did see horsetack but again wouldn't have tried it 'cos I think it would be two words.

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 on: Today at 08:30:18 AM 
Started by Jacki - Last post by mkenuk
One of the various meanings of tack is 'the equipment used in horse-riding' so my  first thought was horsetack ('sorry, not known').
I also saw trackshoe  and shockrate (something to do with the Richter scale perhaps?) before realising the word was shortcake.

As for hotcake, it was the last word I played and it was pure desperation.

Neither COD nor Chambers has an entry for hotcake.
Wiktionary defines it as a synonym for pancake. Look for Hotcake on Wikipedia and you are redirected to Pancake,
Chambers does have the phrase 'go / sell like hot cakes' but it is most certainly written as two words.

 

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 on: Today at 08:12:38 AM 
Started by Morbius - Last post by Tom
I'm sure, Morbius, you use the word 'hate' loosely and hypothetically. I can get just as frustrated as the next person with the vagaries of this game and my own inadequacies, but I do remind myself that it is JUST a game. I'm also keenly aware that my intellect, whilst still pretty good, isn't quite as much as it has been. Ageing, loss of grey matter (normal with maturing years!!!) and chemical changes (also normal) help me not to get too despondent by not hitting a target. But, hopefully, such things as Chihuahua, Sudoku, reading, and physical activity (in my case, gardening) are slowing the natural processes.

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