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August 14th, 2002


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12:27 am - The great Chris-o-vocab-o-predict-o-game
The game: predict which unusual word I'm going to use most in my LJ postings in September.

The prize: my brain is your bitch for an hour. Name a topic and I shall spend an hour researching and writing about it. (If it's something personal or something I know about already, you get more writing and less research.) Please don't pick anything like "coprophagous pornography"; if you do, I will just do my research with images turned off and the report will be far less entertaining.


The rules of engagement part 1: only words I have chosen to include myself count, so "current" - as in mood or as in music - doesn't count because I didn't choose to include it. Subwords and superwords count literally: if you pick "rated" and I mention "grated cheese", that counts; if you pick "bounce" and I mention "bouncers", that counts; but if you pick "bounce" and I mention "bouncing", that doesn't count.

The rules of engagement part 2: replies to postings, whether my own or someone else's, don't count. All spelling errors on my part are deliberate. If there's a tie (for instance, if I don't post anything to my LJ at all during September, which would make it a multi-way tie on zero) then the first word suggested breaks the tie and wins. It's perfectly legal to get me to try to use your word, but unlikely to work. I shall attempt to prevent your suggested words from affecting my content.

The rules of engagement part 3: errors and omissions excepted; if you find any rule hacks, I shall attempt to follow the spirit of these rules and change the letter of the rules accordingly. Enter the contest by posting your suggested word as a comment in reply to this message. Feel free to name your requested topic either with your entry (where no changes are permitted) or after the end of September if you win. One entry per person. Judge's decision is final. Deadline for entries: end of August.

The tricky bit part 1: your word must have at least five letters. It must be an English-language word in its own right. (If it's part of a series of longer words, that's OK, but if it's a part of a series of longer words without being a word in its own right then it's Not Allowed. I shall pick the dictionary used as arbiter here with extreme postjudice.)

The tricky bit part 2: your must not be one of the 1,000 most frequently used words in the British National Corpus, which bans all of the following:
ability,about,above,accept,access,according,account,achieve,across,action,activity,actually,addition,admit,advantage,advice,affair,affect,after,again,against,agree,agreement,allow,almost,along,already,although,always,among,amount,analysis,animal,announce,another,answer,anyone,anything,anyway,appear,application,apply,approach,appropriate,argue,argument,around,arrive,aspect,association,assume,attempt,attention,attitude,authority,available,avoid,award,aware,basic,basis,because,become,before,begin,behaviour,behind,believe,benefit,better,between,beyond,black,blood,board,break,bring,brother,build,building,business,campaign,capital,carry,catch,cause,central,centre,century,certain,certainly,chance,change,chapter,character,charge,child,choice,choose,church,circumstance,claim,class,clear,clearly,client,close,colour,commission,committee,common,community,company,compare,competition,computer,concern,concerned,condition,conference,consider,contain,continue,contract,control,could,council,country,couple,course,court,cover,create,culture,current,customer,daughter,death,decide,decision,defence,degree,demand,department,depend,describe,design,despite,detail,determine,develop,development,difference,different,difficult,difficulty,direction,director,discover,discuss,discussion,disease,division,doctor,doubt,drive,during,early,economic,economy,education,effect,effort,either,election,element,encourage,energy,enjoy,enough,ensure,enter,environment,especially,establish,evening,event,every,everyone,everything,evidence,exactly,example,exist,expect,experience,explain,express,factor,family,father,feature,feeling,field,fight,figure,final,finally,financial,finish,floor,follow,following,force,foreign,forget,former,forward,friend,front,function,further,future,garden,general,generally,glass,government,great,ground,group,growth,happen,happy,health,heart,heavy,herself,himself,history,horse,hospital,hotel,house,however,human,husband,identify,image,important,improve,include,including,income,increase,indeed,indicate,individual,industrial,industry,information,instance,instead,institution,intend,interest,international,introduce,investment,involve,issue,itself,knowledge,labour,language,large,later,leader,learn,least,leave,legal,letter,level,library,light,likely,listen,little,local,machine,maintain,major,majority,manage,management,manager,market,material,matter,maybe,means,measure,meeting,member,memory,mention,method,might,military,minister,minute,model,modern,moment,money,month,morning,mother,movement,music,myself,national,natural,nature,nearly,necessary,never,night,normal,nothing,number,obtain,obviously,occur,offer,office,officer,often,operate,operation,opportunity,order,organisation,original,other,outside,paper,parent,particular,particularly,party,patient,pattern,people,percent,performance,perhaps,period,person,personal,picture,piece,place,plant,player,please,point,police,policy,political,popular,population,position,possible,pound,power,practice,prepare,present,president,press,pressure,prevent,previous,price,prime,principle,private,probably,problem,procedure,process,produce,product,production,professional,profit,programme,project,property,proposal,prove,provide,provision,public,publish,pupil,purpose,quality,question,quickly,quite,raise,range,rather,reach,ready,really,reason,receive,recent,recently,record,reduce,refer,reflect,refuse,region,relate,relation,relationship,remain,remember,remove,replace,report,represent,require,research,resource,respect,response,responsibility,result,return,reveal,right,round,royal,scheme,school,science,season,secretary,section,sector,security,sense,series,serious,serve,service,several,shall,share,short,should,significant,similar,simple,simply,since,single,situation,skill,small,smile,social,society,someone,something,sometimes,sorry,sound,source,space,speak,special,specific,spend,staff,stage,stand,standard,start,state,statement,station,still,stone,story,street,strong,structure,student,study,style,subject,success,successful,suddenly,suffer,suggest,summer,support,suppose,surface,system,table,teach,teacher,technique,technology,thank,their,themselves,theory,there,therefore,these,thing,think,those,though,thought,through,throughout,throw,title,today,together,total,towards,trade,train,training,treat,treatment,under,understand,union,university,unless,until,useful,usually,value,variety,various,version,village,visit,voice,watch,water,whatever,where,whether,which,while,white,whole,whose,window,within,without,woman,wonder,worker,world,would,write,wrong,yesterday,young,yourself

The tricky bit part 3: to stop any bright sparks from picking "games" which is far too likely to win, your word must not appear on my interests list, which bans all of the following:
airlines,airports,athletics,badly,banzai,betting,blackpool,blood,board,bobble,bohnanza,bowling,boxing,brother,bruce,bubble,cartoon,catan,ceilidhs,championship,chegwin,chess,comedy,commercials,conventions,corner,creativity,crescent,crystal,curry,cycling,decathlon,design,dilemma,diplomacy,doughnuts,dragons,dreams,ducks,eating,economics,europe,fantasy,fanzines,fiction,field,flyer,football,forbidden,formula,forsyth,frequent,gadgets,gambling,games,gaming,geocaching,giving,happiness,harry,hunts,ideas,in-jokes,intelligence,interceptor,interests,jiggery-pokery,jokes,jollity,karting,keith,knightmare,laser,lassi,liar's,light,lists,london,magic,mame,manchester,mango,materials,mathematics,memes,mersenne,metro,middlesbrough,miles,mornington,mozilla,music,night,nihongo,nomic,olympiad,olympics,oxford,pandas,piano,pinball,pizza,playing,poker,politics,postal,potter,primes,prisoner's,probability,psychic,public,pulls,puns,purdom,puzzle,puzzles,quality,quidditch,railways,retro,rowling,rules,scavengers,segway,self-reference,serpent,settlers,shows,singing,slashdot,snooker,songs,spectrum,speedway,sport,sports,spread,statistics,sustrans,teesside,theme,theory,track,trams,transport,treasure,truman,tunes,underground,university,usenet,video,walking,wanted,words,world,xenophilia,yoghurt

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 13th, 2002 04:51 pm (UTC)

I feel like I just joined Alberto Frog's Amazing Animal Band

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I think it's going to be...chocolate? Strawberry? Lime? (Lime???) I'm not at all sure. I have two strong hunches, one on each side for balance. One of my strong hunches is for "testing", but as my imaginary coin has spun in the opposite direction I shall plump for "Finland". Final answer.

Should I win, I will require an essay on the geography, history and TV game shows of Azerbaijan. Don't let that influence your forthcoming LJ'ing, however.
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:August 13th, 2002 05:07 pm (UTC)

Re: I feel like I just joined Alberto Frog's Amazing Animal Band

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That is an excellent suggestion, replete with insider knowledge. I will truly be remiss in my duties if I do not mention the World Puzzle Championshp taking place in Finland in September, which I would dearly like to attend but - short of five balls plus the bonus - the two "ances", fin and circumst, will not permit.

"Testing" would have been likely to be an even better pick. (No, you can't change to it.) I am now banning selection of the word "testing" from this competition, because none of you beggars would have thought of it without this prompt.

Dunno if you'll get your essay on the delights of Baku, but you've certainly got me whistling and doo-wopping the "Bod" theme tune. (I never - ever - managed to guess the milk shake flavour correctly.) Derek Griffiths, where are you now?
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:August 13th, 2002 05:07 pm (UTC)

Re: I feel like I just joined Alberto Frog's Amazing Animal Band

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I'm banning "sting" as well, come to think of it.
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From:calliaume
Date:August 15th, 2002 01:32 pm (UTC)

Re: I feel like I just joined..

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I banned "sting" a long time ago. Stewart Copeland, however, is acceptable. Haven't decided on Andy Summers.

My word is "farce".
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From:ieyasu
Date:August 13th, 2002 05:03 pm (UTC)
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loquacious
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From:lambertman
Date:August 13th, 2002 07:11 pm (UTC)
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avuncular
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From:missingdonut
Date:August 13th, 2002 10:47 pm (UTC)
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Hmm... I'm down to a few. "Octothorpe" being my favourite word as of late, having actually learned it from you.

However, being the upbeat person you are, I'll say "excel".

Not only will that include words such as "excellent" and "excellerate" , but will include cursing at a certain Microsoft product.
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From:bateleur
Date:August 14th, 2002 02:15 am (UTC)

My Entry

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I'll go for: mindsport

Because, look at it this way, if I don't go for the cheezy rules-abuse option then who else will ? <grin>
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From:amuzulo
Date:August 25th, 2002 12:24 pm (UTC)

Re: My Entry

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I pick the word mind which means I already automatically beat the guy who picked mindsport. Aren't I just so evil? ;)
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:August 25th, 2002 12:57 pm (UTC)

Re: My Entry

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Fails Tricky Bit #1, I'm afraid - must have >4 letters. Nothing stopping you from picking "minds" if you like, but note that I tend to spell "game show" and "mind sport" as two words (er, two words each) on purely aesthetic reasons - and they certainly won't match games or minds.

Have another go, if you like...
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From:amuzulo
Date:August 25th, 2002 02:28 pm (UTC)

Re: My Entry

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Ok, I pick the word sport. Bwahahahaha!
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From:jiggery_pokery
Date:August 25th, 2002 03:56 pm (UTC)

Re: My Entry

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Nope, fails tricky bit part 3. I put those rules in place for a reason, y'know... two parts of the tricky bit violated already, only one more to aim at.

Bwahahahahaha back'atcha! Have another go, if you like.
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From:amuzulo
Date:August 26th, 2002 04:39 am (UTC)

Re: My Entry

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For kicks and giggles, I pick the following word:

chuck

Now I just have to get you to write about me somehow...
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 14th, 2002 03:57 am (UTC)

Sealed bid

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My entry is the obvious contender 'rough', terminating both Chris' home town and the venue for MSO6. (Incidentally, Loughborough is one of my alma maters -- almae matres? No, let's not go there. A comment also applicable to Loughborough.) 'Rough' also scores highly for superwords.

I like the constructive definition of 'unusual'.

Owen (http://owen.massey.net/)onymous
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From:quiz_master_man
Date:August 17th, 2002 11:09 am (UTC)

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I'm choosing "including."

-Myron M. Meyer
Sep5-2002
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From:hmtriplecrown
Date:August 28th, 2002 05:12 pm (UTC)
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metallurgy

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