Teesside Snog Monster (jiggery_pokery) wrote,
Teesside Snog Monster
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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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