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Dasfunk  (Level: 195.0 - Posts: 2310)
Sun, 30th May '10 9:18 PM


I've requested a reset on this puzzle, and I'm wondering if anyone else spotted a spelling error.

I'm also wondering if anyone else thought that a particular word might be a regional descriptive, and not a common American English usage. Maybe my life has been more sheltered that I've imagined.

I was enjoying the puzzle, my compliments to the author - but that spelling issue has got me requesting my first ever reset.

Garrybl  (Level: 291.5 - Posts: 6770)
Sun, 30th May '10 10:04 PM

If its the clue I'm thinking of a minority spelling is used (but we have been warned)...
The puzzle was enjoyable and I found I knew a lot more than I'd expected.

Asor  (Level: 162.1 - Posts: 594)
Sun, 30th May '10 10:05 PM

No spelling error on my five. Or maybe I just can't spell!

Jerrys  (Level: 198.6 - Posts: 334)
Sun, 30th May '10 10:16 PM

I think I got the same spelling error. That plus something I never heard of killed my score.

Dasfunk  (Level: 195.0 - Posts: 2310)
Sun, 30th May '10 10:45 PM

Hmm..well I see that someone who made the mistake of explicitly divulging the misspelled word had their post removed - so someone's reading this topic, but I haven't had a response to my ticket yet. Without wanting to come across as lazy, I'll admit that I probably won't be hitting this site before 8 tomorrow morning - it is a holiday (in the States), after all.

Without wanting to start one of the dust-ups where I've already put in a ticket - and supplemented that with a comment on The Salty Dog - could someone please respond to my ticket?

I thank you in advance.

Wiseoldowl  (Level: 32.0 - Posts: 479)
Sun, 30th May '10 11:28 PM

Loved this puzzle; very informative and brought back wonderful memories of my grandmothers garden. Thank you. woo

Dasfunk  (Level: 195.0 - Posts: 2310)
Mon, 31st May '10 12:09 AM

A genuine thanks to an anonymous editor who reset the WP for me.

Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday to all who will be celebrating Memorial Day tomorrow, and a peaceful day for those of you who live elsewhere.

Bbear  (Level: 166.9 - Posts: 2297)
Mon, 31st May '10 12:43 AM

Yea, we got one with a really difficult word. It was our first phrase and just that one took 21 letters! After that, much better and overall excellent WP.

Collioure  (Level: 113.7 - Posts: 9952)
Mon, 31st May '10 7:03 AM

No spelling error here, but one word choice was off the wall.

Alvandy  (Level: 240.3 - Posts: 7692)
Mon, 31st May '10 7:48 AM

Nature has provided mankind with a lot of remedies. I may need to increase my intake of one to help me remember to spell better next time.

Garrybl  (Level: 291.5 - Posts: 6770)
Mon, 31st May '10 9:51 AM

Now it can be said!

Gingko or ginkgo?

I think there is a plant name 'ginkgo biloba' which also has four times the hits...and most google references to 'GK' lead to 'KG' spellings.

Thanks for the warning to save me four guesses!


Collioure  (Level: 113.7 - Posts: 9952)
Mon, 31st May '10 1:27 PM

What was this phrase "grazes and cuts?"

Is this English for "scrapes and cuts?"

I don't think I have ever seen "graze" used as a noun, and I was expecting the pink screen when I tapped the solve button, but nothing else would fit.

Garrybl  (Level: 291.5 - Posts: 6770)
Mon, 31st May '10 9:54 PM

You are right Andy.
A graze is a noun in the UK -- also in the US though listed first as a verb.

(Until I checked it, it was not clear to me that the word is linked to grass, as in 'coming close to the grass to eat it')

Kaufman  (Level: 267.8 - Posts: 3941)
Mon, 31st May '10 10:49 PM

I'll have to double-check my "Graze Anatomy" ...

Dasfunk  (Level: 195.0 - Posts: 2310)
Mon, 31st May '10 11:39 PM

I got a nice response from an Editor, explaining that Gingko was an common and accepted alternative spelling. I'm 85% convinced that the proper name is Ginkgo - after all, that's what the authoritative sources like the National Institute of Health and the Mayo Clinic call it. I suspect that Gingko is a mispronunciation of a "funny" word that people tried to sound fashionable enough to know about, and that it's been so commonly misspelled and mispronounced that the alternative has become accepted purely out of frequency of encounter..

My other comment was referring to "graze", which in American English refers to what sheep do, and also refers to a being slightly brushed by another object - as in "The pitch just grazed the batter's uniform." I can't recall ever having heard it used to refer to what I think most American English speakers would call a "scrape".

Of course, I asked my British-born wife, and her immediate reaction was "what do you call it?" - as if no one would possibly call it anything other than a "graze".

I do hope the word "aluminium" never comes up in a WP.

Mickeym  (Level: 88.2 - Posts: 1803)
Tue, 1st Jun '10 10:46 AM

In the US only bullets graze the body!
By the way, I loved the Gingko spelling as that's the one I've always used and the stupid spellcheck always catches!
What bothered me was the factual item about Gingko/Ginkgo, which I think has been adequately shown to be untrue. Ginkgo is a bit of a blood thinner, and that's about it, except for making the herbal drug sellers rich.

Garrybl  (Level: 291.5 - Posts: 6770)
Tue, 1st Jun '10 11:18 AM


I'm sure you are a textual crtic in your spare time but just in case... you might look up 'lectio difficilior' in order to convince yourself as one of the later correspondents indicated why some people misspell GINKGO as GINGKO.
Were the other spelling right, the unnatural kg spelling would never have been seen.

And incidentally other than 'backgammon' packgear silkgrower and 'work + girl/group' my dictionary only lists what sounds like a zulu word 'kgotla'.... maybe our rejection of kg is not so surprising.

Wiseoldowl  (Level: 32.0 - Posts: 479)
Tue, 1st Jun '10 11:23 AM

Oxford Pocket Dictionary and Thesaurus, American Edition lists GINKGO as a tree with fan-shaped leaves and yellow flowers.

Collioure  (Level: 113.7 - Posts: 9952)
Tue, 1st Jun '10 1:51 PM

Barry, your reference was most interesting, but I did not comment on Ginkgo/gingko.

Garrybl  (Level: 291.5 - Posts: 6770)
Tue, 1st Jun '10 2:09 PM

Sorry collioure
It was dasfunk that I meant, and my mind wandered/senility slipped in again.
No surprise there....


Dasfunk  (Level: 195.0 - Posts: 2310)
Tue, 1st Jun '10 4:10 PM

Thanks for that, Gary, they sometimes call me "Das Textual Criticism Funk" back in the hood, which is more commonly shortened to "butthead".

Not that you're suggesting it to be so, but I still don't entirely accept that "Gingko" is an acceptable spelling. I believe that the WPs should prefer correct scientific names to common misspellings.

It's already enough when I fail to honour, but instead choose to criticise those who banque with cheques, in defence of their poor judgement.

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