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Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Vacation time
Well, I've been off for a week, and I haven't gotten any more writing done than I get at work. I've slacked two days at the gym, and my house is a disaster area. Maybe I should vacation on my vacations, instead of just vegging... Well, if I were traveling, I wouldn't get any writing done, I guess.

I have become addicted to Sudoku puzzles. I don't know about the rest of you, but when I become obsessed with puzzle games, I'll randomly start thinking about solutions when I'm doing nothing else. I play Word Whomp as well, and will occasionally wake up thinking of six letter words that can be broken down into many other words. You know you're in trouble when you wake up thinking, "Why haven't they used 'strewn'? 'Strewn' would be a great base word! You can get sew and stew and sewn and set and net and ten and wet and newt and sent..." And then you get really, really annoyed because "eft" (which is apparently another word for newt) and "neap" (a kind of tide) are on their list of acceptable words, but the computer won't take a word you think of as common, like "dyad." I actually spelled "dyad" three times, thinking I must have mistyped it, before I realized that it was somehow or other not in the computer's dictionary. What a dumb omission. And yes, if I try a word randomly and it's in there but I don't know it, I pick up my trusty dictionary and look it up. And my dictionary has "dyad," right there in black and white on page 431. I'm inordinately annoyed about that. ;)


Er, um. Okay.

I think I'll go to the movies later. I want to catch Zorro because I am that geeky.
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kizmet_42 From: kizmet_42 Date: November 11th, 2005 07:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Zorro looks funny. Be sure to leave a review, just in case it's good enough to see in the theatre and not on dvd.

Yes, and the cdrom version of Scrabble's dictionary does not allow you to add words it omits. I think dyad is one of them. Maybe they used the same dictionary?

Sudoku rocks. It also is sucking away my life.
miss_daizy From: miss_daizy Date: November 11th, 2005 07:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's why I can't play word games with the computer. I can't accept it when the game says something like dyad isn't a word when it clearly is a word. If you could say, argue with the computer, get out a dictionary, prove your vocabulary mastery and then have it suilk for a while it formed the word cat, it might be fun, but when you can't win when you should, it's just too frustrating.
From: arwencordelia Date: November 11th, 2005 07:17 pm (UTC) (Link)


Here's a red eft, the terrestrial stage of the red-spotted newt :-D

Although why it can't just be called a juvenile newt is beyond me....
crazyrach From: crazyrach Date: November 11th, 2005 07:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sudoku is amazing. I play way too much. I dream about putting numbers in boxes, seriously.
From: mrs_muggle Date: November 11th, 2005 07:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was addicted to sudoku for about a week in the summer.

'Eft' is all over The Water Babies. My grandmother gave me A Classic Novel for every birthday and Christmas from about the age of five (usually Little Women - I had so many copies of that book!) I remember having to look 'eft' up in the dictionary. The bit that really annoyed me, though, was something about Tom having done ten cartwheels in a row "which is more than you've done, my little man". Since I definitely wasn't a little man and had just done 110 during an afternoon break at school for a bet, I was infuriated!
harriet_wimsey From: harriet_wimsey Date: November 11th, 2005 07:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Looking things up is half the fun of word games! When my family plays Boggle I always write down anything that even remotely looks like it could be a word, and then insist on looking up everything. It annoys everyone except my uncle, who does the same thing. My mom and grandma are pretty masterful, so I have to take my words where I can. I'll pick up points using things in Scots dialect, too, which Grandma isn't familiar with. Hmm. I think I'll have to play Boggle when the family comes up for Thanksgiving, I suddenly miss it.
straussmonster From: straussmonster Date: November 11th, 2005 08:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love love love Sudoku. Greatest thing ever for when my kids are taking a quiz and I have to be in the room to supervise and play the selections for them, but I don't want to do any actual reading. Or for being on a commuter train at 1 AM. Number logic rocks my world.
akashasheiress From: akashasheiress Date: November 11th, 2005 09:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
My grandmother is also into Sudoku.:)
penny_pixie From: penny_pixie Date: November 11th, 2005 10:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love word games. Word Whomp and Bookworm are my favorites.
jetamors From: jetamors Date: November 11th, 2005 10:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Zorro is good if you don't take it at all seriously... if you turn your brain on, though, I imagine it would be excruciating. I'm not saying not to watch it, just don't expect any kind of accuracy. The little kid is a pretty good actor, though.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 12th, 2005 01:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Heh, yeah, that was my analysis. ;)
From: (Anonymous) Date: November 12th, 2005 03:10 am (UTC) (Link)


Oh c'mon, Fern! Didn't you ever play in the woods as a kid? Upstate NY is full of efts. They're orange with little black spots and they're the thing that a newt is when it hasn't turned into a newt yet (like tadpoles and frogs). I even turned it into a verb--'to eft'--as a kid ('do you want to go efting?'), meaning 'look for efts' rather like bird watchers use the verb 'to bird.'

And for a sailor like me, spring and neap tides are important bimonthly events. I check tide tables almost every day...

Dyad on the other hand? Erm, that could definitely be the first time I've ever actually typed that word. Seriously. Not to say that it doesn't belong in the dictionary, of course, but it's definitely way below eft or neap on my 'words you think of as common' list!

Kind of interesting in itself, isn't it, that the things you do and think about can so drastically influence your vocabulary.

Tomorrow I'm going to use the word 'dyad' in a sentence.

fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: November 12th, 2005 03:55 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Efts!!

Heh, shows a psych background. ("The mother-child dyad forms the basic social unit at this phase of development...") And of course writing--I like writing dyads, because they're easier to keep track of! I did a whole essay once on Anakin and his tendency to strictly dyadic relationships.

I played in the woods, but I rarely knew the names of things, and didn't see many salamanders of any sort around. Moles, I saw. And water spiders and raccoons (I saw a raccoon on my street the other day and I was so excited; I grinned mile wide).
erised1810 From: erised1810 Date: November 12th, 2005 10:54 am (UTC) (Link)
i'm guessing computer dictionariee take words that peoel use more tha nfive times a year?
I made anote to LOK UP dyad. never ever heardof the word. THis is when i actual yrealize English isn't m yfirst language. IT feels liek that most of the time until icompare m ygrammar with someoenelse adn marvel athe neat round sentences and stare at my mixture of britis hand american (I'm sure i'm not consistent with either spelling.)
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