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  • #31
    SPORK

    "You can't enjoy a heaping plate of mayo-laden 7 layer salad at a Midwestern summer picnic without one. I've been able to name this essential utensil since I was pre-K. "

    Spork is a registered trademark in both Britain and USA.

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    • #32
      We have something called a splayd, which is a spoonforkknife kinda thing. We have sporks, you buy them for cheapskate picnics and undecided foodstuffs. You would think that maybe spork would be a weird vegan pork equivalent made out of spinach, or spirulina...I am sticking to the original foodgroups for a winters Friday evening (Wine, cheese, chocolate).

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      • #33
        Retin, retinned and retinning are not accepted. I had a saute pan retinned last November.

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        • #34
          There are a lot of re- words and un-words that are not allowed.

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          • #35
            I'm sometimes surprised at the number of RE- words that also allow IRRE-. Yes, If I see UN- (or IN-) in front of a word, I'll try it. It doesn't always work, but enough to keep trying.

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            • #36
              Interesting that WESTERNIZE/S and WESTERNISE/S are accepted, but EASTERNIZE and variations are not. I guess cultural adaptation only goes one way... ;-D

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              • #37
                CAFFEINATED counts, as do both DECAFFEINATE and DECAFFEINATED, but oddly CAFFEINATE doesn't count.

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                • #38
                  ONI, as in a Japanese mythological monster. It surprises me that they don't have it, since they have lots of other Japanese words, such as GETA and NABE.

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                  • #39
                    I would have thought that "accoster" was good... am I wrong?

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                    • #40
                      Shant. I use the word. I've read the word in many books. I don't remember it needing an apostrophe.

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                      • #41
                        "shan't" is a contraction of "shall not", just as "won't" is a contraction of "will not". They both need an apostrophe. "Wont" is also a word with a different meaning than "won't", also pronounced slightly differently. Unless there is a word "shant" with a different meaning to "shan't" that I'm not aware of, "shan't" does require an apostrophe.

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                        • #42
                          I found "decommissioned" in a 4x4 puzzle, but it was not accepted... neither was "decommission".. I thought that was odd...

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