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Old 05-02-2018, 04:06 PM
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OMPHALOMANCIES.

I knew that omphaloskepsis is navel-gazing, and I saw OMPHALO-, so I was looking for anything to attach that prefix to.

[url]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omphalomancy[/url]
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Old 05-03-2018, 05:07 AM
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Great find DrP. If I had seen omphalo- it would've meant nothing to me.
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Old 05-13-2018, 04:52 AM
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I had my doubts when I played it but tried CHLOROFORMISTS anyway. 26 pts and 2 records. I thought sardonically that maybe it was someone who advocates the use of chloroform. When I looked it up, it seems to be the abuse of chloroform (??!) It's amazing the variety of substances people get addicted to.
Chloroformism
1. Habitual chloroform inhalation, or the symptoms caused thereby.

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Old 05-13-2018, 08:10 AM
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PALLETIZATIONS. I saw -IZATIONS and couldn't find anything else that would fit...
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Old 05-13-2018, 10:30 AM
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PALLETIZATIONS. I saw -IZATIONS and couldn't find anything else that would fit...
I've done that recently. I got POSTERIZATIONS.
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Old 05-13-2018, 10:54 AM
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I knew and have played both those words: PALLETIZATIONS and POSTERIZATIONS. I worked in a grocery store back in the 70's and learned the former word. The play-by-play announcers in the NBA have long referred to the latter when one player dunks the ball despite another player trying to block the shot. Originally, if a picture taken of it looked spectacular enough, they would sell it to fans as a poster. Now it just refers to someone being dunked on in an impressive manner.
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Old 05-13-2018, 11:43 AM
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The term "posterize" was borrowed from photo editing, where it refers to conversion of a photo to a smaller number of discrete tones, e.g. characteristic of a poster. This is also the effect that Andy Warhol and other pop artists emulated.
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Old 05-13-2018, 12:49 PM
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Yep, DrP, you are of course correct. I was aware of that meaning for posterize. That effect (and umpteen others I never use) has been in my Photoshop program since I first bought it in the 90's. I first encountered the word watching NBA games. I don't recall when they first used it but I started watching games in the 80's.

The beauty of English (or the absurdity, depending on your outlook): you can use the same word for multiple meanings or use multiple different words to say the same thing.

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Old 05-16-2018, 10:56 AM
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I just played a board where I spotted BUILDERS and proceeded to look for something to add to it. I thought it was intriguing that scratch and builders were available to be combined. You can cook from scratch but I've never seen scratchcooks or scratchchefs. So I played SCRATCHBUILDERS anyway: 28 pts and 2 records! I surmised that maybe it was building from very basic materials like mud and straw and/or wood. But, nope, Collins Dictionary advises:
scratchbuild in British
(ˈskrętʃˌbɪld)
verb -builds, -building or -built (transitive)
to build a scale model of something from scratch, that is, from raw materials like wood, clay or paper
Seems the Brits limited its scope to scale models.
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Old 05-17-2018, 08:01 PM
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After finding STUPENDOUSNESSES for the board record (and its component words), and then finding ODIOUSNESSES (and component words)...

I then decided to try STUPENDIOUS. Lo and behold, it scored. (STUPENDIOUSNESS and STUPENDIOUSNESSES didn't work, though.) It appears to be an obsolete spelling.
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