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« on: July 21, 2014 07:34:13 PM »

Lexophile (n):  A lover of words, especially in word games, puzzles, anagrams, palindromes, etc.

Ever since I was young, I have been a voracious reader.  My main form of catharsis over the years has been writing.  Words, words, words.  I can't get enough of them.  I find more enjoyment in learning about etymology of words than I do learning about the life story of most people.  I love archaic words, obscure words, and words that just sound nice as they roll off the tongue.

Do you have a favorite word or favorite catchphrase?  Do you love to play Scrabble from dusk until dawn?  Do Shakespearean insults bring you unfathomable ecstasy?  Was your favorite birthday present an unabridged dictionary? 

I want to see if anyone else has an interest in this particular facet of nerdiness.  I feel like this sort of swap could go a lot of places.  I don't think it would be at all limiting. 
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« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2014 08:55:58 PM »

ME ME ME!!  I am definitely in LOVE with words!  I play Scramble with Friends, Words with Friends, Scrabble, Ruzzle, Ruzzle Adventure, Dropwords, Disney Words of Wonder....  Yeah, I love words.  Linguistics was my most favorite class in college, so much so I took advanced linguistics just for the fun of it!  I would so be in for this!
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« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2014 10:17:44 PM »

This will be my first time organizing a swap.  I think even if we have a small turnaround, I will do it.

I'm so excited!
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« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2014 07:43:16 AM »

I hope this won't be too soon, I have to get a few things out the door!   Shocked
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« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2014 08:33:40 AM »

While I would love to do this (I've decided I will do NaNo again this year, after a few years off), I won't have an open slot until... probably September. But I'll stalk the gallery and pin and hope for a round 2 if it's sooner!
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« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2014 08:39:37 AM »

I hope this won't be too soon, I have to get a few things out the door!   Shocked

I have the same problem. I am booked with swaps through August most likely. Wink Too much to craft and not enough spots. Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2014 01:24:16 PM »

Yes, I play Scrabble on my phone while waiting in line. Yes, i try to finish the Weds - Sun NYT crossword puzzle. Yes, my sister made me a desk name plaque with Scrabble letters. Yes, I buy old Scrabble games and dream of the day I could cover a table, a wall or the exterior of a house with the tiles.

So, yes to this swap. But timing is everything and I want to organize a few other swaps in August and September.
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« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2014 01:48:08 PM »

It seems like a lot of you would be game if I organized this in mid-September.  That way, we could hash out a swap before the Halloween awesomeness in October.

Does that sound good?
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« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2014 06:49:57 AM »

That would work for me!
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« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2014 09:09:13 PM »

Add Taboo to the word game list. September would be a stupendously fine time, but this obviously will not be a swap for any knotty-pated, sodden-witted, dull-brained, logger-headed gecks. "Looking forward to this," thus saith the former English teacher. Wink
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« Reply #10 on: July 23, 2014 09:10:31 PM »

Is there anything special you fellow word-nerds would like to see for this swap?  Grin
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« Reply #11 on: July 25, 2014 09:09:10 AM »

Nothing too huge; maybe a Medium and a Small.  Smiley

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This sounds like a great idea
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« Reply #13 on: July 28, 2014 05:18:56 PM »

Oh, yes, please! Would you allow new swappers? Would another round of this swap happen at some point if you wouldn't? I jumped out of my chair squeeing when I saw this thread.

Lifelong linguistics nerd, here! I even received an unabridged dictionary, as well as one of etymology, for my birthday when I was a kid. I kill at Scrabble. Those simple-substitution puzzles some newspapers print rarely parse that way to me since I solve them on-sight. I turn names, signs, labels...the last sentence I heard...into anagrams in my head as a way to relax. Every single thing I do art- or craft-wise incorporates language.

This is the perfect swap! I would savor connecting with another soul as nerdy and possessed as myself. Semi-related point of curiosity: I wonder if any one else here has synaesthesia? Broadly speaking: perceptions in one sense triggering perceptions in another, such as words and music parsing as color, shapes having personalities, tasting numbers... Common-ish among language nerds. Might be fun to incorporate into a swap like this.
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« Reply #14 on: July 28, 2014 05:47:21 PM »

There is at least one other synesthete on Craftster (I bet there are more)  Smiley

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Oh, yes, please! Would you allow new swappers? Would another round of this swap happen at some point if you wouldn't? I jumped out of my chair squeeing when I saw this thread.

Lifelong linguistics nerd, here! I even received an unabridged dictionary, as well as one of etymology, for my birthday when I was a kid. I kill at Scrabble. Those simple-substitution puzzles some newspapers print rarely parse that way to me since I solve them on-sight. I turn names, signs, labels...the last sentence I heard...into anagrams in my head as a way to relax. Every single thing I do art- or craft-wise incorporates language.

This is the perfect swap! I would savor connecting with another soul as nerdy and possessed as myself. Semi-related point of curiosity: I wonder if any one else here has synaesthesia? Broadly speaking: perceptions in one sense triggering perceptions in another, such as words and music parsing as color, shapes having personalities, tasting numbers... Common-ish among language nerds. Might be fun to incorporate into a swap like this.


I'm going to have this swap in September.  It appears you have the minimum time and post requirements met, so yes you would be able to join.  Just look on the Craft Swap board towards the end of August/beginning of September, send the questionnaire, and then post in the thread. 

I have synesthesia, but it pertains to seeing music and other sounds.  Maybe a synesthesia swap?
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« Reply #16 on: July 28, 2014 06:18:24 PM »

I wonder if that other one is my roommate, who was responsible for hauling me onto this site. We thoroughly confuse our third non-synaesthete roommate at times when we're trying to describe things to each other! Oh, wow, a synaesthesia swap would be amazing!

I shall keep my eyes open for the aforementioned thread.
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« Reply #17 on: July 29, 2014 04:54:25 PM »

I am a major lover of words, and a writer to boot! I'm potentially interested in participating. Smiley
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ooh I would definitely be up for a word lovin' swap!

My mom passed her love of words on to me, and she and I played scrabble from the time I was wee, and after she passed I got three scrabble tiles representing her initials tattooed on my leg.
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Oooh oooh! me me!

(That was hardly eloquent! Cheesy)
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« Reply #20 on: August 15, 2014 01:06:36 PM »

Ooh, I love this idea!

I have always been fascinated by homophones (and homophon-esques) and have started "collecting" them, so to speak.  (I have high Input - please add any others that come to mind, or DM them to me!).  Smiley

My list so far:

Aisle vs. isle
Bare vs. bear
Beat vs. beet
Carrot vs carat / karat
Duel vs. dual
Fairies vs. ferries
Ferrel / ferrule vs feral
Hear vs. here
Ladder vs. latter
Moot vs. mute
Pare vs. pear vs. pair
Peak vs. peek vs. pique
Sole vs. soul
Sorted vs. sordid
Site vs. sight
Too vs. to
Vial vs. vile
Vigilant vs. vigilante
Which vs witch
Wrung vs rung


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« Reply #21 on: August 15, 2014 01:48:07 PM »

They're - their - there
And you can add two to too and to.  Wink
Red and read!

Also, moot and mute are not homophobes, they are pronounced differently.
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« Reply #22 on: August 15, 2014 02:00:38 PM »

slight - sleight
beer - bier
bore - boar
poor - pour
core - corps
vale - veil
one - won
for - four - fore
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« Reply #23 on: August 15, 2014 02:01:58 PM »


Also, moot and mute are not homophobes

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« Reply #24 on: August 15, 2014 02:45:45 PM »

Here are a few more, but by no means all:
baited - bated
weight - wait
eight - ate
rite - write - right
principal - principle
stationary - stationery
alter - altar
you - ewe - yew
air - ere - heir
dear - deer
knew - new
and add cite to site and sight

A good source for homonyms is Scholastic Dictionary of Synonyms, Antonyms, and Homonyms, published by Scholastic, Inc. 2001. There may be a newer edition, but this is the one I used in my classroom.

While I was teaching, I often suggested the Midnighter's series by Scott Westerfeld to my students who liked sci-fi. One of the things I liked best in the books was that tridecalogisms were magical words because they had 13 letters and could be used as protection against the shape shifters. I began giving my students bonus points for every tridecalogism they could find that wasn't already on my list (I had collected 500+). It made them read more, expanded their vocabularies, made them more aware of language, plus it was fun to find a word I didn't have and score one off their teacher. My two favorites: tridecalogism and schoolteacher! Grin
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« Reply #26 on: August 15, 2014 07:55:19 PM »


Also, moot and mute are not homophobes

oops...
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Well, that's an unfortunate Swype typo! O.o My phone has been pretty horrible all day, but I think that one wins.  Obviously, I meant homophones, which is a word that is apparently not in the default Swype dictionary...

Though very possibly the words are also not homophobes, so it might not be an untrue statement...  O.o
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« Reply #27 on: August 15, 2014 08:27:12 PM »

My favorites are discreet/discrete.
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« Reply #28 on: August 16, 2014 06:19:32 AM »

I'm certainly glad they aren't, Smeddley!   Cheesy
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You can add gnu to knew and new.
Cereal-serial
Wear-where
War-wore
Sore-soar
Reed-read

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« Reply #30 on: August 16, 2014 10:33:18 AM »

Also, moot and mute are not homopho(n)es, they are pronounced differently.

Agreed; I included it in my "times spell check won't help you" list because it is so frequently misused ("it's a mute point"...  yes, well, the point was quite silent, I suppose Smiley )

I am LOVING all the additions to my list!  I really like noting the ones which are most often misused - discrete / discreet is a fantastic example!
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I thought this group would like this!  http://designtaxi.com/news/352936/Illustrations-Of-Unusual-And-Rarely-Spoken-Words/
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Nice!  Smiley
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