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Old 12-03-2011, 10:32 PM
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Default Loose definition of "English" here...

"All words in the grid are common, English-language words used in everyday speech."

AMIGO: Common, yes. Everyday speech, yes. English, not so much.

Could someone modify the quoted sentence above so as not to mislead us puzzlers? Even a parenthetical addition like "common, English-language words (or non-English words commonly used by English speakers)" would help prevent some of us beating our head against a brick wall. ("It looks like 'amigo' but it *can't* be because the directions specify English-only!")
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Old 12-07-2011, 03:22 AM
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Default broad description

This is an interessting question.

" All words in the grid are common, English-language words used in every
day speech"

This is indeed a broad description.

Where did you find this statement in the cluelesscrossword website?

Nonetheless, I've stumbled upon the following words in CluelessCrosswords:

zombie -- african or spanish origin
bazaar -- persian origin
bureau -- french origin
myrrh -- greek origin

...and my favorite:

uvula -- latin origin

Uvula: English language word? Definitely. Everyday speech? Perhaps. Common? Hmmm,.. (Try using it in a sentence next time you're having a conversation, e.g. "Ouch, my uvula hurts.")

It's a word game. And there are SO many words in the English language!

winter greetings,
chibus
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Old 01-15-2012, 10:39 AM
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Technically, very few words in the English language actually originate from Old English (Anglo-Saxon). Modern English takes from many different early languages. It has many roots in Latin, Greek, Spanish, French, etc.

E.g.

Alligator- Spanish
Mosquito- Spanish
Bagel- Yiddish
Zombie- Central African
Yam- West African
Boogie- Hausa
Admiral- Arabic
Alcohol- Arabic
Algebra- Arabic
Magazine- Arabic

Just a few words I looked up. Modern English is a mutt. It has leeched off many different languages from all over the world for as long as English has existed.

See chart: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Or...h_PieChart.svg

The words used in these puzzles are used because they are part of the Modern English language, no matter how recently acquired. If we were only to use "true English" words, we would have very few (comparatively) words with which to work.
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Old 02-27-2012, 12:08 PM
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Default English does use a lot of borrowed words.

Guys, it's true. English does use lots of borrowed words, same for a lot of languages. Otherwise it would be limiting. Just accept it.
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Old 09-16-2013, 12:19 PM
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I'd agree with the loose definition of English. I was stuck for quite a while on U-P, before finally realising it was UMP, but my dictionary doesn't even contain that word.
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:41 PM
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Apparently slang is permitted on cluelesscrosswords.com. Play enough games and you'll stumble over words like -- sorta -- , which is definitely slang!

Different dictionaries have different entries. I doubt my dictionary has exactly the same entries as yours does. But if you look up -- ump -- on dictionary.com or merriam-webster.com, you'll find that ump is slang for umpire.

Still, there are some words that I have not yet encoutered on this site, for example,... ennui.
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Old 10-17-2013, 01:23 AM
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Admiral- Arabic it's also uses on hebrew - on israel we say a lot this word
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Old 11-02-2013, 10:04 PM
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Red face Any one for kebabs?

In Australia they are kebabs so kebobs had me confused at first..... But now I'm ready
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