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Whirligig (Whirligig)
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Until today, I have had a scrund (I think it's passive, not sure) involving an imaginary word. I thought the word existed after hearing it. Where did I hear it, and what is the word?
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Hi! You posted this as "Bad words."

Is this word or phrase:

(1) something that makes / made you emotional?

(2) something that you associate with

oh sorry, i have to run, back soon
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Hi! You posted this as "Bad words."

Is this word or phrase:

(1) something that makes / made you emotional?

(2) something that you associate with

oh sorry, i have to run, back soon

if I understood your second question, no to both
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Sorry for running away! I can return for a short time. I'm fascinated!

If I have any expertise, it's with words (and words in several languages).

1) Is the word one of the tricky (and irritating) English language words such as homonyms?

2) Is this a word that we might expect from a novel / TV program / film...

2a) which we might be familiar with? Such as

2b) In "Star Trek," we use words such as "transporter beam"

and in

2c) In "Star Wars," we might use words such as "droids"

Those are suggestions, and please feel free to laugh at me ...

And, oh! I've just really focused on what you said: "an imaginary word." Now I'm going to think really hard about this.

I'm good at these puzzles! But I still want to come back and ask questions.
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Posted on Monday, August 22, 2011 - 8:56 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

did you actually hear that word or you misheard another - real - word, and thought your mishearing really existed?
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did you hear someone say it in person? to you? to a third party?

did you hear it on TV? radio? news?

is the original word a proper noun?
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Sorry for running away! I can return for a short time. I'm fascinated!

If I have any expertise, it's with words (and words in several languages).

1) Is the word one of the tricky (and irritating) English language words such as homonyms? no

2) Is this a word that we might expect from a novel / TV program thisish / film...

2a) which we might be familiar with? it depends Such as

2b) In "Star Trek," we use words such as "transporter beam" not like this

and in

2c) In "Star Wars," we might use words such as "droids" or this

Those are suggestions, and please feel free to laugh at me ...

And, oh! I've just really focused on what you said: "an imaginary word." Now I'm going to think really hard about this.

I'm good at these puzzles! But I still want to come back and ask questions.

did you actually hear that word yes or you misheard another - real - word, and thought your mishearing really existed?

did you hear someone say it in person? to you? to a third party? see the next question for this

did you hear it on TV? this radio? news?

is the original word a proper noun? ... yes ...
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Posted on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 7:59 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was it a substituted swear word? Such as frell, frack, or gorram?
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was it the name of a person? a place? a vehicle?
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Was it a substituted swear word? Such as frell, frack, or gorram? No; this brand of "bad words" is not relevant.

was it the name of a person? a place? a vehicle? None of these.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 8:34 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Whirligig, I'd like to be clear, because I'm new enough here that I'm not sure what a "passive" scrund is.

You responded to "TV program?" with "thisish" but you also responded to "did you hear it on TV?" with "this"

So I'm wondering whether, if the source was TV, is it a fantastic/SF program such as "The Twilight Zone" - or is it comical or satirical, anything from "Gilligan's Island" to "The Colbert Report" - or an advertisement?

Maybe Shez and Galfisk are smarter: to be asking about the word rather than about the source.

Did you hear a word that you thought was spelled a certain way, but was spelled a different way?

Was it a word that you had heard people say - but those people were wrong?

Was it a word that you mis-heard?

Or a word that you heard in a surprising context?

Was it a word that does have a specific meaning in a specific context, but which many people consider to be wrong in some way, such as

postmodernist

conservative

recreational

unionized (Isaac Asimov used to joke about how the word meant something totally different if you look at it as un-ion-ized)

Wait, see what I did there? I threw you a lot of adjectives.

Is the word a noun? a verb? an adjective? an adverb?
another part of speech?
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was it the name of a language? a religion? a month? an animal? a race? a people? a god? a mythical creature? a time?

was it a title?
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Whirligig, I'd like to be clear, because I'm new enough here that I'm not sure what a "passive" scrund is. It means that I never really thought about it, but it surprised me to discover the truth.

You responded to "TV program?" with "thisish" but you also responded to "did you hear it on TV?" with "this"

So I'm wondering whether, if the source was TV, is it a fantastic/SF program such as "The Twilight Zone" - or is it comical or satirical, anything from "Gilligan's Island" to "The Colbert Report" - or an advertisement? this -- a commercial

Maybe Shez and Galfisk are smarter: to be asking about the word rather than about the source.

Did you hear a word that you thought was spelled a certain way, but was spelled a different way? yope

Was it a word that you had heard people say - but those people were wrong? no

Was it a word that you mis-heard? no

Or a word that you heard in a surprising context? no

Was it a word that does have a specific meaning in a specific context, but which many people consider to be wrong in some way, such as

postmodernist

conservative

recreational

unionized (Isaac Asimov used to joke about how the word meant something totally different if you look at it as un-ion-ized) none of these -- I've heard that's how you tell chemists apart from other people (you write it and ask them to say it)

Wait, see what I did there? I threw you a lot of adjectives.

Is the word a noun? a verb? an adjective? oh look, it is an adjective an adverb?
another part of speech?

was it the name of a language? a religion? a month? an animal? a race? a people? a god? a mythical creature? a time? none of these :P

was it a title? noish
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I thought you said it was a proper noun, and you also said it was an adjective?

is it the name of a product? is it an adjective which describes a product? or both?

is the ad for a product? a service?
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Posted on Saturday, August 27, 2011 - 12:13 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I thought you said it was a proper noun, and you also said it was an adjective? yes

is it the name of a product? yes is it an adjective which describes a product? yope or both? LAEFTR

is the ad for a product? this a service?
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Is it some brand product name that has grown into a generic name for all products of that type? For instance "Band-aid" for bandage or "Coke" for "Soda"?
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Is it some brand product name that has grown into a generic name for all products of that type? For instance "Band-aid" for bandage or "Coke" for "Soda"? good guess, but no
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I was thinking somethig like "Flash"?

Is the product a food? a drink? a cleaning product? gardening? clothing? a household item? a proprietary medecine? a car?
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I was thinking somethig like "Flash"? no -- "flash" is a real word

Is the product a food? yope a drink? a cleaning product? gardening? clothing? a household item? a proprietary medecine? a car?
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hmmm....not a real word, but an adjective..I can't help feeling that's a big clue, but I can't see it yet

is the product a sweet? chocolate? chewing gum? pet food?
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is the product a sweet? chocolate? chewing gum? pet food? this
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yay! dog food? cat food?

does the word sound like delicious? yummy? scrummy?

is it a word which is often used as a name for a pet? like Fido?

is the name of the product a single word?
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yay! dog food? this cat food?

does the word sound like delicious? yummy? scrummy? but none of these

is it a word which is often used as a name for a pet? like Fido? no

is the name of the product a single word? yes
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is this a brand which we are likely to know? Purina?
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is this a brand which we are likely to know? Purina? It's advertised on TV a lot, at least around where I live, but not Purina.
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Alpo?
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Alpo? no
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Blue?
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Blue? no
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this is going to be hard if we just guess at names - don't know where you live but I bet they are all different. would it help to guess the meaning of the adjective?

does the adjective refer to the taste? texture? some attribute of a dog?
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this is going to be hard if we just guess at names - don't know where you live but I bet they are all different. would it help to guess the meaning of the adjective? yes

does the adjective refer to the taste? texture? some attribute of a dog? none of these
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does the adjective describe a sound? quality? something visual? a smell?
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does the adjective describe a sound? quality? thisish something visual? a smell?
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So the word is a proper noun as a brand for the pet-food, correct? Is it also a proper noun for the owner of a the pet-food company, like Abady?

Does the word (as a combination of letters) exist in the dictionary? Is it listed as adjective? Did you think it meant something else?
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So the word is a proper noun as a brand for the pet-food, correct? yes Is it also a proper noun for the owner of a the pet-food company, like Abady? no

Does the word (as a combination of letters) exist in the dictionary? Is it listed as adjective? Did you think it meant something else? no to all
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(Balin, I've published a professional article about "Cat Food in Science Fiction," I kid you not, and it opens with a joke about Alpo.)

Whirligig, I'm lousy at noticing brand names. But if we aren't to look for something like Crunchies or KatsLoveTheseTreats, I think of IAMS, because the first time a friend mentioned it to me, I thought it was maybe something cats got from eating too much people food.

Good puzzle, thanks from rainy Miami, looking forward to the answer,
Fiona.
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Whirligig, I'm lousy at noticing brand names. But if we aren't to look for something like Crunchies or KatsLoveTheseTreats, I think of IAMS, because the first time a friend mentioned it to me, I thought it was maybe something cats got from eating too much people food. Nope. It's not IAMS. Google should probably be used at this point.
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Eukanuba?
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Eukanuba? No.
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Nutro?
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Nutro? no
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Oh, I think I may know this. Curiously, out of the blue I (quite recently, in fact) remembered that some product had this name, and Googled it, finding out it was pet food. That prompted me to think of a bunch of similar made-up adjectives, and Google them too in order to see if I was the first one to make THEM up.

Does it imply that the food is good for the health of the dog? (It was actually rather hard to write that without using any form of the real word that was "adjectified")
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what's the word?
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Does it imply that the food is good for the health of the dog? (It was actually rather hard to write that without using any form of the real word that was "adjectified") Pretty much -- care to $poil?
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My idea was "Beneful". Of course, the real adjective form of "benefit" is "beneficial".
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My idea was "Beneful". Of course, the real adjective form of "benefit" is "beneficial". Right, so here's the

**********SPOILER**********

Once while watching a Beneful commercial (if I remember correctly), I realized that I had been thinking all along that it was actually a word. Other than that, there's not much to say, really.

Thanks to all who participated, especially Biograd for the (slightly lucky) solve.

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