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abeesley
18th Mar 2002, 02:50
Temporarily living in the USA at the moment. Had a game of Scrabble with some local friends the other night:. .. .I laid down the word HARBOURS. I was challenged due to incorrect spelling. Unfortunately I could not prove it at the time as my friends only had at their disposal a dictionary written by some dyslexic person called Webster.. .. .My opponents then went on to state that I was a guest in their country and had to abide by their rules. Of course I objected, stating that the game was invented by the British and that my entry should stand. On closer examination of the box, this particular game was manufactured under licence (sp) by Parker Games USA.. .. .I had run out of arguments and had to omit the U. Which was a shame because I didn’t get the extra 50 points for using all seven letters and it now fell short of a double word score.. .. .If my U had been allowed, I would have won the game. Can anyone advise if there are any international rules of Scrabble?. .. .Not that I’m a sore loser or anything, I just think that there’s an issue here!. . . . <small>[ 17 March 2002, 22:53: Message edited by: ECAM MSG ]</small>

ImNot
18th Mar 2002, 03:42
Found it best not to argue with the Yanks about their language.. .I was once told I/we didn't speak English so I asked... .. .Q.'where do I come from?'. .. .Ans.'England'. .. .I then asked. .. .Q. 'so, what language do I speak?'. .. .Ans. 'don't know'. .. .Gave up at that point and got drunk.. .. .The Yanks are perfectly happy in their ignorance, best not upset the apple cart, there's more of them than us <img border="0" title="" alt="[Smile]" src="smile.gif" />

Send Clowns
18th Mar 2002, 05:04
I have found the same thing - remember OCB trying to correct people's spelling? I would specify as an exception almost any other American regular contributor to PPRuNe. They seem for obvious reasons a more wrdly bunch, but most Americans will not accept that the English Language is ... well ... an English language.

bobtoldmetodoit
18th Mar 2002, 21:05
Article on acceptable Scrabble words controversy - UK and the rest of the English speaking world v US at. .. .http://www.msoworld.com/mindzine/news/proprietary/scrabble/features/dictionary1.html. .. .Entertainingly a list of words censored from the US Official Scrabble Player's Dictionary . .. .http://home.teleport.com/~stevena/scrabble/expurg.html

sanjosebaz
18th Mar 2002, 21:56
ECAM MSG:. .If I were you, I'd demand a recount! If you check the online version of Websters .... .http://www.m-w.com. .and lookup the word HARBOURS, you will find a definition. Try it! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />. . . . <small>[ 18 March 2002, 17:57: Message edited by: sanjosebaz ]</small>

abeesley
18th Mar 2002, 22:47
Thanks baz, i did check it out. It said that it was the Britsh variant of Harbor and then this definition:. .. .Main Entry: 1har·bor . .Pronunciation: 'här-b&r. .Function: noun. .Etymology: Middle English herberge, herberwe, from Old English herebeorg military quarters, from here army (akin to Old High German heri) + beorg refuge; akin to Old English burg fortified town -- more at HARRY, BOROUGH. .Date: 12th century. .1 : a place of security and comfort : REFUGE. .2 : a part of a body of water protected and deep enough to furnish anchorage; especially : one with port facilities. .- har·bor·ful /-"ful/ noun. .- har·bor·less /-l&s/ adjective . .. .So what about the verb function Mr Webster? As in to harbour a criminal.. .. .I dunno, gave em a perfectly good language.......

sanjosebaz
18th Mar 2002, 23:05
Strange the verb was missed, considering I have to endure the word "leverage" constantly used as a verb ("we must leverage our resources"). I'm not convinced that the average American is aware of the difference between a verb and a noun.. .. .Anyway, rant over - just checked Websters and the noun is listed (separately) - check harbor definition (2)! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />. . . . <small>[ 18 March 2002, 19:07: Message edited by: sanjosebaz ]</small>